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Mainframe Hosting

Category: Hosting Services

BCCS provides mainframe hosting services to the many State agencies of Illinois. This service includes a variety of underlying support services such as mainframe application server and development environments, systems integration, the underlying network and communications infrastructure, systems management, security, backup and recovery. 
Our mainframe hosting environment utilizes a variety of technologies tailored to meet the needs of our customers and can support everything from single database systems utilizing traditional thick client interfaces to complex mainframe database systems accessed via a web browser and involving automated business-to-business data transfers.


​Item ​Unit of Measure ​Debit Code ​Rate per Hour ​Rate per Second
Batch Services​ ​Per Base CPU Hour1 ​010 ​$3,282 ​$0.91163
​TSO Services Per Base CPU Hour1 ​020 ​$7,013 ​$1.94792
​IMS Services ​Per Base CPU Hour1 ​128 ​$9,593 ​$2.66475
​CICS Services ​Per Base CPU Hour1 ​030 ​$61,710 ​$17.14167
​IDMS Services ​Per Base CPU Hour1 ​080 ​$10,379 ​$2.88292
​VM Services ​Per Base CPU Hour1 ​100 ​$22,216 ​$6.17100
​DB2 - Legacy Services Per Base CPU Second1 ​410 ​$656 ​$0.18233
​DB2 - Distributed Services ​Per Base CPU Second1 ​411 ​$2,928 ​$0.81345
1 CPU rates are adjusted based on the speed of the system utilized. The "Speed Factors" identified below adjust charges so that they are equalized for a given workload on any/all machines.
​Sys ID ​D/H/K/B/X/V/Z ​A/M/G/C/RvA/RvT ​I/Q/LotP/LotD
​Models ​Z196/702 ​Z-12/504 ​Z114/J01
​CPUs ​2 4 ​1
​MIPS (per CPU) ​1136.0 ​571.5 ​98.0
​Speed Factor ​1.00 ​0.503 ​0.086
 Peripheral Services
​Item ​Unit of Measure ​Debit Code ​Rate
RJE Services
​Per 1000 Reads/Writes ​040 ​$0.15
​Tape Mount Services ​Per Mount ​050 ​$1.40
​Virtual Tape Storage ​Per Gigabyte per Month ​424 ​$0.45
​Physical Tape Mounts ​Per Mount ​425 ​$1.40
​Dedicated Storage 3390-X ​Per Cylinder/Month ​135 ​$0.10
​Dedicated Storage 3390-3 ​Per Actuator/Month ​137 ​$345
​Dedicated Storage 3390-9 ​Per Actuator/Month ​138 ​$1,035
Dedicated Storage 3390-27​ ​Per Actuator/Month ​426 ​$3,105
​Dedicated Storage 3390-29 ​Per Actuator/Month ​469 ​$3,305
​Virtual Tape Image Object ​Per Gigabyte per Month ​422 $0.45​
​SMS Storage







​Off-Line Storage

(Tape Library Leasing)

​Per Cart/Month

Per Reel/Month




​Laser Print Services Simplex ​1 Page - 1 Image ​147 ​$0.1200
​Laser Print Services Duplex ​1 Page - 2 Images ​148 ​$0.0929
​Laser Print Services Two-Up ​1 Page - 4 Images ​149 ​$0.0716
​Tape Purchases ​Per 3490 Tape ​144 ​$6.95

What is Included?

Every application hosted on the mainframe by BCCS includes these services:

  • Network Services (LAN/WAN)
  • System Administration
  • CMS Service Desk
  • Application Recovery options

In addition, professional PC workstations are available for purchase that can support the work of customer application developers.

There are four basic areas common to every application hosted on the mainframe with standard methods and software available to BCCS customers. The basic components of applications hosted on the mainframe include:

  • Mainframe Input can be accomplished by direct keyboard input, file transfer, imaging or on-line forms processing.
  • Mainframe Output includes the various methods utilized to print, report, and transfer processed data for practical use.
  • Mainframe Processing represents the internal operations and platforms allowing for the collection, organization, calculations and resulting output from the application.
  • Mainframe Backup, Storage and Recovery is essential to the protection and recovery of data captured as well as the ability to recover from system failure.

Processor Services Offered:

  • Batch Services
  • TSO Services
  • IMS Services
  • CICS Services
  • IDMS Services
  • VM Services
  • DB2 – Enterprise Services
  • DB2 – Distributed Services

Peripheral Services Offered:

  • RJE services
  • Tape Mount Services
  • Virtual Tape Storage and off-site replication
  • Physical Tape Mounts
  • Dedicated Storage
    -      3390-X
    -      3390-3
    -      3390-9
    -      3390-27 
  • Virtual Tape Image Object
  • SMS Storage
  • Laser Print Services
    -      Simplex
    -      Duplex
    -      Two-Up

What Should You Expect?

  • Service availability requirements must be identified. Availability is an engineered component of initial application planning. Current systems may be promoted to higher levels of availability as a new project initiative. Service availability options extend to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, subject to and limited by the business requirements defined within governance planning, and, resource and budget constraints.
  • An environment that's secure and robust
  • System administration, configuration and tuning
  • Pre-planned software and system upgrades, following documented processes for Change Management
  • Administration and maintenance of production security software
  • Backup and recovery schedules and planning assistance
  • 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday break/fix technical support is standard with an optional 24/7/365 service desk limited by on-call technician availability.
  • Technical systems Disaster Recovery options
  • LDAP administration and management
  • Tracking of service rates and invoicing
  • Prompt, friendly and courteous technical support staff collaborating with customer application development staff in their efforts

How Can You Help?

  • Identify disaster recovery (DR) strategies which incorporate business continuity using best practices in order to provide DR solutions which can mitigate the risk of exposures and reduce costs to the agencies
  • Test recovery of application data.
  • Develop and monitor application data backup schedules.
  • Ensure efficient application development best practices to reduce costs
  • Engage CMS early in the application planning stages
  • Develop long-term evolution projections during the initial application planning
  • Assist CMS with long-term capacity planning - maintaining good communications with BCCS concerning application initiatives and agency business planning