Do more with your mainframe with less monthly license charges
Reduce & Control MLC
Increase & Guarantee Performance
Light & Easy to deploy
Report in Real-Time Activity & Billing

A solution for cost control and resource optimization

AutoSoftCapping, or ASC, automatically and dynamically adjusts your defined capacity level while ensuring the best quality of service, resulting in a lower Monthly License Charge bill.

Furthermore, ASC offers a user-friendly and in-depth web reporting to track activity and quickly identify opportunities for improvement. The combination of task automation and detailed activity monitoring frees precious time for your mainframe experts to focus on further, high value-added, activities. ASC ensures the right MSUs are in the right place, at the right time, and for the right cost.

How AutoSoftCapping reduces your costs

AutoSoftCapping uses the IBM’s SCRT calculation system. Since the SCRT takes the lowest value between the DC and the R4H to calculate the average consumption, ASC’s algorithm was conceived to dynamically reduce the DC level of every LPAR, without impacting the service level.
Through dynamic adjustment of DC levels, AutoSoftCapping brings the overall average down and therefore the billing level, providing you with greater management and control over your Monthly License Charges.

List of some available features

  • Define a maximum MLC boundary for your Mainframe to ensure your billing level is not exceeded
  • Define a minimum MLC that ASC will target to optimize SCRT
  • Parameterization of the highest and lowest define capacity threshold for your LPAR to secure necessary MSUs and allow optimum performance
  • Set LPAR priorities to decide who receives available MSUs first
  • Set a series of security and reactivity parameters at LPAR level to prevent unexpected capping situations
  • Create LPAR groups to isolate LPARs with specific needs
  • Create CPC groups to allow flying MSU for customers using CMP
  • Create time frame periods in which parameter settings are adapted to LPARs with specific behaviors and needs

User Friendly Web reporting

AutoSoftCapping WEB REPORTING provides a real-time overview of server performances and billing levels using a common and comprehensive language. As a result, System Programmers, Pilots, CTOs and Purchasing Managers are aligned and working from a common view.

  • Quick view of your CPC and LPAR activity: IMSU consumption, capping period and R4H
  • WLM and Service Class Report to identify which Service Class consumes how many MSUs and at what importance level. Thus, allowing the user to analyze specific capping periods in far greater detail.
    Additional functions:

  • Business reports for Software Asset Managers
  • PSLC aggregation report
  • Technical reports for z/OS technicians
  • Archive report to analyze and identify potential deviations
  • Multiple reporting formats (GUI, Web, Email)

Interested in having a closer look at AutoSoftCapping?

Step 1: Product presentation
We will gladly provide you with a live demo of our product including specific information about the architecture.

Step 2: In depth Study
Because every customer has different needs and constraints, we conduct a thorough study based on your objectives to highlight the financial savings you will gain with ASC, as well as highlighting potential improvements to service levels.

Step 3: Start using it!
Once we deliver the product and product keys, we provide you with an on-site expert who will not only provide you with dedicated training on the product and its use, but will also work with you through the implementation process to help you fine-tune the settings for your environment.


  • Dynamic load balancing between the LPARs depending on their behavior and need
  • Controlled total DC (sum of the LPARs’ DCs) to guarantee software costs optimization
  • New algorithm with our Predictive 4HRA
  • Comprehensive web reporting to track activity in real-time and monitor your System z resources
  • Cost control linked to your software agreement commitments

ASC can be compared to WLM: WLM prioritizes Workloads in the LPAR, ASC prioritizes LPARs in the CPC. They both apply a policy with a set of stable and relevant rules.

Depending on the customer’s context, ASC can allow:

  • To activate more HW power while controlling the SW bill (white space for free)
  • To increase the service quality and better comply with SLAs
  • To build a negotiation/renegotiation of a new SW agreement (leverage)


“From an end-user perspective, ASC is a smart and dynamic group capping solution.  It allowed us to reduce the SCRT value more than GCL would have permitted. Most of all, it levelled off the SCRT value over the course of a year, whereas the CPU consumption increased regularly, by about 15% in the same period. In other words, we delivered more service to our customers, for the same price.”

Mainframe Production Manager, RENAULT

“ASC user since 2007, our choice was guided at the time for the need to control our MLC bill during our two datacenter consolidation. ASC completely fulfilled its purpose, allowing us to achieve substantial savings with a very quick return on investment. MSUs are used by the LPARs in need, allowing a significant improvement in the overall performance of our machine while controlling our bill. The simple and intuitive web interface allows real-time, quick and highly effective monitoring of CPU-usage by partitions and service classes. We are pleased with our choice, especially since the after sales service is of highest quality.”

Mainframe Team Manager, AIR FRANCE


Request a study to find out how you could benefit from AutoSoftCapping