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Data Integration solutions to connect today’s data infrastructure – including mainframes and IBM i systems – with tomorrow’s technology to maximize the value from all your critical data

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Maximize the value of all your enterprise data

Mainframes and IBM i systems power your mission-critical applications but are typically left out of the cutting-edge data management, processing and analytics platforms connected to the rest of your IT infrastructure. Advanced analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), data lakes and cloud are driving your organization forward – but keeping your traditional enterprise systems in disconnected silos will set you back. Lack of integration produces a blind spot that puts your organization at risk for erroneous decision-making, flawed machine learning models, missed opportunities, increased costs, regulatory penalties, security breaches, and more.

However, it’s challenging to integrate data from mainframes and IBM i systems with the newer technologies in your enterprise. Required skills and experience are difficult and costly to find. Even with them, the integration effort is complex, time-consuming, error-prone, and unsustainable to maintain over time. Whether you’re working with logs and machine data, or your data is generated by business applications, Syncsort’s data integration solutions can help overcome these challenges and maximize the value of all your data.

Log, Machine and Event Data Integration

Mainframes and IBM i systems process massive volumes of critical and sensitive information every day. In the past, they operated in relative isolation, but today most are connected to a network or the Internet, making them vulnerable to cybersecurity threats and incidents.

Including these systems in your security analhytics and security information and event management (SIEM) platforms is imperative to keeping your organization safe. You need a comprehensive, 360-degree view of, and the same early detection and threat response capabilities covering, your entire IT infrastructure – particularly the systems that power some of your most mission-critical workloads.

Many organizations are leveraging Splunk Enterprise for security analytics or Splunk Enterprise Security as their SIEM, but Splunk does not natively collect essential security and compliance data from the mainframe or IBM i platforms. Syncsort’s Ironstream for Splunk solution is used by companies around the world to overcome this challenge. Ironstream enables you to collect essential security and compliance data from the IBM mainframe and IBM i platforms and send this information to Splunk, so you have a centralized, single system of record. With this comprehensive view, you can drastically improve security processes and create an audit train for reporting and compliance.

Learn more about Ironstream for Splunk.

You can’t manage what you can’t see. If you have mainframes and IBM i systems, but they aren’t part of your IT Operations Analytics (ITOA) platform, you only have part of the picture. Since your IT operations span traditional IBM systems, distributed environments and cloud platforms, you need an end-to-end ITOA solution that does as well. You’ll never have the true visibility you need if you’re focusing on one technology silo at a time.

Ironstream helps turn your siloed mainframe and IBM i machine data into a 360-degree view of your IT infrastructure so you have the operational analytics and insights you need to keep your business services up and running.

Your Configuration Management Database (CMDB) is designed to be the single system of record for your IT infrastructure. This view is critical for incident, problem and change management, and serves as an important foundation for mapping your infrastructure to business services.

Of course, today’s IT environments are complex – spanning on-premises and cloud environments, physical and virtual instances – and changing all the time.

IT Discovery tools are essential to keeping your CMDB complete and up-to-date. They automate the process of identifying all the configurations items across the enterprise and mapping their dependencies in the CMDB.

An up-to-date CMDB is essential for IT Operations Management (ITOM), which ensures that all components across your IT infrastructure are available, efficient and highly performant to support your business processes and services.

For organizations with mainframes and IBM i systems, no CMDB is complete without them – unfortunately, they are often overlooked. Ironstream enables you to rapidly configure and launch secure discovery of these important traditional IBM systems and their relationships, giving you a complete picture of your IT infrastructure to empower smarter IT decisions in support of your business.

Event management is an area within ITOM that presents IT departments with a significant challenge. The sheer number of systems, services and configuration items operating can unleash a torrent of events. Assailed by thousands of notifications, it becomes difficult to separate out the important, and determine how they relate to each other.

Identifying issues and correlating events manually just doesn’t work. It takes too long and the risk for errors is great. In addition, IT resources spent on these repetitive tasks means time is taken away from activities that can add value to the business.

Companies like ServiceNow and Splunk are adding AIOps capabilities, powered by machine learning, to significantly reduce the noise and help IT teams identify real issues fast. Many of your critical business services rely on the mainframe or IBM i systems, so it’s important to include them in your IT event management solutions.

Ironstream monitors critical management messages on IBM mainframe and IBM i systems and applications and forwards the information to ServiceNow and Splunk, where events are deduplicated, normalized and correlated to identify and resolve problems for a faster mean time to resolution (MTTR).

Learn more about Ironstream for ServiceNow.

