IBM Infosphere Data Replication - exchanging data

Informix data replication (IDR/IIDR) enables a reliable and powerful data synchronization taking into consideration meanwhile updated data. In most use cases High Availability Data Replication (HDR), Continuous Log Restore (CLR) and Enterprise Replication (CDR/ER) meet the requirements regarding speed and reliability perfectly.


But there are some scenarios where HDR, CLR und CDR/ER are not or less suitable for moving data from one server to another:


  • You are using different databases in a heterogeneous environment. E. g. you would like to move data from an Informix database to a DB2, Oracle, MS SQL or Sybase database server. Usually this challenge can be met only with extensive individual programming or by consolidation of your database environment which finally means the purchase of rather expensive database licenses.

  • CDR/ER needs too many resources of the database server. This results in long data access times. Finally the database performance decreases.

  • Because of availability/security reasons you uncouple the data exchange process between the source and the target server. This makes sense if you suffer from (non reproducible) problems using CDR/ER for the exchange of very high volumes of data or using an unstable network.


IBM InfoSphere Data Replication (IBM InfoSphere Change Data Capture), in short named CDC, is a log based replication which unburdens the source database server. CDC is capable to exchange data in heterogeneous environments between different databases or to replace Informix replication (HDR, CLR, CDR/ER) used for high data volume if availability and performance is a problem. Your applications have not to be changed.

IBM Infosphere Data Replication offers a broad range of options. In the easiest scenario you will move directly data from one database server to another. You can also exchange one source table directly into a target table. Additionally you can move data also per column. You can combine CDC with ETL tools and use filter options. Performance-Monitoring for source and target server is possible. Potential bottlenecks are shown as alerts.

IBM Infosphere Data Replication is installed and licensed on processor basis on the source and target database server.

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