Syncsort Acquires Provider of Performance Tools for DB2 and IDMS on z/OS

Syncsort, a provider of big data and mainframe software, has completed the acquisition of UK-based Cogito Ltd., a maker of specialized software that helps improve the performance of IBM DB2 and CA IDMS database management systems on IBM z/OS, and lowers mainframe costs.  With more than 80% of corporate data residing on or originating on mainframes today, this data is a critical ingredient for next-generation machine learning and big data systems, according to Syncsort. 

Syncsort says the addition will help it build on its strengths in delivering key mainframe data to cutting-edge big data platforms such as Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark, and Splunk, while helping to increase efficiency and lowering costs on the mainframe.

“Syncsort continues to heavily invest in acquisitions that help enterprises quickly deliver valuable data assets from mainframe and legacy systems to next-generation big data platforms, on premise and in the cloud. Acquisitions of companies with highly differentiated, complementary technology and top talent are an integral part of our overall growth strategy,” said Josh Rogers, CEO, Syncsort. “We are fortunate to find a company like Cogito that further extends our leadership position in Big Iron to Big Data and shares our commitment to customer value through cost effective solutions and unmatched support.”

According to Syncsort, the Cogito performance suites, EZ-DB2 for IBM DB2 and EZ-DB for CA IDMS deliver improved application response time, throughput, and CPU utilization that both speed processing and significantly lower metered mainframe costs.

Syncsort says that EZ-DB2 for IBM DB2 complements traditional DB2 performance tools by taking an end-to-end “Workload-Centric & Workload-Aware” approach to performance optimization for both Dynamic and Static SQL, providing critical information to better manage and optimize workload performance, while EZ-DB for CA IDMS products are among the leading third-party tools for CA IDMS - in use at many of the world's largest CA IDMS installations.

Syncsort has expanded its portfolio of mainframe and  big data software in recent years with products such as Ironstream, a solution that provides mainframe machine data in real-time to Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Cloud customers; DMX-h, which integrates mainframe application data with Apache Spark and Apache Hadoop, both on premise and in the cloud; ZPSaver suite, which offloads CPU-intensive tasks to specialty zIIP engines; DL/2, which allows customers to migrate data from IBM IMS to DB2/z without changing existing applications; and Zen, which offers network management and security components for z/OS. Syncsort also continues to invest in growing its leadership in high performance sort for z Systems with its MFX franchise.

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