IBM Z Batch Resiliency

Modern real-time resiliency for batch applications using analytics to automate recovery processes

IBM Z® Batch Resiliency automates the analysis, backup and restoration of batch application data to provide operational resiliency and reduction of business risk. It provides an inventory of data usage and backups and has the automation capabilities to recover batch data quickly for operational or disaster recovery events. It can also generate reports that detail the usage and relationships of batch applications and data. 

IBM Z Batch Resiliency delivers high-value resiliency management of non-database managed data and applications by using detailed analytic reporting to provide insights to reduce manual approaches required to manage data outside of database control. By reducing dependency on domain expertise and time-consuming, error-prone analysis to determine the impact of data corruption incidents, application data inter-dependencies and vulnerabilities are determined quickly to reduce enterprise business risk.

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Benefits Impact of data corruption minimized

Address your business risks by recovering data from any corruption down to a granular level. Point-in-time recovery capability to non-database systems ensures near continuous data protection.

Data visibility and recovery

Get real-time visibility into jobs that are running and open data sets that might be at risk. Point-in-time inventory of data sets and backups enables faster, page-driven recovery.

Workload interdependency insight

Increase your understanding of application interdependencies and recovery points with resiliency and audit gap reports.

Near real-time insights into data usage and recoverability

IBM Z Batch Resiliency SMF collection and analysis are built for speed and efficiency. Collection is done continuously throughout the day and your data is passed to the analysis subtasks for up-to-the-minute status of batch data usage and recoverability. IBM Z Batch Resiliency interfaces with multiple system components to give you an accurate status of batch processing as well as a wealth of historical information.

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Fast and automated recoverability

IBM Z Batch Resiliency gives you greater ease of recovery, accomplished without extensive application expertise, to greatly reduce the time to business resumption. If a data set needs to be recovered the IBM Z Batch Resiliency ISPF page interface enables a swift identification of the appropriate backup needed, and automatically generates restore JCL to match the backup method. Also, the IBM Z Batch Resiliency drivers allow you to create JCL templates for any methodology.

Deeper insights into your data

With IBM Z Batch Resiliency you can gain granular, real-time insight into batch jobs that are running on the system and any open data sets that might be at risk. You can view the jobs that were running at a given point in time in the past, open data sets and open a cascade report of downstream data dependencies. You can restore data sets or applications by using the IBM Z Batch Resiliency intuitive ISPF page interface.

Foundation of cyber resiliency strategy

When implementing a robust cyber resiliency strategy to protect your enterprise against the increasing threat of ransomware and provide disaster recovery, IBM Z Batch Resiliency forms part of the solution to bring your production workloads back online by working together with technologies, such as IBM DS8000 Safeguarded Copy. Using a Health Check report insight into the viability of backups can be quickly determined, enabling better decision making and actions for recovery and service restoration.

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Comprehensive reporting capabilities

Using the wealth of information captured in the IBM Z Batch Resiliency database, you can easily generate reports detailing the usage and relationships of batch application data directly in the user interface or run as a scheduled report. These reports can assist in identifying resiliency and audit gaps to address compliance mandates by automatically providing audit-like reporting for recovery and data sharing regulations.

Continuously capture data set activity

The IBM Z Batch Resiliency TimeLiner runs continuously to capture data set of open and close activity providing up-to-the-minute information about jobs running on your system and the state of data sets used by the jobs. The TimeLiner tracks and checkpoints information in its database and journal to provide operations with valuable information to easily identify potential compromised data through forward and reverse cascade reports.

Close integration with IBM Z Workload Scheduler

IBM Z Batch Resiliency integrates and collects detailed schedule information from all major schedulers on IBM Z. With IBM Z Workload Scheduler more capabilities are available for gathering up-to-the-minute information from the scheduler ensuring any ad hoc changes are known when reporting on data set updates.

System requirements

Before you install IBM Z Batch Resiliency, be sure that the following system requirements are met:

  • z/OS® V2R3 and later
  • A vendor-supported version of one of the following tape management systems: CA-1®, CA Dynam/TLMS, Control-M/Tape, RMM or ASG-Zara™
  • A vendor-supported version of one of the following disk management systems: ABARS, DFSMSdss, FDR, CA Disk
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