Mainframers need cost control solutions now more than ever

PARIS, FRANCE, October 22, 2019– zCost Management©, one of the leading companies in mainframe optimization, announced today, the release of AutoSoftCapping version 4.3 offering new cost control strategies to customers using the latest IBM pricing model called Tailored Fit Pricing.

Tailored Fit Pricing means new challenges for customers

In May 2019, IBM announced a new pricing model called Tailored Fit Pricing introducing containers and a new billing methodology. In particular, with the Enterprise consumption solution, costs are no longer linked to the consumption peak but to the cumulative quantity of MSU consumed during the month. This pricing model changes the way MSUs are accounted for.

“When a customer decides to switch to a Tailored Fit Pricing model, every single MSU counts” states Bruno Koch, CEO of zCost Management. “It is no longer an option to rely solely on soft capping mechanisms to control costs as the only way to stop MSU consumption would be to shut down programs, which of course is not an option.”

In this regard, customers need to be able to monitor their consumption in real time in order to know where they stand towards their contractual agreements and to be responsive in the event of abnormal consumptions.

In addition, containers are not all invoiced on the cumulative consumption of MSU.

“The most complex aspect of this new model is that dev & test environments will continue to be invoiced on consumption peaks and the Rolling Four Hours Average. Customers will need to manage both worlds at the same time to remain in control of their budget”.

Version 4.3 of AutoSoftCapping gives control back to customers who choose tailored fit pricing

With the new version of AutoSoftCapping, customers can apply a differentiated cost control strategy depending on the type of containers they have and monitor their consumption with improved reporting & alerting capabilities.

These new strategies include the ability to:

  • Dynamically adjust defined capacities on dev & test environments in order to stay under the limit of the contractual baseline.
  • Monitor in real time the MSU cumulated consumption for containers in regard to their contractual size.
  • Receive alerts to react to abnormal consumptions on containers & to ensure compliance with contractual commitments. “As zCost Management has done for more than 10 years, we will continue to provide our customers with simple and effective solutions to control the costs of their mainframe environment.”, explains Jacky Hofbauer, President of zCost Management. ” IBM Tailored fit pricing disrupts cost control practices but does not make them obsolete. We will continue to offer innovative solutions to support our customers, as we recently did with the release of our new ZETALY solution.”

Release note AutoSoftCapping 4.3

The new version of AutoSoftCapping, customers can apply a differentiated cost control strategy depending on the type of containers they have and monitor their consumption with improved reporting & alerting capabilities..

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