SOURCE: Vision Solutions

Vision Solutions

May 19, 2010 06:07 ET

Vision Solutions to Host Exclusive IBM POWER7 Event

Features Latest Technologies, Best Practices and Research From IBM and Vision

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2010) -  Vision Solutions, today's leading high availability and disaster recovery solutions provider in the IBM Power Systems markets (NYSE: IBM), announced they will host a milestone meeting in Russia in conjunction with AIX User Group Russia and Vision Solutions User Group Russia organizations. The May 27 event will feature a special customer appreciation and networking session along with keynote presentations from IBM and Vision Solutions.

"Having only recently joined our team in this key growth market, I am delighted and excited about the prospect of meeting so many key influencers and loyal IBM customers at one independent gathering," says Todd Morris, keynote speaker and IBM's director of Power Systems for Central & Eastern Europe Middle East and Africa.

This exclusive event will also feature a special presentation from Alfa-Bank on their company's ten year anniversary as a Vision Solutions customer. The recipient of numerous information technology awards and a founding member of the Vision User Group in Russia, Alfa-Bank continues to pioneer the use of technology in their business activities. "We are very happy with the longstanding partnership between Alfa-Bank and Vision Solutions. Extensive use of technology allowed us to gain competitive advantage and satisfy our customers' needs. We look forward to future beneficial cooperation and sharing our best practices with this select group," said Mr. Andrey Sokolov, deputy CIO of Alfa-Bank.

"We value the relationship and leadership Alfa Bank continues to demonstrate year after year," adds Mike Khattab, vice president of sales for Vision Solutions CIS, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. "This is a true success story with entrepreneurial thinking keeping Alfa Bank ahead of the curve."

The May 27 event offers a specialist forum for IBM i and AIX professionals seeking to enhance their skills regarding the latest developments and best practices. Vision Solutions' exclusive Information Availability Institute research indicates approximately half of the surveyed respondents intend to upgrade to IBM's Power Systems platform (lack of time is one of the concerns cited by those not currently upgrading). The event will feature Vision's PowerPack for POWER7 Migration that is designed to eliminate these hurdles, enabling customers to migrate to POWER7 with minimal downtime.

Following the event will be a reception for all delegates where they will have a great opportunity to network with peers and speakers regarding the enlightening conference sessions. To register for the event, please visit www.visionsolutions.com/eventRussia

About Vision Solutions
Vision Solutions, Inc. is the world's leading provider of high availability, disaster recovery and systems/data management solutions for IBM® Power Systems. With a portfolio spanning industry's most innovative and trusted HA technologies from iTERA™ and MIMIX® solutions to continuous data protection such as EchoStream for AIX, Vision keeps critical business 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 along with support for IBM i, Windows, and AIX operating environments. As IBM's largest high availability Premier Business Partner (NYSE: IBM), Vision Solutions oversees a global network of partners and professionals to help customers achieve business goals. Vision Solutions publishes the quarterly e-book Business Continuity Today outlining current issues and best practices. Privately held by Thoma Bravo, Inc., Vision Solutions is headquartered in Irvine, California with offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.visionsolutions.com or call 800.957.4511.

About Alfa-Bank
Founded in 1990, Alfa-Bank is a full-service bank operating in all sectors of the financial market, including retail and corporate lending, investment banking, trade finance and asset management. Alfa-Bank is Russia's largest private bank in terms of total assets, total equity and customer accounts. According to its audited IFRS financial statements for the full year 2009, Alfa-Bank Russia, which comprises OJSC Alfa-Bank as well as subsidiary banks and financial companies, had total assets of $ 21.6 bln, a gross loan portfolio of $15.0 bln, and total equity of $2.7 bln. Net profit after tax attributable to the equity shareholders of Alfa-Bank Russia was $88 mln.The bank's corporate and retail client base has grown considerably over the last several years: as of April 1, 2010 Alfa-Bank Russia had served over 40,000 corporate and 4.1 mln retail customers, while the branch network had grown to 326 offices across Russia and abroad, including a subsidiary bank in the Netherlands and financial subsidiaries in the United States and the UK. For more information visit www.alfabank.com or call +7 495 929-91-91.

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