Recently I interviewed Joe Clabby of Clabby Analytics regarding the role of the mainframe for cloud computing. We invite your comments -
Q - Joe, cloud computing has been characterized in many ways, but is basically a new service consumption and delivery model inspired by consumer Internet services. Key components include on-demand self service, ubiquitous network access, location independent resource pooling and rapid elasticity. In recent weeks you have been advocating the mainframe for management of the cloud. Why?
A - Simple ─ a mainframe is a cloud-in-a-box. Consider this: mainframe users want resources on-demand. Mainframes are designed to be able to provide services on-demand ─ based upon pre-established prioritization. If you want additional resources on a mainframe, you can ask IT to provide them and voila ─ if you have priority, you get them. Over time, I expect IBM to front-end mainframes with software that will give users more control when requesting resources ─ but the fact remains that mainframes can be easily provisioned to meet user requests for resources today. Ubiquitous network access is another of your criteria. Mainframes can be connected using TCP/IP to the Internet. The Internet is ubiquitous. Hence, you get that with a mainframe. Location independent resource pooling (in other words, the resources show up in a pool ─ and no one cares where those resources are ─ all they care about is getting access to those resources. Mainframes offer the market’s most advanced resource management, virtualization, and provisioning. Hence, they meet this location independent resource pooling descriptor. Finally, elasticity (expandability, flexibility, etc.). Name a more scalable, elastic, flexible environment when it comes to making resources available. Weigh mobile partitioning, advanced virtualization management, and virtualized resource management as you seek to find a superior architecture. You can’t find any general workload processor more flexible and easier to manage (considering how many resources that it controls) than a mainframe.
Q- In your experience, have customers who have adopted service management from system z realized measurable ROI? Can you share any examples?
A -Most customers that I talk to don’t sit around and say “this is how much it cost me to run back-up/restore and other functions that I manage using service management software. What they say is “hey, look over there. Those are my five mainframe managers who manage the equivalent of hundreds of x86 servers. The math is pretty obvious ─ you need a dozen or a couple of dozen managers and administrators to manage x86 environments ─ and far, far fewer managers/adminis-trators to manage a mainframe. (And remember ─ in some geographies, the salaries, benefits, and sick leave for x86 managers can cost a company $100,000 per year. Take ten or twenty IT managers out of the equation and pretty soon you’re talking about real money…) In Brazil, when I asked a mainframe user who manages his mainframe ─ he said “me and that other guy over there”. He was managing his company’s SAP environment with 2 people. That’s mission critical computing ─ the company’s livelihood ─ with two people. In Arkansas, another mainframe manager said “I’ve replaced dozens of x86 servers ─ and will replace dozens more ─ with our mainframe. Here are the five offices of the people I use to manage this environment. People don’t believe me when I tell them this ─ but its true!” Incidentally, mainframe managers have been using dashboards with monitor, visualization, and control facilities for years. They don’t even think of it as service management software. But it is.
Q - Not every customer has a mainframe. At what point(s) should a business consider adopting the platform for service management?
A -Not every customer has a mainframe ─ and not every customer needs a mainframe. It you’ve got a ton of applications and you want to run on the most efficient general workload processor ─ you should be considering using z/OS, zVM, and/or Linux on a mainframe. If you don’t have enough work for a mainframe ─ but want to run high-RAS (reliability, availability, security) applications in a mission critical environment ─ use IBM POWER systems (my opinion: SPARC and Itanium are dead-end architectures). If you want to run Windows on Linux on x86 Xeon processors ─ you’re going to deal with a bunch of distinct servers that will need to be administrated and managed. And you’re gonna need a ton of people to manage those discrete servers. To reduce the need to have to use as many administrators and managers (and to save associated salaries/benefits), as well as to reduce costs related to human error that cause downtime and potential loss of business, you need to adopt service management software. Bottom line: use a mainframe if you have a lot of work to do ─ and you don’t want to spend a ton of money managing that environment. Buy a Unix server if you don’t have enough work to do to keep a mainframe busy. Buy an x86 server if you need Windows ─ or if you want to run Linux on x86 platforms. In each case though, use service management software to reduce you management costs.
IBM is a client of Clabby Analytics and has provided compensation to Clabby Analytics for participation in this interview.
Exploiting new callable network management interfaces
Data collection and display to improve diagnostics, visualization, and CPU usage
New zEnterprise® support to monitor both data and management LANs
Improved CPU control and resource usage with ability to turn data
collection on and off• Enhanced usability from greater synergy with IBM
Tivoli® NetView® for z/OS® and IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for DB2®
Speaker: Kirk Bean, Tivoli System Automation Product Manager, IBM Software Group
Broadcast Date: November 15, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time / 4:00 p.m. GMT / UTC
Is network performance and availability important to your business?
Can you quickly find and fix network problems before they become
IBM® has redesigned OMEGAMON® XE for Mainframe Networks based on
customer requirements to provide significant new network visibility. The
redesigned OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks V5.1 helps subject matter
experts resolve network issues across the enterprise using fewer
screens and keystrokes.
In this complimentary teleconference, we’ll share what’s new in
OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks V5.1, within the overall OMEGAMON
V5.1 family — beyond improvements in user interface, and installation
and configuration. You’ll learn how to monitor and maintain your entire
mainframe environment to more quickly find and fix problems before they
Join us after the teleconference for a live question-and-answer
session. The teleconference will also be available for replay after the
Many enterprises run their mission critical application workloads on their
mainframe systems. They would like to centralize their application security
controls, security policy enforcement, data protection, auditing reporting and
compliance management for a consolidated view of security.They are looking for smarter security
intelligence that will help them leverage the mainframe as their enterprise
IBM Security zSecure suite V1.13 consists of multiple individual components
designed to help you administer your mainframe security server, monitor for
threats, enforce policy compliance, audit usage and configurations, and assist
in compliance management and audit reporting.
·IBM Security zSecure Admin, Visual, and CICS
Toolkit provide administrative, provisioning, and management components that
can significantly reduce administration time, effort, and costs, and help
improve productivity and response time, as well as help reduce training time
for new administrators.
·IBM Security zSecure Audit, Alert, and Command
Verifier provide security policy enforcement, audit, monitoring and compliance
management components. These offerings help ease the burden of compliance
audits, can improve security and incident handling, and can increase overall
New Security zSecure suite V1.13 capabilities offer enhancements for DB2,
CICS, and IMS application security auditing that:
Automates security analysis
of CICS and IMS transactions and programs
determination of which System Authorization Facility (SAF) classes are
being used by each active IBM DB2, IBM CICS, or IBM IMS subsystem
Enhances Access Monitor and
allows you to improve data consolidation
Allows annotating userid
displays with data from external human resource files such as department
and employee number
enhancements to support international language support and auditing
Allows addition of your own
sensitivity classification, audit concern, and priority to data set names
and general resources
Supports currency with z/OS
V1R13, ACF2 R14 and R15, CICS V4R2, and Top Secret R12, R14, and R15
Extends integration with
Communications Server and provides various interface improvements
did April go?Seems everyone crawled out
from the blanket of winter and stepped into a very hectic schedule.I know I did.Among the events were two key user conferences which are summarized
below. In case we did not see you this
year, we hope you will plan to attend next April.
- Automated Operations Technical Council
2010 Automated Operations Technical Council (AOTC'10) occurred in PhiladelphiaApril 12-17, 2010
and was a great success.AOTC is the
annual event for people who are interested in maximizing their investment in
automation, high availability, and business continuity.It's focus is on technical presentations
delivered by both IBM
technical specialists and automation customers that provide practical how-to
knowledge that customers can take back to the office and use.Customers from around the world shared their
experience using automation to enhance their business, along with best
practices and questions about automation.Experts from the product development lab in Germany
and the US,
the Software Migration Project Office, and other technical organizations shared
product details, demonstrations, and automation tools and techniques.The agenda included detailed information
about upcoming product vision, briefings about operating system and hardware
directions, numerous customer experience presentations, and the very popular
live version of the online user forum, which allowed participants the
opportunity to ask questions of developers and fellow automation specialists in
an open and lively format.Attendee
feedback included: "It’s the most beneficial event in the automated
operations field to get first hand information and best practices in automated
conference with good speakers, interesting subjects, and good people to discuss
with. I found many topics to take back and reassess how we have used System
Automation."For more information
about this year's event, see www.ibm.com/training/conf/us/aotc. Planning is
already underway for AOTC in 2011 and we hope that you will plan to join then.
