Trident Services Updates Mainframe Management Tool

Trident Services, Inc, a z/OS service provider and software developer, has begun shipping the latest release of its z/OS management product, which adds greater analytic capabilities. Version 6.2 of zOSEM – which stands for zOperating System Environment Manager – provides three major capabilities, including ISV and MLC cost reduction through software isolation; labor cost and risk reduction through the automation of z/OS installation exits; and, hardware and software cost reduction through reporting on and optimizing DFSMShsm activity.

zOSEM enables ISV cost reduction by providing the capability to route batch jobs that execute more-expensive software products to lower capacity machines or LPARs. By running in an environment with lower capacity, the fees for many software products can potentially be reduced, the vendor said. ZOSEM 6.2 is designed to help isolate batch work at a finer granularity – at the step level. Installations can direct zOSEM 6.2 to run only the job steps that actually execute the target software products on the lower capacity system. Other steps of a job can run anywhere in the JES2 complex.

“Software costs from ISVs and monthly license charges have escalated to such an extent that the costs for implementing new applications on z/OS which require these products is often prohibitive,” said Tim Humphreys, President and CEO of Trident Services.

In the areas of operation and resource management, zOSEM already delivers a range of unctions which provide enhanced control and enable the elimination of customer-written exit code. Maintaining installation exits is labor intensive if done properly, and risky if shortcuts are taken. It’s not unusual for zOSEM to eliminate over 93% of an installation’s z/OS exit code.

zOSEM 6.2 includes various capabilities to further enhance control and eliminate even more installation exit code. These include a generalization of concurrent job limits; setting job attributes based on the number of tapes required; and, providing drill-down displays to determine what resources jobs are waiting for. 

zOSEM also provides 30 summary and detailed reports on HSM activities such as migration, recall and errors. ZOSEM 6.2 adds another dozen reports to address backup, recovery, recycle and delete and reports can be filtered by MGMTCLAS, STORGRP or dataset name mask(s). For further optimization it provides automatic implementation of system determined blocksize and automatic conversion from cylinders to tracks to release additional space. 

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