IBM Tivoli Workload
Scheduler for z/OS V8.6
is the premier enterprise workload automation product for System z® and
end-to-end environments. It automates the planning, processing, and analysis
of batch and event-based enterprise production workloads. This helps improve
IT operation efficiency and reduce manual labor by maximizing throughput of
work across the enterprise.
Scheduler for z/OS is
part of an integrated suite of scheduling products that enables systematic
enterprise-wide workload processing for both batch and event-based (real-time)
workloads across applications and platforms.
In an end-to-end solution, the distributed portion of the network can span
over a multilevel topology of fault-tolerant agents (agents capable to continue
scheduling even in the absence of the link to the Tivoli Workload Scheduler for z/OS server).
IBM® Tivoli® Workload
Scheduler for z/OS® V8.6
Enhanced flexibility, dynamic automation, and intrinsic high availability
for clients adopting any type of cross-platform Tivoli Workload Scheduler end-to-end
solutions such as:
Mainframe centric (engine residing on mainframe and agents residing on
Distributed-centric (engine residing on distributed systems and agents
residing on mixed platforms)
Intermediate (separate engines on mainframe and distributed scheduling
Support for batch modernization projects, through new capabilities that
enable transformation, reuse, and integration of existing assets with Java-based
applications and new types of workloads
One of the challenges in reporting on large amounts of data is, well, reporting on large amounts of data! The process of collecting, storing, and subsequently displaying thousands of objects is a daunting task for any performance management tool. Certain types of data lend themselves to this quandary, and WebSphere MQ queues in large Z/OS queue managers is certainly one of those cases.
Large Z/OS queue managers can easily accommodate 1000’s of WMQ objects. I have seen customer environments which are in excess of 10,000 objects in a single queue manager. Obviously, there is a significant cost in retrieving and displaying such a large amount of data.
Understanding the requirement to reduce the TCO of system management tools, Tivoli R&D has recently delivered functionality which significantly decreases the CPU required to process large amounts of data. CPU reductions of up to 85% have been observed when executing user requests returning a result set of 16mb.
This enhancement is available for Z/OS and distributed system based OMEGAMON / ITM / ITCAM agents. The following table outlines PTFs delivering this function.
OMEGAMON V420 and XE MSG V7 Solutions APAR PTF All OMEGAMON V420 require ITM 6.2.2 FP1 IZ57703
OMEGAMON V410 and ITM 6.1 Solutions APAR PTF OM XE on z/OS OA31017 UA51634 OM XE for z/MC OA31025 UA51606 OM XE for CICS TG OA31016 UA51592 OM XE for IMS OA31020 UA52123 OM XE for Storage OA31023 UA51964 OM XE for CICS OA31015 UA51593 OM XE for MFN OA31022 UA52539 OM XE for DB2 PM00695 NetView V53 OA31027 OM XE for Websphere MQ Mon V6 OA31029 OM XE for Websphere MQ Config V6 OA31030 OM XE for Websphere MQ Msg Bkr Mon V6 OA31031
The barriers to running a more efficient data center are common to most enterprises. Slow or failed service delivery due to performance issues, for example, increases risks and costs in the form of lost business, lost customers and less market value. Reducing the complexity of your environment can help you fully utilize assets, and become more responsive to changing business conditions and demands — whether it’s a move to cloud or any move toward greater efficiency — thereby reducing costs. But if you’re looking for true alignment between IT operations and business priorities, it’s going to require that and more.
How can you ensure that the environment where your critical business applications run is always available for business? Can you extend the operational management of highly available environment to include application components that span platforms? Overcoming barriers associated with disparate systems, teams and information sources, can answer these questions in a way that is flexible, dynamic and systematic.
Join us for a one-day, complimentary seminar, Optimizing Your IT Infrastructure, and learn more about platform management synergies.
Seminar topics include: Extending mainframe-like governance and qualities of service to specialized application optimizers and select blade servers Managing Tivoli OMEGAMON® performance metrics for the new z/OS operating system Using IBM Tivoli System Automation Application Manager to define your own automation policy for an application running in a simulated multi-cluster environment. The role of Integrated Service Management on System z in cloud computing
Overall, these sessions will show you how IBM Tivoli’s OMEGAMON XE family of products and integrated solutions can save time, money and outages by understanding the performance of System z software products, automating management of them, and giving you an enterprise view of IT operations.
