Mainframe Virtual Tape Storage

Full Time
Depends on Experience
Work from home not available Travel not required

Job Description

Mainframe Virtual Tape Storage

Position Overview:

Virtual tape capacity also exceeds 20 petabytes (PB) on 30 subsystems in multiple data centers and an under construction electronic vault. Over 100,000 tape cartridges are in use; but displacement is occurring as workload migrates onto virtual tape. This capacity is continually expanding as new and enhanced application development progresses. The mainframe application systems and databases are mission critical and have stringent high-availability (24 hours per day, 7 days per week) service level objectives.

Data replication occurs continuously between the data centers and the electronic vault. Periodic application and storage management processes create point-in-time copies onto de-duplicated virtual tape, which in turn is replicated between the data centers and the electronic vault. The data centers provide a recovery point for their peer location in the event of a disaster.


The objective of this task is to provide mainframe storage engineering support to manage the increasing number of complex interrelated Agency virtual-tape-based mainframe applications across multiple data centers.

This task requires strong experience in mainframe storage-infrastructure design and programming on Online Transaction Processing database management-based systems and the ability to develop complex software to satisfy design objectives. This task also requires the ability to: (1) analyze functional business applications and design specifications for functional activities; (2) develop block diagrams and logic flowcharts; (3) translate detailed designs into computer software; (4) develop and perform test/debug functions; (5) refine computer software to produce the required product; and (6) participate in the documentation of systems, infrastructures, and procedures.


Ensure the mainframe storage infrastructure performs so that the agency mission-critical business applications provide the required services to our customers. Ensure data protection against accidental loss, intentional damage, or negative impacts from a natural disaster

Essential Functions, Responsibilities & Duties may include, but are not limited to:


Standards and Storage Administration Processes

  • Devise agency storage management and business resilience standards for systems, subsystems, SMS constructs, volume serial numbers, hardware, network components, backups, data replication groups, backup schedules, snapshots, electronic vaulting, etc.
  • Create or enhance storage management and business resilience processes and technical procedures.
  • Utilize the agency change-management system (CAPRS) to manage incidents and changes.

Customer Support

  • Provide assistance to customers on:
    • Storage provisioning, backup, and recovery needs,
    • z/OS DASD and tape volumes requirements,
    • Access methods,
    • Use of IBM s Job Control Language (JCL), IBM s dataset utilities, IBM s Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF), and IBM s Access Method Services (IDCAMS) tools to manage datasets,
    • Primary and secondary allocations for both basic and extended-format data sets,
    • Dataset retention based upon the management class policies established in SMS,
    • Catalog services for submitted change requests using the IBM IDCAMS and Rocket Software TREX tools.

    Storage Infrastructure and Process Design and Implementation

    • Specific tasks include:
      • Commission and decommission storage subsystems as required.
      • Construct data replication topologies to move data between storage subsystems, data centers and the e-vault.
      • Install/enhance/configure software, construct backup and recovery processes to protect data from accidental or deliberate corruption or erasure.
      • Design storage performance processes that report/alert on issues. Build processes and utilize models that plan for future capacity and performance needs.
      • Assist with the development of new storage architectures, including long-term transformational plans.
      • Design, implement, test, and deploy physical and virtual tape storage infrastructure and processes including onboard intelligence for encryption, data-deduplication, compression, etc.
      • Design, build, and test electronic vaulting infrastructures and processes.
      • Design and implement improved backup and recovery methodologies for virtual tape systems.
    • Work with SSA teams and third party vendors to devise storage infrastructure and practices to meet future application and database requirements.
    • Design and engineer detailed testing configurations and proofs of concepts for new technologies that support customer storage needs.
    • Backup and Recovery

      • Research and develop recovery approaches for potential failure scenarios that meet the agency Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) objectives.
      • Analyze the root cause of backup and data replication failures/exposures. Design practices and deploy technologies to eliminate data loss exposure. Design, build, test, and deploy automation mechanisms that minimize RPO and RTO.
      • Work with SSA teams and third party vendors to devise business resilience infrastructure and practices to meet application and database requirements.
      • Design and engineer detailed plans and scripts for disaster recovery exercises, disaster recovery events, and moving sysplexes between data centers. Transfer skills to other storage administrators. Execute the procedures in disaster recovery exercises. Analyze issues and resolve them via technology and/or process enhancements.

