System z Personal Development Tool
Well, it is fourth-quarter and that means it's crazy busy time for those in the IT world, the workplace world, or those just anticipating getting out of shopping for the holidays.
Just back from a productive visit to a bank, I noticed last week that IBM has made available to its Independent Software Vendor members of Partner World, the previously internal only zPDT tool. With this tool, you can run z/OS on Intel or Intel compatible platforms and use it for development, education, or demos.
It comes in three sizes -- one, two, or three virtual machines. Having seen this in operation, I can tell you that some of the combinations can be quite complex including middleware stacks, Linux environments, and network connections. If you go to Partner World to this link, there's all the information you need as an ISV to guide you through the process for how to purchase your licenses and get your hardware key.
It's a powerful tool and a great option for those looking for something in our distributed world to work with and show others system Z.