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PARTNER PoV

of knowledge about the physical
resources running the workloads.
The lack of correlating logical
workloads to physical resource
characteristics is one of the biggest
reasons IT leaders operate without
good intelligence about hidden
infrastructure threats. Once the
root causes of a problem are
understood, they can be quantified
and continually monitored using
key risk indicators to identify
and resolve problems before
production work is impacted.
This approach reduces the
false positives so common with
status quo alerting mechanisms.
More importantly, it also avoids
false negatives, which occur
when no alert is given for serious
issues in the infrastructure that
have not yet manifested in high
response times-that is, the
latent issues that are not yet
visible as symptoms.
The IBM z/OS* platform
produces the world's richest
set of enterprise computing
performance and configuration
data in the form of SMF and
RMF*. But this data remains
vastly underutilized for the
purpose of identifying risk within
the mainframe infrastructure.
Newer approaches create
useful operational intelligence
by automatically identifying
anomalies and correlations in the
data patterns.
These approaches, however,
are still focused on the symptoms
of problems already occurring,
and consequently, they only
help staff reduce the mean time
to recovery (MTTR) of problems.
The ideal objective is to see and
resolve the problem while the
MTTR is still negative, before the
service levels for a production
application are ever disrupted.
Mainframe performance
monitors and custom reporting
mechanisms that have been in
use for many years can't produce

this kind of result. Only continual
analysis of the logical workloads
within the context of the physical
resources can provide the
answer. Mining the SMF and
RMF data using built-in expert
knowledge about the physical
resources generates "availability
intelligence," which IT staff
can use to plan and execute a
strategic response.

analytics are needed and develop
custom reports from scratch.

Health Assessments

Productivity Increases
When IT staffs gain access to
accurate intelligence about
hidden threats, they can
identify, define and apply
proactive performance solutions
for business applications.
This source of intelligence
adds a new layer of protection
of continuous availability at the
primary production site. This
new protection will prevent
many problems that currently
disrupt revenue-generating
applications. Additionally,
time-constrained IT staffers will
be more focused on creating
smart solutions instead of
fighting the latest fires. Not
only will experienced staff be
more productive, but newer
mainframe IT staff members
brought in to address the
mainframe skills gap will more
easily understand what is most
important for performance
and availability.
Another benefit is that critical
workloads run more safely
with fewer problems, often on
hardware that's less expensive,
so attempts to mitigate the risk
of problems by overbuying
expensive hardware is largely
relegated to the past.
Quantifying the risk every day,
on every device, in every data
center, doesn't require an army
of performance and capacity
experts, nor does it require
lengthy and expensive consulting
engagements to study what new

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D

The IBM
z/OS platform
produces the
world's richest
set of enterprise
computing
performance and
configuration
data in the form
of

SMF
and

RMF

,
but this data
remains vastly
underutilized

The z/OS infrastructure
configuration includes complex
physical components from
processors and cache to
channels, disks and tape/virtual
tape resources with additional
components such as coupling
facility or cross-system coupling
facility in between. Logical
infrastructure components,
such as Workload Manager and
synchronous and asynchronous
replication and, in some cases,
even automated DR swapping
capabilities, are also critical parts
of the IBM z Systems* ecosystem.
Many performance and
configuration metrics are available
in the SMF and RMF data.
Understanding what it means
in terms of risk for availability
disruptions is only possible when
it's interpreted automatically
using built-in expert knowledge
about the specific infrastructure
components in use. The ideal
solution will continually
perform health assessments to
automatically identify issues
of unacceptably high service
disruption risk. It will also rate
the severity of the issue, provide
views into the issue from many
dimensions (physical, logical,
changes from previous periods),
and include recommendations on
likely causes and how to remediate
the risk.
With the right intelligence
about infrastructure availability,
IT and business leaders can have
the critical visibility of threats
required to mitigate hidden
performance and availability
problems in the IT infrastructure.
The result is one of the biggest
possible advances to a top IT
priority: avoiding unplanned
downtime for the mission-critical
business applications.


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Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Flexible and agile environment
IBM Perspective: Elevating open source for the enterprise
Partner PoV: New information about threats in the z/OS system improves performance
The new IBM z13 can consolidate Linux workloads at a lower cost
Focus on Storage: IBM Spectrum Storage Suite offers a new way of licensing storage software
Cover Story: Achieving An Advantage: Linux on z Systems enables the API economy and microservices while enhancing hybrid cloud solutions
Feature: A Better Option: Businesses see an advantage to using Linux on z Systems over scale-out servers
Tech Showcase: CISOs can mitigate mobile security fears and prevent issues in the workplace
Tech Corner: IBM DB2 on z/OS V2.2 features space and storage ehancements
Administrator: IBM Multi-Factor Authentication fo z/OS helps maintain a secure infrastructure
Solutions: Universal Data Manager; OpenLegacy V3.0
Stop Run: 19-year-old mainframe enthusiast installs a z890 in his parents' basement
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2016 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - Editor's Desk: Flexible and agile environment
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - IBM Perspective: Elevating open source for the enterprise
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - Partner PoV: New information about threats in the z/OS system improves performance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 10
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - The new IBM z13 can consolidate Linux workloads at a lower cost
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - Focus on Storage: IBM Spectrum Storage Suite offers a new way of licensing storage software
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - Cover Story: Achieving An Advantage: Linux on z Systems enables the API economy and microservices while enhancing hybrid cloud solutions
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - Feature: A Better Option: Businesses see an advantage to using Linux on z Systems over scale-out servers
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - Tech Showcase: CISOs can mitigate mobile security fears and prevent issues in the workplace
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 30
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - Tech Corner: IBM DB2 on z/OS V2.2 features space and storage ehancements
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - Administrator: IBM Multi-Factor Authentication fo z/OS helps maintain a secure infrastructure
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - Solutions: Universal Data Manager; OpenLegacy V3.0
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - Stop Run: 19-year-old mainframe enthusiast installs a z890 in his parents' basement
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - 2016 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
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