IBM z/OS Cloud Broker V1.0.0 delivers z/OS services and resources that run on IBM Z servers for cloud-native application development

IBM Europe Software Announcement ZP19-0045
May 14, 2019

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OverviewOverviewTechnical informationTechnical information
Key requirementsKey requirementsOrdering informationOrdering information
Planned availability datePlanned availability dateTerms and conditionsTerms and conditions
DescriptionDescriptionPricesPrices
Program numberProgram numberAnnouncement countriesAnnouncement countries
PublicationsPublications


At a glance

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IBM® z/OS® Cloud Broker delivers:

  • Direct, self-service access to z/OS computing resources by users of IBM Cloud™ Private
  • Connectivity to an industry-standard Kubernetes (K8s) container runtime with an emphasis on simplicity, robustness, and portability
  • Ability to track and manage z/OS resources within IBM Cloud Private
  • Maximum control over resources and z/OS software subsystem instances
  • Access to service catalogs with customized z/OS services that can exploit the multi-tenancy and rapid elasticity of z/OS
  • New agility for z/OS to help businesses protect, integrate, and grow their IT investments into their cloud-native development environments


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Overview

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Application development patterns continue to move towards cloud-native strategies. Enterprise development takes place through deployment of services and workflows on internal, private cloud platforms. These cloud platforms take advantage of the latest architectures and technologies that continually emerge as part of the growing ecosystem of open source innovation. Private cloud platforms that use containers and orchestration are foundational to support developers and organizations to build, integrate, and deliver solutions more quickly. Organizations not only need robust and modern cloud development platforms, but they also must ensure that all of their systems of record, workloads, and data can be connected with and used on these platforms in a native, developer-friendly manner.

Because of this, organizations increasingly search for private, on-premise cloud solutions to give them complete control and confidence for driving digital transformation and modernization into their business.

IBM Cloud Private is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) environment for developing and managing containerized applications. This integrated environment can be deployed behind firewalls and managed or controlled by whomever the enterprise determines. It is built on the container orchestrator Kubernetes, and contains:

  • A private image repository
  • A management console
  • Monitoring, logging, and security frameworks

With a lightweight footprint, yet powerful platform capabilities, IBM Cloud Private enables enterprises to unleash their development creativity by using technologies that are common to the industry and process guidance, in a minimal timeframe.

To help organizations protect and integrate their IT investments into their cloud-native development strategies, IBM delivers the z/OS Cloud Broker. It delivers the ability to access and deploy z/OS services into a Kubernetes-based cloud platform.

For business value with extreme agility, organizations look for two dimensions, operations and development, to enable modern development. With the z/OS Cloud Broker and IBM Cloud Private, both of these key areas and their stakeholders are supported:

  • The client's IBM Z® operations team can provide self-service access to z/OS resources and middleware, such as IBM CICS® and IBM Db2® on the IBM Cloud Private platform. The main mechanism for the operations team is to use the Cloud Provisioning and Management function of IBM z/OS MF to provide this new functionality. These resources, which currently span the z/OS middleware portfolio, are then instantly available to developers of any skill set without requiring IBM Z skills to consume and use.
  • With IBM Cloud Private, developers can quickly provision an instance of z/OS middleware and deploy this with other z/OS services, alongside public cloud or distributed services, or combinations of available services across architectures

The power and repeatability of the Kubernetes-based, IBM Cloud Private platform delivers a comprehensive, standard cloud development and deployment experience with the added strength and security features that only IBM Z technology can provide.

For additional information about z/OS Cloud Broker, see IBM Marketplace.



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Key requirements

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z/OS Cloud Broker requires:

  • One of the following IBM servers:
    • z13® (all models)
    • z14 (all models)
  • IBM Cloud Private base infrastructure
  • z/OS V2.2 or z/OS V2.3
  • z/OS MF setup and configured with Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS

For additional details, see the Technical information section.



