What is SAVRS?

SAVRS is a comprehensive and scalable output management solution for archiving and retrieving IBM Z Job’s Spool files and system logs. SAVRS seamless integration with SEA’s TRMS application reporting system offers a unified solution to IBM Z report management demands. 

SAVRS compression, self-optimization, and elastic services fully automate the collection, archiving, viewing and retrieval of Job Entry Subsystem (JES) output—including JCL, SYSOUT, Syslog, and Job Log, reducing operating expenditures while improving staff productivity.

Features of SAVRS

SAVRS works with the z/OS operating system using JES2 or JES3. It is a non-intrusive based system and requires no hooks or system initial program load (IPL). The program uses system resources optimally to improve I/O operations, memory, and CPU consumption. SAVRS requires a started task to receive reports sent to designated system output (SYSOUT) classes.

SAVRS runs as an external writer and is treated by the Job entry subsystem (JES) as if it were a printer. It is JES-transparent, and JES will give output to SAVRS based on class. Up to 8 accumulation classes can be defined in SAVRS. SAVRS can be accessed via standard IBM interfaces, our Web UI add-on, or IDz and Topaz plugins.

The SAVRS architecture allows for easy archiving and meeting of audit requirements for mainframe job logs

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  • Efficient Resource Utilization

    SAVRS works to ensure the most efficient use of your mainframe DASD space. Key features include:

    • Self-optimizing database
    • Dynamic space reuse
    • Data compression
    • Automated archive/purge
    • Flexible archive history retention
    • Multi-level archive grouping
    • Automated file stacking
    • Integration to SEA Application Output Management System (TRMS)

    The SAVRS database has extended capabilities that support a large amount of online information and offers elasticity to accommodate data growth demands.

    The structure of how SAVRS optimizes mainframe report management

  • Flexible Security

    SAVRS interfaces with external security systems such as RACF, ACF2, and TOP-SECRET. It enables security control down to the individual DD-level.

  • Full Printer Function Support

    SAVRS provides full printer function support, including AFP (IBM) and DJDE (XEROX).

  • SYSOUT Integration With and Access from Other Environments

    SAVRS includes a set of stateless RESTful APIs, that conforms with the REST architecture. Our RESTful API add-on allows users to integrate SAVRS data into other applications, scripts, or programs, running on non-IBM Z systems such as Windows, Linux, mobile, Web, and IOT devices.

  • Multi-Platform Log Support

    Our advanced proprietary middleware technology provides a bridge to integrate other platform system logs into the SAVRS platform.

    SAVRS - Multi-Platform Log Support

  • Comprehensive Administration Controls

    SAVRS has flexible and comprehensive administration controls that reduce human intervention required to review failed Jobs, JCL errors and other log message output. The admin system includes a reporting facility that enables the formatted presentation of information stored on the product's database and on Jobs processed by the product.

  • SAVRS Web UI add-on

    The SAVRS Web UI add-on allows network users to access $AVRS data from any device. Any SAVRS user can use a browser to work with Job Entry Subsystem (JES) output. The Web UI performs most of the same SAVRS functions that a TN3270 session can perform, including printing, saving, archiving, restoring, annotation, and resubmitting jobs.

    SAVRS - SAVRS Web UI add-on

  • Robust User Interfaces

    SAVRS enables online viewing of Job log output via standard IBM 3270 screen interface or a Web UI add-on. Users can browse and annotate all output from any device, as well as produce reports summarizing executed Jobs, JCL errors, and other system/user elements.

  • Granular Retention & Archiving capabilities

    SAVRS provides exceptionally granular SYSOUT/SYSLOGS retention and archiving capabilities. Retention periods can be specified for individual jobs and for job classes, keeping information online and available when you need it.

    When SYSOUT and SYSLOG information reach their retention dates, it can be moved to a SAVRS archive for an additional retention period. The archive facility includes multiple archive levels. This allows an installation to designate the work placed on a particular archive file. Duplexing of archive levels is also available.

    SAVRS - Granular Retention & Archiving capabilities

  • Annotation Feature

    The Annotation and Acknowledgment Feature allows users to add commentary and other information to be associated with a job's output and to specify an acknowledgment code which is listed as part of each job's directory entry, using either the TN3270 interface or the Web user interface.

    SAVRS - Annotation Feature