Why Linux on Z?

The Linux operating system benefits from the mainframe’s capabilities and strengths – outstanding data security, operational efficiency, high availability and superior performance.

Enterprises trust their critical workloads on Linux OS on IBM Z as their IT infrastructure for data center simplification, trusted operations and unrivaled economics.

Leverage your mainframe

A powerful node for new capabilities, revenue generation, and cost savings

Benefits and solutions – for your toughest challenges

Operational efficiency

Gain the capacity to grow inside the server; physical and virtual resources can be dynamically shared or reconfigured, all helping your staff in managing your IT environment.

Security and business continuity

On-chip cryptography and business continuity solutions like IBM GDPS encompass Linux together with the other operating systems.

Business integration and co-location

Business integration on IBM Z enables business flexibility across systems, data, applications, and processes and beyond the enterprise.

Leverage a portfolio of cognitive and data management solutions

Gain data-driven insights and predictive analytics with Cognos and SPSS software and data integration for data quality and data governance with InfoSphere and Db2.

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Put business content to work to realize new value

Leverage a multi-platform solution for digital business

IBM Content Manager

Quickly and easily capture, index, archive, and present information

IBM Content Manager OnDemand

Better manage content and documents and gain secure, mobile, anytime access from across the content stores

IBM FileNet Content Manager

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Apply virtualized, integrated solutions for enterprise DevOps and AppDev

Orchestrate and automate application deployments, middleware configurations and database changes to on-premises or cloud-based development, test and production environments

IBM UrbanCode Deploy

Gain adaptive execution framework to automate and accelerate software delivery.

Rational Build Forge

Better control access to software assets, such as requirements, designs, models, test plans and test results with an enterprise configuration management system

Rational ClearCase

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Use mobile protocol connectivity and sync existing IBM Z applications

Use time-tested, enterprise mobile middleware, deployable on premises and on cloud

IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation

Simplify the connectivity between the IT assets, packaged apps and web services. It integrates and communicates with open source components

IBM Integration Bus

Leverage universal messaging with a broad set of offerings to meet enterprise-wide messaging needs, as well as connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile devices


IBM z14 enables more security with pervasive encryption for Linux

Meet the new mainframe

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Enable the secure deployment of software and firmware appliances

IBM Secure Service Container

Avoid downtime by managing servers, workloads, replication activities and reconfigurations for both z/OS and Linux on IBM

IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex (GDPS)

Gain resiliency, scalability and performance for data and file management

IBM Spectrum Scale for Linux on IBM Z

Gain scalability, security, efficiency and cost effective virtualization

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Use a highly secure and scalable hypervisor virtualization technology


Make management of z/VM and virtual Linux servers very simple

IBM Wave for z/VM

Increase operational efficiency with standard virtualization management tooling through OpenStack interfaces


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Integrated Facility for Linux

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