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Building on NetView: Tivoli System Automation for z/OS

July 6, 2014

In my previous post, I wrote that NetView can be used by itself to automate systems and networks or it can be used as a base upon which can be added other automation products to speed up the process of automating a system. The other automation product I was writing about is Tivoli System Automation for z/OS.

Tivoli System Automation for z/OS is a systems management program that contains program function that you would probably create if you used base NetView to automate your z/OS system. Out of the box, it is a system (not a tool) to implement monitoring, control and automation of your z/OS system. As you can imagine, using Tivoli System Automation for z/OS instead of writing the function yourself will save a lot of time and get your automation up and running more quickly.

What Does Tivoli System Automation for z/OS Monitor?

The product monitors hardware components, software products and applications, automated processes, messages and alerts. The big advantage of its monitoring approach is to respond before failures affect end users.

What Does Tivoli System Automation for z/OS Control?

The product is used to start and stop the entire enterprise system. It is used to initiate hardware and software startup and shutdown sequences, manage both remote and local operations and support any zSeries and 390–CMOS processor within a Parallel Sysplex. It can also manage several operating systems including z/OS, OS/390, MVSTM, VM, VSE and Linux for zSeries. It can also be used to control a coupling facility as a target system with coupling links in a Parallel Sysplex environment. Also, it can react to errors and unscheduled events and take action to control conditions.

What Does Tivoli System Automation for z/OS Automate?

The software product automates many repetitive and complex tasks like starting and shutting down software and hardware resources. It controls channels and channel paths and the availability of I/O devices. It detects and responds to system messages. It handles initial program load and system power-on reset. Additionally, you can extend the built-in automation routines by writing your own automation policies.

It is easy to see the out-of-the box functionality that you get from Tivoli System Automation for z/OS. It is possible to write your own automation using base NetView but it is hard to match the robust functionality supplied by this mature program product.

Where can I find out more information?  See IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS Planning and Installation.

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