21st Century Software, Inc. Announces DR/VFI v4.3 for IBM Mainframes

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The new release of DR/VFI delivers real-time critical file journaling and enhanced validation and simulation capabilities for mirrored environments to help ensure IBM mainframe recovery assurance.

Today, at the 2008 IBM System z Expo Conference, 21st Century Software, Inc., announced a major upgrade to their popular DR/VFI™ product. Based on extensive research and user input, version 4.3 of DR/VFI now provides greater visibility and control into an organization's recoverability based on real-time insight and information about the use and status of critical applications and data.

DR/VFI v4.3 provides new Real-time Critical File Journaling capabilities to monitor and track file usage, such as file open, close and change events. DR/VFI Real-Time SMF Extractor reads SMF data for critical file usage and feeds it to our powerful Analysis Engine to determine file update and backup requirements -- even for dynamic data sets that change often, like batch applications.

The new version also provides greater flexibility and recoverability for mirrored environments through simulated recovery capabilities for mirrored volumes, and now features an improved JCL Scanning Facility. Finally, DR/VFI v4.3 provides improved reporting for DB2 and backup status across the organization.

Paul Eckert, 21st Century Software's chief technology officer, comments, "We know that applications and users access data in real-time; however, many disaster recovery management strategies lag behind actual file use. That opens organizations up to many exposures, such as lost data, corrupted files, and missed recovery time and recovery time objectives. The new functionality of DR/VFI v4.3 helps our clients further analyze and monitor mainframe applications and data that are critical to their enterprise applications to ensure they can be recovered."

No other recovery management solution offers the ability to monitor critical file use in real-time to enhance backup and recovery strategies, combined with the capability to conduct a simulated recovery at any time. The real-time monitoring and analysis and simulated recovery features in DR/VFI can help companies ensure recoverability as well as address regulatory compliance requirements around data retention.

About 21st Century Software, Inc.:
21st Century Software, Inc. develops and markets recovery assurance and enterprise disaster recovery solutions. For nearly 16 years, 21st Century Software's DR/VFI software solutions have provided vision and validation to enterprise backup strategies by determining the most critical files required by applications and providing the fastest path to recovery. 21st Century Software is an IBM Business Partner and member of the IBM Destination z mainframe community.

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