Syncsort Expands its Reach into the IBM i Market

Syncsort, is acquiring Trader’s, a France-based global provider of high availability software solutions for multiple platforms, specializing in IBM i (AS/400, iSeries, System i).

The acquisition extends Syncsort’s leadership in data availability and market-leading IBM i high availability product portfolio.

“We are in this wonderful niche space, which is a market we carved out and defined called ‘Big Iron to Big Data,’” said David Hodgson, chief product officer, Syncsort.

Trader’s provides high availability software that replicates updates to critical data on a production system in real-time on a remote IBM i (AS/400, iSeries, i5). It includes dynamic monitoring between the source and target systems, triggering alert procedures or switching applications and users to the back-up system when needed.

The acquisition gives Syncsort a stronger foothold in Europe, allowing the company to help enterprises become compliant with GDPR regulations. Those new security regulations go into effect in May.

Users will be able to encrypt and control access to data, enabling this acquisition to assist companies looking to beef up their security.

Along with those complying to new security regulations, data stewards will benefit the most from this, according to Hodgson.

The Trader’s transaction follows Syncsort’s combination with Vision Solutions and recent acquisitions in the IBM i security space of Enforcive and Cilasoft that continue to build on its unrivaled expertise and proven leadership in IBM i and AIX Power Systems platforms.

It advances Syncsort’s position as a leading provider of business resilience solutions – high availability, disaster recovery, migration, data replication and security – that protect data and systems and minimize downtime as enterprises transform and automate their operations. It also advances Syncsort’s growing capabilities to optimize, integrate and assure the availability of critical IBM i data.

Looking to the future the company will take inventory of its solutions and consider mixing and matching some of them while furthering acquisitions in other areas of the big data space.

“We’ll take our time to meet with the team there in more detail to understand the technology and people,” Hodgson said. “And then we’ll build a strategy that works out how we use the products together.”

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