Welcome to the System z Management Blog, where you can read the perspectives from System z experts. This Blog provides insights into the System z solution, as well as technical details about specific IBM products.
Goal-oriented and policy-based design reduces the need for user scripts Start, stop, monitor and recover z/OS applications and resources Proactive automation from tight integration with z/OS ecosystem and many Tivoli® products, including OMEGAMON® Out-of-the-box hardware management
Speaker: Uwe Gramm, Product Manager, IBM System Automation for z/OS, IBM Software Group
Broadcast date: April 10, 2013, 11:00 a.m. EDT / 3:00 p.m. GMT / 4:00 p.m. BST
Developed for: IT and enterprise; IT managers;
One way or another we've all heard the quote “Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.” This is as true in managing problems in z/OS LPARs as anywhere else. History can teach us about recurring problem and about lingering problems. In this discussion we will show how the new OMEGAMON XE on z/OS version 5.3.0 Enhance 3270 User Interface can help system managers identify DASD device contention, how long it has been happening and who is involved.
Imagine for now that there is a z/OS... [More]
If you’re like many mainframe IT professionals, you’ve heard about this phenomenon sweeping the industry called “Cloud." And, perhaps you thought,“Hey, we’ve always had cloud on the mainframe. We've been doing this for the last 20 years with virtualized operating systems!" Yet, when you take a closer look, the distributed platform has built on the mainframe model with three concepts that add extreme value: 1) self-service provisioning, 2) elastic scaling, and 3) a new lifecycle element called DevOps that enables time-to-value of... [More]
zAware is a helpful tool from IBM's System Technology Group which can let you know when applications in your z/OS environment are doing unusual things. It monitors your system log for messages that are, for you, statistically unusual. zAware's browser session can show you when unusual message traffic is brewing by presenting what it calls it's "anomaly score". For you to know about it, though, you have to either logon to zAware's browser interface and keep your eyes peeled or better yet let OMEGAMON... [More]
Today IBM has announced a new release of IBM Automation Control for z/OS. The new release will be generally available on September 5th, 2014.
IBM Automation Control for z/OS offers a powerful and versatile set of functions to automate IBM System z application environments. You get new tailorable, goal-driven, and policy-based technology to manage complex system and application automation challenges. IBM Automation Control for z/OS is designed to eliminate most common reasons for writing manual scripts and to reduce dependencies on... [More]
Check out how industry leaders are leveraging the unique capabilities of System z to give them an advantage in the marketplace by using cloud, analytics, and security in Doug Balog's latest blog " A New Conversation around the IBM Mainframe ". The two embedded videos highlight the strengths of the zEnterprise EC12 and the value provided to clients. Already have an IBM zEnterprise System, but not monitoring this key resource? Explore the Tivoli zEnterprise Monitoring offering that is available to all IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON and IBM Tivoli... [More]
OMEGAMON XE on z/OS version 5.3.0 added support for near-term history. You can quickly and easily resolve problems by viewing the resources when the symptoms first started – in the last few hours or past few days. This release delivers what focus groups told us was most important: historical data for the Central Processing Complexes (CPCs), LPARs, Workload Manager (WLM) service classes, Address Spaces, and DASD Devices.
How do I view historical data for CPCs and LPARs?
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IBM Tivoli System z Experts set the record straight on common myths about system z monitoring, service availability and performance management There’s a lot of misleading information out there, thanks to repeated rumors, studies that get disproved and false advertising claims. Below, we set the record straight on common myths. Myth: #199 - 'Now that I have IBM zAware, I no longer need my OMEGAMON performance monitors and NetView automation' Fact: Not True: Actually it’s just the opposite. Using traditional monitoring and automation... [More]
Earlier today, IBM shared its point of view on the future of the data center with Smarter Computing V3 , a cross-IBM set of products and technologies that enable a smarter planet through Cloud, Data and Security.
A central focus is IBM Enterprise Systems (zEnterprise EC12 and Power)
and their ability to deliver exceptional value through a Cloud-optimized
IT infrastructure. We've seen how organizations have been able to
leverage IBM Enterprise Systems to achieve significant benefits. Take
the City of Honolulu for example which was able... [More]
Fresh on the heels of the successful SHARE conference recently held in Anaheim, California, IBM is hosting an Open House for existing and prospective customers of the award winning System z Service Management software. One part of this event invites customers to explore and use the newly enhanced 3270 OMEGAMON products in a live System z environment. That's right, you will get to test drive the very latest version 5.1.0 OMEGAMON products including the OMEGAMON enhanced 3270 user interface. Contact Tony Anderson at Andersan@us.ibm.com for the... [More]
Education rules! For a total education and networking experience, there is no more important place to be than at an IBM Technical University. The latest edition is being held this coming October 1-5 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV. By guaranteeing yourself a place at the 2012 edition of IBM System z Technical University you can: Upgrade your IT skills - The key to success is training; get it quickly at an IBM Technical Training event. Test-drive the latest technologies through hands-on labs - Roll up your sleeves and get involved with the... [More]
The IBM Support Daily and the developerWorks weekly newsletter are two great sites for every System Z Management enthusiast to bookmark in order to get the most up to date technical information, news, and developer resources. The IBM Support Daily is a newspaper built from articles, blog posts, videos and photos selected by IBM Electronic Support . You can personalize it to display specific content areas and news from various IBM support teams. Contact @IBM_eSupport in Twitter if you have an account you’d like added or ideas on how to make... [More]
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Listen to Andy Armstrong, CICS System Test Senior Inventor, IBM Software Group and William Yates, CICS System Test, IBM Software Group outline and explain how using mobile applications that mirror website functionality will enable you to drive new potential. In this complimentary webcast, you will have the opportunity to hear from two of IBM’s
expert speakers on how CICS is addressing the mobile marketplace. Some other topics will include: Hosting web applications within CICS to make mobile applications lightning fast Getting major... [More]