IBM CSM Flash Copy Manager for z/OS (CSMFCM)
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IBM CSM Flash Copy Manager for z/OS (CSMFCM) was designed to provide fast and efficient integration and exploitation into DS8000 z/OS batch job environments. It provides the ability to discover and build FlashCopy configurations from the batch environment with mix-and-match capabilities using z/OS concepts such as DFSMS specifications, Storage Groups, VOLSERs, devices etc. It integrates with z/OS, provides ISPF panels to manage configurations and build the required jobs as well as automating relabeling of FlashCopy targets to take them online after the Flash was initiated.
The main benefits of CSMFCM compared to IBM Copy Services Manager or other FlashCopy tools on z/OS are following:
While originally IBM Flash Copy Manager for z/OS was sunset a few years ago, IBM discovered that there was a niche of customers requiring this level of functionality, that none of the IBM tools or products was fulfilling but EMC timefinder was. Therefore Flash Copy Manager is now officially supported again and delivered as a component of IBM Copy Services Manager. It supports z/OS attached CKD volumes and is available with:
CSMFCM has its own FMID and customers may install CSMFCM separately and in coexistance with CSM. For more details on CSMFCM, please watch this GO Training video on Youtube: