Published on 28-Oct-2010
Validated on 02 Apr 2012
"The z/OS Capacity Provisioning Manager from IBM has led to superior CPU efficiencies, even during peak demand." - DATEV eG
Autonomic Computing, Optimizing IT, Optimizing IT, Systems Management, Workload Management
DATEV eG in Nuremberg, Germany, supports tax consultants, auditors, lawyers, and their clients with local and central IT services and software, education, and tax law information.
The company needed a solution that would help them optimize CPU capacity for the two IBM System z10 mainframe servers it uses to support its client base.
DATEV implemented the IBM z/OS Capacity Provisioning Manager feature inherent in z/OS on System z10. This feature monitors z/OS workload performance and manages capacity based on user-defined policies. DATEV is using z/OS Capacity Provisioning Manager in confirmation mode, which triggers automatic functions implemented with IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS.
The IBM solution enables faster response and better service during peak capacity usage, enables accurate provisioning based on actual workload performance, and reduces manual errors with automatic responses based on defined parameters.
Founded in 1966, DATEV eG in Nuremberg, Germany, supports tax consultants, auditors, lawyers, and their clients with local and central IT services, education, and tax law information. With more than 5,500 employees, DATEV also provides software solutions in the fields of accounting, business consulting, taxes, enterprise resource planning, and organization and planning.
DATEV operates a computer center with two IBM System z10 mainframe servers running IBM z/OS, using the flexible On/Off Capacity on Demand feature of the IBM System z® platform to get the capacity they need during times of peak usage. The company had developed a monitor based on z/OS Workload Manager to help gauge CPU consumption; however, DATEV needed to accelerate the process for determining when additional processor resources are required.
DATEV decided to implement the IBM z/OS Capacity Provisioning Manager feature inherent in z/OS on System z10. The z/OS Capacity Provisioning Manager monitors z/OS workload performance and manages capacity based on user-defined policies. This feature provides the flexibility of manual or fully autonomic operation, and can be configured to automatically activate or deactivate additional temporary capacity based on workload performance. DATEV is using z/OS Capacity Provisioning Manager in confirmation mode. Capacity Provisioning is configured to issue provisioning prompts also in case of defined capacity bottlenecks. The messages trigger DATEV-defined Tivoli System Automation for z/OS functions that activate physical processor capacity, local defined capacity, or group capacity as appropriate.
· Enables faster response and better service during peak capacity usage
· Enables accurate provisioning based on actual workload performance
· Reduces manual errors with automatic responses based on defined parameters
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