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IMS Cloning Tool for z/OS key details

Clone complete IMS subsystems

Use fast replication and other data copy processes to refresh existing test environments or create new ones. You can save host CPU and I/O resources by offloading the copy process from the host to the storage processor and comply with storage configurations and standards using system managed storage (SMS) options. The Tool provides data security anonymity through advanced data masking and updates database recovery control (DBRC), including support for high availability large databases (HALDB).

Support data sharing

Leverage the ability to share data across multiple IMS subsystems in a parallel sysplex environment. The IMS Cloning Tool clones entire IMS systems and associated databases, as well as select IMS databases on the same or shared logical partition (LPAR), including all IMS subsystems in a data sharing group or a subset.

Run IBM FlashCopy or STK SnapShot

Run IBM® FlashCopy® or STK SnapShot copies using VOLSER masks, SMS storage groups or a combination of both to eliminate the requirement for individual volume specification. The Tool issues DFSMSdss commands to transparently initiate FlashCopy or SnapShot so no additional JCL is needed to run these tools. It also concurrently collects source-volume ICF catalog information, initiates FlashCopy/SnapShot copies for renaming integrity and tests for termination of FlashCopy or SnapShot relationships.

Utilize SMS options

Use extensive SMS options to determine how the SMS class constructs will be applied to cloned data sets so you can ensure that these data sets are managed correctly. The Tool also provides for the automatic pairing of volume characteristics (SMS and non-SMS or by device size).

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