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

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IBM z/OS® Cloud Broker provides access to z/OS resources and services from Red Hat® OpenShift® Container Platform, which enables you to integrate your z/OS infrastructure with hybrid multi-cloud environments and strategies.

IBM z/OS Cloud Broker integrates z/OS-based services and resources into your private cloud platform for a modern, cloud-native experience. This is the first software to provide access to z/OS services within private cloud platforms such as Red Hat OpenShift for consumption by the broader development community. 

It enables you to protect and use your IBM Z® investments through integration with your hybrid cloud environments and strategies. Your developers can quickly create, modernize, deploy and manage applications within the security of your firewall. 

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Updates and fixes for IBM z/OS Cloud Broker

Benefits Cloud agility

Get self-service access to z/OS resources with no special skills required, driving innovation and value for your company.

Use existing IT investments

Integrate your existing IBM Z hardware/middleware resources. Protect the infrastructure investments running within your data center and the skills of the professionals supporting it.

Keep control of z/OS assets

Have 100% control over access and levels of use to all z/OS resources.

Integrate z/OS resources with Red Hat OpenShift platform

Get the services and resources of z/OS within RedHat® OpenShift®, a Kubernetes-based private cloud platform for building and running cloud-native applications and modernizing existing enterprise applications. Create connectivity from z/OS to an industry-standard K8s container runtime with an emphasis on simplicity, robustness and portability.

Use z/OS resources without needing special skills

Focus on rapid innovation with self-service access to z/OS resources, including service catalogs with customized services that use the multi-tenancy and rapid elasticity of z/OS. The broker also offers integration of IBM Z with distributed and open technology and tools, and a cloud platform designed to facilitate management and compliance for cloud-native application development.

Get the safety/security/control of on-premises private cloud

The broker integrates with your on-premises private cloud platform, controlled from behind your firewall and aligning with your organization's security and regulatory processes. All z/OS services are managed and developed for consumption by the IBM Z operations teams, while you keep full control over access and levels of use with z/OS configurable cloud security.

Use experience and trust in existing IT investments

The z/OS Cloud Broker runs on your existing infrastructure, protecting your investments in the infrastructure running within your data center as well as the skills of the professionals who support it. With z/OS Cloud Broker, you can access and deploy provisioned software services, made available through IBM Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS, thereby using your existing investments in z/OS middleware.

Technical details
Operating environment

z/OS Cloud Broker requires a supported operating environment for deployment.

System hardware requirements:

  • x86 or Linux on IBM Z server that runs OpenShift Container Platform
  • EC12 or higher IBM Z hardware

System software requirements:

  • OpenShift Container Platform 4.12 or higher that runs on x86 or Linux on IBM Z
  • z/OS 2.4 or higher
Storage requirements

Each z/OS Cloud Broker instance has a persistent storage requirement.

OpenShift Container Platform deployment requirements

Installing Red Hat OpenShift Client command line tool is required.

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