In order to stay competitive, businesses need to accelerate information sharing and keep operations in sync between multiple running applications. Double-Take Share captures, transforms and replicates data between databases, allowing users to see each other’s data in real time.
Replicating data between applications running at geographically dispersed sites also allows data to be placed close to its users. This avoids the performance impact of accessing data from production servers across the network, and reduces transmission costs and times for frequently accessed data.
Decision makers need real time information in order to provide strategic business guidance. When you make decisions based on up-to-the-minute information, your business is able to be more responsive and competitive. Double-Take Share gives you a competitive advantage by allowing you to run reports on-demand using real time data. It can even capture and transform data from divergent sources and replicate it to a reporting or BI server, allowing you to perform queries, reporting and BI from a centralised repository.
Double-Take Share’s cross-platform data sharing allows organisations with legacy applications and data to replicate and transform the content to alternate platforms, such as Windows Azure. How does Double-Take Share enable BI reporting from Windows Azure? As end users enter data into their on-premise application, Double-Take Share captures, transforms and replicates the changes to the target database in real-time. In the example below, the changed data is merged into a single, consolidated MS SQL Reporting database located in the Windows Azure cloud where Windows Azure-based Business Intelligence applications and reporting tools can access the consolidated data. With Double-Take Share decisions can be made based on current data just as quickly as it becomes available from any source.
Double-Take Share can also be used to feed data to mission critical applications – such as eCommerce, web portals or other distributed applications. For example, data could be fed from a centralised ERP database to a distributed eBusiness system, of similar or dissimilar database, OS or hardware type.
Production servers need protection to ensure that they are always available and responsive to end user applications. One way to protect production servers is to offload production data to a secondary server (of similar or dissimilar OS or hardware type) so that work can be performed on the data without impact to the production system. One common scenario for offloading data is to send it to a data warehouse or data mart. Replicated data can also populate backup, test and audit environments.
Double-Take Share’s cross-platform data sharing allows organisations with legacy applications and data to replicate and transform their data to more modern platforms. Data can be replicated to a new platform for the purpose of reporting with the latest tools, shared transparently with new applications, or permanently migrated to new databases and platforms.
Double-Take Share provides movement and transformation across database platforms that make your migrations simple. It also minimises downtime and impact on productivity by replicating and transforming data while users remain online and active. Double-Take Share’s hardware independence supports migrations from legacy systems to physical or virtual servers. For example, legacy DB2 data could be migrated to a SQL Server database for BI access. Migrations can also be performed to reduce the number of databases or database platforms that an IT organisation must support.