A real-world example of how Treehouse Software is helping enterprises with their Mainframe-to-Cloud / LUW / Open Systems data migration and replication initiatives…

by Joseph Brady, Director of Business Development for Treehouse Software

Many medium to large size companies are still investing in new mainframe systems, because they have been relying on them for decades to handle mission critical data transaction processing. For these companies, their mainframes are deeply entrenched, and have been rock-solid reliable over the years, allowing many users and applications to simultaneously access the same data without interfering with each other. Mainframes also perform large-scale and extremely fast transaction processing (thousands of transactions per second). Chances are, most transactions for which you use your debit or credit cards have a mainframe processing the data in the background.

There have been countless predictions of the demise of the mainframe over the years, but they have been proven wrong every time, and there’s no sign of extinction any time soon. Mainframes remain a vital part of IT infrastructures used by companies spanning a variety of industries around the world, including banking, insurance, healthcare, government, aviation, and retail.

Today, most companies that have their enterprise data stored on a mainframe system are discovering the advantages of newer cloud and open systems databases and services, including instantaneous global database deployments (e.g., Amazon Aurora), economics to scale, high availability, elasticity, security, testing at scale, disaster recovery, etc. Consequently, these companies are looking for an automated solution that allows real-time data replication between the two environments, and many are turning to Treehouse Software.


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Customer Scenario: A Look at a Large Airline’s Mainframe Data Replication Project

Treehouse Software has a major airline customer that is a long-time user of Software AG’s Adabas database on their mainframe system. Their desire was to move their data to more modern applications off of the mainframe. However, their mainframe contains vital airline maintenance and parts data that must always be highly available, so rather than performing a complete migration from the mainframe, the customer decided to utilize a data warehouse with a requirement of real-time data replication. This allows the mainframe legacy teams to maintain existing applications, while the modernization team develops applications on the newly created RDBMS. All teams determined that tcVISION real-time mainframe data replication was the perfect fit for meeting their goals.

How tcVISION Addressed the Customer Needs...

The high-level environment for the airline customer using tcVISION for data replication looks like this…

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  • Adabas: Mainframe data source containing business critical information replicated to the RDBMS.
  • Oracle: Open Platform RDBMS chosen by customer as replication target for both data warehouse and modernization project. The tcVISION Manager also uses Oracle as a repository for the metadata (field mappings).
  • tcVISION Manager: Software component deployed on both source and target systems. It is responsible for provisioning resources for:
    • Processing scripts
    • Metadata import
    • Scheduling
  • tcSCRIPT: Software component deployed on both source and target systems. It works in conjunction with the tcVISION Manager to:
    • Perform initial load of Adabas into Oracle
    • Ongoing near realtime CDC (Change Data Capture) and replication from Adabas to Oracle
    • tcSCRIPT processes data from:
      • Direct from the DBMS (initial load) or from DBMS extracts
      • Adabas Protection log (PLOG)
  • tcVISION Control Board: Software component deployed on a Windows machine which provides graphical user interface for a single point of control to administer the tcVISION environment:
    • Metadata import, creates metadata rules governing relationship between mainframe and open platform data structures
    • Replication rule maintenance
    • DDL creation
    • Creation of ETL and replication processes
    • Start, stop, and schedule replication processes

Customer’s Technical Requirement for tcVISION

The airline requires that the replication solution must support online and batch Adabas transactions and provide data replication between Adabas and Oracle. Additionally, their large databases contain millions of rows (e.g., > 50 million) that must be supported, as well as support for database change audit requirements (datetime and type of operation), transaction management, and notification of exception events.

There must also be support for configuration management between development, QA, and production.

Finally, the solution must address hardware and software failures on the mainframe, Linux, and database nodes.

Customer Outcomes

All requirements were met by tcVISION, which led to a successful project implementation.  Here is a look at the customer outcomes and benefits:

Business Outcome Customer Benefit
Data warehouse is always in sync with Adabas using tcVISION data replication Improved timeliness and reliability of reporting data
Reduced usage of mainframe MIPS Reduced cost
All data required for modernization project was successfully replicated to target environment Increased business efficiently and agility

Many more mainframe data migration and replication customer case studies can be read on the Treehouse Software Website.


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Contact Treehouse Software for a Demo Today…

No matter where you want your mainframe data to go – the cloud, open systems, or any LUW target – tcVISION from Treehouse Software is your answer. 

