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IMS Connect Extensions for z/OS

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Workload management, operations analytics, security, event logging, and more

IMS™ Connect Extensions for z/OS® improves the availability, reliability, and performance of IMS Connect. With IMS Connect Extensions, your systems become more transparent, workloads become easier to manage, and problems become easier to troubleshoot.

IMS Connect Extensions is part of the IMS Performance Solution Pack that combines:

  • IMS Connect Extensions
  • IMS Performance Analyzer
  • IMS Problem Investigator
Together these tools provide opportunities for improved productivity for analysts, more efficient IMS application performance, better resource utilization, and higher system availability.

Benefits

Operations Analytics Expose near real-time IMS Connect transaction summary data to analytics engines.
Operations Console z/OS® Explorer plug-in Use the IMS Connect Extensions Operations Console to monitor and manage your IMS Connect systems. Automate responses to changes in workload and processing capacity.
Open Database connectivity Support IMS Connect to IMS Connect TCP/IP communications and Open Database Manager (ODBM).
Automate operations by using REXX Access the services of IMS Connect Extensions directly from REXX programs.
Simplified problem analysis Analyze problems and optimize performance by recording IMS Connect event data.
Advanced workload routing Analyze problems and optimize performance by recording IMS Connect event data.


How IMS Connect Extensions works

Integrates with IMS Connect IMS™ Connect is an integrated function of IMS Version 9 and later. It is the premiere pathway through which TCP/IP transactions enter IMS. IMS™ Connect Extensions for z/OS® enhances the manageability of TCP/IP access to IMS through IMS Connect. It consists of components that run with IMS Connect, journal data sets that record IMS Connect activity and ISPF, z/OS® Explorer, and REXX interfaces to manage IMS Connect systems and their IMS Connect Extensions features.
Advanced workload routing Use IMS Connect Extension rules based routing to respond to changes in workload and processing capacity. Use IMS Connect Extensions to schedule peak and off-peak routing rules to manage datastores experiencing flood conditions. It delivers uninterrupted service during planned and unplanned datastore outages and redistributes workloads once services are restored.
Automates workload balancing operations Access the services of IMS Connect Extensions directly from REXX programs. Automatically suspend or resume routing to a datastore, change routing rules, switch the active journal, initiate a resource trace, update definitions or run commands on a target system or datastore.
Provides a single point of control for IMS Connect IMS Connect Extensions provides a single point of control for multiple IMS Connect systems. Its streamlined and straightforward client interfaces offer centralized management and control of all your IMS Connect systems by allowing you to issue IMS Connect commands directly from a single location.
Captures and extends IMS Connect event data The IMS Connect Extensions journal provides a detailed account of IMS Connect activity. IMS Connect Extensions journals can be analyzed by IMS Problem Investigator, IMS Performance Analyzer, and IBM Transaction Analysis Workbench to facilitate debugging and conduct performance analysis. It also expands on event data captured from IMS Connect by writing its own event records to give you more insights into security events and to monitor the performance of workload routing.
Reveals transaction delays Access the services of IMS Connect Extensions directly from REXX programs. Automatically suspend or resume routing to a datastore, change routing rules, switch the active journal, initiate a resource trace, update definitions or run commands on a target system or datastore.
Sends a live feed of IMS Connect events to analytics engines Expose near real-time IMS Connect transaction summary data to analytics engines. Use the features of your analytics platform to monitor IMS Connect, track trends, and visualize different workloads in your topology.
A key part of the IMS Performance Solution Pack
Use IMS Connect Extensions with IMS Performance Analyzer and IMS Problem Investigator to make the end-to-end analysis of IMS transactions faster and easier. Get all 3 products in IMS Performance Solution Pack.


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Expert resources to help you succeed
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Find solutions by using Support Search or open a Support Case.

Other resources

IMS Connect Extensions for z/OS Overview
Review a presentation that provides an overview of the product.
Analyze IMS Open Database Requests
Learn how to collect and analyze instrumentation data for IMS Open Database requests.
The Lifecycle of an IMS Connect Transaction
Understanding lifcycle events can help you to understand how your own systems work and to diagnose problems.
Workload Routing Techniques
Learn how IMS Connect Extensions adds advanced workload routing features to IMS Connect.
Analyze Elapsed Time in OTMA Transactions
Learn how to get a live feed of IMS Connect transaction performance data. You can forward this feed directly to analytics platforms such as Splunk or the Elastic Stack, or to IBM Z Common Data Provider.
Route OTMA Workload to a Fallback IMS
Learn about the relationship between IMS and IMS Connect and how to set up and monitor an IMS Connect Extensions-based OTMA workload routing rule that automatically routes workload to a fallback IMS when the primary IMS is unavailable.
Analyze OTMA Transactions in Splunk
See five sample Splunk dashboards that show the performance and behavior of IMS Connect OTMA transactions.
IMS Tools Product Documentation
IMS Tools product publication, program directories, and other related technical content in PDF format.
What's New
Learn about the latest product news and information.

How to get in touch
Call: 1-866-261-3023
Priority code: IBM Z

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Document Information

Modified date:
04 December 2020

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