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Leiden, Netherlands – July 18, 2019 - IntelliMagic announces new functionality to monitor mainframe network traffic with its support of IBM’s z/OS Encryption Readiness Technology (zERT). zERT is a new IBM TCP/IP feature designed to provide full visibility into all the traffic from the mainframe TCP/IP stack, whether it leaves the mainframe or not. The zERT feature captures the encryption settings used, if any, for every session managed by the TCP/IP address space.

“We expect that zERT will be used widely within the enterprise: by the security staff to track the implementation of network encryption across the company, and by the auditors to verify that the IT department meets the regulatory and company security requirements”, says IntelliMagic founder and CEO, Dr. Gilbert Houtekamer.
The IBM zERT feature provides very detailed statistics on the use of encryption protocols for all IP and TCP traffic to and from z/OS mainframes. The collected connection level data is summarized and written to new SMF 119 subtype 12 records for analysis.

“Like with most SMF data sources, out of the box all the good data is there, but to get useful information a significant analysis effort is required. This is where IntelliMagic Vision comes in”, says Dr. Houtekamer.

IntelliMagic Vision provides visibility by enriching and transforming the SMF data to ready-to-use audit and security reports that can be used to monitor the encryption used for public and local traffic separately. Security staff can determine what traffic is not yet (properly) encrypted, down to the level of IP addresses and address spaces by using IntelliMagic Vision.

IntelliMagic Vision is used by large mainframe sites around the world to automatically analyze the huge volume of system measurement data (SMF and RMF) produced on the mainframe platform, turning raw metrics into actionable analytics. It proactively identifies availability risks and performance issues in the z/OS systems infrastructure, including components like Db2, CICS, MQ, Coupling Facility, Disk, Tape and Network…

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Syncsort has unveiled Trillium DQ for Big Data, providing best-in-class data profiling and data quality capabilities in a single solution, designed to work natively with distributed architectures. Using Trillium DQ for Big Data, organizations can apply data quality to large volumes of enterprise data on-premises or in the cloud, delivering trusted data for business insights and realizing the full potential of emerging technologies to meet their data governance and compliance requirements…

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A Wake-Up Call!

Many organizations have mainframe computers installed, yet the senior management of those organizations seem to be sleep-walking into the future without realizing the power of the mainframe, the amount of revenue that results from the use of the mainframe, and the potential the mainframe has to drive the business forward…

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Syncsort, the global leader in Big Iron to Big Data software, today announced the expansion of its geographic presence with the opening of offices in Pune and Bengaluru, India. Research, development and support teams at these locations will initially focus on supporting Syncsort’s strategic partnership in B2B integration software, and will also play a central role in accelerating momentum with customers in Asia Pacific and advancing overall company strategy. …

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Broadcom Inc. has announced a value-based software licensing model designed to provide increased clarity, predictability and flexibility of software consumption on z/OS mainframe systems. Broadcom is the first mainframe independent software vendor (ISV) to announce software licensing solutions based on total consumption of million service units (MSU). The new Mainframe Consumption Licensing (MCL) model gives mainframe customers better visibility and predictability into their software spending while enabling them to maximize the value created for their end customers…

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Syncsort, the global leader in Big Iron to Big Data software, today announced the delivery of Connect CDC, a new real-time change data capture and data replication product that enables organizations to stream application data from diverse on-premises and cloud sources, including mainframe, with guaranteed data delivery. By making all mission-critical application data accessible in real time, organizations can empower business users across the enterprise to make decisions based on information when it’s most relevant and valuable…

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Compuware has announced significant enhancements to Topaz for Total Test, the industry’s leading automated testing solution that empowers developers and testers of any skill level to rapidly develop and deliver high-quality code. Topaz for Total Test now provides unit, functional, integration and regression testing capabilities in a single product—an industry-first for automated testing…

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