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December 2017

SPARTA President’s Corner

contributed by Randy Springs

As we enter the holiday season, with all of its demands on our time, I hope to be able to stop and reflect on all that I have to be thankful for. We work in an area that has great possibilities in making life better for a majority of people. I have been amazed this year to see the benefits of IT in the medical field. Naturally, there are some who will try to take advantage of technology to gain a personal advantage, but with proper networking and communication with others in our industry, we can move forward in positive ways to help each other live our lives with less stress and more free time for friends and family. I am thankful for each of you and your participation in SPARTA and other networking groups as we share our unique challenges and hopefully find some answers.

Please plan to join your colleagues for subs, networking, and education on Tuesday, December 5 at 6:15 p.m. at our usual LabCorp location.

Randy Springs

Future Speakers

(subject to change)

Dec. 5, 2017 - Secure FTP, SIEM z/OS & DB2 Collector Agents, PGP Data Encryption by Deb Hodson of Software Diversified Services

Jan. 2, 2018 - No meeting. Happy Holidays!

Feb. 6, 2018 - TBD

We need ideas and volunteers for future speakers. Presentations don’t have to be fancy, just informative and interesting. Even a 5 or 10 minute talk can start an interesting interaction. Contact Ron Pimblett by phone as noted below.

2017-2018 SPARTA

Board of Directors

Randy Springs - President

BB&T                  (919) 745-5241

3200 Beechleaf Court, Suite 300

Raleigh, NC 27604

Ron Pimblett - Vice President

MDI Data Systems

Land line 613 599 6970

Mobile 613 981 6919

190 Guelph Private

Kanata, ON K2T 0J7

Chris Blackshire - Secretary

Retired (Dell, Perot Systems, Nortel)  (919) nnn-nnnn


Durham, NC 27713

Pam Tant - Treasurer

???      919-nnn-mmmm



Raleigh, NC 27609

Ed Webb -  Communications Director

SAS Institute Inc.  919-531-4162

SAS Campus Drive

Cary, NC 27513

Mike Lockey -  Web Master

Guilford Co. Information Services  336-641-6235

201 N. Eugene St.

Greensboro, NC 27401


Meetings are scheduled for the first Tuesday evening of each month (except no meeting in January), with optional dinner at 6:15 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m.

These monthly meetings usually are held at LabCorp’s Center for Molecular Biology and Pathology (CMBP) near the Research Triangle Park (see last page). Take I-40 to Miami Boulevard and go north. Turn right onto T.W. Alexander Drive. Go about a mile or so. Then turn right into LabCorp complex and turn Left to the CMBP Building (1912 T.W. Alexander Drive). In the lobby, sign in as a visitor to see Bill Johnson. Bill will escort you to the conference room.

Call for Articles

If you have any ideas for speakers, presentations, newsletter articles, or are interested in taking part in a presentation, PLEASE contact one of the Board of Directors with your suggestions.

Newsletter e-Mailings

The SPARTA policy is to e-mail a monthly notice to our SPARTA-RTP Group. The newsletter is posted to the website about five (5) days before each meeting so you can prepare. The SPARTA-RTP Group is maintained by Chris Blackshire; if you have corrections or problems receiving your meeting notice, contact Chris at

March 2017 “CBT Tape” Shareware Online

The directory and files from the latest CBT tape V494 (dated March 5, 2017) are available from

If you need help obtaining one or more files, contact Ed Webb at SAS (see Board of Director’s list for contact info).

Minutes of the November 7, 2017 Meeting

• The meeting was called to order at 7:04 PM by Randy Springs, the SPARTA President.

• The meeting was held at a LabCorp conference room in RTP, N.C.

• Fourteen (14) people were present of which Thirteen (13) are 2016/2017 paid members.

• The presentation was given first to meet the presenter's schedule - see the presentation below (7:07-8:22 PM).

• Everyone introduced themselves, told where they worked, and briefly described their job functions or their job hunting challenges.


• The minutes of the October 3, 2017 meeting will be approved at the Dec. 5 meeting after being published in the November 2017 newsletter.

