Optimize Your z/OS Environment for Availability and Cost Efficiency

IBM Monthly License Charges (MLC) consistently make up the largest component of the budget for mainframe installations and continue to rise, on average, 4% every year.

IntelliMagic Vision for z/OS Systems ensures that your z/OS Systems environment is optimized for performance and availability AND optimized for cost efficiency, all in the same solution. With this solution, you’ll be have access to:

  • Extensive visibility into Relative Nest Intensity (RNI) by LPAR and logical processor
  • Reporting on MIPS by Polarity to determine how to avoid cross-LPAR contention
  • Complete reports for 4 Hour Rolling Average (4HRA)
  • Dynamic drill-downs into peak CPU consumption by system, workload, service class, and address space
  • CPU consumption by WLM importance level

 

Identify Potential MLC Reduction Opportunities in Your Environment

Newer architectures like z13 and z14 rely upon efficient processor cache utilization to achieve MIPS ratings – this changes some long-held assumptions about how to manage the CPU. Oftentimes sites that have already optimized their site for MLC savings are still able to find significant savings through processor cache optimization.

IntelliMagic’s recent survey shows that 88% of sites have not yet optimized their processor cache utilization even though this optimization has in some cases led to a MIPS reduction of up to 30%.

Optimizing processor cache efficiency can dramatically reduce CPU consumption, particularly on z13 & z14 processors. See one user’s dramatic results optimizing processor cache below.

 

zOS MLC mips vs transactions 1

 

zOS MLC mips vs transactions

 

Through our no-obligation MLC reduction assessment, IntelliMagic experts will consult with you about your unique environment and determine if potential MLC savings are possible. Many sites of all sizes have found significant MLC reduction opportunities through this assessment.

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No-obligation MLC Reduction Assessment

Software costs consistently dominate the budget for mainframe installations of which processor cache efficiency can have a significant role in reducing. However, according to our recent survey, 88% of sites have not optimized their processor cache utilization. Get in touch with one of our experts to determine if your site has potential MLC savings.

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Areas Supported in IntelliMagic Vision for z/OS Systems

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Configure Coupling Facilities for optimal availability and proactively identify hidden health and performance risks

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zEDC Cards

Ensure sufficient capacity and consistent performance for IBM zEDC availability.

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Workload Manager (WLM)

Automated health check for workload manager (WLM) goals, improving performance and protect availability.

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RMF 72 Transactions

Save CPU & Manpower with Reporting on Key Transaction Level Metrics

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FICON Channels and Adapters

Compute and chart FICON Effective Channel Data Rate and rates if the value is good or not

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See Buffer Pool imbalances and proactively identify upcoming risks to your Db2 health and performance

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