Microsoft and Kyndryl partner to ease data migration from mainframe to cloud

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Diving Brief:

  • Launch of Microsoft and Kyndryl a joint initiative to facilitate the migration of mainframe data to the cloud, the companies said Thursday. The goal is to help companies integrate mainframe data with internal and external cloud-based sources.
  • The data pipeline solution enables “mainframe data to be ingested into the Microsoft Power Low-code and no-code platform so business users can perform analytics without having to rely on mainframe application development.” said Steven Dickens, principal analyst at Futurum Research, in an email.
  • Microsoft has established a strategic partnership with Kyndryl in November, the same month, Kyndryl was spun off from its former parent company IBM.

Overview of the dive:

Mainframe IT modernization is one of Kyndryl’s core business areas, and hybrid cloud solutions are the future of the mainframe. The latest initiative between Kyndryl and Microsoft reflects this dynamic, easing the path for companies moving data between on-premises and in the cloud.

“The mainframe and the cloud are not mutually exclusive,” Dickens said. “Customers are looking to deploy hybrid multicloud architectures and the mainframe plays a key role in those deployment architectures.”

Kyndryl and Microsoft’s joint solution is designed to unlock mainframe data for integration with cloud-native data sources and other on-premises data sources using Microsoft Power Platform, said Petra Goude, Kyndryl’s global practice leader for core businesses and zCloud, in an email.

Businesses can then access ML, AI, and BI capabilities available through Microsoft Power Platform and Azure.

“This collaboration allows customers to fully utilize all data that resides on their mainframe or IBM i platform for integration and use in the public cloud and all other data sources,” Goude said.

Sean N. Ayres