Treehouse Software is Helping Higher Education Customers Modernize Long-standing Mainframe Data on the Cloud

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

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The Business Issue

Many higher education institutions have large volumes of mission critical and historical data stored in legacy mainframe databases (Db2, Adabas, IMS, IDMS, Datacom, VSAM, etc.). The cost to maintain these databases is high and they lack the features required for modernizing the data architecture. Additionally, the data is utilized by an extensive number of interlinked programs dependent on this legacy data.

Colleges and universities are searching for a solution that allows them to unlock their mainframe data within a Cloud-based data store, such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), where they can use a wide array of analytics and machine learning services for easy access to all relevant data, without compromising security or governance.

Once mainframe data is on AWS, an institution can innovate quickly by creating new functions with Cloud speed, such as mobile users via Amazon API Gateway, or voice devices such as Amazon Alexa.

Additionally, data security is one of the biggest challenges facing most higher education organizations. Beyond the certifications and best practices that are part of having data reside on the AWS Cloud platform, there are also many security features and services designed to help an organization stay compliant with industry best practices and regulations.

The Solution: Mainframe-to-Cloud Data Replication 

Treehouse Software recently helped a large university with a requirement for a solution that allows their legacy mainframe database to continue while replicating data in real time on AWS. By using Treehouse Software’s tcVISION Mainframe-to-Cloud data replication product, the university was able to immediately utilize some of the most advanced Cloud tools and services in the world.

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tcVISION enables the university to synchronize mainframe data to Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL. Furthermore, bi-directional, real-time data synchronization will enable 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 database). This allows the university to modernize the application on PostgreSQL without disrupting the existing critical work on the legacy system, and modern tools can now be used in the PostgreSQL environment, greatly enhancing business agility.

Moving Forward…

Having on-demand, Cloud-based services available can now help IT teams build secure environments for mission-critical applications for the University, freeing them to focus on student success and plan for growth or increased seasonal demand.

tcVISION provides the quality of service required by enterprise data workloads for security, availability, and scalability, and university staff and students can look forward to quickly and affordably accessing Cloud compute, storage, and application services.

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 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 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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Customers are discovering that they can quickly begin replicating their mainframe data to the Cloud during tcVISION Proof of Concepts (POCs)

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

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Modernizing long-standing mainframe systems has become a strategic imperative at many government, education, healthcare, financial, and retail organizations. As a result, these organizations are looking for solutions that allow their legacy environments to continue, while replicating data, in real time, on Cloud-based platforms, such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, etc. This “data first” approach allows organizations to quickly take advantage of advanced Cloud technologies, such as big data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), rapid global database deployments, high-level security, etc., while keeping the mainframe and Cloud sides synchronized.

With new IT modernization initiatives in the forefront, Treehouse Software is seeing a significant upswing in requests for online demonstrations and POCs of tcVISION, our Mainframe-to-Cloud data replication product.

You can start moving your mainframe data to the Cloud within days during a tcVISION POC…

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An online tcVISION POC is approximately 5-10 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 conduct 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!


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Contact Treehouse Software for a tcVISION Demo Today…

Simply fill out our Product Demonstration Request Form and a Treehouse representative will be contacting you to set up a time for your requested demonstration.

High Availability Requirements for Mainframe Data Modernization — Running tcVISION in Global Availability Zones

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

Many customers embarking on Mainframe-to-Cloud data replication projects with Treehouse Software are looking at high availability (HA) as a key consideration in the planning process. The goal with HA is to ensure that systems are always functioning and accessible, with deployments located in various Availability Zones (AZs) worldwide. Having an HA architecture in place protects against data center, availability zone, server, network, and storage subsystem failures to keep businesses running without downtime or human intervention.

In this blog, we will give a high-level overview of tcVISION HA Architecture, using AWS as an example. However, HA basic principles are essentially the same across all Cloud platforms.

