Precisely Assure MIMIX

Precisely Assure MIMIX
Formerly Syncsort Assure MIMIX

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Precisely Assure MIMIX

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What is Precisely Assure MIMIX?

Assure MIMIX from Precisely (formerly Syncsort) offers IBM i high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) for companies worldwide, from small businesses to global enterprises, who can use Assure MIMIX to prevent data loss and eliminate planned and unplanned downtime....
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10 out of 10
December 06, 2021
MIMIX is used by IBMi server-based organizations to provide real-time replication, typically for high availability and disaster recovery …
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MIMIX saves the day

8 out of 10
January 12, 2018
MIMIX Availability was being used by my organization across the whole organization. MIMIX's role was to provide high availability to the …
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What is Precisely Assure MIMIX?

Assure MIMIX from Precisely (formerly Syncsort) offers IBM i high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) for companies worldwide, from small businesses to global enterprises, who can use Assure MIMIX to prevent data loss and eliminate planned and unplanned…

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What is Precisely Assure MIMIX?

Assure MIMIX from Precisely (formerly Syncsort) offers IBM i high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) for companies worldwide, from small businesses to global enterprises, who can use Assure MIMIX to prevent data loss and eliminate planned and unplanned downtime.

Assure MIMIX provides scalable real-time replication with options for automating administration, monitoring and alerting, customizable switch automation, and a graphical interface.

Assure MIMIX works across any combination of IBM i server, storage, and OS versions. So, whether needed for HA and DR protection for just one IBM i server, or if a business depends upon a multi-site mix of on-premise, remotely hosted, and Cloud Service-based systems, Assure MIMIX delivers data protection and business continuity.

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December 06, 2021

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Score 10 out of 10
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MIMIX is used by IBMi server-based organizations to provide real-time replication, typically for high availability and disaster recovery requirements. The product is designed to provide rapid planned or unplanned switches of all replicated applications and data in a quick and mostly seamless manner. The software is usually installed on replicated pairs but can also operate in multi-node environments. MIMIX allows for a granular definition of what is replicated and where it is replicated to. Bi-directional replication is supported. In addition, some organizations use the product for data propagation, such as moving real-time data to decision support-oriented applications.
  • Real time replication.
  • Easy switch and recovery.
  • Relative ease of use and resiliency.
  • Possible false sense of security for ransomware attacks.
MIMIX is clearly the best IBMi solution for most high availability and disaster recovery situations. It provides rock-solid replication and agile ability to switch quickly. In its earlier days, some organizations used it as a primary daily system backup method. With the advent of Ransomware, this is no longer advisable. The strength of MIMIX real-time replication becomes a weakness if IBMi data becomes infected. As in any real-time replication product, at that point, two systems are infected.
  • Reliability.
  • Ease of use.
  • Strong technical support.
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  • Successfully providing its intended use - HA/DR.
  • Provides industry audit approval.
  • Having an HA/DR solution in place is viewed as a positive by customers and potential customers for the marketing of the organization's core products and services.
Iterra is a less capable "little brother" product to MIMIX. Iterra like MIMIX was acquired by Vision, then subsequent owning organizations, now Precisely. Most of the original core Iterra functionality has been rolled into MIMIX. The Iterra product still exists but in a very limited role. Precisely and the previous owner has been very clear in their recommendation to standardize on MIMIX.
Support is available and efficient. Response time is good and likelyhood of a quick resolutiion is high. However the mature solid product and proactive management tools, fortunately make support requirements relatively rare. The support for version upgrades is also strong, but again the basic upgrade process is usually straightforward and well documented.
Yes. It does not make sense to purchase a high availability disaster recovery solution for seven by twenty-four mission critical applications, then to purchase or expect anything less than that same level of support.
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Yes, But I am not sure it should have been refered to as a bug. Years ago, IBM released a new programming capability of which the organization was a very early adopter It was not known at the time but MIMIX had not yet built support of that new feature into its product. When the problem was identified it was determined that that support was planned for an update in approximately one year. Upon learning of the current customer issue, support got product development immediately involved. A temporary resolution for the issue was created and successfully implemented in less than a week.
This question was answered in the previous question about bug fixes. As previously stated MIMIX support quickly involved product development to provide a solution for a customer requirement which was not currently a feature of the product. This rapid resolution was accomplished in approximately one week. The agility of support and product development to quickly work together to meet a customer's need, which was clearly outside of contractual responsibility, was very impressive.
MIMIX works to its intended functionality. It provides real time data replication across multiple partitions and systems as defined. I have never witnessed any problems with MIMIX in scaling to larger systems or adding new data groups. In conjunction with the inherent scalability of IBMi scalability and configuration flexibillity are rather quick and easy.
MIMIX is software built for availability. By its nature it is must be available. As long as the underlying system and communication network are available MIMIX is working. And if there are failures in either of those, MIMIX is designed to allow for a quick and resilient recovery once underly systems or communications are restored.
I have never seen MIMIX itself be a performance bottleneck. However it is important to consider the network in overall performance of any remotely replicated systems. MIMIX can only replicate as fast as the network allows. But a strong capability of MIMIX is its ability to "buffer" its replication, so it can be sent without error as the network allows.
January 12, 2018

MIMIX saves the day

Score 8 out of 10
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MIMIX Availability was being used by my organization across the whole organization. MIMIX's role was to provide high availability to the iSeries systems running the production ERP, Lawson M3, known now as Infor. MIMIX was installed on two similar iSeries systems, one located in the MDF, the other iSeries in the HA data center. MIMIX addresses the problem of having high availability in a business which requires close to 24/7 iSeries system up time. The warehouse is online 24/6, but the business website is near 24/7, with the only downtime due to tape backups at night. Bottom line, if the primary data center was to go down impacting the iSeries, the business would suffer, the labor force would be put on hold and the greatest impact would be on the retailers, the customers, whom drive the business.
  • Redundancy - needs to be available at a moment's notice.
  • Protection - the business would be greatly impacted, therefore protection of production systems is key to the business succeeding.
  • Usability - needs to be user-friendly, easy to navigate and operate, as it will be required at any given time.
  • Web interface needs some improvement. I can't recall the exact issue, but I do remember having to refresh the screen every now and then to see the update results as expected.
  • Overall, there were some known bugs in the version the organization was utilizing. These were reported and know to be bugs and hopefully resolved in future release.
MIMIX is well suited when the organization requires a PLANNED Switch.

MIMX will also work for any unplanned switches. However, this is not the most ideal situation and we have had to perform at least once when the older iSeries hardware failed, and the business transactions were on hold, impacting the business. MIMIX support was required to be called upon to assist. We were able to get the new iSeries online within an hour, so thankfully the outage to the business was miminal. It is important that any organization utilizing MIMIX schedule, prepare, and plan for the PLANNED Switch, at least once per year, if not twice per year.
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  • MIMIX had a positive impact, as the organization has had to rely upon the unplanned switch.
  • MIMIX definite must if organization is running i Series, and business needs are 24/7.
  • Without MIMIX in place, the downtime impact to the business would have been great.
  • MC service guard and Double Take
We used MIMIX for its role for iSeries high availability. We used Double Take by Vision Solutions for our production Windows environment. MIMIX is designed for iSeries, and Double Take was designed for Windows. We had VMware virtual environment, running multiple VMs for production ERP Lawson M3, now Infor. Both MIMIX and Double Take played the role well for what needed to be done. Without either MIMIX or DoubleTake, the business would have been impacted.
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