Statement of direction: IBM intends to deliver containers and Kubernetes orchestration support for IBM z/OS

IBM United States Software Announcement 220-033
June 23, 2020

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IBM® makes the following statements of general direction:

  • IBM intends to deliver a container runtime for IBM z/OS® in support of Open Containers Initiative compliant images comprising z/OS software.
  • IBM intends to deliver Kubernetes orchestration for containers on z/OS.

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IBM intends to provide clients with capabilities that will help accelerate their transformation to greater portability and agility in a hybrid cloud environment by delivering containers and Kubernetes orchestration support for existing and new IBM z/OS applications and workloads.

This move towards greater portability and agility will be supported by taking advantage of architecture-independent standards and technology for container-based development and deployment on z/OS. As this container-based technology is deployed on core systems of record, it will ensure the isolation of environments and other users from the effects of other containers.

By providing a container runtime for z/OS, and the orchestration of those containers, users can:

  • Increase speed from development to deployment of z/OS-based applications
  • Increase predictability and repeatability across the application lifecycle for z/OS applications
  • Enhance practices across z/OS development, testing, and operations through a wide ecosystem of open-source application container-based tools

These proposed capabilities for z/OS will reinforce and further strengthen the IBM focus on hybrid cloud to unlock business value and drive growth for clients. This can be achieved by providing technology that incorporates the client's core mission-critical applications and workloads across their z/OS middleware into a container-based cloud-native strategy.


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