Direct IBM i client-only access to non-DB2 databases
DB-Gate empowers IBM i customers with exciting data access capabilities, based on Open Database Connectivity (ODBC), employing standard IBM i facilities to enable fully database-transparent access to remote systems.
Using native SQL on the IBM i, users can now access specific files on DB2 and non-DB2 remote databases without any special hardware appliance or software on the remote database. Access, which is possible from interactive STRSQL and from any standard RPG, Cobol, C, etc. programs, is now easier and more natural than ever.
DB-Gate has been proven to be a successful and full replacement for Oracle Access Manager (OAM); note that OAM is not supported beginning with IBM i release 7.1!
The Challenge of Multi-DB Access from within the IBM i
As your enterprise applications expand in database requirements and complexity, so does your need to access multiple databases from your main application server. Current methods of accessing specific files on a remote database from within the IBM i require considerable time and resources.
If you aren't willing to transfer large batches of files (using FTP) to get to specific data you need, you'll need to implement a complex solution that requires additional middleware, use non-standard SQL statements or integrate IBM's Call Level Interface (CLI) that relies on complicated APIs and which provides only partial functionality.
The current limitation of DRDA (Distributed Relational Database Architecture), which only connects DB2-like databases, limits the possibilities of accessing databases that support JDBC, which is probably the most common standard for inter-system data access.
Top DB-Gate Benefits & Advantages