Integrate the Mainframe into Enterprise-wide Streaming Data Pipelines and Processing

Luminex MDI zKonnect

Data Driven Enterprises Need Mainframe Data… Now

As data centers expand and adapt to more and more independent systems generating and processing data, the need to provide a centralized platform to integrate these systems and make business decisions in real-time has become a priority for enterprises looking to gain a competitive advantage.

In response to this demand, data centers have implemented Apache Kafka™ to provide an enterprise-wide streaming data pipeline and stream processing platform to act as a "central nervous system" in order to respond immediately and with agility, using input from the entire data center.

Connecting the Mainframe to Kafka

As powerful as a tool such as Kafka can be, it can only be as good as the data it has access to, and the last hold out likely contains an enterprise's most valuable data… the mainframe. The familiar challenges arise when sharing mainframe data with the rest of the enterprise: security, the cost and speed of data movement, and the need for an agile approach.

Luminex MDI zKonnect addresses these challenges by eliminating mainframe TCP/IP from the process and providing a simple JCL-based process for creating Producer (publishing) and Consumer (subscribing) streams on the mainframe. The mainframe and its data stay more secure by sending data over FICON rather than unsecure FTP. Data transfer is faster, more reliable and uses significantly fewer MSUs than encrypted TCP/IP. Most importantly, the process is easy and agile enough to meet the ever-changing demands of data architects, scientists and analysts.

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zKonnect enables mainframe data to be securely and efficiently integrated with Kafka for real-time enterprise-wide decision-making.

zKonnect enables mainframe data to be securely and efficiently integrated with Kafka for real-time enterprise-wide decision-making.

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