ETJ First Impression: HSM Adminisaurus (HSA) V3.2

New HSM Adminisaurus V3.2 From Dino-Software Eases Wrestling With HSM

By Denny Yost, ETJ Magazine (5-minute read)





Wrestling with DFSMShsm (HSM) to keep it properly managed is no easy task. Under ordinary circumstances, understanding what HSM is doing and monitoring the health of the HSM environment is tedious … at best.  Administrators require years of experience in storage management with HSM before they can somewhat manage it. To interpret what functions of HSM are executing successfully takes hours of work if you are lucky and days for those not so lucky.

Dino-Software has taken on the challenge of wrestling with DFSMShsm by taming it with HSM Adminisaurus (HSA). HSA greatly simplifies managing HSM by providing over 30 pre-established quick scans to give insight into HSM’s processing, overall health and the ability to store and retrieve data, thereby expediting the overall learning curve, assessment, diagnosis and
resolution. Since every HSM environment is very fluid with each having its own unique set of challenges, HSA provides a wide range of customizable reports and analysis tools—from the simple to the complex—so the administrator can quickly create and implement solutions to improve productivity. With HSA’s robust and easy-to-use interface, an administrator is empowered to identify problems and resolve them with very little effort.


Benefits All HSM Administrators

HSA is designed for utilization in every size HSM environment, from small to massive. Via its menus, HSA has a mix of analytical tools and detail reporting that will benefit expert and/or novice storage administrators. Whether looking for reports on CDS records or in-depth summarizations of failed activity, HSA gives users the critical information they need to manage HSM
effectively and efficiently.

HSA tailors its interface to the security level of the user accessing it. Users with full storage administrator authority to HSM will have full access to all HSA facilities. Otherwise, the user will view a subset of reports and commands.


Business Savings

Properly managed HSM contributes to effective storage utilization and reduces DASD costs by moving dormant data from faster and more expensive storage to less expensive mediums. If HSM is not routinely governed, it can quickly go from keeping storage costs low to wasting valuable CPU cycles and storage resources.

HSA easily locates errors in HSM processing and can establish solutions for error elimination. It can also identify processing patterns and users who are unintentionally compromising HSM’s ability to successfully manage the storage environment.

HSA facilitates immediate savings by identifying tape resources that HSM is not efficiently utilizing, reclaiming the underutilized, recycling the excessive number of tapes HSM is using and eliminating wasted CPU resources when HSM has gone rogue. Common findings include HSM not migrating data enough, or not at all, or being overly aggressive in migrating data, causing
excessive recalls to occur.


Reporting Specifics

HSA contains a wide range of reports to ease the burden of managing HSM that include:

HSA saves HSM from wasting resources or ineffectively managing the storage environment by using extensive health reporting. Problem areas such as thrashing activity, failures in HSM processing, CDS and data integrity and much more are monitored. A built-in health summary scan identifies current issues within HSM plus detects instances where HSM should have processed data but didn’t. A full CDS auditing and error fix facility—manual and automatic fix capabilities—to identify and correct issues within the HSM environment to ensure data availability. Audits which typically can take hours or days to complete are reduced to minutes. The full-featured and customizable interface supports both batch and ISPF, allowing users to perform any task in their preferred method. In all, over 200 reports and commands are available so the storage administrator can easily manage HSM.

HSA’s functionality can be further enhanced through Dino-Software’s separately sold and licensed Universal Data Manager (UDM) to extend its capabilities and include:

To learn more about HSA, contact Dino-Software at 703-768-2610, or visit ETJ


About Dino-Software

Dino-Software Corporation develops enterprise-wide solutions for the management, analysis, protection, and repair of complex z/OS mainframe environments.  Dino-Software has long been acknowledged for its superiority in ICF catalog management and technical support, helping organizations ensure their business-critical assets remain online and recoverable in a disaster.  Learn more about Dino-Software and its z/OS mainframe storage solutions at


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