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Syncsort: Transparent Data Migration Solutions for Mainframes
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Unleash The Power of IMS™ & VSAM Data

The fastest, safest approach to transparently move VSAM & IMS data to DB2® on z/OS®

Eliminate risk and overcome the key challenges of data migration

Unlock Bigger Insights. Eliminate Risk. Reduce Costs

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.

  • 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
Bigger Insights

Migrate data to DB2 without making any changes to existing applications

Rapid, Transparent Data Migration for Critical Data

3 Steps
  • 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

Rapid, Risk-free Data Migration for IMS

Syncsort DL/2


Moving IMS based applications to DB2 is often dismissed because the cost and risks of data migration and application modification. DL/2 was developed to provide a low risk, rapid delivery solution to overcome IMS migration challenges.

With DL/2, application programs remain unchanged, while powerful mapping and migration tools move you to DB2 quickly. 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.


Does the thought of migrating your IMS applications give you the jitters?

IMS Data Migration Made Easy

Through real-world examples, you’ll learn about DL/2 -- a data migration and application transparency solution specifically designed to address the challenges of IMS data migration to DB2.

Application Transparency & Data Migration for VSAM

Syncsort VS/2

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

Bridge the gap between Big Iron and Big Data

Augment Enterprise-wide Big Data Initiatives

Overcome the limitations

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. DMX-h 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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