DataDirect Technologies, a leader in data connectivity and mainframe integration and an operating company of Progress Software Corporation, and MetaMatrix Inc., a leading provider of information management software solutions, entered into a reseller agreement whereby MetaMatrix will embed DataDirect Shadow RTE mainframe integration technology into its family of products, extending data services management to the mainframe.

Leveraging the DataDirect Shadow RTE mainframe integration platform, MetaMatrix products can now create data services utilizing a broad range of mainframe database and application environments, including Adabas, Natural, CICS, DB2, IMS/DB and VSAM. Creating data services (rather than custom coding data manipulations into each application) enables developers to bridge semantic gaps more efficiently and create reusable modules that isolate the impact of changes in data structures. The result is a data services management system that seamlessly integrates mainframe data and existing enterprise data with the diverse new forms of data required by new projects, applications, and service-oriented architectures (SOAs).

The DataDirect Shadow RTE product provides developers with full, standards-based metadata support to enable direct, SQL access to mainframe data and applications utilizing industry standard ODBC, JDBC and JCA (J2EE Connector Architecture). As the leading mainframe integration software, the Shadow RTE product utilizes a proven, multithreaded, mainframe server component to enable secure, reliable interoperability; rich monitoring and diagnostics; and the highest level of performance and scalability.

Key benefits of the integrated offering include the ability to:

  • Quickly access mainframe data from disparate sources and receive the data in the form needed,
  • Ability to reduce application development and integration costs associated with data reconciliation,
  • Speed mainframe SOA deployment by resolving data access challenges and semantic differences between data sources.

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