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infoCDC

Customers expect responsive real-time solutions when it comes to event streaming across multiple channels. infoCDC is a lightweight, easy-to-use, and affordable Change Data Capture solution for IBM i (AS/400) data.

infoCDC

Zero Code Solution

CDC solutions currently available on IBM i platform require extensive planning and implementation, specialized skills, and are rather heavy and expensive to operate.

infoCDC is designed to be an intuitive, lightweight solution that provides core data integration capabilities at a fraction of the cost of competing products.

infoCDC-Zero Code Solution
infoCDC-integration platforms

Supports major integration platforms

Data changes are streamed via Data Queues using native and fast IBM i objects for inter-process communications. Any middleware or target system that is capable of listening for Data Queue messages can receive CDC changes and apply them to the target systems.

Infoview connectors for MuleSoft, Kafka and other major integration platforms further simplify delivery of real-time integration and data replication solutions

infoCDC Features

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Ability to configure tables and columns to replicate

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Easy setup and configuration, auto-creation of all required components such as data queues, format tables, and flow definitions

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Non-intrusive low system impact change detection leveraging IBM i journals

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Auto-detect primary keys and unique keys and let users define custom keys for legacy files

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Support is provided by our product engineering team who develop and maintain the product, ensuring fast response and resolution.

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Listen for changes in specific columns and ignore irrelevant changes

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Support for both commitment control (commits / rollbacks) and auto commit changes

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Data Queue messages align with the IBM i Format Table data structure, passing the data in a compact, easy to deserialize, binary format

Flexible Proof of Concept Models

Letting companies evaluate on their own terms

subscription

  • Upon  receiving the serial numbers of the IBM  i  servers planned to be leveraged  for  the POC, a 30-day trial license will be  provided along with installation documentation 
  • In house teams will design and implement the Kafka and MuleSoft components and IBM  i  configuration to their desired use case 
  • As always, the Infoview  team will be  available to answer any questions and  assist with configuration or  troubleshooting upon request 

Delivery

Variation one

  • For a short period of time (40 hours) a consultant will be allocated to review the POC scope and assist the involved teams.
  • The scope would be small and include 1-2 simplified scenarios working end to end in a non-production environment

Variation two

  • Entails the creation of the desired use case in our own sandbox environment 
  • Once configured, results will be demoed to applicable teams with knowledge transfer sessions

Professional Services

Our team will

  • Take complete ownership of  the implementation of the involved components and corresponding architecture 
  • Kafka
    • Configure DQ listeners, and target DB sync connector for a major standard DB  
    • Create an initial snapshot of the source IBM  i  tables and import them into the target database manually then turn on the replication 
    • Load test and transition to customer IT team for operations and expansion 
    • MuleSoft: 
  • MuleSoft
    • Configure connector with the IBM i and create flows within MuleSoft studio 
    • Initiate integration for a select amount of product uses cases 
    • Align integrations with organizational standards 
    • Host knowledge transfer sessions with team members taking ownership of the implemented components and integrations 

Our team will

Typically, it last 2-3 months and requires a formal SOW 

Frequently asked questions

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  • Is infoCDC installed and run on the IBM i?

    Yes, the infoCDC is installed and run on the IBM i, this is because it is a journal based
  • Once the product is configured, is there any manual coding required to leverage the product?

    The only manual process involved with the infoCDC pertains to the configuration of the product itself. Once configured, the product monitors for DB2 changes automatically and then streams to target API’s as defined by the user.
  • How does the product capture the change on the selected table on DB2?

    Via journal files on the IBM i
  • Once infoCDC is installed on an IBM i server, is auto-discovery enabled on the server?

    At this point, manual process – focus is not so much replicating database or entire server, but to replicate a subset of tables and maybe tables a subset of data that would make more sense from an application perspective
  • Does the Infoview team offer POC’s to customers?

    Absolutely! Our service team is here to assist with product configuration, and first use case implementation, and can also assist with defining tables, full installation of prod in sandbox/non-prod, and as well as corresponding connector configurations to ensure everything works from the IBM i perspective.
  • Does infoCDC require timestamps on the table? ​

    Time stamps are not required, as the product is not polling periodically based on time stamps. infoCDC connects directly into DB2 journals, almost like Kafka persistently logs data and events, whenever a change happens, one or more entries are pushed into a journal that immediately is made available for a process on our end
  • How Much CPU or memory is needed for the infoCDC to run on the IBM i?

