Wednesday, February 11, 2015

OMEGAMON integration with zScala

I've posted before about SmartCloud Analytics Log Analysis for System z (zScala) and its capabilities.  If you are not familiar with zScala, the tool provides you with the ability to search and analyze z/OS logs (and logs from other sources), looking for key messages and issues embedded within.

There is now an integration facility between the Tivoli Portal (TEP) interface of OMEGAMON and zScala.  What this means is that if you are looking at an OMEGAMON monitoring display, and need to see console log messages for problem analysis, you now have an easy mechanism to do so.

Here is an example.  From the TEP you can look at z/OS activity, such as Address Space monitoring.  From this display if you want to look for relevant messages for a given address space, you can pass that information and click to see the messages.

In the above example we are looking at batch jobs, including DEMOJOB1, etc.  To see any messages coming out of DEMOJOB1, you enter the information in the upper right field, and click to see the messages as retrieved from zScala. You see the messages below.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Learn more about IBM z13. Come to an event near you...

In the next two months there will be a series of events you can attend to learn more about the IBM z13.  Cities include Toronto, Boston, Atlanta, Denver, Charlotte, Detroit (Livonia), Dallas, Hartford,
Phoenix, Chicago, Raleigh, Cleveland, Jacksonville, St. Louis (Clayton), Philadelphia, Cincinnati,
Kansas City, Rochester, New Jersey (Hackensack), Minneapolis, Long Beach, Little Rock and Omaha. 

If you are interested in attending, here's a link:

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Links to z13 Redbooks

I've always been a big fan of IBM Red Books.  Back in the good old days when I worked as a Sysprog, the Red Books were always my favorites.  Whenever we got something new in to install, the first thing I would do would be to grab up the relevant Red Books and scan through them cover to cover.

A few years back, when I first started working for IBM, I had the chance to contribute to a Red Book.  It was a fun and educational process (and intense too).

Here are the links for some relevant z13 Red Books.  Enjoy:

This is the z13 Redbooks landing page with a list of all our Redbooks deliverables with links:

Here's the full list of the deliverables (Redbooks, Redpapers, and PoVs).

IBM z13 Technical Introduction, SG24-8250
Securing your Mobile Mainframe, REDP-5176
z Systems Simultaneous Multithreading Revolution, REDP-5144
SIMD Business Analytics Acceleration on z Systems, REDP-5145
Enhancing Value to Existing and Future Workloads with IBM z13, REDP-5135
z/OS Infrastructure Optimization using Large Memory, REDP-5146

IBM z13 Technical Guide, SG24-8251   
IBM z Systems Connectivity Handbook, SG24-5444
Get More Out of Your IT Infrastructure With IBM z13 I/O Enhancements, REDP-5134   

IBM z13 Configuration Setup, SG24-8260
IBM z Systems Functional Matrix, REDP-5157

TIPS docs
Reliable Analytics by Using IBM z13 , TIPS1259
Ultimate Security with the IBM z13, TIPS1257
IBM z13 for Cloud, TIPS1262
IBM z13 for Mobile Applications, TIPS1260

Thursday, January 15, 2015

It's a new year and a new mainframe!

Well, it's a new year and a new mainframe!  I've been on hiatus from tivoliwithaz for a while, but now seems like a good time to get the ball rolling again.  A new mainframe, new OMEGAMONs, more new OMEGAMONs coming, new technologies (hint - keep looking at things like Analytics).  2015 promises to be a fun year, and we will have a lot to talk about.

As part of my New Years resolution for 2015 I will be updating the look and layout of the blog (who knows, I might even update my picture).  I know the links need to be updated, and the good news is there is a lot of new content to add.

Now for the what's new, the IBM z13 mainframe.  What is the z13?  "The z13 is the world's fastest, most scalable and secure enterprise system. The z13 delivers real-time information enabling faster insight from data that can help you make timely business decisions. These capabilities are delivered with unmatched security and reliability".  How about support for up to 10TB of memory, support for up to 141 IFLs to run Linux, and support for up to 85 LPARs.

Here's a link for more information on the z13: