Land Registry speeds up legacy kit ahead of huge data collection push

The Land Registry is to update mainframe integration software to get more from its legacy systems in support of a key new business project.

The Land Registry is to update mainframe integration software to get more from its legacy systems in support of a key new business project.

The government agency, which manages the largest property register in the world, is undertaking a comprehensive registration initiative. "We aim to mop up the 40% of land in England and Wales that rarely changes hands and therefore may never have been registered," said Steve Dean, physical data services manager at the Land Registry.

The Land Registry will use Shadow mainframe integration software from DataDirect to give its bespoke Java and SQL-based distributed applications faster access to mainframe data. It recently negotiated a three-year contract for Shadow to enable it to take advantage of new upgrade features and manage growing data, said Dean.

The agency holds information electronically on more than 20 million properties, with about £1m worth of property being processed every minute - equating to 20 million SQL calls an hour, said Dean.

The Shadow system will allow local applications to interact with the IBM mainframe z/OS operating system and DB2 database when drawing together text documents and mapping information, for example. It will also allow regional branch offices to update records on the mainframe securely in real time.

The middleware upgrade will support workload balancing across several mainframes and logical partitions, with the introduction of an instrumentation server to provide a logical graphical overview of system performance.

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