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Jan 9 2008   8:38PM GMT

System i system management: Where to start?

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

IBM often touts System i as an easy-to-manage platform, and for good reason. But still, IT gets more complex, and complexity can breed chaos without some level of control.

MC Press Online, which just recently redesigned its site, has a good article about systems management of System i. The article is by Andy Kowalsky, a senior product manager at Vision Solutions, so those of you who aren’t crazy about Vision’s customer service may take it with a grain of salt. Still, the article goes into a significant amount of detail on System i systems management, and it’s worth a look. Here’s an overview from the article:

The value of optimization and tighter management of System i is clear, but where should you begin? Start with the tasks that will deliver the utmost impact, with the least effort. This article examines the following five areas that typically provide the greatest benefits:

  • Compression
  • Physical file reorganization
  • QSYS and IFS object clean-up
  • Logical file optimization
  • Data, CPU, and I/O usage monitoring

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  • Ken
    An "OK" article -- but it's lacking in substance... Solution: Buy a 3rd party tool Solution: Buy a 3rd party tool Solution: Buy a 3rd party tool... and so on. A trained monkey with a credit card can do that... Although the knowledge of the OS commands to perform the necessary analysis may not be "widespread" it would be worth mentioning some of them. In fact, I would say that BECAUSE the knowledge of them is not widespread they need mentioning.
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