Building an Ensemble Using IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 11 June 2012, updated 12 December 2012

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ISBN-10: 0738436607
ISBN-13: 9780738436609
IBM Form #: SG24-7921-00
(674 pages)

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Authors: Bill White, Elsie Ramos, Octavian Lascu, Mike Ebbers, Paola Bari, Gwen Dente, Wolfgang Fries, Marian Gasparovic, Brian Hatfield, Jeff McDonough, Iain Neville, Giancarlo Rodolfi, Thomas Schulze, Paul Sutera, Qi Ye, Richard Young


For the first time it is possible to deploy an integrated hardware platform that brings mainframe and distributed technologies together: a system that can start to replace individual islands of computing and that can work to reduce complexity, improve security, and bring applications closer to the data that they need.
With the zEnterprise System a new concept in IT infrastructures is being introduced: zEnterprise ensembles. A zEnterprise ensemble is a collection of highly virtualized diverse systems that can be managed as a single logical entity where diverse workloads can be deployed. Ensembles, together with the virtualization, flexibility, security, and management capabilities provided by the zEnterprise System are key to solving the problems posed by today’s IT infrastructure.
The zEnterprise System consists of three components:
- IBM® zEnterprise Central Processor Complex (CPC)
The zEnterprise CPC can either be a zEnterprise 196 (z196) or a zEnterprise 114 (z114). Both zEnterprise CPCs offer z/OS, z/VSE, and z/TPF operating systems, as well as the ability to run many virtualized Linux servers under the z/VM operating system.
- IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX)
The zBX provides the capability to run the wide variety of applications typically found in UNIX and x86 architectures. The zBX supports select POWER7 blades running AIX and System x blades running Linux on System x and Microsoft Windows.
- IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager
Unified Resource Manager runs in the Hardware Management Console (HMC). It provides integrated management across all elements of the zEnterprise System.
This IBM Redbooks® publication discusses how to plan and implement an ensemble, using the zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager. This book assumes a knowledge of IT systems, networks, and storage devices.

Table of contents

Part 1. Understanding the Unified Resource Manager: an overview
Chapter 1. The need for a unified management approach
Chapter 2. Introducing the zEnterprise ensemble and the Unified Resource Manager
Chapter 3. Using the HMC to manage an ensemble
Part 2. Planning the ensemble
Chapter 4. Planning and design approach
Chapter 5. Planning the virtual network environment
Chapter 6. Planning the storage environment
Chapter 7. Planning the virtual server environment
Chapter 8. Planning the workload
Part 3. Setting up the ensemble
Chapter 9. Enabling an ensemble
Chapter 10. Creating a virtual network
Chapter 11. Creating a storage environment
Chapter 12. Creating a virtual server for AIX
Chapter 13. Creating a virtual server for Linux on System z
Chapter 14. Creating a virtual server for Linux on System x
Chapter 15. Creating a virtual server for Windows on System x
Chapter 16. Workload and performance policies implementation
Part 4. Managing the ensemble
Chapter 17. Workload monitoring and reporting
Chapter 18. Management and operations
Part 5. Appendixes
Appendix A. Network based OS installation
Appendix B. The basics of a Storage Area Network (SAN)
Appendix C. Miscellaneous topics
Appendix D. Ensemble HMC Web Services API
Appendix E. Workload management concepts

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