Example of the tcVISON HA Architecture on AWS

During tcVISION’s Change Data Capture (CDC) processing for Mainframe-to-Cloud data replication, HA must be maintained in the AWS environment. The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), which contains the tcVISION Manager, is part of an Auto Scaling Group that is spread across AZs with Amazon EC2 instance(s).

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Upon failure, the replacement Amazon EC2 instance tcVISION Manager is launched and communicates its IP address to the mainframe tcVISION Manager. The mainframe tcVISION Manager then starts communication with the replacement Amazon EC2 tcVISION Manager.

Once the Amazon EC2 tcVISION Manager is restarted, it continues processing at its next logical restart point, using a combination of the LUW and Restart files. LUW files contain committed data transactions not yet applied to the target database. Restart files contain a pointer to the last captured and committed transaction and queued uncommitted CDC data. Both file types are stored on a highly available data store, such as Amazon Elastic File System (EFS).

For production workloads, Treehouse Software recommends turning on Multi-AZ target and metadata databases.

To keep all the dynamic data in an HA architecture, tcVISION uses EFS, which provides a simple, scalable, fully managed elastic file system for use with AWS Cloud services and on-premises resources. It is built to scale on-demand to petabytes without disrupting applications, growing and shrinking automatically as you add and remove files, eliminating the need to provision and manage capacity to accommodate growth.


Treehouse Software can help organizations immediately start moving their mainframe data to the Cloud and take advantage of the most advanced, scalable, secure, and highly available technologies in the world with tcVISION

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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 and enabling bi-directional data replication between mainframe, Cloud, Open Systems, Linux, Unix, and Windows platforms.

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.

Now, more than ever, enterprises with mainframes are looking to modernize their legacy systems

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

Rapidly changing global health, economic, and political conditions are making fast access to the most current information more important than ever for official agencies and the public.  As a result, modernizing information systems is taking center stage and top priority, especially for organizations with critical mainframe data residing on a variety of long-standing databases, often still updated by COBOL applications! These databases include Db2, VSAM, IMS/DB, Adabas, IDMS, Datacom, or even sequential files. Unlocking the value of this important data can be difficult, because the data can be utilized by numerous interlinked and dependent programs that have been in place for many years, and sometimes decades.

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 (AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, etc.). 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.

Treehouse Software can help organizations immediately start moving their mainframe data to the Cloud and take advantage of the most advanced technologies in the world with tcVISION

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Whether an enterprise needs to take advantage of the latest Cloud services, such as big data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), rapid global database deployments, high-level security, etc., or move data to a variety of newer Cloud or Open Systems databases, the transition doesn’t have to be a sudden big bang.

A Phased Approach

Treehouse Software has extensive mainframe experience and subject matter experts to help 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 develop a phased plan that includes installation and implementation of the tcVISION mainframe data modernization product, script customization, data replication mapping, high availability, security, monitoring, training, etc..

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

This phased plan enables tcVISION to synchronize critical mainframe data to a Cloud / Open Systems 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.

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

tcVISION uses an intuitive Windows GUI interface for administration, mapping and modeling, script generation, and monitoring. The product 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 – 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, Open Systems, Linux, Unix, and Windows platforms.

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.

Enterprise Mainframe Customers are Realizing the Benefits of Replicating Data to Cloud-based Relational Databases

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

Treehouse Software has been helping enterprises mainframe customers since 1982, and in recent years, we have been developing a strong presence in the emerging Cloud market space relating to mainframe data migration. This blog takes a quick look at a couple of popular Treehouse-supported Cloud relational database systems…

Amazon Aurora relational database, a MySQL and PostgreSQL-compatible relational database built for the cloud, that combines the performance and availability of traditional enterprise databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases:

Google Cloud SQL, a fully managed relational database service for MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQL server. You can connect with nearly any application, anywhere in the world. Cloud SQL automates backups, replication, and failover to ensure your database is reliable, highly available, and flexible to your performance needs:

Treehouse Software Helps to Make the Mainframe Data Move Easy…

Many enterprises’ mainframe systems house vast amounts of data  encompassing historical, customer, inventory, logistics, and a myriad of other information types. Sales leaders at Cloud platform companies and systems integrators are engaging with Treehouse Software to take advantage of our unique skills and tcVISION Mainframe-to-Cloud data replication solution to help them tap into this potential goldmine of data that needs to be made available to new technologies.

