IBM z/OS Data Set Mobility Facility V3.4.1 data migration software enables heterogeneous storage migrations with continuous transparent access

IBM United States Software Announcement 219-473
December 10, 2019

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Key requirementsKey requirementsTechnical informationTechnical information
Planned availability datePlanned availability dateOrdering informationOrdering information
DescriptionDescriptionTerms and conditionsTerms and conditions
Program numberProgram numberPricesPrices

At a glance

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IBM® z/OS® Data Set Mobility Facility (zDMF) data migration software is ideal for migrating data at the data set level, and delivers continuous, transparent access to all applications and data with minimal to no disruption.

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IBM Storage Systems offers IBM zDMF V3.4.1 data migration software to enable heterogeneous z/OS storage migrations at the data set level with continuous, transparent access to all applications and data with minimal to no disruption.

IBM zDMF V3.4.1 contains upgrades from the previous release, including non extended data set conversion to extended format, key rotation, and z/OS 2.4 support.

IBM Services continue to remain available to assist you in the performance and migration planning of your data migration projects.

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Key requirements

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zDMF dynamic data set encryption requires z/OS V2.3, or higher.

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Planned availability date

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December 13, 2019

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IBM zDMF host-based data migration software enables you to migrate your disk storage at the data set level from IBM or non-IBM storage while your applications remain online.

The software is available for purchase based on the number of millions of service units (MSUs) in your System z® environment.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

Accessibility Compliance Reports (previously known as a VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance to standards, including the Worldwide Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, European Standard EN 301 349, and US Section 508, can be found on the IBM Accessibility Conformance Report Request website.

Value Unit-based pricing

Value Unit pricing for eligible IBM Z® IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA) programs enables a lower cost of incremental growth and enterprise aggregation. Each IBM Z IPLA product with Value Unit pricing has a single price per Value Unit and a conversion matrix, called Value Unit Exhibit, for converting from some designated measurement to Value Units. Most commonly, Millions of Service Units (MSUs) is the measurement designated by IBM to be converted to Value Units. Some other measurements are engines or messages. Since MSUs are the most common measurement, that measurement will be used for the remainder of this description.

Value Unit pricing offers price benefits for you. For each IBM Z IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, the quantity of that program needed to satisfy applicable IBM terms and conditions is referred to as the required license capacity. Each of the various Value Unit Exhibits stipulate that the larger your required license capacity, the fewer Value Units per MSU you will need. Value Unit Exhibits are uniquely identified by a three digit code and referred to using the nomenclature VUExxx, where xxx is the three digit code.

Subsequent acquisitions of Value Unit priced programs offer additional price benefits. The quantity of each IBM Z IPLA program that you have acquired is referred to as entitled license capacity. If you wish to grow your entitled license capacity for an IBM Z IPLA program, the calculation to determine additional needed Value Units is based upon the number of Value Units already acquired.

For each IBM Z IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, you should:

  • Determine the required license capacity, in MSUs.
  • Aggregate the MSUs across the enterprise.
  • Convert the total MSUs to Value Units, using the applicable Value Unit Exhibit.
  • Multiply the price per Value Unit by the total number of Value Units to determine the total cost.

To simplify conversion from the designated measurement to Value Units or vice-versa, use the Value Unit Converter Tool. For additional information or to obtain a copy of the Value Unit Converter Tool, see the IBM Z Software Pricing website.

Note that Value Units of a given program cannot be exchanged, interchanged, or aggregated with Value Units of another program.

To determine the required license capacity for the IBM Z IPLA program you selected, see the Terms and conditions section.

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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5655-ZZ3 3.4.1 IBM z/OS Data Set Mobility Facility
Program number Subscription and Support Program number
5655-ZZ3 5655-ZZA

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Business Partner information

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If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld® ID and password are required (use IBMid).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 219-473

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Offering Information

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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.

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IBM zDMF publications are available at the IBM Publications Center website.

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Software Services

IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of the lab-based software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of the IBM Global Services team. Also, IBM extends the reach of IBM Software Services through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. IBM provides the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.

To learn more about IBM Software Services, contact your Lab Services Sales or Delivery Leader.

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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Host running supported operating system and storage attached to host directly.

Software requirements

Software requires z/OS V2.1, or higher.

zDMF dynamic data set encryption support requires z/OS V2.3, or higher.


Software must be run on a supported z/OS operating system as specified in the user documentation.

Performance considerations

The key performance influences on data migration software are system capacity, channel capacity, network speed, and traffic level. These factors are outside the scope of the software.

IBM Support

IBM Support is your gateway to technical support tools and resources that are designed to help you save time and simplify support. IBM Support can help you find answers to questions, download fixes, troubleshoot, submit and track problem cases, and build skills. Learn and stay informed about the transformation of IBM Support, including new tools, new processes, and new capabilities, by going to the IBM Support Insider.

Planning information

Planning considerations are required for IBM zDMF through an IBM services engagement.

For additional information, go to the IBM z/OS Data Set Mobility Facility website.

Client responsibilities

IBM recommends use of IBM Services to plan and perform your data migration. More information can be found at the IBM z/OS Data Set Mobility Facility website.


This offering is delivered through the Internet. Physical media (DVD) is available through Shopz.

