IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011 - (Page 20)

Focus on Storage Benefits of System Storage technology Preventive Medicine IBM Health Checker adds features to maintain best practices By Tami Deedrick atching anomalies before they become big problems is vital to maintaining a healthy system. IBM Health Checker for z/OS*, a foundation that simplifies and automates identifying configuration issues, is designed to do just that. By continuously comparing active values and settings to those suggested by IBM or defined by you, Health Checker alerts you of deviations from best practices before they impact your availability or cause outages. The resulting detailed messages also suggest actions to address exceptions. Health Checker consists of the framework that manages functions and the health checks that evaluate specific settings and definitions. The architecture of the framework supports the nearly 200 checks written by IBM, along with scores more by ISVs and many specialized ones by customers themselves. C Health Checker and Health Checks “There’s a distinction between Health Checker and health checks,” says Ulrich (Ulli) Thiemann, advisory software engineer, IBM. “Health Checker itself provides the framework for health checks that look for particular sysplex settings, configuration settings or best practices on a system and report back through this framework. The framework schedules these checks on an automatic basis based on default check attributes, which can also be defined by users. Health Checker grew out of critical situations or outages where people noticed sometimes it’s just a little setting here or there that was 20 N OV E M B E R / D ECE M B E R 2 011 ILLUSTRATION BY COCO MASUDA

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011
On the Web
Editor’s Desk: Cool Again
Insider: With the Right Strategy and Tools, Businesses Can Capitalize on Big Data
IT Today: New IMS 12 Offers Flexibility and Support for Business Growth
Focus on Storage: IBM Health Checker Adds Features to Maintain Best Practices
Trends: Emerging Enterprises Know System z Can Help Them Compete Globally
Cover Story:The Mainframe is Entering New Markets and Encouraging New Uses
Feature: System z Delivers a Solid Platform for Mission-Critical Business Applications
Feature: Speed and Scalability Give the z196 the Extra Kick to Excel at Any Workload
Developer: While Critical to Success, Project Scoping Is Often Overlooked
Tech Corner: Systems Director SDK Leverages Language-Independent REST
Resources: Advertisers’ Index
Stop Run: Miguel Gallego’s Love of Building Things Led Him to a Career as an IMS Enterprise Architect
Reference Point

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2011