System z Linux Proof Of Concept Project Management Best Practices

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System z Linux Proof Of
Concept Project Management
Best Practices

September 8, 2009

Marianne Eggett

System z Linux Practice Manager

Marianne.eggett@mainline.com

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

Planning

Proving

Production


Business Cases


Sizing Servers for IFLs


Value of Z Linux Presentations


Account Planning


Proposal Development


Scoping POC


System z Linux POC Projects


Systems Assurance


Architecting Solutions


Installation Services


IBM Specialty Engine Loaner


Program


Linux LOTS


zVM & Linux Healthcheck

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


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


DB2 Connect


Ideal 1
st

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


Best Fit For Server Consolidations

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


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

Managing the Linux Proof of
Concept

Project Initiation

Project Definition

Installation &

Set Up

Testing

Closing

Planning

Proving


Managing the Linux POC

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



Value Proposition

Planning

Proving

Production

IBM


Scorpion Study



Environmental Studies



Application Assessments


zRace

Mainline


IFL Capacity sizings


Business Case


zRace with IBM Techline

Project Initiation

Project Definition

Installation &

Set Up

Testing

Closing

Planning

Proving


Managing the Linux POC

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

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



Project Definition


Choosing Scope is Critical


Significant enough


Not overwhelming


Resource Commitment


Senior Management Commitment


Success Criteria


System assurances are valuable

Project Initiation

Project Definition

Installation &

Set Up

Testing

Closing

Planning

Proving


Managing the Linux POC

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


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

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 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


Project Initiation

Project Definition

Installation &

Set Up

Testing

Closing

Planning

Proving


Managing the Linux POC


Test Plan


Unit


Volume/Performance


Weekly Status Mtg


Status Report


Issues Management


Escalation Process


Resource Management


In house


Mainline


IBM


Linux vendor


ISVs

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


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


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

Project Initiation

Project Definition

Installation &

Set Up

Testing

Closing

Planning

Proving


Managing the Linux POC


Success Criteria
Acceptance


Loaner Purchase or
removed



Production Implementation Planning


Purchasing


Technical Services


Vendor 24x7 Support

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


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


Test Plan


Unit


Volume/Performance


Weekly Status Mtg


Status Report


Issues Management


Escalation Process


Resource Management


In house


Mainline


IBM


Linux vendor


ISVs

Closing


Document results against Success
Criteria


Review results with project team
to gain everyone’s concurrence


Identified lesson’s learned

Project Initiation

Project Definition

Installation &

Set Up

Testing

Closing

Proving


Managing the Linux POC


Customer Final Report


Success Criteria
Acceptance


IFL Purchased or
removed


3
-
5 weeks

1
-
3 weeks

2
-
20+ weeks

1
-
3 weeks


Production Implementation Planning


Purchasing


Technical Services


Vendor 24x7 Support

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


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


Test Plan


Unit


Volume/Performance


Weekly Status Mtg


Status Report


Issues Management


Escalation Process


Resource Management


In house


Mainline


IBM


Linux vendor


ISVs

Hardware Solution Coordination

Managing the Linux POC



These are PMO standard templates to manage Linux
POCs


POC Scope Document


POC Success Criteria


POC Project Plan


POC Team Roster


POC Status Report



zVM and Linux POC Project Management Deliverables

Beware of the Benchmark POC

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.

Final Comments

Ideal POC Scope

Focus the POC scope on


Learning the environment


Functional test or Production
comparative test


Follow up on the Business Case

Project Initiation

Project Definition

Installation &

Set Up

Testing

Closing

Planning

Proving


Managing the Linux POC


POC Final Report


Success Criteria
Acceptance


IFL Purchased or
removed

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


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


Test Plan


Unit


Volume/Performance


Weekly Status Mtg


Status Report


Issues Management


Escalation Process


Resource Management


In house


Mainline


IBM


Linux vendor


ISVs


Production Implementation Planning


Purchasing


Technical Services


Vendor 24x7 Support