SOURCE: Vision Solutions

June 24, 2008 05:00 ET

Vision Solutions Delivers Groundbreaking Enhancements to ORION Solutions™ Customers

ORION Solutions 6.0 Is an Exceptionally Flexible and Scalable Solution Designed for Transaction-Heavy, Multi-System, Multi-CPU and Clustered IBM i on Power Systems Environments

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - June 24, 2008) - Vision Solutions, the leading high availability and disaster recovery solutions provider in IBM Power Systems markets, today announced the release of ORION Solutions 6.0, a leading high availability and disaster recovery solution already serving numerous Global 5000 companies around the world. Built to provide flexibility, performance and ease of use required by customers with enterprise-class environments, ORION Solutions 6.0 efficiently replicates business applications in real-time and maintains a remote role-swap-ready recovery system.

"ORION Solutions 6.0 adds tremendous enhancements to overall performance and flexibility," says Vision Solutions Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President Alan Arnold. "This release represents our most significant improvement to date regarding operations, monitoring functions, and the high availability management interface -- these technology breakthroughs provide meaningful, real-world benefits."

Targeted for the enterprise market, ORION Solutions 6.0 is already installed with selected customers and has successfully completed beta testing in advance of the June general availability (GA) milestone.

"We recently used ORION Solutions 6.0 to role swap more than 400 customer databases to IBM's Power 6 systems," shares Julia Nelson, Railcar Management, LLC's senior systems engineer and long-time user of ORION. "The software's new groundbreaking features, especially the automated role-swap procedures, emphasize Vision's commitment to continually enhance and support their powerful product."

Major ORION Solutions 6.0 features and benefits include:

--  Improved Role-Swap Process allows for customization and tighter
    integration. The new one-button automated role-swap increases its ease and
    efficiency; also, the process now includes a real-time monitor displaying
    up-to-the-second status throughout role-swap procedures. "ORION Solutions
    6.0 also comes with a pre-configured template used to verify if the system
    is role-swap-ready," says John Dunn, senior product manager. "This gives
    customers confidence they are ready for recovery in the event of an
    unplanned production system failure. And the new customization features
    allow users to insert their own logic at various points in the role-swap
    procedure providing enhanced flexibility."
    
--  Improved ease-of-use enhancements dramatically improve overall
    usability and effectiveness. The new menu structure allows object and data
    replication to be configured together. The enhanced Navigator interface is
    now available as a separate optional product and provides an enterprise-
    class dashboard that allows easy monitoring of multiple systems from a
    single screen.
    
--  Performance enhancements meet the growing demands of high-volume
    enterprise environments. ORION Solutions 6.0 supports IBM's new IZ
    transactions which greatly minimize bottlenecks by improving apply rates in
    high-volume interactive environments. The product's performance cache and
    improved small commit cycle processing also greatly benefit customers'
    enterprise-HA environments.
    

"ORION Solutions 6.0 demonstrates our commitment to the products' diverse customer set," adds Henry Martinez, Vision Solutions' senior vice president of engineering. "An impressive stream of new innovations -- including nearly 50 new functions -- are continuously incorporated into all of our HA offerings as we continue to deliver and support the best products for all of our customers' unique data protection and recovery needs."

ORION Solutions 6.0 supports the latest version V6R1 of IBM i (formerly i5/OS). The software's many enhancements add flexibility and ease-of-use to IBM's powerful operating environment.

About Vision Solutions

Vision Solutions, Inc. is the world's leading provider of high availability, disaster recovery and data management solutions for IBM® Power Systems (i and p platforms). With a portfolio spanning the industry's most innovative and trusted HA technologies from iTERA™, MIMIX® and ORION™ Solutions, Vision keeps critical businesses information continuously protected and available. Affordable and easy to use, Vision products 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 i, Windows, and AIX operating environments. As IBM's largest high availability Premier Business Partner (NYSE: IBM), 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 www.visionsolutions.com or call 800.957.4511.

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