IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 introduces a new infrastructure and enhanced operator commands to help simplify management of tape storage devicesIBM United States Software Announcement 204-193
August 24, 2004
|At a glance|
IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1:
- Introduces a TCP/IP-based communication infrastructure that can enable operators to issue global query and control commands from any image within the tapeplex
- Provides support for older, nonswitchable tape drive units
- Delivers new operator commands to help manage and control tape drive units
- Helps reduce bottlenecks and eliminate idle time for tape drive units servicing multiple images
- Shares tape drive units between multiple MVS images: sysplex, nonplex, stand-alone, or any combination
- Allows dynamic change of configuration parameters without downtime
- Helps manage contention for tape drive unit resources through direct communication with tape drive units
- Helps minimize backlogs of job requests that require tape drive units
- Provides fast implementation with an Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF) panel interface, online help, and global commands
For ordering, contact:
Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at
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IBM Automated Tape Allocation Manager is renamed to IBM Tivoli® Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS® . V2.1 of IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS replaces V1.1 of IBM Automated Tape Allocation Manager.
IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 provides automatic, unattended sharing of tape storage devices between multiple images with no requirement for a shared Direct Access Storage Device (DASD) or sysplex. Instead of dedicating tape devices to a specific image, IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 helps users to ensure that existing tape drives are available on demand for requests from multiple images.
Since your existing tape storage devices can be shared between multiple images, IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 can help to deliver a better return on tape hardware investments by helping to:
- Reduce delays in batch processing
- Improve use of existing devices
- Reduce operational overhead
New in V2.1:
- Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)-based communication that can facilitate centralized command and control
- Support for older, nonswitchable tape devices (such as 3420s)
- Coexistence support that enables IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 to run in parallel with third-party products, which helps simplify migration to IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 while exploiting capabilities that are unique to it
- VOLSER-to-unit preferencing for assignment of VOLSERs to a specific set of tape drive units
- New operator commands and new subcommands
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Refer to the Software requirements section.
|Planned availability date|
August 27, 2004
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Contention for tape resources in mission-critical dataplexes can create problems for businesses:
- Long wait times for application or process execution, and delay of related business processes
- Significant operator attention to balancing tape storage needs against available resources
- Pressure to purchase costly excess tape unit capacity, often without a full understanding of how it will be used
- Longer return-on-investment on hardware investments
IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 is a z/OS storage solution that helps you address these problems through management of tape storage device availability, which helps deliver optimal usage across multiple images within the tapeplex. As a result, tape drives can be used instead of sitting idle. By automatically responding to allocation requests, the need for operator intervention can be reduced.
New features of V2.1
TCP/IP-based communication: Expanding on a "doing more with less" philosophy, IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 introduces a TCP/IP-based communication infrastructure that can enable personnel to issue global commands from any image within the tapeplex to one or all copies of IBM Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1. Messages can be passed between started tasks of IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 via TCP/IP. No shared control file, sysplex, or shared Direct Access Storage Device (DASD) is required.
Support for nonswitchable devices: Despite significant improvements in tape technology, many organizations are faced with the requirement to maintain and support older hardware, such as reel-to-reel 3420s. V2.1 of IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS supports these nonswitchable tape devices and can enable you to share them between multiple images within the tapeplex.
Coexistence support for migration process: If you want to migrate from certain third-party products to IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1, you can run the products in parallel. This allows ample time for testing before completing the migration and gives you the opportunity to exploit features unique to IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 while continuing to use your existing product to manage a subset of your tape devices. This capability can simplify the migration process and can help you migrate to IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 by converting several tape devices at a time, instead of converting all or nothing.
New operator commands: Operators can issue new commands that help provide additional insight into tape device usage and activity, such as:
- Display pending mount requests on the local system, on any remote system, or on all systems within the tapeplex
- Display tape devices allocated or available for use on any or all systems within the tapeplex
- Specify the target system for product commands as local, single remote, or all systems within the tapeplex
- Check if multiple exit routines are found on the MVS recovery allocation exit
New subcommands can enable an operator to issue commands to remote systems and see the response.
VTS load balancing: For a VTS library comprised of two or more virtual tape servers, IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 includes a VTS load-balancing feature. When implemented, this feature can balance VTS use by helping to ensure that allocations utilize all tape devices in the library.
