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

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

Where Do You Want to Go?

Enterprise ETL and Real-Time, Bidirectional Data Replication Between Virtually Any Source and Target.

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Planning a data replication project between mainframe, Linux, Unix, and Windows platforms? We now have downloadable data sheets that individually focus on supported data replication sources and targets.


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

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, 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, 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 transform and deliver to virtually any target. In addition, the same product 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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Visit the Treehouse Software website for more information on tcVISION, or contact us to discuss your needs.

 

Treehouse Software Customers are Looking Upwards to Mainframe-to-Cloud Data Replication

The search is on for a mature, easy-to-implement Extract Transform and Load (ETL) solution for migrating mission critical data to the cloud.

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Treehouse Software’s 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, 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.

Mainframe-to-Cloud Case Use Example…

BAWAG P.S.K. is one of the largest banks in Austria, with more than 1.6 million private and business customers and is a well-known brand in the country. Their business strategy is oriented towards low risk and high efficiency.

BAWAG was looking to reduce the load on their IBM mainframe and as a result, reduce costs. The project involved offloading data from their core database system to a less expensive system, in real-time, and to provide read access from that system to the new infrastructure. The primary motivator for this data migration was the constantly increasing CPU costs on the mainframe caused by the growing transaction load of online banking, mobile banking, and the use of self service devices.

BAWAG ultimately migrated their online banking application to the cloud using tcVISION. Realtime Event-handling, Realtime Analytics, Realtime Fraud Prevention are only a few of the use cases that the bank’s solution currently covers.

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The bank decided to use tcVISION to migrate z/OS DB2 data into a Hadoop data lake (a storage repository that holds raw data in its native format). 20 Million transactions were made within 15 minutes.

Cost Reductions Seen Immediately

BAWAG is now seeing a 35-40 percent reduction of the MIPS consumption for online processing during business hours. After hours, consumption is less, because it is mainly batch processing on the mainframe. Currently, a volume of approximately 30 GB changed data (uncompressed) is replicated from DB2 per day.

In addition to the primary usage scenario, BAWAG can also cover additional use cases. This includes real-time-event handling and stream processing, analytics based upon real-time data as well as the possibility to report and analyze structured and unstructured data with excellent performance. The system can be inexpensively operated on Commodity Hardware and has no scalability limitations. Compared to the savings, the costs of replication (CPU consumption) of tcVISION are now very low.

Additionally, BAWAG plans to extend the use of tcVISION in the future, including implementation of real-time replication from ORACLE into the data lake.


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

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, 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, 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 transform and deliver to virtually any target. In addition, the same product 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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Visit the Treehouse Software website for more information on tcVISION, or contact us to discuss your needs.

TREETIP: Integrate Mainframe Data Sources In Your Big Data Initiatives

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, 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.

Analysts have observed that perhaps 80 percent of the world’s corporate data still resides on mainframes. So it’s no surprise that Bloor Research (http://www.bloorresearch.com/research/spotlight/big-data-and-the-mainframe/), notes that “it is necessary today to place the mainframe as a ‘first-class player’ in any enterprise Big Data strategy.”

In February 2017 we highlighted tcVISION’s support for replication to the leading NoSQL database MongoDB. MongoDB continues to increase in popularity as a back end for operational applications with real-time requirements.

tcVISION also supports analytics and “mainframe offload” Big Data use cases that generally leverage Hadoop HDFS and/or streaming data transport. With tcVISION, data from a wide variety of IBM mainframe data source can be quickly and easily replicated to Big Data targets, requiring minimal mainframe know-how and having minimal impact on the mainframe.

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Boost the return on investment for your Big Data initiatives using tcVISION!


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

tcVISION provides easy and fast data migration for mainframe application modernization projects and enables bi-directional data replication between mainframe, Linux, Unix and Windows platforms.

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tcVISION acquires 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 transform and deliver to virtually any target. In addition, the same product 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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Visit the Treehouse Software website for more information on tcVISION, or contact us to discuss your needs.

TREETIP: tcVISION’s Enhanced Web Statistics Functionality

by Joseph Brady, Manager of Marketing and Technical Documentation at Treehouse Software, Inc.

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With version 6 of tcVISION (Treehouse Software’s product for transferring information between mainframe data sources and LUW databases and applications), a newly enhanced web statistics functionality and web server have been introduced. Any standard web browser can access this server (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari, etc.).

This valuable feature enables users to oversee data from the tcVISION Manager Monitor, and statistical and operational information from the tcVISION Manager network. The Manager Monitor displays diagrams in a large, scalable window that shows “running” transfers and “not running” processes, and a diagram that shows statistical data.

The following screen shot shows how the tcVISION web statistics can be displayed to the user…

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An easy-to-use menu allows complete control of, and access to, all processes within the tcVISION Manager Monitor…

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  • “Scripts” shows running processes, completed processes, and not running processes.
  • “Server messages” shows the server messages.
  • “Manager network” shows all Managers of connected Manager Networks.
  • “Statistics” shows a selection of Managers and corresponding scripts from the monitoring database. A selection list with different diagram types is available and a button to save chosen diagrams and their selected settings.
  • “Profiles” shows the profiles of the monitoring database.
  • “Manager” shows the name, the version, the revision and the operating system of the observing Managers.