Developed for: Operations managers, infrastructure architects and system programmers
Agenda Continental breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. 08:40 a.m. - z/OS Version 1 Release 12 and more 09:50 a.m. - Technology update - zEnterprise servers and storage 11:00 a.m. - Consolidation and virtualization update with Linux and z/VM on System z 12:00 p.m. - Lunch 01:00 p.m. - Integrated service management can improve overall visibility into your zEnterprise using OMEGAMON XE for z/OS 02:10 p.m. - Increase availability and productivity in your System z environment with integrated service management automation 03:20 p.m. - Moving to cloud? Integrated service management on System z will be a critical success factor 04:20 p.m. - Close and next steps
Location and Date Seattle, WA August 23, 2011 IBM Facility 1200 Fifth Avenue Seattle WA 9th floor, Room 9020
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.
Managing and meeting SLAs while running batch
workloads on the most effective platform, including cloud
Sharing resources across heterogeneous platforms with
dynamic workload scheduling
Dynamically dispatching workloads based on resource
Broadcast Date: June
14, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 4:00 p.m. BST / 3:00 p.m. UTC
Optimizing workload resources is one of the smartest ways to cut costs in IT,
and it’s closely tied to allowing batch and online workloads to execute
effectively without interference. When you couple this with new demands that
require bringing up workloads quickly across multiple environments — it’s time
to take a look at how cloud computing can help.
Cloud computing provides greater efficiency, agility and flexibility in the
use of IT resources, and it is today’s hot technology! Success stories abound,
but how do you apply it in your shop?
Join us for this complimentary teleconference as we describe how you can
deploy, monitor and manage cloud computing services and use them to run real
application execution. Then, we’ll discuss how to monitor and control the flow
of work through your enterprise’s entire operations — on both local and remote
systems — from a single point of control. You’ll learn how you can easily manage
composite workloads that have complex dependencies using IBM® Tivoli® Workload
Automation. And we’ll show you how IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler for z/OS® uses
business policies to aggregate and centrally manage cross-enterprise,
heterogeneous workloads to support business goals and service levels — and
maximize efficiency your cloud environment.
Join us after the teleconference for a live question-and-answer session. The
teleconference will also be available for replay after the event.
IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6.2.3 delivers support
for the IBM zEnterprise hybrid computing environment,
including proactive monitoring and alerting capabilities, resource
utilization, and expert advice. This support helps to reduce the
cost of operating in this new hybrid computing environment and allows
you to manage the IBM zEnterprise hybrid computing
environment in the same way that you manage the rest of the enterprise.
IBM has fulfilled the statement
of direction included in Software Announcement dated July 12, 2011,
with the introduction of the end-to-end monitoring solution for IBM zEnterprise. The Tivoli zEnterprise monitoring
agent provides visibility into the IBM zEnterprise hybrid infrastructure,
including hardware resources, hypervisors, virtual servers, and workload
resource groups that span heterogeneous platforms as defined by the
zEnterprize Unified Resource Manager.
This new capability provides proactive monitoring of zEnterprise workload resource groups
to help ensure they are meeting the service level objectives that
you have defined for your enterprise.
The zEnterprise monitoring
agent also provides automated discovery of this virtualized environment,
enabling continuous monitoring of dynamically changing infrastructure
resources, without operator intervention. As with all Tivoli Monitoring capabilities, this agent
provides the ability to drill down into resource details and other
monitors to help diagnose performance problems and provide expert
advice to improve mean time to resolution.
Support across the zEnterprise 196 and 114 with zBX
Many customers manage the performance of their MQ environments based on requirements from the application development community. These requirements are often as simple as monitoring the current depth of the queues used by the application. When the current queue depth of a queue exceeds the threshold specified for the application, an alert must be raised. This relatively straight forward process can become an administrative nightmare in an environment where thousands of queues need to be monitored with this level of granularity. In this case, an OMEGAMON XE for Messaging situation would be required to monitor each queue. This design results in a high cost of collection, along with a high cost of ownership, as the administrative burden of implementing this scheme is prohibitive.
A better way to approach the problem is to group queues into queue depth threshold brackets. For example, queues A, B, C; are all evaluated against a current depth threshold of 10 of more. Queues D, E, F are evaluated against the next higher threshold bracket, perhaps current depth greater than 50. Bracket thresholds are determined based on the current depth requirements specified by the application owners. As many brackets as needed can be defined.
The key to the solution lies in the assignment of a queue to a threshold bracket. Customers will seldom have a queue naming standard based on their queue depth monitoring needs. However, OMEGAMON XE for Messaging provides a creative solution to the problem. OMEGAMON is sensitive to the queue definitions description field. The description field, typically a comment, can be modified to indicate which queue depth threshold bracket the queue should be evaluated against. Then, a single OMEGAMON XE situation can be constructed, reflective of multiple (perhaps all) queue depth threshold brackets. This situation would use an 'OR' construct, essentially checking for combination of Current Depth < threshold AND description field == queue bracket threshold limit, across the multiple specified brackets.
