Starting a Mainframe Data Migration Project? Consider Your Use Cases Carefully

by Joseph Brady, Director of Business Development and Cloud Alliance Leader at Treehouse Software

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Planning for Real-time and Bi-directional Mainframe Data Replication with tcVISION

A customer’s mainframe data may be utilized by many interlinked and dependent programs that have been in place for several years, and sometimes, decades, so unlocking the value of this legacy data can be difficult. Therefore, careful planning must occur for a mainframe data modernization project, beginning with identifying uses cases for the project and a Proof of Concept (POC) of data replication software, such as tcVISION, the Mainframe-to-Cloud and Open Systems data replication product from Treehouse Software.

This blog serves as a general guide for organizations planning to replicate their mainframe data on Cloud and/or Open Systems platforms using tcVISION.

Questions and Considerations for Your Use Cases

A general principle should be to prove out the data replication technology (tcVISION) by using identified use cases. Listed below are some examples of questions and use cases to assist customers in planning and experiencing successful Mainframe-to-Cloud and/or Open Systems data replication projects:

  • What is/are the mainframe source database(s)? Obvious, yes, but the software solution vendor and outside consultants need this information.
  • What are the critical issues you need to test? Are there any areas that you believe that would be challenging for the vendor? Examples would be specific transformations, data types (e.g., BLOB), required CDC SLAs, field/column changes, specific security requirements, data volume requirements, etc. Document all of the critical test items.
  • Select the minimal set of files (generally 3-10) with representative conditions that will enable you to test all of your critical items. If there are multiple source databases, ensure specific test use cases are defined for each source.
  • What are the target databases? Will you be replicating to a Cloud database manager, such as AWS RDS? Are there additional requirements to replicate to S3, Azure BLOB, GCP Cloud Storage, Kinesis, and Kafka? What needs to be tested?
  • What are your bulk or initial load requirements? tcVISION can load data directly from mainframe databases, mainframe unloads, or image copies. What are the data volumes? Do you have sufficient bandwidth between your mainframe manager and on-premises or Cloud VM to handle your volume requirements?
  • What are your Change Data Capture (CDC) requirements?
  • Do you have plans for bi-directional replication in the future. What are your specific requirements? Since bi-directional replication can be complex and greatly lengthen a modernization project, the customer generally will perform one bi-directional use case for conceptual proof. Will this suffice for your organization?
  • What are your specific high availability requirements? Can they be handled by a technical discussion, or is a specific use case required?
  • What are your general security requirements for data at rest and data in transit? Do you have any specific security regulations to follow, such as HIPPA or FIPS? What are your PII / data masking requirements?
  • What are your schema requirements? For example, tcVISION creates a default schema based on your input mainframe data. Major changes to the default schema usually require a staging database.
  • Do you have staff available to perform the required tasks for the project? For example, for the length of a tcVISION POC you will need part-time staff, 2-4 hours per day. A part-time mainframe administrator will generally require 2-8 elapsed hours. Other staff will include Windows/Linux/Cloud administrators. 2-4 hours of project management may also be required.
  • Are business data transformations required? tcVISION handles minor transformation via point and click (e.g., date format transformations). Major transformations can require C++ or product scripting.
  • Are there any triggers or stored procedures? tcVISION performs CDC replication processing using a database that utilizes these database features.

Of course, each project will have unique environments, goals, and desired use cases. It is important that specific use cases are determined and documented prior to the start of a project and a tcVISION POC. This planning will allow the Treehouse Software team and the customer develop a more accurate project timeline, have the required resources available, and realize a successful project. 

More About tcVISION from Treehouse Software…

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tcVISION supports a vast array of integration scenarios throughout the enterprise, providing easy and fast data migration for mainframe application modernization projects. 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 Cloud and on-premises.

tcVISION acquires data in bulk or via CDC methods from virtually any IBM mainframe data source (Software AG Adabas, IBM Db2, IBM VSAM, IBM IMS/DB, CA IDMS, CA Datacom, and sequential files), and transform and deliver to a wide array of Cloud and Open Systems targets, including AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Confluent, Kafka, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, etc. In addition, tcVISION can extract and replicate data from a variety of non-mainframe sources, including Adabas LUW, Oracle Database, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM Db2 LUW and Db2 BLU, IBM Informix, and PostgreSQL.


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What’s Your Mix?

Real-time and Bi-directional Data Replication Between Mainframes and Virtually Any Target

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tcVISION from Treehouse Software — Enterprise ETL and Real-Time Data Replication Through Change Data Capture (CDC)

Planning a data replication project between Mainframe, Cloud, and Open Systems platforms? tcVISION supports a vast array of integration scenarios throughout the enterprise, providing easy and fast data migration for mainframe application modernization projects. 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 Cloud and on-premises.

tcVISION acquires data in bulk or via CDC methods from virtually any IBM mainframe data source (Software AG Adabas, IBM Db2, IBM VSAM, IBM IMS/DB, CA IDMS, CA Datacom, and sequential files), and transform and deliver to a wide array of Cloud and Open Systems targets, including AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Confluent, Kafka, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, etc. In addition, tcVISION can extract and replicate data from a variety of non-mainframe sources, including Adabas LUW, Oracle Database, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM Db2 LUW and Db2 BLU, IBM Informix and PostgreSQL.

Whatever your mix, Treehouse Software has got it covered with tcVISION.


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Moving the right data to the right place at the right time

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Video Demo: Mainframe-to-AWS Data Replication with tcVISION from Treehouse Software

by Joseph Brady, Director of Business Development and Cloud Alliance Leader at Treehouse Software, Inc.

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Whether your enterprise wants to take advantage of the latest AWS services, such as analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, scalable storage, security, high availability, etc., or move your data to a variety of newer databases, the transition doesn’t have to occur immediately. tcVISION allows 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 the mainframe source database). The customer can then modernize their application on AWS without disrupting the existing critical work on the legacy system. 

tcVISION on AWS architecture overview:

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tcVISION’s Control Board is a Windows Graphical User Interface (GUI) that allows users to configure the replication stream between the IBM mainframe and AWS. Using the Control Board and built-in wizards, users can define the metadata and mappings between the mainframe and AWS database target.

The following video shows the steps required to create the tcVISION metadata and scripts for replicating mainframe Db2 z/OS data to AWS PostgreSQL:

Where do you want to go?

With Treehouse Software’s tcVISION, mainframe data can be replicated between IBM Db2 z/OS, Db2 z/VSE, Adabas, VSAM, IMS/DB, CA IDMS, CA DATACOM, or sequential files, and many Cloud and Open Systems targets.

tcVISION is an innovative technology that 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. A complete list of tcVISION supported environments for data replication can be seen here.


Further Reading…

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Treehouse Software is an AWS Technology Partner, and the AWS Partner Network published a blog about tcVISION, which shows a screen walk-through of tcVISION data replication from Db2 z/OS to Amazon Aurora:

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/apn/real-time-mainframe-data-replication-to-aws-with-tcvision-from-treehouse-software/


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Quickly Begin Replicating Mainframe Data on Cloud and Open Systems During a tcVISION Proof of Concept.

by Joseph Brady, Director of Business Development / Cloud Alliance Leader at Treehouse Software, Inc.

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Customers can start moving mainframe data within days during a tcVISION POC…

An online tcVISION Proof of Concept (POC) is approximately 10 business days, with the customer providing a representative subset of data, use cases, and goals for the POC. A Treehouse Software consultant will assist in downloading and installing tcVISION, and conduct a limited-scope implementation of a tcVISION application. This application uses customer data and executes on customer facilities, in a non-production environment. A document is provided beforehand that outlines the requirements and agenda for the POC.

By the end of the POC, customers can begin replicating mainframe data to their Cloud or Open Systems target database.  It can happen that fast!.

About tcVISION

More Cloud, Open Systems, and Systems Integration partners are recommending tcVISION, Treehouse Software’s Mainframe-to-Cloud data replication product for modernization projects. tcVISION focuses on changed data capture (CDC) when transferring information between mainframe data sources and Cloud and Open System 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 RDBMS and other targets.

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Further reading…

Treehouse Software is an AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Technology Partner, and the AWS Partner Network published a blog about tcVISION, which describes how tcVISION allows legacy mainframe environments to continue, while replicating data on highly available and secure Cloud platforms.


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Treehouse Software White Paper: Mainframe-to-Cloud – The “Data First” Approach

by Joseph Brady, Director of Business Development / Cloud Alliance Lead at Treehouse Software, Inc.

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Data First Approach to Mainframe Modernization

This white paper serves as a guide for organizations planning to replicate their mainframe data on a Cloud platform. 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.

Many organizations are now looking for modernization solutions that allow their legacy mainframe environments to continue, while replicating data in real time on highly available Cloud-based platforms. With a “data-first” approach, immediate data replication to the Cloud is enabling government, healthcare, supply chain, financial, and a variety of public service organizations to meet spikes in demand for vital information, especially in times of crisis.

Download the White Paper 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 or Open Systems target.

Treehouse Software’s Differentiator: Enterprise Mainframe Expertise Since 1982

by Joseph Brady, Director of Business Development and Cloud Alliance Lead at Treehouse Software, Inc. 

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This blog explores Treehouse Software‘s decades worth of experience in helping mainframe customers with innovative tools, services, and training. 

When Treehouse Software began in 1982, the business focused on software that was complementary to the Software AG mainframe product line (Adabas database management system and Natural programming language) in the areas of security, control, auditing, performance enhancement, etc.

In more recent years, Treehouse Software has become a global leader in providing solutions for real-time and bi-directional data replication between a variety of mainframe and non-mainframe sources, including (Mainframe): Adabas, Db2, VSAM, IMS, CA Datacom, and CA IDMS; and (Non-mainframe): Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, PostgreSQL, Kafka, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM Db2 LUW and Db2 BLU, IBM Informix, MongoDB, Hadoop, and many more. Here is our list of supported data sources and targets.

Decades Worth of Mainframe Knowledge…

When asked by prospective customers, “What are your primary differentiators?”, we can be tempted to first talk about superior product features and capabilities, but it is Treehouse Software’s depth of knowledge and experience in the mainframe world that is the real game changer.

Most mainframe users face critical data management challenges due to the complexity and proprietary nature of deeply entrenched databases on the platform. Our extensive experience, deep knowledge, and wide-ranging capabilities in mainframe technologies make the company a valued partner for third-party solution providers and a trusted advisor to customers.

Treehouse Software’s visionary leadership in this market has included pioneering Adabas-to-RDBMS ETL and CDC with tRelational/DPS in the mid-1990s.  Today, Treehouse Software stands alone in its product maturity, and capability, including expanded capabilities with the tcVISION product, which enables migration and synchronization of virtually any mainframe or non-mainframe database or data source.

Despite the rapid pace of change in the IT landscape, Treehouse Software’s customer base can be assured that there remains a strong commitment to providing continued support and upgrades for the product suite.

Treehouse Software provides tools and expertise for the riskiest and most-often overlooked parts of modernization and integration projects – data migration and integration.   Tapping into the vast experience of Treehouse’s technicians, and using proven products and services eliminates reliance on end-customer programming staff to write and maintain data extracts and middleware. Treehouse Software’s know-how reduces cost and mitigates risk in legacy modernization initiatives, where data migration and integration complexity is often underestimated, yet critical to success.

Our Mainframe Experts are Our Best Assets

We are fortunate to have a staff with a wealth of knowledge and skills that span not only Mainframe, but Cloud, LUW, and Open Systems technologies. Whether a customer wants to move data from their mainframe platform to other on-premises open systems or LUW databases, or to the Cloud (e.g., AWS, Google Cloud, Azure, etc.), Treehouse Software has the technical expertise and support needed to ensure successful project completion.

Treehouse Software‘s technicians have installed products and trained end-users in some of the largest mainframe sites around the world.  Mature, robust, and reliable, these products are also backed by our highly-rated 24X7 technical support.

The Treehouse Team Approach

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Treehouse Software has proven its ability to partner and work effectively as part of a larger team to solve client problems.  AWS, Google, Microsoft, Deloitte, Accenture, and other large vendors have selected our technology, services, and training for their mainframe data migration and application modernization practices.


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Congratulations to Deloitte!

Deloitte and Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Powerful. Proven. Possible.

by Joseph Brady, Director of Business Development / Cloud Alliance Lead at Treehouse Software, Inc.

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We at Treehouse Software are proud to be working with some excellent Deloitte teams to help customers move their mainframe data to AWS. Together, our companies are helping enterprises take advantage of the most advanced AWS services, including leading edge databases, analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), scalable storage, security, high availability, etc.

Additionally, by working together, Treehouse Software and Deloitte are ensuring that customers can easily modernize their application on AWS without disrupting the existing critical work on their legacy systems. This “data-first” approach allows immediate data replication between a variety of Mainframe sources and AWS, enabling customers to extract business value while maintaining critical legacy data.

We congratulate Deloitte for achieving launch partner status for the AWS Mainframe Migration competency, and we look forward to our ongoing relationship!

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Learn More about tcVISION, the Mainframe-to-Cloud Data Replication Solution from Treehouse Software…

More partners are recommending tcVISION, Treehouse Software’s Mainframe-to-Cloud data replication product. tcVISION focuses on changed data capture (CDC) when transferring information between mainframe data sources and Cloud and Open System 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 RDBMS and other targets.

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Treehouse Software is an AWS Technology Partner, and the AWS Partner Network published a blog about tcVISION, which describes how tcVISION allows legacy mainframe environments to continue, while replicating data on highly available and secure Cloud platforms.

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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 or Open Systems target.

Quickly Synchronize Mainframe Data on Cloud and Open Systems with tcVISION from Treehouse Software

by Joseph Brady, Director of Business Development / Cloud Alliance Lead at Treehouse Software, Inc.

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Are you looking for a solution that allows your legacy mainframe environment to continue while replicating data – in real time – on a variety of newer Cloud and Open Systems platforms? With a “data-first” approach, Treehouse Software’s tcVISION allows immediate Change Data Capture (CDC) between a variety of Mainframe sources and the Cloud and Open Systems, enabling customers to use the product to extract business value while maintaining critical legacy data by replicating data between their mainframes and the Cloud and Open Systems.

