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Disaster Recovery Vendor GoldenGate Broadens SQL Server Support

GoldenGate Software releases an upgrade of its transactional data management system, which has been enhanced with support for IBM's DB2 on the mainframe, and better integration with Microsoft SQL Server.
GoldenGate Software Inc. on Monday released an upgrade of its transactional data management system, which has been enhanced with support for IBM's DB2 on the mainframe, and better integration with Microsoft SQL Server.

GoldenGate 9.0, unlike the previous version, can read the SQL Server database log, encrypt committed transactions, and move data bi-directionally across the network to multiple systems. IT can also use GoldenGate to set up a synchronized backup system that can take over immediately following primary system outages.

Previous versions of the data management system used triggerd on SQL Server data records to capture changes, Chris McAllister, director of product management for GoldenGate, said. The company switched to log-based extraction with Microsoft's release of an open application-programming interface.

In enhancing support for SQL Server, GoldenGate is looking to ride on Microsoft's coattails as the vendor makes gains in the business intelligence market by adding BI and reporting capabilities in SQL Server. Microsoft was sixth in the market in 2005, increasing revenues from the year before by 35.9 percent to $290 million, according to Gartner. Of the top five vendors, only SAP managed to increase its share.

GoldenGate has embarked on a strategy that focuses on independent software vendors, as well as database vendors, in trying to reach new customers. The company's support for IBM's DB2 z/OS is the result of the large number of enterprise business applications running on the mainframe database.

On Monday, GoldenGate announced a partnership with healthcare application vendor Eclipse Solutions that makes GoldenGate the vendor of choice for setting up disaster recovery systems. Eclipse applications are built on SQL Server.

"We're trying to go after application vendors," McAllister said. "The closer you get to the application, the easier it is to get to the customer, and provide a value add for everybody."

In a second partnership announced Monday, Oracle has agreed to market GoldenGate's migration tools for moving customers of Oracle's Siebel customer-relationship management software to own databases from DB2. GoldenGate would make the actual sale, McAllister said.

Pricing for GoldenGate 9.0 starts at $65,000.