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IBM z/OS Storage Management Tools

storage managementEffective storage management is a key priority for just about any company, or at least it should be. Quality, reliable and efficient storage management tools are the most important component in an effective storage management strategy. For businesses and organizations relying on z/OS, the tools available are more than enough to get the job done.

The z/OS storage management tools work together to give you a robust list of options in order to meet your storage management needs. These tools not only complement DFSMS, they are also able to help extend the storage management abilities.

The capabilities of this suite of tools is staggering. For example, using the z/OS storage management tools, you can predict the results of configuration changes with little actual risk. You get a better picture, overall, of your storage assets. You can easily identify and eliminate bottlenecks, improving storage system response times. These tools can help increase productivity and reduce outages.

There are a number of different components that make up the z/OS storage management tools. They include:

•    IBM Tivoli Omegamon XE. This one allows you to handle storage attached to mainframes, and includes monitoring of both performance and availability.

•    IBM DB2 Cloning Tool. This tool gives you the ability to quickly and reliably rename or re-catalog data sets after performing a copy.

•    IBM Tivoli Advanced Catalog Management for z/OS. This tool provides for backup, recovery and management of ICF Catalogs.

•    IBM Tivoli Advanced Backup and Recovery. This one tracks and brings all ICF catalog backups, as well as others, into a centralized location.

•    IBM Tivoli Advanced Audit for DFSMShsm. This tool gives you support for DFSMShsm, catalog, disk, and tape.

•    IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager. This tool gives you the ability to handle availability issues for your tape device.

•    IBM Tivoli Allocation Optimizer on z/OS. This one works to optimize your allocation requests, which increases efficiency of resources. In addition, there is a proactive component that allows the z/OS to do self-diagnostics and repair.

•    IBM Tivoli Storage Optimizer for z/OS. This tool lets you discover, monitor and manage z/OS devices throughout the entire enterprise.

•    IBM Tivoli Tape Optimizer for z/OS. This one optimizes the compression and use of tapes.

•    DFSMS Optimizer. The DFSMS Optimizer includes both performance analysis and management class analysis.

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