UDM Latest Release Highlights


Universal Data Manager (UDM) is a GUI based solution for managing an organization’s z/OS Storage at an Enterprise level, including, Tape Robots and Tape Catalogs, DFSMShsm, CA-Disk, ICF Catalogs, DASD Volumes, DFSMS objects, Spool data and other related objects. The overall ease of installation and automated analysis provides the controls, information and reporting needed to manage the dynamics of modern Storage environments.  UDM provides a consolidated global view of the enterprise Storage environment, extending Automation, Auditing, Monitoring, Reporting and Control Functions of data with a mouse click. It is the easiest tool to install and the most user friendly utility in the market.

UDM is the only tool needed to manage the challenges and complexities of the forever increasing amount of storage connected to z/OS systems. Before UDM, this growth had resulted in essential tasks, such as Audits, being deferred, and fundamental tasks, such as initializing volumes, being performed with compromised control, thereby increasing the risk and likelihood of errors.

New Features with UDM 2.1

·         CA Disk support

Support added to report on CA-Disk Archive Volumes and Archive Versions.

Interaction with the Command and JCL interface provides a simple process for generated CA-Disk control cards to perform actions such as recovering from an Archive version.

·         Oracle Tape Robots support

Support added to report on Oracle Tape Robots and VTSS Servers.

Using the integrated drill down technology, performing otherwise cumbersome tasks such as displaying which VTVs reside on an MVC volume require a simple mouse click.

·         DFSMShsm support

Support added to report on DFSMShsm objects.

Information on Backup, Dump and Migration objects, as well as status information such as DFSMShsm function status, can be obtained from multiple DFSMShsm environments in a single request.

·         DFSMSrmm support

Support added to report on DFSMSrmm Volumes and Datasets.

Using the SQL features within the Reporting interface, the ability to create summary reports such as Volume usage by date or Volumes reporting errors is vastly simplified.

·         TSO Command support

Command interface enhanced to support TSO commands by prefixing the command with TSO.

·         Fetch Only SQL Function support

Additional SQL control object added to allow only the first specified number of rows within a report to be returned.


Key Features in UDM

Quick and Easy Installation

The quick and simple installation process ensures obtaining the benefits of powerful UDM features in minutes rather than weeks:

  • Streamlined Host installation process means a user simply download the product libraries, create the parameter library (which requires only five parameters), and start the UDM Server on each system to be managed.
  • GUI installation process requires only that the GUI files are simply copied to a folder available to all Users of the GUI.

Unlike existing offerings, UDM integrates into an existing security setup. Just having a RACF TSO userid on the required system controls and permits access to UDM.

  • Commands can only be issued if the RACF TSO userid used to log into UDM has the authority.
  • JCL is submitted with the authority of the RACF TSO userid used to log into UDM.
  • Facilities within UDM are controlled via RACF Facility class profiles.

Enterprise Level Management

Using the GUI interface, a user has access to all Systems in their Enterprise from a single window and no longer has to logon to each System or Sysplex to perform tasks.

  • UDM can run requests on multiple Systems in parallel.
  • Output from any request is returned to a single GUI window.


Command and JCL Management

Management of Commands and JCL is now at the Enterprise level, rather than each user having their own sample JCL or Command libraries on each System.

  • UDM provides the facility to create Enterprise level Command or JCL decks stored in a single location.
  • Variables can be used to ensure generic Commands or JCL decks can be created.
  • Commands or JCL decks can be submitted to one or more systems in a single request.
  • Command output is returned from all selected systems in a single GUI window.
  • Submitted JCL is monitored via the Enterprise level Spool Management facility that allows viewing the status and output from any submitted JCL.

Simple yet Comprehensive Reporting

Reports using SQL filtering are generated, saved, and submitted to multiple Systems/Sysplexes in a single request, and output from all systems is returned in a single GUI window.

  • Powerful Group and Sum features allow users to generate summary reports, for example, usage by High Level Qualifier.
  • Drill down technology allows mining down to the lowest level. For example, if displaying Storage groups, a user can then list the volumes and then the datasets on the Volume, or when displaying datasets, show details of the management class assigned to a selected dataset.
  • Export facilities allow users to easily offload the data to Excel, CSV files or Web pages via HTML.
  • Integration with the Command and JCL Management features allow importing data from a report into a Command or JCL skeleton and then submitting the generated Command or JCL for processing.

Integrated Automation and Monitoring

Powerful Message trapping and scheduling features ensure the ability to automate Storage management, as required.

  • Message trapper allows actions to be taken when z/OS console messages occur. Actions include submitting of commands or JCL or the running of Reports.
  • Scheduler allows users to instigate actions at specific times or when Jobs end. Actions include submitting of Commands or JCL or the running of Reports.
  • Out of the box, pre-defined Message traps and Schedules minimize any customization, ensuring a pre-defined Storage automation environment is available as soon as the product is installed.