BMC Enhancements Bring the Power of Cloud to the Mainframe

BMC is releasing a variety of innovations for the BMC AMI portfolio centered on hybrid cloud integration with an open borders approach to mainframe computing, creating consistent, complementary experiences not only for mainframe professionals, but for the customers they serve, too.

The new BMC AMI Cloud suite of solutions empowers organizations to adopt a hybrid cloud strategy for mainframe data management. Integration of mainframe data with the hybrid cloud enables organizations to choose the on-premises, private cloud, or public cloud strategy that is best suited for their needs. This provides an efficient and high-preforming alternative to replace or augment proprietary mainframe virtual tape library (VTL) systems.

Storage in the cloud with BMC AMI Cloud Data allows faster access to crucial data and offers improved disaster recovery preparation and response.

BMC AMI Cloud Vault enables the creation of secure off-platform backup copies of data and fast disaster recovery that doesn’t rely on mainframe systems. The creation of immutable copies of data stored in the cloud protects against cyberthreats like ransomware while also enabling standalone (bare metal) data recovery at any location.

BMC AMI Cloud Analytics enables the integration of mainframe data with artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) platforms to gain valuable new business insights. By quickly and efficiently moving data to the cloud, then transforming it for use with AI/ML tools (without consuming costly MIPS), the solutions make mainframe data actionable, opening the door to new possibilities of insight and innovation, according to the company.

The BMC open-borders approach not only integrates the mainframe with the broader IT ecosystem, it also allows mainframe development, operations, data, and security applications to interact, breaking down siloes and providing full system visibility, according to the vendor. New BMC AMI DevX integrations increase developer efficiency, improve application quality, and put the information that developers need at their fingertips.

New Visual Studio Code (VS Code) extensions for BMC AMI DevX File-AID enhance developers’ use of their preferred development environment by streamlining the data browsing and editing of IBM Multiple Virtual Storage (MVS) data sets, reducing time spent on test data management.

The integration between BMC AMI DevX Abend-AID and BMC AMI DevX Code Pipeline makes it faster and easier for developers to find abending code, fix any issues, test, and move the code back into production.

The ability to reuse test case input stubs in BMC AMI DevX Total Test enables faster generation of new test cases for changed programs.

To ensure optimal enterprise system security, mainframe security can’t be siloed separately from enterprise security strategies. 

BMC AMI Enterprise Connector for Venafi, which integrates the mainframe with enterprise certificate management solutions, now supports automated bulk certificate management, empowering security teams to implement hundreds, or even thousands, of security certificates on the mainframe each month.

Integration of BMC AMI Security with ServiceNow ITSM solutions supports automated workflows, increasing efficiency and reducing time to response while providing centralized incident response that coordinates security incident management across the enterprise.

An integration between BMC AMI Reorg for Db2 (part of BMC AMI Database Performance for Db2) with the rules-based automation of BMC AMI Apptune for Db2 (part of BMC AMI SQL Performance for Db2) enables right-on-time database reorgs, ensuring that reorgs aren’t repeated unnecessarily, reducing CPU usage, helping to minimize costs, and providing for peak response rates and improved application performance.

New enhancements improve the database administrator (DBA) and developer experiences. BMC AMI DevOps for Db2 now integrates with GitHub Actions, joining integrations with Jenkins and Azure DevOps to further developers’ ability to use their tools of choice, while a modern, developer-friendly BMC AMI Command Center for Db2 user interface enables the shift-left identification of SQL bottlenecks.

Further enhancements to reporting and log records facilitate database performance optimization and debugging. Enhanced report comparison BMC AMI Fast Path Analyzer/EP history files makes it easier to spot usage trends within BMC AMI Database Advisor for IMS while additional Fast Path log records in BMC AMI Log Analyzer for IMS abend reports provide increased visibility into the debugging process.

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