OpenTech Adds Local Dataset Recovery

By Stuart Johnston

OpenTech Systems released an update Thursday to its DASD Backup Supervisor (DBS) package that adds new advanced dataset recovery features.

The update, according to a statement from OpenTech, now supports recovery of multiple datasets from data facility data set services (DFDSS) and Fast Dump Restore (FDR) volume backups on IBM's z/OS.

"The local dataset recovery feature fully automates the time-consuming and tedious process of locating and restoring individual datasets," Don Bolton, OpenTech's director of technical services, said in the statement

That includes VSAM datasets.

The update also adds an ISPF panel that enables admins to choose among datasets, and generate JCL for restoring those selected for recovery. In addition, the JCL can be customized by choosing options like catalog and rename, the statement said.

The ISPF panel also includes the ability to let developers and IT professionals perform their own recovery operations without involving help desk personnel or administrators if they want, thus giving them more flexibility and lowering the number of dataset recovery requests that need to be processed.

Finally, for customers that prefer to use FDR Automated Backup and Recovery (FDRABR) instead of FDR or DFDSS, the new release adds support for both full and incremental FDRABR backups to DBS.

DBS is designed to automate DASD backup and recovery by monitoring "new, deleted, renamed, or off-line volumes," the statement said. It also creates jobs for backing up and recovering DASD volumes.

The package is also designed to automate FlashCopy, SnapShot and TimeFinder -- so-called point-in-time data replication products.

Additionally, DASD volumes can be written to multiple tape drives at once in order to fulfill recovery time and recovery point objectives or, alternatively, the volumes can be "stacked" on high-density tape.

Lewisville, Texas-based OpenTech Systems is a privately held firm that was founded in 1994. It specializes in "z/OS software for tape data migration, data center consolidation and relocation and disaster recovery," the company said.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on March 18, 2011