Improving System Availability with Tivoli Network Management and System Automation
During this teleconference, we will discuss how you can:
- Speed up problem determination and enhance usability with new network/system/job log integration
- Reduce diagnostic time and mean time to repair for network problems with enhanced IP packet trace analysis
- Improve disaster recovery and resource utilization with new high-availability support for GDPS® Active/Active
- Shift the detailed analysis of network problems from IT personnel to enterprise-level automation and tooling
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.
Batch Workload Automation in the cloud teleconference
- 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 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
- Improved usability and scalability
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
ITM 6.1.0 OA30094 UA51110
ITM 6.2.0 OA31804
ITM 6.2.1 OA31024 UA51456
ITM 6.2.2 OA31048 UA51194
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
Attend this free technology update to learn how the latest mainframe technology can help you use an integrated management approach to running a more efficient, cost-effective data center.Optimizing Your IT Infrastructure briefing
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
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
1200 Fifth Avenue
9th floor, Room 9020
Register at: ibm.com/software/systemz/seminar/sysmgmt
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
Announcement Letter: http://ibm.co/LwCeR7
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.
Do you have a topic to present? A best practice to share? A perspective for a panel?
Benefits of Speaking at Pulse 2010:
All accepted client speaker submissions will receive a full conference pass ($1995 value) and admission to our on-site VIP client lounge. Upon acceptance of your proposal, we will send you a letter of acknowledgement specifying how to register for the conference and outlining some important milestones for your talk. Your abstract and presentation will be posted to the Pulse 2010 website, and you will cover your topic during the event. You also may be eligible for awards and other recognition. IBM Maximo Asset Management submissions are eligible for the annual Maintenance Best Practices Award.
Ready to share your experience?
How to Submit a Proposal:
Submit your proposal online at http://www.ibm.com/software/tivoli/pulse/
Important dates for submitting papers/proposals for Pulse 2010:
• Call for Speakers Closed - Proposals will be evaluated: November 2, 2009
• All Speakers will be notified of proposal status by: November 23, 2009
• Speaker Registration Open: November 24, 2009
• Presentation Drafts Due: December 11, 2009
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
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
Improve the management of your growing mainframe storage environments
- 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
Latest OMEGAMON Technology
An IBM webcast series
Take advantage of deeper visibility into your enterprise
continually updates its products with enhanced capabilities that help
systems management customers optimize their business flexibility using
IBM’s premier monitoring and problem management family of products. But
if you don’t stay up-to-date on the newest technology, you’ll miss out
on some major improvements. We’ve made it easier for you to by
developing this series of educational webcasts focused specifically on
the latest technology available in the IBM suite of mainframe products.
you’re an existing OMEGAMON® user, or you’re considering it, these
webcasts will give you valuable information about greater visibility
into the way services and applications are being executed across the
enterprise. You’ll also learn how this helps you use fewer System z®
resources and tackle enterprise-wide problems before they become
outages. This webcast series is taught by subject matter experts from
IBM Software Group who will share the most significant updates to the
OMEGAMON product suite so you can:
- Pinpoint more effective ways to decrease costs and reduce risks
- Improve productivity, reduce outages and system overhead
- Decrease your maintenance window and exploit the full capabilities of System z — and zEnterprise™.
Register today for the entire series, or for any of the individual webcasts.
Getting started with highly scalable clouds across your enterprise
- 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.
Today, IBM is announcing the latest version of IBM's System z leadership Application and Performance Management family. The IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON Version 5 product family provides new levels of customer focused ease-of-use, cost reduction and improved performance. IBM is announcing new customer capabilities designed to:
· Increase visibility and control with a new standardized user interface capable of viewing enterprise-wide information from a single 3270 monitor
· Improve problem management with fewer, simpler steps to isolate performance impacts in real time for higher system and application availability
· Reduce time and risk involved in installation, configuration, and maintenance using self-describing agents and the new Parmgen tool.
· Decrease costs by exploiting zIIP processors to free-up general System z capacity and lowering total cost of computing
Analysts are already saying good things about this new version.
On OMEGAMON moving to simplified architecture and a common view across multiple domains, Rich Ptak of PNA commented, "This is an important and much needed enhancement. We’ve heard consistently – there is a need for this kind of integration. Consistent interface – a couple of years ago, these people liked to be in a silo and just toss it over to someone else. But, they can’t live that way anymore.” PNA also gave IBM high marks for doing so without losing functionality.
On the OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270 User Interface, Joe Clabby with Clabby Analytics commented: What you've done to your 3270 interface is kind of a "wow"! I'm not a 3270 fan and I love what you've done with it"
Starting with OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS, and OMEGAMON XE on z/OS V5 editions, IBM provides:
· Improved productivity by allowing subject matter experts, such as system programmers, to combine information from z/OS and multiple z/OS subsystems (including CICS) into a single simplified display
· Standardized monitoring and management with an new enhanced 3270 user interface that gives users the ability to effectively move between different z/OS components providing a common look and feel of command and control conditions.
· Increased analytics capability by organizing key performance indicators (KPIs) to be viewed based on managed SLAs.
· Higher availability by providing users with advanced problem determination using focused problem-solving scenarios designed by customers; these scenarios put related data needed for associated problems into context to resolve today's performance and availability impacts.
In addition, the IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON for z/OS Management Suite V4.2.1, a consolidated offering of broad real-time and historical performance and availability management, now includes the new OMEGAMON XE on z/OS, V5.1 and OMEGAMON Dashboard Edition (DE) on z/OS, V5.1.
To learn more, sign-up for the IBM Systems Magazine sponsored OMEGAMON Webcast Series,
or attend a IBM 2012 System z Technical Summit at a city near you.
And, plan on attending Pulse, which includes an OMEGAMON V5 Customer Panel, and SHARE to see a demo and talk to the experts.