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With tcVISION, customers can replicate mission critical data to the Cloud, and immediately take advantage of the broadest and deepest set of capabilities, including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, Internet of things (IoT), predictive data analytics, high performance and security, high availability across global regions, scalability, and innovation. Imagine having the most advanced technologies available for data processing, interactive analytics, real-time analytics, operational analytics, dashboards, and data warehousing at your fingertips!

Where is your mission critical data residing?

tcVISION provides the means for customers to easily replicate relevant data from most mainframe data sources (IBM Db2, IBM VSAM, IBM IMS/DB, Software AG Adabas, CA IDMS, CA Datacom, or even sequential files) to Cloud targets, including AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Oracle Cloud

Walkthrough of tcVISION Mainframe Data Replication to Cloud and Open Systems in 90 Seconds…


Further reading: tcVISION Mainframe-to-AWS data replication is featured on the AWS Partner Network Blog…

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AWS recently published a blog about tcVISION’s Mainframe-to-Cloud data replication capabilities:

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


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Contact Treehouse Software 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.

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.

Who Says Mainframes and The Cloud Don’t Mix? Treehouse Software Collaborates with Tidal Migrations to Offer Comprehensive, Scalable Enterprise Mainframe-to-Cloud Migration

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

PITTSBURGH — Treehouse Software, Inc. is pleased to announce an agreement with Toronto-based Tidal Migrations to offer enterprise customers a complete Mainframe-to-Cloud data replication and migration solution that provides fast, easy, and secure access to the Cloud.  This alliance offers mainframe customers Treehouse’s unequalled combination of decades worth of mainframe systems experience and comprehensive data replication capabilities, and Tidal Migration’s leading platform for application-centric discovery and analysis to provide customers with the data-driven insights necessary to replatform and refactor applications for the Cloud.

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When assessing an application portfolio for modernization, most organizations see a Mainframe system and quickly move on.  This should not be the case.  If looking to either modernize a mainframe application, or simply distribute a mainframe database to the cloud, customers can now analyze that application for both its technical complexity, as well as its business value, and start the voyage to the cloud.

Tidal Migrations provides the assessment and Treehouse Software’s tcVISION product can move or sync a mainframe database with either AWS or Azure.  What does that mean?  It means that customers can continue running their mainframe-based production workloads on the mainframe, while developing the re-architected application using the same data in the Cloud.

Treehouse Software’s tcVISION, is a powerful and mature software product designed for real-time and bi-directional data replication.  tcVISION’s GUI modeling and mapping, and ease of migrating data to the Cloud makes it an ideal choice for modernizing large mainframe environments.  tcVISION provides the quality of service required by enterprise data workloads for security, availability, and scalability.

“Our customers often left the mainframe applications out of their analysis of the applications in their portfolio thinking that transformation was not an option,” says David Colebatch, CEO of Tidal Migrations.  “Now these apps are treated like any other with Treehouse providing a straightforward path to empowering the cloud-transition.”

Try the Tidal Migrations Platform and Tools for free: https://get.tidalmg.com/

“Through this exciting new collaboration, Treehouse Software provides globally proven mainframe data delivery capabilities, and the customer benefits from modernization of their data while achieving Cloud readiness confidence ensured by the Tidal Migrations platform,” said Joseph Brady, Director of Business Development and AWS Alliance Lead at Treehouse Software.

Read about tcVISION on the AWS Partner Network Blog: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/apn/real-time-mainframe-data-replication-to-aws-with-tcvision-from-treehouse-software/

About Treehouse Software, Inc.

