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Midrange Performance Group Power Navigator for PowerLinux capacity planning and migrations

Midrange Performance Group Power Navigator for PowerLinux capacity planning and migrations

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Learn about Midrange Performance Group Power Navigator for PowerLinux capacity planning and migrations. Plan, configure, and manage Linux and other OS server upgrades, consolidations and cross-vendor migrations with unfaltering confidence.
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Learn about Midrange Performance Group Power Navigator for PowerLinux capacity planning and migrations. Plan, configure, and manage Linux and other OS server upgrades, consolidations and cross-vendor migrations with unfaltering confidence.
For more information on Pure Systems, visit http://ibm.co/J7Zb1v.


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Solution Brief 
IBM Systems and Technology Group
Midrange PerformanceGroup Power Navigatorfor PowerLinux capacity planning and migrations
 Plan, congure, and manage Linux and other O server upgrades, consolidations and cross-vendor migrations with unfaltering condence
 Whether you are a solution provider or a user organization, you areaced with tough challenges to keep up with the rapidly growing andtruly unique applications that your IT resources are expected toembrace and maintain. Coupled with other IT support changes, such asusing the cloud and consolidating and migrating inrastructures — it isenough to stress anyone’s comort zone. Very simply put, “It is very complicated.” What is needed is a standardized means o comparing and analyzingserver technologies and associated services and costs across the vendorspectrum and throughout the product lie cycle — while also takinginto consideration the mix between physical and virtual servers (and alltheir virtual components). Midrange Perormance Group (MPG)
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and International DataCorporation (IDC)
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have teamed up to harness this IT complexity —that is, to create a method and tool set or producing scientifcally reliable perormance and capacity-planning analytics, across both the vendor spectrum and a multitude o server models and operatingsystems (OS) versions.
1 Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, US, Midrange Performance Group(MPG) has been in the arena of measuring systems throughput and capacity planning forits entire existence. This includes more than 25 years of scientifically-based performanceanalyses across vendor platforms and operating environments in support of migrations,upgrades, consolidations, partition management and capacity needs. To maintain the fail-safe accuracy of its performance-analysis tools, MPG is a longstanding IBM AdvancedBusiness Partner, and also maintains strategic developer ties with other players in theserver arena, including Oracle and HP.2 Framingham, Massachusettes, US headquartered International Data Corpora-tion (IDC) is a premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services andevents for the IT, telecom and consumer-technology markets. Founded almost half acentury ago, more than 1000 IDC analysts provide expertise on technology and industryopportunities and trends in over 110 countries.
Highlights
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Comparevendor-to-vendorplatformsandspecicserver-to-serverperformancecharacteristics
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Createdata-centervirtualizationandconsolidationscenariosforbest-practicescostandproductivityanalyses
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 Accelerateallperformance-baseddecisionswithintelligentlysizedmetrics
 
