Syncsort Acquires SQData to Expand Use of Critical Mainframe Data with Modern Data Platforms

Syncsort has acquired SQData, an Addison, Texas-based provider of enterprise-class data integration technology. Syncsort says that the acquired products and expertise will advance its ability, through the Syncsort Connect portfolio, to help customers expand the use of critical mainframe data by making it easier to integrate it with emerging technologies.

Nearly all of Syncsort’s 7,000 customers need to leverage decades’ worth of investment in legacy data systems by integrating these critical data assets with modern technologies such as hybrid cloud, blockchain, and streaming, said Josh Rogers, CEO, Syncsort. SQData has been a strategic technology partner for Syncsort. Bringing its high-performance data replication technology and skills in-house will enhance Syncsort’s ability to deliver real-time solutions for critical customer use cases, enabling predictive analytics, machine learning and AI, he explained.

Building on Syncsort’s existing support for VSAM and Db2/z data, the SQData acquisition brings new capabilities for IBM IMS. According to Syncsort, despite processing billions of transactions a day, IBM IMS is often overlooked for enterprise analytics due to its complexity and potential performance impact. SQData’s technology will be used to stream data from IMS for downstream analytics, with minimal impact on processing speed and efficient delivery of information to business users.

The SQData acquisition closely follows Syncsort’s launch of Connect CDC, which enables companies to build streaming data pipelines for real-time sharing of mainframe and other data sources. Connect CDC allows customers to publish data from legacy systems to streaming frameworks such as Kafka and next generation repositories such as Hadoop and cloud data lakes.

Recently, Syncsort also launched the Invent Initiative, which invites data-driven enterprises to work with Syncsort to solve their most complex data challenges that result from trying to integrate legacy systems with newer technologies.

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