To help mainframe customers save on monthly licensing charge (MLC) software costs, BMC, the global leader in software solutions for IT, today announced new versions of its mainframe cost optimization suite. BMC’s Mainframe MLC Cost Management is a comprehensive cost management and reduction suite for companies leveraging IBM(R) z Systems(R) mainframes. The solutions provide insight, transparent reporting, resource control, and subsystem optimization that can lower mainframe MLC costs by as much as 20 percent or more.
BMC’s Mainframe MLC Cost Management suite is a key component of BMC’s Digital Enterprise Management strategy designed to make digital business fast and seamless, and optimize every environment from mainframe to mobile to cloud.
Containing mainframe costs continues to be a key priority as budgets, which are squeezed tighter each year, are further pressured by MLC software cost increases of 4 to 7 percent annually. Yet, despite this pressure on costs, enterprises are increasingly calling on mainframe solutions to drive the back end of their digital applications.
“BMC has a long history of innovation and commitment to the mainframe,” said Bill Miller, president of ZSolutions Optimization at BMC. “The latest advances delivered in the MLC Cost Management solutions give customers the flexibility they need to actively manage their mainframe software budgets. Additionally, our solutions increase the mainframe’s value as a critical, long-term platform for IT, ensuring it can support the enterprise’s digital business needs.”
Commenting on the new solutions, Gerald Nisbett, director of Mainframe Operations at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, states, “It’s encouraging to see a company introducing products that help customers manage MLC costs.”
The manager of technical services from a growing U.S. insurance company said, “BMC is helping mainframe customers in a big way. We’ve used Cost Analyzer and Intelligent Capping to lower our mainframe costs by 9 percent and we’re not done. As we move forward, we plan to save even more.”
“Mainframe monthly licensed software costs continue to be a major pain point for IT organizations, especially with today’s increasing workload volumes driven by digital applications,” said Tim Grieser, program vice president, Enterprise System Management Software, IDC. “With BMC’s Mainframe MLC Cost Management V2.0, customers can identify and understand the details of mainframe software costs and evaluate the financial impact on IT budgets of alternative cost reduction strategies such as intelligent capping or optimizing subsystem placement.”
The new capabilities in BMC’s MLC Cost Management suite enable customers to choose how they reduce their MLC costs by using multiple techniques, while increasing flexibility and decreasing risk to business services. The suite includes BMC’s Cost Analyzer for zEnterprise(R), BMC’s Intelligent Capping (iCap) for zEnterprise(R), and BMC’s Subsystem Optimizer for zEnterprise(R).
BMC’s Cost Analyzer 2.0 extends its capabilities by adding insight and predictive cost planning for specific batch jobs that drive customer peak resource usage. BMC’s Intelligent Capping 2.0 adds patent-pending technology to ensure that customer policies drive capping adjustments based on cost impact so that the most important business services are not affected when lowering MLC costs. BMC’s Subsystem Optimizer 2.0 adds new options for saving money by separating IMS(TM) TM (Information Management System Transaction Manager) subsystems from corresponding DB2(R) databases, which can significantly lower costs.