Important announcement to all System Automation for z/OS I/O operations (IOOps) users:
IBM System Automation for z/OS (SA z/OS) 3.5 is the last SA z/OS release, which includes I/O operations functionality.
If you use IOOps to manage connectivity in your active I/O configurations, IBM recommends that you use other established I/O configuration management solutions instead.
In order to keep IOOps functionality on an as-is-basis beyond the SA z/OS 3.5 release, you have to migrate to SA z/OS 3.5 some day. SA z/OS 3.5 includes an independent IOOps FMID.
Some information on IOOps:
IOOps manages ESCON/FICON switches (directors) by providing single point of control to each switch. It ensures the integrity of switch' port manipulations for z/OS only.
More and more switches are operated in a heterogenous environment. That means a switch is connected to LPARs running z/OS as well as to LPARs running zVM or zLinux. In this case IOOps can no longer ensure the integrity of a switch' port manipulation.
Since a switch can also be operated in "OPEN" mode the switch vendor's fabric manager software can do the desired manipulations.
If you have further questions, contact Uwe Gramm (email@example.com).