IBM TS7700 is an enterprise storage system designed to deliver continuous operations, data security, scalability and integration with z Systems with hybrid storage configurations. TS7700 combines the performance of disk based operations with the capacity and scalability of physical tape to deliver high availability for z Systems storage.

Automate Health & Performance Monitoring

IntelliMagic Vision for z/OS Virtual Tape proactively identifies risks in your TS7700 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
  • Optimize tape usage

IntelliMagic Vision can be used in z/OS tape environments with TS7700 libraries, including disk-only virtual tape (TS7720), with traditional physical tape libraries (TS7740) and with TS7760 environments (containing tape partitions).

Tip! Read this white paper: IBM TS7700 Performance Analysis

 

View this short video to discover how IntelliMagic Vision can Identify the active z/OS Workload associated with a TS7700 interval having an issue.

Detect Potential Issues

TS7700 hardware generated data is loaded and analyzed into 8 main categories for assessment of the health of the environment. TS7700 Grids are evaluated for their use of Cache, Virtual Drives, Throughput, Utilization (CPU and Disk), Replication, and in the case of TS7740, TS7720T, and TS7760 Backend, Migration and Recall. These dashboards immediately drill down from the cluster statistics within a selected grid and then further refine the presented data as multi-charts for various metrics from the selected dashboard, grid or cluster.

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.

Ensure Well-founded Upgrade Decisions

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 clusters 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.

 

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