Optimizing Mainframe Costs in 2024: The SVA Software and Beta Systems Advantage

In 2024, the landscape of mainframe management is rapidly evolving. Businesses are seeking solutions that not only streamline operations but also significantly cut costs. SVA Software, in partnership with Beta Systems, is at the forefront of this transformation, offering a solution to replace expensive CA software products within a z/OS environment. The Challenge of Mainframe CostsThe cost of maintaining and operating mainframes can be a significant part of an organization’s IT budget. This is especially true when relying on high-priced software solutions like those from CA Technologies. However, as technology evolves, so do opportunities to optimize these costs. Our Solution: … Read more

Mainframe Capacity Planning: A Comprehensive Guide

In recent years, many businesses have experienced unprecedented growth, leading to a surge in demand for their mainframe systems. This has made capacity planning more crucial than ever before. As more employees work remotely and online activity continues to increase, the demands on Mainframe systems have skyrocketed. Without effective capacity planning, businesses risk experiencing poor system performance, unexpected downtime, and lost revenue. By engaging in regular capacity planning activities, organizations can ensure that their Mainframe systems are equipped to handle current and future needs, optimize system performance, and meet the growing demands of the digital era. In this guide, we’ll … Read more

Stability and Security for your Data Center Infrastructure

Managing a modern data center infrastructure is a challenging task for architects, given the amount of technologies they have to deal with, including virtualization, bare-metal servers, storage arrays, and cloud services. To simplify and optimize operations, architects need reliable tools that can automate and provide visibility into the infrastructure’s health and performance. In this context, BVQ and orcharhino are two solutions that help address these challenges in any data center. BVQ serves as the cockpit of the data center infrastructure, providing comprehensive visibility into the environment’s health status, performance levels, and capacity utilization. This insight enables IT teams to make … Read more

Unlocking Mainframe KPI Reporting with zWorkload Reporter and zGuard

Mainframe systems are a critical part of many large organizations’ IT infrastructure. They host some of the most critical applications, handle vast amounts of data, and process massive workloads. However, managing and optimizing these systems can be a challenge, especially when it comes to monitoring and reporting key performance indicators (KPIs). In this blog, we’ll discuss how these two tools can be used for Mainframe KPI reporting. zWorkload Reporter (zWR) is a cloud-based application that provides real-time and historical reporting on various KPIs across the mainframe environment. It is a managed service that provides over 700 reports for various categories, … Read more

How to Improve Mainframe Performance

A Guide to Optimizing Your Mainframe’s Overall Performance Most likely, your company still uses mainframes for mission-critical IT tasks, just like the vast majority of the Fortune 500. As a result of the shift to higher performance requirements across industries in the wake of the 2020 pandemic, businesses are looking for ways to optimize the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their mainframes. Users of mainframes have to work hard to keep up with the growing amount of data from distributed applications that depend on the transaction processing power of mainframes. In order to save money, businesses are constantly under pressure to … Read more

How to Find Performance Bottlenecks in your VMware Environment

How to Find Performance Bottlenecks
in your VMware and NetApp Environment

Turning Infrastructure Data into Answers

Businesses are increasingly expecting more from their IT infrastructure. Some of the benefits of the systems your IT department sets up are that they are available, stable, innovative, and efficient. You need a centralized monitoring, alerting, and reporting system that maps cross-platform dependencies to find performance or capacity problems before they happen.

Many businesses use VMware vSphere and NetApp Storage for simplifying their IT architecture, among other tools, to improve their IT architecture when facing challenges. One way they do this is by virtualizing their server infrastructure. Even though these systems depend on each other, each vendor has its own monitoring and alerting features. Even though these “comprehensive tools” allow for a deep look at each system, they don’t offer a cross-platform view in the form of end-to-end monitoring.

The Solution: BVQ for VMware

Find performance bottlenecks in your VMware and NetApp environments by consolidating monitoring and analysis tasks. BVQ creates a streamlined, transparent system in which the most important parts of the IT infrastructure are checked to see if they comply with limit values, best practices, and critical factors. At a glance, you can see where the bottlenecks are on the virtual servers, hosts, and cluster. You can also see where the latencies are on the storage system and where the peak network loads are.

BVQ is the ideal starting point for an end-to-end ITSM

Real end-to-end analytics via the integration of Compute, HCI, Network and Storage layers

The seamless merging of the four layers increases the performance of each individual layer.

The alerting features of BVQ can help automate this monitoring by using predefined analysis methods that make working with BVQ easier and find areas that need to be constantly monitored. Alerts from BVQ (for SVC Storage and VMware) can now be added to ServiceNow to automatically create incident tickets.

As soon as the software is installed, BVQ will use reports and alerts that have already been set up to do an initial analysis of the environment. Now, it’s easy and clear to keep an eye on all important parameters and say for sure what causes, fixes, and results problems like resource and performance bottlenecks, wrong loads, and critical response times have.

In one use case, BVQ was able to figure out how the load was being shared between VMware and NetApp, as well as within the NetApp systems themselves, and what kind of resource optimization was possible in a VMware setting. With the help of the instructions that came out of BVQ, performance bottlenecks could be avoided ahead of time.

Through the integration of the compute, HCI, network, and storage layers, all of your platforms are brought together into a single infrastructure. This gives you real end-to-end analytics. Dashboards, powerful alerts, system health maps, and analysis panels are all part of BVQ so that you can get results quickly.

Using BVQ not only makes it easier to plan for future IT landscape expansions in a safe way, but the system changes also make it much easier to use resources in a cost-effective way. System administrators who are happy with BVQ’s features will use the tool to its fullest for reports, monitoring, cross-platform analyses, and preparing for the future with Kubernetes.

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