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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

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 Idaho Domino, Apache appl
  • Emigrant Savings WebSphere
  • University of Maryland Oracle
  • Thomas Jefferson Un. Hospital TSM
  • Indianapolis Power & Light WebSphere Hats
  • Boston University DB2 UDB, Oracle
  • John Hopkins University WebSphere
  • Brocade Development 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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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