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Measure the Container Pricing Impact on Your MLC with BMC Cost Analyzer 3.0

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Steven Solomon

After 30 years working with IBM Z Application Development tools I was offered a great opportunity to do something different and take over Product Management responsibilities for BMC’s Mainframe Cost Optimization products. These products incorporate impressive innovation that can help you understand the complexities of IBM software pricing models and show how tuning and optimizing your mainframe environment(s) can provide significant savings in your IBM Mainframe software bill. BMC Software invented products such as BMC Cost Analyzer, BMC Intelligent Capping, and BMC Subsystem Optimization in direct response to hearing their client’s needs for help with reducing their IBM software MLC bills. As IBM continues to introduce new software pricing models, like Container Pricing, BMC continues to build innovative software to help you lower costs. Our newly released version of BMC Cost Analyzer, generally available today, can help you:

  • Measure the Container Pricing impact on your MLC
  • Decide if Container Pricing will provide a positive return on your investment and
  • Provide realistic savings information for your negotiations with IBM

IBM is expanding software pricing models to help make it more affordable to add new workloads and develop software on the Z platform. IBM created software “Container Pricing” to stimulate mainframe usage growth, both in traditional mainframe applications and hosting new applications that may have previously been placed on Cloud platforms. To stimulate new mainframe usage, Container Pricing provides cost savings on growth in MSU consumption, though from what we have heard does not provide savings on current MSU consumption. [Note to the reader: Container Pricing has nothing to do with Docker and/or Kubernetes and is simply a methodology to identify mainframe workloads for special pricing by workload type.]

With these new pricing models, and talk of cost savings on growth, many mainframe customers considering Container Pricing are asking, “Will Container Pricing save my company money and reduce my software costs?”

To help answer that question, BMC recently released an updated version of Cost Analyzer that supports Container Pricing. You can now use BMC Cost Analyzer to accurately model Container Pricing workloads and measure the impact on your MLC costs. You can also calculate the hard dollar MLC savings and use those savings to negotiate the best deal with IBM. You can identify and visualize which LPARs or workloads would be best to move into a Container Pricing structure and use Cost Analyzer to ensure that non-container workloads are optimized before setting your fixed contract with IBM. BMC Intelligent Capping has also been updated with the ability to account for Container Pricing and Mobile workloads within the software’s automated and dynamically managed capping capabilities.

BMC is leading the way in providing software to support you in modeling and calculating the impact of Container Pricing. With cutting-edge BMC products, like Cost Analyzer, you can determine if Container Pricing is the best choice going forward for your business.

Learn more about BMC Cost Analyzer or contact sales for a trial today.

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About the author

Steven Solomon

Steven Solomon is a Lead Product Manager for Mainframe Cost Optimization products at BMC Software. Steve has been working with software development on IBM Z platforms for more than 30 years and has been the Product Management leader for more than a dozen mainframe software products. His specialty focus areas are Mainframe Software Cost Management, DevOps, Mainframe Software Development, and Enterprise Change and Service Management. Mr. Solomon is ITIL Foundations certified, is a Certified Scrum Product Owner, and Certified Scaled Agile Framework SAFe Agilist.