Greater New York Computer Measurement Group

Spring 2015 - NYCMG Conference and Membership Meeting
May 1, 2015
EMC 2 Penn Plaza 18th Floor, New York, New York

nycmg-2015The spring New York Computer Measurement Group conference is scheduled for Friday, May 1, 2015. We have a really outstanding program this year. Please consider attending.
Our spring vendor day conference is made possible with the help of our participating vendors. This year the following vendors will be exhibiting and providing information on their products and services:
NYCMG has three vendors for this day. We want to thank EMC for providing the conference room. DataKinetcs and Metron-Athene vendor fees will help offset the cost of breakfast, lunch and conference related expenditures.


New York CMG AGENDA Friday, May 1, 2015, Manhattan, New York
Time Activity
7:45 – 8:15 Registration & Continental Breakfast (provided)
8:15 – 8:30 Introductory Remarks & Business Agenda
8:30 – 9:00 Metron-Athene, Inc. Vendor Session
9:15 – 9:45 Data Kinetics Vendor Session
9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:05 -11:05 Essential Reporting for Capacity and Performance Management - Charles Johnson - Metron-Athene, Inc
11:10 – 12:10 Presenting Your IT Business Case To Your Finance Partner - Randy McCoy - Data Kinetics
12:10 - 13:00 Lunch (Provided)
13:00 - 14:00 Enterprise Performance Strategies, Inc. - System z Processor Consumption Analysis, or What is Consuming All the CPU?
Peter Enrico - Enterprise Performance Strategies, Inc.
14:00 - 14:10 Break
14:10 - 14:40 EMC Vendor Session - Storage CP balancing costs vs performance
14:45 - 15:45 Priyanka Arora and Ellen Friedman - MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
15:45 - 16:00 Concluding Remarks

Registration is free BUT everyone needs to be preregistered. There will be NO registration at the door. Pre-Register

10:05 - Data Kinetics - Presenting Your IT Business Case To Your Finance Partneris a PowerPoint Presentation which was delivered at the National CMG in Atlanta in November 2014.  It provides suggestions for IT personnel on how to present their business case to a finance partner to help increase the likelihood of getting the request for funding approved. The presentation provides a practical framework for presenting a business case, defines key finance terms, and shows some illustrations.

 Randy McCoy joined Ottawa based DataKinetics as CFO in June 2011. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA,CA) with over twenty years of experience in financial reporting and management for software, manufacturing, and professional services businesses. Prior to joining DataKinetics, Randy served as Finance Director at Kinaxis and as Sr. Finance Manager at Autodesk.

11:05 - Metron-Athene, Inc. -  Essential Reporting for Capacity and Performance Management

Reporting is a cornerstone of the capacity and performance management process, especially when it identifies problems before they happen. Enterprise datacenters continue to evolve with new technology and capabilities. External cloud providers enable functionality to be moved outside of datacenters. More components are tied together by applications across different infrastructure environments than ever before. Managing capacity and performance for all of these environments is a difficult task, and it is sometimes moved to a low priority, neglected, or not done at all.

Automation is the key to managing capacity and performance for complex environments. Implementing an effective reporting process requires a good understanding of who the customers will be and what they need. Creating reports that are not used can lead to false perceptions that capacity and performance management is not worth the effort. Cost justification may be a key part of the reporting itself. Ensuring visibility of success and management support is often required to show value. Certain types of reporting should be implemented for different audiences, and presentation style can have a big impact on how reporting output is perceived.

Charles Johnson has been in the Information Technology industry for 30+ years.  This has included working at a number of Fortune 500 organizations in different business sectors, including insurance, financial and automotive.  Charles has been involved in Performance and Capacity for zOS, Distributed and Virtualization for the majority of his career, both at a technician, manager and director level.  Charles holds certifications in both ITIL and VMware.  Charles is currently a Principal Consultant with Metron-Athene, Inc., a worldwide software organization specializing in Performance and Capacity Management.

13:00 - Peter Enrico - Enterprise Performance Strategies, Inc. - System z Processor Consumption Analysis, or What is Consuming All the CPU?

The first step to any processor analysis is to understand your processor configuration and settings. The second step is to understand what workloads, address spaces, and transactions are consuming the fixed processor resources. It is only after understanding what and how the processor is being consumed can you conduct any sort of processor tuning or optimization exercise.

During this presentation, Peter Enrico will show you how to conduct a processor resource consumption analysis. You will be provided with a top down approach to better understand processor measurements available to help you gain insight into how the CPU resources are being consumed, and by what LPARs, workloads, and transactions. The presentation will show what is known as a drill down approach to processor performance analysis. Updates relative to the z13 processor will be included.

14:45 – Storage CP balancing costs vs performance

Balancing cost and performance tradeoffs: Benchmarking VMware storage performance and best practices

Enterprises are moving away from traditional dedicated physical environments to cost effective, modular, easily deployable and adaptable virtual infrastructure offerings by VMware, Microsoft, Citrix and Oracle. With VMware accounting for nearly 56% of the virtualization market, there is a growing need to plan for capacity of virtual infrastructures particularly VMware. Capacity and Performance of VMware infrastructure is dictated by constraints on not only CPU and Memory but more importantly on Storage. Shared SAN becomes a critical resource when planning for capacity, architecting infrastructures, planning for growth or optimizing performance. This paper is an attempt to bring together some of the best practices that need to be considered while architecting storage for different workloads like Read Vs Write intensive, Random Vs Sequential, small Vs large block sizes etc. This paper is structured around a benchmark exercise conducted on a VNX5700 array hosting VMware ESXi 5.1. The objective of this exercise is to understand and model existing IO workloads, build a test environment using these best practices yet working around constraints and cost-performance tradeoffs, testing the modelled workloads to validate assumptions, test out storage configuration options including FAST VP, Thick Vs Thin LUNs, RAID 5 Vs RAID 10 for Sequential Write workloads, small LUNs with segregated workloads vs large LUNs with mixed workloads etc. This paper also explains the key metrics that should be reviewed when monitoring Storage and some tools that provide visibility into them.

Priyanka Arora and Ellen Friedman - MUFG Union Bank, N.A.