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.

STAY AND GO… AT THE SAME TIME! Incrementally Replicate Your Mainframe Data to the Cloud and Other Modern Systems While Keeping Both Sides Synchronized

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? Are you looking for a solution that allows your legacy mainframe environment to continue while replicating data – in real time and bi-directionally – on a variety of newer Cloud, LUW, or Open Systems databases? Whether your enterprise wants to take advantage of the latest cloud services, such as analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), etc., or move your data to a variety of newer Cloud, LUW, or Open Systems databases, the transition doesn’t have to be a sudden big bang.

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tcVISION: Enterprise ETL and Real-time and Bi-directional Data Replication Through Change Data Capture

The globalization of markets, the increase of data volumes, 24×7 operations, changing business conditions and high demand for up-to-date information require new data transfer and exchange solutions for heterogeneous IT architectures.

The tcVISION solution focuses on changed data capture (CDC) when transferring information between mainframe data sources and modern databases and applications. Through an innovative technology, changes occurring in any mainframe application data are tracked and captured, and then published to a variety of targets.

tcVISION allows bi-directional, real-time data synchronization of changes on either platform to be reflected on the other platform (e.g., a change to a PostgreSQL table is reflected back on mainframe). The customer can then modernize their application on the cloud, open systems, etc. without disrupting the existing critical work on the legacy system.

tcVISION – Supported Sources and Targets

tcVISION supports a vast array of integration scenarios throughout the enterprise, providing easy and fast data migration for mainframe application modernization projects and enabling bi-directional data replication between mainframe, Cloud, Linux, Unix, and Windows platforms. This innovative technology offers comprehensive abilities to identify and capture changes occurring in mainframe and relational databases, then publish the required information to an impressive variety of targets, both on-premise and Cloud-based.

View the Unequalled List of Environments Supported by tcVISION Here


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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 tcVISION demonstration. This will be a live, on-line demonstration that shows tcVISION replicating data from the mainframe to a Cloud target database.

Treehouse Software’s tcVISION on the AWS Marketplace… AWS Architectural Considerations and Challenges

Andy Jones, Senior Technical Representative for Treehouse Software recently gave a presentation at the Pittsburgh AWS User Group Meetup that explores our experiences in bringing the tcVISION Mainframe-to-AWS Data Replication Solution to the AWS Marketplace.  Andy discussed issues that had to be addressed, such as High Availability and AWS Availability Zones, Autoscaling, Security, creating the tcVISON AMIs, etc. Here is his presentation:

Additionally, Treehouse Software’s tcVISION is Featured on the AWS Partner Network Blog. Read the Blog Here.


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Treehouse Software is an AWS Technology Partner and a global leader in providing real-time and bi-directional data replication between a variety of mainframe and non-mainframe sources, including (Mainframe – z/OS and VSE): VSAM, IMS, Db2 z/OS, Adabas, CA Datacom, and CA IDMS; and (Non-mainframe): AWS, Microsoft Azure, PostgreSQL, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM Db2 LUW and Db2 BLU, IBM Informix, Kafka, MongoDB, Hadoop, SAP Hana, and more.

Contact us today to discuss your project!

U.S. Government Customers Can Now Use Treehouse Software’s tcVISION Mainframe Data Replication on the AWS GovCloud

Treehouse Software’s tcVISION Mainframe-to-AWS data replication product is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region of the AWS Marketplace.

The AWS GovCloud (US) Region is designed to host sensitive data, regulated workloads, and address the most stringent U.S. government security and compliance requirements.

The AWS GovCloud (US) is available to government customers, organizations in government-regulated industries, and other private entities that meet AWS GovCloud (US) requirements.

AWS GovCloud (US) gives government customers and their partners the flexibility to architect secure cloud solutions that comply with: the FedRAMP High baseline, the DOJ’s Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Security Policy, U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), Department of Defense (DoD) Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide (SRG) for Impact Levels 2, 4 and 5, FIPS 140-2, IRS-1075, and other compliance regimes.

From Personally Identifiable Information (PII), sensitive patient medical records, and financial data to law enforcement data, export controlled data and other forms of CUI, AWS GovCloud (US) Regions can help customers address compliance at every stage of their cloud journey.


