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Splunk and Syncsort are partnering to help enterprises analyse data generated by IBM mainframes in the cloud

Splunk and Syncsort are partnering to help enterprises analyse data generated by IBM mainframes in the cloud

Big data service provider Splunk has teamed up with Syncsort to bring analytics and data visualisation capabilities to IBM mainframe-generated data.

The companies said the alliance enables organisations to search, analyse and visualise massive streams of mainframe data using Splunk’s cloud-based data analysis platform, or its on-premise correlate.

The partnership will see Syncsort provide the engine designed to collect, transform and forward mainframe log data, such as Systems Management Facilities (SMF) records and mainframe application data to the Splunk platform for correlation and analysis. At the moment the platform supports IBM zOS data.

“Mainframes still play a key role in many organisations’ IT infrastructures and produce a substantial amount of corporate data,” said Sanjay Mehta, vice president of product marketing at Splunk. “Our alliance with Syncsort enables organisations to more easily monitor and quickly identify potential security risks, operational or system failures, and customer financial transaction activities from all systems.”

Mainframes are still very popular in a number of highly regulated verticals including telecoms, healthcare and financial service, and the companies claim the partnership will help give enterprises better visibility into mainframe generated data and help these customers yield insights that help improve datacentre operations.

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