Chapter 12. Systems Management

Systems management[17] aims at controlling an IT infrastructure in order to meet given business objectives. This chapter outlines in more detail what we mean by systems management in the context of this book. It discusses the main strategies and principles of systems management and how you might get additional value from Linux on the mainframe.

[17] In the UNIX world, systems management is more commonly referred to as network management. This reflects the paradigm of an environment with many physical hardware machines that are connected via a network of cables. The mainframe paradigm is that of a small number of machines that contain the critical components or systems.

With today's environments, which are growing both in complexity and in the number of systems to be managed, systems management becomes increasingly challenging. Accordingly, systems management takes a greater share of the TCO of IT infrastructures. Also, because system administration skill is sometimes difficult to find, overworked IT staff is a common phenomenon.

Most operating systems are designed to run alone, on dedicated hardware. Thus, the scope of management functions that come with them tends to be a single system. On the other hand, mainframes with their virtualization technology have been running multiple operating system images concurrently for decades. Consequently, tools for multi-system administration have been growing around the mainframe operating systems for a long time.

In recognition of the difficulties that systems managers encounter today, IBM announced that it would further develop its existing management functions. Through IBM's Autonomic Computing initiative, the vision is to deliver self-managing technologies across the entire IBM product line, including the IBM eServer zSeries platform. Autonomic technologies are self-optimizing, self-configuring, self-protecting, and self-healing. Once set up, they are envisaged to run with little to no human intervention while still managing work according to business-level objectives. All operating systems that run on IBM eServer machines benefit, including Linux on the mainframe. For more information on autonomic computing visit:

In this and the following chapters, we will look at how to manage IT infrastructures that include Linux on the mainframe to meet given business objectives. We will see how policies, procedures, and tools define the orderly scheme of how people and tools work together to achieve system availability. In this chapter, we will explore:

  • Can virtual Linux images on the mainframe be controlled effectively?

  • What can you gain from policies?

  • What tool options are available?

  • Which systems management frameworks embrace Linux on the mainframe?

  • Where does the unique manageability of Linux on the mainframe give additional value to your business?

Linux on the Mainframe
Linux on the Mainframe
ISBN: 0131014153
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 199 © 2008-2017.
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