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

tcVISION provides easy and fast data migration for mainframe application modernization projects and enables bi-directional data replication between mainframe, Linux, Unix and Windows platforms.

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

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Since 1982, Treehouse Software has been a leader in helping Adabas/Natural customers with our outstanding software and services, for both mainframe and LUW (Linux/Unix/Windows) platforms.

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Our expert consultants can provide Adabas/Natural performance analysis, environment tuning and optimization; development, training and implementation services involving any Adabas/Natural-related technology; product installation, upgrades and training; data replication and integration; application rehosting and modernization; and DBA services.

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Request a Free, Online Demo of Treehouse Software’s Mainframe Real-Time and Bidirectional Data Replication / Integration Products

Did you know that Treehouse Software offers online demonstrations of the most complete and flexible portfolio of solutions available anywhere for real-time, bidirectional data replication and integration between mainframe and LUW data sources?

You can see how Treehouse Software’s popular tcACCESS and tcVISION products efficiently and cost-effectively use ETL, CDC, SQL, XML, and SOA technologies for data replication / integration, in an interactive demonstration with our skilled technical experts.

Integrate mainframe data and applications with LUW data sources…

tcACCESS is a comprehensive software solution that enables two-way integration between IBM mainframe systems and client/server, Web and SOA technologies — without the need for mainframe knowledge or programming effort. A proven platform that facilitates SQL-based integration of mainframe data sources and programs into LUW applications, tcACCESS uses industry standards such as SQL, ODBC, JDBC, and .NET. SQL queries to access mainframe data can be easily created using drag and drop techniques — no programming required.

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tcACCESS is a modular software solution. It consists of a base system that can either be implemented as a CICS transaction or as a VTAM application. The base system provides its own communication modules. The heart of the system is the tcACCESS SQL Engine which allows access to mainframe data sources using SQL statements. tcACCESS offers Listener components on the mainframe and on the client, as well as scheduling and security functions. Batch processors automate the information exchange processes between distributed applications.

Enable ETL and bi-directional data replication between mainframe and LUW platforms…

tcVISION allows the exchange of data between heterogeneous databases, from legacy non-relational mainframe sources to standard RDBMSs, in batch or real-time, via CDC (change data capture). With tcVISION, complex replication scenarios can be implemented with ease–including bi-directional “master/master” replication requirements.

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tcVISION considerably simplifies mainframe data exchange processes. The structure of the existing mainframe data is analyzed by tcVISION processors, then automatically and natively mapped to the target. The data mapping information is presented in a user-friendly and transparent format – even for users with no mainframe knowledge.

See for yourself, right at your desk…

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Tell us about your challenges. If you have a project where our mainframe data replication and integration products could be of assistance, our skilled sales and technical staff would be happy to set up a free, online demo. Simply fill out our short Treehouse Software Demo Request Form.

tcVISION TREETIP: Navigating The Repository Editor

When modeling and mapping a new metadata structure, tcVISION’s powerful Repository Editor is used to define and modify Input and Output Objects. The rich features within the Editor allow users to:

  • import new objects
  • copy or create new objects
  • import metadata for input and/or output objects
  • define target DBMSs
  • specify input and/or output objects for import
  • define DMBS-specific options
  • define target object names
  • replace/supersede existing object metadata

To assist new and even experienced tcVISION users, we’ve put together the following screen shots to give a quick overview of the Repository Editor’s functionality buttons / icons used for setting up modeling and mapping of sources and targets.

Here is an example of what the tcVISION Repository Editor looks like:

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Repository Editor icon definitions: Input objects

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Repository Editor icon definitions: Output objects

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Repository editor right click menu options

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Repository editor extended output target options

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tcVISION provides real-time data replication through change data capture, and allows easy and fast data migration for mainframe application modernization projects. Enterprises looking for a product that enables bi-directional heterogeneous data replication between mainframe, Linux, Unix, and Windows platforms need look no further than to tcVISION from Treehouse Software.

To learn more about tcVISION, or to request a demonstration, contact Treehouse Software today.

Treehouse Software will present “Replicate Data in Real-time: Anytime, Anywhere – Live tcVISION Demonstration” at the 2014 WAVV Conference

Chris Rudolph, Senior Technical Representative for Treehouse Software will be presenting, “Replicate Data in Real-time: Anytime, Anywhere – Live tcVISION Demonstration” on Tuesday, April 15th at 11:00 AM, as part of WAVV’s vendor presentation series at the upcoming 2014 WAVV Conference, to be held April 13 – 16 at The Embassy Suites in Covington, KY.

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Chris will discuss how Treehouse Software is currently providing several large organizations with ETL and real-time, bi-directional data replication using tcVISION. tcVISION provides easy and fast bi-directional data replication between mainframe, Linux, Unix, and Windows platforms. Additionally, Chris will show a live demonstration of tcVISION in action.

About WAVV…

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WAVV is a user group promoting the interests of the users of the VSE, VM, and Linux operating systems. WAVV holds the annual conference, which consists of over 100 educational sessions as well as an exhibitor show where vendors of VSE, VM, and Linux related products show their wares and meet with customers.

More information on WAVV can be found on their website. http://www.wavv.org/