Syncsort Snags EView for Log Data Hooks
November 28, 2018 Alex Woodie
Syncsort bolstered its capability to harvest log data originating on IBM i and mainframes yesterday with the acquisition of EView Technology, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based company that builds big iron connectors for mainstream systems management tools.
EView Technology didn’t occupy a prominent seat in the IBM i auditorium, but it did carve out its own little niche as a purveyor of connectivity tools used by systems administrators at some of the biggest IBM i and mainframe shops in the country, such a Ford, Kraft, TD Bank, Discount Tire, Waste Management, HSBC, FedEx, and REI.
The company’s claim to fame was its “intelligent agent architecture,” which enabled log data originating on IBM i servers and System z mainframes to be efficiently harvested, reformatted, and fed into cross-platform systems management tools from Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard (now Micro Focus), Splunk, and ServiceNow.
EView claims its lightweight agent minimized the overhead on the host machine, while buffering the log data in such a way as to avoid losing important pieces of data if the network connection is lost. It also allowed administrators to customize what they feed into systems management tools to account for the voluminous amount of log data that IBM i and mainframe servers are known to generate.
The company’s log management capabilities caught the eye of Syncsort, a big data software firm that has been gobbling up companies in the disaster recovery and security spaces, notably Vision Solutions and subsequently Trader’s, Cilasoft, Enforcive, and Townsend Security’s encryption software.
The acquisition of EView will fit right into the Pearl River, New York company’s “Big Iron to Big Data” strategy. That strategy has pivoted around Syncsort’s Ironstream offering, which can push data from IBM i and mainframe resources into Splunk and the Elastic Stack for analysis.
With EView and its log data collection agents, Syncsort gains the capability to gather and push that rich IBM i and mainframe log data into the Microsoft Systems Center Operations Manager (SCOM), Micro Focus Operations Manager, and ServiceNow Discovery for CMDB targets.
It’s all about giving companies more ways of leveraging their data, says Syncsort CEO Josh Rogers.
“A high priority for data-driven organizations is the ability to quickly extract value from their critical data anytime, anywhere to empower more informed business decisions,” Rogers says in a press release. “The acquisition of EView strengthens and extends the reach of our Ironstream family of products, making data from traditional systems readily available to more of the key management platforms our customers depend on for those insights.”
EView was founded in 1999 and claims to have customers in more than 35 countries. According to its entry on Owler, the company is estimated to have 86 employees and $13.4 million in revenue.