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System z Linux Proof Of Concept Project Management Best Practices September 8, 2009. Marianne Eggett System z Linux Practice Manager [email protected] Agenda. Mainline’s System z Linux Life Cycle Planning for the POC Project Methodology Overview Do’s and Don’ts.

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System z linux proof of concept project management best practices september 8 2009

System z Linux Proof Of Concept Project Management Best Practices

September 8, 2009

Marianne Eggett

System z Linux Practice Manager

[email protected]


Agenda

Agenda

  • Mainline’s System z Linux Life Cycle

  • Planning for the POC

  • Project Methodology Overview

  • Do’s and Don’ts


Through out the life cycle mainline is there

Through Out the Life Cycle Mainline is there

Proving

Planning

  • System z Linux POC Projects

  • Systems Assurance

  • Architecting Solutions

  • Installation Services

  • IBM Specialty Engine Loaner

  • Program

  • Business Cases

  • Sizing Servers for IFLs

  • Value of Z Linux Presentations

  • Account Planning

  • Proposal Development

  • Scoping POC

  • Linux LOTS

  • zVM & Linux Healthcheck

Production


Linux team

Years of Experience

  • 11+ years with Linux

  • 6+ years implementing Linux on System z

  • 6+ years server consolidation sizings for System z Linux

  • 6+ years assisting with business case development

  • Certifications Novell CLE, CLP, CNS and Red Hat RHCE

Linux Team

The Team

  • Planning: New Workload Sales Team

    • Marianne Eggett – Central, West

    • Andy Greco – NE, Mid Atlantic, SE

  • Proving: Installation Team

    • Project Managers

    • zVM and Linux Technical Consultants

    • WebSphere, DB2 UDB, other expertise

  • Production: 24x7 SuSE LOTS Support Line

    • Supporting zVM & SuSE Linux

    • Supporting IBM and many non-IBM middleware Software products


Best fit for server consolidations

Best Fit For Server Consolidations

  • DB2 Connect – Ideal 1st Application

  • Oracle – Generates excellent TCOs

  • WebSphere AS, MQSeries & Portal

  • WebSphere HATS & HOD

  • CICS Gateways, IMS Connect

  • Lotus Domino eMail and Applications

  • Tivoli TSM Server

  • DB2 UDB

  • Communication Controller for Linux (3745 replacement)

  • Network Infrastructure; FTP, NFS, DNS, etc.

  • ISV products; WebFocus, Attachmate


Mis customer references

MIS Customer References

  • State of IdahoDomino, Apache appl

  • Emigrant SavingsWebSphere

  • University of MarylandOracle

  • Thomas Jefferson Un. HospitalTSM

  • Indianapolis Power & LightWebSphere Hats

  • Boston UniversityDB2 UDB, Oracle

  • John Hopkins UniversityWebSphere

  • BrocadeDevelopment Environment


Linux partners

Linux Partners

  • Novell Business Partnership

    • Mainline is Novell’s largest remarketer of System z SuSE Linux

  • Red Hat Business Partnership

  • IBM

    • zVM and PPA Software

    • IBM Software Excel & Support Line

  • Velocity Software for zVM & Linux performance tuning


System z linux proof of concept project management best practices september 8 2009

Managing the Linux Proof of Concept


System z linux proof of concept project management best practices september 8 2009

Planning

Proving – Managing the Linux POC

Project Initiation

Project Definition

  • Value Proposition

  • Learning the value of System z Linux

  • Server Consolidation

  • Sizings

  • Business Case Development

  • POC Initiative

  • Scoping POC

  • POC IFL Sizings

  • Real memory sizing

  • Scope Document

Installation &

Set Up

Testing

Closing


Value proposition

Value Proposition

  • IBM

  • Scorpion Study

  • Environmental Studies

  • Application Assessments

  • zRace

Planning

Proving

  • Mainline

  • IFL Capacity sizings

  • Business Case

  • zRace with IBM Techline

Production


System z linux proof of concept project management best practices september 8 2009

Planning

Proving – Managing the Linux POC

Project Initiation

Project Definition

  • Value Proposition

  • Learning the value of System z Linux

  • Server Consolidation

  • Sizings

  • Business Case Development

  • POC Initiative

  • Scoping POC

  • POC IFL Sizings

  • Real memory sizing

  • Scope Document

  • Infrastructure Planning

  • Hardware

  • Software

  • Network

  • Security

  • Disk

  • Backup & Recovery

  • Project Planning

  • Scope Document

  • Project Plan

  • Team Roster

  • Systems Assurance

  • Statement of Work Consulting Services

  • Status Report

  • Phone Support

  • IBM Loaner Program

  • POR date

  • Success Criteria

  • Configs

  • Sizings

  • IBM Contracts

  • Linux Trial

  • Software Trial

Installation &

Set Up

Testing

Closing


Project definition

Project Definition

  • Choosing Scope is Critical

    • Significant enough

    • Not overwhelming

  • Resource Commitment

  • Senior Management Commitment

    • Success Criteria

  • System assurances are valuable


System z linux proof of concept project management best practices september 8 2009

