Software Loading

The cost of any system depends greatly on the type of software it runs. In this respect, again, there is no such thing as a generic configuration or cost for any platform. Apart from licenses and software maintenance or support fees, software selections have major implications for system capacity. It is possible for two systems running similar workloads, but equipped with different sets of applications and systems software, to have radically different costs.

For example, large, highly integrated applications can consume substantially more computing resources than a comparable set of individual applications. Complex linkages between and within applications can generate a great deal of overhead. Similarly, certain types of development tools, databases, file systems, and operating systems also generate higher levels of processor, storage, and I/O consumption.

Exhibit 2 contains a representative list of the resource management tools required to cover most or all the functions necessary to ensure the integrity of the computing installation. If these tools are not in place, organizations are likely to run considerable business risks and incur excessive costs. Use of effective management tools is important with any type of workload. It is obligatory when high levels of availability and data integrity are required. In a mainframe-class installation, tools can consume up to 30 percent of total system capacity and license fees can easily run into hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Exhibit 2. A Representative List of Resource Management Tools

System Level

High Availability

System Management/Administration

Power/Environmental Monitoring

Performance Management

Disk Mirroring/RAID

Performance Monitoring/Diagnostics


Performance Tuning/Management

Disaster Recovery Planning

Capacity Planning

Network Management

Applications Optimization

Operations Management/Control

Storage Management

Change Management

Host Backup/Restore

Configuration Management

Hierarchical Storage Management

Problem Management

Disk Management

Resource Monitoring/Accounting

Disk Defragmentation

Software Distribution/License Control

Tape Management


Tape Automation

Volume/ File Management Configuration/Event Management

Configuration Management

Change/Installation Management

Fault Reporting/Management

Problem Tracking/Resolution

Data Management

Database Administration Security

Print/Output Management

Job Rescheduling/Queuing/Restart

Resource Allocation

Workload Management

Load Balancing

Console Management

Automated Operations


Resource Accounting/Chargeback

Data Center Reporting

Statistical Analysis/Report Generation

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