      The status and resulting analysis of all issues are reported to peers and upper management, therefore, excellent written and oral communications skills, strong oral presentation skills, and the ability to understand and articulate English in a clear and concise manner are required. The contractor shall also understand data replication procedures and technologies as deployed.

      Currently uses the following hardware and software in the management of mainframe software:

      • EMC DLM6000 and DLM8100 Disk Libraries (Virtual tape) for Mainframe used with DD990 Data Domain and VNX for Mainframe
      • Oracle VSM-6 and VLE Virtual tape Libraries
      • Oracle Key Manager (OKM) with Key Management Appliance (KMA)
      • StreamLine SL8500s Library System
      • Microsoft Office (Word, Power Point, Excel), Outlook, Project, Visio
      • IBM z/OS 2.3 Job Control Language (JCL)
      • IBM z/OS 2.3 Time Sharing Option (TSO) Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF)
      • IBM z/OS 2.3 Command List (CLIST) and Restructured Execution Executive (REXX)
      • CA-1 Tape Management System (TMS)
      • CA Vantage Storage Report Monitor (SRM)
      • EMC Virtuent DLm control software
      • Oracle / STK Enterprise Library Software (ELS)
      • Sun Solaris on KMA
      • Oracle ASR
      • Oracle StorageTek Library Console (SLC)
      • Oracle Virtual Operator Panel (VOP)
      • Library Content Manager (LCM) for SL8500 and VSM
      • EMC DLm utilities
      • EMC Secure Remote Services (ESRS)
      • Innovation FDRPAS Data Migration Tool
      • Chicago-Corp Quikref

      Uses the following types of physical storage media in storage subsystems. T10K-B, and T10K-C tape cartridges.

      The communication protocols in use include:

      • Mainframe FICON
      • PuTTY w/ TCP/IP to DLm
      • MS/Internet Explorer w/TCP/IP to DLm, VNX, DD990

      The contender shall be experienced in the use of the above hardware, software, and disciplines. They must have high competency in:

      • Enterprise tape/virtual tape storage fundamentals
      • Enterprise operational recovery and business resilience fundamentals



      • Bachelor s Degree in computer science or related technology, or equivalent experience
      • Preferred to be familiar with of complex interrelated agency applications such as; T2 enhancement version 9, MADAM data base conversion to DB2, I-DMF complex, I-DMF, DMF/ESEF, DEV2, multiple integration systems, and disaster recovery in a Mainframe environment
      • Strong experience in Mainframe storage management programming on data-base management systems
      • Experience in developing complex software to satisfy design objectives
      • Experience in analyzing functional business applications and design specifications for functional activities
      • Able to develop block diagrams and logic flowcharts, translate detailed designs into computer software, develop and perform test/debug functions, and to refine computer software to produce the required productMust be ability to obtain a client sponsored Public Trust level of adjudication.

      Work Experience, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

      • 7-10 years, Experience of Storage Management in a Mainframe environment
      • Must be ability to obtain a client sponsored Public Trust level of adjudication.


      Applicants will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to sensitive/classified information.

      Physical Demands and Work Environment:

      The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

      Physical demands: Employee will occasionally need to lift or move equipment weighing up to 15 pounds. Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard. Hearing and speaking to exchange information. Seeing to view computer monitor. Sitting for extended periods of time.

      Work environment: Professional office environment: temperature controlled office building, low noise level, standard office lighting.

      Akimeka is proud to be an EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability employer.

      Posted By

      Daniel Minervini

      901 N Lake Destiny Dr Ste 121, Ste 151 Maitland, FL, 32751

      Dice Id : RTL149044
      Position Id : 6003669
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