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IBM Z: Technical Overview of HW and SW Mainframe Evolution

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• Describe the evolution of the data center, categorize the various server platforms, and servers that are commonly found there and their workloads • Identify past, current, and future data center trends • Describe the basic functions, characteristics, and terminology of z Systems servers • Identify and list the various z Systems servers and hardware models, from zSeries server to the latest z14 and z14 ZR1 servers • Identify the number of CPs and specialty processors available to various z Systems • Identify and describe key components of z Systems and compare various z Systems components ? Frame layout, drawer, and cage usage ? Server models, processor drawers, books, memory, and cache structure ? Performance and millions of service units (MSUs) • Describe and compare I/O infrastructure and processor usage across z14 to zEC12 mainframes ? I/O drawers, cages, and technology used ? PU, cache, and fan-out connectivity • Describe how and what z Systems physical components are used when processing instructions and performing an I/O operation • Identify z Systems Capacity on Demand (CoD) options available for planned and unplanned outages • Describe how logical partitioning is used, resource assignments, channel and CHPID types, assignments and initialization activities • Describe the purpose and use of HCD • Use the HMC to control basic operational tasks and monitor z Systems servers • Identify and describe mainframe operating systems and their supported mainframe servers • Describe the difference between a base and Parallel Sysplex • Identify and describe the major enhancements provided by the recent z Systems software and hardware platform • The following are optional objectives in the z/Architecture and z/OS overview and concepts unit: ? Explain basic z/Architecture terminology and concepts for Real and virtual storage Address spaces, data spaces, and hiperspaces ? Identify processor architectural modes and their supported addressing implementations ? Define what is z/OS ? Name the server solutions included in z/OS ? Identify the characteristics of a base and Parallel Sysplex ? Identify current CFs and connectivity options ? Describe the purpose and use of the coupling facility


Day 1

  • Welcome
  • Introduction and course overview
  • Unit 1: Mainframe directions and z Systems
  • Unit 2: Server hardware and I/O configuration

Day 2

  • Unit 3: MVS to z/OS overview and processor concepts (01:30)
  • Unit 4: Hardware Management Console basics
  • Unit 5 (Optional): z/Architecture and z/OS overview and concepts

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