Kyndryl and Microsoft forward mainframe data to cloud services • The Register

Microsoft and Kyndryl have unveiled a new aspect of their global strategic partnership, with plans to help enterprise customers make better use of data stored on mainframe systems.

According to Kyndryl, the services company has worked with Microsoft to enable data pipelines between mainframe systems (including Kyndryl’s zCloud platform) and Microsoft’s Azure cloud, designed to make it easier for customers to move data stored on their mainframes to a cloud environment Analysis.

Kyndryl is IBM’s former IT infrastructure services division, which Big Blue spun off last year, so it would be ironic if it were now helping IBM customers ditch the mainframe — though of course the reality is more complicated.

The zCloud platform is Kyndryl’s managed multi-tenant mainframe cloud service.

Microsoft and Kyndryl announced the establishment of their commercial relationship within days of the closing of the Kyndryl spinoff last year. The company now has agreements with all three major cloud providers.

The purpose of this new agreement is for Kyndryl to help enterprise customers derive more value from their mainframe data by connecting it to the Microsoft Power Platform, various cloud-based tools Redmond offers that enable low-code application development and Combine workflow automation with existing services like Power BI.

In a short video, Richard Baird, Kyndryl’s VP and CTO for zCloud, reveals how the company has linked its zCloud platform and Microsoft Azure. This includes deploying an Azure Stack HCI environment alongside a mainframe in one of Kyndryl’s zCloud centers or in a customer’s own data center, which is then used as an integration point between the mainframe and the Microsoft Power Platform.

Integrating cloud-based capabilities into the mainframe not only preserves the value of existing enterprise IT investments, but enhances them to enable faster digital transformation, Kyndryl claimed, suggesting the mainframe isn’t going away entirely just yet.

Instead, Kyndryl addressed creating a hybrid environment that exposes mainframe data through Azure and opens it up to the benefits of cloud-based applications, machine learning and AI. In theory, this means mainframe customers can choose the right platform for the right workload, it said.

“Microsoft’s AI-enabled Power Platform capabilities, Kyndryl’s rich mainframe ecosystem and managed services experience are a powerful combination that will help customers unlock their mainframe data,” said Kelly Rogan, Microsoft’s VP of Global System Integrator and Advisory Partners.

Kyndryl and Microsoft also plan to combine mainframe data with other internal and external cloud-based data sources to enable customers to build new applications that leverage modern analytics and visualization tools.

As part of the joint mainframe modernization initiative, Kyndryl will provide consulting and integration services to help customers plan, design and connect mainframe data to Azure cloud and edge computing environments more easily and efficiently. ® Kyndryl and Microsoft forward mainframe data to cloud services • The Register

Rick Schindler

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