MDRapid


Deploy IBM i Database Changes in Minutes

Reduce Application Downtime and Risk

MDRapid, MDTransform, and MDCMS work together to substantially reduce business application downtime and risk as you deploy database changes across your enterprise. Your IT team can respond to business needs and enhancement requests with agility. Moving to modern, efficient database architecture becomes easier to plan and achieve.

MDRapid employs high availability technology in conjunction with change management techniques to convert IBM i database files with minimal interruption. This strategy allows your business applications to continue to access databases as usual while upgrades are taking place.

MDRapid uses MDTransform to convert and migrate data to new file formats while the application is in use. Any changes made to the current version of the files are journaled and synced with the new version held in the staged library. Thanks to a low performance footprint, users are not impacted during this process.

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Since MDRapid deploys database changes quickly, even for multi-million- and multi-billion record files that have an extensive amount of update activity, it’s easy to integrate MDRapid into day-to-day operations.

For example, consider a table with 388 million records. There are 101 logical files over the table, 30 of which are join files to additional tables:

  • Time to transform data into new version of table, including the build of the 101 logicals, using MDRapid while application still active: 90 minutes*
  • Time for MDCMS to need application in lock state to move in new version of all files: 17 seconds
  • Time a change management product not using MDTransform/MDRapid would need to have application in lock state while performing a CPYF on same machine: 15 hours
*Due in part to SQL Engine enhancements included in IBM i OS V7R2. On an older version of the OS, this would take approximately 3 hours. The 17-second application lock time would still apply.

Eliminate Post-Install Data Copy Complications

Most importantly, with MDRapid all data is mapped from the old version of the tables to the new version PRIOR to the installation. This means the developers or operators have ample opportunity to review and correct issues with the data mapping during normal working hours, 100% eliminating any surprises about data handling during the installation itself. Nothing needs to occur during the installation except for simply moving the objects.

Relax! It's Under Control

One of the big benefits of using MDRapid is that your business is protected from risk. MDRapid maintains all changes in a safe staging environment. If there is any kind of interruption (e.g., a hardware problem, power outage, or subsystem termination), you can easily re-start the conversion process. Your applications and data remain unaffected until you are ready to move the new files into production. If anything goes wrong, MDCMS’s robust installation and rollback capabilities protect your production environment, and you can roll back to your old production data.

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MD Extras

  • Helpful job monitor — Display job status, total number of members and records, percent complete, time estimated to complete, and elapsed time.
  • Status Updates — Convenient email notifications and status exit points keep you informed.
  • Automatic installation — Specify a time window for installation of database changes.
  • Continue where you left off — Hold or end any MDRapid job during the copy or sync phase, and MDRapid will pick up where it left off when restarted, even after an IPL.