Since 1982, Treehouse Software has been serving enterprises worldwide with industry-leading mainframe-related software products and outstanding technical support.  Treehouse is an AWS Technology Partner and is 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): VSAM, IMS, Db2, CA Datacom, Adabas, and CA IDMS; and (Non-mainframe): Amazon RDS Aurora, Amazon MySQL/MariaDB, Amazon RDS PostgreSQL, Amazon RDS Oracle, Amazon RDS SQL Server, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Redshift, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, Kafka, MongoDB, Hadoop, and many more.

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About Tidal Migrations

Our mission is to empower our customers’ application portfolio assessment with a business-first approach and our standardized framework.  This is underpinned by the Tidal Migrations platform and underlying tools; Tidal Tools and DNS Tools.  The platform captures all of the data from various discovery and assessment tools and provides a single-source-of-truth for managing the cloud voyage of each application in the portfolio, all the way from goal setting to transition execution in a collaborative format.  Tidal Migrations has partnerships with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

https://tidalmigrations.com/


Further reading: tcVISION Mainframe-to-AWS data replication is featured on the AWS Partner Network Blog…

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AWS recently published a blog about tcVISION’s Mainframe-to-Cloud data replication capabilities:

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


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Contact Treehouse Software 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.

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.

Enterprise Mainframe Systems House Vast Amounts of Data, Perfectly Positioned to Take Advantage of Powerful and Innovative, Cloud-based Services

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

Treehouse Software has been helping enterprises since 1982, and our extensive experience, deep knowledge, and wide-ranging capabilities in mainframe technologies makes us a valued partner and a trusted advisor to customers worldwide. In recent years, we have begun developing a strong presence in the emerging Cloud market space relating to mainframe data migration.

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Cloud providers are aware that most large enterprises use mainframe systems housing vast amounts of data encompassing historical, customer, logistics, etc., and they are helping us bring our tcVISION Mainframe-to-Cloud data replication and migration solution to the Cloud marketplace. Sales leaders within various verticals at Cloud companies and systems integrators are also engaging with Treehouse Software to take advantage of our unique skills and solution to help them tap into this potential goldmine of data that needs to be moved to the Cloud.

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With tcVISION, customers can replicate mission critical data to the Cloud, and immediately take advantage of the broadest and deepest set of capabilities, including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, Internet of things (IoT), predictive data analytics, high performance and security, high availability across global regions, scalability, and innovation. Imagine being able to spin up a functional and secure databases anywhere in the world — in minutes! Also imagine having the most advanced technologies available for data processing, interactive analytics, real-time analytics, operational analytics, dashboards, and data warehousing at your fingertips!

Where is your mission critical data residing?

Most larger industry verticals recognize the need to tie together many disparate data sources within their IT environment, including their long-standing mainframe data.  Treehouse Software’s tcVISION solution focuses on changed data capture (CDC) when transferring information between mainframe data sources and target 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 provides the means for customers to easily replicate relevant data from most mainframe data sources (IBM Db2, IBM VSAM, IBM IMS/DB, Software AG Adabas, CA IDMS, CA Datacom, or even sequential files) to Cloud targets, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, as well as many more seen here… 

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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 mainframe and various Cloud platforms. Using the Control Board and built-in wizards, users can define the metadata and mappings between the mainframe and a Cloud database target.

tcVISION automatically defines the mappings between the source and target. tcVISION’s Metadata Import Wizard creates a default mapping that handles data type conversion issues, such as EBCDIC to ASCII, Endianness conversion, codepages, redefines datatypes, and more. See mapping example below:

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CDC replication is initiated from the tcVISION Control Board, and the mainframe communicates to the Cloud-based tcVISION replication manager. The tcVISION Control Board shows a graphical representation of the replication, seen in the example below:

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Video: Walkthrough of tcVISION Mainframe Data Replication to Cloud and Open Systems in 90 Seconds…


Further reading: tcVISION Mainframe-to-AWS data replication is featured on the AWS Partner Network Blog…

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AWS recently published a blog about tcVISION’s Mainframe-to-Cloud data replication capabilities:

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


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Contact Treehouse Software 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.

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.