Welcome to IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Stack

Welcome to IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Stack - An overview

IBM Z® and Cloud Modernization Stack is built to balance robust reliability with the need for new innovation. By combining the power of IBM Z and the strength of Red Hat® OpenShift® Container Platform, IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Stack delivers a modern, managed as-a-service model to complement your most resilient production workloads.

Deploy IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Stack to replace time-consuming, ticket-bound provisioning with progressive tooling and resource management. Use consistent as-a-service workflows to keep production systems well-managed and controlled. Enable sandbox environments to encourage the play and exploration that is so essential to application developers. And promote powerful skill-building opportunities through Wazi, z/OS Cloud Broker, z/OS Connect, Open Enterprise Languages, z/OS Package Manager, and Z Open Automation Utilties to developers, system programmers, system administrators, and other team members at all levels of expertise.

IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Stack uses Red Hat® OpenShift® Container Platform to integrate IBM Z assets into a hybrid cloud and connect hybrid cloud assets to IBM Z. This platform-level integration paves the way for developers to easily create and deploy APIs for z/OS applications with z/OS Connect Designer, work on z/OS applications with cloud native tools and familiar IDEs, use popular languages such as Python, Go, Node.js, and Java™ to integrate with standard, enterprise-wide CI/CD pipelines.

By collecting together a carefully curated set of products, IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Stack goes beyond the basic bundle to deliver a flexible solution that can accelerate your modernization journey today and help you plan for growth tomorrow.

System programmers and administrators: keep it simple, keep it secure

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform helps you simplify provisioning while retaining full control over who can do what. For example, by using z/OS Cloud Broker, z/OS Package Manager, Wazi Sandbox, and Z Open Automation Utilities, the following features are yours to enjoy:

  • Automate z/OS software management and tasks without needing complicated custom programs or deep z/OS skills

  • Create personal sandbox environments on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform

  • Enable self-serve access to managed z/OS develop and test environments

  • Gain valuable hybrid cloud skills by learning and using modern Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform tools and resources

  • Use your familiarity with Linux™ and UNIX commands to access MVS resources without JCL

Application developers: streamline production, streamline your play

When you install and manage z/OS products through Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, you can enjoy smoother workflows and free up more time to explore new technologies. For example:

  • Use Wazi Analyze to visualize and understand how your proposed code changes might affect applications written in COBOL, PL/I, Assembler, and Java

  • Create, scale, and secure APIs with z/OS Connect Designer that support the Open API 3.0 specification and can access z/OS Systems of Record

  • Extend the functions of familiar IDEs with Wazi Code to author solutions in popular languages such as Python, Go, Node.js, and Java, and then integrate your creations through standard, enterprise-wide CI/CD pipelines

  • Get sandbox environments on demand through Wazi Sandbox to experiment with cloud native tools, new products, and promising projects

Learn more about IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Stack by exploring How it works.