Getting started

This section provides a brief overview of  BMC Capacity Management for Mainframes products. This information can help you interpret some of the statistics and terminology you see while creating and evaluating performance models for your systems.

The BMC Capacity Management for Mainframes including the following main components:

  • BMC Capacity Management Database
  • BMC Performance Predictor for Mainframes
  • Universal Information Exchange
  • Visualizer/CDB database


BMC Capacity Management Database contains BMC Capacity Management for Mainframes data that has been processed and analyzed to provide a shared data repository that any user, application, or process can access. 

Universal Information Exchange (UIE) is a software component that runs on your mainframe system to read and process SMF/RMF and subsystem data collected from target IBM z/OS images. UIE can produce two types of output:

  • XML data files, which are used as input for the BMC Performance Predictor for Mainframes
  • Visualizer files, which are used as input for the BMC Performance Analyzer for Mainframes Visualizer/CDB database

BMC Performance Predictor for Mainframes, which resides on a Windows Console, enables you to study your baseline performance statistics and build models to predict and evaluate the effect of changes on your data center by using a visual Windows interface.

If you have BMC Performance Predictor for Mainframes, you can model activity in your data center on the level of Service Class and Performance Group periods. You can also define and model SUITES, which are groups of jobs, started tasks, or TSO sessions. In addition, if you have BMC Performance Analyzer for Mainframes, UIE can create a Visualizer file that contains performance data about your z/OS systems and the Service Classes, Performance Groups, and SUITES that are executing on those systems.

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