What is zGUARD?

zGuard is one of the most powerful products on the z/OS market when it comes to resources, costs and capping. This software solution provides a flexible mechanism to automatically change your license consumption in compliance with your Mainframe system and performance requirements. The software reacts automatically before extra costs arise!

How does zGUARD help?

Every minute, WLM, LPAR, processor and other topology data is extracted from all LPARs and transmitted in encrypted form to a central server. There, the data is viewed as a whole and, if necessary, changes are made in the hardware console or in the z/OS itself.

Unpredictable situations do not lead to new MLC Peaks and unnecessary costs. Limit yourself only in times when you save money!

What is zGUARD?

zGuard is one of the most powerful products on the z/OS market when it comes to resources, costs and capping. This software solution provides a flexible mechanism to automatically change your license consumption in compliance with your Mainframe system and performance requirements. The software reacts automatically before extra costs arise!

How does zGUARD help?

Every minute, WLM, LPAR, processor and other topology data is extracted from all LPARs and transmitted in encrypted form to a central server. There, the data is viewed as a whole and, if necessary, changes are made in the hardware console or in the z/OS itself.

Unpredictable situations do not lead to new MLC Peaks and unnecessary costs. Limit yourself only in times when you save money!

zGUARD Advantages

zGUARD Advantages

The Solution

zGuard offers multiple interfaces for interaction. Thus, not only the hardware console is directly accessible, but also components such as the complete Operlog, SMF, the security system (e.g. RACF) and also the workload manager (WLM). The latter in particular plays a decisive role when modifying processing resources. If a z/OS is limited, for example, it is important that the WLM only slows down the “non-time-critical workload”. Otherwise, your operations could be negatively affected at unexpected points and you would benefit from the WLM only to a very limited extent.

With zGuard you are in a much better position in this respect! All service classes of the Workload Manager provide their consumption and delay values every minute. The “zIIP on CP” consumption is visible and you can take countermeasures before this becomes a cost factor. Topology data on the processor underline this approach. The values provided allow you to have an interactive HiperDispatch ranking of your LPARs and you can use the full potential of your platform.

zGuard offers a comprehensive, customizable software product for you to optimally manage and control your daily workload.

Two options that you can use simultaneously

Option 1: Open and freely programmable framework

The first option includes an open and freely programmable framework. You can program your own routines – optionally with our support – which control your systems in a customized manner. Do the pricing models agree with the manufacturers deviate from the general standard or have other special features? Do your backup strategies sometimes require special control measures? Then you will benefit from an ideal tool for the customized creation of optimization algorithms with zGuard.

Option 1: Open and freely programmable framework

The first option includes an open and freely programmable framework. You can program your own routines – optionally with our support – which control your systems in a customized manner. Do the pricing models agree with the manufacturers deviate from the general standard or have other special features? Do your backup strategies sometimes require special control measures? Then you will benefit from an ideal tool for the customized creation of optimization algorithms with zGuard.

Option 1: Open and freely programmable framework

The first option includes an open and freely programmable framework. You can program your own routines – optionally with our support – which control your systems in a customized manner. Do the pricing models agree with the manufacturers deviate from the general standard or have other special features? Do your backup strategies sometimes require special control measures? Then you will benefit from an ideal tool for the customized creation of optimization algorithms with zGuard.

Option 2: Ready to deploy algorithms

The second option includes standard algorithms that are already included in the delivery inventory and ready to use. In a large number of analyses, we repeatedly found that customers face the same challenges. For this reason, zGuard offers standard algorithms in multiple variations from which you can choose directly. Benefit from this permanently growing treasure! We guarantee that algorithms once provided will remain stable. This gives you the certainty that the logic will not change unexpectedly in future releases. Existing standards are of course further optimized and released as new variants with modified names.

Option 2: Ready to deploy algorithms

The second option includes standard algorithms that are already included in the delivery inventory and ready to use. In a large number of analyses, we repeatedly found that customers face the same challenges. For this reason, zGuard offers standard algorithms in multiple variations from which you can choose directly. Benefit from this permanently growing treasure! We guarantee that algorithms once provided will remain stable. This gives you the certainty that the logic will not change unexpectedly in future releases. Existing standards are of course further optimized and released as new variants with modified names.

Option 2: Ready to deploy algorithms

The second option includes standard algorithms that are already included in the delivery inventory and ready to use. In a large number of analyses, we repeatedly found that customers face the same challenges. For this reason, zGuard offers standard algorithms in multiple variations from which you can choose directly. Benefit from this permanently growing treasure! We guarantee that algorithms once provided will remain stable. This gives you the certainty that the logic will not change unexpectedly in future releases. Existing standards are of course further optimized and released as new variants with modified names.

zGuard Simulation Mode

With zGuard Simulation Mode you can evaluate how zGuard will automatically optimize the LPAR Configuration without having to make any actual changes to HMC. This tool is very valuable for testing and evaluating the accuracy and behavior of the zGuard PHP scripts prior to implementing them into production. The outcome of the Simulation Mode engine can be reviewed via the zGurad UI Dashboard, Grafana Graphics and Tables as well as exporting to .csv for further evaluation.

zGuard Simulation Mode

With zGuard Simulation Mode you can evaluate how zGuard will automatically optimize the LPAR Configuration without having to make any actual changes to HMC. This tool is very valuable for testing and evaluating the accuracy and behavior of the zGuard PHP scripts prior to implementing them into production. The outcome of the Simulation Mode engine can be reviewed via the zGurad UI Dashboard, Grafana Graphics and Tables as well as exporting to .csv for further evaluation.

zGuard Simulation Mode

With zGuard Simulation Mode you can evaluate how zGuard will automatically optimize the LPAR Configuration without having to make any actual changes to HMC. This tool is very valuable for testing and evaluating the accuracy and behavior of the zGuard PHP scripts prior to implementing them into production. The outcome of the Simulation Mode engine can be reviewed via the zGurad UI Dashboard, Grafana Graphics and Tables as well as exporting to .csv for further evaluation.

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