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The tcVISION Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) are available on the AWS Marketplace. A tcVISION AMI automatically sets up the product on the AWS Cloud and allows customers to use it with either backup/recovery mainframe files or Windows files, or to set up connectivity for real-time, on-premises mainframe data replication to AWS. An enterprise with mission critical data in a mainframe environment can rapidly deploy databases globally within minutes, and with minimal administration requirements. U.S Government sites can simply choose the region “AWS GovCloud (US)” under “Pricing Information” when choosing and AMI.

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There are three versions of the tcVISION AMI on the AWS Marketplace, and #1 and #3 require two-week trial license keys provide by Treehouse Software:

1. tcVISION Mainframe Batch Integration (MBI) for AWS – Bring Your Own License (Customers must contact Treehouse Software for license key to run the software): This AMI does not require an active connection to the mainframe, because the existing backup and recovery files from the mainframe, such as Db2 imagecopies, z/OS archive log files or IMS Unloads, Adabas unload, and PLOG files can be used.

2. tcVISION Distributed Database Integration (DDI) for AWS – Pay as You Go on AWS: This AMI license installation includes security keys for Amazon S3 access and a license to use one source (PostgreSQL, Oracle, MySQL, MariaDB; MSSQL on Windows OS only) and one target (AWS S3, AWS Aurora, RDS – PostgreSQL, Oracle, MySQL, MariaDB; MSSQL on Windows OS only).

3. tcVISION Enterprise Change Data Capture (CDC) Integration for AWS – Bring Your Own License (Customers must contact Treehouse Software for license key to run the software): This AMI allows transfer of mainframe data to AWS targets continuously and in real-time. Using this tcVISION AMI, a customer can deploy databases globally within minutes.


About the AWS Marketplace…

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The AWS Marketplace is an online software store that helps customers find, buy, and immediately start using the software and services that run on AWS.


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Visit the Treehouse Software website for more information on tcVISION, or contact us to discuss your needs.

Mainframe Modernization: Extracting Business Value While Maintaining Critical Legacy Data

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Whether your enterprise wants to take advantage of the latest cloud services, such as analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), etc., or move your data to a variety of newer LUW or Open Systems databases, the transition doesn’t have to be a sudden big bang.

Application Rehost / Modernization Challenges

Much of an enterprise’s mission critical mainframe data is stored in legacy mainframe databases, and the cost to maintain these databases is high.  An added complication is that the data is utilized by many interlinked and dependent programs that have been in place for many years, and sometimes, decades. Unlocking the value of this legacy data is difficult due to many very different types of mainframe databases (e.g., Db2, Adabas, CA Datacom, CA IDMS, etc.).

Many customers are looking for a solution that allows their legacy environment to continue while replicating data in real time on a modern database/platform. This enables them to utilize modern programing and data tools in order to remain competitive in their markets.

One Step At A Time…

Treehouse Software has extensive experience in helping organizations incrementally replicate their mainframe data to the cloud and other modern systems, while keeping both sides synchronized.

Treehouse Software’s expert technical representatives help customers developed a phased plan that includes installation and implementation of the tcVISION mainframe data replication product. The plan then defines various parts of the solution, including:

  • configuration management
  • environments and promotion
  • high availability
  • security
  • disaster recovery
  • monitoring
  • operations procedures
  • script customization
  • data replication mapping
  • training

After defining the architecture, the production deployment phase begins with incremental sprint-like deployments. Additional files are then deployed into production every few weeks.

This phased plan enables the tcVISION product to synchronize mission critical mainframe data to any modern database. Bi-directional, real-time data synchronization allows changes on either platform to be reflected on the other platform (e.g., a change to a PostgreSQL table is reflected back on mainframe). The customer can then modernize their application on the cloud, open systems, etc. without disrupting the existing critical work on the legacy system.

Additionally, tcVISION customers see drastically reduced mainframe MIPS costs, and increased ability to quickly respond to business environment changes.


