IBM delivers IBM Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM Z and LinuxONE 1.0 to run Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE servers

IBM Canada Software Announcement A20-0581
September 15, 2020

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OverviewOverviewTechnical informationTechnical information
Key requirementsKey requirementsOrdering informationOrdering information
Planned availability datePlanned availability dateTerms and conditionsTerms and conditions
Program numberProgram numberPricesPrices
PublicationsPublicationsOrder nowOrder now


At a glance

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) for IBM Z and LinuxONE can now be ordered through the Entitled Software (ESW) configurator using Shopz to run RHEL Linux on IBM Z and LinuxONE. The Linux operating system benefits from the mainframe's capabilities and strengths, including:

  • Exceptional data security
  • Availability
  • Performance
  • Cost savings and efficiency

RHEL is an open source operating system, subject to the terms set forth by Red Hat, that provides a foundation to scale existing applications and deploy emerging technologies.

RHEL has been tested and certified by IBM on IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE servers.



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Overview

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IBM® and Red Hat® have a long history of partnering to deliver enterprise-grade Linux® computing on the IBM Z® platform. One of the first mainframe ports of Linux, Think Blue Linux, was based on Red Hat Linux 6.1. Over the past 20 years, this partnership has grown and has resulted in RHEL being an attractive operating system on IBM Z and LinuxONE.

The combination of IBM Z and RHEL brings Linux applications to the mainframe and supports efficient management across Linux workloads. Many workloads that run on RHEL for IBM Z and LinuxONE can be deployed to drive high levels of consolidation. This consolidation is particularly attractive for core-based commercial software, such as databases, application servers, and other software solutions. RHEL is an attractive target platform for independent software vendors (ISVs) to deploy their applications. As a result, there is a large selection of software products that can run on RHEL for IBM Z and LinuxONE.

The RHEL distribution has been developed by Red Hat for the commercial market. RHEL for IBM Z and LinuxONE is released by Red Hat to support the IBM Z and LinxONE platforms. It is designed to provide a user experience similar to that of other platforms. The most recent version, RHEL 8, is based on:

The previous Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM Z and LinuxONE offering, 5635-R20, that was announced in Software Announcement A20-0198, dated May 5, 2020, has been withdrawn from marketing. See Software withdrawal announcement A20-0585, dated September 15, 2020.

For the latest details about RHEL, see the Red Hat website.

For more information about Linux on IBM Z and LinuxONE, see the IBM Linux servers website.



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Key requirements

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RHEL for IBM Z and LinuxONE requires one of the following IBM servers:1

  • IBM z15™ (all models)
  • IBM z14® (all models)
  • IBM LinuxONE III
  • IBM LinuxONE Emperor II
  • IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper II

1 IBM recommends Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) for deployment of RHEL for IBM Z and LinuxONE.

For additional details, see the Technical information section.



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Planned availability date

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September 18, 2020



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Reference information

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For information about IBM z/VM® 7.2, see:

  • Software Announcement A20-0486, dated August 4, 2020
  • Software Announcement A20-0140, dated April 14, 2020 75695

For information about z/VM 7.1, see the following Software Announcements:

  • Software Announcement A18-0805, dated October 16, 2018
  • Software Announcement A18-0477, dated August 7, 2018
  • Software Announcement A18-0230, dated April 10, 2018

For information about IBM Cloud® Infrastructure Center, see the following Software Announcements:

  • Software Announcement A20-0215, dated April 14, 2020
  • Software Announcement A19-0785, dated December 3, 2019

For information about IBM Wave 1.2, see Software Announcement A19-0606, dated September 12, 2019.

For information about Infrastructure Suite for z/VM and Linux, see Software Announcement A14-0686, dated September 2, 2014.

For information about the z15 server, see:

  • Hardware Announcement A20-0504, dated August 4, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement A20-0050, dated April 14, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement A20-0075, dated January 14, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement A19-0846, dated November 26, 2019
  • Hardware Announcement A19-0283, dated September 12, 2019

For information about the LinuxONE III server, see:

  • Hardware Announcement A20-0504, dated August 4, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement A20-0076, dated April 14, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement A20-0075, dated January 14, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement A19-0225, dated September 12, 2019
. For information on the z14 servers, see:
  • Hardware Announcement A18-0610, dated October 2, 2018
  • Hardware Announcement A17-0866, dated November 28, 2017
  • Hardware Announcement A17-0392, dated July 17, 2017

For information on the LinuxONE Emperor II server, see the following Hardware Announcements:

  • Hardware Announcement A18-0630, dated October 2, 2018
  • Hardware Announcement A17-0866, dated November 28, 2017
  • Hardware Announcement A17-0572, dated September 12, 2017

For information on the z14 Model ZR1 server, see:

  • Hardware Announcement A18-0610, dated October 2, 2018
  • Hardware Announcement A18-0133, dated April 10, 2018

For information on the LinuxONE Rockhopper II server, see the following Hardware Announcements:

  • Hardware Announcement A18-0630, dated October 2, 2018
  • Hardware Announcement A18-0138, dated April 10, 2018



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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5635-RH1 1.0.0 Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM Z and LinuxONE 1YR
5635-RH2 1.0.0 Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM Z and LinuxONE 1YR S&S
5635-RH3 1.0.0 Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM Z and LinuxONE 3YR
5635-RH4 1.0.0 Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM Z and LinuxONE 3YR S&S
5635-RH5 1.0.0 Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM Z and LinuxONE 5YR
5635-RH6 1.0.0 Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM Z and LinuxONE 5YR S&S
Program number Subscription and support program number
5635-RH1 5635-RH2
5635-RH3 5635-RH4
5635-RH5 5635-RH6


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Education support

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Not applicable



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Offering Information

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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.



