IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - SE3
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TOP PRIORITIES FOR 2018:
and Big Data Analytics
Our annual survey of IT professionals indicates
that the z/OS mainframe remains an important
focus in organizations, with it acting as the main
hub for business-critical applications by providing
high-volume transaction and database processing.
In fact, in the past year, organizations increased
spending for mainframe capacity, new mainframe
applications and mainframe data analytics. IT
infrastructure optimization, cost reduction and
spending control remains forefront with many
organizations looking at consolidation of duplicative
systems and functions to reduce the IT footprint.
Leverage of zIIP for Mainframe
Many organizations are looking to leverage IBM z
Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) engines
to offload General Processor cycles to maximize
resources and delay or prevent hardware upgrades.
They are also looking at mainframe optimization
to fund other strategic projects such as enhanced
mainframe data analytics to support better business
The Syncsort ZPSaver Suite is a set of enhanced
technologies for Syncsort's MFX mainframe sort to
offload Copy, SMS Compression and Sort processing
to zIIPs, effectively reducing the workload on the
main CPU. ZPSaver delivers faster processing,
reduces general CPU usage, frees up cycles for other
workloads and helps to delay capacity upgrades.
sources from other platforms to support better
business analytics and decisions. The primary focus for
analytics centers on meeting security and compliance
regulations, achieving IT operational efficiency, and
ensuring service level agreements are met.
Syncsort Ironstream® collects log data from SMF,
RMF, Syslog and other z/OS sources and forwards
that data in real time to the analytics platforms
where it can be correlated and analyzed with
information from other systems. Ironstream provides
total visibility into z/OS systems and applications
without the need for z/OS monitoring systems or
for specialized mainframe expertise.
Capacity Planning for Better IT
Many organizations have duplicate systems and
functions which are not well-managed or optimized
to capacity, causing unneeded upgrades or underutilized systems. The ability to collect data across
mainframe and other platforms to optimize capacity
planning and management is increasing
Syncsort's athene® ES/1 Advisor provides daily
system analysis of IBM Z Systems environments by
collecting all necessary metrics for each system.
Athene ES/1 Advisor comprehensive analysis helps to
eliminate collection by multiple third-party products.
Big Iron Data Analytics to Support
Better Business Decisions
Organizations are looking to exploit the abundance
of information collected on z/OS using analytics
tools to provide enhanced visibility beyond what
can be gained from the traditional on-platform tools.
Integration of mainframe data provides enhanced
visualization and enables correlation with data
To learn more about Syncsort's mainframe
optimization, big iron data analytics and capacity
planning solutions visit: www.syncsort.com
or contact your local Syncsort representative.