Reduce Peak 4HRA and Software MLC Costs

ThruPut Manager manages workload demand to reduce capacity utilization, based on the 4HRA, when sub-capacity pricing is used with or without capping. More »

Automate z/OS Batch

ThruPut Manager balances workload arrival, importance, and resource availability. More »

Make the most of scarce resources

Because money doesn’t grow on trees, let us lower your MSU consumption and MLC costs. More »

Make Way for Mobile

As mobile applications take up more CPU at unpredictable times, let ThruPut Manager take low importance batch out of the equation and make room for your high priority workload. More »

Country Multiplex Pricing is here

Use ThruPut Manager automation to lower your MSU baseline today and find software license savings, with or without capping, when you move to CMP. More »

Automate production control

Manage z/OS execution according to your CA 7 schedule and due-out times, ensuring automated on-time completion with minimal intervention that frees you for other valuable tasks. More »

Our Customers

ThruPut Manager installations range from individual corporate datacenters to global outsourcing providers in the major industry sectors, including banking, insurance, and government. More »


Tag Archives: 4-hour rolling average

IT climate change – adapting to business “weather”

climate change

We’re all being asked to warm up to IT climate change. With narrowing profit margins, companies put pressure on every department to reduce costs. IT, too long seen only as a ‘cost center,’ is particularly vulnerable. While hardware costs may be seen as more manageable, software and people costs look like better targets. In this ‘storm’ of cost-cutting, you want an umbrella or a shelter to protect you from the risk of a lightning strike that will eliminate your job.

Fine tuning ACM with LPAR Sets: A brand new feature – Part II

In our last post, we reviewed the Automated Capacity Management (ACM) feature of ThruPut Manager and its ability to control the rolling 4-hour average (R4HA) by constraining or deferring specified workloads as the R4HA approaches the soft cap limit. But you may prefer more granular control in order to more fully leverage the opportunity for MLC savings, or you may not prefer to put caps in place at all, but still wish to reduce demand and enjoy the resulting cost savings.

CPU Busy: Are you looking at the right metrics?

CPU Busy metrics

Since the days when processor time was costly (and you input a job on punch cards), the CPU Busy metric has had intense focus. There are so many ways to look at the metric, all having vastly different meanings. Virtualization made it even more complicated. But for many in our field, this is still a very critical number. But is it the most important number?

Switching to Country Multiplex Pricing? Minimize your baseline now

country multiplex pricing

When moving batch workloads around to lower your R4HA, duplicate product peaks are a common challenge—and can cause their fair share of headaches. To remedy this issue, IBM recently announced a new pricing model, Country Multiplex Pricing (CMP). The new model is designed to give you greater flexibility to move and run workloads across your data centers in a single country with less financial impact than you’d experience by staying with your present VWLC model.

Forget what you know about capacity controls

capacity controls

Were you burned over the years by recommended capacity controls, such as hard capping or memory fencing? If you’re a long-time mainframe capacity planner, you quite possibly experienced the cost of implementing such ‘recommendations’—getting paged as key workloads were throttled and performance suffered. As IBM gets practical feedback from the field, it continues to offer better and better iterations of the tuning concept. Once an idea has been well field-tested and enhanced, it’s a good idea to take another look at it. Such is the case with soft-capping.

Capacity planning: Are you proactive or reactive?

proactive capacity planning

When it was first introduced, IBM’s sub-capacity pricing was a boon for capacity planners from a financial standpoint—allowing them to be more proactive in their planning. In the pre-sub-capacity era, all upgrades had to be carefully managed because of the huge potential impact on software pricing. Now, you can right-size your hardware and worry less about software costs—until you hit a soft cap, that is.

Reduce MLC costs with or without capping

reduce mlc costs

When it comes to lowering your company’s Rolling 4-Hour Average (R4HA), is capping always your best option? As we’ve mentioned elsewhere, while sub-capacity pricing can immediately reduce software costs, most installations need a way to guarantee a limit to the monthly charges to experience substantial savings. IBM offers a number of ways to do this, but virtually all of them involve the notion of “capping”. Capping is incredibly beneficial in certain scenarios; but, it isn’t necessarily the best choice for every installation.