IntelliMagic Vision for z/OS supports performance and availability management for Virtual and Physical Tape, with specific support for IBM TS7700 and Oracle virtual tape solutions.

View this short video to discover how IntelliMagic Vision can optimize your z/OS virtual tape environment.

Benefits

  • Proactively Manage Virtual and Physical Tape Environments

    IntelliMagic Vision for Tape proactively identifies risks in your z/OS tape environment, and highlights potential issues even before they have fully developed. With its intelligent analysis and threshold-based exception reporting you can avoid tape performance outages, make wise tape hardware investments and optimize tape usage. IntelliMagic Vision can be used in z/OS tape environments with virtual tape libraries – including disk-only virtual tape – and with traditional physical tape libraries.

  • Detect Potential Issues

    Tape remains important for large enterprises. With tape virtualization, tape storage became easier and more economical. At the same time, virtualization and parallelism make it more difficult to detect potential issues and to understand which changes or hardware upgrades are the best choices. With tape libraries being shared across multiple z/OS images, the full picture can only be obtained by aggregating workload and tape hardware information from all z/OS LPARs. IntelliMagic Vision automatically aggregates and analyzes the available data, applies thresholds, and creates daily reports and dashboards that highlight issues.

  • Insights to Prevent Bottlenecks

    Virtual tape library solutions provide measurement statistics of their internal hardware component usage. IntelliMagic Vision uses these additional metrics to give unique insight in the internal workings of the virtual tape system, showing cache effectiveness, replication status and replication health, and physical tape use. Insight in the virtual tape system internals allows you to prevent throughput bottlenecks. IntelliMagic Vision ensures that upgrade decisions for your virtual tape libraries are well-founded. It gives you the full tape library view from the hardware, in addition to the workload perspective such as job and dataset name. You can determine if you need to add nodes or channels, whether the replication links can handle the load, whether you need more tape drives or robot arms to handle the mounts, or whether eliminating tape mounts through workload optimization is the best solution. This video demonstrates how you can leverage IntelliMagic Vision to identify replication performance issues and drill down to root causes for issues in your TS7700 grid environment.

     

Supported Areas

IntelliMagic Vision supports native and virtual z/OS attached tape from all vendors:

All major tape catalogs are supported: CA1, RMM, TLMS, Control-T, and Zara.

The virtual tape library statistics are supported for IBM TS7720, IBM TS7740, and IBM TS7760 virtual tape libraries using BVIR activity records and for Oracle StorageTek virtual tape.

Supported Area per Record Type

Record Type Area
14 Input
15 Output
21 Completed mount requests
30 Address Space
74.1 Device Activity – Tape
BVIR Bulk Volume Information Records from TS7700 Grid
VSM SMF Oracle StorageTek VTCS SMF data

Other Parts of the z/OS Environment Supported

Systems, Processors, and Network

Continual visibility into how the z/OS systems infrastructure is handling your workloads helps you improve performance and protect availability.
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Disk and Replication

Early warning system that automatically identifies I/O issues in the making in your disk storage system and replication architecture.
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