MIMIX Review

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

What is most valuable?

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.

How has it helped 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.

What needs improvement?

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

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this product for over five years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

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.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

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.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

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

How are 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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

How was the 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.

What about the implementation team?

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

What's my experience with 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.

What other advice do I have?

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.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user292614 (Technical Analyst at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees)

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.

author avatarit_user294273 (Technical Analyst at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees)

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.

author avatarit_user292614 (Technical Analyst at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees)

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.