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

IBM United States Software Announcement 205-036
February 22, 2005

 

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TOC link At a glance TOC link Technical information
TOC link Overview TOC link Ordering information
TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link Terms and conditions
TOC link Planned availability date TOC link IBM Electronic Services
TOC link Description TOC link Prices
TOC link Offering Information TOC link Order now
TOC link Publications  
 
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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 catalog 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

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: LE001).
 
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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
  • Catalog 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 catalog 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


 
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Key prerequisites

z/VM V4.3, or later


 
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Planned availability date

April 29, 2005
 
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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 catalog. Administrators, operators, and users can use commands to query information in the catalog, add and organize information in the catalog, request tape mounts, find scratch tapes, and manage tape retention periods.

Information in the tape catalog 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 catalog 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 catalog. Similarly, if the tape catalog 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 catalog. 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 standalone 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

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

Tape Manager for z/VM R1 is capable as of April 29, 2005, 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. A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be requested via IBM's Web site at

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.

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 205-036

Trademarks

 
DFSMSrmm is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
z/VM, z/OS, and DFSMS/VM are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

 
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Offering Information

Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site


 
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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

and via the IBM Publications Center


 
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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 catalog

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

and via the IBM Publications Center

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.
 
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Ordering information

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 IBM eServer zSeries® IBM International Program License Agreement (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(R) 3000 (7060)
 7        10         S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server(TM)
                      (9672) Generation 5
11        12         S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server(TM)
                      (9672) Generation 6
 3         4         zSeries 800 (2066)
 4         0         zSeries Offering for Linux(TM)
                      (2066-0FL)
15        16         zSeries 900 (2064)
 4         4         zSeries 890 (2086)
32        32         zSeries 990 (2084)

Order z/VM SDO through the Internet

ShopzSeries provides an easy way to plan and order zSeries software upgrades. This now includes z/VM. Using ShopzSeries, customers can quickly generate orders for z/VM SDOs. Additionally, ShopzSeries will ensure your order is technically correct (that is, ensure any corequisite or prerequisite or incompatibility conditions are resolved to ensure timely order placement and processing). ShopzSeries is available in the United States and several countries in Europe. In countries where ShopzSeries is not available yet, contact your IBM representative (or IBM Business Partner) to handle your order via the traditional IBM ordering process. For more details and availability, visit the ShopzSeries Web site at

Internet delivery of z/VM SDO licensed products through ShopzSeries

z/VM SDO licensed products for z/VM V4.4 and z/VM V5.1 are now eligible for Internet delivery using the ShopzSeries Web site. The z/VM base operating system cannot be delivered using Internet delivery of ShopzSeries.

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, media
Program PID: 5697-J08

Entitlement
identifier         Description
 
S011L0W            3480 or 3590 Tape

Basic license

On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD)

Tape Manager for z/VM is eligible for 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

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.

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            1 Value Unit
                    S&S

Orderable                                  Distribution
supply ID:         Language                medium
 
S011L14            English                 Hardcopy memo

 
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Terms and conditions

Licensing: IBM IPLA. Proofs of Entitlement (PoEs) are required for all authorized use.

This product is licensed under the IPLA, 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 — SoftwareXcel: No

IBM eServer iSeries™ Software Maintenance applies: No

Variable charges apply: No

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

On/Off CoD

To be eligible for On/Off CoD 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.
 
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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


 
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Prices

Information on charges is available at

Select "United States" and then click on "IBMLink™ 2000."

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

Entitlement                                License option/
identifier         Description             pricing metric
 
S011L0V            Tape Manager            Value Units
                                            (Engine based)

Subscription and Support PID: 5697-J11

Entitlement                                License option/
identifier         Description             pricing metric
 
S011L13            Tape Manager            Value Units
                    S&S                     (Engine based)

On/Off CoD: 5697-J08

Entitlement                                License option/
identifier         Description             pricing metric
 
S011L0V            Tape Manager            Basic OTC, Per
                                            Processor-day
                                            TUC

 
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Order now

To order, contact the Americas Call Centers, your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner.

To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

 Phone:     800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)
 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)
 Internet:  ibm_direct@vnet.ibm.com
 Mail:      IBM Americas Call Centers
            Dept:  IBM CALL, 11th Floor
            105 Moatfield Drive
            North York, Ontario
            Canada M3B 3R1
 
 Reference: LE001

The Americas Call Centers, our national direct marketing organization, can add your name to the mailing list for catalogs of IBM products.

Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Trademarks

 
DFSMSrmm, S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server, S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server, iSeries, Electronic Service Agent, and IBMLink are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
The e-business logo, z/VM, z/OS, zSeries, S/390, Multiprise, and Passport Advantage are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries or both
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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