TSA Tivoli System Automation for z/OS introduction
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this is a quick overview of what IBM is offering for automation on the mainframe.
Tivoli System Automation for z/OS
IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS (SA z/OS) is a NetView-based application designed to provide a
single point of control for a full range of systems management functions. SA z/OS plays a key role in
supplying high-end automation solutions. SA z/OS functions include monitoring, controlling and
automating a large range of system elements spanning both the hardware and software resources of your
enterprise. It is designed to automate I/O, processor, and system operations.
SA z/OS software enables high availability for critical business applications through policy-based
self-healing capabilities. It helps customers with single z/OS systems and Parallel Sysplex clusters to:
Reduce the frequency and duration of incidents that impact IT availability
Improve productivity with reduced scripting requirements
Address high availability shortcomings with policy modules based on best practices
Ease management of complex infrastructures with a single point of control for multi-site enterprises
Move the IT organization from reactive error correction to preemptive service protection
Free operators from low-level tasks so they can focus on higher value activities
System operations monitors and controls system operations applications and subsystems such as
NetView, SDSF, JES, RMF, TSO, RODM, ACF/VTAM, DB2, CICS, IMS, OMEGAMON, TBSM, and TWS.
With system operations, you can automate Parallel Sysplex applications. SA z/OS can automate
applications distributed over a sysplex by virtually removing system boundaries for automation through its
automation manager/automation agent design. SA z/OS reduces the complexity of managing a Parallel
Sysplex through its goal driven automation and its concepts, such as grouping and powerful dependency
support, which enable you to model your configuration. Single systems are also fully supported; the
automation scope is then just one system. Enterprise monitoring is used by SA z/OS to update the
NetView Management Console (NMC) resource status information that is stored in the Resource Object
Data Manager (RODM), and update the health status information that is displayed on the Tivoli Enterprise
Portal (TEP) via the IBM Tivoli Monitoring infrastructure.
Processor operations monitors and controls processor hardware operations. It provides a connection from
a focal point processor to a target processor. With NetView on the focal point system, processor
operations automates operator and system consoles for monitoring and recovering target processors.
Processor operations allows you to power on and off multiple target processors and reset them, perform
IPLs, set the time of day clocks, respond to messages, monitor status, and detect and resolve wait states.
I/O operations provides a single point of control for managing connectivity in your active I/O configurations.
It takes an active role in detecting unusual I/O conditions and lets you view and change paths between a
processor and an input/output device, which can involve using dynamic switching: the enterprise systems
connection (ESCON) or fiber channel connection (FICON) switch. I/O operations changes paths by letting
you control channels, ports, switches, control units, and input/output devices. You can do this through an
operator console or API.