Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 70 - Page 56


Kyndryl and Microsoft announce initiative to deliver cloud-based insights and innovation for mainframe customers

Kyndryl , a global IT infrastructure services provider , and Microsoft have announced plans to expand the reach and impact of their global strategic partnership by helping customers expand and increase access to valuable mainframe data .

Kyndryl provides secure multi-tenant zCloud and is applying its unique expertise to create data pipes that enable connections between the mainframe , including its zCloud platform , and the Microsoft cloud , making it easier for customers to move their mainframe data to the cloud , thereby unlocking new uses and value streams from their entire data estate .
As part of the joint mainframe modernisation initiative , 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 .
Customers will have a holistic view of their data and can take advantage of Machine Learning , AI , analytics , and reporting , and will be able to leverage low-code / no-code applications with Microsoft Power Platform .
Kyndryl and Microsoft also 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 visualisation tools to deliver advanced insights at scale .
“ As enterprises look to adopt a hybrid cloud strategy , the mainframe has a key role to play . This announcement highlights the collaboration of Kyndryl and Microsoft and brings together the world ’ s largest provider of hosted mainframe services and a marketleading public cloud provider to unlock new ways for mainframe clients to drive innovation and bring value to customers ,” said Steven Dickens , Senior Analyst , Futurum Research .
Petra Goude , Kyndryl Global Practice Leader , Core Enterprise and zCloud , said : “ As part of our collaboration with Microsoft on mainframe modernisation , 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 .”
By integrating mainframe data into low-code and no-code applications , the companies also will help customers create and benefit from a data-driven business environment .
“ 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 ,” said Kelly Rogan , Corporate Vice President , Global System Integrator and Advisory Partners at Microsoft . “ 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 .” p
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