Unleash The Power of IMS & VSAM Data

With a combined 70 years of leading mainframe and data performance expertise, Syncsort transparent data migration solutions provide the fastest, safest approach to transparently move data from IBM IMS & VSAM to DB2 on z/OS.

Syncsort's transparent data migration solutions help organizations eliminate risk and overcome the key challenges of data migration, providing a completely transparent solution to move IBM Information Management System (IMS) and Virtual Storage Access Method (VSAM) to DB2 ON z/OS without requiring any application changes.

Unlock Bigger Insights. Eliminate Risk. Reduce Costs

  • Migrate data to DB2 without making any application changes
  • Eliminate risk and business disruption due to application changes
  • Make previously “locked-away” data securely available to the entire enterprise
  • Reduce overall application maintenance costs
  • Increase IT staff productivity by consolidating all your critical data into the DB2 platform

Syncsort DL/2

Rapid, Transparent Data Migration for Critical Data

  • Rapid Delivery. Migrate data to DB2 without making any changes to existing applications. No code to understand and update means less effort and faster delivery
  • Transparent Data Migration. Applications continue to issue requests as before, when needed Syncsort DL/2 retrieves the data from DB2 and delivers it back to the application as if it came from IMS/DB or VSAM
  • Lowest Risk. No application changes means minimum risk and zero business disruption
  • Increased Access to Critical Information. Provides access to data previously “locked away” in IMS and/or VSAM, allowing organizations to combine this data with other critical sources and perform valuable analytics, reports, and other Big Data initiatives

Syncsort DL/2 - Rapid, Risk-free Data Migration for IMS

Even though most organizations have chosen DB2® as their strategic mainframe database, many still retain IMS/DB® in support of existing applications. For these organizations, IMS/DB often represents an island of technology that is expensive to run and support, with a data storage architecture that locks data away from other applications and from the business. Moving IMS/DB based applications to DB2 is often dismissed because the cost and risks of data migration and application modification are simply too great.

DL/2 was developed to overcome these IMS migration challenges. DL/2 provides a low risk, rapid delivery solution that has been proven in many companies around the world. The difference is in the approach. With DL/2, application programs remain unchanged, and that means full protection of your application investments. Powerful mapping and migration tools get you to DB2 quickly, one IMS/DB database at a time. Applications continue to issue IMS/DB requests as before but where requested data has been migrated to DB2, DL/2 retrieves it and delivers it back to the application as if it came from IMS/DB. The increased overhead of this transparency layer is typically less than 10% in CPU time with no appreciable increase in elapsed transaction time.

Once all data is migrated to DB2 applications can continue to run through DL/2’s transparency layer, or may be modified over time to run natively against DB2.

Syncsort VS/2 – Application Transparency & Data Migration for VSAM

VS/2 is a data migration and application transparency solution that enables the rapid migration of data from VSAM to DB2® without application changes. VS/2 helps customers overcome the limitations imposed by VSAM and benefit from the rich features provided by DB2.

  • Improve online availability by combining batch and online workloads
  • Access Legacy Data with Web Services based applications
  • Integrate core data in enterprise applications with Java and .Net based systems using DB2
  • Enable data to be easily shared across multiple applications
  • Leverage a the wide variety of available DB2 tools such as back-ups/re-organization tools, disaster recovery and more

Augment Enterprise-wide Big Data Initiatives

DB2 is just the beginning. Leverage DMX-h ETL Edition to unleash the power of Hadoop, offloading critical data and batch processing to the Big Data platform.

Top organizations around the world rely on mainframe to support business critical operations. Over 90% of Fortune 1000 enterprises use IMS, processing over 50 billion transactions a day and managing over 14 petabytes of data. That is some Big Data you can’t ignore. But, How can you bridge the gap between Big Iron and Big Data?

Syncsort solutions provide all the necessary technology, tools and expertise to leverage all your corporate data with Hadoop, the de-facto operating system for Big Data.

Organizations can use Syncsort DL/2 & VS/2 to move large quantities of data from IMS and VSAM to DB2 without making any application changes. Once moved, mission-critical data can be made securely available to Big Data platforms such as Apache Hadoop by using Syncsort’s DMX-h ETL Edition. DMX-h ETL Edition can help you:

  • Ingest data directly from mainframe without the need to install any additional software on it
  • Translate and sample mainframe data on-the-fly without writing a single line of code
  • Develop MapReduce ETL jobs visually without coding
  • Get productive quickly with a comprehensive library of Use Case Accelerators to develop common ETL data flows
  • Understand your mainframe data better, with support for COBOL copybooks

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