Planning

Proving – Managing the Linux POC

Project Initiation

Project Definition

  • Value Proposition

  • Learning the value of System z Linux

  • Server Consolidation

  • Sizings

  • Business Case Development

  • POC Initiative

  • Scoping POC

  • POC IFL Sizings

  • Real memory sizing

  • Scope Document

  • Infrastructure Planning

  • Hardware

  • Software

  • Network

  • Security

  • Disk

  • Backup & Recovery

  • Project Planning

  • Scope Document

  • Project Plan

  • Team Roster

  • Systems Assurance

  • SOW Consulting Svc

  • Status Report

  • Phone Support

  • IBM Loaner Program

  • POR date

  • Success Criteria

  • Configs

  • Sizings

  • IBM Contracts

  • Linux Trial

  • Software Trial

Installation &

Set Up

  • IBM loaner Eq.

  • zVM & Linux install

  • Other SW install

  • Network

  • Security

  • Disk

  • DB loads

  • Application set up

  • Other Distributed Servers

  • Weekly Status Meeting

  • Status Report

Testing

Closing


Installation and set up

Installation and Set up

  • Week day vs. Weekend changes

    • IBM CE

    • Real Memory

    • Networks

  • Consultants on site for skills transfer

    • Back up environment

    • Clones

  • Weekly status meeting


System z linux proof of concept project management best practices september 8 2009

Planning

Proving – Managing the Linux POC

Project Initiation

Project Definition

  • Value Proposition

  • Learning the value of System z Linux

  • Server Consolidation

  • Sizings

  • Business Case Development

  • POC Initiative

  • Scoping POC

  • POC IFL Sizings

  • Real memory sizing

  • Scope Document

  • Infrastructure Planning

  • Hardware

  • Software

  • Network

  • Security

  • Disk

  • Backup & Recovery

  • Project Planning

  • Scope Document

  • Project Plan

  • Team Roster

  • Systems Assurance

  • SOW Consulting Svc

  • Status Report

  • Phone Support

  • IBM Loaner Program

  • POR date

  • Success Criteria

  • Configs

  • Sizings

  • IBM Contracts

  • Linux Trial

  • Software Trial

Installation &

Set Up

  • IBM loaner Eq.

  • zVM & Linux install

  • Other SW install

  • Network

  • Security

  • Disk

  • DB loads

  • Application set up

  • Other Distributed Servers

  • Weekly Status Meeting

  • Status Report

Testing

  • Test Plan

  • Unit

  • Volume/Performance

  • Weekly Status Mtg

  • Status Report

  • Issues Management

  • Escalation Process

  • Resource Management

    • In house

    • Mainline

    • IBM

    • Linux vendor

    • ISVs

Closing


Testing

Testing

  • Test Plan

    • Outline tests

    • Document performance targets when compared to current production system

    • Keep track of each run’s changes

    • Keep track of each run’s results

  • Learning curve

    • Ask for help early

  • Problems

    • Ask for help early

    • IBM and BP resources

    • Open problems with software vendors too, i.e. Oracle

  • Weekly Status meetings

    • Schedule meeting out 12 weeks


System z linux proof of concept project management best practices september 8 2009

Planning

Proving – Managing the Linux POC

Project Initiation

Project Definition

  • Value Proposition

  • Learning the value of System z Linux

  • Server Consolidation

  • Sizings

  • Business Case Development

  • POC Initiative

  • Scoping POC

  • POC IFL Sizings

  • Real memory sizing

  • Scope Document

  • Infrastructure Planning

  • Hardware

  • Software

  • Network

  • Security

  • Disk

  • Backup & Recovery

  • Project Planning

  • Scope Document

  • Project Plan

  • Team Roster

  • Systems Assurance

  • SOW Consulting Svc

  • Status Report

  • Phone Support

  • IBM Loaner Program

  • POR date

  • Success Criteria

  • Configs

  • Sizings

  • IBM Contracts

  • Linux Trial

  • Software Trial

Installation &

Set Up

  • IBM loaner Eq.

