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IBM Tape Manager for z/VM helps automate daily tape operations, increasing data availability and improving administrator productivity

February 22, 2005
Announcement Letter Number: A05-0286


Document's Table of Contents:


Overview

IBM Tape Manager for z/VM R1 provides z/VM system administrators and operators the ability to manage, monitor and protect tape resources on z/VM systems. By helping to automate common daily tape operations and eliminate tedious, often error-prone, manual steps, Tape Manager can increase data availability and improve administrator productivity.

Tape Manager includes the ability to:

  • Specify which tape drives belong to a particular system
  • Dynamically change tape pool definitions
  • Control allocation of tape devices
  • Mount tapes
  • Ensure authorization of correct tape ownership
  • Share tapes with other z/VM users
  • Share assignable tape devices with other applications within the same z/VM system
  • Share assignable tape devices with z/VM and non-z/VM systems in other LPARs and within a sysplex

In addition, Tape Manager provides operational support, including the ability to:

  • Specify tape retention periods
  • Catalogue information on utilization of tape resources

Routines are also provided for common administrative activities, such as management of scratch tapes and expiration processing.

Tape Manager can be used for stand-alone z/VM tape management or in conjunction with IBM DFSMSrmm on z/OS. When used with DFSMSrmm, Tape Manager uses the RMM tape catalogue as its source for z/VM tapes. All updates to z/VM tape information are made in RMM.

More information about Tape Manager for z/VM can be found at

  • http://www.ibm.com/software/stormgmt/zvm/tape/

Planned availability date: April 29, 2005

Program number


Program        Program
number         name
------------   -----------------------------
5697-J08       Tape Manager for z/VM

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At a glance


Tape Manager for z/VM R1:
  • Manages tape resources by organizing tapes into system and private groups called pools
  • Monitors tape resources and notifies you when tape resources are running low or tape catalogue disk space is nearing capacity
  • Protects tape resources through Tape Manager authorization facilities on z/VM or through your existing security manager when running with RMM on z/OS
  • Supports the automation of tasks involving tapes through APIs
  • Allows sharing of tape devices with other z/VM and non-z/VM systems

Key prerequisites

z/VM V4.3 or later

Description

Tape Manager for z/VM helps automate common daily tape operations and helps eliminate tedious, often error-prone, manual tasks. By managing and monitoring tape resources, Tape Manager increases data availability and improves operator efficiency. Tape Manager can be used in either a stand-alone z/VM environment or in conjunction with IBM DFSMSrmm to manage z/VM and z/OS tape resources.

Tape Manager for z/VM organizes and stores information about tape resources in a tape catalogue. Administrators, operators and users can use commands to query information in the catalogue, add and organize information in the catalogue, request tape mounts, find scratch tapes and manage tape retention periods.

Information in the tape catalogue is organized into system and private pools by system administrators, operators and users, facilitating tape searches and access control. Support for system and private tape pools includes:

  • Adding and deleting tapes to and from pools
  • Dynamically creating and deleting tape pools to easily create an identifiable collection of tapes for a specific job or function, such as a daily system backup
  • Creating new private pools that can use scratch tapes from the system pool or another private pool
  • Enforcing access privileges based on the attributes of the pool and the individual tape

Tape Manager facilitates improved management of tape resources by:

  • Capturing and storing information in the tape catalogue on the capacity and utilization of each tape resource
  • Providing routines for common administrative activities, such as management of scratch tapes and expiration processing

Monitoring tape resources benefits the operations staff and end users as warnings can be addressed before problems occur. System administrators and operators can take action before users see the error rather than reacting to the error when it occurs. When tape resources reach a predefined low threshold, a warning is sent to operations, giving them the opportunity to define additional tapes to the available scratch pool in the tape catalogue. Similarly, if the tape catalogue disks reach a predetermined high threshold, in terms of percent full, a warning is sent to operations, allowing them to request additional disk space before the limit is reached.

When used in conjunction with IBM DFSMS Removable Media Manager (RMM), Tape Manager supports the management of all z/VM and z/OS tapes in the RMM tape catalogue. Tape pools, access privileges and retention periods can be defined and updated from z/VM using familiar RMM commands. The updates to RMM are made by an agent running on z/OS using the RMM API. In addition, RMM commands can be entered on z/VM. The agent will issue them on z/OS just as a TSO user would and return the output to the issuing user on z/VM as messages or a file in the virtual reader. In this configuration when the z/VM command completes, the resulting updates in RMM will only be available when RMM completes the appropriate tasks. When using Tape Manager with DFSMSrmm on z/OS, RMM is the trusted source of tape resource information.

