Monitoring System z Cryptographic Services

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 05 February 2008

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IBM Form #: REDP-4358-00
(78 pages)

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Authors: Patrick Kappeler, Guillaume Hoareau, Gerard Laumay, Dominique Richard, Jean Marc Darees, Joel Porterie


This IBM Redpaper is intended to provide System z hardware cryptography users with an overview of software tools that they can use to monitor and assess the workload that is being driven to cryptographic coprocessors. It also provides information about IBM published measurements that pertain to the performance of System z hardware cryptography.

A specific chapter is dedicated to the reports that are generated by the z/OS Reporting and Management Facility (RFM) and how you can use and interpret them. RMF is the IBM strategic product for z/OS performance measurement and management. It collects performance data for z/OS base and sysplex environments and issues reports that can be used to monitor system performance so that users can optimally tune and configure their systems to meet business needs.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. System z hardware cryptography implementation: A brief review
Chapter 2. Hardware cryptography activity assessment on System z
Chapter 3. Measuring the hardware cryptography activity on z/OS with RMF
Chapter 4. Assessing hardware cryptography activity with Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for z/OS and RMF
Chapter 5. Synthesis of the available measurements data and their interpretation

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