IBM mainframe users offered 'no gain, no fee' power consultancy

A 'no gain, no fee' consultancy offering is being made to IBM mainframe users who want to slash their processing costs.

A study of 100 UK mainframe...

A 'no gain, no fee' consultancy offering is being made to IBM mainframe users who want to slash their processing costs.

A study of 100 UK mainframe users by mainframe performance management firm Macro 4 shows that 84% want to reduce their processing power consumption.

Chris Limberger, marketing manager at Macro 4, said, "With budgets tightening, reducing processing power consumption can bring huge cost savings, including delaying purchases of costly CPU upgrades.

"It also means immediate reductions in monthly systems software licence charges, which vary in line with how much CPU power was used the previous month."

Macro 4 is offering mainframe users a short term consultancy project, which guarantees to achieve processing power savings worth at least twice the value of its fee, or they will not be charged.

Analyst firm Gartner has estimated that most large mainframe users can expect their power consumption to increase by 15% to 20% annually, when measured in million instructions per second (MIPS).

This forces them to upgrade their CPU or risk slower application response times and ultimately reduced productivity and customer service.

Limberger said, "Even in the most stable IT environments, MIPS consumption gradually increases over time due to small changes to applications, environments and databases.

"And the negative effects of these essentially minor alterations in programming code can be multiplied as database size and transaction volumes grow. Macro 4's MIPS reduction programme provides a risk-free way for organisations to identify and correct these changes."

The initial consultancy phase of the programme uses Macro 4's performance management software to guarantee to free up CPU capacity equivalent to at least 200% of the project fees, or customers pay nothing.

The initial short term engagement will also identify further savings that could be made by undertaking a more detailed project using Macro 4's software.

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