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FDRViEWS Introduction

FDRViEWS provides a simplified GUI interface to query and analyze your
z/OS data storage, allowing you to quickly obtain answers to common DASD Storage Management questions, such as:
  • How much of our installed DASD are we using?
  • Which DASD volumes are the fullest?
  • Which applications or users are using the most DASD space?
  • Which applications are growing at the fastest rate?
  • How much more DASD space will we need in 6 months time?
FDRViEWS can be installed and operational within a very short period of time

Data Collections

With FDRViEWS, you can take scheduled and/or ad hoc “collections” of the status of your z/OS storage at both the volume-level and dataset-level. FDRViEWS can collect information from thousands of volumes in just a few minutes. This non-obtrusive process allows you to run your collections as frequently as required, and without affecting the performance of your z/OS or its users and applications.

In a recent test, we ran a volume and dataset level collection against 8,000 volumes (43TBs) and 1 million datasets. The collection took just over 20 minutes. Limiting the collection to gather volume-level only information reduced the collection time down to just 8 minutes.

GUI Interface

The FDRViews GUI component provides a graphical interface to the collected data. (See Tech page for an example screen). Through the FDRViEWS “viewer” you can:
  • Analyze an individual collection to obtain targeted information about the status of your z/OS storage at a single point-in-time.

  • Analyze multiple collections in unison to obtain historical/trending information about your z/OS storage usage and growth.

Click here to view the GUI panel
Using the GUI interface’s simple “ask a question, get an answer” design, both the experienced and inexperienced user can quickly and easily obtain the answers to their storage management questions.

Report Formats

Having asked the appropriate “question” you can then view the “answer” in a variety of formats, including bar charts, pie charts and tables etc. – all viewed through a standard Microsoft Excel spreadsheet:

Pie chart    table


FDRViEWS also provides a “storage trending” function, which allows the Storage Administrator to see and compare Total Allocated Bytes against Total Used Bytes of storage over a selected period.

Storage trending can be done at the Collections or Groupings level.
  • “Collections” storage trending provides a graph of the Allocated Gigabytes versus Total Gigabytes using the collections as the only input.

  • “Groupings” storage trending is more refined and uses the collections in combination with one or more user groupings, which can be either at the volume or data set level, and will produce different reports depending on which are used as input.

In this example of “groupings” storage trending, we can see the total installed Gigabytes of DASD space, together with the storage utilization of two SMS Storage Groups: PROD01 and PROD06.

Groupings Breakdown

Key Feature Summary
  • Easy to use
  • Low resource requirement, minimal impact on z/OS, applications, users etc
  • Run whenever you want
  • Scheduled or ad-hoc collections
  • Can be used be experienced and inexperienced users
  • Flexible, intuitive
  • Variety of report formats
  • Flexible/customizable reporting
  • All data set types supported, including VSAM, non-VSAM and DB2.
For more introductory information, see the Product Portfolio Sheet or Technical Details

For more comprehensive information, please request a Concept & Facilities Guide

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