Introducing IBM® z16™

Meet IBM z15

The cloud you want with the privacy and security you need

IBM z15™ single-frame and multi-frame systems deliver security, privacy and resiliency at scale as part of your enterprise-wide cloud infrastructure. 

Enable cloud native services while extending the value of data and applications so you can drive to market faster while avoiding cloud security risks and complex migration challenges.

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Why IBM z15


A cloud native experience for developers

Get greater flexibility, portability and consistency when developing and deploying new digital and AI-infused services

Mission-critical data encryption

Manage data privacy by policy and keep data protected from internal and external threats – at rest, in motion, and in use – with IBM® Data Privacy Passports

Ultimate uptime with Instant Recovery

Unlock system capacity to deliver faster recovery, reducing points of failure and building a 24x7x365 operation

Flexible compute for any business

IBM Z is trusted by businesses of all sizes, and IBM z15 can make resources available on demand and speed up execution time for various workloads

Isolate workloads

IBM® Secure Execution enables isolation of workloads with granularity and scale to ensure protection of end-to-end services

Technical details

Specifications and requirements

Get the latest IBM z15 technical specifications as well as hardware and software requirements.

System capabilities

  • Security: Secure Execution for Linux®, CPACF, Crypto Express7S, Smartcards
  • Instant Recovery: IBM System Recovery Boost sysplex enhancements
  • Specialty engines: IFL, zIIP, Internal Coupling Facility, SAP (for I/O)

Supported operating systems

  • z/OS® V2.4, 2.3, 2.2
  • Linux on Z (our partners are Red Hat, Canonical and SUSE)
  • z/VM® 7.2, 7.1 ,6.4
  • z/VSE® V6.2
  • z/TPF 1.1
  • KVM hypervisor for IBM Z (offered by Linux distribution partners)

Hardware specifications

Specifications vary by model and configuration. See the IBM Redbook® for details and requirements.

Flexible pricing

Tailored Fit Pricing

A flexible pricing model that simplifies the existing pricing landscape through cloud-like, software and hardware consumption-based pricing options for on-premises computing.

IBM Global Financing

A robust set of flexible payment options from the industry’s top IT financier can help accelerate your hybrid cloud strategy.

Related products

IBM® z16™

Accelerate decision velocity, protect against threats across your business and modernize for hybrid cloud with IBM z16.


Delivers encryption everywhere, cloud native development and cyber resilience.

IBM® Hyper Product Data Controller

Protect sensitive data and maintain privacy by policy as data moves throughout your enterprise.

IBM z/OS® Cloud Broker

Software that integrates z/OS®-based services and resources into your private cloud.

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