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Vision Solutions Announces Cluster Management Integration with IBM

January 28, 2009 12:00 PM

Powerful combination strengthens interoperability of technologies and improves resiliency of Power Systems environments

Alan Arnold
Executive VP and CTO
Vision Solutions

Vision Solutions, a leading high availability and disaster recovery solutions provider in IBM (NYSE: IBM) Power Systems markets has announced the integration of Vision Cluster1™ and IBM Systems Director Navigator. Vision Cluster1 is the flagship enterprise cluster management solution for System i and IBM Systems Director Navigator is a popular Web console interface for IBM i administration. This powerful combination of technologies enables customers to efficiently manage, monitor and protect their clustered IBM i environments.

“We are thrilled that Vision Solutions and IBM are providing this level of product integration,” say customers Ron Yohe and Reid Parker, both senior systems analysts for Prescription Solutions. “The out-of-the-box interoperability of their market-leading technologies enables us to ensure maximum uptime for our most critical and complex systems—we cannot overemphasize this importance.”

Vision Cluster1 provides enhanced monitoring and autonomic capabilities that enable customers to more easily manage complex enterprise environments and meet aggressive recovery time and recovery point objectives (RTOs and RPOs). And when bundled with Vision’s logical replication solutions, customers also benefit from an improved level of protection. Vision Cluster1 includes one-button switch capabilities that work with or without a logical replication solution. Cluster1 is also backed by certified 24/7 support to keep the world’s most valuable IBM i environments highly available.

Developed in close cooperation with IBM, Vision Cluster1 is the industry’s first solution to extend IBM PowerHA to include managed clusters utilizing IBM's Independent Auxiliary Storage Pools (IASP)-based technology with Vision Solutions' logical replication offerings. Cluster1 can integrate these IBM technologies with logical replication solutions to provide true enterprise class high availability and disaster recovery protection.

“This level of integration truly takes high availability protection to new levels within the Power Systems world,” says IBM’s Dave Nelson, Director of IBM i Software Development. “Enabling customers in some of the world’s most complex environments to manage their availability with one-click cluster management increases customer satisfaction and helps our mutual customers improve their business resiliency.”

Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of developments that enhance the customer experience when using Vision products. This integration provides customers with a no-hassle way to monitor and manage their multi-node clustered environments. Vision Cluster1 minimizes IT labor, simplifies cluster management, gives you additional options for clustering topologies and ensures your servers are ready to switch. And this new integration enables customers to work comfortably from a central IBM interface so they get maximum business benefits with the minimum amount of time and resources.

“Vision’s R&D lab in Rochester, Minnesota works closely with the adjacent IBM lab to ensure our solutions extend the latest technologies. Integrated offerings such as these represent the future for IBM Power Systems customers,” says Vision Solutions’ Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Alan Arnold. “This is one of the significant reasons an increasing number of IBM AIX and i customers with a high availability solution rely on Vision to protect their business systems.”

Vision Solutions, Inc. is a leading global provider of high availability, disaster recovery and data management solutions for IBM® Power Systems. 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.

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