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Even without Automated Capacity Management (ACM), ThruPut Manager’s automation engine – Service Level Manager – can really speed up your batch workload and, in most cases, reduce your batch window. But it can also save you CPU cycles; and, anything you can do to put off an upgrade or reduce your MSU numbers means you’ve saved your company money.
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.
Normal is one of those interesting words, one that shifts in meaning as we have an opportunity to improve our situation. For example, automation has made it normal to expect temperature control to adapt to our needs with no input. From a time when we controlled indoor climate by burning wood and opening windows, we moved to static thermostats and then to ones that could be preset by day and time for optimal comfort and cost control. Get yourself to the new normal for batch automation.
Many datacenters are enjoying the software savings provided by ThruPut Manager’s Automated Capacity Management (ACM) component, a safe and selective method to reduce MSU consumption and resulting MLC costs. Now, ACM introduces a significant enhancement – LPAR Sets.Monthly License Charges are implemented on a CPC basis, but each LPAR may contribute to the total in different ways with different software stacks, varying business requirements, or various MSU costs for each LPAR. We are now introducing LPAR Sets to give you more granular control over your batch workload.
Just as IBM helped customers with CPU costs by offering zIIP engines, it’s again stepping up to the plate to make the cost of mobile applications more affordable. The company’s new program, highlighted in a previous post, is designed for z/OS customers running such programs as CICS, IMS and DB2 with IBM’s new Mobile Workload Pricing program (MWP). The new program allows those implementing sub-capacity AWLC, AEWLC or zNALC to run a new tool, the Mobile Workload Reporting Tool (MWRT), which acts like SCRT but for mobile workloads.
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.
A guest post by Denise P. Kalm – Super heroes abound in cinema and on TV. Batman, Superman, Iron Man and even Ant Man return on an annual basis recycling plots and themes and yet, people stream to the theater to see them again and again. Why? I think it’s because we all secretly want to be heroes in our own lives. Seeing others achieve what few can is inspiring; it makes you believe it’s possible, at least while you’re caught up in the story.
Then we go back to work. Where once, companies bought hardware on your say-so, now the pressure is on to save money and reduce costs while delivering even better performance with increasing workloads. By now, you’ve found all the easy wins–the quick-hit savings opportunities. Where else can you look? Those who can meet management’s directive to accomplish these tough goals will be IT super heroes, and you’d like to be the one who pulls it off.