Server Time Protocol (STP) Services for IBM Z

The Server Time Protocol (STP) feature is designed to provide the capability for multiple IBM Z servers and Coupling Facilities to maintain time synchronization with each other, without a Sysplex Timer. Sirius offers Server Time Protocol services to ensure a successful STP implementation on your IBM System z10, z196, z114, z12, z13 or Z14 servers.

Business Value

  • Performs a Systems Assurance review along with IBM client executives to assess the physical requirements of the processor(s) and your facilities
  • Ensures that STP can be installed with minimal disruption to your operations
  • Works with your technical staff to perform the planning required for the hardware, software, connectivity and configuration required for STP
  • Works with your technical staff to perform the tasks required to implement the hardware, software, connectivity and configuration tasks identified in the planning: - STP-only Coordinated Time Network (CTN) implementation - 9037 External Time Reference (ETR) to mixed CTN implementation - Mixed CTN to STP-only implementation - NTP server synchronization with optional Pulse Per Second support - z/OS or z/VM configuration to enable STP
  • Ensures that proper STP maintenance and software fixes are applied and tested
  • Provides education and support for system programmers on new features, as required
  • Provides ongoing technical non-defect support for IBM hardware and software
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