In addition to managing tape resources, Tape Manager for z/VM also increases efficiency by supporting the sharing of tape devices with other applications and systems. For customers using the Removable Media Services (RMS) function of DFSMS/VM, Tape Manager will work with RMS to perform automated mounts and share tape devices using Automated Tape Libraries (ATLs). For customers requiring manual mounts, Tape Manager can dynamically find an available tape drive from a predefined device pool, attach it and release it when done. This allows customers who aren't using RMS to share tape devices with:

  • Other applications that interact directly with tape devices within a z/VM system.
  • Other z/VM and non-z/VM systems across LPARs or across a sysplex. For example, customers using IBM Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS to share tape devices can also share these same devices with the z/VM systems using Tape Manager for z/VM. Sharing with guest systems that utilize the multiuser attach feature of z/VM is not supported.
With Tape Manager, drives no longer need to be permanently assigned to a specific z/VM system, even for manual mount requests.

Tape Manager for z/VM offers z/VM installations the ability to more effectively and efficiently manage:

  • Tape resources in either a stand-alone z/VM environment or in conjunction with IBM DFSMSrmm on z/OS
  • The sharing of tape devices within a z/VM system or in conjunction with IBM Automated Tape Allocation Manager to share devices with z/OS

Engine-based Value Unit pricing

Engine-based Value Unit pricing for Tape Manager for z/VM R1 is designed to provide a decreasing price curve as hardware capacities and workload grow, which may help improve price/performance.

There may also be a price benefit when you grow your capacity. Additional capacity is not priced starting at the base with a higher price per unit. Instead, additional capacity is priced starting at the capacity (engines) on which Tape Manager R1 has already been installed.

NOTE: Value Units of a given product cannot be exchanged, interchanged or aggregated with Value Units of another product.

IPLA and subscription and support considerations

IPLA licenses can be transferred from one machine to another within, but not limited to an enterprise. The customer may aggregate the capacity for all the processors the product is operated on to achieve a more economic price. This will result in a single Proof of Entitlement. It is the customer's responsibility to manage the distribution of Value Units within the limits of the entitlement of the product license.

Subscription and Support must cover the same capacity as the product license entitlement. Subscription and Support will be available in the country in which the agreement is made.

A no-charge Subscription and Support registration record will be established for each designated machine where Tape Manager for z/VM R1 is running. This no-charge Subscription and Support registration record will be linked to the billable Subscription and Support and all billable Subscription and Support within the scope of the engine-based Value Units aggregation will be linked together.

Subscription and Support is an annual charge and should be kept at an annual term.

Offering Information

Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site

  • http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi

Publications

Other than the Program Directory, no hardcopy publications are shipped with this programs.

Displayable softcopy publications: Tape Manager for z/VM R1 manuals are offered in displayable softcopy form as PDF files. The displayable manuals are available on the product Web site

  • http://www.ibm.com/software/stormgmt/zvm/tape/
and via the IBM Publications Centre
  • http://www.ibm.com/shop/publications/order

Technical information

Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Tape Manager for z/VM R1 will operate on any hardware that supports the prerequisite software.

Tape Manager will operate any tape device supported by a supported level of CMS Support for sharing of tape devices requires 3480 tape devices or later.

Software requirements

All prerequisites and corequisites for these products apply.

The products listed here are supported only while service is available for those products.

Tape Manager R1 requires one of the following:

  • z/VM V4 (5739-A03) R3 or later
  • z/VM V5 (5741-A05) R1 or later

When using Tape Manager with DFSMSrmm, the following are required:

  • z/OS V1 (5694-A01) R2 or later
  • The DFSMSrmm optional feature of the z/OS release installed
  • A TCP/IP connection between the z/VM and z/OS systems that will be sharing the RMM tape catalogue

Planning information

Packaging

Tape Manager R1 is delivered on one VMSES/E installable tape. A Program Directory and one copy of the License Information (LI) document is also included in the package. All other publications are provided in softcopy format on the product Web site

  • http://www.ibm.com/software/stormgmt/zvm/tape/library/
and via the IBM Publications Centre
  • http://www.ibm.com/shop/publications/order

Security, auditability and control

Tape Manager for z/VM uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware and software. The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection and implementation of security features, administrative procedures and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

Ordering information

Orders may be placed by calling IBM.COM, Americas at 1-800-IBM-CALL (1-800-426-2255).

Tape Manager for z/VM R1 is a server product which has one charge unit: Value Units.

The programs in this announcement all have Value Unit-Based pricing.

Program
Number     Program Name       Value Unit Exhibit
---------  -----------------  ------------------
5697-J08    Tape Manager            VUE021

For each zSeries IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, the quantity of that program needed to satisfy applicable IBM terms and conditions is referred to as the 'required license capacity.' Your required license capacity is based upon the following factors:

  • The zSeries IPLA program you select
  • The applicable Value Unit Exhibit
  • The applicable terms
Value Unit exhibit VUE021

Engine-based Value Units for a specified number of engines are determined by the following table.


