IBM United States
Software Announcement 202-033
February 19, 2002
IBM Automated Tape Allocation Manager Maximizes Availability of z/OS Tape Storage Devices
At a Glance
IBM Automated Tape Allocation Manager provides unattended management of tape storage availability. It works directly with tape control unit hardware to ensure that idle tape storage devices are fully accessible on demand.
Automated Tape Allocation Manager:
For ordering, contact:
Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: LE001).
IBM Automated Tape Allocation Manager supports maximum I/O of your existing tape hardware capacities. It reduces or eliminates idle time for tape drive units servicing multiple images.
Instead of images establishing and unnecessarily holding connections to tape drive units (and excluding other images from using those tapes), Automated Tape Allocation Manager patrols the use of tape drives making certain that any idle tape units are available to new incoming requests from jobs and end users.
Extensive reporting on tape drive usage supports capacity analysis. The result is higher throughput to and from tape, a more efficient storage environment, less administrative overhead, and better returns on tape hardware investments.
Automated Tape Allocation Manager can be used on any supported release of z/OS or OS/390®. When used with 3480 tape drives, it requires Model G or later drives.
Contention for tape resources in mission-critical dataplexes can create problems for businesses:
Automated Tape Allocation Manager is a z/OS storage solution that directly addresses these problems by managing tape storage availability for optimal usage, 24 x 7 across multiple images, and by logging and reporting tape demand activity and the success rate of its fulfillment.
Maximum Capacity Utilization
Tape sharing management ensures that tape resources do not sit idle waiting for responses from data images, jobs, or users that have allocated them for use but no longer have I/O to process. With contention for tape resources issuing from potentially thousands of simultaneous sources, recurring idle times of even a few seconds each can result in significant accumulated waste, noticeable bottlenecks, and premature addition of new hardware due to perceived ceilings in capacity that may not yet have been reached.
Manual detection and intervention in such situations is labor intensive and impractical, as operators will often be unable to respond to an idle time "window" before it closes, or may simply be unavailable at all for such tasks.
Automated Tape Allocation Manager solves these problems by responding to actual user and job requests for tape resources and varies offline those units that may be allocated but not in actual use. Response is nearly instantaneous, and eliminates the need for any operator intervention.
Designed to fit any z/OS, OS/390, or MVS environment, Automated Tape Allocation Manager can be tuned and configured to respond to your changing work loads and priorities, and these configurations can be changed dynamically without any downtime in the product's operation through the easy-to-use ISPF panel interface and accompanying online help.
Simplified Strategy for Performance and Reliability
Available software solutions for tape sharing management typically follow the strategy of continually updating a control file that records tape drive status, and then taking action based on what can be read from that control file. However, this approach requires successful communication (through CTC or other methods) between the control file and multiple dataplexes and their respective UCBs before corrective action can be taken. This presents issues in installation, administration, and performance management. Potential vulnerabilities also arise since every instance of managed tape allocation for the enterprise is made dependent upon the integrity of a single control file which may have no special protections and the function of which may be poorly understood by operators.
Automated Tape Allocation Manager instead takes a more hardware-centric approach through a started task that at set intervals or in response to actual user and job requests issues commands to vary offline each successive tape drive unit placed under its management by the operator.
Tape drives that are in actual use elsewhere will not vary offline, and those allocated but not in use will vary offline immediately, making the next job or user request for them successful. Tape availability is maximized without resorting to prior knowledge of a tape resource's status, complex communication across dataplexes and subsystems, or centralized control files.
Automated Tape Allocation Manager operational parameters are easily adjusted by the operator and can be changed dynamically, leaving enterprise tape management uninterrupted. Management parameters (such as units to be managed in which dataplex, or frequency of polling) are stored in a parameters file that is read by the tape management task at startup, and these parameters persist within the started task independent of the parameters file. Should the parameters file ever not be found at startup, the restarted tape management task will assume the last known issued parameters, assuring proper functioning in unexpected circumstances.
Administrators can expect superior reliability and near-machine speed performance from Automated Tape Allocation Manager.
Detailed Capacity Analysis
At the same time, operators may use the Automated Tape Allocation Manager reporting facility to view the current or historical status of any tape drive, and analyze these reports to better plan capacity. Through the Automated Tape Allocation Manager report facility, management of current or future hardware ROI is made far easier.