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Planned availability date

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May 24, 2019



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Description

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Organizations look to container technology and associated orchestration and management platforms to build and then deploy modern cloud-native applications. These organizations increasingly use private cloud platforms to access sensitive data and systems of record behind their firewalls.

z/OS Cloud Broker is designed to deliver:

  • Direct, self-service access of z/OS computing resources

    z/OS Cloud Broker is a software program that installs as an add-on to compatible cloud platforms. Its design provides for direct, self-service access of z/OS computing resources by users. These resources spanning the z/OS middleware portfolio run on IBM Z servers and can be accessed and published by using the z/OSMF software services catalog.

  • Connectivity to industry-standard K8s container runtimes

    z/OS Cloud Broker exploits the open-source, Kubernetes container management platform. Kubernetes is a portable, extensible open-source platform for managing containerized workloads and services and facilitates both declarative configuration and automation. The simplicity of this platform led to widespread adoption across all industries and sizes of business. Kubernetes is also widely recognized as a leading platform for container management and orchestration that led to broad support across architectures and application development communities. z/OS Cloud Broker connects z/OS into this rich Kubernetes ecosystem of components and tools to help make it easier to deploy, scale, and manage applications.

  • Ability to track and manage resources by using IBM Cloud Private

    IBM Cloud Private provides full tracking and details on all services that are accessed through its catalogs. These services can also be managed to ensure minimal disruption and impact to the user if these resources become unexpectedly unavailable. These features enable users to know exactly what they are consuming and on what architecture and on which system they are running. There is also the added confidence that the IBM Cloud Private environment has robust security features and is equipped for high availability.

  • Control over resources and z/OS software subsystem instances

    The operations team can maintain control over resources and z/OS software subsystem instances that are exposed through the configurable cloud security of z/OS Cloud Broker with z/OS configurable cloud security. The services that the z/OS Cloud Broker delivers are available to IBM Cloud Private and are intended to be secured and controlled by:

    • z/OSMF
    • IBM Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS

      With Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS, software service templates can be created to provision IBM middleware, such as:

      • IBM Customer Information Control System (CICS)
      • IBM Db2
      • IBM Information Management System (IMS)
      • IBM MQ
      • IBM WebSphere® Application Server

    Software instances that were provisioned from those templates can be tracked. The application architects work with the z/OS system programmers to ensure that teams and individuals have access to the z/OS services that are required for their application development needs. When using the z/OS Cloud Broker and IBM Cloud Private, z/OS, system programmers are in complete control of their z/OS environment. Along with the ability to define z/OS security for access control, the system programmers can control the number of instances that can be provisioned through IBM Cloud Private.

  • Access to service catalogs with customized z/OS services

    z/OS Cloud Broker is designed to expose z/OS services into cloud platforms that can then exploit the multi-tenancy and rapid elasticity of z/OS. Any software service templates, which are published in Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS and are then linked to an existing z/OS Cloud Broker installation, are automatically available in the supported cloud platform. As an example, this can be extended with the use of teams and other mechanisms in IBM Cloud Private which can add further levels of granularity and access that individuals and groups can have to the z/OS services that are available in the IBM Cloud Private catalog.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Accessibility Compliance Report containing details on accessibility compliance can be found on the Product accessibility information website.



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Reference information

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For additional information about z/OS Cloud Broker, see IBM Marketplace.

For information on IBM Cloud Private, see Software Announcements:

For information on the z13s® servers, see Hardware Announcements:

For information on the z13 servers, see Hardware Announcements:

For information on the z14 servers, see Hardware Announcements:

For information on the z14 Model ZR1 server, see Hardware Announcements:



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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5635-ZCB 1.0.0 IBM z/OS Cloud Broker
5635-ZCS 1.0.0 IBM z/OS Cloud Broker S&S

IBM z/OS Cloud Broker

Program number Subscription and support program number
5635-ZCB 5635-ZCS


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Education support

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IBM training provides education to support many IBM offerings. Descriptions of courses for IT professionals and managers can be found on the IBM Training and Skills website.