           Engines   Engines   Value Units
Level      minimum   maximum   per engine
--------   -------   -------   -----------
Base          1         3          10
Tier A        4         6           9
Tier B        7         9           8
Tier C       10        12           7
Tier D       13        16           6
Tier E       17        20           5
Tier F       21        25           4
Tier G       26         +           3

The program number, 5697-J08, is used for licensing Tape Manager. You must specify the number of engine-based Value Units for the number of engines required as calculated by the Value Unit pricer.

When ordering Tape Manager to operate on standard engines (CPs) for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the number of standard engines (CPs) on your zSeries 990, 900, 890, 800, or S/390 server.

When ordering Tape Manager to operate on IFL engines for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the number of IFL engines on your zSeries 990, 900, 890, 800, or S/390 server.

When ordering Tape Manager to operate on standard engines (CPs) and IFL engines for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the total number of engines (standard plus IFL) on your zSeries 990, 900, 890, 800 or S/390 server.

The maximum number of engines for a single server to be used to calculate Value Units should not be more than:


    Quantity

  IFL    Standard
engines  engines    For each server
-------  --------   ---------------
   1        2       S/390 Multiprise 3000 (7060)
   7       10       S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server (9672) Generation 5
  11       12       S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server (9672) Generation 6
   3        4       zSeries 800 (2066)
   4        0       zSeries Offering for Linux (2066-0FL)
  15       16       zSeries 900 (2064)
   4        4       zSeries 890 (2086)
  32       32       zSeries 990 (2084)


Orders for Tape Manager must use one of the z/VM SDO packaged offerings:

  • Program number 5739-A04 for z/VM V4.4 or
  • Program number 5741-A06 for z/VM V5.1

To order, specify the SDO program number, the Tape Manager program number and the feature of the desired distribution medium. Also, specify the one-time charge (OTC) feature and the quantity desired. To suppress shipment of media, select the license-only option.


Program Name: Tape Manager for z/VM, OTC
Program PID:  5697-J08

Entitlement                          License Option /
identifier      Description          Pricing Metric
-----------     -------------------  --------------------------------
S011L0V         Tape Manager         Use-based OTC per Value Unit


Program Name: Tape Manager for z/VM, OTC  (S011L0V)
Program PID:  5697-J08

Feature                              License Option /
code            Description          Pricing Metric
-------         -------------------  --------------------------------
E4DG            Tape Manager         Use-based OTC per Value Unit

Program Name: Tape Manager for z/VM, media
Program PID:  5697-J08


Entitlement
identifier      Description
-----------     -----------
S011L0W         3480 or 3590 Tape



Feature
code            Description
-------         -----------
5802            3480 or 3590 Tape

Tape Manager for z/VM is only provided in English.

Basic license
On/Off Capacity on Demand

Tape Manager for z/VM is eligible for On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) with a Temporary Use Charge calculated based on processor engines per day usage.


Program Name: Tape Manager for z/VM
Program PID:  5697-J08


Entitlement                          License Option /
identifier      Description          Pricing Metric
-----------     -------------------  --------------------------------
S011L0V         Tape Manager         Basic OTC, Per Processor-day TUC




Feature                              License Option /
code            Description          Pricing Metric
-------         -------------------  --------------------------------
E4GH            Tape Manager         Basic OTC, Per Processor-day TUC

Subscription and Support

To receive voice technical support via telephone during normal business hours and future releases and versions at no additional charge, Subscription and Support must be ordered. The capacity of Subscription and Support (Value Units) must be the same as the capacity ordered for the product licenses.

To order, specify the support program number, media feature number and the entitlement entity MMID number.

To order, specify the support program number and feature number 9001 for asset registration. Also, specify the desired charge and medium feature numbers.

IBM is providing Subscription and Support for this product via a separately purchased offering under the terms of the IBM International Agreement for Acquisition of Support (IAAS). This offering:

  • Includes and extends the support services provided in the base support to include technical support via telephone during normal business hours.
  • Entitles customers to future releases and versions at no additional charge. Note that customer is not entitled to new products.

When Subscription and Support is ordered, the charges will renew automatically annually unless cancelled by the customer.

To decline Subscription and Support, specify the program number and the Decline (no-charge) option.