    Overall, implementation will be relatively easy touch on IBM i system performance. Listening happens with a specific job, per journal, on IBM i compared to trigger solution. Very lightweight compares to filtering criteria and then sends to a data queue to external systems. In summary, largely depends on all components of systems, jobs, and processes (in the system).
  • Why did Infoview choose to invest in a CDC-based product? ​

    There are several products on the market focused on mass-scale replication, but are often heavy, expensive, and not easy to implement. We envisioned this product as a lightweight, easy-to-use alternative, that’s more accessible and requires less time to implement .
  • Must the infoCDC be leveraged with an existing Infoview connector? ​

    The way the infoCDC was developed, it expects a consumer to be listening to its outbound interface (currently, it’s a data queue with an associated format table). When bundled together, Infoview’s products are highly complementary and supported by our in-house team members.
  • Are there limits on the number of tables you can capture? ​

    The product supports multiple tables and multiple journals. infoCDC has one listener job per journal, with multiple tables that could be configured per journal and processed by a single job, making it rather lightweight and easy on the system. Generally, there’s no hard limit on the number of tables or journals to process simultaneously.
  • Is it easy to recover from failures that may occur due to outages? ​

    infoCDC keeps track of the changes using the “next journal sequence” position, which can be reset to reprocess some changes if necessary, as long as the journal receivers that contain these changes are still in the system. For scenarios where journal receivers are auto-managed, we recommend setting the wide enough retention period (a few days or weeks) to allow for the replaying of some of the changes if needed.

InfoCDC Demonstration

WATCH HOW IT WORKS

infoCDC and infoConnect for MuleSoft Product Demonstration

WATCH HOW IT WORKS

infoCDC and infoConnect Kafka Product Demonstration

Subscription Models, Delivery, and Support

Image of InfoCDC pricingBased on the number of physical IBM i servers and is linked to server serial number(s). A single server license applies to all LPARs (logical partitions) defined on that server at no additional cost.


subscriptionAvailable in annual, three-year, and enterprise5 subscriptions. In addition, we also offer a cost-free evaluation license. Please reach out to the Infoview team for additional information. 

Product licensing is available directly through Infoview Systems
Delivery-infoview

 

Free of Charge SupportStandard
During the entirety of the subscription term, support will be provided entailing product deployment, error/bug resolution, best practice advice, as well as subsequent product releases

Standard Business Hour SupportPriority 
Expedited incident resolution, bug fixes, and small enhancements. Unused support hours can be rolled over for the following month.

 

Nights and Weekends On Call CoveragePriority 24×7
Support engineer available for incident resolution during standard business hours and on-call rotations for all nights/weekends/holidays. Unused support hours are rolled over to the following month.

Fully Dedicated 24×7 CoverageDedicated 24×7
A dedicated support engineer is online and ready to jump in at any point in time, day or night. Time outside incident resolution can be used for any additional project work.

Professional-ServicesAvailable for product implementation, configuration, POC guidance, and system integration. 

Our Offering

InfoCDC Offering Ease of Use

Ease of Use

Eliminate the need to capture and replicate database updates manually, while leveraging a user-friendly interface that does not require extensive training.

InfoCDC Offering Data monitoring

Data monitoring and copying rules

Adding a new data monitor can be done by simply stating a new control consisting of table level, row-level, and column level metadata. Furthermore, when a custom rule is created on the IBM i server, the infoCDC maintains the rule when replicating data to another application.

InfoCDC Offering Transferring Data

Transferring Data from tables

Hassle free replication/ preventing inconvenient replication/ no more troublesome post-replication/ deliver only the desired replication / delivering only desired information

To increase efficiency, you can pick the desired column on a table to transfer data from, preventing the need to transfer a whole table for only a select amount of data.

InfoCDC Offering Cross product Compatibility

Cross-product Compatibility

infoCDC was designed to work alongside a listener. Paired with our suite of infoConnect connector products including the MuleSoft or Kafka Connector, the product listens for database changes and streams them to their final distention in near real-time, enabling complete integration solutions with zero coding required.

InfoCDC Offering Cross An agile application

An agile application

infoCDC was designed as a lean system aiming to cause only a light usage of system resources when deployed on an IBM i server.

InfoCDC Offering Integral part of a package

Integral part of a package

The infoCDC was designed to work alongside a listener, such as MuleSoft/Kafka, a standalone CDC component could be developed but would still require an external listener to make a complete product. This could be a data queue reader residing on an external IBM i system either homegrown by the client or developed by a third party.

InfoCDC Offering New Data Monitoring

New Data Monitoring

Adding a new data monitor can be done by simply starting a new control consisting of the table level, row level, and column level metadata, allowing users to monitor exactly what they want to monitor.

InfoCDC Offering Formatting data copying rules

Formatting data copying rules

When a custom rule is created on the IBM i server, infoCDC maintains this rule when replicating data to another application.

Helpful documentation and demonstration examples

User Manual

User Manual

Release Notes

Release Notes

License Agreement

License Agreement

Announcement

Launch Announcement

Product Support

Product Support & Maintenance Terms​

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