Gain quick IT ROI from product discovery and usage tracking with Tivoli Asset Management
Broadcast Date: October 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight, 3:00 p.m. GMT, 4:00 p.m. British Summer Time
IT shops have a hard time coming up with actual product and application
usage figures within IT, making it impossible to accurately charge for
program and application usage. With little insight into usage,
out-of-date products may still be executed — even when upgrades are
readily available. Can you quickly identify software inventory and
application usage in your IT environment? Do you need to increase ROI in
IT and reduce costs, while minimizing compliance risk?
for this complimentary teleconference and learn how Tivoli® Asset
Discovery for z/OS® and distributed systems can provide discovery,
monitoring and reporting to give you an accurate understanding of
product and application usage. We’ll discuss how Tivoli Asset Discovery
can manage the full life-cycle of hardware and software assets across
z/OS and distributed. You get real ROI quickly and on an ongoing basis,
and can track your results via interactive reports. You’ll see how it
automatically creates and updates a complete system inventory via
high-speed scanning and in-house application tagging, giving you
centralized, accurate, up-to-date records of existing software assets.
In this teleconference, you’ll learn how Tivoli Asset Discovery can:
Automatically discover and identify IBM and third-party software running on z/OS and distributed platforms
Monitor software usage and related growth to proactively plan for future capacity needs
Lower costs by removing unused and obsolete software
where applications and tools are installed and used by factors such as
region, machine, LPAR, storage volumes and related datasets
Monitor software usage by job name, department and individuals — and measure usage growth month by month
Speaker: Ed Rossi, Product Manager, Tivoli IT Asset Management Portfolio, IBM Software Group
Have you seen this video? It's fun. It was produced to help celebrate the 10th birthday of Linux on System z. It is System z focused, but later in the clip, you'll notice a very familiar screen. It looks like Tivoli Enterprise Portal.
Link to Video http://www.youtube.com/user/IBMLabGermany#p/u/0/0i7kBnhN3Lg
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Application High Availability in a Heterogeneous Environment.
Broadcast Date: December 15, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, 4:00 p.m. GMT / UTC
Developed for: IT and enterprise architects; IT managers; system analysts; operations managers
Technical Level: Intermediate
solutions today have services and applications that execute on
different hardware and software. This makes it difficult to control and
automate each component to improve availability, reduce overall solution
risk and decrease operations workload. Are you trying to manage both
distributed and mainframe environments as one? Does the requirement for
24/7 availability keep you up at night?
Join us for this
complimentary teleconference to learn how IBM Tivoli® System Automation
can improve your overall enterprise availability and keep critical
applications available across multiple operating systems and hardware
platforms. Tivoli System Automation is a policy-based, self-healing and
high-availability solution. It maximizes efficiency and availability of
critical systems and applications with end-to-end integration across
You’ll learn details about how the solution:
Reduces administrative and operational tasks, customization and programming effort, automation implementation time and costs
and manages application availability across cluster technologies, so
you can better control your enterprise business services
the frequency and duration of service disruptions for critical
applications and middleware running on heterogeneous platforms and
Provides a standard toolset that supports multiple failover scenarios involving both physical and virtual environments
us after the teleconference for a live question-and-answer session. The
teleconference will also be available for replay after the event
Speaker: Dan Plemons, Tivoli System Automation Technical Specialist, IBM Software Group
Using a common set of tools across many storage systems
Tailoring alerts, automating tasks and preplanning corrective actions
Supporting resource management, with risk
mitigation, cost savings and compliance through an enterprise-wide view
of storage infrastructure
Speaker: Kevin Hosozawa, Tivoli System z® Storage Product Manager, IBM Software Group
Broadcast date: April 26, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 4:00 p.m. BST/UTC
Developed for: IT and enterprise architects; IT managers; systems analysts; system programmers; and, operations managers
Managing multi-vendor storage devices is growing more complicated as
data volumes increase. This complexity is also making it more difficult
to minimize outages and manage changes in the overall storage
environment. With staff and skills shortages a given, and tight budgets
leaving you with few options, it’s time to take a look at how new
technology can help. If you’re concerned with managing your growing
mainframe storage, and the cost of your storage management is
increasing, join us for this complimentary teleconference.
