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Intelligent Capping (iCap) for zEnterprise®

Reduce IBM® MLC costs with automated capacity settings

Intelligent Capping (iCap) for zEnterprise dynamically automates and optimizes defined capacity settings to lower your monthly license charges by an estimated 5%-10% or more, while mitigating risk to your business. iCap analyzes, simulates, and automatically manages changes to defined capacity settings based on workload profiles, enabling IT staff to confidently lower costs.
  • Lowers your MLC costs by targeting costly, low-importance workloads, while ensuring that the most important workloads are not capped.
  • Eliminates the complexity involved with capping.
  • Manages changes to capping limits automatically.
  • Dynamically offsets increases in capping levels with decreases based on workload importance and policy profiles to reduce overall MSU peaks.
  • Patent-pending technology ensures that changes are cost-aware, meaning that no increase to MLC costs will result from balancing capacity limits across systems.

Video: Dynamically balance capping

See how Intelligent Capping for zEnterprise helps you optimize capacity settings automatically to lower MLC. (1:51)

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Capping to meet your needs

With Intelligent Capping you'll feel smart about what you can save

Lower IBM MLC costs through intelligent capping

Continuously monitor and adjust DC/GCL parameters of managed LPARs, such that the capacity is set at an optimum cost level for current workload demands.

Maintain capacity neutrality and reduce overall MSU peaks

Offset capacity increases with decreases across LPARs. Through workload prioritization, LPAR and WLM group capacity increases are offset with capacity decreases on LPARs that have excess capacity or low importance workloads.

Extend the power of WLM grouping

Manage capacity across multiple WLM groups or across WLM groups and individual LPARs.

Implement with confidence

A gradual implementation process provides low business risk through three operational modes: OBSERVE (collect data), MESSAGE (simulate changes), and MANAGE (take action).

Experience cost-aware capping

Patent-pending technology ensures that your policy drives capping adjustments based on cost impact, so that the most important business services are not affected when lowering MLC costs.

"We expect savings from capping to exceed $140,000 over 48 months, which is 8.75% of our MLC costs."

— Technical Services Manager, $8 billion insurance holding company
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See how iCap can work for you

  • Safe, optimized capping that reduces your peak MSUs and MLC costs by an estimated 5%-10% or more.
  • Automate simple and complex LPAR capping strategies for which you previously never had time.
  • Integrate with Cost Analyzer to implement capping actions that are recommended for particular LPARs.
  • Optionally, use Cost Analyzer information to help target and quantify capping opportunities.
  • Retain complete control, while lowering your 4-hour rolling average.
  • Increase staff productivity and enable more team members to work on strategic IT transformation projects.
  • Eliminate business disruptions that are caused by manual capping efforts.

Plan, predict, and execute your cost-savings strategy

Cost Analyzer for zEnterprise®

BMC Cost Analyzer is an easy-to-use solution for reducing IBM® Monthly License Charge (MLC) costs by anywhere from 5% to more than 20%, through insightful reporting and predictive modeling.

Subsystem Optimizer for zEnterprise®

BMC Subsystem Optimizer provides data access and communication across LPARs, making it possible to efficiently redirect workloads among Db2, IMS DB, IMS TM, and CICS instances to reduce MLC.

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Learn more about how to cut your MLC bill

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Even smarter savings

Looking to super-charge your MLC cost savings? Ask about BMC MainView for Cost Optimization, an integrated solution that offers the combined power of Cost Analyzer for zEnterprise and Intelligent Capping for zEnterprise.