Syncsort's Ironstream Now Filters Mainframe Big Data

Fine-tuning its "Big Iron to Big Data" strategy, mainframe specialist Syncsort is now providing more control over what data generated from z/OS systems is sent to the Splunk Enterprise platform for analytics processing.

The new functionality is now available with the company's Ironstream product, which provides access to mainframe log data for real-time analytics. This data comes from the IBM System Management Facility (SMF) component of z/OS mainframes.

"As more customers put Ironstream into production, and with the large volume of log data available on the mainframe, Syncsort identified the requirement to provide the capability to limit what data is sent to Splunk," Syncsort exec Michael Kornspan said in a blog post. "To meet this need, Syncsort has just delivered a new release of Ironstream with new capabilities that allows organizations to forward specific mainframe metrics, rather than the thousands that exist within SMF records, into Splunk Enterprise for valuable insights."

The new capability, SMF Filtering, lets customers define the criteria by data is selected for Splunk analysis, selecting only the SMF records of interest. Syncsort said this helps reduce unnecessary data and keep targeted volumes within customer-established limits.

"Many of our customers, including leading financial and insurance companies are seeing SMF data volumes dramatically increase as more transactions on the mainframe are driven by increased processing power and data from new sources like mobile applications and the Internet of Things (IoT)," said Syncsort exec David Hodgson in a statement. "They have asked us for a way to select only the data that will contribute to valuable business insights. Our new SMF Filtering in Ironstream meets this challenge by making it easy to refine the data that goes into the data pipeline to Splunk Enterprise for analysis."

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