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Maintaining the Right Skills
Many customers are also worried about the amount and skill level of available human resources for managing their System z storage environments. Over the years, IT processes have evolved to depend on proprietary scripts, utilities and other custom-built tools. Problem resolution often depends on the memories of experts with many years of experience. Teter says, “The people who typically handle ICF catalogs or DFSMShsm environments tend not to be the new-hires right out of college. They’re usually seasoned experts with many years of experience, they can be in short supply and they’re hard to replace.”
The Tivoli storage-management solution for z/OS may help overcome this issue by automating previously manual, high-skilled tasks and capturing expert knowledge within the TEP. “One of the strengths of the IBM solution is that it really makes it a lot easier to use and learn,” Teter says. The z solution provides at-a-glance monitoring and diagnostics, as well as automation of repetitive manual tasks in preplanned responses to common issues. Filtering and reporting capabilities make it easy to differentiate the less-important events from the urgent ones. Consistent tools and interfaces speed learning for new users and make it easier to quickly adapt to new issues.
TEP delivers a single-pane-of-glass view for real-time updates and better collaboration, and enables teams to view the storage environment at a glance, or to drill down and link seamlessly across products to reduce problem-resolution times from days to hours. The solution provides easy access to storage-related information across the IT organization, helping remove barriers and improve collaboration. “Users can reduce their reliance on expert skills in some of the tougher areas of System z storage,” Teter says.
Seamless, Money-Saving Solutions
IBM has been making strides in System z storage management. You can save money and resources, and improve your system’s recoverability and visibility into storage options with IBM Tivoli solutions.
“The ability to keep storage environments up and running 24-7 is crucial for z/OS customers,” Teter says. “IBM understands that and is committed to providing the best products for the highest ROI.”