We've been committed to the IBM® z Systems™ mainframe platform from day one, and we've been developing and building tools to help organizations around the world get more out of their mainframe investments for more than 26 years.Our close partnership with IBM gives us unmatched insight into the z Systems platform and technology, and our investment in mainframe R&D increases every year.
With solutions focused on data management, performance optimization, catalog and system management, disaster recovery, storage management and security, the largest companies in the world rely on Rocket® mainframe solutions to support their payroll processing, timely healthcare diagnoses, banking transactions, mutual fund deposits, flight reservations, and more.
Since our founding, mainframe innovation has been at the core of what we do. Rocket helps businesses maximize the ROI of their mainframe investments—both through Rocket-branded products as well as solutions developed in partnership with IBM. Our investment in mainframe development increases by double digits every year. With 800+ developers in 20 labs throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, we continue to hire some of the best and brightest mainframe developers around the world, and help nurture the next generation of mainframe professionals.
Rocket got its start (launched!) on April 16, 1990, when founder Andy Youniss sat down to write the first lines of code for a new product that made it safe to run SQL against IBM® Db2® online data—a product that we continue to develop today. While Rocket may be a lot bigger today, with more than 15,500 customers and 10 million users globally, we’ve never lost our focus on developing tools that help companies running IBM mainframes get the most out of their investments.
Many of the world’s largest organizations, from insurance companies and investment banks to healthcare companies and federal, state, and local governments, trust Rocket mainframe solutions to manage their critical infrastructure and data, as well as extend those assets. Our unique, enduring partnership with IBM helps put us at the forefront of innovation on the IBM Z platform.
At Rocket, we’re committed to helping you take care of your business today while innovating for tomorrow. That’s why we’re focused on developing new products that help mainframe customers harness the new worlds of cloud, mobile and social computing, using familiar languages and tools. Rocket Open Source Languages and Tools for z/OS is a free suite of 30+ popular languages and tools that Rocket has released for IBM Z mainframes.
Mainframe users around the world are racing to adapt to the new realities of cloud and mobile computing. Users expect that data and applications will be as readily available on mobile devices and on the cloud as they are on desktop clients, which can mean a significant amount of new application coding. We’ve made a significant investment in solutions that allow mainframe users to easily transform proven applications and system-of-record data using modern APIs that enhance developer productivity and accelerate the delivery of new business services.
Over the years, we’ve worked with IBM to develop new, innovative products and services for mainframe customers, and many of our top developers and executives are former IBMers. IBM has even trusted Rocket to take ownership of products such as the UniVerse and UniData® application database management systems, and the continued curation of over 30 open source languages and tools for IBM Z. You’ll often find Rocketeers working with IBM developers in their offices (and vice versa), as well as presenting alongside IBMers at events such as SHARE and IBM’s own events. Rocket thought leaders frequently blog on IBM’s Smarter Planet and Destination z websites. And, you’ll see Rocket partnering with IBM on innovative solutions such as IBM® Open Data Analytics for z/OS®.