2010 -- the 22nd Annual Tivoli Workload Scheduler (TWS) User Education Seminar
-- was held in Carefree, Arizona
on April 18-21, 2010.
This year ASAP was all about making the quantum leap to Tivoli Workload
Scheduler (TWS) 8.5.The four-day
conference kicked off with a keynote presentation by Kendall Lock, Director of
Rome Lab, who engaged the conference audience with examples and challenges
about how workload automation can be applied to cutting edge business projects
and act as the key driver for business processes.The conference continued with nearly 70
technical sessions about workload automation and related topics that were
presented by technical specialists from the IBM
Rome lab, customers, and business partners.Some of the attendees had this to say about the ASAP conference:
"[Just one] conversation probably save me 20 hours of work.That class alone made the conference worth
[participating in ASAP]", "The presentations were certainly relevant,
covering several things from the basics of best practices to new features and
useful hints such as the agentless 'agents'.", and "I came away with
three aha's that I could apply immediately to my TWS packages."Mark your calendar now and plan to join us at
the next ASAP on April
10-13, 2011 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.Watch the www.twsusers.org web site for more
Register for Next Week's Webcast: Improved IMS Monitoring with New OMEGAMON V5.1
Improved IMS Monitoring with New OMEGAMON V5.1 Date and time: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. CDT Speaker: Mike Goodman, OMEGAMON® for IMS Product Manager, IBM Software Group. Check out his blog: Mike E ends with z.
Join SHARE and IBM for this complimentary webcast and get the details about what's new with the redesigned and improved Tivoli® OMEGAMON for IMS V5.1, including easier region navigation, reduced MIPS usage and the capability to issue IMS commands from OMEGAMON. We'll discuss how it reduces potential delays or outages by reporting coupling facility structure statistics and other critical IMS attributes. As a key component of the overall OMEGAMON family of products, you'll learn what IBM has done in this new release to make it quicker and easier to manage your IMS environment - and your overall mainframe environment.
Dec 13 Telecon - Unattended Cloud application execution with SmartCloud workload automation
Register now: http://ibm.co/SsNzHG
Highlights Topics Consolidating various product roles, as the backbone for enterprise scheduling Implementing dynamic scheduling capabilities that can virtually integrate into a larger high-availability infrastructure Using a per-job-priced metric, based on the number of jobs actually managed, enabling you to pay per-job for workloads that are being managed
Speaker: Xavier Giannakopoulos, Workload Automation Product Manager, IBM Software Group Broadcast Date: December 13, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, 4:00 p.m. GMT / UTC Developed for: IT and enterprise architects and managers; operations managers and system administrators; CTOs; and project managers and researchers Technical Level: Intermediate
Cloud environments bring with them a new set of challenges with lots of additional workload and resource management. Much of the savings gained from cloud deployments comes from reduced resource usage. But this requires well-managed, automated provisioning of applications and workloads and the capability to quickly de-provision, as well, to free up resources when there is no longer a need for the workload or application. If you’re moving to implement cloud support for new workloads and applications, these are important considerations. Workload automation can help.
IBM SmartCloud workload automation capabilities are designed to provide a consistent look and feel that enables unattended workload or application operations, with the provisioning and de-provisioning of cloud resources and infrastructures. Join us for this complimentary webcast as we look at how to gain additional value with improved availability and productivity by automating much of the workload associated with managing applications in a cloud. You can save time and money with SmartCloud workload automation, while simplifying cloud operations.
Join us after the teleconference for a live question-and-answer session. The teleconference will also be available for replay after the event
Analyzing Data Facility Systems Managed Storage and Data Facility Hierarchical Storage Manager (DFHSM)
Quickly creating commands or scheduling actions that maintain and administer DASD storage
Improving problem resolution with Dynamic Workspace Linking to OMEGAMON XE
Enhanced problem determination capabilities with new problem-solving workspaces in the Tivoli Enterprise Portal (TEP)
Speaker: Kevin Hosozawa, Product Manager, OMEGAMON for Storage, IBM Software Group
Broadcast Date: September 13, 2012, 11 a.m., EDT / 4:00 p.m. BST / 3:00 p.m. UTC
IBM® System z® storage is increasing fast due to the large amounts of
data that businesses are collecting, which in turn is increasing the
amount of budget spent on storage. That storage is also becoming more
critical for the business. Are your storage costs growing too fast? Can
you quickly find and fix storage problems before they become outages?