VOLSER-to-unit preferencing: Operators or administrators can restrict one or more series of VOLSERs (for example, all VOLSERs related to payroll) to a specific set of tape devices.
ALL parameter: The "ALL" parameter works with the Select and Exclude commands to select or exclude all of the tape devices at one time.
New configuration field for Least Recently Used (LRU) device selection: LRU device selection can be used instead of random device selection. With LRU processing, the tape device that has been dormant the longest will be the first tape device that IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 will attempt to use.
Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation act
IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 is capable as of August 24, 2004, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it.
Value Unit-based pricing
Value Unit-based pricing will help to align the prices of these products to the principle of the PSLC pricing curve, which provides for a lower price per MSU (millions of service units per hour) for larger capacities.
There is also a price benefit when customers grow their capacity. Additional capacity will based on the number of Value Units (MSUs) the customer has already installed. For example, additional capacity will not be priced starting at the base with a higher price per unit but on the capacity that is already installed.
Note that 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.
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IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 is designed to assist z/OS customers who need 24X7 automated management of all tape devices in the tapeplex. Specifically, IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 may be of interest to z/OS users who have a need to:
- Move to an IBM solution from alternative vendor products
- Make more effective use of existing tape storage devices, rather than invest in additional hardware
- Automate tape resource management, reducing the need for operator intervention
- Support older, nonswitchable hardware (such as 3420 tape units) as well as newer, switchable tape units
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Product information is available through the Offering Information Web site at
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The following publication is supplied with the basic machine-readable material:
Form Title number IBM Tivoli(R) Automated Tape GI11-4019 Allocation Manager for z/OS(R), V2.1 Program Directory
The publication listed below can be downloaded from the following Web site after the planned availability date
Form Title number IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation SC32-9122 Manager for z/OS, V2.1 User's Guide
IBM Publications Center
The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. Payment options for orders are via credit card (in the USA) or customer number for 50 countries. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, and they can all be downloaded by all countries free of charge.
IBM Publications Notification System (PNS)
The PNS enables subscribers to set up profiles of interest by order
number or product number. PNS subscribers automatically receive
notifications by e-mail of all new publications defined in their
profiles. These may then be downloaded via the Publications Center. The
site is available in English and Canadian French.
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Specified operating environment
IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 can support assign-capable tape devices (for example, 3480s or later). V2.1 of IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS extends this support to include older tape devices, such as 3420s.
IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 can be used on any supported release of z/OS (5694-A01) or OS/390® (5647-A01).
Limitations: There is no double byte character set (DBCS) support for IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1.
Performance considerations: IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 does not require shared DASD or any form of shared control file. It operates in both plex and nonplex environments.
Direct customer support: Installation and technical support is provided by Global Services. For more information call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).
For technical support or assistance, go to the Web site below or contact your IBM representative for additional assistance.
Packaging: IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 is distributed with:
- International Program License Agreement (Z125-3301)
- License information document
- 3480 tape cartridge
- Program directory
Security, auditability, and control
IBM Tivoli Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 uses the security and auditability features of the operating system software.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features,
administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication
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The product in this announcement has one charge unit Value Unit.
Value Unit exhibit VUE007
Value MSUs MSUs Units/ minimum maximum MSU Base 1 3 1.00 Tier A 4 45 0.45 Tier B 46 175 0.36 Tier C 176 315 0.27 Tier D 316 + 0.20
Value Units for non-MSU-based S/390® processors:
Value Units/ Hardware machine MP3000 H30 6 MP3000 H50 8 MP3000 H70 12 ESL Models 2
Ordering example: The total number of Value Units is calculated according to the following example.
If the customer has installed 1,500 MSUs, the applicable Value would be:
Translation from MSUs to Value Units
Value Units/ Value MSUs * MSU = Units Base 3 * 1.00 = 3.00 Tier A 42 * .45 = 18.90 Tier B 130 * .36 = 46.80 Tier C 140 * .27 = 37.80 Tier D 1,185 * .20 = 237.00 Total 1,500 343.50
When calculating the total number of Value Units, the sum is to be rounded up to the next integer.
