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DRDA (Distributed Relational Database Architecture)

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DRDA is an IBM standard for accessing database information across IBM platforms that follows SQL standards. It is a key component in IBM's Information Warehouse framework, which defines large back-end servers that clients can access through smaller, workgroup-based intermediate servers. DRDA has the following capabilities:

  • Defines protocols for providing interfaces between clients and back-end databases

  • Provides a framework for interconnecting IBM's DB2, DBM, SQL/DS, and SQL/400 database systems

  • Supports multivendor database systems

  • Supports transaction (unit of work) processing over distributed databases

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