Automating Analysis of z/OS Alerts


By Jerry Streetz/OS Alert

You are nowhere near your workstation, and you receive an urgent text that z/OS has an unexpected increase in CPU utilization. While the alert is beneficial, it would be more helpful if you had all the information you needed to diagnose the issue in hand. We discussed the pains of bad alerts in part 1 of this blog. The remainder of this blog discusses how you can integrate your z/OS alerting with the rich artificial intelligence of IntelliMagic Vision.

Rather than just another alarm in a sea of alarms, you should be able to expect more from your alerts. Especially with something as important as your z/OS, alerts should provide actionable recommendations to the problems they are alerting you to. IntelliMagic Vision does just that. IntelliMagic Vision can be configured to send detailed root cause analysis reports based on pre-defined z/OS alerts allowing you to understand the impact and urgency of the alert and guiding subsequent investigation.

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Five Activities to Avoid If You Want to Be a Hero


By Brett AllisonSuperhero screaming and opening shirt, blank blue t-shirt undern

Management, please read and reward your true heroes

Often when you do the right things in performance and capacity management, your work goes unnoticed and unappreciated.  In fact, if you are consistently pro-active with your storage performance and capacity management processes, you will have few opportunities to be in the spotlight.  This is because pro-active management reduces the number of crises and, consequently, the need for heroic action!

For those who want to live dangerously, consider avoiding the following activities:

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Storage Management Initiative (SMI) and the Block Services Performance (BSP) sub-profile: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Part 3 “The Ugly”


By Brett Allison

In the first part of this three-part blog I introduced the SMI project and provided some reasons why it is a good thing. In the second installment I discussed some of the challenges with SMI project, and in this last installment I will discuss the ugly parts. I will focus on the Block Services Performance (BSP) Sub- profile as that is our domain area.

The BSP Sub-profile is the component of the SMI specification that describes the various physical and logical components, their associated attributes and metrics. The BSP is well designed, but as mentioned in Part 2 “The Bad” the conformance standard for the BSP is set so low that vendors can provide an implementation that both conforms to the standard and is mostly useless at the same time.

Like the character Tuco, this type of implementation and the resulting data is just plain ugly.

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