Example: In the above ordering example, for the product running on a machine with 1,500 MSUs requiring 344 Value Units, order the entitlement entity MMID and the desired number of Value Units.
Ordering z/OS through the Internet
ShopzSeries provides an easy way to plan and order your z/OS ServerPac or CBPDO. It will analyze your current installation, determine the correct product migration, and present your new configuration based on z/OS. Additional products can also be added to your order (including determination of whether all product requisites are satisfied). ShopzSeries is available in the U.S. and several countries in Europe. In countries where ShopzSeries is not available yet, contact your IBM representative (or Business Partner) to handle your order via the traditional IBM ordering process. For more details and availability, visit the ShopzSeries Web site at
Value Units for IBM 9672 Processors will be based upon the full capacity of these systems. This is applicable to all S/390-based systems that are measured on MSU capacity. Information on MSU capacities can be found in the IBM System/370, System/390®, and zSeries® Machine Exhibit, Z125-3901.
Value Units for zSeries will be based upon full MSU capacity as defined in the Machine Exhibits.
A tool will be available that provides support for transforming the MSU-based capacities of S/390 systems to new Value Units by calculating the applicable number of Value Units for a given number of MSUs.
Basic license: To order, specify the program number, media feature number, and entitlement entity MMID number.
To suppress shipment of media, select the license-only option in CFSW.
IBM Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 is eligible for On Off Capacity on Demand (OOCoD). To order OOCoD, specify the OTC feature number for MSU Day Authorizations. For more information on OOCoD, refer to Software Announcement 203-202 , dated August 12, 2003.
Program PID: 5698-A29
Entitlement Media entity License option/ feature Media Description MMID pricing metric number type IBM Tivoli Automated S011491 5802 3480 Tape Allocation tape Manager for z/OS, V2.1 Value Unit/OTC OOCoD Temporary Use Charge/OTC
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 entitlement entity MMID number.
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 customers are not entitled to new products.
Once 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 listed below.
Subscription and Support PID: 5698-S61
Entitlement Media entity License option/ feature Description MMID pricing metric number Medium IBM Tivoli Automated S011490 6324 Hardcopy Tape Allocation pub Manager for z/OS One Year Subscription and Support Value Unit/ annual charge Decline/no charge Per MSU registration/ no charge
Product media is shipped only via Customized Offerings (for example, CBPDO, ServerPac,
Systempac®). Noncustomized items (CDs, diskettes, source media, media kits) will continue to be
shipped via the stand-alone product.
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|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 Program License Agreement (IPLA), the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Support, and the Addendum for Support, Z125-6883, which provides for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. The 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. S/390 and zSeries IBM Operational Support Services SoftwareXcel is an option for those customers who desire added services.
Limited warranty applies: Yes
Warranty: This program has warranty for a minimum of one year from acquisition from IBM or authorized 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 customers can download or obtain otherwise and install at their leisure.
Program support: 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. Usage is restricted to the quantity of Value Units licensed.
Software Maintenance applies: No
IBM operational support services SoftwareXcel: Yes
AIX®/UNIX® Upgrade Protection applies: No
Entitled Upgrade for current AIX/UNIX Upgrade Protection licensees: No
iSeries Software Subscription applies: No
Variable charges apply: No
Educational allowance available: Yes, a 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.
On/Off Capacity on Demand:
To be eligible for On/Off Capacity on Demand, customers must be enabled for temporary capacity
on the corresponding hardware, and the required contract Z125-6611, Attachment for Customer
Initiated Upgrade and IBM
On/Off Capacity on Demand must be signed prior to use.
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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 . You should benefit from greater system availability due to faster problem resolution and pre-emptive 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 no-additional-charge software that resides on your IBM 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.
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The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.
Program Entitlement Description number entity MMID License option OTC IBM Tivoli 5698-A29 S011491 Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS, V2.1 Value Unit $1,200 OOCoD Temporary 3 Use Charge
Program Entitlement Annual Description number entity MMID License option charge IBM Tivoli 5698-S61 S011490 Automated Tape Allocation Manager for z/OS One Year Subscription and Support Value Unit $180 Decline (no 0 charge) Per MSU 0 registration (no charge)
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