This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, which will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. For future reference, the license and License Information will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT.

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Ordering information

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Consult your IBM representative.

The programs in this announcement all have Value Unit-based pricing.

Program number Program name Value Unit exhibit
5655-ZZ3 IBM z/OS Data Set Mobility Facility VUE007

For each z Systems® IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, the quantity of that program needed to satisfy applicable IBM terms and conditions is referred to as the required license capacity. Your required license capacity is based upon the following factors:

  • The z Systems IPLA program you select
  • The applicable Value Unit Exhibit
  • The applicable terms
  • Whether your current mainframes are full capacity or sub-capacity

Value Unit exhibit VUE007

  MSUs minimum MSUs maximum Value Units/MSU
Base 1 3 1
Tier A 4 45 0.45
Tier B 46 175 0.36
Tier C 176 315 0.27
Tier D 316 + 0.20

Ordering example

The total number of Value Units is calculated according to the following example.

If your required license capacity is 1,500 MSUs for your selected IBM Z IPLA product, the applicable Value Units would be:

Tier MSUs Multiplied by Value Units per MSU Equal Value Units
Base 3 1.00 3.00
Tier A 42 .45 18.90
Tier B 130 .36 46.80
Tier C 140 .27 37.80
Tier D 1,185 .20 237.00
Total 1,500   343.50

When calculating the total number of Value Units, the sum is to be rounded up to the next integer.

Charge metric

The charge metric for this licensed product can be found in the following License Information document:

Program name PID number Charge metric License Information document number
IBM z/OS Data Set Mobility Facility 5655-ZZ3 Per Value Unit (MSU) L-JTHS-BECP9X

Select your language of choice and scroll down to the Charge Metrics section.

License metric definition


An MSU is defined as millions of Central Processing Unit (CPU) service units per hour; the measure of capacity used to describe the computing power of the hardware processors on which S/390® or System z® software runs. Processor MSU values are determined by the hardware vendor, IBM or Software Compatible Vendors (SCVs).

For more detailed information about System z software pricing, see the IBM Z software pricing website.

Basic license

Translation from MSUs to Value Units

zDMF (VUE007)

  MSUs Value Units/MSU
Base 1-3 1
Tier A 4-45 0.45
Tier B 46-175 0.36
Tier C 176-315 0.27
Tier D 316 or greater 0.2

To order, specify the program ID number and the appropriate license or charge option. To suppress shipment of media, select the license-only option in CFSW.

Program name: IBM z/OS Data Set Mobility Facility

Program ID: 5655-ZZ3

Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S017KDS IBM zDMF Basic OTC, Value Units
    Basic OTC, per MSU-day TUC
    Multi-Version Measurement S&S NC

Orderable supply ID Language
S017KDR English

You choose the delivery method when you order the software. IBM recommends internet delivery. However, if you still require physical media, you can choose DVD.

Subscription and Support Program ID: 5655-ZZA

Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S017KDH IBM zDMF S&S Basic ASC, per Value Unit SW S&S
    No charge, decline SW S&S
    Per MSU SW S&S registration
    Multi-Version Measurement S&S NC

Orderable supply ID Language
S017KDG English

Subscription and Support

To receive voice technical support via telephone and future releases and versions at no additional charge, Subscription and Support must be ordered. The license includes one year of S&S. S&S renewal in one year increments is automatic unless specifically canceled.

The capacity of Subscription and Support (Value Units) must be the same as the capacity ordered for the product licenses.

To order, specify the Subscription and Support program ID referenced above and the appropriate license or charge option.

This offering:

  • Includes and extends the support services provided in the base support to include technical support by telephone.
  • Entitles you to future releases and versions, at no additional charge. Note that you are not entitled to new programs.

When Subscription and Support is ordered, the charges will automatically renew annually unless canceled by you.

The combined effect of the IPLA license and the Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance gives you rights and support services comparable to those under the traditional ICA IBM Z license or its equivalent. To ensure that you continue to enjoy the level of support you are used to in the ICA business model, you must order both the license for the program and the support for the selected programs at the same Value Unit quantities.

Customized Offerings

Product deliverables are shipped only through CBPDO and ServerPac. These customized offerings are offered for internet delivery. For more details on Internet delivery, go to the Help section on the Shopz website.

IBM recommends internet delivery. However, if you still require physical media, you can choose DVD.

Many products can be ordered in ServerPac the month following their availability in CBPDO. z/OS can be ordered through CBPDO and ServerPac on the planned availability date. Many products will also be orderable in a Product ServerPac without also having to order the z/OS operating system or subsystem.

Shopz and CFSW will determine the eligibility based on product requisite checking. For more details on the Product ServerPac, go to the Help section on the Shopz website.

Production of software product orders will begin on the planned availability date.

  • CBPDO shipments will begin one week after the planned availability date.
  • ServerPac shipments will begin four weeks after the planned availability date.

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Terms and conditions

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The terms and conditions for IBM z/OS Data Set Mobility Facility, as previously announced in Software Announcements 214-290, dated July 8, 2014, and 218-298, dated December 4, 2018, are unchanged.

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Statement of good security practices

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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through intrusion prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered, destroyed, or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a regulatory compliant, comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective.

Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.

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The prices are unchanged by this announcement.


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