EasySMF can now load SMF data using the z/OSMF Dataset and File REST API.
The z/OSMF REST API uses HTTPS instead of FTP so it is a good option for sites that don’t want to use FTP. HTTPS works better with firewalls because it uses a single port instead of separate control and data connections used by FTP.
z/OSMF will compress the data for transfer. If the connection is bandwidth-limited, that can make loading SMF data up to 10 times faster.
z/OSMF cancels the REST API task if it hasn’t completed after approximately 15 minutes. This limits the amount of data that can be transferred. However, with 10 times faster data transfer, that could be the equivalent of over 2 hours transfer time using FTP.
Hopefully IBM will relax this limitation in the future.