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November 2017

SPARTA President’s Corner

contributed by Randy Springs

Daylight Saving Time is over, and hopefully, the hot, humid days so common in North Carolina. For some of us, basketball season will replace a dismal football season. Others are trying to get in last minute vacation days to avoid losing them at the end of the year. And yes, the holiday commercials have begun too early.

Our speaker this month will be Jim Elliott of GlassHouse Systems, speaking on LinuxOne and Linux on z Systems capacity and solution planning. I know that my company continues to exploit the benefits of server consolidation on the mainframe. Come hear about the benefits and capacity considerations for servers on z Systems.

Please plan to join everyone for chicken, networking, and education on Tuesday, November 7 at 6:15 p.m. at our usual LabCorp location.

Randy Springs

Future Speakers

(subject to change)

Nov. 7, 2017 - LinuxOne and Linux on z by Jim Elliott of Glasshouse Systems

Dec. 5, 2017 - TBD

We need ideas and volunteers for future speakers. Presentations don’t have to be fancy, just informative and interesting. Even a 5 or 10 minute talk can start an interesting interaction. Contact Ron Pimblett by phone as noted below.

2017-2018 SPARTA

Board of Directors

Randy Springs - President

BB&T                  (919) 745-5241

3200 Beechleaf Court, Suite 300

Raleigh, NC 27604

Ron Pimblett - Vice President

MDI Data Systems

Land line 613 599 6970

Mobile 613 981 6919

190 Guelph Private

Kanata, ON K2T 0J7

Chris Blackshire - Secretary

Retired (Dell, Perot Systems, Nortel)  (919) nnn-nnnn


Durham, NC 27713

Pam Tant - Treasurer

DTS Software Inc.      919-833-8426 x124

4350 Lassiter at N. Hills Avenue

Suite 230

Raleigh, NC 27609

Ed Webb -  Communications Director

SAS Institute Inc.  919-531-4162

SAS Campus Drive

Cary, NC 27513

Mike Lockey -  Web Master

Guilford Co. Information Services  336-641-6235

201 N. Eugene St.

Greensboro, NC 27401


Meetings are scheduled for the first Tuesday evening of each month (except no meeting in January), with optional dinner at 6:15 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m.

These monthly meetings usually are held at LabCorp’s Center for Molecular Biology and Pathology (CMBP) near the Research Triangle Park (see last page). Take I-40 to Miami Boulevard and go north. Turn right onto T.W. Alexander Drive. Go about a mile or so. Then turn right into LabCorp complex and turn Left to the CMBP Building (1912 T.W. Alexander Drive). In the lobby, sign in as a visitor to see Bill Johnson. Bill will escort you to the conference room.

Call for Articles

If you have any ideas for speakers, presentations, newsletter articles, or are interested in taking part in a presentation, PLEASE contact one of the Board of Directors with your suggestions.

Newsletter e-Mailings

The SPARTA policy is to e-mail a monthly notice to our SPARTA-RTP Group. The newsletter is posted to the website about five (5) days before each meeting so you can prepare. The SPARTA-RTP Group is maintained by Chris Blackshire; if you have corrections or problems receiving your meeting notice, contact Chris at

March 2017 “CBT Tape” Shareware Online

The directory and files from the latest CBT tape V494 (dated March 5, 2017) are available from

If you need help obtaining one or more files, contact Ed Webb at SAS (see Board of Director’s list for contact info).

Minutes of the October 3, 2017 Meeting

• The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Randy Springs, the SPARTA President.

• The meeting was held at a LabCorp conference room in RTP, N.C.

• Ten (10) people were present of which Nine (9) are 2016/2017 paid members.

• Everyone introduced themselves, told where they worked, and briefly described their job functions or their job hunting challenges.

• The presentation was given first to meet the presenter's schedule - see the presentation below (7:25-8:10 PM).

• Thanks to EMC Dell and Monica Bennett for providing the great Panera Bread feast.


• The minutes of the September 12, 2017 meeting were approved as published in the October 2017 newsletter.

• The September 30, 2017 Treasurer's report was approved as read by Pam Tant. The balance was $399.53. (See details later in this newsletter).

