CA expedites required DB2 10 upgrades for z/OS

CA Technologies has updated its z/OS management products to handle DB2 10 upgrades

By , IDG News Service |  Big Data

Just in time for what will be a large number of required migrations, CA Technologies has updated its software
for managing DB2 databases running on IBM z/OS mainframes.

"DB2 is a very rich environment, and is very specific about how you work with it from an application
perspective," said Mark Combs, a CA distinguished senior vice president for mainframe operations. "With DB2 10, IBM
introduced a lot of good new features, but it requires work" to upgrade a database to take advantage of them, he
said.

CA has updated two of its software packages for managing DB2 on z/OS, namely CA Technologies Database Management
Solutions for DB2 for z/OS, now at version 16, and CA Mainframe Chorus for DB2 Management, now at version 2.5. Both
packages have been updated to manage DB2 version 10,
which IBM released in April
.

Gartner has estimated that 75 percent of the DB2 databases running on z/OS will need to be upgraded within the
next 18 months. IBM support for DB2 version 8 ended this year and support for version 9 will end in June 2014.
"There is a fairly intense push to get people to version 10," Combs said.

Adding to the work of upgrading is the fact that many mainframe administrators tend to be older and close to
retirement, which means the upgrade duties may fall to the less-experienced junior staff, who might appreciate
helpful tools for getting the job done. "Our tools have been upgraded to easily manage this transition," Combs
said.

The CA Technologies Database Management Solutions for DB2 for z/OS is a collection of software applications for
managing running copies of DB2 on IBM's mainframe systems. It includes tools for improving performance, backing up
DB2 databases and executing routine administration tasks.

With release 16, a number of components have been updated to ease migrations to DB2 10, such as the Plan
Analyzer tool. Each DB2 database has something called a plan, which contains instructions for the database on how
to access certain sets of data as quickly as possible. To upgrade to a newer version of the database, the
administrator has to rebuild, or "rebind," the plan, Combs said. Plan Analyzer can now inspect the current plan and
offer suggestions as to the best way to rebind the plan for the upgraded database.

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