IBM Updates Optim Data Archiving Software
September 28, 2010 Alex Woodie
IBM last week unveiled the version 7.3 release of its Optim suite of tools, which helps organizations to archive data and prepare data for testing. The new version adds support for the latest server operating systems and database. IBM also launched Optim Application Retirement, for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and Siebel applications that are getting a little long in the tooth.
Just because an organization is no longer actively using an enterprise application, it does not mean the application can be completely disregarded. For one thing, the organization may need to access the data contained within the application and its database. Also, the organization may need to maintain the data in a legally compliant manner.
IBM can help in these situations with a version of its Optim data archiving utility specifically designed for retiring old applications. Optim Application Retirement helps in three main areas, including consolidating the data within old applications, enabling access to the data through standard reporting tools, and addressing information lifecycle management and compliance requirements.
IBM previously offered a general purpose version of Optim for use in retiring old enterprise applications. With the launch of Optim Application Retirement, it now provides predefined models and templates for achieving retirement-related tasks within the EnterpriseOne and Siebel data structures.
IBM also updated the rest of its Optim suite, which includes the version 7.3 releases of Optim Data Growth and Optim Test Management solutions, and new releases of related tools.
With version 7.3 IBM supports the latest releases of the major databases, including SQL Server 2008, DB2 LUW 9.5 and 9.7, Oracle 11g and 11g R2, and DB2 z/OS 10.1. (DB2/400 is not supported; companies running EnterpriseOne on IBM i must first load the data into DB2 LUW to use Optim, according to IBM instructions.) Optim 7.3 also now supports Unicode on Informix, and gains various performance enhancements resource estimators, and data loading enhancements.