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Mainframe SAS to AWS cloud environment

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Mainframe SAS to AWS cloud environment

Hi,

We are planning to migrate Mainframe SAS to AWS cloud environment. Below are the given points which we need to covered. Please let us know what type of problems we can face and what will be the solution. Also as we only know mainframe SAS, What we should learn technically to make this possible.

 

1. Migrate all the SAS programs running in mainframes to servers on AWS cloud.

2. Migrate all the historical data from current storage system to AWS Elastic Mapreduce.

3. Migrate all jcls components into Scripts.

4. configure jobs into the AWS Scheduler.

 

any help will be appreciateable. 

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Re: Mainframe SAS to AWS cloud environment

Posted in reply to abhityagi

Learn UNIX. How it works, how to access the filesystem (permission structure), how to use shell syntax for scripting, how to work with output redirection (pipes).

Learn to use the standard UNIX/GNU utilities (ps, grep, find, ...).

This will be your main challenge.

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Re: Mainframe SAS to AWS cloud environment

Posted in reply to KurtBremser

Thanks Kurt.

What types of problems we can face in migration from Mainframe SAS to AWS cloud environment.

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Re: Mainframe SAS to AWS cloud environment

Posted in reply to abhityagi

As I said, the switch in the operating system will be your biggest challenge. Converting SAS programs usually is just adapting physical path names, from partitioned datasets to directories for libraries and to filenames for includes and external files. The SAS code itself stays the same.

Datasets need to be exported to XPORT format on the mainframe and imported on UNIX. That's it for data. Use binary when FTP'ing the files to UNIX

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Re: Mainframe SAS to AWS cloud environment

Posted in reply to abhityagi

It's not an issue of cloud versus local. You likely had a mainframe not on site anyways so that doesn't really change. 

 

The mainframe is a different OS and there are sometimes issues moving between Unix and windows systems that you'll have to be aware of. These are not SAS specific issues though, they're universal. 

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