The IBM zEnterprise® 196 introduces the IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager (zManager) that allows customers to manage a collection of one or more zEnterprise nodes including any optionally attached IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter® Extensions (zBX) as a single logical virtualized system using a hardware management console (HMC). The HMC and Support Elements provide a user interface through which the data-center personnel can deploy, configure, monitor, manage, and maintain the integrated System z® and zBX hardware and software resources based on heterogeneous architectures in a unified manner. In addition to providing the provisioning and the life-cycle management for the physical and virtual resources, the HMC owns the configuration and workload policy information that zManager uses to optimize and adjust resources for all members of the ensemble in accordance with user-defined goals and priorities. This paper describes the details of the virtualization management integration covered by the zManager.
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