IBM eServer pSeries Sizing and Capacity Planning: A Practical Guide

An IBM Redbooks publication

Note: This is publication is now archived. For reference only.

Published 09 March 2004

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ISBN-10: 0738498904
ISBN-13: 9780738498904
IBM Form #: SG24-7071-00
(564 pages)

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Authors: Ben Gibbs, Jerry M. Enriquez, Nigel Griffiths, Corneliu Holban, Eunyoung Ko, Yohichi Kurasawa


This IBM Redbooks publication offers a comprehensive guide to properly size and plan the capacity of IBM eServer pSeries systems. It discusses the major hardware, software, benchmarks, and various tools used in the sizing and capacity planning process.

This book is suitable for professionals who want to gain a better understanding of how to size pSeries products. It targets clients, sales and marketing professionals, technical support professionals, and IBM Business Partners.

Inside this book, you will find:

  • An introduction to pSeries sizing and capacity planning
  • A historical look at pSeries hardware components
  • A discussion of software components such as AIX and Linux
  • A review of industry standard benchmarks
  • A description of the Balanced System Guideline
  • A discussion of various sizing tools that are available
  • Information about performing application-specific sizing
  • A review of the various data gathering tools used for capacity planning

This book is intended as an additional source of information that, together with existing sources referenced throughout this document, enhances your knowledge of IBM solutions for the UNIX marketplace.

Table of contents

Part 1. Introduction to sizing and capacity planning
Chapter 1. Overview, concepts, and approach
Part 2. Components involved in sizing and capacity planning
Chapter 2. Hardware components
Chapter 3. Software components
Chapter 4. Benchmarks
Part 3. Sizing pSeries systems
Chapter 5. General sizing
Chapter 6. Application-specific sizing
Part 4. Capacity planning
Chapter 7. AIX tools for data gathering
Chapter 8. Features and tools for capacity planning
Part 5. Appendixes
Appendix A. Sanity check before upgrading
Appendix B. Sample for CPU resource usage calculation

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