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Syncsort Adds Support for IBM Rational Development and Test Environment for System z

IBM z/OS Developers Gain Powerful New Option to Increase Productivity and Lower Cost

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. – June 20, 2012

Syncsort, a global leader in high-performance data integration solutions, announced today that Syncsort® MFX® high-performance mainframe sorting software is now compatible with the IBM® Rational® Development and Test Environment for System z® (RD&T). As a result, IBM z/OS customers can now use Syncsort MFX for z/OS in their Rational Developer environments, providing them with the ability to develop and test sort jobs without consuming expensive mainframe resources.

In collaboration with Information Technology Company, LLC (ITC), comprehensive compatibility testing was conducted using the ITC Rational Enhanced Development Device (System ReDD) appliance. System ReDD is a complete, ready-to-use mainframe application development appliance for Rational Software clients. System ReDD integrates IBM Rational Developer for System z and RD&T with state-of-the-art Intel® IBM or Lenovo® 64-bit systems to work seamlessly with IBM System z software. RD&T enables developers to build and test applications without using costly CPU cycles on their production mainframes while increasing productivity. As a result of the testing, Syncsort MFX for z/OS is also certified for use with System ReDD.

Based on more than 40 years of proven success, Syncsort MFX software is optimized to exploit the advanced facilities of the IBM z/OS operating system and IBM System z servers, delivering superior performance and efficiency, as well as enhanced productivity – helping lower IT costs and achieving faster time to value.

Sort jobs often account for as much as 25 percent of an organization’s total mainframe resource consumption. Syncsort MFX software can dramatically accelerate many of those sort jobs that consume a disproportional amount of expensive resources. In fact, Syncsort MFX software consistently performs sorts, joins and data aggregations 30-75 percent faster than alternative solutions.

“Syncsort MFX compatibility with Rational Development and Test Environment for System z creates an opportunity for Syncsort customers to include sort-based applications in their Rational Developer plans,” said John Cotte, vice president of Worldwide Sales, Information Technology Company, LLC. “The ability to use Syncsort MFX with ITC System ReDD, along with the efficient unit test environment provided by Rational Development and Test Environment for System z, gives developers a comprehensive new way to build and test their applications without impacting the production mainframe environment.”

“We’re focused on helping customers extract more value from their existing investments and are excited to extend the use of Syncsort MFX into the Rational Development and Test Environment for System z,” said Harvey Tessler, co-founder and head of Mainframe Engineering, Syncsort. “Customers can now get the most from this environment by having the flexibility to utilize identical Syncsort MFX software on both Rational Development and Test Environment for System z and their mainframe.”

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Syncsort is a global software company that helps the world’s most successful organizations rethink the economics of data. Syncsort provides record-setting data performance and rapid time to value through easy to use data integration and data protection solutions. With over 15,000 deployments, Syncsort has transformed decision making and delivered more profitable results to thousands of customers worldwide.