DASD Backup Supervisor (DBS)
DASD Full Volume Backup & Recovery and Local Dataset Recovery
DASD Backup Supervisor (DBS) automates the DASD backup and recovery process by continuously auditing for new, deleted, renamed, or off-line volumes and automatically generates JOBS to back up and recover the DASD volumes. In addition, DBS simplifies the recovery of one or more individual datasets (including VSAM datasets) from DFDSS or FDR DASD backups. DBS also automates point-in-time data replication products such as FlashCopy, SnapShot and TimeFinder to ensure all necessary volumes are replicated and backed up. DBS provides forecasting reports that help the user adjust and fine-tune DBS JOBS for efficient backup and recovery. The DASD volumes may be stacked on high density tape to maximize media utilization and/or written to multiple tapes simultaneously to help achieve your recovery time and recovery point objectives. DBS will make automatic adjustments to the recovery JOBS to accommodate unexpected equipment and configuration changes at the recovery site thereby, reducing recovery time, manpower requirements and DR test costs.
DASD Volume Auditing
DBS creates an initial volume list and continuously audits DASD volumes to ensure that all volumes necessary to the recovery process are backed up.
DBS Supports DFDSS, FDR and FDRABR Full Volume and Incremental Backup and Recovery
DBS fully supports users that choose to use DFDSS, FDR or FDRABR for both full volume and incremental backups.
DBS Supports Local Dataset Recovery from DFDSS or FDR DASD Backups
DBS can restore one or more individual datasets from DFDSS (logical or physical) or FDR full volume backups including VSAM datasets.
Advanced Copy Features
DBS automates the backup processes for DASD volumes replicated using FlashCopy, SnapShot and TimeFinder.
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Reduce Backup and Recovery Time
DBS can significantly decrease DASD backup window requirements - in some cases cutting the backup window requirement in half. The restore jobs generated by DBS are optimized to minimize the number of required tape mounts and repositioning commands which can dramatically reduce recovery times, additional steps or excessive overhead in the backup process.
Maximize Backup Tape Utilization
DBS is specifically designed to stack Full Volume, Incremental and Differential backups on high-capacity media to achieve optimal media utilization, reduce media handling costs and vault storage costs.
Multiple Backup Versions for Flexibility
DBS can create and recover from up to four duplexed backup copies. DBS also maintains several cycles of backups, any of which can be used in the recovery process by specifying the backup creation date/time or using the relative backup number.
Validating D/R Site DASD Configuration
DBS validates the DASD configuration at the D/R site and automatically selects the DASD available for the restore process based upon volume size and other user specified criteria.
Automate Recovery for Fast Return to Operations
DBS generates fully automated recovery jobs to be shipped offsite with the backup tapes, or recovery jobs can be created automatically at the recovery site. The restore jobs generated by DBS do not require the use of the system catalog or an active tape management system, making DBS the ideal choice for initial DASD restores in a D/R test or an actual disaster.
Linux under z/VM
DBS applies mainframe DR principles to Open Systems DR challenges by treating Linux and z/VM volumes as though they were native z/OS volumes thereby eliminating the need to use Open Systems full volume backup and recovery tools. DBS creates a z/VM and/or Linux volume list and continuously audits DASD to ensure that all volumes necessary to the recovery process are backed up. At recovery time, DBS automatically restores the volumes so they are ready for mounting.
Creating jobs through DBS' easy-to-use ISPF panels reduces the errors caused by incorrect definition and administration of "raw" DFDSS, FDR or FDRABR backup JCL. DBS also includes the ability to set up an ISPF command that allows users to recover their own datasets without calling the Help Desk or requiring access to DBS.