Available reports include:
Importantly, report detail allows you to assess if, when, and how often jobs must wait for a drive, respond quickly to end user needs, and alleviate bottlenecks by configuring Automated Tape Allocation Manager to better balance jobs against tape resources.
The current status of any drive is also instantly available, assisting with real-time decision making.
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 millions of service units per hour (MSU) for larger capacities.
There is also be a price benefit when customers grow their capacity. Additional capacity will based on the number of Value Units (MSUs) the customer has already installed, that is, additional capacity will not be priced starting at the base with a higher price per unit but on the capacity that is already installed.
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 & Support will be available in the country in which the agreement is made.
Automated Tape Allocation Manager will be of interest to any z/OS or OS/390 customers who need to share and maximize availability of tape drives across multiple images. Automated Tape Allocation competes with third party vendor products such as Computer Associates Multi Image Allocation product (CA MIM/MIA).
Product information is now available through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:
One of the following publications are supplied automatically with the basic machine-readable material and can be ordered now.
Order Title Number Automated Tape Allocation Manager V1.1.0 GC27-1609 License Information Automated Tape Allocation Manager V1.1.0 GI10-8459 Program Directory Automated Tape Allocation Manager V1.1.0 GI10-8345 Memo to Users
Publication, Automated Tape Allocation Manager User's Guide (SC27-1610), can be downloaded after general availability at:
Security, Auditability, and Control
Automated Tape Allocation Manager uses the security and auditability features of the z/OS or OS/390 operating systems.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
Translation from MSUs to Value Units MSUs Value Units Base 1-3 1.00 Tier A 4-45 .45 Tier B 46-175 .36 Tier C 176-315 .27 Tier D 316+ .20
The total number of Value Units is calculated according to the following example:
If the customer has installed 1,000 MSUs the applicable Value Units would be:
3 * 1.00 + 42 * 0.45 + 130 * 0.36 + 140 * 0.27 + 685 * 0.20 = 244 Value Units
When calculating the total number of Value Units the sum is to be rounded up to the next integer.
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 IBM zSeries will be based upon full MSU capacity as defined in the Machine Exhibits
Value Units for non-MSU-based S/390 Processors: MP3000 Models
A tool is 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. The person preparing for an order is required to use this tool to calculate the number of Value Units, based upon the number of MSU (processor capacity). CFSW expects Value Units as configuration input.
Value Unit Exhibit VUE007
Value Value Units/ Units/ Usage Level Min Max MSU HW Machine Base 1 3 1 MP3000 H30 6 PSLC/Level A 4 45 0.45 MP3000 H50 8 PSLC/Level B 46 175 0.36 MP3000 H70 12 PSLC/Level C 176 315 0.27 ESL Models 2 PSLC/Level D 316 + 0.2
OTC(1) Medium Program Feature Feature Description Number Number Number Medium Automated Tape 5697-H62 5802 3480 Allocation Manager One Value Unit 0001 Tape 250 Value Units 0002
The products in this announcement have one charge unit Value Units.
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 .
There will be a tool 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.
Note: For the actual translation from MSUs to Value Units for this product, see below.
When calculating the total number of Value Units the sum is to be rounded up to the next integer.
Example: For a product running on machines with 1000 MSUs requiring 270 Value Units, would order feature number 0001, quantity 20 and feature number 0002, quantity 1.
Note: For actual feature numbers, refer to below.
Value Units for non MSU based S/390 Processors:
Basic License: To order, specify the program number, feature number 9001 for asset registration, and the OTC feature number. Also specify the feature number of the desired distribution medium. To suppress shipment of media, select the License-only option in CFSW.
ASC(2) Medium Support for Program Feature Feature Program Name Number Number Number Medium Automated Tape 5697-H66 6655 Paper Allocation Manager One Value Unit 0001 250 Value Units 0002 Decline Subscription 0003 and Support
Translation from MSUs to Value Units MSUs Value Units/MSU Base 1-3 1.00 Tier A 4-45 .45 Tier B 46-175 .36 Tier C 176-315 .27 Tier D 316+ .20
OTC Medium Program Feature Feature Description Number Number Number Medium Automated Tape 5697-H62 5802 3480 Allocation Manager One Value Unit 0001 Tape 250 Value Units 0002
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 & Support (Value Units) must be the same as the capacity ordered for the Product Licenses.
