PAX edition

PAX archive installable format for a DIY installation. Use your existing IBMid for access or create one upon registration.

SMP/E edition

SMP/E (CBPDO, ServerPac) installable format can easily manage updates. Recommended for production deployments. Available through Shopz.

Which edition is right for you?

The PAX download format is popular in UNIX environments, including IBM® z/OS® UNIX System Services, and offers a DIY (do it yourself) installation experience. SMP/E installable images and their fix packs can be managed in the convenient SMP/E tracking tool. Use world-class IBM support to open service requests, which are addressed in documented turnaround times.
Features PAX edition SMP/E edition
No license charge
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Yes
Run your own applications
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Full functionality
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World class IBM support
Entitled through z/OS
Entitled through z/OS

Gain agility and flexibility

IBM flexible payment plans help align infrastructure investments with workload needs.

Pricing FAQs

Is the SDK for Java included with z/OS?

The IBM SDKs for Java are no-charge products that are part of IBM® z/OS®. For the latest levels and fixpacks, visit the Pax edition download page, or go to Shopz for SMP/E versions.

Is the SDK for Java a no-charge offering?

Yes, the IBM SDKs for Java products have no-charge licenses.

Is Java code zIIP eligible?

Java code and the Java Virtual Machine are eligible to run on IBM z Systems® Integrated Information Processors (zIIP). User-native libraries invoked through Java Native Interface (JNI) are not eligible.

How is the SDK for Java supported?

The IBM SDKs for Java are part of z/OS and official support is entitled through z/OS. Customers can use subscription and support program ID (5655-I48) to open support cases. Support cases for Java applications within IBM z/OS middleware should be opened against the middleware products.