We will walk through Tivoli® z/OS® Storage Management products and
capabilities. This teleconference will show where the IBM solution can
help address common z/OS storage problems, and how to use the technology
more efficiently and effectively to manage the environment for cost
savings and reduced risk. You’ll learn about the breadth and depth of
the Tivoli z/OS Storage Management portfolio to monitor, manage, audit
and recover mainframe storage in your data center.
Join us after the teleconference for a live question-and-answer
session. The teleconference will also be available for replay after the
Judith, it is a pleasure to have you as a guest blogger for Integrated Service Management (ISM) on System z. You have written extensively on ISM, including my personal favorite, a short booklet titled “Service Management for Dummies” and the recent white paper “Bringing Automation to the Data Center”. Currently, Hurwitz and Associates is in the forefront of the analyst community that is assessing the potential impact of IBM’s new system zEnterprise.
I’d like to spend a few minutes with you to understand the importance of the revolutionary hybrid technology introduced with zEnterprise and the impact on Integrated Service Management.
But, first, in general, how can ISM help extend the value of mainframes to the rest of the data center?
A - At the core of what organizations now want from their data centers is predictability; predictable costs, predictable staffing levels and predictable performance levels for IT users and customers. Mainframe computing is predictable. It is the most reliable and the most scalable of technologies. And, with today’s specialty engines and virtualization capabilities, the cost is both predictable and manageable. The overall workload for the data center is increasing because new applications are added and new connections are demanded by partners, suppliers and customers. Many of these new requirements render the new technology in place obsolete and unable to keep up with demand.
Smart IT leaders are making it a priority to control the chaos that ensues when a vast array of distributed resources are managed in a disconnected and siloed manner. These executives are looking for a new way to unify the management of complex multi-platform environments to ensure the delivery of services to customers at the right time and for the right price. Implementing a cohesive service management strategy is one of the most effective techniques to begin managing highly distributed resources as though they were a single unit. It is imperative to have a single point of control for all computing resources including the centralized data center, departmental systems, networks, applications, middleware, virtualized environments, and cloud computing environments. Applying an Integrated Service Management vision and methodology to a data center configuration with the mainframe as the centralized hub for management creates an environment with the potential for the highest quality of predictable service.
Q - Will customers adopting zEnterprise be able to leverage service management to extend the value of the mainframe to the rest of their datacenter?
A - The IBM zEnterprise System is a computing platform designed to help enterprises simplify and consolidate large-scale data centers to improve the management of complex and diverse workloads. These workloads may reside in data centers, in virtualized environments, or in private and public clouds.
To have overall end-to-end service management, organizations need a uniform and consistent control mechanism that links all critical processes together across disparate platforms. Without the ability to have this consistent control mechanism, hidden cracks between processes that exist on different systems can and often do lead to business disruption. Even with the expansive capabilities of the zEnterprise, organizations need a higher level of service management designed to incorporate environments that are outside of the scope of the zEnterprise. While the zEnterprise provides tight integration to most efficiently manage workloads for the platform, organizations also require overall management for the heterogeneous systems level. This is where Tivoli’s Integrated Service Management provides key capabilities.
Q - What are the characteristics of management software that will exploit the cost savings and simplification zEnterprise offers?
A- As we pointed out in the paper you referenced, a holistic approach to data center management is imperative for the success of today’s large enterprises. A number of factors clearly demonstrate the need for a more holistic approach to management: Compliance and security requirements from multiple sources The need to improve the efficiency of power consumption and resource utilization The need to implement and manage virtualization technologies in order to improve resource productivity Automation of business process across highly distributed environments And The need to improve the way these processes are managed.
If each service component works well in isolation there is no guarantee that the customer experience is satisfactory. All of the components have to be managed from a quality of service perspective. For example, services delivered in a department, in the data center and in the cloud all have to work in unison to meet customer expectations.
Q – The new zEnterprise introduces a level of management for workloads executed within the new environment. Can you please discuss the relationship of ISM and the new Unified Resource Manager?
A - Back to basics. Ultimately the goal is to manage any kind of workload and to do so we can identify 6 software components involved: Governance, IT process automation, workload automation, change management, configuration control and dynamic provisioning. Governance and IT process automation rely heavily on organizing operational staff to make them as effective as possible. Workload automation and change management apply specifically to business application software. And, configuration control and dynamic provisioning deal primarily with hardware and how software is deployed on the available hardware. It is also valid to view these six components in two groups of 3. Governance, IT process automation and workload automation involve organizing the workloads that run in the data center. Change management, configuration control and dynamic provisioning involve managing the environment to keep the hardware, operational software and the application software working together coherently and efficiently.
