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BMC AMI Backup and Recovery for IMS provides a comprehensive set of backup and recovery capabilities for full-function, HALDB, Fast Path, and BMC AMI Partitioned Database Facility (PDF) for IMS databases.

Complete backup and recovery in a single product

A comprehensive backup and recovery strategy is essential because if an outage occurs, you need to be able to recover quickly and without errors. With BMC AMI Backup and Recovery for IMS, you can:

  • Create image copies while the database is online with no need to worry about block sizes, buffer pool sizes, or I/O subsystems
  • Accumulate changes and process multiple change accumulation groups with a single pass of log data sets
  • Recover databases quickly and efficiently, whether you are performing standard, roll-forward, or disaster recovery, or when recovering to a time-stamp or particular point-in-time
  • Simulate recovery scenarios and be prepared for any situation
  • Detect, report, and correct conditions that may affect the recovery of IMS databases – and only take image copies of the databases that have changed since the last image copy

Recovery Advisor monitors active recoveries and shows the progress

Ensure recoverability

Maximize availability by performing copy operations while databases are online


The Image Copy function takes image copies quickly and efficiently. It produces image copies without competing for online IMS resources and while databases remain available for other processing.

  • Uses Snapshot technology, concurrent copying, and compression
  • Can produce encrypted image copies
  • Self-tuning and optimizing, so you don’t need to worry about block sizes, buffer pool sizes, or I/O subsystems
  • Creates either consistent or concurrent image copies that you can stack
  • Enables you to build databases that are consistent for testing purposes without affecting production availability
  • Detects exception conditions, including image copy needed, image copy recommended, no valid image copy exists, and more

Speed local and disaster recoveries


The Recovery function enables concurrent recovery of multiple databases with one pass of log and change accumulation data sets.

  • Enables recovery to any point in time (PIT), full recovery, and roll-forward recovery
  • Allows recovery with no required change accumulation or log
  • Verifies the time it will take to recover with recovery estimation and the unique recovery simulation function
  • Disaster recovery features include a RECON clean-up utility that manages the logs and subsystem records that will be required when the IMS is restarted

Create backup and recovery scenarios that meet your business needs


The Recovery Management function automates and simplifies recovery and related processes by grouping related recoverable objects, automatically validating and rebuilding groups, checking recovery assets to ensure necessary data sets are available, and creating additional recovery points for recoverability within your service level agreements.

  • Concurrent pointer checking verifies physical and logical database pointers to ensure structural integrity during the image copy and recovery processes
  • Index rebuild allows you to rebuild lost or damaged indexes rather than recovering them from an image copy, including the automatic rebuilding of virtual image copy indexes
  • Recovery advisor ensures that image copies and change accumulations are performed at appropriate intervals to minimize the number of logs required for recovery
  • Change accumulation processes multiple change accumulation groups with one pass of log data sets

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