Introducing Zaac™: A New Universe of Data Access for Mainframe Applications

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Business-critical data is stored in a variety of locations — in the cloud, on SAN devices, or in SaaS applications, just to name a few. Until now, the mainframe has not been empowered with equivalent data access capabilities as these other platforms.​

That’s where Zaac comes in. Zaac operates under the concept of “IBM Z as a Client” (Z-a-a-c) — allowing mainframe applications to read and write data from other platforms in real time the way a client would. The name “Zaac” is also inspired by the name “Isaac” to honor the Nordic and Hebrew heritage on the team at VirtualZ.​

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What can Zaac do for me?

With Zaac, the mainframe is elevated so that it has the same data access capabilities as any other platform. Applications running on IBM Z now have real-time, read-write access to data on other storage platforms and to data created by applications running in the cloud and on distributed platforms.

Zaac maintains existing mainframe-level security, letting you control user access to cloud data and securely manage multiple data source connections simultaneously. It’s based on open standards and protocols, simplifying data source integration — and Zaac’s streamlined process makes it very easy to deploy. ​

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Unlock a new universe of data sources for your IBM Z applications and consume data any way you choose, in an efficient and controlled way. Zaac enables your mainframe with: ​

Real-Time, Read-Write Access to Cloud and Distributed Application Data

Real-Time, Read-Write Access to Connected Storage Devices​

​Concurrent Access to Multiple Data Sources

Bi-Directional Data Transformation

Real-Time, Read-Write Access to Cloud and Distributed Application Data

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I have a mainframe business application running on z/OS that needs to read and write data to cloud object storage, such as Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, Amazon S3, and more.

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I am generating data in a SaaS application, such as Salesforce or Workday, that I need to consume in my mainframe application.

Zaac is a no-code solution, providing a simple and straightforward way to configure mainframe applications with real-time, read-write access to data in cloud and distributed platforms—without intermediaries or manual efforts.

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Real-Time, Read-Write Access to Connected Storage Devices

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I want my mainframe applications to read and write data in my on-premises Dell, IBM, Hitachi, and other connected storage devices.​

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I want my mainframe to leverage low-cost storage for test data, backups, and more — both on- and off-premises.

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I want my mainframe to have the ability to ‘burst’ into the cloud for low-cost storage capacity.

Zaac enables access to file systems on any device through network protocols like iSCSI and others, giving mainframe customers the ability to connect a variety of devices to their mainframe. Zaac also brings the same level of capabilities present in other storage platforms to the mainframe, making this data available to any IBM Z application.

Concurrent Access to Multiple Data Sources

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I want to simultaneously write to multiple cloud providers in parallel, such as Microsoft Azure and Google, for fault-tolerance.

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I want to de-couple application processing and data storage. I have a mainframe application simultaneously reading records from multiple storage platforms, such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon S3, and I want to write the output to Dropbox.

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I want to put a mainframe-generated document in hundreds or thousands of individual Dropbox accounts.

Zaac enables mainframe applications to access multiple data sources in parallel within a single application, making concurrent access to multiple data sources easily achievable.

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Bi-Directional Data Transformation ​

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I want a robust data transformation capability to map data residing in cloud, storage, and distributed platforms to my mainframe applications using VSAM and QSAM.​

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I require data transformation to be driven by copybooks and other existing definitions for my mainframe applications.​

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I prefer an open, standards-based approach to defining metadata in a simple XML format to control data transformation/conversion.​

Our innovative approach to real-time, read-write data access includes data transformation, which is often required to ensure mainframe applications can process data generated on cloud, storage, and distributed platforms. ​

If you are an application developer looking for ways to integrate and transform cloud, storage, and distributed data into your mainframe applications, Zaac offers a robust data transformation capability. With Zaac, all applications consume the data they need in a way that is most natural for processing.

Zaac Delivers Cost Savings

Zaac delivers cost savings for your organization, empowering you with:

  • A no-code solution that eliminates the cost of developing, de-bugging and maintaining custom applications for every storage platform you want to connect to. 
  • Flexibility to have low-cost storage to avoid the expense of adding additional mainframe devices.​
  • The ability to match the needs of your applications to take advantage of low-cost storage, such as application testing.​
  • Reduced MIPS and network consumption with real-time, read-write data access.
  • The ability to reduce or eliminate software license fees, such as ETL, file transfers, and other legacy data access and transformation software.​
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Schedule a Briefing​

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