Take control of peak mainframe workloads to reduce software licence costs

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You could be paying too much for your software licences. Mainframe software charges are usually based on peak usage. Whatever your peak workload in a given month is what you pay for. This means that one workload spike could push your costs up significantly.

Regain control of your software charges

Triton can help you to regain control of your software charges by running an audit of your current environment and identifying when and where the workload peaks occur.

Initial Analysis – Typically customers can reduce their peak CPU charges by a minimum of 3% with no performance impacts whatsoever and many customers can reduce their peak by 5% from this initial analysis.

Performance Tuning – The majority of mainframe users have significant potential for further reducing resource consumption (and therefore costs) through performance tuning of key workloads. This is especially true for those with older applications that haven’t been actively maintained for a while or who have lost some of their deep middleware skills through retirement or redundancy.

By tuning these workloads, ongoing software costs can be reduced and mainframe upgrades potentially deferred. In addition, application performance will be enhanced and overall Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) reduced.

Our unique zTune service will identify potential mainframe workload management improvements and could immediately reduce your IT spend.

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The zTune service covers three key phases:

  • Phase 1

    The first step is for Triton to analyse workload usage data and identify the major resource users within your system. From this we can provide a report which shows what drives your MSU charges. If relevant, the report will also include specific short-term cost reduction recommendations for reducing MSU charges based on defined capacity and workload placement. The report will also form a baseline for any subsequent reductions achieved in later phases. We are confident that the majority of customers will benefit from 5% savings from phase 1.
  • Phase 2

    Based on the outputs of the report above, more detailed analysis will be conducted on the workload running during the specific 4-hour rolling peak periods responsible for setting MLC costs. The analysis will break down and identify the specific workloads (CICS, DB2, IMS etc) active during the peak periods and provide an indication of the potential scope for further MSU reduction through additional tuning activities.
  • Phase 3

    If the Peak Workload Analysis Report identifies significant potential for tuning one or more specific workloads during the identified peak periods, this phase will undertake the tuning and optimisation activities necessary to further reduce MSU usage/cost relative to the original baseline.
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