Every mainframe manager wants the same thing: improved system performance at a cheaper price. It seems simple — you want an opportunity to run mission-critical workloads, and scale your mainframe environment to mounting demands, but without breaking the bank. Is that so much to ask? Well, what might seem like a simple request at first actually turns out to be far more complicated.

Performance and affordability are on separate sides of a sliding scale. As you elevate one side the other falls and vice versa. Put simply, investing in performance costs money and money prohibits increased performance. It might seem like you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

Performance or cost control? This is the difficult ultimatum mainframe managers must wrestle with. Luckily, there is a way to have both. It’s called the “zCost difference”. Here’s how it works.


Performance optimization

Let’s explore the first half of the confounding conundrum confronting every mainframe manager: system performance. Ideally, your mainframe would support all necessary workloads without bottlenecking, but that’s not always the case.

Before you can optimize your system you must learn about your system. For example, prior to the development of Dino Explorer Suite there was no intuitive way to collect, store and analyze machine data. This is the only software solution that allows users to extract mainframe data in real-time, package it for analysis, and view it in an easy-to-use dashboard. This consolidates complex machine data in a simple interface and eliminates the need for exhaustive, line-by-line SMF records and SCRT analysis.

When it comes to optimizing system performance the cliche “knowledge is power” proves to be true. Thanks to this z/OS software, users gain actionable insight regarding the complexities of their system. This is an important element of mainframe platform optimization this degree of activity insight allows users to tweak their sub-capacity management as needed.


Cost control

Cost is likely the most prohibitive element of managing your mainframe environment. Not only can financial limitations prevent future growth, but mounting mainframe costs can be hard to justify to higher-ups.

Mainframe expenses usually require up to 40 percent of the IT budget. For that price you want to receive optimal sub-capacity performance, but unorganized capacity management can get in the way of good intentions.

Find a balance between cost and performance by leveraging the right soft capping software. AutoSoftCapping is the only solution that does not use soft capping to constrain LPARs, but rather it improves overall capacity distribution and therefore offers savings without negatively impacting performance. This software dynamically adjusts MSUs to optimize performance while still adhering to the budget.

ASC automatically adjusts Defined Capacity and shares MSU consumption among LPARS, which effectively distributes mainframe capacity according to partition needs. Unlike other soft capping software, ASC does not restrict MSU consumption, so sub-capacity environments can reach peak performance and still stay within budget.

Whether you leverage activity insight to regularly improve system performance, optimize sub-capacity management with automatic soft capping software, or some combination of both, empowering your mainframe system with premier z/OS pricing software is the best way to improve performance without breaking the bank. That’s the zCost difference.

Contact zCost to learn more about optimizing your Z Platform environment.