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NESI launches database performance booster

NEON Enterprise Software released an IMS Fast Path DEDB database performance enhancing tool last week designed to lower mainframe maintenance costs.

Last week NEON Enterprise Software (NESI) released Lightning DEDB, a new mainframe software suite designed to improve IMS Fast Path DEDB database performance while lowering maintenance costs and performance penalties.

The release of Lightning DEDB marks the second major product launch for NESI since late July, when they released Bind Impact Expert, a z/OS software line that helps manage optimizer changes required for migration to IBM's DB2 version 8.

According to NESI, an enterprise data availability software and services firm based out of Sugarland, Texas, Lightning DEDB was built in response to the rapid growth of high-availability, high-performance DEDB databases.

Lightning DEDB works by locating available space in the independent overflow (IOVF) area. When independent overflow is deployed, the time it takes to locate available space geometrically increases, which boosts CPU usage and severely reduces performance. When performance reaches unacceptable levels, maintenance must be performed on the database, causing a disruption in data availability and consumption of hardware resources, according to NESI.

Lightning DEDB is designed to improve the efficiency of the space search routine, and to enable all the available IOVF space to be used without causing a dip in performance. Automatic alerts can be configured for real-time notification of critical space depletion levels and rates.

Lightning DEDB works with Eclipse iExtend products, which help increase DEDB storage capacity while the database remains online and available for updating. NESI said that by combining these products, mainframe shops can address expanding capacity requirements without compromising performance and or data availability.

"One of the most common requests we get from customers is to help them find ways to get more done with their mainframe assets while spending less," said NESI CEO Don Pate in a statement. "Lightning DEDB is a big step forward for customers who want to lower the cost of their IMS Fast Path environment." .

Let us know what you think about the story; e-mail: Luke Meredith, News Writer

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