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IBM Discontinued PM400

How Performance Navigator is the Best Option After IBM Discontinued Performance Management?

(Last Updated On: August 25, 2021)

Like many other businesses, are you also worried about the future of IBM iSeries after IBM discontinued the services of IBM PM400?

If yes! We can suggest you a better option. But before that, you must be aware of the importance of IBM PM400 so that you can compare it with other available options and develop a better understanding.

Do You Know What is IBM PM400?

IBM PM400 or Performance Management System is an easy-to-use, dynamic, and capacity-planning tool. It’s a way for customers to share their data with IBM Power Systems to be analyzed.

IBM PM400 includes a set of reports and graphs that allow businesses to analyze performance without investing too much time that was previously wasted in data collection and report preparation.

IBM Discontinued PM400

Last year in September, IBM had discontinued the services of Performance Management for Power Systems. This was a huge setback for various business owners as many managed service providers (MSPs) and business partners relied on IBM PM400 for historical data collection and reporting across their software. And unlike various companies, you may also have multiple questions in mind –

– What will happen to my previous data on the portal?

– What will happen to my performance data?

– What are alternatives going forward?

– How to use performance data to determine problems and capacity planning?

– How to get the latest reports as per today’s needs?

Well, we have a modern alternative to PM400, and that is — Performance Navigator.

What is Performance Navigator?

Hundreds of IBM AS400 iSeries business partners, cloud partners, and managed service providers worldwide rely on IBM PM400 for problem determination, capacity planning, and problem determination purposes.

Performance Navigator allows producing similar reports as PM400. Furthermore, users can schedule reports to run automatically in JPG format or those who want to crunch data in a CSV file.

Performance Navigator uses the Collection Services data efficiently from IBM PM400. It means Performance Navigator also allows you to keep data on your IBMi, along with in-built data reduction components. This way, you won’t lose data suddenly and can incorporate the data into your standard backup. And, Performance Navigator uses NMON data.

Apart from reporting, Performance Navigator uses historical data in identifying issues, understanding how the change will impact, and check how the overall workload will look in a different configuration, whether that’s for on-premises capacity or if you are looking to migrate to the cloud.

Furthermore, it’s easy to download Performance Navigator today. Without any licensing constraints, you can use CPU on priority and utilize disk space and graphs and run health check-ups across servers.

Performance Navigator Utilize IBM Collection Services Data

Performance Navigator uses Collection Services data from IBM and keeps four-day data backup for current day graph representation. For a typical IBM AS400 server, this typically adds around 50MB/day. But Performance Navigator runs an information decrease work (PERFNAVDR) every day to pack this information and store it in its own MPGLIB library where it lives.

The benefit of the pressure is that you can significantly store more information than you would somehow have the option to with the basic IBM Collection Services information, adding important history and profundity to your presentation announcing and investigation. Moreover, when packed like this, a whole of historical information possesses around 70MB!

IBM PM400 Reporting in Performance Navigator

Since Performance Navigator utilizes IBM Collection Services information as to its central information base, you can use it to make the very reports that IBM PM400 had the option to deliver. For your benefit, identical PM400 reports have been incorporated into a progression of PM400 Report Sets in Performance Navigator. You can characterize your reports’ format as per will (JPG, BMP, CSV, or HTML), where you’d like them to put away, or an email beneficiary. Moreover, Report Sets can likewise show extrapolation utilizing the recorded information. The dispatched IBM PM400 Report Sets incorporate segment details.

Performance Navigator and Capacity Planning

Since Performance Navigator can pack IBM Collection Services information, this authentic information can be utilized to fuel the item’s capacity planning component — the more information you have, the better you’ll know your responsibility, its inconsistencies, and its pinnacles and troughs.

In the wake of recognizing a peak day, a progression of assessed development figures can be applied, covering framework, interactive, and cluster responsibilities over extended periods to help comprehend when server bottlenecks are probably going to happen and, more critically, how long the current equipment design will last. You can likewise mimic these extended workloads on new equipment to help envision how any new equipment is probably going to perform and over what period.

In case you’re hoping to lead a Power Systems server exercise, workload from various physical machines can be assembled to assist you with understanding the effect of consolidating these unique workloads in an exertion to lessen your equipment impression, possibly additionally decreasing cooling, electrical, and licensing costs.

The historical data on your existing servers is a treasure of information, and you must have access to this data to get root cause performance issues.

In case you need any help with IBM PM400 data migration or looking for help with Performance Navigator integration, please contact us. Connect with us at contact@integrative-systems.com, and we’ll be happy to help you.

     

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