To order, specify the support program number and feature number 9001 for asset registration. IBM is also providing subscription and support for these products via a separately purchased offering under the terms of the IBM International Agreement for Acquisition of Support (IAAS). This Offering:
Once subscription and support is ordered, the charges will renew automatically annually unless cancelled by the customer.
ASC Program Feature Feature Description Number Number Number Medium Subscription and Support for: Automated Tape 5697-H66 6655 Paper Allocation Manager One Value Unit 0001 250 Value Units 0002 Decline Subscription 0003 and Support
Product media is shipped only via Customized Offerings (that is, CBPDO, ServerPac, Systempac®). Non-customized items (CDs, diskettes, source media, media kits) will continue to be shipped via the stand-alone product.
Terms and Conditions
Sub-Capacity Charges Terms and Conditions: zSeries software charges at less than full machine capacity for eligible Data Management and Application Development Tools apply when z/OS is running in z/Architecture (64 bit) mode on an IBM e(logo)server zSeries 900, no other MVS-based operating system is licensed to that server and the required information is provided by the customer in accordance with the applicable terms.
Sub-capacity charges for an eligible AD or DM Tool is based on the z/OS product defined capacity. To obtain charges at less than full machine capacity for eligible AD and DM tools, the customer is required to:
Sub-Capacity Charges for AD and DM Tools: To be eligible for sub-capacity charges for AD and DM Tools, the Machine on which the AD and DM Tools are running must be eligible for WLC sub-capacity charges terms and conditions. The customer must have signed the Attachment for zSeries Workload License Charges-Pre-ILM , (Z125-6516), and submitted at least one Sub-Capacity Report to IBM as defined in the attachment.
With sub-capacity charges, the charge for an eligible AD or DM Tool is based on the z/OS product defined capacity. To obtain charges at less than full machine capacity for each eligible AD and DM Tool for each machine, the customer should:
Management of the Value Unit entitlements continues to be a customer responsibility. If one of the following occur on a machine to which AD or DM Tools are licensed, the customer must determine if additional Value Units and Subscription and Support need to be ordered for those Tools to cover the increase:
Licensing: IBM IPLA PoE are required for all authorized use. Part number products only, offered outside of Passport Advantage, where applicable, are license only and do not include Software Maintenance.
The following agreements apply for maintenance and do not require customer signatures:
These products are licensed under the IPLA, and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Support, and the Addendum for Support (Z125-6435) which provides for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. These programs have a one-time license charge for use of the program and an ongoing recurring 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 Support Line is an option for those customers who desire added services.
Software Maintenance Applies: For Operating System software, the revised IBM Operational Support Services Support Line offering will provide support for those operating systems and associated products that are not available with the newly announced Software Maintenance offering. This will ensure total support coverage for your enterprise needs, including IBM and selected non-IBM products. For complete lists of products supported under both the current and revised Support Line offering, refer to our Web site at:
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.
Automated Tape Allocation Manager
OTC Program Feature Description Number Number OTC Automated Tape 5697-H62 Allocation Manager 1 Value Unit 0001 $ 1,000 250 Value Units 0002 250,000
Automated Tape Allocation Manager S&S
ASC Program Feature Description Number Number ASC Auto Tape Alloc 5697-H66 Mgr S&S 1 Value Unit 0001 $ 150 250 Value Units 0002 37,500 No charge -- 0003 0 decline S&S
Customer Financing: IBM Global Financing offers attractive financing to credit-qualified commercial and government customers and Business Partners in more than 40 countries. IBM Global Financing is provided by the IBM Credit Corporation in the United States. Offerings, rates, terms, and availability may vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization. Country organizations are listed on the Web at:
Use Priority/Reference Code: LE001 Phone: 800-IBM-CALL Fax: 800-2IBM-FAX Internet: email@example.com Mail: IBM Atlanta Sales Center Dept. LE001 P.O. Box 2690 Atlanta, GA 30301-2690
You can also contact your local IBM Business Partner or IBM representative. To identify them, call 800-IBM-4YOU.
Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.