There is some additional overhead associated with a BRMS save. However, the only scenario I can think of that would add 5.5 hours to your SAVSYS would be if you have a system with multiple Auxiliary Storage Pools. In this kind of configuration BRMS has a default option to save authority for every object in a user ASP. If you have a lot of ASP's with a lot of objects, this can take considerable time. There is a way around this though. You can tell BRMS NOT to save authority data for users ASP's.
From your main BRMS menu enter:
From the Backup Policy Menu, take Option 2. Work with items to omit from backup.
Add the following entries to omit saving user ASP authority from a SAVSYS or SAVSECDTA save:
Type Backup item *SAVSYS *USRASPAUT *SECDTA *USRASPAUT
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This was first published in January 2003