• Call For Articles: Articles are needed for this newsletter. If you would like to write an article for this newsletter, please contact Ed Webb. Keep in mind that you don't really need to write the article, it can be an article that you read that you would like to share with the membership.

• The SPARTA Web page is available. To access the SPARTA Web page, point your Web browser to this site: Please send any comments or suggestions about the Web page to Mike Lockey. Be sure to check the Web page every once in a while to see any new or changed information.

• Randy reminded everyone to leave the LabCorp conference room clean.

• Future Speakers and Topics (subject to change based on internal politics, budget, the weather):





November 7, 2017

Glasshouse Systems

Jim Elliot

LinuxONE and Linux on z Systems Capacity and Solution Planning

December 5, 2017




If you have suggestions about speakers and topics, contact Ron Pimblett.

• The next SPARTA monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at LabCorp in RTP.

• Food for the November 7 meeting will be Chicken.

• Thanks to LabCorp and Bill Johnson for hosting the meeting.

• There are currently 72 people on the SPARTA-RTP e-mail list.

• Send any e-mail address changes to Chris Blackshire so he can update the SPARTA-RTP Listserv. You will be added by the moderator (Chris = sending you an invitation to Join the list.

• Possible Vendor Fair - Mitch Hoffman and Chris Blackshire have exchanged a few emails, but don't have a plan. Mitch could not be at the meeting tonight to discuss options.

• Possible collaboration with the Carolinas zEnterprise Council - Garry Grandlienard is checking with IBM management to see if SPARTA can be officially involved.


• Discussion about the passing of long time member John Bryant on Sept. 13, 2017.

• Randy is going to setup a SPARTA site on LinkedIn.

• The Business portion of the meeting ended about 8:25 P.M.

Presentation: Dell EMC Disk Library for mainframe Update - Mainframe Backup Modernization - Disk Library for mainframe

• Agenda
• Mainframe IS More Important Than Ever
• Dell EMC's Growth and Investment
• Why DLm For Mainframe Tape?
• What Is EMC's Disk Library For Mainframe?
• DLm Products and Capabilities
• Data Domain High Availability
• Remote Replication
• DLm for Long-Term Retention (LTR)

Mainframe is more important than ever
- Mainframe processes 23,000,000,000 ATM transaction in a year
- - That is 3X more than there are people on the planet
- - At an average $60 per transaction, that's over $4 Billion withdrawals per day or $1.4 Trillion per year
- Amount spent on cards processed by mainframes is $6,000,000,000,000 annually
- - At an average $80 per transaction, that is 79 Billion transactions
- This is 60X mainframe CICS transactions / sec vs all popular internet activities combined

(Source: IBM z systems Marketing, 2016, with permission)

Dell EMC's Growth and Investment
- "Commitment to the Mainframe Tape Market"
- Dell EMC Mainframe Division: Storage & Tape
- - Global Sales and Service team
- Dell EMC DLm proven technology endorsed by Gartner, IDC, Evaluator Group, ESG
- Dell EMC tape market share grew to 51+%
- - Market leader for dedupe storage on mainframe (90%+ market share)
- - Shared mainframe and Open Systems support
- Partnerships and strategic initiatives with strategic ISVs and consultants
- IBM Partnership: CSA/100% licensed compatibility

