Today IBM has announced a new release of IBM Automation Control for z/OS. The new release will be generally available on September 5th, 2014.
IBM Automation Control for z/OS offers a powerful and versatile set of functions to automate IBM System z application environments. You get new tailorable, goal-driven, and policy-based technology to manage complex system and application automation challenges. IBM Automation Control for z/OS is designed to eliminate most common reasons for writing manual scripts and to reduce dependencies on system programming and operations resources. IBM Automation Control for z/OS also helps to reduce IT costs, and improve system and application availability.
IBM Automation Control for z/OS consists of the following components:
System Operations (SysOps) to manage system and application resources on z/OS.
Processor Operations (ProcOps) to manage hardware changes through Hardware Management Console (HMC) and Support Element (SE).
The new release IBM Automation Control for z/OS V1.1.1 provides
An improved configuration assistant that allows users to exploit system symbols and to set up the NetView Event/Automation Services component to send NetView Event/Automation Services (EIF) events to receivers such as IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus.
Simplified and improved security of the automation environment by using roles with associated command and resource authorization levels.
Policy-based management of looping address spaces, leveraging the strengths of IBM Automation Control for z/OS and IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for z/OS.
Secure access to hardware interfaces and improved performance for hardware automation and the ability to automate IBM System z Advanced Workload Analysis Reporter (zAware) like any other logical partition.
Application pacing to allow tighter control of CPU intensive consumers at start and stop times.
Enhanced message management capabilities with more granular control on how message processing members (automation table, message revision table, message processing facility PARMLIB-member) are generated.
With the new release, IBM Automation Control for z/OS provides a set of integration capabilities for a proactive automation solution via tight integration with the IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE portfolio. Leveraging performance management data allows for a higher automation degree and reduces the risk of application downtime.
And not to forget: IBM Automation Control for z/OS has a built-in configuration assistant, which makes it very easy to install and configure your system without a need to consume tons of documentation material.
To learn more about the new IBM Automation Control for z/OS V1.1.1 release, please see the announcement letter here for further details.
To learn more about IBM Automation Control for z/OS, please see: http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/en/ibm-automation-control-for-zos.