This webcast will show how redesigned capabilities in the Tivoli®
premier monitoring and problem management family of products can address
both those questions.
IBM has redesigned OMEGAMON® for Storage based on customer
requirements to provide significant new visibility into System z
storage. The redesigned OMEGAMON XE for Storage V5.1 allows subject
matter experts to resolve storage issues using fewer screens and
keystrokes. OMEGAMON along with IBM’s Storage Management Suite can
provide end-to-end visibility, control and automation for good storage
Join us for this complimentary teleconference and get the details
about what’s new in OMEGAMON for Storage V5.1, including additional
hardware support, automation and analytics. We’ll also discuss how you
can more easily monitor and maintain your entire mainframe and storage
environment to quickly resolve problems. You’ll learn why OMEGAMON for
Storage should be a key component of your overall IBM Storage portfolio.
Join us after the teleconference for a live question-and-answer
session. The teleconference will also be available for replay after the
Increase enterprise productivity with enhanced System Automation for z/OS
Register now: http://ibm.co/MnlUGC
Highlights Topics include: · Improve time-to-value by 80% with new autodiscovery capability · System IPLs can be divided into stages, simplifying “partial” IPLs for maintenance or disaster recovery · Improved automation flexibility with access to Joblogs and spooled output from jobs · Faster problem notification and resolutions, automated alert notification and escalation
Speaker: Uwe Gramm, Tivoli System Automation Product Manager, IBM Software Group Broadcast Date: July 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 4:00 p.m. BST / 3:00 p.m. UTC Developed for: IT and enterprise architects, IT Managers; systems analysts; systems administrators; operations managers Technical Level: Intermediate
Business requirements are stretching many IT shops to the limit with demands for quickly adding and managing new applications and services — even with fewer staff to monitor and manage the overall System z® environment. If you need to save hardware, software and staffing resources, start by making better use of System z.
Join us for this complimentary teleconference and learn how Tivoli® System Automation for z/OS® can help you reduce overall costs and improve system availability. Recent enhancements have expanded the use of policy-based automation, and eliminated the need for manual set-up steps during policy customization by auto-discovering the parameters that are needed to set policies. It can also detect problems quickly, give you valuable topology views and support for zEnterprise®, including the zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension. You’ll learn how the enhancements to System Automation for z/OS can help you increase enterprise availability and productivity, while reducing costs..
Join us after the teleconference for a live question-and-answer session. The teleconference will also be available for replay after the event.
Oct 11 Telecon - Gain quick System z ROI with Product Discovery and usage tracking with Tivoli Asset Management
Highlights Topics include: * Automatically creating and updating a complete system inventory via high-speed scanning and in-house application tagging * Identifying where applications and tools are installed and used by factors such as region, machine, LPAR, storage volumes and related datasets * Generating interactive reports that use hyperlinks for drilling down into specific details
Speaker: Alfonso Parra, Product Manager, Tivoli IT Asset Management Portfolio, IBM Software Group Broadcast Date: October 11, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. EDT / 4:00 p.m. BST / 3:00 p.m. UTC.
Join us for this complimentary teleconference as we discuss how Tivoli Asset Discovery can manage the full-life cycle of hardware and software assets on z/OS and provide real ROI quickly and on an on¬going basis. It helps organizations track software location and usage in a granular manner. For example, you can monitor software usage by job name, department and individuals, and also measure usage growth month by month. You’ll come away with a clearer view of the actual cost of products and applications shared by users and business processes across your enterprise — without adding a lot of overhead.
