How are Companies Using Database Replication?

Database replication solutions copy digital information from one database to another. Typically, on a second system and sometime in a different location. This article outlines four real-world use cases for database replication software so you can see if it makes sense for your organisation.

Disaster Recovery

The first and most obvious use case for database replication software is disaster recovery. By backing up your data to a second system, your organisation can survive in the face of disaster or outage. Disaster recovery refers to the act of planning to protect an organisation from the effects of a disaster. Thanks to disaster planning, you can get back to business after catastrophe strikes.

Data replication is now a very common solution for disaster recovery.  A recent Syncsort survey showed that 83% of respondents cited disaster recovery and data continuity as the two most important factors for using database replication software.

High Availability

Even if there isn’t a disaster, data availability may still be a primary concern for organisations. Many organisations can’t afford a brief power outage or even planned downtime for maintenance.

Database replication software ensures that information is highly available by supporting infrastructure and devices that contain corporate data. Without it, the people who need your data the most can’t get to it, and that can cause a big impact to business operations.

Analytics and Reporting

One perhaps less obvious case is analytics and reporting. Where database replication software can come into play to enable you to get the highest ROI from your information.

Companies use database replication software to move information from a database to a larger aggregation of information, such as a data lake. For information to be correctly analysed, every last bit of data must be transferred. The highest quality database replication software, such as High Availability from Syncsort, ensures there is no loss of data or any duplication during that process, so you can be guaranteed that your analytics are accurate and useful.

Real-Time Data Integration

Another use case for database replication software is real-time data integration. Real-time data integration, as the name implies, involves combining data sets in real-time.

Database replication software supports these activities as operational business intelligence (which fetches information from operational databases and applications, then serves it up as key performance indicators), real-time data warehousing (in which real-time data is stored in a warehouse that integrates and aggregates information on demand for reports and the like), and for Big Data in general (because it has higher velocity, volume, and variety than other types of information).

Database replication software is critical for every industry and vertical – it allows you access to your information in a variety of situations. If your company has IBM System i at the core of its IT infrastructure and you think you could benefit from data replication for disaster recover, high availability or real-time management information, please feel free to give us a call to discuss the possibilities.