• The October 30, 2017 Treasurer's report was approved as read by Pam Tant. The balance was $399.53. (See details later in this newsletter).

• Call For Articles: Articles are needed for this newsletter. If you would like to write an article for this newsletter, please contact Ed Webb. Keep in mind that you don't really need to write the article, it can be an article that you read that you would like to share with the membership.

• The SPARTA Web page is available. To access the SPARTA Web page, point your Web browser to this site: Please send any comments or suggestions about the Web page to Mike Lockey. Be sure to check the Web page every once in a while to see any new or changed information.

• Randy reminded everyone to leave the LabCorp conference room clean.

• Future Speakers and Topics (subject to change based on internal politics, budget, the weather):





December 5, 2017




If you have suggestions about speakers and topics, contact Ron Pimblett.

• The next SPARTA monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at LabCorp in RTP.

• Food for the December 5 meeting will be Subs.

• Thanks to LabCorp and Bill Johnson for hosting the meeting.

• There are currently 74 people on the SPARTA-RTP e-mail list.

• Send any e-mail address changes to Chris Blackshire so he can update the SPARTA-RTP Listserv. You will be added by the moderator (Chris = sending you an invitation to Join the list.

• Possible Vendor Fair - Mitch Hoffman and Chris Blackshire have exchanged a few emails, but don't have a plan. Mitch could not be at the meeting tonight to discuss options.

• Possible collaboration with the Carolinas zEnterprise Council - Garry Grandlienard is checking with IBM management to see if SPARTA can be officially involved.

• Randy Springs is working on the SPARTA website connection to LinkedIn.


• Discussion about putting Brad Carson, Tommy Thomas, and John Bryan's SPARTA contributions and death information on the web page under an Emeritus section. Motion was made, seconded, and approved. Chris will put together a package and send to Mike Lockey for the upload.

• The Business portion of the meeting ended about 9:35 P.M.

Presentation: Linux on IBM LinuxONE and IBM Z - Capacity and Solution Planning (webinar)
By Jim Elliott, Mainframe Consultant at GlassHouse Systems, Inc.

• Topics
• GlassHouse Systems Summary
• GlassHouse Systems Offerings
• LinuxONE Emperor II overview
• Where to use Linux on IBM Z
• Selecting the "right" applications
• Selecting a hypervisor
• Sizing for server consolidation from "distributed" servers
• Sizing for new workloads
• Summary

Note: Linux on IBM Z is the name for IBM uses for Linux running on IBM
Z servers. IBM Z is the family name for all IBM mainframes. LinuxONE is
the family name for all Linux-only IBM servers using IBM Z architecture.

GlassHouse Systems, Inc
- Background
- - Established in 1993 as an enterprise IT infrastructure provider
- - HQ in Toronto, operating throughout Canada and the USA
- - Enterprise clients, public and private sector, cross industry
- - Preeminent IBM Business Partner in Canada
- Value to clients
- - Our commitment - to every customer success with long term relationships
- - Our team - senior technical and sales professionals with deep technical skills, and an understanding of IT industry directions and business drivers
- - Our technology partners - leading IT providers, committed and working with GHS to execute and deliver solutions that address specific challenges
- - Our experience and execution - assessment, design, implementation, on-going support and ease of use

GlassHouse Systems Inc. Offering
- Systems - - - - - - - - - Software - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Services
- IBM Z, IBM Power, - - Security - SIEM, Patch - - - - GHS insight - Capacity &
IBM Storage - - - - - - - Management, Data - - - - - - - Performance Analysis; Solution Design;
- Lenovo Enterprise - - - Security - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Configuration Development &
Systems - - - - - - - - - - Analytics - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Validation
- VMware Hybrid - - - - - Descriptive - - - - - - - - - - - - GHS advantage - On-site Professional
Cloud - - - - - - - - - - - - Predictive, Cognitive - - - - - - Services; SoW Driven and PM
- CISCO - - - - - - - - - - - Recovery - Software - - - - - - managed; Assessments, Migrations &
Networking, - - - - - - - - Defined Storage - - - - - - - - - Implementation
UCS, - - - - - - - - - - - - Solutions, Enterprise - - - - - - GHS manage - IBM AIX Cloud; IBM I
VersaStack - - - - - - - - - BC - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Cloud; Linux Cloud; RIMS; Security
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Managed Services