Had a great week at the SHARE Conference in Orlando. SHARE is all about mainframe hardware and software. We had a number of excellent Tivoli z/OS sessions. There were 4 NetView sessions: An introductory session on Monday by Larry Green on the new NetView V6.1. Couple of technical sessions and Thursday had a session with Dale Carter from Bank of America and Tom Howe from NetView Development on BofA usage of the new Canzlog capability in V6.1. Very well attended session for early Thursday morning. A number of attendees thought Canzlog would change how they dealt with their current logs going forward. It is a very well received new function in NetView V6.1. Tivoli presented on Monday at a full house Lunch and Learn on Problem Determination and Analysis. There was also an excellent session by Flora Tremantaon on the updated Tivoli Workload Scheduler 8.6 release that just came out. Focused on Workload Automation and Batch Modernization.
The SHARE Technical Exchange was open Monday and Tuesday nights and during Lunch on Wednesday. Tivoli was well represented with 6 peds of the 15 in the IBM area. There was also a working zEnterprise that a number of peds were directly connected to. The NetView, Application Management, Storage and Security peds were very busy the whole time. Lots of great conversations with many customers about the value of Tivoli software. SHARE is a great place to find out what is new for z/OS hardware and software. SHARE attendees understand the continuing importance and value of mainframe environments. The next SHARE is in Atlanta in March. Presentations are available on the SHARE website: http://share.confex.com/share/117/webprogram/start.html
IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks V5.1 and OMEGAMON for z/OS Management Suite V5.1 helps to optimize business application
performance and end-user productivity.
IBM has now completed announcing all the OMEGAMON V5.1 family of products. With the announcement of Mainframe Networks and Management Suite, all the OMEGAMON products incorporate the new V5.1 capabilities. New capabilities of IBM® Tivoli® OMEGAMON® XE for Mainframe Networks V5.1, and Tivoli OMEGAMON for z/OS® Management Suite V5.1 are designed to: • Improve the efficiency of problem resolution by requiring fewer steps to isolate root cause of performance problems in real time, and therefore, enabling higher availability. • Improve visibility, control, and automation with a new more comprehensive enhanced 3270-based UI capable of viewing the entire enterprise-wide environment from a single 3270 screen. • Reduce the time required for installation, configuration, and maintenance by leveraging enhanced Tivoli Monitoring functions and a new PARMGEN configuration tool. • Include an enterprise end-to-end view of performance monitoring and availability on a common technology for both z/OS and open systems.
Customers can now monitor and management z/OS, IMS, CICS, DB2, Networks and Storage from a single OMEGAMON enhanced 3270 screen.
Surely you have heard the buzz around Pulse. We are now 10 days from the opening bell and hopefully you all will be there to meet in person, share best practices, and learn something. Just a few of the “special for this event” highlights:
Meet the Experts! Talk one-on-one with Product Experts Architects Developers Services Support Product Management Session Speakers Two Experts on hand at all times Walk up during open hours Schedule a Meeting Submit a question to a Kiosk Schedule Sunday, 2/21/10 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Monday, 2/22/10 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm Tuesday, 2/23/10 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Expos will include a live z10 with demos dedicated to System z software. New, improved and integrated software will be demonstrated to see and discuss. Our business partners will be actively sharing successes and capabilities.
There are 22 sessions within the Pulse curriculum with system z content, many presented by businesses like yours. There will also be 2 z Expo theatre session, and 2 Birds of a Feather sessions. AND, a system z reception on Monday evening.
Speaker: Kirk Bean, Tivoli System z® Product Manager, IBM Software Group Broadcast Date: January 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, 4:00 p.m. GMT / UTC Developed for: IT and enterprise architects; IT managers; system analysts; system administrators; operations managers Technical Level: Intermediate
every large business expects 24/7 system network availability. But “up
and running” is meaningless if you’re not meeting your service level
agreements or expected quality of service. On top of these requirements
is the never-ending demand for improved productivity across the
enterprise. Are you working on increasing system availability while
decreasing costs? Is IT operations focused on reducing risks and
increasing business flexibility?
Join us for this complimentary
teleconference and learn how you can better monitor, manage and automate
your z/OS® environment to maximize overall system availability — and
deliver on these requirements. By using Tivoli® System Automation,
NetView® and OMEGAMON® together to improve overall visibility, control
and automation you can increase availability, improve utilization of
your networks, and support new business opportunities faster. And when
you give operators and administrators domain-specific views of the
health of network and system resources, you can solve problems faster
and use resources more effectively.
Join us after the
teleconference for a live question-and-answer session. The
teleconference will also be available for replay after the event.