Why DLm For Mainframe Tape?
- Single Vendor Support Model
- - .Dell EMC has a global mainframe division and global mainframe support organization
- - Support is a single call to Dell EMC; customer never "in the middle"
- - - IBM Systemz Agreements: FICON Specification, Cooperative Support Agreement, Compatibility Agreement
- - - - 100% licensed compatibility with System z: FICON specification that describes in detail the FICON channel interface
- - - - A cooperative support agreement that ensures cooperation and describes detailed escalation procedures for problems between the z server and DLm
- - - - A compatibility agreement that requires we acquire each other's equipment and test in our own labs for compatibility
- - - - - Dell EMC is a trusted member of the z Systems ecosystem
- - - - - Regular visits between Poughkeepsie and Hopkinton
- High Availability - No Single Point Of Failure (No SPOF)
- - Mainframe tape environment is protected
- - - The HA architecture means 99.999% RAS
- - - HA Achieved with Single DLm System
- Non-Disruptive Code Updates (virtual tape engines and storage)
- - Outage not required for code updates
- - High availability architecture of DLm allows for non-disruptive code updates of virtual tape engines (VTE) and storage
- - - No downtime = cost savings
- Superior Scalability & Throughput - performance & capacity unmatched by other providers
- - No forklift upgrade for additional tape drive support, performance, or capacity
- - - Up to 8GB/sec. per DLm - up to 90% faster than the leading competitor
- - - Dlm can support over 17PB's of Capacity
- Breakthrough disaster recovery
- - Improved RPO/RTO: DLm replicates as data is written not at close of tape!
- - - With DLm customer can remotely perform a DR test at any time and not dependent on other business entities within its organization
- - - - Mock DR testing can be performed at customers discretion
- - - Read / Write Point-In-Time copies enable fully destructive disaster recovery testing without compromising production replication
- Provides the option for private or public cloud
- - Tape Assessment includes "cloud eligible data"
- - - Private cloud allows for additional cost savings and can be implemented at any time
- Years of proven Integrated data de-duplication capability
- - Data Domain is the industry leader for mainframe de-duplication storage
- - Data Domain provides reduction in power/cooling/floor space
- - - DLm DD solution provides additional savings at DR Outsourcing facility
- - - Power/Cooling/Floor Space
- - Inline data de-duplication improves storage efficiencies and reduces data replication bandwidth requirements
- - - When comparing Data Domain to any compression only storage solution the bandwidth savings with Data Domain will be greater than 50%
- Migration to DLm is simple fast and easy
- - Keeps all tape data intact, which pleases the auditors
- - - Creation Date / Expiration Date / Volume Serial number
- - Low CPU overhead
- - Very Fast Data movement

What Is EMC's Disk Library For Mainframe?
- Not virtual tape, but tape on disk
- True IBM tape emulation
- Transparent to mainframe operations
- Leverages low-cost SAS disk drive technology
- High performance read and write
- Unmatched remote replication capability
- EMC branded product
- - QA tested by EMC
- - Manufactured by EMC
- - Maintained by EMC
- - Professional Services by EMC

DLM2100 Capabilities
- Flexible Configurations using Data Domain AND / OR Cloud-based storage
- Ideal for mid-sized environments with backup as a primary use case.
- Configurations can be 1 or 2 DLM2100s
- Can share a common Data Domain or cloud provider
- All Data Domain models are supported.
- Sharing storage with open systems is supported.

DLM8100 Capabilities
- 1 to 8 Virtual Tape Engines (VTEs)
- - 256 to 2048 Virtual IBM tape drives
- Concurrent & mixed storage (Data Domain, VNX, VMAX)
- - One or two VNX7600(s) or VNX5400(s)
- - One or two DD9500(s) or DD9800(s)
- - One VNX and one DD
- - VMAX
- Highly scalable performance and capacity
- - 20 TB to 17.3 PB
- - Up to 6.4 GB/sec. throughput (800MB/s per VTE)
- - - Measured at 16K blocksize greater performance with larger blocksize

DLM8100 Components
- Virtual tape emulation controller (VTEC)
- - From 2 to 8VTE (Incl. HW Compression Card)
- - FICON connectivity
- - Performance over 6.7 GB/s
- - - 840MBytes/sec per VTE
- - Emulates IBM 3480/3490/3590 tape drives
- - - 256 tape drives per VTE (with 8 VTE max 2,048)
- - Virtual cartridge size up to 16 TB
- - No limitation in number of tapes volsers
- - - Storage capacity is the limit
- - Disk consumption is based on data written
- Back-end storage (IP)
- - Supports traditional NFS storage (1 or 2)
- - Supports deduplication storage (1 or 2)
- - - Or both storage types concurrently
- - Supports VMAX storage
- - Stores all tape images as files

No Single Point of Failure
- All VTEs can see all tape volumes
- If a VTE fails...
- - Job will abend with tape error (same as with regular tapes)
- - Tape volumes are still available through alternate VTE
- - VTE does not contain metadata
- Disk drives are RAID 6 protected
- - 6 + 2 protection: the best protection
- - Virtual Provisioning is used
- - Global Hot spares drives are located in the Vault Disk Array Enclosure (DAE)

