It has a busy couple weeks for the System i platform. One of the big pieces of news last week was that IBM is buying DataMirror, one of the larger high availability software vendors in the System i space. The other big players — Vision Solutions, iTera and Lakeview Technologies — have merged together under the Vision umbrella in the last eight months.
Now Gartner has come out with a news analysis: “IBM Strengthens Data Integration Suite with DataMirror Buy.” The massive research agency opines that DataMirror Transformation Server will be a good addition to IBM’s Information Server, but that DataMirror’s iCluster software — which is the high-availability program for System i — may eventually fold if IBM doesn’t roll it into its System i business unit.
Bottom line: DataMirror customers can expect continued support in the short-term, but the long-term is another question.