Introducing the IBM LinuxONE Emperor II
Designed for the unpredictable nature of next generation data with our unique scaling, security and
reliability on a proven platform designed from the ground up for data transactions.
- Unmatched Performance and Vertical Scale
- - Vertical scale to 170 cores, equivalent to over 1000 x86 cores
- - Industry-leading performance of Java workloads (up to 50% faster than x86 alternatives)
- - Simplification to make the most of you Linux skill base and improve time to value
- - Enhanced SIMD to accelerate analytics workloads and decimal compute
- - Pause-less garbage collection to enable vertical scaling while maintaining predictable response times
- Efficient and Powerful Security
- - Ultimate workload isolation and pervasive encryption through Secure Service Containers and SCaaS (SoD)
- - Encryption of data at rest without application change and with better performance than x86
- - Protection of data inflight over the network with full end-to-end network security
- - Use of Protected Keys to secure data without giving up performance
- - Industry-leading secure Java performance via TLS (2-3x faster than x86 Alternatives)
- Foundation for data serving and next generation apps
- - Add performance and security to new Open source DBaaS deployments
- - Develop new blockchain applications based on a proven High Security Business Network (HSBN)
- - Consolidate per core priced Databases for software savings
- - Support for data-in-memory applications and new workloads using 32 TB of memory
- - Blazing fast I/O subsystem supporting over 48M (4k block) IOPS

Emperor II: Engineered for performance and scale
- Models, cores, and processing power
- - 5 models across 4 drawers supporting up to 170 cores
- - 5.2 GHz 14nm SOI technology
- - 15% better SMT performance over LinuxONE Emperor
- - - ~ 25% over single threaded
- - 35% more capacity over LinuxONE Emperor
- - 1.5x more on-chip cache per core optimized for data serving
- - Up to 23 SAPs per system, standard plus SAPs are SMT
- - 2 spares designated per system
- - Enhanced performance of crypto coprocessor
- - Enhanced SIMD performance to boost traditional workloads using decimal arithmetic and new applications like analytics
- - Pause-less garbage collection enables enterprise scale Java applications to run with fewer and shorter pauses for garbage collection on larger and larger heaps
- - Support for up to 85 partitions with EAL5+ for leading workload isolation
- Out performs x86:
- - pgBench benchmark on PostgreSQL 9.6.1 with up to 2x more throughput per core
- - YCSB benchmark on MongoDB 3.4.1 with up to 2.6x more throughput per core
- - DayTrader benchmark on WebSphere Application Server with up to 1.9x more throughput per core
- - DayTrader Apache TomEE 1.7.1 with up to 2.3x more throughput per core
- - Acme Air benchmark on node.js 6.10 with up to 2.5x more throughput per core
- - Run the MicroBM CPU benchmark on InfoSphere DataStage 11.5 with up to 2.8x
- Scales without compromise:
- 1344 concurrent databases executing a total of 377 billion database transactions per day on a single LinuxONE Emperor II server.
- - 25% more MongoDB guests with the same throughput under z/VM 6.4 on LinuxONE Emperor II compared to LinuxONE Emperor.
- - Scale out to 170 cores running MongoDB databases under z/VM 6.4, each with a constant throughput and not more than 10us latency increase per additional MongoDB instance
- - Scale-out to 2 million Docker containers in a single LinuxONE Emperor II system, no application server farms necessary.
- - Scale-up a single MongoDB instance to 17 TB in a single system without database sharing and get 2.4x more throughput and 2.3x lower latency on LinuxONE Emperor II leveraging the additional memory available compared to LinuxONE Emperor.
- - Run MongoDB under z/VM 6.4 on LinuxONE Emperor II and get 4.8x better performance leveraging additional memory available per z/VM instance compared to LinuxONE Emperor.
- - Run the AcmeAir benchmark with up to xx% more throughput using diagonal scale on LinuxONE Emperor II compared to using only scale-out on a compared x86 platform.

Where to use Linux on IBM Z
- Most customers first consider Linux on IBM Z for server consolidation
- From there customers start using Linux on IBM Z to front-end their legacy z/OS, z/VSE, and z/TPF systems
- Finally,Linux on IBM Z becomes a platform for new workloads
- Of course, the order may be different for you
- My customer experience shows that usage today is split more-or-less evenly between these three environments

Fit for purpose, workload and situation (IBM Z vs x86 vs UNIX)
- Many factors influence platform selection, making it difficult to present a simple selection matrix
- Some factors are specific to each business, others are common to all and can be generalized
- - Time Horizon
- - ISV Support
- - Nonfunctional Requirements (Availability, Scalability, Security, DR, etc.)
- - Power, cooling, floor space constraints
- - Strategic Direction and Standards
- - TCO Model
- - Skills
- - Politics
- - Platform Architecture
- - Technology Adoption Level
- - Deployment Model
- - Problem Size

What makes the best fit?
- Leverage classic strengths of IBM Z
- - High availability
- - High I/O bandwidth capabilities
- - Flexibility to run disparate workloads concurrently
- - Requirement for excellent disaster recovery capabilities
- - Security
- Shortening end to end path length for applications
- - Collocation of applications
- - Consolidation of applications from distributed servers
- - Reduction in network traffic
- - Simplification of support model
- Consolidation effect
- - Power requirements
- - Software costs
- - People Costs
- - Real Estate
- - Workloads requiring extreme flexibility

Solutions for Linux on IBM Z
- Cloud: Leveraging open-standards and the API economy, securely connecting services across systems, mobile devices and other cloud platforms
- Cognitive: Database, data integration, analytics and cognitive solutions
- Application development and DevOps: Virtualized, integrated solutions for application development
- Mobile: Use of mobile protocol connectivity to sync existing apps and queries to mobile and cloud environments
- Open source software: Innovation and quality of service for next generation applications
- Security and availability: Features and applications are available to support a complete and cost-effective security infrastructure
- Vendor software: Broad range of Linux software and solutions available

Selecting the "right" applications
- Not all middleware (Open Source or commercial) is available for Linux on IBM Z
- - Major IBM and ISV server middleware is available
- - Most Open Source server packages are available
- - You need to research availability of all the software you will be using before you proceed further
- - - If particular piece of software is not available, contact IBM or your BP to ask for help (the may or may not be able to provide a solution)
- - - Don't assume when a vendor tells you that Linux on IBM Z is supported, they often don't know what they are talking about (speak to a techie, not a rep)
- - - If all the pieces an application requires are not available, find a different application

Selecting a hypervisor
- Hardware Partitioning Solutions
- - IBM Processor Resource/System Manager (PR/SM)
- - IBM Dynamic Partition Manager (DPM)
- Virtualization Solutions
- - IBM z/VMÆ + IBM Wave
- - KVM for IBM Z from SUSE Labs (SLES) or Canonical (Ubuntu)

Selecting a hypervisor - PR/SM
- The "standard mode" of PR/SM allows you to divide one physical server into logical partitions (LPARs)
- - 3906 (z14 and LinuxONE Emperor II) and 2964 (z13Æ and LinuxONE Emperor) up to 85 LPARs
- - 2965 (z13sô and LinuxONE Rockhopper) up to 40 LPARs
- - 2827 (zEnterprise EC12 aka zEC12) up to 60 LPARs
- - 2828 (zBC12 and LinuxONE Rockhopper) up to 30 LPARs
- Share resources across LPARs or dedicated to a particular LPAR
- Managed through the Hardware Management Console (HMC)
- Running a mix of multiple z/OSÆ, z/VM, Linux on IBM Z, z/TPF, KVM for IBM Z, and z/VSEÆ instances isolated and secured in parallel

Selecting a hypervisor - IBM Dynamic Partition Manager
- Simplified configuration of logical partitions
- - Standardizes configuration and management of all system resources from a single management endpoint
- - Developed for servers with z/VM 6.4, KVM, and/or Linux as a partition-hosted operating system
- - Ease Linux installation with auto configuration of devices
- - Guided storage setup, provisioning and management
- - SOD: FICON ECKD support
- - Secure FTP through HMC for booting and installing an operating system via FTP
- Benefits for users new to IBM Z:
- - Modify system resources without disrupting running workloads
- - Create alarms for events, conditions, and state changes
- - Update individual partition resources to adjust capacity, redundancy, availability, or isolation

Selecting a hypervisor - KVM or z/VM
- z/VM
- - World class quality, security, reliability - powerful and versatile
- - Extreme scalability creates cost savings opportunities
- - Exploitation of advanced technologies, such as shared memory (Linux kernel, executables, communications)
- - Highly granular control over various resources
- - Improves productivity by hosting non-Linux workloads such as z/OS, z/VSE, and z/TPF
- KVM for IBM Z
- - Standardizes configuration and operation of server virtualization
- - Leverage common Linux administration skills to administer virtualization
- - Flexibility and agility leveraging the Open Source community
- - Provides an Open Source virtualization choice
- - Provided by distributors

Selecting a hypervisor - KVM for IBM Z
- Optimized for IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE and multiple types of workloads
- Business applications remain active while workloads are relocated for load balancing or scheduled hypervisor downtime
- Higher-level virtualization functions so critical workloads receive resources and priority based on established goals
- Coexists with z/VM, Linux on IBM Z, z/OS, z/VSE, and z/TPF
- Standard interfaces enables single cross-platform virtualization to help simplify systems management
- Optimize consolidation of Linux workloads to help reduce operational costs
- Maintain flexibility and agility by exploiting the Open Source Community
- Leverage traditional Linux administrative skills to administer virtualization simplifying operational control of the environment
- Use open source tools like OpenStack to simplify management of virtualization
- Easy integration of Linux servers into existing infrastructure leads to faster time to market

Note: KVM for IBM Z is available in SUSE SLES and Canonical Ubuntu distributions for IBM Z.
Red Hat does not provide support for KVM on IBM Z.

Selecting a hypervisor - z/VM
- z/VM ís world-class industry-proven virtualization technology offers the ability to host extremely large number of virtual servers on a single server
- Host non-Linux environments with z/VM on IBM Z - z/OS, z/VSE and z/TPF
- Virtual machines share system resources with very high levels of resource utilization
- Optimized for IBM Z architecture multi-tenancy, capacity on demand and support for multiple types of workloads
- World class quality, security, reliability
- Extreme scalability creates huge cost savings opportunities
- - Software licensing
- - Hardware maintenance and networking
- - Floor space and energy
- Exploitation of advanced technologies, such as:
- - Shared memory (Linux kernel, executables, communications)
- - Virtual networking (switches, LANs)
- Highly granular control over resource pool
- Valuable tool for disaster recovery and resiliency plans and processes
- IBM Wave for z/VM
- - Monitors and manages virtual servers and resources from a single interface
- - Simplifies and automates administration and management tasks
- - Provisions virtual resources (Guests, Network, Storage)
- - Supports advanced z/VM capabilities such as Single System Image and Live Guest Relocation
- - Allows delegation of administrative capabilities to the appropriate teams
- - Provides flexible reporting and auditing

Should you consolidate servers?
- Once you know that your applications will run on Linux on IBM Z and you have decided on how to run them, the next step is to determine:
- - How large a IBM Z server is required?
- - Is it cost effective to consolidate the servers?
- - Performance on IBM Z CPUs is comparable to CPUs on other platforms of similar speed
- - - CPU speed is not the entire story - it ís in the architecture!
- - - Architecture designed for multiple or consolidated workloads
- - - IBM Z has definite advantage with applications that have mixed CPU and I/O
- - Good planning is essential
- - IBM can perform sizing estimates and assist with planning and initial installation needs

Tools to assist in consolidation analysis
- IBM has several no-charge offerings available for this effort
- - SURF, SCON, RACEv, and IT Economics (Eagle) studies are provided by IBMers
- - LinuxONE Cost Savings Estimator analysis is provided by IBMers or business partners
- - The IBM LinuxONE TCO calculator is available on the web to anyone

- SURF is a tool which takes basic performance data from distributed servers along with server definitions from SCON to derive a concurrent peak utilization
- SCON is a tool which uses the utilization information from SURF (or manually derived) along with server definitions from IDEAS International to provide an IBM Z server sizing (IFLs or MIPS)
- These tools are Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheets (really) and the analysis is done by IBMers (usually in the WSC)
- Even if you don't use the tools, the collection exercise is a very useful exercise

SCON worksheet - Workload Examples
No. - Workload Type - Typifying Middleware - Workload Category Description
1. Middleware-Based Default - N/A - Null
2. CPU Intensive: High CPU utilization, lots of calculations, small memory usage, very high cache hits rates.
3. Java Heavy - WAS, Portal Server, Weblogic - SCON: WAS: Substantial Java Application. Java applications that are compute intensive (e.g. large XML object processing)
4. Java Medium - WESB, Process Server - Middle of the road java applications. Use this value if you do not know details about a Java application
5. Java Lite - WAS, BEA Weblogic - SCON: WAS: Little Java Content. Java applications that are heavy I/O users
6. Database - DB2, Oracle - SCON: DB Production. Database and "database-like" work in service to batch or transactional read/write applications.
7. Mixed High - Multiple applications on distributed systems, or applications with multiple contexts
8. Mixed Low - VMware, Webfocus - Multiple applications on distributed systems, or applications with multiple contexts with higher degree of virtualization or context switching than Mixed High
9. Data Intense, I/O Bound - Extremely large memory working set sizes, very active context switching, low cache hit rates (lots of virtualization).
10. TSM - Tivoli Storage Manager - SCON: Misc: Tivoli Storage Manager

Note: There are 35 workloads, this is a partial list

SCON Worksheet - Accuracy is essential
- Fill out the SCON worksheet completely, the more accurate the data the more accurate the result
- The information required is:
- - Machine Name (this is used in SURF as the file name of the data file)
- - Vendor (IBM, CISCO, Dell, Fujitsu/Siemens, HP, Oracle/Sun)
- - Model/Type , # Chips, # Cores, CPU Ghz (this is used in SCON along with the vendor to find the right entry in the IDEAS International database)
- - Mode (native or virtual)
- - Entitled Cap (if running virtualized, the cap in number of cores, i.e. on a 4 core system if a virtual image gets 1.5 cores use "1.5")
- - Average Utilization, Peak Utilization (SURF will derive accurate info)
- - Quantity of Identical Machines
- - Type of Workload (numeric code)
- - Comments (anything that may be useful to the person doing the analysis)

For a copy of the SCON Sizing Input Sheet, e-mail me

SURF Data Collection
- Please select at least a day's worth of data but not more than 15 days
- These days should be representative of the workload that you would like to have analyzed
- Please ensure that the data sent includes peak workload intervals, the intervals should be 15 minute intervals and that the time stamps for all servers match up (required to give an accurate concurrent peak)
- There should be one file for each server, name the file with the server name and a suffix of csv (e.g. altanta2.csv)
- The data in the file should contain one line per time interval (tab delimited)
- The following are required fields:
- - Date MM/DD/YY - Required
- - Time HH:MM:SS - Required
- - USR Number - Required
- - SYS Number - Required
- The following are optional fields, but it is suggested that they be included:
- - WAIT Number - Optional
- - IDLE Number - Optional
- Example of a log file:
- - Date Time Usr Sys Wait I/O Idle
- - 11/8/2007 13:05:00 7 4 0 89
- - 11/8/2007 13:10:00 10 5 0 85
- - 11/8/2007 13:15:00 11 4 0 86
- - 11/8/2007 13:20:01 13 5 0 82
- The order of the fields is not critical, but do NOT combine the day and time into one field.
- These fields are the standard output of a UNIX or LINUX or WINDOWS performance monitor like VMSTAT, SYSTAT, or Perfmon

For a copy of the SURF Data Collection Guide, e-mail me

SURF - Output is detailed utilization info and graphs
- SURF produces several tables and graphics using the performance data files and the SCON spreadsheet ís server information
- SURF will determine when and what the concurrent peak was (in this case 2,441 MIPS equivalent)
- SURF will use this information to populate the SCON spreadsheet

SCON - Output is estimated IFLs
- SCON used the IDEAS International RPE data along with the workload information supplied by the customer to determine equivalent IBM Z MIPS
- Using either customer provided capacity information or utilization information from SURF, SCON translates this into required IFLs for the selected processor family

RACEv - TCO analysis
- Right-fitting Applications into Consolidated Environments (RACEv) is an approach that is used by IBMers (usually IBM Z Client Architects) to size and subsequently project the financial benefits of consolidating to a virtualized server environment
- It demonstrates which platform option offers the most attractive financial attributes for your next project
- RACEv requires a lot of input data from the customer as it provides a true Total Cost of Ownership study covering 5 years and all costs related to a project
- Using SURF/SCON first will provide accurate data for the RACEv analysis (not required, but I recommend it)
- Consolidation targets can be Linux on IBM Z, AIX, or Linux on Power, and other platforms so you get a true 5-year comparative analysis

IBM LinuxONE TCO calculator
- If you want a quick view of what the TCO would be, try the TCO calculator and see:
- - Your estimated TCO over three, four or five years
- - Your likely payback in months, ROI and IRR
- - Your likely consolidation savings
- How it works
- - By answering just a few questions such as hardware, workload type and software, the LinuxONE TCO calculator provides a high-level total cost of ownership based on your answers and industry-proven assumptions.
- - While this is not intended to provide an exact cost, in just a few minutes you can see how LinuxONE can help you. If you like what you see, contact us for a complimentary on-site assessment.
- Helps to calculate the financial advantage of LinuxONE with:
- - 3 to 5 year TCO comparison between your x86 environment and a LinuxONE solution
- - Payback in number of months, ROI and IRR
- - Cost reduction as a result of consolidation onto LinuxONE
- - Calculates TCO factors such as hardware, workload type, IBM and ISV software, facility costs (space, energy), maintenance charges, server utilization, hypervisors, migration
- The SCON worksheet can be used to collect the required data
- The calculator is available at

IBM LinuxONE TCO calculator - Sample output
- Graphs not copied

• IT Economics - IBM Eagle studies
- Determining the right platform for your workloads
- - Understanding the IT economics of your business is essential to minimize cost and enable growth
- - Analyzing your true costs and identifying areas for savings is time consuming and complex
- How does an IT Economics study help you?
- - An IT Economics study facilitates the decision making process
- - The analysis in the report provides you with a detailed assessment of your existing solution and possible alternatives, and offers recommendations to reduce IT spending
- - It is a business case, enabling you to make a financially based IT decisions
- How long does a study take?
- - A study can be completed in three to four weeks
- Contact IBM for an IT Economics study
- - Ask your IBM representative, business partner or request an exploratory call with an IBM Eagle team member

Sizing for new workloads
- New workloads can be front-ending a legacy system (z/OS, z/VSE, z/TPF)
- - Examples include Cognos, InfoSphere, WebSphere, SAP
- New workloads can also be applications that might otherwise be run on an x86 or RISC server
- - Examples include Oracle DB, Db2 LUW, WebSphere, or Open Source projects
- The same tools are used as for server consolidation, but customers have to estimate the "distributed" server capacity
- - Most major software products have tools which provide an estimate of the x86 severs required for a given workload and this info can be used as input to the Linux on IBM Z sizing tools

- There are several tools available which can help you to size a Linux on IBM Z workload
- Accuracy of the data you use as input to the tools is essential to getting a valid sizing
- First make sure your workload will run on Linux on IBM Z
- Second ensure the required capacity makes financial sense
- Good luck - IBM and your business partner are here to help you in building a successful solution

• The presentation ended about 8:22 PM

• Presentation Access - See SPARTA webpage for the complete presentation

Contact Info:
Jim Elliott | Mainframe Consultant
GlassHouse Systems Inc. | 885 Don Mills Road, Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario M3C 1V9
office: 1-416-229-2959 Ext: 341 | mobile: 1-416-527-0666

• The November 2017 monthly meeting ended about 9:35 PM.

