MIMIX Review

We use it for its high availability and data distribution, but while installation is easy, setup and configuration can be complicated.


Valuable Features

I like its flexibility. I have been told that we have one of the most complex installations that Vision has ever had deployed. We replicate our environment outside of the normal parameters.

Improvements to My Organization

We use MIMIX in two forms – high availability and data distribution. High availability is used to replicate files from our production environment to our Colo. Data distribution is used to replicate data from one system to another and keeping the data synchronized automatically.

Room for Improvement

Installation is pretty easy but it can be fairly complicated to setup and configure. This could possibly be improved.

Use of Solution

I have used this product for over five years.

Deployment Issues

Only that when you do the installation yourself (for dev, test, or QA environments), they will not support you. As they want you to have a Business Partner or their Services group do the installations. Once you know the product really well, you really don't want to pay for basic installations, which is what most companies will use.

Stability Issues

No, the stability of the product is rock solid. Any issues that they get feedback on from clients is fixed pretty quickly via service packs or fixes.

Scalability Issues

No, they have a product to fit every level of scalability from single LPAR to clustering.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Customer service is very good, and can either be handled directly or through the Business Partner and also through their customer portal.

Technical Support:

Their tech support is very good, as is their knowledge-base. So is their documentation.

They stay on the issue until it gets resolved. They also have a customer portal with a knowledge-base where you can search for issues as well as download documentation, installation software, service packs, licensing, etc.

Previous Solutions

We previously used Data Mirror, but we switched due to the complexity we needed for our environment, as well as ease of use of MIMIX over Data Mirror.

Initial Setup

It was complex due to the nature of our environment's complexity and the scale of work needed.

MIMIX generally is set up that each data group is replicating a whole library. In our case, we have some libraries that have 20,000 files but we do not need to replicate them all, so it was simpler to just put in the entries we needed.

Implementation Team

We had a Business Partner expert work with our previous MIMIX Admin to implement our configuration.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

Pricing and licensing is complicated because it is based on how big the system is, and how it is configured.

Other Advice

I think it is the best, most robust and flexible product available. Make sure you plan it out before hand – work with the developers to assess their needs as well as the business needs.

This version, 7.1.x, has reached its EOL. Vision is no longer providing service packs.

Version 8.0.x has some very nice enhancements. We plan to upgrade to a stable version, 8.0.10 sometime Q1 2016. We will implement it first on our sandbox, then QA then Test and finally Production, which encompasses Data Distribution and HA.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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3 Comments
Technical Analyst at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employeesReal User

We updated to v7.1.27 back on Nov 15, 2015 in preparation for a DR test on Nov 21, 2015. The DR test was successful but limited as no applications or developers were involved. The test was used as a baseline to help document the procedure.

We are planning another full-fledged DR test this Sat Jan 23, 2016 with application testing and developer and business user involvement.

After the DR test, we will be upgrading our version to 8.0.10 sometime in the first quarter.

19 January 16
Technical Analyst at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employeesReal User

We recently implemented an INTRA system setup as a prelude to upgrading our JDE environment. INTRA systems are a little more complicated as they are basically another replication environment within your existing environment. In a normal replication environment, their is journaling on both the source and target side files, which is a big hit on performance due to I/O and CPU utilization. INTRA only uses source side journaling as you are basically copying the same file to another library. On a high utilization system, this can be a life saver.

20 June 16
Technical Analyst at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employeesReal User

We just upgraded our version of MIMIX on all our environments - Test, then QA and finally Production (Data Distribution and HA). The process was kind of bothersome, as I had to first upgrade from 7.1.27 to 8.0.1 and then again to 8.1.03.

We ran into some issues upgrading Production as it had a problem with 2 constraints. Why this would be an issue was a mystery to me and the Vision Solutions support tech. But he was able to get the upgrade completed after 1.5 hrs of troubleshooting and trying several options, finally settling on a manual installation instead of using the GUI while also having to clear the MIMIX file which was documenting the constraints.

A five our installation, which we had planned a maintenance window for, would have been 3.5 had it not been for this quirky error. And the message was not all that helpful either.

26 October 16
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