Cost management for z/OS
AutoSoftCapping, or ASC, is a software optimizing the performance of your system while controlling your Workload License Charges. AutoSoftCapping ensures the right MSUs are in the right place, at the right time and for the right cost.
A solution for cost control and resource optimization
AutoSoftCapping automatically and dynamically adjusts your defined capacity level while ensuring quality of service, resulting in a lower Monthly License Charge bill. Furthermore, AutoSoftCapping offers 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 other, high value-added, activities.
AutoSoftCapping ensures the right MSUs are in the right place, at the right time, and for the right cost, resulting in an optimal fit for your company regardless of your mainframe priorities.
Ease your decision-taking while ensuring the best service quality
Depending on the customer’s context, AutoSoftCapping 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 for new SW agreements (leverage)
Monitors your mainframe costs with AutoSoftCapping features
- Dynamic load balancing between the LPARs depending on their behavior and needs
- Controlled total DC (sum of the LPARs’ DCs) to guarantee software cost optimization
- Comprehensive web reporting to better follow up the activity and monitor your Systems resources
- Cost control linked to your software agreement commitments.
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 can work 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.
Willing to increase perfomance and improve the quality of service, Renault implemented AutoSoftCapping to automate their Soft Capping policy. Previously using GCL, the company was suffering from capping periods. During these periods, their machine was limited to 87% of its capacity. With ASC, the machine can now be used at 100% while costing 2% less in MLC. As a result, the car manufacturer reduced its capping periods and lowered his bill. “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.”
Bernard DIETISHEIM – Mainframe Production Manager at 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.”
Jean-Luc ROUVEL – Mainframe Team Manager at Air France
A FRENCH BANK
By implementing and using AutoSoftCapping, a French bank increased its performance while reducing the Monthly License Charges costs. The bank did a 9% capacity upgrade of their machines. This could have resulted in a high increase of their MLC costs. However, thanks to AutoSoftCapping they reduced their overall billing level by 2% while fully utilizing the machines’ new capacity, thus improving their service quality. As a result, the bank is now doing more with less.