BMC Aims to Streamline Data Reorgs

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-07-08 Print this article Print

New data management software promises to streamline data reorganizations by eliminating guesswork and unnecessary maintenance.

BMC Software Inc. is releasing data management software that promises to streamline data reorganizations by eliminating guesswork and unnecessary maintenance, the company announced on Tuesday. MAXM Database Advisor for IMS automatically advises users of their reorg needs, which should help to conserve precious DBA (database-administrator) resources, said officials, in Houston, Texas. The software offers a Windows-based interface based on BMCs SmartDBA console. It automatically and proactively manages space usage for high-availability large database environments within and across IMS and z/OS SYSPLEXs. The advisor uses built-in intelligence that factors in database performance and space metrics to identify and predict database problems.
Beside forecasting problem occurrence, the software also suggests solutions to solve or prevent problems. DBAs can select which problems to prevent, choose from recommended solutions, and submit or schedule a job to prevent problems. Such proactive notification gives DBAs a heads-up so that database maintenance can be planned and scheduled with minimal impact on service levels.
MAXM Database Advisor also dynamically determines if scheduled reorgs are needed. If the analysis determines its unnecessary, a given reorg wont launch. MAXM Database Advisor for IMS is available now. BMC offers a variety of pricing and licensing options, including perpetual or term license structure, under a full or sub-capacity model.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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