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iTera announces release 3.2 of Reorganize While Active

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iTera Inc., a developer of high availability and continuous availability solutions for IBM iSeries servers, announced the general availability of release 3.2 of its Reorganize While Active product. This release adds several enhancements to its widely sold solution that reorganizes files without causing downtime.

Major enhancements in Reorganize While Active 3.2 include:

* The ability to reorganize files containing null-capable fields and referential constraints
* Ability to reorganize files by the key of the physical file or the key of a logical file, making subsequent file operations more efficient
* Faster copying of records during the reorganization process
* Faster file-swap at the end of the reorganization process
* An improved, more user-friendly process monitor screen
* Automatic starting and ending of journaling when commitment control is selected for the reorganization process

"In just three years, Reorganize While Active has become a very popular alternative to IBM's reorganize utility, as our product virtually eliminates downtime during the file reorganization process," said Dan NeVille, President of iTera. "With the enhancements of V3R2, Reorganize While Active can now reorganize files with nearly any kind of file attributes and do so quickly and efficiently."

Continues NeVille, "By using Reorganize While Active, it's not uncommon for shops to eliminate a hundred hours or more of planned system downtime each year, plus DASD expenditures can be reduced and system performance improved. Without Reorganize While Active, the cost of downtime, unnecessary DASD purchases and poor system performance can very quickly exceed the cost of the product."

Reorganize While Active includes two different methods of reorganizing files; each has its own advantage depending on the attributes of the file:

"Mirrored File" Method -- Makes a copy of the file in a new library and performs the reorganization as it is being copied. This copy of the file is then kept synchronized with the production file until a convenient time when it can be 'swapped' with the production file. The Mirrored File method is recommended under the following circumstances: if triggers are associated with the file; if journaling is used for data warehouse purposes; if all members in a file need to be reorganized at the same time; if records in the file need to be reorganized by key; if the file uses referential constraints or if any fields are null-capable.

"In-Place" Method -- reclaims all of the deleted records from the file without the need to copy the file and keep it synchronized. The In-Place method also provides the choice of keeping the reorganized records in the same sequential order (same as IBM's RGZPFM command), or reorganized "randomly" which moves the records from the end of the file toward the beginning.

About iTera
Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, iTera is a leading developer and integrator of iSeries high availability and continuous availability solutions including, Echo2' High Availability, GuardianSave', Reorganize While Active', Purge & Archive', Upgrade While Active' and Convert While Active'. For more information about iTera and its products and services, visit www.iterainc.com, send an email to info@iterainc.com, or call 1-800-957-4511.


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