This post is the answer to one of the FAQs found in
License Tips for IBM Data Replication .
In the past, IBM always announced a new release of its Replication Server product on UNIX and Windows whenever it announced a new release of DB2 LUW. If the version changed, IBM also updated the version of Replication Server on z/OS. Neither of those changes happened when DB2 LUW v10 was released. What's more, IBM announced in late 2012 that its older data replication products, including Replication Server, would no longer being marketed. So, why's IBM doing this? And what happens to Replication Server's Q and SQL Replication?
Well, over the years, IBM provided its data replication technologies through a lot of different products. For example, IBM had two major data replication products at the same time for several years - InfoSphere CDC and InfoSphere Replication Server. That was a little confusing, even to some IBM people. To simplify sales, IBM consolidated all it's replication technologies into a single product called IBM InfoSphere Data Replication (IIDR). This means that IBM didn't need to continue offering those technologies through the older products (InfoSphere CDC and InfoSphere Replication Server).
To be clear, the CDC, Q Replication, and SQL Replication technologies are alive and well :) For example, Q Replication was updated significantly for DB2 LUW v10 and a new Dashboard was released in 2012 (there's some seriously good stuff going on there). So, you can continue to use IBM's replication technologies the same way you always have. The only difference is how you get them. Of course, this brings up four questions:
- Are the older products still being supported?
- Yes, they are supported until IBM announces an end of service. If you ever have a question about whether an end of support has been announced, see the IBM Software Support Lifecycle pages on ibm.com.
- Is IBM still providing the IIDR's Q and SQL Replication at no cost in certain DB2 LUW and InfoSphere Warehouse (ISW)?
- How do you upgrade from your old Replication Server on UNIX or Windows to IIDR?
- From a download perspective, you should see IIDR show up in your IBM Passport Advantage account after March 11, 2013. Of course, you must be current on Replication Server S&S. There is no IBM announcement letter that says this. Just go look in Passport Advantage :)
- From a technical perspective, you need to migrate Q Replication if you used Replication Server to extend a DB2 9.7 (i.e., activated the Q Replication in the DB2 9.7 install) and are upgrading DB2 to v10. You can find migration instructions in the DB2 v10 Information Center. The same is true for SQL Replication when upgrading from v9 to v10.
- How do you upgrade your Replication Server on z/OS to IIDR?
- If your Replication Server is on z/OS, then your IBM sales team will talk to you about a special bid as mentioned in the original IIDR announcement letter.
If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments section of this blog.