Scale up and out – securely and at less cost
IBM® z/VM® is a highly secure and scalable virtualization technology for cloud infrastructure and for running critical applications on IBM Z® and LinuxONE™ servers. Legendary scalability, workload deployment, system management and performance offer a secure, simple, cost-effective and efficient platform. IBM z/VM can host thousands of virtual servers on a single IBM Z mainframe.


Run 25% more guests with the same throughput with z/VM on z14™ mainframes.


Gain 4.8x z/VM workload performance with z14’s added memory.

Meet the IBM z/VM platform

The IBM z/VM is a virtualization technology platform that supports multiple operating systems: Linux, z/OS®, z/VSE® and z/TPF on IBM Z and LinuxONE servers.

The IBM z/VM Continuous Delivery model enables clients to exploit new and innovative z/VM capabilities at their own pace, while helping to assure higher availability of their applications.

Deploy Linux servers on z/VM

Discover how to easily configure and use z/VM V7.1 functions and facilities for Linux on Z. This asset is designed to help system programmers or administrators learn to deploy Linux servers on z/VM.

Explore key features

z/VM Single System Image

This hypervisor clustering technology helps reduce planned outages and balance workloads across z/VM systems.

z/VM Performance Toolkit

This toolkit provides enhanced capabilities to monitor and report performance data.

RACF Security Server for z/VM

Robust security software for virtualization helps protect your z/VM and guest system resources.


IBM Directory Maintenance (DirMaint™) for z/VM helps manage z/VM’s user directory.

Related software to simplify IT administration

IBM Infrastructure Suite for z/VM and Linux

Enable insight, backup and recovery for z/VM and Linux on IBM Z environments.

IBM Wave for z/VM

Streamline system administration and management with this point-and-click graphical user interface.

IBM Tape Manager for z/VM

Provides management of tape devices, volumes, and mount requests.

IBM Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM

Protect data on z/VM and images of non-z/VM systems such as Linux.

IBM Operations Manager for z/VM

Delivers automated monitoring and management of z/VM virtual machines.

IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux

Get operational insights into z/VM and Linux running on IBM Z.

More z/VM offerings and product information

See what other products, tools and technologies z/VM offers.

Case studies

Vitec AutoData

Gives clients easier access to critical services while reducing TCO.


Learn how the modern and cost-effective infrastructure provides a key competitive differentiator.

California DMV

See how a three-times-faster solution effortlessly handled a surge in services.


VM and Related Product Education

Browse educational resources that can provide you with information about VM and related products.

IBM Skills Gateway

Find a class on z/VM and products that run on z/VM.

Live Virtual Classes

Get expert technical information about z/VM and more.

What can z/VM do for your enterprise virtualization?

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