tcVISION on the AWS Marketplace

tcVISION Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) are officially released on the AWS Marketplace. An enterprise with mission critical data in a mainframe environment can rapidly deploy databases globally within minutes, and with minimal administration requirements.
tcVISION’s GUI modeling and mapping, and ease of migrating data to AWS makes it an ideal choice for modernizing large mainframe environments. tcVISION can synchronize mission critical data from a mainframe system on AWS. Real-time, bidirectional data synchronization enables changes on either system to be reflected on the other system (e.g., a change to a PostgreSQL table on AWS is reflected on the mainframe database). This allows businesses to modernize an application on AWS without disrupting the existing critical work on the legacy system.

B.O.S. is Confluent Partner

Confluent was established by the developers of the open source solution Apache Kafka and provides a leading streaming platform that helps companies in maximizing their data value.
The partnership with Confluent makes it possible for users to easily integrate data of enterprise applications from both mainframes and distributed systems into their streaming platform in realtime, and to access those real-time streams with business data.
tcVISION significantly simplifies real-time analytics and BI solutions as well as application modernization, which include the offload of data and applications. tcVISION also considerably reduces the effort for implementation and realisation of the Confluent Streaming Platform with integration of real-time data from mainframe and distributed systems.
B.O.S. offers one of the leading data integration solutions for the comprehensive realisation of data exchange (data synchronisation / replication / migration / distribution) in heterogeneous environments. The integrated “minimal impact” Change Data Capture Technology for various mainframe, LUW, and Cloud based data sources accelerates the establishment of modern real-time enterprise architectures.
tcVISION is a complete integration platform. It includes the entire data exchange including extracting the data from the source, the data transformation for processing at the target, and the direct apply into the targets without buffering.

B.O.S. Implements an Agentless Connection to Db2 z/OS

The tcVISION solution offers connections to a variety of databases and file systems on z/OS, z/VSE, z/VM, and different operating systems in the open world (Linux, UNIX, Windows). Detailed information can be found here.
A new connection type has been added for Active Log processing in Db2 z/OS:
A permanent active z/OS tcVISION agent is no longer required for the processing of mainframe Db2 z/OS Active Logs. This “agentless” connection analyses the Db2 Active Log and extracts the changed data using a Db2 UDT (User Defined Table) and a connection to Db2 z/OS via DRDA or a Db2 Client.
Heinrich von Parseval, Director Research and Development: “The installation of tcVISION in a z/OS Db2 environment has been further simplified because of this additional connectivity to Db2 z/OS. A tcVISION Host-Agent is not required anymore, but tcVISION can still monitor the Db2 Active Log and extract changed data in near real-time without using noticeable resources on the mainframe. This is an interesting perspective – maybe even for future development efforts of tcVISION.“

B.O.S. Partner Conference in Haar

Partnerships are the base of a successful and world-wide representation.
B.O.S. Software Service und Vertrieb GmbH is partnering with renowned software companies in the USA, Europe, Asia, South Africa, and Australia. The existing customer base in these parts of the world is proof that the partnerships are successful.
B.O.S. invites the international partners to a conference in regular intervals. This year, the conference was conducted in Haar in April. B.O.S. presented their ongoing developments and gave insights and impressions of new releases and versions of the software solutions tcVISION and tcACCESS.
The partners also actively participated in the conference. The dynamics of the IT world, especially caused by BigData, cloud computing and new database technologies were discussed and the partners were shown how the B.O.S. solutions cooperate with these new technologies. Different customer implementations were discussed and the strategy for a furthermore successful cooperation was consolidated.
B.O.S. is convinced that the partnerships* will continue to be the guarantee for a successful distribution of the software solutions tcVISION and tcACCESS.

* B.O.S. partners:
  • Treehouse Software - USA
  • The amod – USA
  • Bateleur – South Africa
  • CCA Software – Australia
  • Yam Pong Corporation - Taiwan
  • JVL/Syspertec – Frankreich
  • UP Consulting – Spain
  • Team Data – Skandinavia
  • B.O.S. Software S.r.l. – Italy
  • Formula Opensoft – Benelux
  • B19 Data Solutions Ltd. - United Kingdom

tcVISION Supports MySQL / MariaDB

The world-wide recognition and great popularity of the relational databases MySQL and especially MariaDB is increasing. MariaDB is available as an open source database management system and is therefore a cost and license free alternative to relational DBMS in the client server environment that require a license. B.O.S. Software Service und Vertrieb takes account of this trend: tcVISION supports MySQL and MariaDB as a target system for replication processes. Both databases can also be used as the tcVISION repository.
The MySQL / MariaDB APPLY function is available for the implementation of data from other data sources in the distributed environment with MySQL / MariaDB as target, such as mainframe Db2, Adabas, IMS/DB, VSAM, Oracle, Db2 LUW, etc.
The initial load of MySQL / MariaDB databases (BULK LOAD) can be performed using the internal MySQL / MariaDB loader. The connectivity to the two databases has been implemented using the official MySQL / MariaDB interface. The wide range of database systems and platforms supported by tcVISION is unique. This is backed up by the constant growth of world-wide installations.