The zEnterprise is designed to support customer requirements to improve the management of complex and diverse workloads. Workload management firmware, called the zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager, has been created to simplify the integration and automation of these environments. The Unified Resource Manager can manage the hardware and virtualization layers that are built in to the zEnterprise platform in a consistent, secure, and efficient way.
Even with the expansive capabilities of the zEnterprise, organizations need a higher level of service management designed to incorporate environments that are outside of the scope of the zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager. For example, there is a need to manage the environment that is closest to the customer. This includes the actual operating systems (in the case of zEnterprise this includes both zOS and Linux), the middleware, and the applications and solutions.
It is imperative to connect the operations of the physical and virtual systems to the company’s applications to ensure business services are sustained at the level of quality demanded by all constituents. An organization needs to think about overall manageability from the perspective of the impact on the business and how the level of service relates to overall business practices.
All of the components have to be managed from a quality of service perspective. For example, services delivered in a department, in the data center and in the cloud all have to work in unison to meet customer expectations. Workloads have to be optimized, overall performance has to be monitored, and security has to be assured. Integrated service management that is based on automation of business policy and rules is the only way to minimize mistakes that impact the quality of service for customers, suppliers, and partners. It simply doesn’t matter if each individual component is best of breed if the overall environment does not meet or exceed customer expectations. In this type of complex enterprise environment there needs to be a single point of control for the entire heterogeneous computing environment
IBM is a client of Hurwitz & Associates and has provided compensation to Hurwitz and Associates for participation in this interview.
If you missed Pulse 2010, you missed quite a lot -
Pulse 2010 hosted over 5,000 attendees from around the world and most were customers and business partners. Over 300 customers were featured speakers. Presentations, panels, discussions, workshops, hands on learning and demonstrations vied for time and attention with launches, announcements, industry roundtables, certifications and opportunities to meet the executives. Analysts summed up several key points: "Very valuable; great interactions with IBM executives, partners and customers. Messages were well articulated." -IDC, Jean Bozman "Agree that an integrated architecture view is critical for complex systems. Cloud will change that picture." -Forrester, Mike Gualtieri "Customer panel was the highlight of Pulse. Great stories from State Street, UPMC, Region of Denmark, and Unilever in particular." -Forrester, Robert Whiteley
This year, System z was everywhere. 22 breakout sessions specifically highlighted System z, with such topics as end to end transaction tracking, the cloud and system z, managing complexity and reducing costs with Tivoli. System z was prominent throughout the conference as integrated Service Management was a key conference theme. Panel sessions were very well received and encouraged discussion. System z Birds of a Feather Sessions, Expo Theater presentations, live demonstrations, “Meet the Experts” sessions began with Sunday’s Business Partner Summit which also featured a z track
View a short Pulse summary with Al Zollar:
And please plan to attend Pulse Comes to You in a city near you soon.
Getting started with highly scalable clouds across your enterprise
Highlights Topics include:
Lowering cost of service delivery through automation and reduced skill requirements
Deploying IT services faster
Deploying IT services faster
Standardizing delivery for deployment and management of IT services
Enabling users to request, deploy, monitor and manage cloud computing services
Speaker: Kiron Rakkar, Tivoli System z Product Manager, IBM Software Group Broadcast date: January 26, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, 4:00 p.m. GMT / UTC Developed for: IT and enterprise architects; IT managers; systems analysts; systems programmers; and, operations managers Technical level: Intermediate
your IT organization is slow to adapt the company infrastructure, it’s
probably hindering business agility. Along with the high cost of
software, this limitation is driving many businesses to consider a more
efficient way of delivering services. Is business asking how your IT
organization will be implementing cloud? Are you considering a private
cloud, but not sure what you need to be successful? Cloud patterns
require a robust infrastructure to deploy the cloud services and ensure
their availability to meet demanding service levels. Virtualization on
an enterprise level requires a careful consideration of security,
availability, efficiency, scalability and cost-effectiveness.
us for this complimentary teleconference as we explore the key role a
highly scalable platform, such as System z®, plays in making your cloud
deployment successful. From recovery with zero data lost, to huge
savings in software due to extreme consolidation — and major reductions
in energy usage, we’ll help you get started on your own plan for cloud.
We’ll also show you how end-to-end Tivoli® Service Management fits in a
private cloud by providing the Visibility, Control and Automation
required to realize the cost savings and the improved resource
utilization promised by cloud. In this session, you’ll learn how to use
System z to deliver your cloud, and take advantage of a
shared-everything approach to system resources.
Join us after the
teleconference for a live question-and-answer session. The
teleconference will also be available for replay after the event.