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Just fill out the Treehouse Software Product Demonstration Request Form and a Treehouse representative will contact you to set up a time for your online tcVISION demonstration.


Further reading: AWS Partner Network (APN) Blog: Real-Time Mainframe Data Replication to AWS with tcVISION from Treehouse Software

Treehouse Software Customer Successes: Real-time, Bi-directional Data Synchronization Between Mainframe, Cloud, LUW, and Open Systems

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Treehouse Software’s customer base includes many large companies, universities, and government organizations located in the United States and worldwide. Read about some of our Data Integration and Replication Customer Case Studies (PDF Documents) using tcVISION from the following links:

Many more mainframe data migration and replication customer case studies can be read on the Treehouse Software Website.


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Contact Treehouse Software for a Demo Today…

Just fill out the Treehouse Software Product Demonstration Request Form and a Treehouse representative will contact you to set up a time for your online tcVISION demonstration.

Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring: Finding Issues and Solving Problems With Amazon CloudWatch

by Joseph Brady, Director of Business Development for Treehouse Software

At Treehouse Software, we specialize in helping customers’ legacy mainframe environment continue while replicating their data – in real time and bi-directionally – to an impressive variety of newer Cloud, LUW, and Open Systems databases. However, once “in the Cloud”, customers need the same visibility and understanding of what is happening with their data as they have in their on-premises data centers.

Unlike a traditional data center, with the AWS infrastructure environment, customers pay only for what they use, and the company is charged only for resource utilization.  Users can bring up EC2 virtual Windows or Linux instances for any length of time. For example, if the mainframe database bulk loads only take an hour to complete, the tcVISION EC2 instances can be brought up for the two hours needed, and shut down when the processing is finished.  AWS EC2 instances can be dynamically stopped and restarted while retaining its data on AWS Elastic Block Storage. This way, the business pays only for what is needed and the instance sizes (CPU, memory, and I/O bandwidth) can be optimized for the required mainframe data migration, or data replication process.

AWS resources, such as EC2 instances, storage, and databases can be rapidly provisioned and de-provisioned.  The allows customers to approach the architecture with an agile mind set.

Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring Made Easy…

This blog gives a high-level overview at Amazon CloudWatch, a Cloud infrastructure monitoring service that gives developers, system operators, site reliability engineers (SRE), and IT managers actionable insights to monitor applications, understand and respond to system-wide performance changes, optimize resource utilization, and obtain a unified view of operational health.

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CloudWatch collects monitoring and operational data in the form of logs, metrics, and events, providing you with a unified view of AWS resources, applications and services that run on AWS, and on-premises servers. You can use CloudWatch to set high resolution alarms, visualize logs and metrics side by side, take automated actions, troubleshoot issues, and discover insights to optimize your applications, and ensure they are running smoothly.

Some customers are satisfied with a basic monitoring that polls every five minutes, while others need more detailed monitoring and can choose polls that occur every minute.

Observing, Reporting, Alerting, and Acting

Amazon CloudWatch allows customers to record metrics for EC2 and other Amazon Cloud Services (e.g., EBS (Elastic Block Storage), S3 (Simple Service Storage), etc.) and display them in a graph on a monitoring dashboard. This provides visual notifications of what is going on, such as CPU per server, query time, number of transactions, and network usage.

Given the dynamic nature of AWS resources, proactive measures including the dynamic re-sizing of infrastructure resources can be automatically initiated. Amazon CloudWatch alarms can be sent to the customer, such as a warning that CPU usage is too high, and as a result, an auto scale trigger can be set up to launch another EC2 instance to address the load. Additionally, customers can set alarms to recover, reboot, or shut down EC2 instances if something out of the ordinary happens.

A shift from looking for failures, to finding answers…


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Is your mission critical mainframe data residing on IBM Db2, IBM VSAM, IBM IMS/DB, Software AG Adabas, CA IDMS, CA Datacom, or even sequential files? Do you want to move that data to the Cloud?

Read More About tcVISION on the AWS Partner Network Blog…

Read More: AWS Partner Network (APN) Blog, “Real-Time Mainframe Data Replication to AWS with tcVISION from Treehouse Software”

Contact Treehouse Software for a Demo Today…

Just fill out the Treehouse Software Product Demonstration Request Form and a Treehouse representative will contact you to set up a time for your online tcVISION demonstration.