z/OS Enhancement - FitzTechnologies

By: Fitz Software  09-12-2011
Keywords: mainframe, Cost Allocation

A background monitor activates a virtual IPL for each image (and its alternate images) using the zOS-Inspector, Sysplex-Inspector, and primary sub-system inspectors (e.g. JES, VTAM, TCPIP) maintaining in-depth change-management and documentation of your images. Additionally for DR purposes ICE runs as a started task directly under z/OS and automatically creates and maintains full screen access, ISPF/PDF, to its own z/OS sub-system when VTAM, JES or TSO are unavailable giving various system management and recovery functions. 

- Replace expensive statistical software.  Delivers the necessary data for cost allocation and capacity planning, providing the necessary tools in the evaluation, interpretation and presentation of this data.

- SMA_RT functions as a security monitor that looks for patterns of abuse and sends real-time alerts. It supports z/OS system environments across multiple CPUs and over geographically diverse locations. SMA_RT tracks activity, monitors system resources and records vital information. Alerts are routed via SMA_RT management to external security log concentrator products or other threat management products that use TCP/IP SYSLOG protocol. 

provides case studies and structured knowledge integrated with live data from your z/OS system so you can solve complex performance problems quickly. Inside the Stack provides a complete TCP/IP monitor. Is your boss asking you how much FTP traffic you have? Is TCP/IP a black box to you? With Inside the Stack, you can truly view what is going on inside the TCP/IP stack!

provides proactive monitoring. Do you have certain TCP connections which MUST be up for business reasons? Have you ever wanted to know if your mainframe-based web applications were running slowly? The Early Warning System provides a ‘heads-up’ for TCP connections or applications which may be heading for trouble. That is, they may be currently experiencing performance problems or will soon be experiencing performance problems. Don't you want to know where pending problems may be BEFORE your customers start calling? Early Warning System is a pure mainframe application.

is a pure mainframe application. The Connection Log provides a simple way to view TCP connections for the mainframe TCP stack. You do not have to run programs against the live SMF datasets. Why would someone want a Connection Log? You may want to see who is using the TCP/IP network. A user may be having problems connecting to an application or you may want to make sure that activity is indeed happening for a particular application. You may also be having problems with connection failures. Some applications if they are running out of capacity will send a reset to terminate the connection. You may want to know if all connections for an application for the last 10 minutes have terminated with a reset. The Connection Log shows you all TCP activity as it happens.

will allow you to see patterns in TCP, UDP, or ICMP traffic. As serious systems programmers know, many problems in the stack, network, or devices can be found this way. The TCP Problem Finder finds errors or inefficiencies in configuration or performance of TCP, UDP, socket applications, interfaces, network hardware, or routes.


will allow you to decode the traces for traffic flowing over Enterprise Extender. You can find idle RTP pipes, ABR Flow Control, RTP retransmissions, excessive Locates, Path Switches, and much more. The EE Problem Finder helps find and errors or inefficiencies in configuration or performance of HPR, RTP, UDP, and IP for Enterprise Extender connections.

will allow you to decode the traces for SSL or AT-TLS traffic. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is being widely implemented to protect TCP application traffic. SSL Problem Finder will help you diagnose problems with connection setup and negotiation. You can view problems with certificates, encryption algorithms and much more.

will allow you to monitor end-to-end, host and network response time for TCP traffic. Many problems in the TCP stack have only one symptom: poor response time. Response Time problems can be due to network, stack, application or devices. The TCP Response Time Monitor helps you to find errors or inefficiencies in configuration or performance of your TCP stack.

provides a way to check the availability of routes and devices from the mainframe. An ICMP Ping will be sent from the mainframe to the devices defined. Availability Checker keeps track of the network response time (Hourly, Daily, Yearly) and automatically provides Unavailable Resource reports.

- The Application Checker provides a way to check the availability of TCP applications (listening local ports) on servers or other mainframes from a mainframe in the enterprise. Application Checker goes beyond merely checking the status of the application as shown by commands! Application Checker attempts to connect to the application via a TCP socket open to make sure the application truly responds.  

Keywords: Cost Allocation, mainframe,

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