Contact your IBM representative for course information.

Specific product education on z/OS Cloud Broker will be available on IBM Knowledge Center on May 24, 2019.



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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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Technical documentation will be available on IBM Knowledge Center on May 24, 2019.



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Services

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Global Technology Services

Contact your IBM representative for the list of selected services available in your country, either as standard or customized offerings for the efficient installation, implementation, or integration of this product.



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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

z/OS Cloud Broker is supported on the following hardware platforms:

  • IBM z13® (all models)
  • IBM z14™ (all models)

Detailed hardware requirements for z/OS Cloud Broker will be available from IBM Knowledge Center on May 24, 2019.

For any hardware requirements for IBM Cloud Private, see System requirements.

Software requirements

z/OS Cloud Broker requires:

  • IBM Cloud Private for IBM Z, by choosing from either the monthly license or perpetual part numbers from Passport Advantage® for IBM Cloud Private (5737-E67)
  • z/OS V2.2 or z/OS V2.3
  • z/OS MF setup and configured with Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS
  • Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS Plugin for z/OSMF
    • PTFs UI42847 and UI46543 for z/OS V2.2
    • PTF for APAR PI96931 is recommended for z/OS V2.2 and z/OS V2.3

Detailed software requirements for z/OS Cloud Broker will be available from IBM Knowledge Center on May 24, 2019.

For any software requirements for IBM Cloud Private, see System requirements.

The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a readme file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.

Planning information

Packaging

z/OS Cloud Broker (5635-ZCB) is packaged as follows:

Deliverable Form number Medium
z/OS Cloud Broker Licensed Code None Electronic
z/OS Cloud Broker Licensed Code DVD LCD7-7081 Physical
z/OS Cloud Broker License Information GC27-9421 Electronic
z/OS Cloud Broker License Information CD LC27-9430 Electronic
Physical
z/OS Cloud Broker README GI13-4389 Electronic
Physical

IBM recommends internet delivery from Shopz. However, if you still require physical media, you can choose DVD. Contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.

This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, which will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. For future reference, the license and License Information will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT.

Security, auditability, and control

z/OS Cloud Broker uses the security and auditability features of the host operating system software.

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.

The program in this announcement has Value Unit-based pricing.

Program number Program name Value Unit exhibit
5635-ZCB IBM z/OS Cloud Broker VUE039

For each IBM Z IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, the quantity of that program needed to satisfy applicable IBM terms and conditions is referred to as the required license capacity. Your required license capacity is based upon the following factors:

  • The IBM Z IPLA program you select
  • The applicable Value Unit Exhibit
  • The applicable terms
  • Whether your current mainframes are full capacity or sub-capacity


Ordering z/OS Cloud Broker through the internet

Shopz provides an easy way to plan and order this offering. Additional products can also be added to your order (including determination of whether all product requisites are satisfied). You can also contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner to handle your order using the traditional IBM ordering process. For more details and availability, see the Shopz website.

z/OS Cloud Broker is eligible for internet delivery using the Shopz website and is planned to be available at the general availability of z/OS Cloud Broker.

Charge metric

For z/OS Cloud Broker charge metrics, see the following License Information document on the IBM Software License Agreement website.

Program name Part number or PID number License Information document number
IBM z/OS Cloud Broker 5635-ZCB L-NADN-B82QM9

Select your language of choice and scroll down to the Charge Metrics section.

Basic license

This offering uses Value Unit Exhibit VUE039.

Usage Level, Cumulative Minimum Maximum Value Units/Broker Connection
1 1 4 1.00
2 5 10 .65
3 11 15 .50
4 16 25 .40
5 26 + .20

To order, specify the program ID number and the appropriate license or charge option. To suppress shipment of media, select the license-only option in CFSW.