Whether your enterprise wants to take advantage of the latest Cloud services, such as analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), scalable storage, security, high availability, etc., or move your data to a variety of newer databases, the transition doesn’t have to be a sudden big bang. tcVISION allows 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. 

Where do you want to go?

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. With Treehouse Software’s tcVISION, mainframe data can be replicated between IBM Db2 z/OS, Db2 z/VSE, Adabas, VSAM, IMS/DB, CA IDMS, CA DATACOM, or sequential files, and many Cloud and Open Systems targets, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Kafka, PostgreSQL, Snowflake, etc.

tcVISION supports a vast array of integration scenarios throughout the enterprise, providing easy and fast data migration for mainframe application modernization projects and enabling 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. A complete list of tcVISION supported environments for data replication can be seen here.


Further Reading…

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Treehouse Software is an AWS Select Technology Partner, and the AWS Partner Network published a blog about tcVISION, our Mainframe-to-Cloud data replication product, which describes how tcVISION allows legacy mainframe environments to continue, while replicating data on highly available and secure Cloud platforms:

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/apn/real-time-mainframe-data-replication-to-aws-with-tcvision-from-treehouse-software/


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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 or Open Systems target.

Shopping for a Mainframe-to-AWS Data Replication Solution? Look no further than Treehouse Software’s tcVISION on the AWS Marketplace…

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Using Treehouse Software’s tcVISION to replicate data between a mainframe database and AWS, an enterprise with mission critical data can rapidly deploy databases globally within minutes, and with minimal administration requirements. Supported mainframe databases include Db2, VSAM, IMS/DB, Adabas, IDMS, Datacom, or even sequential files. tcVISION is available on the AWS Marketplace for many global regions, including the AWS GovCloud (US) East and (US) West. 

There are three versions of the tcVISION Amazon Machine Image (AMI) on the AWS Marketplace:

1. 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.

3. 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 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.

Like what you see? Replicating mainframe data on AWS can happen within days during a tcVISION Proof of Concept (POC)…

An online tcVISION POC is approximately 10 business days, with the customer providing use case and goals for the POC. A Treehouse Software consultant will assist in downloading and installing tcVISION and conducting a limited-scope implementation of a tcVISION application. This application uses customer data and executes on customer facilities, usually in a non-production environment. A document is provided beforehand that outlines the requirements, use cases, and agenda for the POC.

By the end of the 10-day POC, customers can begin replicating mainframe data to their Cloud target database.  It can happen that fast!


Further Reading…

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Treehouse Software is an AWS Select Technology Partner, and the AWS Partner Network published a blog about tcVISION, our Mainframe-to-Cloud data replication product, which describes how tcVISION allows legacy mainframe environments to continue, while replicating data on highly available and secure Cloud platforms:

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/apn/real-time-mainframe-data-replication-to-aws-with-tcvision-from-treehouse-software/


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

Replicate Data Between Mainframes and Cloud APIs for MongoDB with Treehouse Software’s tcVISION

by Joseph Brady, Director of Business Development / Cloud Alliance Lead at Treehouse Software, Inc.

Treehouse Software is helping enterprises with mainframe data explore modernizing with various Cloud APIs for MongoDB using tcVISION, our Mainframe-to-Cloud data replication product.

The MongoDB Atlas Database as a Service (DBaaS) is present across all major Cloud platforms (AWS, Azure, and Google). Automated infrastructure provisioning, setup, and deployment are fully automated with MongoDB Atlas.

Select a Cloud provider, region, instance size, memory, and additional configurations in the Cluster Builder or via the API and be on your way…

Video Demo: Moving Mainframe Data to MongoDB with tcVISION

Our video demonstrates integrating logically connected data to a document structure in MongoDB. This video shows how to transfer Db2 z/OS Mainframe Data To MongoDB using tcVISION…

Replicating mainframe data on the Cloud can happen within days during a tcVISION Proof of Concept (POC)…

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An online tcVISION POC is approximately 5-10 business days, with the customer providing use cases, goals, and a representative sample of data for the POC. A Treehouse Software consultant will assist in downloading and installing tcVISION and conducting a limited-scope implementation of a tcVISION application. This application uses customer data and executes on customer facilities, usually in a non-production environment. A document is provided beforehand that outlines the requirements and agenda for the POC.

By the end of the 10-day POC, customers can begin replicating mainframe data to their Cloud target database.  It can happen that fast!

Further Reading…

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Treehouse Software is an AWS technology partner, and the AWS Partner Network published a blog about tcVISION, our Mainframe-to-Cloud data replication product, which describes how tcVISION allows legacy mainframe environments to continue, while replicating data on highly available and secure Cloud platforms:

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/apn/real-time-mainframe-data-replication-to-aws-with-tcvision-from-treehouse-software/


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