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Any Performance Management or Capacity Planning Project

As an independant consultant since 1988 many projects on many topics have been worked on. All areas of z/OS tuning, WLM, PR/SM, hardware selection, hardware differentiation, DASD and I/O. My extensive background in Capacity Planning provided an excellent background to become an expert is IBM's z/OS Software Pricing. Those projects are described here.

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Capacity Planning

Capacity Planning's primary role is to forecast workload demand over some future timeframe and the corresponding service levels that will be provided at the maximum forecast workload level. If the projected service level is insufficient to meet the applicable service-level requirements, Capacity Planning is charged with recommending configuration changes that will provide adequate performance at the demanded throughput level.

Similar to performance management your service level requirements and objectives are important to capacity planning. Utilization is typically the first measurement discussed with capacity planning, but many other metrics are also required to monitor and manage the system's capacity. These include:

Measures of occupancy of tangible resources, such as control units, devices, memory, CPU; by workloads.
Measures of the utilization of resources or services such as jobs, transactions, CPU hours, I/Os, etc.
Response time, throughput, service time, percents within targets, etc.
System Behavior
Measures of internal logical behavior such as queues lengths, and paging.
Latent Demand
As any system approaches saturation, existing load may be displaced from a selected processing window and new loads may be deferred from the system. These deferred loads can have a profound effect on a system after the bottleneck is removed. Consider the paradox of a 25% upgrade... we were 100% busy before the upgrade and 120% after... where did the upgrade go? You may have experienced this first hand.


Last Updated: Friday, 12 February, 2010

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