Mainframe Audit and Systems Software Manageability


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Automating, improving and integrating System Software Security, System Software Change Management, Audit/compliance and Application Lifecycle Management for IBM z/OS with SYSchange

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Mainframe Audit and Systems Software Manageability

  1. 1. SYSchange for z/OS By Pristine Software April 2009 SYSchange Pristine Software
  2. 2. What is SYSchange? <ul><li>SYSchange is an automated systems software change management tool that delivers the most reliable and cost-effective solution to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Capture changes in real time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audit/report changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protect software assets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Synchronize Software environments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deploy changes/maintenance/modifications </li></ul></ul><ul><li>These tasks are accomplished in multiple LPARs of a SYSPLEX, as well as across multiple SYSPLEXes. </li></ul>April 2009 SYSchange Pristine Software
  3. 3. Addressing the Key Requirements <ul><li>SYSchange - specifically addresses the needs and requirements of the System Software Environment . This includes the OS, all IBM system products, all ISV products – Anything that runs the System . </li></ul><ul><li>Key Requirements </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Protecting Critical Systems Libraries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Compliancy (SOX) - Auditing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increased Levels of Security and Reliability </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improving DR Capabilities – Synchronization </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Centralizing the Management of Software Changes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Effective Management of Systems Libraries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Automatically Identify, Distribute and Synchronize Changes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Deployment of New Releases, Maintenance and Modifications </li></ul></ul></ul>April 2009 SYSchange Pristine Software
  4. 4. Protecting Critical Systems Libraries <ul><li>Automatic member-level backup and recovery of critical systems libraries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SYSchange automatically backs up every change made to critical libraries. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Users can quickly recover from undesired changes online. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extra member versions are automatically archived for future recovery needs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The archived backups are always available online for viewing, comparing, and recovery purposes. </li></ul></ul>April 2009 SYSchange Pristine Software
  5. 5. Sarbanes-OxleyAuditing <ul><li>Meet Compliancy requirements while reducing the cost of doing so (SOXAuditing) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To be compliant, you need to ensure that your internal controls address the system software that runs financial applications (MVS,DB2,CICS, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The SYSchange auditing capabilities allow you to centrally control, authorize and report changes to systems software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SYSchange automatically backs up any change and documents it thus producing an Audit Trail. Reports are generated that identify WHO made the change, WHICH software component was changed, and for WHAT reason </li></ul></ul>April 2009 SYSchange Pristine Software
  6. 6. Increased Levels of Security and Reliability <ul><li>AccountabilitySecurity for System Software changes and quick recoverability from errors. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SYSchange keeps multiple versions of changed members; with online recovery you can quickly restore to any point </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>At the volume-level, entire production volumes can become immune from changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SYSchange can designate who can make changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SYSchange documents all changes – you know WHO made the change – WHEN the change was made – WHY the change was introduced </li></ul></ul>April 2009 SYSchange Pristine Software
  7. 7. Improved DR Capabilities <ul><li>Regularly keep DR software and Production software up-to-date and synchronized </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The SYSchange automatic change identification and packaging technologies allow for quick propagation of software changes to the recovery site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changes can be gathered at anytime and sent to the recovery site and other sites in between normal backups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SYSchange ensures that software in multiple locations are identical; but if different they can easily be synchronized </li></ul></ul>April 2009 SYSchange Pristine Software
  8. 8. Centralizing the Management of System Software Changes <ul><li>Maintaining multiple SMP/E systems is challenging and expensive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SYSchange provides a centralized approach for management of multiple LPARs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminates the redundancy and complexity in maintaining multiple SMP/E systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Package and propagate changes to multiple environments from a single point (SMP/E or non-SMP/E changes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SYSchange provides a feedback mechanism that gives systems managers a centralized view of all promotion activities </li></ul></ul>April 2009 SYSchange Pristine Software
  9. 9. Managing System Libraries <ul><li>Accountability for changes to System Software and quick recoverability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quicker recovery from errors – everything is backed up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Selection of how many member backups and how long to retain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Immediate knowledge of WHO – WHAT – WHERE – WHY </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blocks access to minimize intrusion and intentional errors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protection at the volume-level, dataset-level and member-level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effectively increase your capabilities to manage system software changes – mitigate staff shortages and less skilled systems programmers </li></ul></ul>April 2009 SYSchange Pristine Software
  10. 10. Easily Identify Changes and Distribute <ul><li>Easily and more frequently identify, package and deploy changes to synchronize multiple environments (DR,LPARs ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SYSchange examines an entire software environment and automatically identifies all changes; then it quickly packages those changes for distribution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific changes can be gathered at anytime, (weekly, daily, hourly) then quickly packaged and sent to other environments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SYSchange allows for more regular synchronizations at a significant lower cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditionally, without this new technology, this task could be performed on a weekly or monthly basis at best. </li></ul></ul>April 2009 SYSchange Pristine Software
  11. 11. Deployment <ul><li>Keep the environments current by deploying new software releases, maintenance, modifications and updates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Uniform Process for deploying SMP/E and non-SMP/E maintenance, as well as being able to handle zFS and HFS files using the same standardized techniques </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides a centralized point of control for deploying all changes (SMP/E or non-SMP/E) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prevents regression and provides “Rollback” capabilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Custom packaging enables users to package data sets and select members into the same package for deployment (on-going maintenance) </li></ul></ul>April 2009 SYSchange Pristine Software