DataDirect Boosts Mainframe Integration with SOA

DataDirect Technologies, a data connectivity and mainframe integration unit of Progress Software, is using SOA technologies to boost performance for its mainframe integration suite, DataDirect Shadow 7.0. Early benchmarks are in, and results are eye-popping.

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DataDirect Technologies, a data connectivity and mainframe integration unit of Progress Software, is using SOA technologies for its latest mainframe integration suite, DataDirect Shadow 7.0, with eye-popping results.

The tests compared DataDirect Shadow 7 to the prior release for performance for business-logic integration, screen-logic integration and data-logic integration, among other popular functions, company execs aid. Further, the tests were run across multiple mainframe configurations.

The results: Benchmark testers found a 170% 'average' increase in transactions per second (tps) across the three integration types. Notable performance increases were noted for DataDirect Shadow 7's business-logic integration services, where a 300% performance increase was noted, the company added.

"From a technology perspective, we have solved the bulk of mainframe integration challenges with SOA. The bigger hurdle has been making SOA cost effective for the mainframe, which the DataDirect Shadow product delivers through its unique ability to divert processing intensive workloads away from the mainframe GPP to non-measured specialty engines," said Gregg Willhoit, chief architect of the Shadow product at DataDirect Technologies, in a statment.

DataDirect Shadow 7 opens the System z9 Integration Information Processor (zIIP) to other workloads in addition to DB2, including mainframe data queries to IMS, VSAM, Adabas and IDMS, as well as SOAP/XML parsing to transform business logic and screen logic into Web services. In addition, SOA integration processing and data queries can be diverted from the mainframe's General Purpose Processor and offloaded to the zIIP and/or System z Application Assist Processor (zAAP) specialty engines.

"Performance tests conclude on average, 76% of DataDirect Shadow version 7 processing can be diverted to the zIIP specialty engine, with improved performance and the potential for significant cost savings," Willhoit added.



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