Contributed by Daniel Nussbaummueller
The explosion of data, the mainframe skills gap, and the pressure for cost reduction are some of today's challenges that DB2 with its respective components help solve by improving productivity and allowing employees to spend more time problem solving higher level tasks. IBM DB2 Utilities Solution Pack for z/OS is such a product that combines a number of components into a consolidated solution that enables enterprises to efficiently and intelligently run utilities, while optimizing the performance of regular utility management activities.
Here are five things to know about what the DB2 Utilities Solution Pack actually is, which components it contains, and why this is the best way to optimize your efficiency:
1. Competitive pressure and complexity of today’s IT environment is enormous
Today, data growth remains IT’s biggest challenge, followed by scalability, performance and cost containment. Data management must drive competitive advantage, business continuity and availability, which drive strategic plans. Critical to success is the ability to maintain or improve user service levels and satisfaction while growing and adding data centers. This drives the need for consistent technology and architectural decisions to maximize purchase decisions.
2. Solution Packs facilitate the integration between individual products and the possibility to solve a set of business challenges
Solution packs combine several products into a single consolidated solution providing everything necessary to ensure the execution of a set of respective functions. The objectives are to reduce the operational complexity and reduce cost by using the synergies between the individual elements that are provided in the solution pack.
3. DB2 Utilities Solution Pack combines several components using its synergy effects
The DB2 Utilities Solution Pack combines powerful DB2 tools that, when used together, can improve utility performance and simplify utility management. It unifies the following elements into one single offering:
- IBM DB2 Automation Tool for z/OS
- IBM DB2 High Performance Unload for z/OS
- IBM DB2 Sort for z/OS
- IBM DB2 Utilities Enhancement Tool for z/OS
- IBM DB2 Fast Copy Solution Pack for z/OS
4. DB2 Utilities Solution Pack helps you making your business more efficient
IBM DB2 Utilities Solution Pack is designed to solve the business challenges presented above by providing a comprehensive solution that ties together utility automation, leading practices, and reducing resource consumption. It provides your environment with the efficiency of conditional REORGs combined with more efficient tools for SORT and UNLOAD. Using this solution, you can obtain the highest degree of DB2 utility performance, availability and flexibility while lowering your overall operational costs.
5. DB2 Utilities Solution Pack helps you automate and manage your utilities
With IBM DB2 Automation Tool for z/OS and DB2 Utilities Enhancement Tool for z/OS (that are also part of the Autonomics solution for DB2 z/OS) you are able to consume less system and staff resources by automating utility maintenance for objects based on your business needs. With easy-to-use profiles, you can set up utility job specifications that can be managed across subsystems and environments - without requiring Job Control Language skills. It also extends the value of DB2 Utilities to make it easier for you to customize the utility tasks and helps you to control your DB2 environment with the ability to transparently cancel active threads and block new threads on DB2 objects.
For more information on how the DB2 Utilities Solution Pack can assist in building autonomic solutions see the IBM Redbooks publication Modernize Your DB2 for z/OS Maintenance with Utility Autonomics.