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ALEBRA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
3810 Pheasant Ridge Drive NE
Minneapolis, MN 55449

651.366.6140 / Toll-Free:888.340.2727

Mainframes are the predominant platform for large-scale processing for mission-critical applications, so they are a necessary part of any major corporation. Unfortunately, as the need for processing power grows, most corporation’s mainframe budgets tend to remain relatively flat. This is a problem that is all too common across many industries. IBM recognized this problem and responded by creating its System z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) to help reduce mainframe costs.

What is zIIP?

 IBM describes zIIP as:

“a purpose-built processor designed to operate asynchronously with the general processors in the mainframe to help improve utilization of computing capacity and control costs. It is designed for select data and transaction processing workloads and for select network encryption workloads. zIIPs allow customers to purchase additional processing power without affecting the total million service units (MSU) rating or machine model designation.”

Basically, work from suitable tasks running in a z/OS mainframe operation system are allowed to access the zIIP’s engine rather than using the main processor. The capacity of the zIIP engine doesn’t count toward the overall MIPS rating of the mainframe and the CPU usage incurred on the zIIP is not chargeable in typical workload based software maintenance. This way, the mainframe’s transactional data stores and applications that run on distributed servers can work together, all at a lower cost.

zIIP & Alebra

 Although there is always some overhead associated with processors, we are always seeking ways to minimize it. This is why we have taken measures to enable zIIP processing to eliminate as much of this remaining overhead as allowed by zIIP processing rules. This enablement applies to the most common file transfer operations. CPU usage on CP processors for zIIP enabled transfers using TCP/IP will be significantly reduced and transfers using Alebra’s z/OpenGate transport will have almost no overhead remaining on CP processors. Our competitor’s data movers use around 128 MIPS compared to the 7 our z/OpenGate consumes. However, when our z/OpenGate is paired with a zIIP processor it drops the MIPS consumption to zero, saving you even more than just using a zIIP alone.

Contact us to learn more about z/OpenGate, zIIP enablement or any of our other solutions.

September 28th, 2017

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Minneapolis, MN (September 19, 2017)—Alebra Technologies Inc., the leader in high-performance cross-platform data movement and remote access, today announced new capabilities in its unrivaled mainframe data integration platform.

Alebra’s new Hadoop Loader features direct two-way transfer capability, providing a cost-effective way to move large amounts of data to that specific environment without all the functionality of the company’s flagship Parallel Data Mover.  Customers adopting this solution will, however, have an easy upgrade path to Alebra’s PDM r7 solution.

“While data is being collected, processed and stored on diverse platforms, what companies need are tools that leverage enterprise data and deliver cutting-edge performance for competitive advantage,” said Tom Lehn, CEO, Alebra Technologies. “The Hadoop Loader focuses on moving data between the mainframe and Hadoop platforms quickly, securely and directly while consuming far less overhead than other solutions.

Alebra’s solution enables users to routinely populate Hadoop Distributed File Systems with huge volumes of corporate data.  The Hadoop Loader tracks, accelerates and automates direct two-way data transfers between a Hadoop cluster and mainframe, Linux, Unix, Windows and other Hadoop clusters.  The direct data transfer function reduces processing time and lowers operating costs by eliminating the need for interim file copies, thereby reducing storage requirements on both ends of the transfer.  Mainframe datasets and entire databases can be moved without landing first on the Hadoop server.

About Alebra Technologies, Inc.

Founded in 1998, Alebra Technologies Inc. is focused on developing software solutions that allow companies to move large amounts of data, in real-time, outside of traditional networks. Alebra’s data integration platform seamlessly integrates its customers’ data across mainframe, Linux, UNIX, Windows and Hadoop platforms using alternatives to traditional data movement and sharing methods. The company’s solutions not only deliver data to any application, but do so in less time and at a significantly lower cost, regardless of the platform or location.   to learn more, visit www.alebra.com.

 

For more information, contact:

Steve Schoonmaker (651) 247-9393

Steve.Schoonmaker@alebra.com

September 20th, 2017

Minneapolis, MN (September 6, 2017)—Alebra Technologies Inc., the leader in high performance cross-platform data movement and remote access, today announced new capabilities in its unrivaled mainframe data integration platform.

Alebra’s Parallel Data Mover release 7 (PDM r7) functionality delivers anytime data transfers without impacting ongoing operations, and enables organizations to reduce operating costs by dramatically reducing mainframe MIPS consumption.

“Alebra has always been the leader in data movement performance and efficiency,” said Bill Yeager, chief technical officer of Alebra Technologies.  “With this release of PDM, we have taken a giant leap to maximize both these factors.  PDM is now capable of running in a zIIP engine, reducing even further the already low overhead you have come to expect from PDM.  In fact, our internal performance tests report literally zero MIPS consumption when transferring data.  The end result is that customers can move significant amounts of data in less time, at any time of the day or night and not worry about impact to production systems or rolling averages.”

The new PDM capabilities extend Alebra’s production deployments for improving infrastructure performance and integrating cross-platform environments to direct connections to Hadoop data lakes.  Mainframe datasets and entire databases can be moved quickly and securely without landing on the Hadoop server while consuming far less overhead than other solutions.

The key competitive difference of PDM is marked by its high availability, efficiency and scalability.  The new PDM capabilities combined with direct connectivity to Hadoop and other HDFS platforms deliver cutting-edge performance for competitive advantage.

For more information on the new PDM r7 capabilities, please visit our website at www.alebra.com.

About Alebra Technologies, Inc.

Founded in 1998, Alebra Technologies Inc. is focused on developing software solutions that allow companies to move large amounts of data, in real-time, outside of traditional networks. Our data integration platform seamlessly integrates your data across mainframe, Linux, UNIX, Windows and Hadoop platforms using alternatives to traditional data movement and sharing methods. Our solutions not only deliver data to any application, but do so in less time and at a significantly lower cost, regardless of the platform or location.   For more information, visit www.alebra.com.

For more information, contact:
Steve Schoonmaker (651) 247-9393
Steve.Schoonmaker@alebra.com

September 6th, 2017