Program name: IBM z/OS Cloud Broker

Program ID: 5635-ZCB

Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S018DNP z/OS Cloud Broker Use-Based License One-Time Charge Value Units
    MultiVersion Measurement - No Charge Value Units
Orderable supply ID Language
S018DWV US English

IBM recommends internet delivery. However, if you still require physical media, you can choose DVD.

Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S018DNT z/OS Cloud Broker S&S Basic MSC, per Value Unit SW S&S
    No charge, decline SW S&S
    Multi-Version Measurement S&S, No charge
Orderable supply ID Language
S018DNV 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 such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

Licensing

IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use.

Software Maintenance

The following agreement IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011) applies for Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) and does not require client signatures.

This program is licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA) and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance, which provide for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. These programs have a one-time license charge for use of the program and an annual renewable charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours), as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect.

License Information number

The following License Information documents apply to the offering in this announcement:

Program name LI number
IBM z/OS Cloud Broker L-NADN-B82QM9

Select your language of choice. Follow-on releases, if any, may have updated terms. See the License Information documents website for more information.

Limited warranty applies

Yes

Limited warranty

IBM warrants that when the program is used in the specified operating environment, it will conform to its specifications. The warranty applies only to the unmodified portion of the program. IBM does not warrant uninterrupted or error-free operation of the program or that IBM will correct all program defects. You are responsible for the results obtained from the use of the program.

IBM provides you with access to IBM databases containing information on known program defects, defect corrections, restrictions, and bypasses at no additional charge. For further information, see the IBM Software Support Handbook.

IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).

Program technical support

Technical support of a program product version or release will be available for a minimum of one year from the general availability date, as long as your Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is in effect.

This technical support allows you to obtain assistance (by telephone or electronic means) from IBM for product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of the program product. Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) also provides you with access to versions, releases, and updates (CD releases, Long Term Support Releases or fixes) of the program. You will be notified, through an announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with six months' notice. If you require additional technical support from IBM, including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.

For additional information on the IBM Software Support Lifecycle Policy, see the IBM Software Support Lifecycle Policy website.

Money-back guarantee

If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, you may obtain a refund of the amount you paid for it, if within 30 days of your invoice date you return the program and its PoE to the party from whom you obtained it. If you downloaded the program, you may contact the party from whom you acquired it for instructions on how to obtain the refund.

For clarification, note that for programs acquired under any of IBM's On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) software offerings, this term does not apply since these offerings apply to programs already acquired and in use by you.

Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

No

Usage restrictions

Yes

For any usage restrictions, see the license information document as listed in the Terms and conditions section.

Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. During the Software Subscription and Support period, for the unmodified portion of a program, and to the extent problems can be recreated in the specified operating environment, IBM will provide the following:

  • Defect correction information, a restriction, or a bypass.
  • Program updates: Periodic releases of collections of code corrections, fixes, functional enhancements and new versions and releases to the program and documentation.
  • Technical assistance: A reasonable amount of remote assistance by telephone or electronically to address suspected program defects. Technical assistance is available from the IBM support center in the organization's geography.

Additional details regarding Technical Assistance, which includes IBM contact information, are provided in the IBM Software Support Handbook.

Software Subscription and Support does not include assistance for:

  • The design and development of applications.
  • Your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment.
  • Failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

Software Subscription and Support is provided only if the program is within its support timeframe as specified in the Software Support Lifecycle policy for the program.

IBM Operational Support Services - Support Line

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Yes. When ordering through the program number process, a 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution clients.

Education Software Allowance Program applies when ordering through the program number process.

ESAP available

Yes, to qualified clients.



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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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For all local charges, contact your IBM representative.

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Financing from IBM Global Financing helps you preserve cash and credit lines, enables more technology acquisition within current budget limits, can help accelerate implementation of economically attractive new technologies, offers payment and term flexibility, and can help match project costs to projected benefits. Financing is available worldwide for credit-qualified clients.



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Announcement countries

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All European, Middle Eastern, and African countries, except Islamic Republic of Iran, Sudan, and Syrian Arab Republic.

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