CA OPS MVS Event Management and Automation Review

We control our DR tests with it so our operations staff does not have to manage it using the NetView interface.

What is most valuable?

  • Rules
  • SQL
  • SSM
  • Global variables

How has it helped my organization?

We control our DR tests with OPS/MVS as a wrapper to IBM’s GDPS so our operations staff does not have to manage using their interface in NetView. We also have other “applications” like managing logical engines on LPARs.

What needs improvement?

Our last main complaint was having sysplex-wide variables (outside of OPSHFI), but this is now a reality.

If you look in the v12.2 command and function reference manual, there are sysplex variables. As in, their scope is sysplex-wide. If you update one on system A, it is accessible from system B.

Prior to sysplex vars, the only option was to use OPSHFI (also documented in that manual), which uses a dataset that is accessible from all systems. There are, however, still some restrictions with sysplex vars as far as which kinds of rules you can use them in, which is also the case for OPSHFI vars.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it since 1997.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not really encountered any stability issues. We’ve had a few cases over the years where the product would shut down due to command or message rate exceeded but those have been mitigated.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have gotten close in one or two cases with the size of global variables but no show-stoppers.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is excellent.

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

In a previous life, I supported NetView and also the old Auto-operator. OPS/MVS is much more intuitive to use, especially compared to Netview/SA/GDPS.

How was the initial setup?

We have another team perform the install and we do some customization or test new features. From what I understand, there are no complaints about set-up.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

- NetView

What other advice do I have?

I would advise others to simply install it in a test environment first, then play with all the features. I know there are also many samples and tools provided, such as how to set up a table to start up your system tasks.

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