Kyndryl, the global information technology (IT) infrastructure services provider, has on Thursday announced the establishment of its first Mainframe Modernization Center of Excellence (CoE) in Malaysia working with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The CoE will combine Kyndryl’s expertise and understanding of mission-critical mainframe systems with AWS’s ability to help enterprises update, modernize, and migrate their legacy mainframe applications to a cloud-native environment, Kyndryl said in a statement.

The CoE based in Malaysia will work in close collaboration with Kyndryl’s global CoE first initiated in the United States to serve businesses across ASEAN.

It is noted that Malaysia’s digital economy accounts for 23.2 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), driving businesses to transform to remain agile.

Worldwide, ninety percent of organizations indicate that mainframes remain essential to their business operations. Kyndryl’s collaboration with AWS support organizations; needs to accelerate their modernization journeys.

According to the statement, the CoE will offer Kyndryl’s in-depth mission-critical IT expertise, strategic guidance, and mainframe and cloud skills tailored to support enterprise customers.

It brings together Kyndryl’s seasoned experts in consulting and managed services with AWS solutions architects and technical professionals to enable customers to define the right modernization strategy and help them gain more value from their mainframe applications.

For example, a key industry that will be served through this CoE is ASEAN’s banking sector which heavily relies on mainframe technology.

Through mainframe modernization on AWS, Kyndryl’s banking customers can dynamically scale resources based on demand, ensuring that the banks’ systems can handle peak transaction volumes and reduce the costs associated with legacy applications.

With the CoE focused on mainframe modernization, Kyndryl will work alongside AWS, to transform businesses’ cloud strategies.

“The establishment of the Malaysia Mainframe Modernization CoE builds on Kyndryl’s existing partnership with AWS as a Premier Tier Services Partner,

“AWS and Kyndryl reaffirm our commitment to enable organizations to optimize workloads across cloud and mainframe environments, and deliver business value,” said Pete Murray, Country Manager, AWS Malaysia,

“Customers across ASEAN are focused on optimizing their investments in technology to ensure they can meet data residency requirements, achieve lower latency, and benefit from improved scale the upcoming AWS infrastructure Region in Malaysia will offer,” he added.

Effendi Azmi Hashim, Managing Director of Kyndryl Malaysia and Indonesia, said Kyndryl Malaysia is strongly positioned to be a central technology services provider with access to the ASEAN region and beyond.

“We are excited to support businesses on their mainframe transformation journeys with AWS – whether they aim to modernize on the mainframe, integrate with cloud, or move workloads off the mainframe to the cloud,

“This initiative will help advance digital transformation efforts in the financial and professional services sectors as well as other industries locally and across the region,” he added.

Businesses working with Kyndryl at this CoE can also anticipate support for their core infrastructure, either on-premises or at an off-premises Kyndryl site, as well as cost-effective, end-to-end cloud as-a-service solutions for IBM Z and IBM i environments.

Axrail opens Gen AI lab in Malaysia in collaboration with AWS and Phison