CA File Master Plus Review

We use it together with Grid Tools to mask IMS data. However, it cannot handle IMS Sysplex.


What is our primary use case?

We use it together with Grid Tools to mask IMS data.

How has it helped my organization?

CA File Master handles IMS data (together with Grid Tools), which we can use to mask/privatize our data then store on IMS databases.

Together with Grid Tools: 

  1. We can mask/privatize the IMS data.
  2. We use CA File Master to extract the IMS data.
  3. Grid Tools to mask them.
  4. CA File Master to load back them to IMS databases.

What is most valuable?

The extract from/load to IMS database. We need these extract and load IMS for masking/privatization of data.

What needs improvement?

CA File Master cannot handle IMS Sysplex.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I would rate stability as an eight out of 10.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I would rate scalability as an eight out of 10.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would rate technical support as a nine out of 10.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used File-AID. However, File-AID masking is not as good as Grid Tools.

We sought out this solution because we needed a masking solution for our data (IMS, DB2, and others).

How was the initial setup?

The setup is quite complex. We needed a system programmer for the initial setup. 

For any change to CA File Master, we need a system programmer, which makes the change process very time consuming.

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