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zSoftCap - Software Migration Capacity Planning Aid for IBM Z



Document Author:
Additional Author(s):

John Campbell
John Fitch


Document ID:

PRS268


Doc. Organization:

Advanced Technical Sales


Document Revised:

11/03/2017


Product(s) covered:

CICS Transaction Server; DB2 for z/OS and OS/390; IBM Z; IMS; z/OS; z/VSE







Abstract: zSoftCap is PC-based tool that will evaluate the effect on IBM Z processor capacity when migrating to newer levels of software, including z/OS, z/VSE, CICS and IMS. zSoftCap assumes that the hardware configuration remains constant while the software version or release changes.

Notes:
  1. If your currently installed zSoftCap version is older than C5.0, it MUST be uninstalled prior to installing zSoftCap C5.3 (package includes Java). This is necessary to facilitate conversion to the IBM Java v8 64-bit runtime environment that is required for zSoftCap.
Product Name:
zSOFTCAP
Product Version:
Version C5.3
Operating System:
Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Change Date:
November 3, 2017
Approximate Size:
129 MB with Java
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zSoftCap is a PC-based productivity tool under Windows, designed to assess the effect on IBM Z processor capacity, when planning to upgrade to a more current operating system version and/or major subsystems versions. zSoftCap assumes that the hardware configuration remains constant while the software version or release changes. The capacity implication of an upgrade for the software components can be assessed independently or in any combination.

z/OS Environments Supported
  • z/OS: z/OS V1R5 through z/OS V2R3
  • CICS: CICS/TS 1.1 through CICS/TS 5.4
  • IMS: IMS V4 through IMS V14

Input required by zSoftCap includes the current z/OS version/release and the utilization represented by each of the following components: Batch, CICS, DB2, IMS, Web, and System. The planned future z/OS version/release must also be specified. The processor family, the N-way of the image, and the use of HiperDispatch (supported on z10 and later) are all considered.

For CICS and IMS software upgrades (optional), both the current and planned version/release, and a high-level description of the subsystem's implementation is required.

z/VSE Environments Supported
  • z/VSE: VSE/ESA 2.3 through z/VSE 6.2
  • CICS: CICS/VSE, CICS/TS 1.1 through CICS/TS 2.2 (dependent of z/VSE version)

Information Provided

Results show the effective change in processor utilization and the net benefit or cost in capacity that can be expected when moving to newer software versions. For z/OS environments, if upgrading multiple components, a report is available showing the effect of each as well as their combined effect on capacity.

IBM Customers can obtain zSoftCap via the Internet at:
http://www.ibm.com/support/techdocs/atsmastr.nsf/WebIndex/PRS268

For questions concerning zSoftCap, contact Capacity Planning Support via E-mail: zPCR@us.ibm.com

Note: The IBM JavaTM Runtime Environment provided herewith shall only be used with the zSoftCap tool.

Note: zSoftCap is officially supported under Windows 7 64-bit. It should function without problems under Windows 8 and Windows 10. Defects can only be addressed if they can be recreated under Windows 7.

Note: zSoftCap and its supporting Java must be installed to the same user ID. zSoftCap can only be run on the user ID to which it was installed.

Disclaimer:
The performance data contained in this tool was derived by IBM in a controlled environment. A customer's actual performance results may vary significantly. Accordingly, IBM provides no representations or assurances that a customer will obtain the same or similar results. Users of this tool should verify the applicability of the data for their specific environment.


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Classification:

Hardware; Software

Category:

Planning and Design




Platform(s):

IBM Z

S/W Pillar(s):

IBM System z Software

O/S:

z/OS; z/VSE

Keywords:

zSeries 800, zSeries 890, zSeries 900, zSeries 990, IBM System z9, IBM System z10, IBM zEnterprise 196, IBM zEnterprise 114, IBM zEnterprise EC12, IBM zEnterprise BC12, IBM z Systems, IBM Z, z14, z13, z13s, SoftCap

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