Chapter 13. Availability Management

Availability management starts with configuring the various hardware and software components with their individual reliability characteristics into a system that meets the availability requirements of the end user. It covers all the tasks associated with the delivery of service to the end users.

You might expect that Linux on the mainframe enables you to provide a higher available service at reduced cost when compared to alternative server farm configurations. In this chapter, we will cover some of the areas where we believe you will find key leverage points for this value potential.

We will regard a server as available if the end user can perform the desired functions. This definition of availability spans a wide range of failure points, from power to the hardware, the processors running, the disks spinning, and the network running to the operating system, the middleware, and applications all running and functioning together.

We will discuss all tasks listed in Figure 13-1 to some degree, but we will primarily focus on the following three availability tasks because they potentially have some unique value for you in a Linux-on-the-mainframe environment:

  • Monitoring the individual components and end user experiences. This monitoring is frequently called health monitoring.

  • Running automatic procedures to recover from various forms of failure. These automatic procedures are usually called automation.

  • Defined policies and procedures for handling changes to the system. This area of effort is called change management.

Figure 13-1. Availability management tasks


We will focus on how Linux, the mainframe, and z/VM can all contribute to the management tasks of keeping the system available according to your policies. We will explore questions such as:

  • Are there simple ways to determine the health of hundreds of Linux images on a mainframe?

  • Can Linux-on-the-mainframe applications provide a 99.9% level of availability?

  • What tools are available to manage a high-availability set of Linux images?

  • If the required level of availability is greater than what comes with Linux, what options are there?

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