Mainframe Management refers to the processes and tools used to oversee the operations of mainframe computers (typically Z Series or “legacy” systems).
Mainframe Management includes monitoring and reporting on mainframe configuration, results of data protection instances, including backup software, storage systems and the inventory of those resources. The benefits of outstanding Mainframe Management saves money by aligning budget and resources to optimize performance.
Mainframes continue to be popular in certain industries, such as finance and government. In their main use cases, competing distributed system alternatives cannot typically match their performance, reliability, throughput, and security. As a result, though their “retirement” has been predicted for decades, they continue to thrive in many organizations. Where they endure, mainframes need rigorous management.
IT Central Station’s IT specialists expect Mainframe Management to be agile and easy to use and configure. Mainframe specialists aspire to provide their internal and external customers with a seamless, transparent experience and the ability for continuous fine tuning of mainframe components. In the application world, it is important to be able to manage the evolving needs of intricate, underlying structures with well-informed support.
Mainframe Management can automate mainframe systems and speed up delivery of services. Technology targets problem resolution and tracks analytics, enabling better development and delivery, enhancing collaboration across platforms and identifying continuous improvement for different platforms, from mainframe to mobile.
IT Central Station key opinion leaders use certain criteria to assess the best Mainframe Management options, including optimal customer experience, agile complex infrastructure to manage applications within the mainframe and support of new revenue stream. IT professionals are provided with more efficient access to mainframe data for application developers, big data analytics departments, and system developers.
A successful Mainframe Management system would base its ROI on maximizing already existing resources, while integrating business services and being able to instantly act on critical insights, perhaps by reallocating mainframe assets towards strategic initiatives when instances are identified. Being able to immediately take action and fix a problem brings peace of mind and a better, overall business service budget.