Solution Brief 
IBM Systems and Technology Group
 Why is the IDC Qualifed Perormance Indicator (QPI)important?In 2011, Midrange Perormance Group and IDC announced apartnership that allows MPG to embed the IDC QualifedPerormance Indicator (QPI) into its Power Navigator product. This provides the ability to model server workloads across various manuacturers’ server platorms. This was neededbecause perormance is the most difcult to measure whencomparing servers o dierent ages, architectures and brands.IDC provides a common means o measuring our key attributes o a server system: perormance, power consumption,density, and cost. The QPI measurements provide values onmore than 20 000 individual server confgurations spanning 15 years to support system sizing and buying decisions. The resulting product is named Power Navigator part o the MPG Navigator Family powered by IDC QPI. Yourorganization can use MPG’s Power Navigator to make moreinormed decisions while helping save time and money. As mentioned, you can track the historical perormance or analmost exhaustive list o Linux® versions that are supportedby IBM® Power Systems™ and other UNIX® servers. Withthe Capacity Planning eature, data that is collected rom any listed OS can be modeled to any server; you can alsoconsolidate servers and confgure logical partitions todetermine optimal perormance scenarios. (The IDCQualifed Perormance Indicator [QPI] is invaluable in thisprocess; see the QPI discussion in the adjacent side bar.) Youcan use the Power Navigator on existing systems toscientifcally plan or a server consolidation, and then managethe new system with the help o a comprehensive set o graphsand reports. More than 125 IBM Business Partners already use the MPG Navigator Family as the preerred method o planning andmanaging server upgrades and consolidations. MPG is tightly ocused on assisting these solution providers who, in turn, need to advise their clients on the optimalconfguration or upgrades and vendor migrations — based onthe clients’ disparate workloads, operating environments andhistorical perormance parameters.
Peace of mind during migrations andserver consolidations
Platorm migrations and server consolidations can beparticularly daunting. The huge number o mergers andacquisitions in today’s competitive business environment compels IT shops to plan or large-scale server consolidationsas well as platorm changes rom one server vendor toanother. Although these migrations might still involve thesame workloads, applications and operating system (such asLinux or IBM AIX®), the complexity is still enormous. Vendor migrations require a huge leap o aith or the ITteams who are involved. Each OS, as well as its underlyinghardware, handle various processes in distinct ways internally, which means that there are going to be variations inperormance (disk utilization, memory availability andprocessor speed)
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3 MPG Performance Manager provides performance-management,problem-determination and capacity-planning tools for use specifically on theIBM System i platform.
“Power Navigator accesses the organization’own data, collected by NMON, and uses  precise math modeling to provide animpartial and highly accurate projection of the size and capacity needed for thedestination server.” 
William (Randy) Watson,President Midrange Perormance Group
 
Solution Brief 
IBM Systems and Technology Group
Power Navigator uses data collected rom the users’ systemsby the NMON Collection Manager (which is included along with Power Navigator) to produce conservative models o that same workload perorming on a specifed IBM POWER®processor-based server confguration.Power Navigator is a math-modeling algorithm that alsoincorporates published perormance fgures that are suppliedby IBM and other server vendors
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, as well as the relevant IDCQPI perormance fgures that have been normalized or thepurpose o comparing these platorms. Power Navigatormakes it possible to collect and access historical perormanceand capacity data that is stored on the system to perormcomparisons or any time period that is relevant (days,months, or even years).
What Power Navigator means for IBMPowerLinux 
Perhaps more than any other widely-used OS, Linux can bechallenging or those who need to predict its postmigration,upgrade or consolidation perormance. Linux is so easily customizable and, thereore, there are so many versions o it in the IT community. For example, there are more than 60 versions o Linux alone. That is why the QPI and otherperormance indicators that are part o the Power Navigatormath-modeling algorithm are particularly important whenconsolidating x86 Linux applications on PowerLinux.
4 For example, these performance figures include:
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Commercial processing workload (CPW), a relative measure of perfor-mance of systems running the IBM i operating system
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SPEC CPU2000, a compute-intensive performance measurement that isportable across platforms
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rPerf, the metric of relative performance for IBM Power servers
Why PowerLinux
 Making the decision to run your Red Hat or Novell SUSELinux applications on PowerLinux servers brings exceptional value to your Linux IT investments. The IBM Power Systemsamily o IBM POWER7® processor-based systems isdesigned to provide outstanding perormance, availability,scalability and dynamic-resource allocation. Unique IBM virtualization eatures allow you to process more inormationon a single server, creating the potential to save on total cost o system ownership, as well as space and energy costs.Equally important, both Red Hat and Novell SUSE Linux runnatively on Power Systems. IBM has worked to enable itsentire server and storage product line to interoperate withLinux. This includes ensuring that Linux uses the uniqueadvantages and enhanced unctions provided by IBM Systems.IBM pioneered the use o Linux or mission-critical workloadson Power Systems servers, while also ensuring that key business application workloads and the IBM sotware amily run with the stability and efciency demanded o IBMSystems.
“Power Navigator not only recommends thenumber of cores needed to support theworkload but recommends the IBM  PowerVM® conguration for each partition.” 
Randy Watson

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