SOURCE: Vision Solutions

October 08, 2007 08:57 ET

Vision Solutions Announces Vision Director 7.0

New Version Includes Groundbreaking Enhancements for Current and Future Customers

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - October 8, 2007) - Vision Solutions, the leading high availability (HA) solution provider in the IBM System i and System p markets, is proud to announce the release of Vision Director 7.0. This upgrade includes performance and automation enhancements vital to maintaining IT system health while keeping the cost of managing those systems as low as possible.

Targeting the enterprise and SMB markets, Vision Director 7.0 successfully completed beta testing and is now installed at selected customer sites in advance of the general availability (GA) date set for Oct. 12.

"Director 7.0 represents a milestone in the evolution of Vision's widely used systems management solutions," says Vision Solutions Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President Alan Arnold. "Enhancements include a major revamp of menus and installation plus new initiatives to bring system health, change analysis, and application performance to the forefront of its technological boundary. We're thrilled to offer these benefits to current customers and the market as a whole."

Major new features of Vision Director 7.0 include:

--  Dynamic monitoring of objects -- a first for the System i market
       Leveraging technology from our HA solutions, Director can
       automatically keep object cross-reference information current.
       This means customers need not run separate jobs to ensure
       information is up-to-date.

--  Change Analysis
       Director 7.0 lets users group libraries into multiple domains
       and report/monitor growth across these domains. Change Analysis
       goes further to identify how the system changed over any period
       at Domain, Library, Object or Profile levels.

--  System Health Reports
       These reports and graphical charts increase productivity
       significantly by presenting easy-to-understand views of the
       health of the system. They can be printed as part of IT
       Operations, SLA or Reporting Requirements and are beneficial for
       comparison, documenting progress or capacity planning.

--  Advanced Reporting
       Director 7.0 expands the level and detail of system information
       with more than 60 new GUI-based reports providing sorts on every
       column, row and column filters, download to xml and spreadsheet,
       charts, explanatory text, etc. Focused towards Application
       performance tuning, many of these reports will help optimize and
       tune HA environments reducing RTO and RPO.

"I was delighted to see significant changes in Version 7.0 of Vision Director focusing on new performance analysis, domains for managing groups of libraries and of course, the dynamic cross-reference-reducing CPU requirements as well as providing real-time object level information," says Simon Rishton, Technical Services Manager, RWE Systems UK. "Browser-based reporting and analysis are really great because of the many new enquiries -- it is clear Vision Director 7.0 is a premium systems management tool."

"This release represents the most significant jump in functionality and quality to date," says Vision Solutions' Product Director Paul Wade. "By delivering the industry's first object-level, dynamic systems management information repository together with multi-dimensional domain analysis, library registration, and change analysis with more than 60 new enquiries, we're raising standards to a whole new level."

"We are very pleased with this suite of utilities -- from its quick deployment, to its almost maintenance-free operation, it's one of those applications that runs quietly in the background doing its job very well," shares customer Mike Davis, systems programming manager for Tandy Brands Accessories. "We are just beginning to scratch the surface of Director's capabilities and have already found it well worth the investment."

About Vision Solutions

Vision Solutions, Inc. is the world's leading provider of high availability, disaster recovery and data management solutions for the IBM® System i and System p markets. With a portfolio spanning the industry's most innovative and trusted HA solutions from ORION™, MIMIX® and iTera™ brands, Vision keeps critical businesses information continuously protected and available. Affordable and easy to use, Vision products help to ensure business continuity, increase productivity, reduce operating costs and satisfy compliance requirements. Vision also offers advanced cluster management and systems management solutions, and support for i5/OS®, Windows®, and AIX® operating environments. As IBM's largest high availability Premier Business Partner, Vision Solutions oversees a global network of business partners and services and support professionals to help our customers achieve their business goals. Privately held by Thoma Cressey Bravo, Inc., Vision Solutions is headquartered in Irvine, California with offices worldwide. For more information visit or call 800.957.4511.

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