Data Domain High Availability
ACTIVE Controller < - - HA Interconnects - - > STANDBY Controller
- High availability of backup, archive, and recovery data on Data Domain ensures operational continuity to minimize downtime for users and processes.
- HA configurations are supported on DD9800, DD9300 & DD6800 and the legacy DD9500
- - Delivering business continuity for both Large and Midsized Enterprises

The Data Domain Family for DLm
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Small Enterprise > Midsize Enterprise - - - - - - - Large Enterprise - - -
- Family - - - - - - - - - - -DD2200 - - - - -- DD6300 - - - - - DD6800 - - - -- DD9300 - - - - DD9800
- Speed - - - - - - - - - - 3.8 TB/hr - - - - 8.5 TB/hr - - - - - 14 TB/hr - - - - 20 TB/hr - - - 31 TB/hr
- Logical Capacity - - -40-860 TB - - - 1.8-8.9 PB - - -2.8-14.4 PB - - - 7.2-36 PB - - 10-50 PB
- Usable Capacity Up to 17.2 TB - - Up to 178 TB - Up to 288 TB - Up to 720 TB - Up to 1 PB

DLm MultiTenancy Support: Outsourcer "Ready"
- Separate RPO/RTO
- Separate Maintenance Windows
- Dedicated Tape Drive Addressing
- Dedicated Virtual Tape Engines/Storage
- IP Replication provides for multiple DR Sites as needed
- Replicate by tape drive or tape range
- TPF, Unisys, z/OS, VM, & VSE Support
- Summary
- - Customer's appear to have a completely independent DLm system for their use
- - Customer's workloads are separate and segregated from each other
- - Customer's workload can have the characteristics applied to it that work best for that customer
- - Customer's replication session(s) are independent and can have different bandwidth and priorities assigned to it
- - Customer's workload's can have same volume serial numbers without any problems and each can run different tape management systems
- - Management is on a customer basis not a DLm basis

Remote Replication
- Both Single Remote Site and Multiple Remote Sites Supported
- Compression yields less data Without extra CPU Cycle (done by DLm)
- De-duplication yields even less data - Less bandwidth needed for replication
- No performance penalty on mainframe host Compression or De-duplication
- Back-end dedup storage IP replication Only changes are replicated
- Flexible replication configurations Replicate to one or more sites
- Reduce current tape RPO/RTO From days to hours or minutes
- Snapshot Support for DR Testing

Testing the Disaster Recovery Environment
Production Site < - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -> Remote Site
Mainframe <-> DLm < - - > WAN/IP < - - > DLm <-> Mainframe
- - - - - - - - - - - - - Bi-directional replication
- Remote replication is uninterrupted during testing
- Read-only mounts at Production Site
- - Disk arrays allow instant "read-only" copies
- - Confirm that tapes can be mounted and all required data can be accessed
- - No incremental storage capacity required
- Snapshots at Remote Site
- -Disk arrays allow creation of "read-write" checkpoint
- - Confirm operation at the disaster recovery site
- - Some incremental storage capacity required

• LTR and DLm File systems
- LTR storage is defined and created in the same manner that other file systems are defined and created. (/ltr)
- You simply need to enable LTR for the file systems in DLm Console.

DLm Policy manager
- DLm Web console
- Policies
- - Library/class
- - Age of tape volume
- - Size (Kb/Mb/Gb)
- - Scheduler
- - Type
- - VTEs

DLm for Long-Term Retention (LTR)
- Tape drives write / read to conventional or de-dupe storage
- LTR file services allow tape drives write / read directly to LTR storage and/or private / public cloud
- Policy management moves tape images for long-term retention

• The presentation ended about 8:10 PM

• Presentation Access - See SPARTA webpage for the complete presentation

Contact Info:
Monica Bennett | Business Manager | Mainframe
Dell EMC | DPS Technologies Division
direct: 910 319 0230 | cell: 617 694 5398

• The October 2017 monthly meeting ended about 8:25 PM.

