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[Video] New in SMU V1.1.5 -- SMU exploitation and integration with Zowe
Zowe offers modern interfaces to interact with z/OS and allows you to work with z/OS in a way that is similar to what you experience on cloud platforms today. You can use these interfaces as delivered or through plug-ins and extensions that are created by clients or third-party vendors.
Zowe consists of the following main components:
Zowe App Framework: Contains a Web user interface (UI) that provides a full screen interactive experience. The Web UI includes many interactions that exist in 3270 terminals and web interfaces such as IBM z/OSMF.
Explorer server: Provides a range of APIs for the management of jobs, data sets, z/OS UNIX System Services files, and persistent data.
API Mediation Layer: Provides an API abstraction layer through which APIs can be discovered, catalogued, and presented uniformly.
Zowe CLI: Provides a command-line interface that lets you interact with the mainframe remotely and use common tools such as Integrated Development Environments (IDEs), shell commands, bash scripts, and build tools for mainframe development. It provides a set of utilities and services for application developers that want to become efficient in supporting and building z/OS applications quickly.
What is SMU exploitation and integration with Zowe?
Integrated with Zowe, SMU offers extended functions to allow you to interact with z/OS resources, such as managing JES and MVS details in the SMU dashboards. When Zowe is installed and configured to connect with the SMU server, you can interact with mainframe data sets and jobs like modern cloud or desktop platform.
Note: The Zowe release that is certified to be used by SMU is currently available at a beta level.
A Zowe application plug-in (SMU plug-in) is provided for SMU to allow you to use SMU directly on Zowe Desktop and leverage free and commercial APIs in Zowe Application Framework.
A new JES Explorer dashboard is provided to allow you to view job content and job output to isolate environmental issues. The JES Explorer dashboard can be started from SA APL resources and from jobs displayed on the LPAR details page.
A new MVS Explorer dashboard is provided to allow you to view and edit data sets to fix environmental issues. The MVS Explorer dashboard can be started from the Volume Details page that uses data set information coming from OMEGAMON for Storage.
Why should you use SMU exploitation and integration with Zowe?
New plug-in on Zowe Desktop
You can quickly and easily access the SMU plug-in on Zowe Desktop where other common tools are available, which gives you a unified and integrated user experience.
Improved problem identification
You can isolate environmental issues by seamlessly navigating into the JES Explorer dashboard to view any job information without the need to switch the application or use another terminal.
Improved problem resolution
You can fix environmental issues by seamlessly navigating into the MVS Explorer dashboard to view and edit any JCL, REXX, or SYS1.PARMLIB-member.
Reduced Time-to-Value (TTV)
New developers or system programmers can quickly get onboard to work on the mainframe.