Have it Your Way with Linux on System z
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by Beth Sarnie
Market Segment Lead for Linux on System z, IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure
Everything is speeding up, the need to decrease cost is constant and so is the need for change. How can you reduce cost and increase efficiency, reliability, availability, and security? Can you really have it your way?
The answer is simple, yes! With the fit for purpose model, you can determine where to place workload for efficiency, manageability, and price performance.
SinfoniaRx and SICOOB are just a couple of examples of companies that know the Linux on System z answer.
By consolidating workloads over to Linux on System z these companies have saved millions of dollars.
The Linux on system z environment can provide support for mobile, social, and big data analytics. And it is easy to keep your Linux on System z environment running at top performance. IBM Infrastructure Suite for z/VM and Linux can provide a simple set of capabilities positioned to provide visibility, automation, and control for the z/VM and Linux infrastructure. It is one set of tools that monitors and manages both the hypervisor and the guest VM's as well as supporting backup and recovery of the entire system. Because the only thing worse than having systems problems is not having the visibility and knowledge to fix it.
Infrastructure Suite for z/VM and Linux includes IBM Wave, which has an intuitive GUI, provides cloning of Linux on System z guests, and supports advanced z/VM capabilities such as Single System Image and Live Guest Relocation.
Also included is detailed performance monitoring, including customized views and historical data of the key infrastructure resources via OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux.
Operational monitoring and automation through Operations Manager for z/VM is part of the suite to facilitate monitoring and logging of console and syslog messages, monitoring the running state of each guest and system events, scheduling, and automated actions.
SICOOB is the largest credit union in Brazil, offering banking and credit services to more than 2.5 million people. As their members embrace mobile and social technologies, the organization has to act to meet these needs. They need the visibility that IBM Wave provides along with the deeper insight that is available via the details and histories of OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux.
With the visibility of IBM Wave it is easy to identify problems like high CPU usage or needed storage. With the deeper detail of OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux combined with Operations Manager for z/VM, you can not only monitor your z/VM and Linux systems but automatically detect and prevent problems with no operator intervention. Take for example, a situation in which a guest is using excessive CPU. OMEGAMON can send a message via the command processor to Operations Manager for z/VM, which can take the appropriate action such as decreasing SHARE value for the Linux guest.
The full backup and recovery capability provided is a feature not found in any other z/VM and Linux suite. The combination of Backup and Restore for z/VM and Tivoli Storage Manager provide full backup of z/VM as well as files on each Linux guest.
A large bank needed to reduce operational costs while improving ease of administration and gain better control of their new virtualized server environment. They implemented IBM Backup and Restore for z/VM, IBM Operations Manager for z/VM and OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux. With these capabilities they gained backup and restore, automation of routine operator tasks, and they enabled performance and availability management. Together these reduced the total cost of ownership of z/VM while increasing the efficiency of their z/VM environment and the people charged with managing it.
Infrastructure Suite for z/VM and Linux is available today. Any client running workload in a Linux on System z environment would benefit from this comprehensive suite of capabilities. And, as our friends from SICOOB can attest, sleep easier at night.
Examples are shown in the demonstrations available here
What’s missing in your z/VM and Linux monitoring and management solutions?