Space may be the final frontier, but for many mainframe users, it’s something that there just isn’t enough of. Google seems to have an infinite amount of space to store information from all the webpages it’s discovered, but for most mainframe users, there is limited amount of space used to store files of a given department and all the space used comes with a hefty cost. The cost of mainframe space makes the mainframe itself seem less expensive than it is, but it also means that teams and departments constantly need to find a way to lower the number of Gigabytes of storage space used.
Nowadays, most sites are using multiple platforms. There’s not just the ubiquitous laptops, but also other equipment that may have fallen under IT’s control as companies were acquired or as decisions were made to use a piece of software that only ran on one specific piece of hardware. And now you need an easy way to be able to transfer files from the mainframe to another platform or from one of these platforms back to the safe keeping of the mainframe.
Finding a Compression Solution
Wouldn’t it be useful if there was a single application that would allow you to compress files and send them anywhere and still be able to read them on these other devices? Well, the good news is that there is one application that does exactly that and another that does this and more! SDS offers a product called Stash™, which meets all these requirements. Also, SDS E-Business Server® provides significant compression while utilizing rock-solid PGP encryption to secure files.
Stash can compress nearly any file on almost any platform, then will decompress it on almost any other platform. In addition, it facilitates fast, transparent data transfer across mainframes, PCs, and other systems, which will save time, money, and, of course, disk space. Files can be compressed on one system and sent to another system for decompression. The software can convert data from ASCII or EBCDIC, and convert records and individual fields from PACKED or ZONED to ASCII or EBCDIC on a field-by-field basis within records. Users can select records based on keys within the records, convert fields, drop fields, and rearrange fields as necessary. There are conversion scripts available that are simple and powerful. Data can be converted to ASCII delimited text for importing into spreadsheets and information management/database programs.
By using Stash to compress files on the mainframe, it will significantly reduce the amount of storage used, the time taken to transfer data is reduced, and it will free up the team to work on other tasks. The data conversion facilities that come with Stash mean that the IT team at your site won’t have to spend time writing conversion programs or program exits when data is moved from one platform to another.
Stash mainframe software is well known for its ability to compress and decompress files quickly without using temporary work files. This is a significant feature when you are compressing and decompressing large disk files or files on non-disk devices, such as tape. Stash can handle files up to 4 Gigabytes with no difficulty.
Suppose you are wondering, how much can Stash reduce the file size by? You can expect around a 95% reduction in file size (depending on the data). This is possible because Stash uses an extremely efficient proprietary compression algorithm.
For more information about Stash or E-Business Server, please contact the SDS Sales team. They’ll be happy to discuss this opportunity with you. You can talk to the Sales team about a free demo or 30-day trial or request one yourself by clicking on the red section below.