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 trusted operations, data center efficiency, and unrivaled economics.

Why Linux on Z?

Leverage your mainframe

5 reasons IBM Z makes technical and financial sense

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A proof of the concept

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Benefits and solutions – for your toughest challenges

Security and business continuity

Pervasive encryption enablement and business continuity solutions like IBM GDPS encompass Linux together with other operating systems.

Operational efficiency

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

Business integration and co-location

Business integration and workload co-location on IBM Z enables efficiency across systems, data, applications, and processes and beyond the enterprise.

Gain insights, predictive analytics, data quality and governance

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Confidently monitor, explore and share insights from your data.
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Deliver business results with Predictive Intelligence.
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Deliver structured and unstructured data to any system on a scalable platform.
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Use your data on your own terms with this cost saving top performer for multi-workloads.
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Cognitive, Analytics and Data Management with Linux on z14
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Put business content to work to realize new value

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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 gain secure, mobile, anytime access from across the content stores
IBM FileNet Content Manager

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IBM software for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Server, SUSE Enterprise Linux Server (SLES) and Ubuntu
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Apply virtualized, integrated solutions for DevOps and AppDev

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Orchestrate and automate deployments, middleware configurations and database changes to on-premises or cloud-based dev, test and production.
IBM UrbanCode Deploy

Gain adaptive execution framework to automate and accelerate software delivery.
Rational Build Forge

Better control access to software assets with an enterprise configuration management system.
Rational ClearCase

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DevOps with Linux on z14
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Use mobile protocol connectivity and sync existing IBM Z applications

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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 and communicate with open source components.
IBM Integration Bus

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Enterprise mobility with Linux on z14
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Integration with Linux on z14
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Leverage the IBM mainframe for security and availability

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See what’s possible with the newest mainframe and pervasive encryption 
Meet the new IBM z14

Enable the secure deployment of software and firmware appliances.
IBM Secure Service Container

Avoid downtime by managing servers, workloads, replication activities and reconfigurations.
IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex (GDPS)

Gain resiliency, scalability and performance for data and file management.
IBM Spectrum Scale for Linux on IBM Z

Explore Linux software and solutions from Business Partners and ISVs

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The capabilities of running Oracle on Linux on IBM Z
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SAP applications empower business with Linux on IBM Z
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ISV solutions
Red Hat catalog (link resides outside of ibm.com)
SUSE catalog for IBM Z (link resides outside of ibm.com)
Ubuntu software partners (link resides outside of ibm.com)

Gain scalability, security, efficiency and cost effective virtualization

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Use a highly secure and scalable hypervisor virtualization technology.
IBM z/VM

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.
KVM

Containers, an increasingly popular technology for deploying and running software on Linux.
Docker Containers

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IFL processor



Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) is an attractively priced, dedicated Linux processor.

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