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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Performance Tools
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 5, 2021

We need Continuos collector capabilities on IBM i

We need real time smf extractor and continuous collector capabilities on IBM i systems similar to IBM z mainframes. Please let us know if it could be leveraged

Use Case:

We need real time smf extractor and continuous collector capabilities on our IBM z mainframes systems currently working under product IZPCA.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Nov 1, 2021

    IBM i has a continuous performance data collector tool named Collection Services.

  • Guest
    Jun 15, 2021

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM not implement this request. As described in earlier comments, continuous statistics are already available.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community, and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    For more information about CAAC, see

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Mar 9, 2021

    Hi Sandeep. I need more information about what exactly you are looking for. I am not familiar with the Z products you mentioned.

    IBM i does have a continuous performance data collector tool - named Collection Services - and the performance data can be stored in database files that can be queried.
    You can find out more about Collection Services here:
    You can find out more about the Collection Services database files here:

    There are also many many IBM i Services that may return the information you are looking for.
    You can find more about IBM i Services here:

  • Guest
    Mar 8, 2021

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Performance Tools
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Client

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - IBM i Access Family
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Client

  • Guest
    Mar 6, 2021

    Also, collection services continuously collects a wealth of system and performance data. You can view this data with the performance data investigator.

  • Guest
    Mar 6, 2021

    Hi Sandeep

    I'm not familar with IZPCA so can't say how good a match this will be for you but in general the sort of performance, work management and system health information you are asking for is available in real-time from an IBM i System, if you wanted to reach in and get it then the best way is to use IBM i Services, these standard SQL interfaces were designed to allow such data to be access in this way.

    The link below will give you details of the services available and explanations of the their syntax and example SQL statements that you can build upon. I would recommend you start with the IBM i Work Management Service and then maybe the System Limits.

    If you want to know more about IBM i Services, then Google is your friend, I along with many others have publish articles and Webinars on this which I'm sure will help. If I had to pick one place for you to start it would be Scott Forstie's SQL Tutor

    If at the end of this you find the specific metric or metrics you require are not currently available, please add them into this RFE, as the more specific you are about the need, the more likely IBM (or one of us) will be able to help you.

    Best wishes,
    Steve Bradshaw
    IBM Champion, Member of CEAC, TD of
    and friendly Techie Bloke at