1. New MP3000 Announcement
3. Funny Y2K Cartoon
1. New MP3000 Announcement
On September 20th, IBM announced a new series of S/390 servers, the Multiprise 3000 (announcement # 199-240, 299-269, 299-271). This is an unusual series of processors because they will be marketed primarily by IBM business partners and because they provide a different pricing structure for IBM software. Instead of using processor groups and MSU ratings for GLC or PSLC pricing, the MP 3000 machines use GOLC, Growth Opportunity License Charges. The new pricing structure can result in a reduction of 35-40% in software costs compared to current S/390 pricing. I’m hearing great stories from people who are evaluating these processors and finding extraordinary savings. This offering is directed at the medium-sized sites and provides easier and less expensive growth options for application growth or new applications. I’ll have more in the next newsletter about how ISVs are treating the MP3000s. The three new models are:
MIPS estimates are available to subscribers of Cheryl Watson’s TUNING Letter. Electronic subscribers received the MIPS estimates yesterday. Print subscribers may send an email to Doni Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org with their company name and address for a return email with the MIPS.
I’d like to ask your help in completing a survey. I’ll publish the results in a future Cheryl’s List, but would also like to use the information in some articles I’m working on. Hardware vendors, software vendors, or consultants who have customers who might not be on the list could help out a lot by submitting responses multiple times, once per site. I’m anxiously awaiting the results, but will wait until next Wednesday (November 17th) to tally them. So please respond within the next few days if possible. I REALLY appreciate your help in this! You can either reply and quote this with your responses or print it and fax it to: 630-604-5465 (this is my eFax number which comes directly to my email and not to our office). My email id is email@example.com.
Note: If you want to respond after the date of November 17th 1999, we still welcome your contribution, although your answers may not be used in tabulating the results shown in the Cheryl’s List #33.
1. Are you running any system, even test, in goal mode? Y or N
2. If not in goal mode, what is the PRIMARY reason?
a - waiting until after Y2K
b - not enough staff or time
c - concerned about potential problems with goal mode
d - see no apparent benefit
e - other _______________________________________
2a. If not in goal mode, are you using a WLM service policy for managing DDF or to collect information for CICS or IMS transactions? a - DDF
b - CICS or IMS
c - DDF AND (CICS or IMS)3. If in goal mode, please answer the following:
3a. How long did it take to convert your first (test) system? ____________________________________________________________
3b. How long did it take to convert the next system? _____________________________________________________________
3c. What is the largest benefit that goal mode gives you? ______________________________________________________________
Could we use your comments and name as a reference? Y or N ___
3d. What was the largest problem in going to goal mode? ____________________________________________________________________
3e. Which facilities have you implemented in goal mode (mark a Y in front of each subsystem or facility):
__ DB2 (sysplex queries)
__ CB (CORBA)
__ Stored Procedures
__ WLM managed initiators
__ Application environments
3f. Are you running goal mode with multiple systems using the same policy (i.e. in a sysplex)? Y or N
3g. Are you using region velocities or transaction response goals for CICS/IMS? a - velocities; b - response goals ___
4. Are you running a production sysplex (either base or parallel)? Y or N
5. Are you running a production parallel sysplex (i.e. using a coupling facility)? Y or N
6. Which parallel sysplex facilities are being used (enter a Y if applicable):
__ logger (console or logrec)
__ logger for CICS
__ shared tape
__ GRS Star
__ XCF Star
__ JES2 Checkpoint
__ ECS (Enhanced Catalog Sharing)
__ VSAM RLS
7. DB2 status? a - installed in production; b - installed in test; c- plan to install within next year; d - no plans to install within next year
8. MQSeries status? a - installed in production; b - installed in test; c- plan to install within next year; d - no plans to install within next year
9. WebSphere status? a - installed in production; b - installed in test; c- plan to install within next year; d - no plans to install within next year
10. Domino Notes status? a - installed in production; b - installed in test; c- plan to install within next year; d - no plans to install within next year
11. Business Intelligence (warehousing) status? a - installed in production; b - installed in test; c- plan to install within next year; d - no plans to install within next year
12. Are you running production work on UNIX System Services (not including TCP/IP and WebServer)? Y or N If so, what applications: ______________________________________________
13. What is the most current level of MVS or OS/390 running in your site, even if only in test (e.g. MVS/SP 5.2 or OS/390 R7)? ______________________________________________
14. What is the earliest level of MVS or OS/390 still running in your site? ___________________________________
15. What size site(s) have you been describing (in total MIPS)?
a - 1 - 50
b - 51 - 200
c - 201 - 500
d - over 500
Many, many, thanks for taking the time to fill out this survey. We really appreciate it!
3. Funny Y2K Cartoon
Tom thought you would enjoy this SHOE cartoon relating to Y2K…
That’s all for now. Stay tuned!