Advantage EDBC Bridges Big Iron and New Edge

Native SQL Queries for All

Mainframe stalwart Computer Associates International Inc. said last week it had updated its Advantage EDBC product, which enables applications on open systems to query databases on mainframes.

Advantage EDBC 1.1 hit general availability last week, adding support for z/OS, Windows 2000/XP, and Linux. The new version of Advantage EDBC also offers native support for the JDBC 2.1 (Java Database Connectivity) standard and better overall stability and scalability.

The product connects clients to databases residing on mainframe operating system. It connects to clients with the open ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) or JDBC interfaces, then makes SQL queries native to the host database, allowing applications built for open systems to seamless connect to legacy data.

Advantage EDBC supports a variety of mainframe databases, including IMS, DB2, VSAM, CICS-VSAM, and Advantage CA-IDMS. According to CA, the product uses an engine optimized for the specific hierarchical databases to execute queries, while on relational databases, it uses native SQL engines.

The product can run on mainframe partitions running z/OS, Linux, OS/390, and MVS/ESA; the AIX, Solaris, and HP-UX Unix variants; and Linux and Windows on Intel platforms.

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Chris McConnell is Product and Technology Editor for Enterprise Systems.