Treasurer’s Report for October 2017

contributed by Pam Tant

The balance in the account is $399.53 as of October 31, 2017.

SPARTA Financial Report
3/01/2017 through 10/31/2017


Opening Balance


Total Deposits

Food money donated


Dues and Sponsorships





Loan repayment (RS)


Loan repayment (PT)




Web Site


Petty Cash


Bank Service Charges






PETTY CASH on hand 




Items of Interest

SPARTA Schedule and Menu for 2017

contributed by Chris Blackshire

Nov. 7, 2017 - Chicken

Dec. 5, 2017 - Subs

For Your 2018 SPARTA Meeting Planning:

contributed by Chris Blackshire

February 6, 2018
March 6, 2018
April 3, 2018
May 1, 2018
June 5, 2018
July 10, 2018 (changed because of the July 4 holiday in previous week)
August 7, 2018
September 11, 2018 (changed because of the Labor Day holiday in previous week)
October 2, 2018
November 6, 2018
December 4, 2018

zERT Monitors Your Encrypted z/OS Network Traffic

Contributed By Ed Webb

"Imagine being directed by your manager to identify the overall quality of the cryptographic protection for your z/OS network. What exposures do you have? Who is using unapproved protection protocols, or worse, not using any protection at all? Where would you start?

z/OS Communications Server V2.3 introduces a new feature to provide you with what you need to answer your manager’s request: z/OS Encryption Readiness Technology (zERT). zERT allows a z/OS network security administrator to determine which TCP and Enterprise Extender (EE) traffic patterns to and from their z/OS systems meet approved network encryption policies and which don’t. It does this by collecting and recording, in SMF record format, the cryptographic protection attributes for TLS, SSL, SSH, and IPSec security sessions that terminate on the local stack.

zERT provides two functions at no charge to assist a network administrator in determining how data in flight is being protected:

zERT Discovery tracks and records significant events regarding the security sessions that are used to protect each individual application connection. zERT Discovery obtains this security information in two ways, ....

zERT Aggregation provides summary information for the security sessions terminating on the local stack. zERT Aggregation uses the information that’s accumulated by zERT Discovery as a basis for the summary records.

zERT Aggregation will be available on z/OS V2.3 with APAR PI83362 in 1Q 2018."

These excerpts should convince you to read the full 3 page article in the IBM Systems Magazine Hot Topic titled Monitor the Cryptographic Protection of Your z/OS Network Traffic. Check it out as the article was written in part by IBMers at RTP here in North Carolina.

IBM Doc Buddy App Replaces LookAt

Contributed By Ed Webb

"IBM Doc Buddy is a mobile app that enables you to search error messages of IBM Z software products. IBM Doc Buddy V2 can be a perfect replacement for LookAt, a z/OS message tool for which support is no longer available. The app is available in both Apple App Store and Google Play.

After you install the app on your smartphone or tablet, you can search for the explanation of IBM Z product messages within seconds. Apart from z/OS, z/VSE and z/VM, IBM Doc Buddy integrates the messages from products such as WebSphere MQ, z/TPF, CICS, IMS and Db2 for z/OS."

These excerpts should convince you to read the full page article in the IBM Systems Magazine Hot Topic titled Aggregate Content for IBM Z Products With IBM Doc Buddy V2.


And Again Another Day

contributed by Ed Webb

Pray for all the victims of gun violence.

Membership Information

Don’t Forget the Next SPARTA Meeting

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

7 p.m.

Location: LabCorp in RTP

Take I-40 to Miami Boulevard and go north. Turn right onto 1912 T.W. Alexander Drive. Go about a mile or so. Then turn right into LabCorp complex and turn left to the CMBP Building. In the lobby, sign in as a visitor to see Bill Johnson. Bill will escort you to the conference room. Use 1912 TW Alexander Drive, Durham, NC 27703 in your map app.

Free Food: Chicken, Sodas and Tea, Dessert


(webinar) LinuxOne and Linux on z Systems

Speaker: Jim Elliott of GlassHouse Systems


P.O. Box 13194

Research Triangle Park, NC  27709-3194

First Class Postage

SPARTA Corporate Sponsors:

DTS Software

Rocket Software