Adapter for zLinux

Bring Linux-based mainframe jobs into a single enterprise view.
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Adapter Overview

Tidal Automation Adapter for zLinux works with Tidal Automation to bring Linux-based mainframe jobs into a single enterprise view. The adapter simplifies the process of defining and scheduling Linux-based mainframe jobs and job groups and seamlessly integrates jobs and processes into enterprise workflows. Tidal Automation brings ease of use and a high degree of scalability to job scheduling for the zLinux environment. Its capacities include the ability to execute millions of jobs a day, exception-based management, role-based security, and the extensibility to include other technologies in heterogeneous environments.

Together, Tidal’s Adapter for zLinux and Tidal Automation create a functionally rich, easy-to-use enterprise job scheduling solution that can leverage specific mainframe attributes—24×7 reliability, fast I/O processing, and enhanced security features—to support continuous, enterprise-class business operations.

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How the Adapter for zLinux Works

Tidal Automation Adapter for zLinux extends the power of Workload Automation to IBM zSeries mainframe computing environments running the Linux operating system (OS). This highly scalable and flexible solution allows IT scheduling administrators to create, manage, and monitor jobs and their dependencies across complex enterprise workflows that may include zLinux instances and other z/OS mainframe instances, as well as Windows, UNIX, OS/400, and other Linux systems. The adapter enables script-free scheduling functionality for mainframe job processing in the zLinux environment, building on the inherent fault tolerance of the core scheduler itself. In addition to managing schedules across multiple OS platforms, application-specific jobs can also be run across a range of enterprise resource planning (ERP), database, business intelligence (BI), and web services integration platforms.

The adapter gives users the ability to manage cross-platform, cross-application workflows via a single pane of glass and to automate mainframe batch jobs by setting time, file, or a range of inter-job dependencies. Using Tidal Automation Adapter for zLinux reduces operating costs and improves service levels, because there is no need for ongoing script management or costly manual intervention to coordinate job executions across the zLinux environment and beyond.

Features and Benefits

Tidal Workload Automation Adapter for zLinux can dramatically simplify the process of scheduling, tracking, and managing job workflows regardless of the number of dependencies, systems, and applications involved. This adapter, in combination with Workload Automation, offers the following capabilities:

Increased Mainframe Reach – The adapter makes it possible to manage dependencies among existing mainframe applications and other distributed job processes. Jobs running on the zLinux platform can be triggered by status changes, by the results of jobs running on other platforms, or by processes running in other applications. Users can define, launch, monitor, and control application and database jobs and can respond to file events without modifying existing jobs or schedules.

Batch and On Demand Processing –The adapter is designed to accommodate batch and on demand job processing on the zLinux platform, providing comprehensive support for the traditional date and time scheduling model, as well as complex event- and dependency-based processing.

zLinux Virtualized Environments – Tidal Workload Automation Adapter for zLinux is well suited to the rapid changes within a virtualized mainframe environment. Whether zLinux instances are implemented in individual logical partitions (LPARs) or z/VM virtual machines (VMs), the zLinux adapter allows users to schedule jobs effectively, and it scales to accommodate the growth and expansion of a zLinux infrastructure.

IT Policy Alignment – Each job group can contain several job definitions, enabling detailed control and error recovery procedures. These procedures make it possible for IT staff to consistently follow documented best practices. Information technology infrastructure library (ITIL) processes for request fulfillment, issue management, and change management can be supported, with interfaces and integration techniques available for a range of ITIL-oriented operations environments.

Event-Driven Processing – In addition to time- and date-based scheduling, the adapter can dynamically introduce jobs—and entire business processes—into a mainframe environment when triggered by business events from a wide range of application adapters and platform-supported agents.

Flexible Monitoring and Alerting – Tidal Workload Automation Adapter for zLinux allows users to view and manage alerts within the scheduling system. Alerts can be automatically sent to browser-enabled devices for anytime, anywhere status connectivity and can be configured to initiate process recovery steps. Automated actions are extensive and can be easily defined, enabling users to send an email message to the appropriate owner, generate a message to the central console, or trigger a support incident via the appropriate ITIL-oriented operations systems.

Robust Security and Audit Capabilities – Security policy—and changes to it— are tied to enterprise security management tools and processes. As an example, access can be controlled to scheduling functionality as a whole or tied to specific jobs, events, or actions—on an individual user or workgroup basis.

Features Summary
  • Unifies enterprise-wide application scheduling automation for zLinux, z/OS, Windows, UNIX, OS/400 and other OS environments
  • Leverages and extends an existing investment in IBM zSeries mainframes via a single pane of glass
  • Eliminates the needs to write scripts to create job schedules and cross dependencies
  • Manages job status output and scanning this output for particular values or exit codes to enable setting additional dependencies downstream based on job status
  • Sets multiple, conditional dependencies on zLinux jobs, job steps or condition codes
  • Provides a fault-tolerant scheduling platform
Benefits Summary
  • Centralizes and consolidate business operations
  • Increases productivity and reliability and reduces operating costs
  • Saves time and money by automating advanced workflows
  • Increases productivity and provides granular automation capabilities
  • Increases job interdependency reach
  • Significantly improves uptime and execution to service level agreements (SLAs)

Where We Run

The Cloud

Tidal’s enterprise-wide automation platform transcends the inherent limitations associated with standalone point products or native cloud schedulers. We can automate and orchestrate cross-application workloads and enterprise-wide business processes that traverse multiple clouds and hybrid environments – all from a single-pane-of-glass view.


Tidal helps you optimize the value and performance of your legacy infrastructure while opening new opportunities to leverage next-gen applications and workflows. From pure on-prem to hybrid on-prem and cloud engagements – the answer is Tidal.

  • CentOS
  • Linux Kernel 2.6.18 & above
  • Linux PPC
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Windows Server
  • Open VMS
  • Oracle Cloud
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux
  • Red Hat Enterprise Server
  • Suse Enterprise
  • Tandem NSK
  • Ubuntu
  • UNIX
  • HPUX (PA-RISC, Itanium)
  • Solaris (Sparc, X86)
  • AIX
  • OS/400 iSeries
  • z/Linux
  • z/OS