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Publications

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For documentation for RHEL for IBM Z and LinuxONE, see the Documentation for Red Hat distributions website.

Information about Linux on IBM Z systems can be found in IBM Knowledge Center.



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Services

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Software Services

IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of the lab-based software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of the IBM Global Services team. Also, IBM extends the reach of IBM Software Services through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. IBM provides the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.

To learn more about IBM Software Services, contact your Lab Services Sales or Delivery Leader.



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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

RHEL for IBM Z and LinuxONE requires one of the following IBM servers:1

  • z15 (all models)
  • z14 (all models)
  • LinuxONE III
  • LinuxONE Emperor II
  • LinuxONE Rockhopper II

1 IBM recommends Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) for deployment of RHEL for IBM Z and LinuxONE.

For the most current certifications of which versions run on which hardware servers, see the Linux on IBM Z tested platforms website.

Software requirements

No additional software requirements.

IBM Support

Red Hat support is designed to help clients get answers quickly. For support options from Red Hat, see the Red Hat Customer Portal.

Planning information

Packaging

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is delivered as an electronic download from the Red Hat Customer Portal.

This download requires a login for a Red Hat account.

Security, auditability, and control

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM Z and LinuxONE uses the security and auditability features of the operating system.

The client is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

The client is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.



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Ordering information

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Consult your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.

When Red Hat Enterprise Linux is ordered from IBM, an entitlement card with a registration code is supplied with the order. Clients are required to register the Red Hat Linux offering when downloading from the Red Hat website using the registration code provided on the IBM order. Once registered, clients can download the required code electronically as well as obtain the latest upgrades and updates.

Charge metric

Charge metric for vendor products
Program identifier Program name License Information document number
5635-RH1 Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM Z and LinuxONE 1YR Not applicable
5635-RH3 Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM Z and LinuxONE 3YR Not applicable
5635-RH5 Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM Z and LinuxONE 5YR Not applicable

The use of this offering is subject to Red Hat licensing terms.

Basic license

To order, specify the appropriate licensed program ID number. Subscription and Support (S&S) can be included with the optional Use-Based License One-Time Charge. Length of this support is defined is dependent on the ordering option of the client's choice.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM Z and LinuxONEE 1 YR( (5635-RH1)

Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S018JCP RHEL for IBM Z and LinuxONE 1 YR Use-Based License One-Time Charge Per Engine
Orderable supply ID Language
S018JCT US English

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM Z and LinuxONE 1 YR Subscription & Support (5635-RH2)

Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S018JD1 RHEL for IBM Z and LinuxONE 1 YR S&S SW Subscription and Support Premium 1 Year Per Engine
Orderable supply ID Language
S018JD4 US English

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM Z and LinuxONEE 3 YR ( (5635-RH3)

Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S018JD8 RHEL for IBM Z and LinuxONE 3 YR Use-Based License One-Time Charge Per Engine
Orderable supply ID Language
S018JD9 US English

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM Z and LinuxONE 3 YR Subscription & Support (5635-RH4)

Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S018JDC RHEL for IBM Z and LinuxONE 3 YR S&S SW Subscription and Support Premium 3 Year Per Engine
Orderable supply ID Language
S018JDD US English

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM Z and LinuxONEE 5YR ( (5635-RH5)

Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S018JDG RHEL for IBM Z and LinuxONE 5 YR Use-Based License One-Time Charge Per Engine
Orderable supply ID Language
S018JDH US English

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM Z and LinuxONE 5 YR Subscription & Support (5635-RH6)

Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S018JDK RHEL for IBM Z and LinuxONE 5 YR S&S SW Subscription and Support Premium 5 Year Per Engine
Orderable supply ID Language
S018JDL US English


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Terms and conditions

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The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents of IBM and Red Hat.

Licensing

Supplier's license terms apply.

Limited warranty applies

Yes

Volume orders

Not applicable

Educational allowance

Yes. 15% to qualified educational institutions.



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Statement of good security practices

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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through intrusion prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered, destroyed, or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a regulatory compliant, comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective.

Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.



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Prices

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Registered external clients and IBM Business Partners can access IBMLink to view pricing information.

Specify "Price type," "Search type," and "Search value," then click "Search."

Note: Enter program number in the "Search value."

You can also contact your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner for the applicable charges.



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Order now

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To order, contact the IBM Digital Sales Center, your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner. To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968). For more information, contact the IBM Digital Sales Center.

Phone: 800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)

Fax: 800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)

For IBM representative: askibm@ca.ibm.com

For IBM Business Partner: pwcs@us.ibm.com



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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

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