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Syncsort Debuts Breakthrough Big Data Technology, Ironstream™: Delivers Real-Time Mainframe Data to Splunk Cloud and Splunk Enterprise for Advanced Analytics


Technology Allies Work Together to Unlock Critical Data Previously Locked Away on the Mainframe for Use Cases Including Application Performance Management, Security Analytics, and IT Infrastructure Management

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. – September 30, 2014

Syncsort, a global leader in Big Data software, today announced the availability of Ironstream™, the unique-in-the-market product that provides real-time, operational insights for Splunk® Enterprise and Splunk Cloud customers based on mainframe data. This game-changing new product will allow current and future Splunk customers to continuously pull valuable data from the mainframe into their Splunk applications without disrupting the mainframe operating environment.

Splunk has taken the market by storm, providing its customers with a simple way to utilize machine data in real-time to gain operational insights in use cases as varied as IT Operations, Application Management, Application Development, Security Analytics, Business Analytics, and the Internet of Things. For large enterprises, mainframes represent some of the richest and most important log data available, as they host the most mission-critical applications.

Until today, the terabytes of data in more than 200 different log types produced by a typical mainframe system were inaccessible to Splunk software without significant manpower. Even while using Splunk software to analyze the rest of their enterprise data, customers were often forced to keep separate, expensive systems in place simply to monitor their mainframe systems. Ironstream delivers on the technology alliance recently announced by Splunk and Syncsort to eliminate this last remaining gap – pulling the mainframe data into Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Cloud using advanced, secure technology that doesn’t disrupt the mainframe operating environment.

“Many of the world’s leading businesses have been asking for a way to incorporate the rich and detailed mainframe log data into their Splunk applications to measure the operational health and security of their IT systems,” said Colin Savage, vice president of business development, Splunk. “With Ironstream and Splunk, they can now get immediate visibility across all platforms, and analyze logs from the mainframe along with machine data coming from distributed platforms, yielding comprehensive operational insight.”

Ironstream makes it simple to collect, transform and forward mainframe log data, such as Systems Management Facilities (SMF) records and mainframe application data into the Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Cloud platforms for correlation and analysis, supporting use cases such as:
  • Enhanced Security. Identifying unauthorized mainframe access and potential security risks
  • Advanced Workload Balancing. Creating real-time alerts for database table deadlocks and exhausted resources while monitoring IBM Customer Information Control System
  • (CICS) and IBM DB2 transaction system performance
  • Faster Error Recovery. Minimizing or preventing downtime due to operational or system failures, and triaging repair efforts
  • Offload. Eliminating spend on legacy monitoring software by migrating functionality to the Splunk applications that are already monitoring the rest of their enterprise environment
 
“The mainframe executes a critical portion of the core business transactions for most of the Fortune 1000, which helps to explain why the pipeline growth for Ironstream is faster than for any product in Syncsort’s 46-year history” said Josh Rogers, president, Syncsort. “To be useful to Splunk customers, mainframe data must be delivered incredibly quickly, securely, and without disrupting or adding costs to the mainframe environment. The advanced technology in our new Ironstream product elegantly addresses all of these challenges.”   
 
With over four decades of mainframe experience and an extraordinary engineering team, Syncsort is widely recognized for its ability to securely and efficiently move and process data, with no programming or tuning required. Ironstream is the latest technology from Syncsort to leverage that expertise.

Ironstream will be available on October 10, 2014 and is also listed in Splunk’s App Store here. For more information on Ironstream, click here.

Stop by the Syncsort booth at .conf2014 to check out Ironstream first hand. During the conference, follow on Twitter and share your experience with the hashtag #splunkconf.

About Splunk Inc.
Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) provides the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence. Splunk® software and cloud services enable organizations to search, monitor, analyze and visualize machine-generated big data coming from websites, applications, servers, networks, sensors and mobile devices. More than 7, 900 enterprises, government agencies, universities and service providers in 100 countries use Splunk software to deepen business and customer understanding, mitigate cybersecurity risk, prevent fraud, improve service performance and reduce cost. Splunk products include Splunk® Enterprise, Splunk Cloud™, Splunk Storm®, Hunk™ and premium Splunk Apps. To learn more, please visit http://www.splunk.com/company.
 
About Syncsort
Syncsort provides fast, secure, enterprise-grade software spanning Big Data solutions in Hadoop to Big Iron on mainframes. We help customers around the world to collect, process and distribute more data in less time, with fewer resources and lower costs. 87 of the Fortune 100 companies are Syncsort customers, and Syncsort's products are used in more than 85 countries to offload expensive and inefficient legacy data workloads, speed data warehouse and mainframe processing, and optimize cloud data integration. Experience Syncsort at http://www.syncsort.com/TestDrive.
 
Media Contacts:
Jade Catalano
Splunk Inc.
415-848-8520
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Michael Kornspan
Syncsort Incorporated
Director, Corporate Communications
Tel: 201-930-8216
mkornspan@syncsort.com

Brian LoSchiavo
SHIFT Communications
Tel: 617-779-1871
bloschiavo@shiftcomm.com