What is IBM Platform Test Services?

IBM Platform Test Services works to simulate the customer experience, including cross-product interoperability, orderly upgrades and migrations, high availability, systems management, and various other systems-related activities. We work to simulate the challenges faced by a typical customer. Because, ultimately, we believe that only by acting like customers ourselves can we understand what our own customers actually experience when they use our products.

Our services

IBM i operating system platform test services

Reliability and availability of the IBM i platform has always been key to customers—that’s why the IBM i test team places the same emphasis on system reliability and availability in our own test environments as customers do in their production environments. We try to incorporate and use new technology exactly as customers would, finding and debugging outages and problems, so that customers don’t. We might not find every single bug in the millions of lines of code, but we perform escape analysis and incorporate new test cases to prevent similar problems from making their way into the field in the future.  The work we put into overcoming challenges and answering questions is invaluable for customers and is documented in magazine articles, red books, and experience reports located in the Library.

IBM Power systems platform test

We work to implement a complete solution of IBM Power systems, IBM Storage, SAN, and appropriate software components, in a manner that customers might use it. That means doing much more than just ensuring that products work together—it means understanding what it takes to introduce, implement, and effectively use new products and functions in a full production environment at the same time thousands of end users are expecting constant availability.

IBM Z platform test

IBM Z platform test, also known as integration test, is pretty straightforward: if two software products are going to run together on the same operating system, they must be tested together.  As part of this, we verify that all elements and features of z/OS work seamlessly together and can support true production, mission-critical work; we test workloads with attention to service level agreements and performance objectives; we run multiple hardware and software products to ensure they work appropriately; and finally, we ensure a wide range of open source Linux apps and app servers, databases, and tools work on— and are optimized for—IBM Z.

Additional testing

From IBM Z to LinuxONE, from consolidated service tests to OS tests, IBM is available to help you connect with experts, collaborate, and stay informed.