Blog > March 2021 > Ensure the Health of Your Hybrid IT Infrastructure—Mainframe to Cloud

Ensure the Health of Your Hybrid IT Infrastructure—Mainframe to Cloud

One of the primary jobs of infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams is ensuring IT systems are available and that maintaining them has minimal impact on budgets and transformation initiatives that enable an organization to grow and compete.

Success comes down to I&O teams optimizing performance and capacity to reduce mean time to repair (MTTR) and ensure the health of their hybrid IT infrastructure—including mainframe, distributed and cloud systems, all of which must work together to facilitate the flow of value streams your business and customers rely on.

Over the years, business growth and innovation have not only increased the complexity of these IT environments but also created and fortified silos within them. Today, the rate of change resulting from digital transformation, while necessary and beneficial, is further exacerbating many of the challenges your I&O team may face across these systems, including:

  • Forecasting future capacity needs as volumes increase, new mission-critical applications emerge and hardware platforms advance
  • Identifying and preventing unplanned system and application outages
  • Managing multiple siloed products that aren’t easy to transfer skills between or train new staff on, especially for the mainframe

Fortunately, the speed of change that digital transformation obligates organizations to adopt is also creating opportunities to evolve how you manage system performance and capacity, starting with mainframe health monitoring.

Monitoring Mainframe Health Is Critical

In a 2020 Forrester Consulting report commissioned by Deloitte Consulting, 74% of survey respondents said the mainframe has long-term viability as a strategic platform for their organization. Another 66% said they would never fully replace the mainframe with cloud.

In fact, many organizations are making the strategic decision to actively integrate the mainframe into their hybrid cloud strategy. They understand the mainframe plays a critical role in supporting end-to-end DevOps value streams that deliver digital innovation to meet the needs of the business and its customers.

For many enterprises, mission-critical value streams are rooted in the mainframe. As you accelerate digital change, your mainframe workloads will likely grow to support that change. This highlights the importance of why you must evolve how you monitor mainframe health to ensure optimal performance and capacity, and to contain costs. Solutions like ASG-TMON® Health Monitor can help.

 

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ASG-TMON® Health Monitor

As we continue to enhance Health Monitor, a few of the key improvements you’ll be able to make to mainframe performance are:

  • Increasing automation of processes like mainframe health checks to empower next-gen IT pros less familiar with the mainframe, and to increase cross-team collaboration by eliminating the need to rely on individual expertise in silos
  • Measuring mainframe health using key performance indicators from a holistic value-stream perspective, rather than focusing vertically on CICS, Db2, z/OS, MQ or other systems
  • Displaying data gathered across the mainframe in one place, making it easier to identify patterns and reduce mean time to repair

You can learn more about these changes to monitoring mainframe health in our eBook, “How Mainframe Health Monitoring Must Change to Meet Today’s Demands.”

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The mainframe is a critical platform in your enterprise, but it’s only one platform in the value streams your business and customers rely on. While it’s important to begin looking at mainframe health through a modern lens, it’s equally important to monitor the holistic health of your hybrid IT infrastructure.

Adopt Value Stream Views of Performance and Capacity

A major limitation underlying many of the challenges I&O teams face today is the inability to obtain a complete view of performance and capacity bottlenecks across your hybrid IT infrastructure. As you can imagine, this perpetuates the complexity of your hybrid IT infrastructure and impedes MTTR, which negatively impacts the flow of value streams.

As we discussed in a past blog post, your I&O teams likely have limited visibility into siloed mainframe, distributed and cloud systems and their environments that interact in a business value stream. Your engineers may operate in silos across these disparate platforms that require them to manually shift between systems and environments to identify and resolve issues.

Obtaining a holistic, end-to-end view of system health with a solution like ASG-TMON® PA Scope will help you reduce the MTTR of performance and capacity issues and ensure your systems— from mainframe to cloud—facilitate the optimal flow of value streams your business and customer rely on.

 

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In addition to helping you reduce MTTR by providing performance and capacity alerts across various business views, platforms, categories and assets in a modern web-based interface, ASG-TMON PA Scope will help you improve IT and business alignments and make it easier for next-gen IT pros to work with legacy systems like the mainframe.

Don’t Wait to Improve Hybrid IT Health

In the end, your organization’s ability to accelerate digital change is dependent on the health of your hybrid IT infrastructure. Maintaining the status quo of managing performance and capacity with outdated tools across mainframe, distributed and cloud silos will only impede the change you seek for your business and customers.

Read our press release or register for our upcoming webinar to learn how recent enhancements to ASG-TMON Health Monitor and ASG-TMON PA Scope help you make the right moves to “keep the lights on” while containing costs and enabling your business to excel in a digital economy.

Webinar: Optimize Performance & Capacity in Hybrid IT Value Streams - Mainframe to Cloud

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