DARSTRAN - CA-IDMS to Relational Replication

DARSTRAN enables data replication from CA-IDMS mainframe databases to relational databases such as Oracle, DB2/UDB or Microsoft SQL/Server that run on IBM mainframe, UNIX, AIX, Linux or Microsoft Windows NT/2000 Server Operating Systems and their related hardware platforms.

  • NO CA-IDMS database access is performed except to extract the CA-IDMS data for Initial Load of the target RDBMS.

  • The core DARSTRAN Replication Engine© and Journal Image Processor© have been designed and written to run on a full range of popular target platforms, including the mainframe. Common code for all platforms ensures high performance, reliablility and identical replication on all platforms.

  • The core DARSTRAN Replication Engine© and Journal Image Processor© provide superior performance and reliablilty when capturing updates from the Active CV Journals. Updates are processed at COMMIT and/or FINISH and sent to the target platform using the guaranteed delivery provided by IBM's MQSeries®. No application or CA-IDMS® system modifications are required.

  • The innovative design allows ISP to offer optional components to CA-IDMS® users who require data replication to an RDBMS on mainframe, Windows NT® and/or AIX®/Unix/Linux based platforms.

  • The user may optionally generate XML to process the replicated data with a variety of third party software products or generate data in a format suitable to the Ab Initio software.

  • There is no requirement to copy the client's database files for processing off site. All CA-IDMS data processing is performed at the client's site under the client's scrutiny and security control.



  • Transforms CA-IDMS® Schema syntax to RDBMS DDL or proprietary Ab Initio software syntax.

  • Addresses CA-IDMS® Schema changes that affect an already-configured DARSTRAN©.

  • Eliminates the manual updating of replication definitions after CA-IDMS® Schema changes.

  • Accepts updated Schema syntax, compares it to the original, reports on the differences and automatically incorporates the changes into the replication definition.


  • Provides complete data formatting on the mainframe or target platforms.

  • Reassembles and transforms Initial Load CA-IDMS® extract data and CA-IDMS® Journal images into either Fast Load syntax, SQL statements or XML.


  • Implemented as a Service for Windows NT® and as a Daemon for AIX®/Unix/Linux to eliminate the need for scripting on the target platform.

  • Invokes DARSTRAN© to perform the required data transformations and manages the application of the data to the target RDBMS or Ab Initio software.

  • Configurable to facilitate multiple simultaneous Initial Data Loads to greatly reduce target RDBMS run times.

  • Incorporates ERROR logging facilities.

Will support SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) in the near future as an interface to monitoring the DARSTRAN© software with tools such as CA-Unicenter® and HP-Openview®.


Cost Savings and Performance

  • DARSTRAN© reduces the impact on mainframe resources through highly optimized code and, optionally, by moving the Archive Journal processing to the target platform.

  • Near Real-Time target updates are achieved using the sophisticated Active Journal facility in conjunction with the speed, reliability and guaranteed message delivery of IBM'S MQSeries© software running on the mainframe and target platforms.

  • Dramatic performance improvements may be realized if the parallel processing features of DARSLOAD© are fully exploited in installations where the available CPU cycles on the target platform exceed those available on the mainframe.

  • Note: Journal processing which requires invoking the CA-PRESSPACK® software is only supported on the mainframe. This is a limitation of the CA-PRESSPACK® code and not DARSTRAN®.

Resolution of SET OWNER Relationships

  • Built-in logic dynamically computes OWNER pointer values for a SET where OWNER pointers are not defined in CA-IDMS® by using the SET’s NEXT pointer within the replica. Absolutely NO access to the CA-IDMS® application database is required to formulate the relationship.

  • Predictable response times plus elimination of “dirty reads” of the CA-IDMS® application database result in substantial performance benefits.

Comprehensive Error Logging

  • Extensive Error logging facilities.

  • Formatted for loading into an RDBMS table for query and analysis.

  • Includes logging of invalid Dates and Elements that contain data that does not match the defined Data Type.

  • Flexible error detection provides logging of information at the Schema, Record, or Element level.

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DARSTRAN is provided in collaboration with our software development partner - International Software Products inc