*Important information below to help you find a great NVAS replacement. If your organization is using IBM® Tivoli® NetView® Access Services (NVAS) for your session management solution, time is running out to find an alternative before the announced EOS (End Of Support) date, September 10, 2018.
Being in two places at once!
Being in multiple places at once is a “Bucket List” item for many, but on an IBM Z® mainframe with Multiterm™ implemented, your multi-session capability will be as uncomplicated as making a single keystroke. Multiterm is secure and straightforward to use; you’ll be able to avoid the potential frustrations included in many multiple-session solutions for the mainframe.
You may not actually be in two places at once, but the increased productivity that is available with this product can sometimes make it seem like you are finishing that Bucket List item you thought was impossible!
This ever happen to you?
Sometimes, running a single session just isn’t enough! This is true for many of us working on several different systems, but especially so for those working on an IBM Z mainframe. Imagine you’re working away on the mainframe, inside a session and now you want to do something else at the same time without exiting the current work. For mainframers in this situation, you need a reliable method that allows you to start another session and get on with some slightly different work. And then, once that’s running, you might want to start a third session, or a fourth session, or even more.
What about the times when you’re running your session from a terminal and nothing is working properly – whether it’s operator error or a bug in the system, you want to get on with your work, but not sure how. Wouldn’t it be useful if experts at a Help Desk could simply connect to your terminal and solve your issue – regardless of where you are located?
And wouldn’t it make sense if you were able to easily switch between those different sessions you’ve created?
And wouldn’t it be great if there were some easy way to not only record keystrokes, but play them back later?
NVAS Replacement Option: Multiterm for IBM Z mainframes
The good news is that Multiterm for IBM Z mainframes (IBM® MVS™, z/VM®, z/VSE®, GCS,…) from SDS provides fast and easy session management that will cover the questions above and more. While performing well as a session manager, Multiterm also can replace NVAS. If you require a replacement for IBM Tivoli Access Services, ideally, you’d have your next solution in place before its End-of-Life date or shortly thereafter. Multiterm provides easy management and control of multiple sessions for mainframers. Additional session management capabilities of Multiterm are: drop sessions effortlessly as needed, select applications from menus, scroll through screen history, and they can print screens to any VTAM printer.
And when a user finds they need some help with what they are doing, Multiterm lets support personnel use powerful online features to connect to the users who need help, directly viewing and solving problems, regardless of the user’s application or location. Multiterm comes with some very useful Help Desk commands. Some of the available commands for the Help Desk are:
- Watch – this provides a real-time view of user’s terminal so that support can identify issues and provide solutions.
- Peek – this allows support to scroll back throughout a user’s past screens, which helps ID problems much quicker and get them fixed ASAP.
- Take – this enables support to take control of the user’s session at their own terminal to help with identifying issues and leads to more efficient support interactions.
- Give – this sends the user’s existing session back to the user.
As mentioned earlier, Multiterm allows users an easy way to turn on multiple mainframe sessions, then the ability to change between sessions with a single keystroke. Users also can access different applications as they are needed easily and efficiently due to Multiterm providing dynamic session switching along with menu access to the different applications.
This SDS solution is an excellent mainframe session manager that will be supported and upgraded for many years to come.
For more information about Multiterm’s ability to replace NVAS or anything else related to Multiterm for IBM Z mainframes, please contact the SDS Sales team. They’ll be happy to discuss this opportunity with you. You can talk to the Sales team about a free demo or 30-day trial or request one yourself by clicking on the red section below.