Treasurer’s Report for November 2017

contributed by Pam Tant

The balance in the account is $360.89 as of November 30, 2017.

SPARTA Financial Report
3/01/2017 through 11/30/2017


Opening Balance


Total Deposits

Food money donated


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Loan repayment (RS)


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PETTY CASH on hand 




Items of Interest

SPARTA Schedule and Menu for 2017

contributed by Chris Blackshire

Dec. 5, 2017 - Subs

For Your 2018 SPARTA Meeting Planning:

contributed by Chris Blackshire

February 6, 2018
March 6, 2018
April 3, 2018
May 1, 2018
June 5, 2018
July 10, 2018 (changed because of the July 4 holiday in previous week)
August 7, 2018
September 11, 2018 (changed because of the Labor Day holiday in previous week)
October 2, 2018
November 6, 2018
December 4, 2018

Ready for SHARE in March 2018?

Contributed By Ed Webb

"SHARE Sacramento is the only industry event that provides a user-focused approach to enterprise IT education with over 500 technical sessions on topics such as IBM Z® and z/OS, innovative workloads, pervasive encryption and Blockchain.

It's all about making connections: take advantage of the valuable networking opportunities you'll enjoy with seasoned enterprise IT professionals and the chance to meet with leading IT partners showcasing the hottest products in the industry.

Don't forget about the savings: there are discounted registration options for members, non-members, government employees and students. Early-bird registration savings run until January 26."

Hotel reservations and discounted SHARE registration are available at SHARE Sacramento 2018.

Virtualizing the Mainframe, 50 Years and Going Strong

Contributed By Ed Webb

"Did you know this year marks 50 years of mainframe virtualization? In fact, the majority of the concepts of virtualization on all platforms began on mainframes. What many mainframers today don’t realize is that they benefit from this long history, even if they are not running virtualization management software such as z/VM. What everyone commonly understands as logical partition management on the machines (LPAR or PR/SM) has its roots in the same VM from the mid-1980s. IBM depends on a customized version of VM to develop and test new releases on all of the mainframe operating systems, including z/OS and z/VSE. Many vendors also depend on VM to test their products. Many VM functions have been provided using Service Virtual Machines, making VM the origin of Client / Server technology."

Read Rick Barlow's, SHARE LVM Program Manager, SHARE'd Intelligence article titled Virtualizing the Mainframe, 50 Years and Going Strong.


Mainframe Branding Insanity

contributed by Ed Webb

"Prompted by IBM’s rename of “System z” to “z Systems,” last year’s “zWhat (or z/What??)” by Phil Smith III discussed IBM branding. Remarkably, that story is already out of date: With its July 2017 z14 announcement, IBM renamed the mainframe line yet again, this time to “IBM Z”—and yes, that’s a capital “Z,” for the first time.

It’s hard not to conclude that something odd is going on at IBM."

Find out more in this Enterprise Systems blog entry.

Membership Information

Don’t Forget the Next SPARTA Meeting

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

7 p.m.

Location: LabCorp in RTP

Take I-40 to Miami Boulevard and go north. Turn right onto 1912 T.W. Alexander Drive. Go about a mile or so. Then turn right into LabCorp complex and turn left to the CMBP Building. In the lobby, sign in as a visitor to see Bill Johnson. Bill will escort you to the conference room. Use 1912 TW Alexander Drive, Durham, NC 27703 in your map app.

Free Food before meeting: Subs, Sodas and Tea, Dessert


Secure FTP, SIEM z/OS & DB2 Collector Agents, PGP Data Encryption

Speaker: Deb Hodson of Software Diversified Services


P.O. Box 13194

Research Triangle Park, NC  27709-3194

First Class Postage

SPARTA Corporate Sponsors:

DTS Software

Rocket Software