Unveiling PropelZ: A Revolution in Mainframe Data Accessibility

Why PropelZ?

At VirtualZ, we set a course to revolutionize data access.

In addition to Lozen™ and Zaac™, our collaboration with customers and partners led us to create PropelZ — a fast, no-code utility for extracting mainframe data.

PropelZ was designed for businesses who need a quick snapshot of their mainframe data for use in their hybrid cloud environments.  With PropelZ, you can push a copy of mainframe data to your favorite database or data lake, allowing you to move quickly — at a fraction of the cost — and drive better business outcomes.

How Does It Work?

PropelZ extracts and copies data from your mainframe on demand, and then pushes that copied data to your applications.  Now you can easily put mainframe data to use in a hybrid cloud environment, taking advantage of the database tools you’re already familiar with to transform and analyze your dataset.

PropelZ is ideal for times when you don’t need full real-time, read-write access, and it delivers results at a fraction of the cost of legacy ETL solutions.

PropelZ addresses limitations faced by traditional approaches in mainframe data accessibility:

  • Enhanced Application Integration: PropelZ seamlessly integrates mainframe data with various applications, catering to those requiring more than the open-close, read-write approach, especially those demanding intricate SQL queries.
  • Adaptable Data Access: PropelZ simplifies data accessibility and tailors it to the specific needs of applications, aligning with user preferences and workflows.

PropelZ vs. Alternatives

When compared to other approaches, PropelZ stands out for its performance, openness, and efficiency:

  • Performance: PropelZ overcomes the performance issues and limitations associated with API-centric approaches, adopting industry standards like JDBC for easy integration into different databases.
  • Adaptability and Openness: A key strength of PropelZ lies in its openness and adaptability. PropelZ supports over 50 databases with JDBC interfaces, giving you flexibility in choosing databases that suit your needs.
  • Efficiency: PropelZ is highly efficient in data transformation, emphasizing its modern and streamlined approach in directly pushing data from z/OS to databases.

Data Types Supported by PropelZ

PropelZ boasts versatility in handling extensive data types present on the mainframe. It supports a variety of data types, including VSAM, sequential SAM, keyed VSAM, relative record VSAM, numbered record VSAM files, QSAM, PDS, GDG, and various sequential files.

This broad compatibility ensures PropelZ can effortlessly handle the diverse data structures present on the mainframe.

Conclusion

It shouldn’t take a major investment of time and money to get a snapshot of your mainframe data for your hybrid cloud.

With PropelZ, you can easily push a copy of your mainframe data to your favorite database or data lake at a fraction of the cost of legacy ETL solutions.  Easily put mainframe data to use in a hybrid cloud environment, taking advantage of the database tools you know.  Improve agility and support up-to-date intelligence that helps business users identify their best opportunities.

PropelZ is available for free with a limited use license or for a paid unlimited use license.

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