Advantage EDBC Bridges Big Iron and New Edge

CA updates its Advantage EDBC product.

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

Advantage EDBC 1.1 adds support for z/OS, Windows 2000/XP and Linux. The new version also offers native support for the JDBC 2.1 (Java Database Connectivity) standard; improved performance, fault-tolerance, scalability and stability; and additional support for existing security facilities.

The product connects clients to databases residing on mainframe operating systems. 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 seamlessly 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, and HP-UX Unix variants; and Linux (Intel, S/390 and zSeries running Red Hat Caldera, SuSE and TurboLinux 3.6), and Windows on Intel platforms.