Db2 Migration to Cloud

Our Automated Db2 Migration solution delivers modern Cloud-enabled databases and supporting applications that are functionally equivalent to their legacy counterparts. Our software converts the Db2 database into an alternative relational database (or to a Db2 Database off-mainframe), providing instant access to vendor and third party tools for reporting, monitoring, maintaining, and documenting.

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Why modernise?


Scarcity of domain expertise

Developers and database administrators who understand mainframe technology are reaching retirement age and no one is trained to replace them, resulting in a steadily diminishing talent pool. As this shortage grows, the costs and risk of relying on legacy systems will continue to rise.

Limited flexibility

Successful digital transformation and business agility hinges on good data. Non-relational databases and the underlying assets that support them were not designed for today’s business demands or modern IT. This results in difficult integrations, inaccessible data, and limited flexibility.

Exorbitant costs

Mainframes cost as much as 4,500 per cent more to operate than equivalent Cloud counterparts. This figure is compounded by rising licensing and maintenance fees for ancillary mainframe applications and databases.

Automated Db2 Migration


Our Automated Db2 Migration solution includes the generation of a new alternative relational database to replace the functionality and other data structures that are part of your Db2 database. The new target database can reside on or off-mainframe, and can use any of the standard relational database management systems (SQL Server, Oracle, Db2, PostgreSQL).

The Db2 data extract and relational load process is simple, straightforward, and fast. Our tools generate data unload programs to be executed in your mainframe environment, as well as data conversion programs for the migration of flat file character data to ready the assets for testing on the target platform. We can provide a number of extract variations for customers that have special requirements for a short Db2 data migration window. Our data migration software gives us numerous capabilities for tailoring your data migration so that the new database meets your requirements.

Next, our data migration software will generate the new DDL for the target database, in addition to the load syntax required to populate the new database using the appropriate load utilities.

The Db2 database definition can be re-collected and processed through our Automated Data Migration software anytime throughout the project lifecycle. This prevents the need to put a freeze on changes to the Db2 structure, a huge win for critical business systems that change often.

Refactoring ancillary applications

Our Automated Db2 Migration solution also includes Automated Refactoring of applications and languages that use the Db2 database including COBOL, CA Gen, CA Telon, PL/I, Assembler, Easytrieve, JCL and Procs for Db2 applications.

This solution preserves the benefits of legacy systems while empowering organisations to leverage the advantages of newer platforms, especially the Cloud. This unlocks a whole new world of automation and scalability from automated testing to quality assurance, and the ability to leverage containerised deployments and orchestration with Docker and Kubernetes.

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Over 35 years of mainframe modernisation experience

More than 500 successful modernisation projects completed

Over 2.5 billion lines of code refactored through automation

Intelligent modernisation, unparalleled experience


Additional resources to help you modernise



Modernisation secrets of the Fortune 1000

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Data Migration: Liberate legacy data

This whitepaper outlines the challenge of data locked in legacy systems, the options for solving them, and a breakdown of our solutions.

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2022 Mainframe Modernisation Report

Exploring the impact of the new era of digitalisation and change on the current state of legacy systems and organisations' modernisation plans.

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