A tool for cloning, refreshing, and duplicating IBM® DB2® subsystems, Peoplesoft® instances, and doing SAP® homogeneous system copies are a must today. Clones of subsystems, databases, tablespaces or tables is what the BCV4/BCV5 Suite delivers... see link at end of this page for BCV5 info. Modern storage subsystems support sophisticated mirroring of disk data. Among other advantages, they have the ability to separate and reconnect the mirror copy or BCV very quickly (split and resume). The cloned disks thus created are known as: Business Continuance Volumes (BCVs).
The hardware vendors offer different technical solutions:
However in the IBM® z/OS® world such volumes may be used only as backups when on the same LPAR of Sysplex, since the target files have still got the same dataset names and therefore:
Duplicate VVDS names, duplicate VTOC index names and hundreds or thousands of duplicate dataset names therefore prevent the immediate use of the target volumes. In addition there are problems with the DB2 internal catalog structure. Especially costly in terms of effort: SAP database servers under DB2.
What is required is a consistent renaming procedure for files. BCV4 makes functions available to do this quickly and systematically. After processing through BCV4 the target volumes may be used by standard access methods.
Scenario: Making SAP data usable with BCV4 ( SAP Homogeneous System Copy )
BCV4 offers complete functionality after the creation of the mirrored environment, since all necessary work is carried out in a single step. The user defines the following in the form of a table:
Course of Events
The cloned environment is available within 15 minutes.
"Intelligent Software is all very well, but it needs to be installed, procedures defined. We want to discuss the implementation in advance!"
If desired, we’ll carry out the first cloning together with you.
Time $avings and Benefits
Need to quickly copy or clone a parts of a DB2 subsystem, or just certain databases / tables?
BCV4 and BCV5, the most complete cloning solution available.
Systems Associates, Inc.
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