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Kafka evolves as a platform for real time data streaming, analytics, and event processing. For enterprise customers the challenge is to let data originating on IBM z flow to Kafka. Popular options are Kafka APIs, MQ, data replication. Only data replication offers mechanisms to let data flow to Kafka without to change existing applications.
IBM supports data replication to Kafka with CDC technology. We have a significant Q Replication footprint already, running Q Replication on dozens of systems for thousands of tables. The effort of introducing another data replication technology with the desired degree of monitoring and automation just because Q Replication does not support Kafka targets would be significant and should be avoided. We consider that the Q Rep operational model would fit very well to support Kafka targets.
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