  • zVM & Linux install

  • Other SW install

  • Network

  • Security

  • Disk

  • DB loads

  • Application set up

  • Other Distributed Servers

  • Weekly Status Meeting

  • Status Report

Testing

  • Test Plan

  • Unit

  • Volume/Performance

  • Weekly Status Mtg

  • Status Report

  • Issues Management

  • Escalation Process

  • Resource Management

    • In house

    • Mainline

    • IBM

    • Linux vendor

    • ISVs

Closing

  • Success Criteria Acceptance

  • Loaner Purchase or removed

  • Production Implementation Planning

  • Purchasing

  • Technical Services

  • Vendor 24x7 Support


Closing

Closing

  • Document results against Success Criteria

  • Review results with project team to gain everyone’s concurrence

  • Identified lesson’s learned


System z linux proof of concept project management best practices september 8 2009

Proving – Managing the Linux POC

Project Initiation

3-5 weeks

Project Definition

  • Value Proposition

  • Learning the value of System z Linux

  • Server Consolidation

  • Sizings

  • Business Case Development

  • POC Initiative

  • Scoping POC

  • POC IFL Sizings

  • Real memory sizing

  • Scope Document

1-3 weeks

  • Infrastructure Planning

  • Hardware

  • Software

  • Network

  • Security

  • Disk

  • Backup & Recovery

  • Project Planning

  • Scope Document

  • Project Plan

  • Team Roster

  • Systems Assurance

  • SOW Consulting Svc

  • Status Report

  • Phone Support

  • IBM Loaner Program

  • POR date

  • Success Criteria

  • Configs

  • Sizings

  • IBM Contracts

  • Linux Trial

  • Software Trial

Installation &

Set Up

2-20+ weeks

  • IBM loaner Eq.

  • zVM & Linux install

  • Other SW install

  • Network

  • Security

  • Disk

  • DB loads

  • Application set up

  • Other Distributed Servers

  • Weekly Status Meeting

  • Status Report

Testing

1-3 weeks

  • Test Plan

  • Unit

  • Volume/Performance

  • Weekly Status Mtg

  • Status Report

  • Issues Management

  • Escalation Process

  • Resource Management

    • In house

    • Mainline

    • IBM

    • Linux vendor

    • ISVs

Closing

  • Customer Final Report

  • Success Criteria Acceptance

  • IFL Purchased or removed

  • Production Implementation Planning

  • Purchasing

  • Technical Services

  • Vendor 24x7 Support


System z linux proof of concept project management best practices september 8 2009

Managing the Linux POC

Hardware Solution Coordination

zVM and Linux POC Project Management Deliverables

  • These are PMO standard templates to manage Linux POCs

    • POC Scope Document

    • POC Success Criteria

    • POC Project Plan

    • POC Team Roster

    • POC Status Report


Beware of the benchmark poc

Beware of the Benchmark POC

Final Comments

Stay away from performance benchmark tests that drive the IFL to 100% to determine maximum transactions compared to Intel/Power platforms.

System z Linux “sweet spot” is as a multi-tasker.


Ideal poc scope

Ideal POC Scope

Focus the POC scope on

  • Learning the environment

  • Functional test or Production comparative test

  • Follow up on the Business Case


System z linux proof of concept project management best practices september 8 2009

Planning

Proving – Managing the Linux POC

Project Initiation

Project Definition

  • Value Proposition

  • Learning the value of System z Linux

  • Server Consolidation

  • Sizings

  • Business Case Development

  • POC Initiative

  • Scoping POC

  • POC IFL Sizings

  • Real memory sizing

  • Scope Document

  • Infrastructure Planning

  • Hardware

  • Software

  • Network

  • Security

  • Disk

  • Backup & Recovery

  • Project Planning

  • Scope Document

  • Project Plan

  • Team Roster

  • Systems Assurance

  • SOW Consulting Svc

  • Status Report

  • Phone Support

  • IBM Loaner Program

  • POR date

  • Success Criteria

  • Configs

  • Sizings

  • IBM Contracts

  • Linux Trial

  • Software Trial

Installation &

Set Up

  • IBM loaner Eq.

  • zVM & Linux install

  • Other SW install

  • Network

  • Security

  • Disk

  • DB loads

  • Application set up

  • Other Distributed Servers

  • Weekly Status Meeting

  • Status Report

Testing

  • Test Plan

  • Unit

  • Volume/Performance

  • Weekly Status Mtg

  • Status Report

  • Issues Management

  • Escalation Process

  • Resource Management

    • In house

    • Mainline

    • IBM

    • Linux vendor

    • ISVs

Closing

  • POC Final Report

  • Success Criteria Acceptance

  • IFL Purchased or removed

  • Production Implementation Planning

  • Purchasing

  • Technical Services

  • Vendor 24x7 Support


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