IBM z Systems Development and Test Environment details

z/OS development and test on x86 hardware

IBM z Systems® Development and Test Environment provides an isolated and controllable IBM Z® environment running on x86 hardware. Build mainframe applications, implement and test code changes, and test environment changes like new transactions and resource definitions before implementing them on your IBM Z hardware. Although you may not use the environment for production workloads, you may use it for development, testing, employee education or demonstration of z/OS®-based applications.

Self-service build and deployment tools (New feature in V11)

Use self-service tools to build and automate deployment of additional z/OS development and test environments on x86 hardware. Empower systems programmers to create z/OS application images more quickly, with the security and control they demand. And Developers and testers can auto-deploy these official images for development and test purposes with just a few clicks, giving them the autonomy and access that they need using hardware that can easily be virtualized, cloned and reset.

Current levels of the IBM z/OS middleware

Comes with as-is, unsupported z/OS software distribution that includes IBM z/OS, IBM CICS®, IBM IMS™, IBM Db2®, IBM WebSphere®, IBM z/OS Connect, COBOL, PL/I, C++, Java® and high-level assembler (HLASM). It also includes z/OS components of multiple DevOps for Enterprise Systems tools, including IBM Developer for z Systems, Rational® Team Concert, Rational Test Virtualization Server and IBM UrbanCode™ Deploy, plus evaluation versions of IBM File Manager for z/OS and IBM Fault Analyzer for z/OS.

IBM Z systems education environment

Eliminate the need for an IBM Z mainframe for employee education activities. Experiment without fear of destroying anything because the environment can be easily reset. Support multiple users with their own system for quicker, more flexible learning.

Technical details

Software requirements

Software requirements for IBM z Systems Development and Test Environment can be found here.

    Hardware requirements

    Hardware requirements for IBM z Systems Development and Test Environment can be found here: