IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - January 2018 - SE36
ARTICLE: SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
More Tools Are Available
to Help Power Clients
With Systems Management
ystems management is an ongoing function for every IT shop.
New tools are being developed to assist administrators in
performing assessments and oversight. Adding cloud to the mix
increases organizations' monitoring needs.
Recognizing that, IBM developed IBM Cloud Management
Console (CMC) for IBM Power Systems*. CMC gives IT admins the
ability to monitor off-premises, on-premises and cloud systems
from a single platform. This centralized view can be accessed from
anywhere, including mobile devices, allowing IT to see what's
happening anytime, anywhere. (See "Anytime Management,"
CMC aggregates data from multiple HMCs to provide a view
of the entire enterprise, including hybrid cloud and data centers
spread out geographically. As a Software as a Service (SaaS)
offering, CMC is hosted on IBM Cloud. Users don't have any
software to install or additional infrastructure to maintain, notes
Jennifer Monk Lin, former senior offering manager, IBM Power
Systems. "You don't have to worry about software maintenance and
that, in turn, reduces operating expenses," she says. Further, the
SaaS model means IBM and its development team can add features
and value as soon as they are ready.
Current CMC apps include performance, inventory and logging
information. The performance app monitors performance, including
systems, shared storage pools and partitions. This enables admins
app also provides energy usage metrics. It looks at network usage
so that admins can identify an application that's using a lot of
bandwidth. With that information, admins can take action, such as
upgrading a card on the hardware from 1GB to 10GB, Lin notes.
With the inventory app, it's simple to monitor the status and
health of all of the Power Systems infrastructure resources. The app
those resources that are a priority.
CMC's logging app gives users a view of PowerVM* virtualization
actions, including Remote Restart, Partition Lifecycle and live
Review Hardware Routinely
assess current abilities and see where newer technologies may help
boost performance and solve issues. Technologies change, as do
business needs, so enterprises must take stock, according to Jacqui
Lynch, a solutions architect and independent consultant. (See "Take
a Holistic View," bit.ly/2yJ4ja7.)
Moving to the latest hardware can often solve system issues and
trim expenses. The latest hardware can reduce maintenance issues.
Newer machines tend to use less power and cooling, cutting outlays
issues, Lynch says.
In reviewing an organization's system, IT should document the
determine if improvements must be made, Lynch says. Performance
can be affected by card placement in the server slots, and any
assessment should look at that, too.
Tunables are another area to be reviewed. Admins should ensure
that tunable guidelines are up to date, she says. Be sure to consider
the size of the enterprise's network when looking at tunables.
Finally, IT must assess its I/O and CPU needs. Advancements in
CPU over the past few years yield better, faster performance, Lynch
says. Using virtual I/O servers can help organizations keep up with
security and performance patches.
Do a VM Inventory
Virtual machines (VMs) are a popular remedy for server sprawl, but
they, too, must be managed. Virtualization allows many VMs to
reside on a single server, and it's easy to create VMs with a click of a
button. As a result, organizations have trimmed hardware costs by
Wise organizations will perform an ongoing assessment of VMs,
including how many exist and how much they are used. Such
reviews are recommended on a monthly or quarterly occurrence.
The company can then cull VMs that aren't being used. This will
do much to keep systems in check and
BY SHIRLEY S. SAVAGE
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