IBM z/OS DFSMS Cloud Data Manager
Flat-style illustration depicting IBM z/OS DFSMS Cloud Data Manager UI for migrating data sets to cloud objects

IBM z/OS DFSMS Cloud Data Manager is z/OS software for migrating DFSMS Hierarchical Storage Manager (DFSMShsm) data from physical or virtual tape to cloud objects.

Migrating large amounts of existing DFSMShsm Migration Level 2 (ML2) data sets to Migration Level Cloud (MLC) enables you to:

  • Reduce MSU consumption by avoiding the time-intensive recycle function, which is required for reading and rewriting aging data sets without gaps in the DFSMShsm environment.
  • Directly access MLC data as compared to the serial access required for ML2 data, thereby eliminating contention issues that may arise when multiple applications try to access different data on the same real or virtual tape.
Product documentation

Learn how to install, configure and use the IBM z/OS DFSMS Cloud Data Manager.

Benefits Retain critical historical metadata

Retain critical historical accuracy of data set while migrating data to cloud objects as the date last referenced and the migration date remain unchanged.

Reduce MSU consumption

Leverage IBM Transparent Cloud Tiering to remigrate data to cloud objects with minimal z/OS host processing.

Features Minimal-impact data migration

Tuning options enable you to migrate data sets to cloud without impacting DFSMShsm production workloads.

Options to store cold data

Cloud object storage gives you the flexibility to migrate DFSMShsm ML2 tape data to any S3-compatible object storage. You can leverage existing on-premise or off-premise cloud storage for storing cold data.

Leverage IBM TS7700 as cloud object storage

The TS7700 tape subsystem facilitates migration of DFSMShsm ML2 tape data to cloud objects, thereby reducing recycle processing time and replacing serial access with direct access to data.

Use cases Migrate tape data to cloud object storage

Move vast amounts of cold data from tape to cloud object storage. Easily find and select DFSMShsm-managed ML2 tape data by last migration date to migrate from ML2 to MLC.

Apply new or updated management class policies

Create new policies or update existing policies defined years or decades ago for existing ML2 data. Use DFSMScdm to migrate existing ML2 data according to new or updated policies.

Resources IBM DFSMS Hierarchical Storage Manager

Learn how you can manage enterprise data with DFSMShsm.

IBM Transparent Cloud Tiering

Learn more about how Transparent Cloud Tiering can help you copy or move data to cloud storage with minimal z/OS® impact.

Related products IBM TS7700 family of solutions

Learn how IBM mainframe virtual tape solutions can help optimize data protection, business continuance and object store infrastructure for your IBM Z® data.

Next steps

Find out more about migrating existing DFSMShsm data from physical or virtual tape to cloud objects.

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