B.O.S. Products Support the New Version of z/OS 2.3

The most recent version of the z/OS operating system (Version 2.3) is generally available since September 29, 2017. in addition to new functions and technical enhancements IBM positions the new operating system flagship as an answer to the “rapid evolution toward hybrid IT architectures”.
Both B.O.S. solutions tcVISION and tcACCESS support this new version of the z/OS operating system.
Heinrich von Parseval, CTO and Director Research & Development: "It has always been our constant effort to provide a timely support for new versions of the IBM z/OS AND z/VSE operating systems. This support is important for customers who want to perform an immediate upgrade to the new version. This B.O.S. philosophy basically applies to all operating system platforms used by our software solutions (read more)".
Customers of tcACCESS and tcVISION who are already using or planning to use z/OS 2.3 can download the current product versions in our download area.

tcACCESS and tcVISION Listed Under "Software Developers Supporting z/OS V2R3"

IBM publishes a list of all software products which support the new version 2.3 of the z/OS operating system. See the list
Elisabeth Schwarz, Managing Director of B.O.S.: "It is our claim and ambition to provide a timely support for new releases of operating systems for our software solutions. In the case of z/OS 2.3 we have provided this support in time – like we always have in the past. Both B.O.S. solutions tcACCESS and tcVISION have been included by IBM in the directory of software developers supporting z/OS 2.3."
Customers of tcACCESS and tcVISION who are already using or planning to use z/OS 2.3 can download the current product versions in our download area.

B.O.S. Supports IBM's New POWER8 Platform

“IBM POWER Systems offer servers built with open technologies and designed for mission-critical applications. Today’s business leaders demand servers designed for BigData that are optimized, secure, and adapt to changing workload requirements.”*
The software solutions from B.O.S. help customers share their data in real-time across multiple platforms including mainframe, distributed, Hadoop and Cloud.
B.O.S. supports the new POWER8 platform with their software solutions. Heinrich von Parseval, CTO and Director Research & Development: “We are impressed by Linux on IBM POWER8 and the high performance and scalability of this trend-setting technology.”
* Quote from IBM

tcVISION Supports SAP Hana

With tcVISION mainframe data and data from the distributed applications environment (LUW) can now be replicated or migrated easily and quickly to SAP Hana. There is no programming effort required.
  • No additional middleware required
  • The data volume is reduced to a minimum (compressed and transferred in "raw format").
  • Comprehensive data mapping simplifies the selection of data and creates transparency.
  • Intuitive user interface and various wizards reduce the implementation time to a minimum.
  • Automatic character conversion between the systems and platforms.
  • The integration of data from different source data models (relational and non-relational) on different platforms to SAP Hana is fully supported.

PostgreSQL Support in tcVISION is Available Now

tcVISION replicates data on the basis of changes in real-time and automatically implements the changes into the target systems. From now on the object-oriented, relational DBMS is also supported – it is available as Open Source and therefore a cost and license free alternative to relational DBMS in the client server environment that require a license. PostgreSQL is supported as source and target of a data replication or synchronisation with tcVISION. The PostgreSQL Change Data Capture option is an optional component of tcVISION; It automatically captures changes in the PostgreSQL DBMS and replicates them into the respective target systems. The PostgreSQL APPLY option is available for the implementation of data from other data sources in the distributed environment with PostgreSQL as target, such as mainframe Db2, Adabas, IMS/DB, VSAM, Oracle, Db2 LUW, etc. Therefore PostgreSQL users can exchange data in heterogeneous system environments easily and quickly without programming effort. The migration from an existing DBMS in PostgreSQL is also easily realisable. Special database knowhow is not required.

tcVISION Now Supports IAM Files – a Solution of Innovation Data Processing

“The Innovation Access Method (IAM) is a transparent alternative to VSAM KSDS, ESDS and (as a cost option) AIX and RRDS files. The savings achieved over VSAM can vary, but IAM typically uses 40-80% less I/Os, 20-70% less CPU and 30-70% less DASD. Savings in batch elapsed times and online response times can range from 20-80%.“ (INNOVATION Data Processing)
Users of IAM files now have the possibility of replicating data into any DBMS and NoSQL DBMS systems in the distributed systems environment as well as into Cloud and Hadoop platforms in real-time. Thus, latest technology can easily be used for Analytics and Business Intelligence. tcVISION also supports bidirectional synchronization between IAM files and DBMS in the distributed environment. Therefore data between – for example – Oracle, SQL Server, Db2 LUW, Informix, Adabas LUW can be synchronized in real-time without programming effort. The transparent integration of IAM files in a heterogeneous system environment can be easily and quickly implemented.

Fully Integrated Connection of Mainframe Data to Apache Kafka

tcVISION now allows streaming change data directly to Apache Kafka.
New features:
  • Propagate change data to Apache Kafka in real-time
  • The currently supported protocols are JSON, Avro and CSV
  • Connection using official interfaces ensures a fast and simple implementation
  • Any data source supported by tcVISION can be used as data source:
    • Mainframe: Adabas, Db2, VSAM, CICS, DATACOM, IMS and others
    • Open systems: Adabas, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Db2 LUW and others

Replication of Data to MongoDB

tcVISION now fully supports MongoDB as a replication target
New features:
  • Join several tables into one MongoDB document
  • No message queueing necessary
  • No additional middleware required
  • Available for UNIX/Linux and Windows
  • Load processes can be parallelized for highly efficient data transfer
  • Integrated key management for non-indexed data
  • Detailed monitoring, logging and integrated alert notification

Direct Access to Mainframe Data from Hadoop Systems

The tcACCESS JDBC server now supports direct access to mainframe data from Hadoop systems.
New Features:
  • JDBC access to relational mainframe data e.g. Db2
  • JDBC to non-relational mainframe data such as Adabas, VSAM, Datacom, IMS, etc.
  • Access to mainframe data is completely transparent via the JDBC driver
  • No additional middleware required
  • Hadoop developers do not need mainframe knowledge

B.O.S. User Symposium 2016

The User Symposium was held in Munich from June 6 to 7, 2016. Like all other past Symposiums B.O.S. and the users actively participated in the event. Interesting presentations and user experiences together with presentations about new versions of tcACCESS and tcVISION, the current challenges IT is facing like BigData, Cloud or databases were the highlights of the successful Symposium.
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