RELEASE NOTE

AutoSoftCapping V4.3

NEW FEATURES

Support for Tailored Fit Pricing

CONTAINER DECLARATION

You can now indicate to ASC the presence of containers on your environment and assign LPARs to them. You can also declare their types – dev&test, instant payment, new application and Enterprise Consumption Solution, and their contractual size in MSU.

ACTIVATION OR DEACTIVATION OF DC MANAGEMENT

You can choose to active or deactivate DC management on each container. Deactivation of DC management turns off soft capping mechanisms, a recommended approach for containers relying on the cumulative MSU consumption model.
 

Baseline compliance for Dev & Test

SOFT CAPPING MECHANISMS

Dev & Test containers still rely on the rolling four hours average for billing. To control costs and meet your commitments, you can apply a soft capping strategy dedicated to this container. In this context, ASC works at the container level as if it were a separate CPC. MSUs are distributed between LPARs of the container and defined capacities are dynamically adjusted to ensure that the billing limit is always respected.
 

DEDICATED REPORTING FOR DEV AND TEST

You can now follow the activity of your dev & test container in real time from the new “container” tab in the web reporting interface. Available metrics include evolution of the rolling four hours average, IMSU, defined capacity, container.

Consumption monitoring for cumulative-MSU-based containers

NEW METRIC MMSU

You can now follow the cumulative MSU consumption of each container through a new metric called “MMSU” for Monthly MSU.

MONTHLY CONSUMPTION 

You can now visualize in real time the cumulative consumption level of the month for a container, the contribution of each LPAR and where you stand from your contractual consumption commitment. 

HOURLY CONSUMPTION

For analysis purposes, you can follow the cumulative MSU consumed each hour. The sum of all the hours of the month represents the monthly consumption as calculated by IBM.

 

Consumption monitoring for Tenant Resource Groups

DEDICATED REPORTING FOR TENANT RESOURCE GROUPS

You can now follow the consumption of a specific WLM Tenant Resource Group (TRG). In this dedicated view, you can track the cumulative MSU consumption of workloads related to TRG. The solution ID allows you to cumulate your container consumption with the tenant resource groups associated.

 

Alerts for containers consumption

NEW ALERT MECHANISMS FOR CUMULATIVE MSU CONSUMPTIONS 

You can now set alerts related to the new cumulative MSU metric. You can decide to be alerted when a specific amount of MSU has been consumed by a container during the current month. This alert can also be configured on an hourly MSU consumption to anticipate and react to abnormal consumption peaks.

COMMITMENT MONITORING

You can configure an alert when the contractual size of your container is about to be exceeded.

FEATURE IMPROVEMENT

Performance & reliability improvements for DC settings

MULTI-SETTINGS  BCPii

DC change commands operated by ASC through BCPii are now performed in parallel to improve the overall setting process speed. By default, the multi-setting allows 3 simultaneous instructions. This parameter can be personalized for your environment.

In addition, multi-settings improve the reliability of the MSU distribution process by allowing the monitor to continue its distribution even if one of the collectors does not respond.

Improved reliability for Monitor & Collector versioning

COMPATIBILITY ASSESMENT FROM THE MONITOR

The Monitor is now checking the version of the collectors currently installed on LPARs to avoid compatibility issues. If a collector is running on an unsupported version, a warning message will be displayed inviting you to update the corresponding collectors.

New ergonomics settings for the reporting

COLOR THEMES FOR CHARTS

You can now choose between two color themes for charts:

  • “Normalized” introduces shades of color depending on the type of data: red for iMSUs, blue for DC, green for R4H, purple for the billing. Recommended for customers with small to medium environments, it helps quickly identify the type of graph you are currently looking at.
  • “Default” restores the multi-color model that ensures a good readability for customers with large environments.

SMF 225 enrichments

ADDITION OF CONTAINER DATA IN SMF 225

You can now analyze your container data & parameters from AutoSoftCapping’s SMF record:

  • monthly cumulated MSUs consumptions information in subtypes 01, 02, 03;
  • tenant resource groups consumption information in subtype 02;
  • container parameters information in subtype 04;
  • container consumption information in a new subtype 05.