Kyndryl and Microsoft have expanded their global strategic partnership to help customers expand and increase access to valuable mainframe data.
Kyndryl, the provider of zCloud which spun out of IBM late last year, will create data pipes that enable connections between the mainframe, including zCloud and the Microsoft cloud, allowing for a smoother transition of mainframe data to the cloud, thereby unlocking new uses and value streams from their entire data estate.
Both companies plan to combine mainframe data with other internal and external cloud-based data sources that will enable customers to create new applications that leverage modern analytics and visualization tools to deliver advanced insights.
Kyndryl will launch consulting and integration services developed to help customers more easily and efficiently plan, design, and connect mainframe data to Azure Cloud and edge computing environments.
Kelly Rogan, corporate vice president, global system integrator and advisory partners at Microsoft, said: “Microsoft’s AI-enabled Power Platform capabilities, Kyndryl’s rich mainframe ecosystem and managed services experience are a strong combination that will help customers unlock their mainframe data. We’re excited that our expanded collaboration will allow us to deliver new innovations that make it easier for customers to take advantage of the cloud to access data and make informed, data-driven business decisions.”
Petra Goude, Kyndryl global practice leader, core enterprise and zCloud, said: “As part of our collaboration with Microsoft on mainframe modernization, we are helping customers increase access to valuable mainframe data and leverage new capabilities that will show benefits of cloud automation and insights from their IT environments. Through this initiative, we are teaming with Microsoft to increase flexibility and availability of mainframe data – whether workloads are in the cloud, on-premises, or at the edge.”