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Deriving Insights from SMF 115 MQ Statistics Data

SMF 115 MQ Statistics records report metrics at the MQ queue manager level. These records are lightweight and have negligible CPU cost, so sites typically generate MQ Statistics records on an ongoing basis.

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Understanding Physical Sequential Datasets

Oftentimes it is sufficient to analyze I/O performance without needing to understand the datasets. The SMF 42 subtype 42 records are useful to obtain a deeper understanding of the datasets and the applications that are using the storage.

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Sub-Capacity Reporting Tool (SCRT) Filtering Capabilities & Benefits

The goal of analyzing Sub-Capacity Reporting Tool (SCRT) usage is to ultimately manage and reduce your MSU usage, and thus MLC costs.

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Getting to Know Your WebSphere for z/OS Workload

There are many areas of WebSphere that can leave even a seasoned z/OS performance specialist scratching their head. The SMF 120-9 records give us a great way to measure and understand our WebSphere workloads like never before.

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IntelliMagic zAcademy: An Online Educational Series for z/OS Professionals

Conferences are canceled, so we're bringing the conference to you! IntelliMagic zAcademy brings the education of your favorite z/OS conference to your new home office. Every week, a new online educational session.

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Avoid Inefficiencies with Store Into Instruction Stream (SIIS) Assessments

Programs that store data into the instruction stream introduce major inefficiencies into CPU performance. Updating SIIS programs can result in significant reduction of CPU utilization.

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Reduce Latency and Lower Demand as You Create the Capacity Plan

Mainframe capacity planning is an important budgetary input. If you ensure your performance is in order or have mentioned some efficiency recommendations, you will help keep your organization lean and productive.

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Mainframe Security’s Latest Tool for Ensuring Encryption Standards are Met

zERT data can enable the mainframe security team to both evaluate ongoing adherence to security policies and programmatically provide data for required reporting to auditors and compliance officers.

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zIIPing Along

Despite the benefits - zIIP processors are typically less expensive to purchase and also run at full speed on sub-capacity CPU models - zIIP processor usage may not always be what one hopes for.

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