Subscription and Support PID: 5697-J11

Entitlement                                           License Option /
identifier      Description                           Pricing Metric
--------------  -------------------                   ----------------
S011L13         Tape Manager S&S                      1 Value Unit


Orderable Supply ID:   Language         Distribution Medium
---------------------  ---------------  -----------------------
S011L14                English          Hardcopy memo


Subscription and Support PID: 5697-J11
                                                             Per
                                                             Engine
                                                             with S/W
                                          S&S     S&S        Subscription
                                 Support  Annual  Decline    and Support
                                 For      Charge  No-Charge  Registration
Support for                      Program  Feature Feature    No
Program Name                     Number   Number  Number     Charge
------------------               -------- ------- ---------  ------------
Tape Manager                     5697-J08         E4DK        E4DL
    1 Value Unit                          E4DJ

Terms and conditions

Licensing

IBM International Program License Agreement. Proofs of Entitlement (PoE) are required for all authorized use.

This product is licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA) and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Support and the Addendum for Support (Z125-6312) which provides for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. This program has a one-time license charge for use of the program and an annual renewable charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours) as well as access to updates, releases and versions of the program as long as support is in effect.

Limited warranty applies

Yes

Warranty

This program has warranty for a minimum of one year from acquisition from IBM or authorized IBM Business Partner. The warranty provided to the customer, for at least one year from acquisition, is access to databases (read Web sites) for program information and FAQs, including any known fixes to defects, which the customer can download or obtain otherwise and install at leisure.

Program support

Enhanced Support, called Subscription and Support, includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours) as well as access to updates, releases and versions of the program as long as support is in effect. The customer will be notified of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice.

Money-back guarantee

If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the Program, return it within 30 days from the invoice date, to the party (either IBM or its reseller) from whom you acquired it, for a refund. This applies only to your first acquisition of the Program.

Copy and use on home/portable computer

No

Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

No

Usage restriction

Yes

  • Your entitlement is for only the quantity of engine-based Value Units licensed. These engine-based Value Units can be for either standard or IFL engines.
  • When ordering Tape Manager to operate on standard engines (CPs) for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the number of standard engines (CPs) on your zSeries 990, 900, 890, 800 or S/390 server.
  • When ordering Tape Manager to operate on IFL engines for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the number of IFL engines on your zSeries 990, 900, 890, 800 or S/390 server.
  • When ordering Tape Manager to operate on standard engines (CPs) and IFL engines for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the total number of engines (standard plus IFL) on your zSeries 990, 900, 890, 800 or S/390 server.
Software Maintenance applies

No

IBM operational support services - SupportLine

No

iSeries Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Yes, 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.

Academic use allowance:
Yes
Program services/SupportLine

For additional information refer to

  • http://techsupport.services.ibm.com/guides/handbook.html

IPLA and subscription and support considerations

IPLA licenses can be transferred from one machine to another within, but not limited to an enterprise. The customer may aggregate the capacity for all the processors the product is operated on to achieve a more economic price. This will result in a single Proof of Entitlement. It is the customer's responsibility to manage the distribution of Value Units within the limits of the entitlement of the product license.

Subscription and Support must cover the same capacity as the product license entitlement. Subscription and Support will be available in the country in which the agreement is made.

A no-charge Subscription and Support registration record will be established for each designated machine where Tape Manager for z/VM R1 is running. This no-charge Subscription and Support registration record will be linked to the billable Subscription and Support and all billable Subscription and Support within the scope of the engine-based Value Units aggregation will be linked together.

Subscription and Support is an annual charge and should be kept at an annual term.

On/Off Capacity on Demand

To be eligible for On/Off Capacity on Demand pricing, customers must be enabled for temporary capacity on the corresponding hardware and the required contract - Z125-6611, Attachment for Customer Initiated Upgrade and IBM eServer On/Off Capacity on Demand - Software - must be signed prior to use.

IBM Electronic Services

IBM Global Services has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to put you on the road to higher systems availability. IBM Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that provides you with an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support on the IBM eServer. You should benefit from greater system availability due to faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. IBM Electronic Services is comprised of two separate, but complementary, elements: IBM Electronic Services news page and IBM Electronic Service Agent.

IBM Electronic Services news page provides you with a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used by customers to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The IBM Electronic Service Agent is a no-additional-charge software that resides on your IBM eServer system. It is designed to proactively monitor events and transmit system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, customer-defined timetable. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tracks system inventory, hardware error logs and performance information. If the server is under a current IBM maintenance service agreement or within the IBM warranty period, the Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to provide proactive service that maintains higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent will be made available to IBM service support representatives when they are helping answer your questions or diagnosing problems.

To learn how IBM Electronic Services can work for you, visit

  • http://www.ibm.com/support/electronic

Prices

Prices are subject to change without notice.

GST, QST and sales taxes, where applicable, are extra.

Contact your IBM Representative for local pricing.