Alerts to troublesome performance can trigger z/OS system tools for automated repair and recovery.
Deb Hodson, 763-571-9000, firstname.lastname@example.org.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – March 9, 2014 – With new releases in June and July of this year, Software Diversified Services has fully integrated VitalSigns for IP (VIP), the comprehensive performance monitor for IP and EE networks on z/OS, with VitalSigns for Network Automation Control (VNAC), a high-performance, low-cost, easy-to-use tool for z/OS system management, control, and automation.
VIP-VNAC integration provides z/OS system and network administrators with a versatile and easily customized tool for central control of widely dispersed z/OS systems and sysplexes, while reducing software expenses and relieving the pain of tighter budgets.
VIP monitors almost every part of a modern z/OS network. It watches traffic volumes and diagnoses bottlenecks in IP networks and in the unique technologies where IP and SNA meet. It can issue alerts regarding suspect behavior in…
- IPv4, IPv6, FTP, telnet, and TN3270 traffic
- OSA, HPR, and Enterprise Extender connections
- Sysplex distributor and DVIPA routing
VNAC consolidates z/OS system logs, and automates command and control of system execs. A single installation can watch and report on console messages across entire networks of sysplexes. It can respond to a specified console message—or VIP monitoring alert—by triggering REXX execs to restart applications, for example, or re-route critical traffic.
In VIP configuration, the performance thresholds that trigger alerts are entirely under the control of z/OS system administrators. They can direct those alerts to e-mail addresses, to VIP’s graphic browser interface, to SNMP receivers and to system consoles. The intuitive browser interface often allows help-desk personnel to solve problems immediately, rather than promoting problem-tickets to specialized support staff.
A VNAC server can issue commands to z/OS systems anywhere in a network. VNAC provides a robust REXX environment with wide range of built-in commands and a talent for adopting REXX code originally written for NetMaster® and other similar products. VNAC’s browser interface recognizes the cryptic codes in IBM messages and provides direct internet links to IBM documentation where the codes are explained.
Software Diversified Services deliberately designed VNAC to be a low-cost replacement for legacy mainframe tools. And SDS provides the VIP monitor free of charge to new VNAC licensees.
About Software Diversified Services
Founded in 1982, Software Diversified Services (SDS) provides business software solutions to hundreds of customers worldwide, including many Global 500 companies, and industries including banking, finance, insurance, retail and government. SDS is noted for its industry-leading software, documentation and technical support. For more information, please visit www.sdsusa.com.