Choosing the Right Data Replication Software

Not all big data solutions are created equal. Patrick Smith, database administrator at EPX, found that out when EPX switched replication platforms.

EPX was using another system for database availability. But after a database outage event, EPX turned to SharePlex for reliable replication of their critical databases to ensure high availability.

Smith and Sujith Kumar, chief technologist at Dell, recently participated in a DBTA webinar in which he explained the ease of use and implementation, built-in verification features, streamlined management and low total cost of ownership, and reliable replication.

Smith went from spending about 30 hours a week monitoring his system to only 30 minutes a week by using SharePlex, he said.

The company chose a replication system because it needed zero-outage, partial-to-complete failure survivability with minimal in-flight transactions losses, zero data loss and zero system outages, the ability to maintain such capability across substantial geographic distances, and the ability to maintain replication in an environment of rapid ad hoc metadata changes.

“We can’t afford to lose any transactions, we can’t afford downtime,” Smith said.

Before choosing SharePlex, the company tried a variety solutions including custom programmed tools and other vendors.

The company switched from its previous system because of unacceptable ongoing support costs for custom replication product along with higher than expected product, implementation, and maintenance costs of other vendor products, among other reasons.

To watch a replay of this webinar, go here.

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