Application Data Integration

Mainframe application data can help to enhance downstream analytics, business insights, and next wave technologies such as machine learning. As your organization invests in modern technologies, you may also want to migrate legacy data to new platforms for better business outcomes. If you have mainframe data, you know you cannot leave this data out of your broader data integration strategy. That said, accessing, integrating, or migrating mainframe data can be difficult or even impossible, depending on your organization.

Mainframe access and integration success is highly dependent on specialized skills that understand legacy data. However, these skills are in short supply. Data integration solutions that can bring mainframe data into an intuitive interface that runs on any computing environment helps set you up for success with the resources you already have.

The Syncsort Connect family of high-performance data integration products can directly access, understand, and transform complex VSAM, COBOL Copybooks, IMS data, mainframe fixed and sequential files, and Db2 data – and get it to your platform of choice for advanced analytics, fraud detection, machine learning, and more..

To get the most from your analytics platforms, you need to feed them real-time data from across your entire IT infrastructure – from sensors, to mainframes, to web servers and more. This easier said than done. Complicated IT environments and disparate systems can prevent visibility and access to critical data. As a result, analytics platforms are unable to meet the needs of the business.

Streaming application data offers a practical way to move legacy data to data lakes and analytics platforms. When implemented, streaming application data helps to centralize sources of multiple disparate data assets into one repository for analytics at scale. Streaming application data allows you to build data lakes that are always fresh and analytics platforms that drive business results with the most up-to-date insights.

Syncsort delivers solutions for streaming application data through its Syncsort Connect portfolio, integrating all data across your organization from mainframes, relational and NoSQL databases, the cloud, data lakes, and more. Connect CDC captures changes to data sources, including mainframe and IBM i, to streaming applications or data lakes. Connect for Big Data is then able to feed data downstream to analytics platforms while performing transformations in-flight.

Learn more about Connect for Big Data and Connect CDC.

Effectively offloading data and workloads from the data warehouse to the data lake can help you free up data warehouse capacity, drive bigger insights through enterprise-wide analytics, and keep data readily available as long as needed. However, it can be a challenge to find, access, and move data and processing to data lakes.

To get the greatest return on your data warehouse offload initiatives, you need a flexible, lightweight solution to collecting, blending, transforming, and distributing data across the enterprise.

Connect for Big Data is your single tool for efficiently creating seamless workflows that automatically filter tables, columns, or data types, so you can move just the data you want, when and where you need it most.

Learn more about Connect for Big Data’s design once, deploy anywhere approach.

Cloud migrations help organizations to gain a cost-efficient computing environment that is highly performant and scalable. When executed well, your business can see the benefits of shared data insights combined with improved scalability and lower IT costs.

Cloud migrations can be complicated, having many moving parts, stakeholders, and strategies. Shared challenges that can arise are interoperability of systems, data portability and integrity, and business disruption. Data integration solutions can help to facilitate cloud migrations by making legacy data sources accesible to cloud environments and providing data lineage.

The Syncsort Connect product family gives your business the flexibility to deploy data integration when and where you need it. Visually design data integration workflows once and deploy them anywhere – on-premises or in the cloud – without the need to redesign, rework, or recompile. Syncsort Connect’s flexible architecture is suited for deployment on public, private, multi-cloud, and hybrid cloud environments.

Efficiently sharing data across the business is key to becoming a data-driven organization. However, connecting and sharing data across lines of business can be a significant challenge, especially as systems and data volumes grow. Additionally, the data replicated to your business systems must be both correct and reliable.

Database replication is critical for collecting and sharing data across a wide variety of systems. Database replication solutions can help mitigate data delivery and systems challenges by replicating data to business systems in real-time, ensuring that your business has access to the latest trusted data.

Connect CDC’s database replication capabilities help you streamline access to data across your organization by building data pipelines that replicate data from its source to business applications or analytics solutions that live on other platforms.

Break down data silos

Your organization has access to more data than ever before. This data is critical to serving your customers better, making better decisions, staying ahead of the competition, ensuring regulatory compliance, optimizing performance, and keeping your company secure. But, data loses its value when its trapped in silos.

Whether its application, machine, log or event data, Syncsort’s data integration solutions enable you to realize the potential of all your enterprise data assets. Our integration software helps you unlock data from infrastructure investments you’ve made over the years – including mainframes, IBM i systems and enterprise data warehouses – and connect it with the cloud, analytics, AI, ITOM, ITOA and SIEM platforms driving your business into the future.

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Connect for Big Data

Integrating application data from traditional systems with Big Data platforms to power AI, machine Learning and advanced Analytics

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Connect CDC

Delivering real-time insights across the enterprise with streaming data pipelines, change data capture and database replication

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