Latest version: v4.3.0
General Availability: September, 2019
Version 4.3 - September 2019
Support for Tailored Fit Pricing
You can now indicate to ASC the presence of containers on your environment and assign LPARs to them. You can also declare their types – dev&test, instant payment, new application and Enterprise Consumption Solution, and their contractual size in MSU.
ACTIVATION OR DEACTIVATION OF DC MANAGEMENT
You can choose to active or deactivate DC management on each container. Deactivation of DC management turns off soft capping mechanisms, a recommended approach for containers relying on the cumulative MSU consumption model.
Baseline compliance for Dev & Test
SOFT CAPPING MECHANISMS
Dev & Test containers still rely on the rolling four hours average for billing. To control costs and meet your commitments, you can apply a soft capping strategy dedicated to this container. In this context, ASC works at the container level as if it were a separate CPC. MSUs are distributed between LPARs of the container and defined capacities are dynamically adjusted to ensure that the billing limit is always respected.
DEDICATED REPORTING FOR DEV AND TEST
You can now follow the activity of your dev & test container in real time from the new “container” tab in the web reporting interface. Available metrics include evolution of the rolling four hours average, IMSU, defined capacity, container.
Consumption monitoring for cumulative-MSU-based containers
NEW METRIC MMSU
You can now follow the cumulative MSU consumption of each container through a new metric called “MMSU” for Monthly MSU.
You can now visualize in real time the cumulative consumption level of the month for a container, the contribution of each LPAR and where you stand from your contractual consumption commitment.
For analysis purposes, you can follow the cumulative MSU consumed each hour. The sum of all the hours of the month represents the monthly consumption as calculated by IBM.
Consumption monitoring for Tenant Resource Groups
DEDICATED REPORTING FOR TENANT RESOURCE GROUPS
You can now follow the consumption of a specific WLM Tenant Resource Group (TRG). In this dedicated view, you can track the cumulative MSU consumption of workloads related to TRG. The solution ID allows you to cumulate your container consumption with the tenant resource groups associated.
Alerts for containers consumption
NEW ALERT MECHANISMS FOR CUMULATIVE MSU CONSUMPTIONS
You can now set alerts related to the new cumulative MSU metric. You can decide to be alerted when a specific amount of MSU has been consumed by a container during the current month. This alert can also be configured on an hourly MSU consumption to anticipate and react to abnormal consumption peaks.
You can configure an alert when the contractual size of your container is about to be exceeded.
Performance & reliability improvements for DC settings
DC change commands operated by ASC through BCPii are now performed in parallel to improve the overall setting process speed. By default, the multi-setting allows 3 simultaneous instructions. This parameter can be personalized for your environment.
In addition, multi-settings improve the reliability of the MSU distribution process by allowing the monitor to continue its distribution even if one of the collectors does not respond.
Improved reliability for Monitor & Collector versioning
COMPATIBILITY ASSESMENT FROM THE MONITOR
The Monitor is now checking the version of the collectors currently installed on LPARs to avoid compatibility issues. If a collector is running on an unsupported version, a warning message will be displayed inviting you to update the corresponding collectors.
New ergonomics settings for the reporting
COLOR THEMES FOR CHARTS
You can now choose between two color themes for charts:
“Normalized” introduces shades of color depending on the type of data: red for iMSUs, blue for DC, green for R4H, purple for the billing. Recommended for customers with small to medium environments, it helps quickly identify the type of graph you are currently looking at.
“Default” restores the multi-color model that ensures a good readability for customers with large environments.
SMF 225 enrichments
ADDITION OF CONTAINER DATA IN SMF 225
You can now analyze your container data & parameters from AutoSoftCapping’s SMF record:
– monthly cumulated MSUs consumptions in subtypes 01, 02, 03;
– tenant resource groups consumption information in subtype 02;
– container parameters information in subtype 04;
– container consumption information in a new subtype 05.
Version 4.2 - April 2018
Mobile Workload Pricing Management
In order for our customers to fully benefit from Mobile Workload Pricing, we integrated this IBM pricing into AutoSoftCapping’s algorithm. ASC collects information related to the mobile activity and displays this information in graphical form on the user interface. Thus, the customer can easily follow the MSU reduction obtained by mobile workloads.
The new parameter in ASC to manage the mobile workload pricing is called MOBILE. The customer can choose between 2 values:
– No: is the value setting by default. The mobile is not considered and therefore will not be displayed in the graphs.
– Yes: The mobile activity is displayed on the charts and the customer benefits from the savings gained through the mobile pricing.
The command MOBILE in ASC’s monitor works for the entire system, meaning all CPC.
NEW KEY MANAGEMENT
The mobile management being optional, customers need to activate a special key to access the feature. Please engage your sales rep for further
REINVEST MOBILE DISCOUNT
New algorithm allowing to reinvest all or part of the mobile savings depending on the context
– CMP_MAX/CPC_MAX becomes DC MAX
– DC MAX is adjusted automatically depending on the mobile activity
Container Pricing Management
ASC now displays the container activity and customers will be able to reinvest MSUs from some of the container types.
Stacked Graphs Showing R4H by Workload Category
For better readability and easier navigation, we rearranged the tables and fine-tuned our graphs.
CHANGES IN A CPC TAB
We’ve introduced new columns in the CPC tab and renamed a few columns:
– The previously “IMSU” column is now called “Stacked IMSU” as you can now see the stacked iMSUs for all LPARs.
– New “Stacked R4H” where you can see stacked graphs of your mobile and legacy activity
– For CMP customers: Display stacked iMSUS for all CPCs and see the stacked R4H for your CMP environment.
– Follow your costs in MSUs:
o View graphs of your legacy R4H, excluding mobile activity
o View graphs of the billed mobile R4H, which represents 40% of your mobile activity.
o View graphs of your total R4H activity
o View graphs of your costs, meaning the MSU you will be invoiced on your SCRT report.
– Previously called “DC”, this column was renamed “Stacked DC” where you can see the stacked DC of all LPARs per CPC and the stacked DC of all CPCs for your CMP environment.
CHANGES IN LPAR TAB
We introduced a new column called “Cost”. Just like for the CPC tab, you can now see how much MSU a given LPAR will cost you in MSU. Additionally, a new link under R4H enables users to see the contribution of legacy and mobile to the R4H.
Finally, new graphs showing the invoiced R4H, the billing and the R4H activity.
The breadcrumb trail in graph now shows how deep you are into your navigation. User can go back by clicking the links in the trail. The navigation display goes all the way to the service class.
For higher consistency in the graphs colors we are now using a single color declined into different shades depending on the type of data:
– Red for iMSUs
– Blue for DC
– Green for R4H
– Purple for the billing.
This shall help user quickly identify the type of graph they are currently navigating.
BILLING PEAK TIME AND VALUE
The billing peak time and value is shown on every graph of the CPC panel. Furthermore, a reminder of the billing peak in real time has been added on every graph and is refreshed at each interval.
ADDITIONAL SMF INFORMATION
For customers using ASC’s SMF for analytics purposes, we added following information to our SMF record:
– CMP data
– Mobile data
– New parameters (Threshold and mobile)
– Container data
Version 4.1 - December 2017
Smarter MSU distribution
Deliver higher service quality and ensure performance with ZETALY AC’s new distribution level. The enhanced algorithm allows to distribute and prioritize MSUs between LPARs. This intelligent MSU distribution provides customers with an additional layer of control over performance delivery.
More flexibility in the dynamics adjustement of DC levels
Achieve higher savings by choosing when ZETALY AC starts dynamically adjusting the define capacity levels. By default, ZETALY AC constrains LPARs at 90% of the billing limit at CPC level. You can now choose to personalize this threshold via a new parameter expressed in MSU.
Synchronization of WLM and IMSU collections
For an LPAR, the IMSU and WLM measurements show in both graphs the instantaneous activity (IMSU) of the LPAR. On WLM LPAR view the IMSU is represented by sum of importance.
Reactivity & security margin settings via commands
To improve performance management and rapid responsiveness to sudden activity increase users can set the REACTIVITY and SECURITYMARGIN parameter via command.
Get monitor status notification
To facilitate user’s monitoring activity, ZETALY AC’s web-interface display’s a warning by displaying the header in red if ASC stops dynamically adjusting the define capacity.
Add “includes” in PARMLIB members
For easier installation of general and LPAR parameters of the PARMLIB, it is now possible to load the content of a PARMLIB member into another one with an inclusion directive.
Additionnal security for the web reporting
ZETALY AC’s web application can now be installed using HTTPS and SSL protocol.
Billing data accuracy
ZETALY AC now collects and displays billing peak data that matches 100% the SCRT value by synchronizing the billing computation on every partition’s SMF interval.
Display past billing data
To better manage the billing peak during the months, it is now possible to keep the billing peak information in the web interface after completing a reinitialization of CPC and LPAR reports.
Improved efficiency of Country Multiplex Management
ZETALY AC users under a country multiplex environment can now create alerts based on CMP activity
New design in the web interface
ZETALY AC’s parameter interface has a new design for better readability and user experience.
Additional metrics in the web interface
For easier parameter setting management, ZETALY AC displays the sum of the DFCBASE for a group in group view, the CPC capacity in CPC view, and the CMP capacity in CMP view of the web interface.
Accurate reporting on data collection
ZETALY AC now integrates into its reporting the missing data. Users can now see at a glance when exactly data couldn’t be collected.
Preserve graph scale accuracy
When changing the ZETALY AC collect interval, the Web interface displays the largest interval until the values to be represented have a homogeneous interval.