ARCTOOLS/400 7.1 Brings Purging-Related Enhancements
Published: January 31, 2006
by Alex Woodie
Do you purge old files to make room for new ones? If you don't, you run the risk of clogging your AS/400 or iSeries server and causing performance problems, says DCSoftware, which unveiled a new release of its suite of performance management tools, ARCTOOLS/400, late last year.
ARCTOOLS/400 includes various tools used to clean up old data to make AS/400 and iSeries servers run faster, including PurgeWizard, JoinWizard, RulesWizard, ReorgWizard, and ARCDATA for archiving. With ARCTOOLS/400 version 7.1, the company is seeking to make it easier for OS/400 shops to purge.
Among the enhancements delivered in ARCTOOLS/400 7.1 are a new a multi-purge submit feature for RulesWizard and JoinWizard, and more selection options in JoinWizard. Support for expanded free-form calculation allows "long-winded" calculations in record selections, the company says, while improved support for calculation of rolling dates based on the current system date make it easier to schedule future purges.
Calling up past purges will be easier as a result of the new capability to archive directly to a second machine or partition using DDM files as archive files, the company says. Enhancements have also been made for importing, exporting, and deleting the rules governing how purges are conducted. Users can also submit purge jobs from a command line now, too.
Finally, this release offers enhanced support for variable length fields, and supports double-byte and Unicode files for the first time. For more information, go to www.arctools.com.