Change Data Capture (CDC) Pricing and Alternatives

Dennis Longnecker

Change Data Capture (CDC) Pricing and Alternatives

We use Change Data Capture to replicate some z/OS IBM DB2 tables to a Production SQL Server Database (and a test one).  It is only one way.

When we originally purchased it, the yearly maintenance costs were:

z/os = $9100

Windows = $6500

After IBM bought out Data Mirror, our costs have gone up quite a bit.

On the z/OS side, it is IBM Data Replicator / Change Data Capture and it is about $24,000

On the Windows Side, it is now passport advantage and is about $55,000

So originally the Z side was more expensive, but now the Windows side is.  We haven't changed the number of cores/procs/etc on the Windows Side.

Has anyone else experienced this price dynamic?  Does this look correct?

It is making me want to look for alternatives to the product.  Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Dennis

 

Kim May

Change Data Capture (CDC) Pricing and Alternatives
(in response to Dennis Longnecker)
Dennis,



IBM released Db2 for z/OS Remote Capture last year as a new solution, although it’s really CDC with a new deployment model – and pricing model.



The deployment model allows you to run the replication engine off the mainframe, which reduces MIPs and also allows you to do the replication monitoring and administration off the mainframe (which may mean it’s easier to get new support folks trained, etc.)



The licensing model is based on the volume of data in Db2 for z/OS – but also supports unlimited targets, at no charge.



So depending on how big your Db2 for z/OS database is, the pricing may be way better.



And of course, there’s a whole ‘nother wrinkle: with IBM’s transition to the Cloud Pak 4 Data model, and trying to begin shifting customers from buying perpetual licenses (and paying the annual Subscription and Support, which runs about 20% of the new license cost), they’ve introduced monthly subscriptions and committed term licenses, where you commit to paying for a solution for ~ 2 years.



I am not sure if Remote Capture offers a committed term license but my guess is a 2-year Committed Term would be the least expensive option.



If you can share some of your system details I would be happy to do a price comparison for you.



Let me know – thanks,



Kim

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We use Change Data Capture to replicate some z/OS IBM DB2 tables to a Production SQL Server Database (and a test one). It is only one way.

When we originally purchased it, the yearly maintenance costs were:

z/os = $9100

Windows = $6500

After IBM bought out Data Mirror, our costs have gone up quite a bit.

On the z/OS side, it is IBM Data Replicator / Change Data Capture and it is about $24,000

On the Windows Side, it is now passport advantage and is about $55,000

So originally the Z side was more expensive, but now the Windows side is. We haven't changed the number of cores/procs/etc on the Windows Side.

Has anyone else experienced this price dynamic? Does this look correct?

It is making me want to look for alternatives to the product. Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Dennis





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