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Kyndryl and Microsoft expand partnership to drive mainframe connectivity

Fresh collaboration sets sights on increased flexibility and availability of mainframe data for customers

IT infrastructure services provider Kyndryl has expanded its strategic partnership with Microsoft as it looks to help customers expand and increase access to mainframe data.

The collaboration will see Kyndryl create data pipes that enable connections between the mainframe - including its zCloud platform - and the Microsoft Cloud. 

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The firm says the aim is to make it easier for customers to shift their mainframe data to the cloud to create new uses and value streams. With a holistic view of their data, customers will be able to leverage machine learning, AI, analytics, reporting, as well as low-code and no-code applications with Microsoft Power Platform.

Plans also included the pair's intent to combine mainframe data with other internal and external cloud-based data sources. This is expected to help users create new applications that can deliver advanced insights at scale.

Announcing the move, Kyndryl also revealed that it's launching consulting and integration services to help customers plan, design, and connect mainframe data to Azure Cloud and Edge Computing environments.

“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,” said Petra Goude, global practice leader of core enterprise and zCloud at Kyndryl.

“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.”

The collaboration is an extension of Kyndryl and Microsoft’s existing partnership, announced back in November 2021, which has the two companies working together to develop products built on the Microsoft Cloud to drive digital transformation

Now, with the integration of mainframe data into low-code and no-code applications, the firm says customers will benefit from a data-driven business environment that can help achieve their business modernisation goals.

“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.”

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