Find out more about tcVISION — Enterprise ETL and Real-Time Data Replication Through Change Data Capture (CDC)

tcVISION supports a vast array of integration scenarios throughout the enterprise, providing easy and fast data migration for mainframe application modernization projects and enabling bi-directional data replication between mainframe, Cloud, Open Systems, Linux, Unix, and Windows platforms. This innovative technology offers comprehensive abilities to identify and capture changes occurring in mainframe and relational databases, then publish the required information to an impressive variety of targets, both on-premise and Cloud-based.

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tcVISION acquires data in bulk or via change data capture methods, providing real-time and bi-directional data replication between a variety of mainframe and non-mainframe sources, including (Mainframe – z/OS and VSE): VSAM, IMS, Db2 z/OS, Adabas, CA Datacom, and CA IDMS; and (Non-mainframe): AWS, PostgreSQL, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM Db2 LUW and Db2 BLU, IBM Informix, Kafka, MongoDB, Hadoop, SAP Hana, and more.


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Visit the Treehouse Software website for more information on tcVISION, or contact us to discuss your needs.

You can also set up a live, online demonstration of tcVISION, where we will show data replication from a mainframe database to an AWS, LUW, or Open Systems target database. Schedule your demo today!

Try out Mainframe Data Replication on the AWS Cloud with tcVISION Amazon Machine Images (AMIs)

Treehouse Software is pleased  to announce that the tcVISION Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) are now officially released on the AWS Marketplace. The tcVISION AMI automatically sets up the product on the AWS Cloud and allows customers to use it with either backup/recovery mainframe files or Windows files, or to set up connectivity for real-time, on-premises mainframe data replication to AWS. An enterprise with mission critical data in a mainframe environment can rapidly deploy databases globally within minutes, and with minimal administration requirements.

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There are three versions of the tcVISION AMI on the AWS Marketplace, and #1 and #3 require two-week trial license keys provide by Treehouse Software:

1. tcVISION Mainframe Batch Integration (MBI) for AWS – Bring Your Own License (Customers must contact Treehouse Software for license key to run the software): This AMI does not require an active connection to the mainframe, because the existing backup and recovery files from the mainframe, such as Db2 imagecopies, z/OS archive log files or IMS Unloads, Adabas unload, and PLOG files can be used.

2. tcVISION Distributed Database Integration (DDI) for AWS – Pay as You Go on AWS: This AMI license installation includes security keys for Amazon S3 access and a license to use one source (PostgreSQL, Oracle, MySQL, MariaDB; MSSQL on Windows OS only) and one target (AWS S3, AWS Aurora, RDS – PostgreSQL, Oracle, MySQL, MariaDB; MSSQL on Windows OS only).

3. tcVISION Enterprise Change Data Capture (CDC) Integration for AWS – Bring Your Own License (Customers must contact Treehouse Software for license key to run the software): This AMI allows transfer of mainframe data to AWS targets continuously and in real-time. Using this tcVISION AMI, a customer can deploy databases globally within minutes.

tcVISION Offers a Wide Variety of Connectivity

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tcVISION supports AWS Relational Database Service (RDS) databases, such as Aurora, PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQL Server, and Maria DB as targets, in addition to traditional Linux/Unix/Windows (LUW) targets such as Oracle, IBM Db2 LUW, Software AG Adabas LUW, IBM Informix, Sybase, Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, and ODBC.

tcVISION on-premises acquires large amounts of data in bulk or via change data capture methods, including in real time, from virtually any IBM mainframe data source (Software AG Adabas, IBM Db2, IBM VSAM, IBM IMS/DB, CA IDMS, CA Datacom, even sequential files), and transforms and delivers it to the AWS Cloud.

Users can easily model and map their data, and create links between data sources and target systems with tcVISION‘s GUI interface. tcVISION also has features to prevent looping and provide conflict detection for bidirectional data processing, allowing mainframe updates to be reflected on the AWS databases and changes on the AWS databases to be reflected back to the mainframe again.

About the AWS Marketplace…

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The AWS Marketplace is an online software store that helps customers find, buy, and immediately start using the software and services that run on AWS.


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Visit the Treehouse Software website for more information on tcVISION, or contact us to discuss your needs.