IBM Resource Access Control Facility Review

ISPF tables aid with provisioning and administration functions.


What is most valuable?

The granularity and ease of setting up role-based access.

How has it helped my organization?

Through the use of ISPF tables, we were able to configure panels to aid with provisioning and administration functions.

What needs improvement?

The way to pull security logs could be better. Currently, violations are written to SMF records. You need to run jobs to pull this info unless you are running tools to do this for you.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it personally for five years. I have used it with the company for over 30 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not had any stability problems.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not had any scalability problems.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support is exceptional.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We had CA Top Secret. We switched for easier maintenance and better integration with IBM z/OS.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. The IBM books walk you through the setup. The technical staff at IBM is a great resource.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It can be costly, but necessary, for an IBM mainframe running z/OS.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated ACF2 and Top Secret.

What other advice do I have?

If you are running ACF2 or Top Secret, the switch is well worth it. Do it.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are a test site for new IBM hardware.
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