What IBM z/OS Communications Server can do for your business
IBM® z/OS® Communications Server, a high availability enterprise transaction and data server, provides common applications, such as FTP, Telnet and the remote execution of applications. Built for optimum productivity, it provides a secure platform for developing and sharing mainframe workloads.
IBM z/OS Encryption Readiness Technology (zERT) Network Analyzer, a new z/OSMF plugin, is now available for you to easily query and analyze the cryptographic protection attributes of your z/OS TCP/IP and Enterprise Extender connections.
Supports high-bandwidth and high-speed networking technologies, including Shared Memory Communications (SMC), which provides significant performance improvements for TCP protocol workloads.
Uses z/OS Parallel Sysplex® technology to enable high availability application support.
Protects sensitive data and the operation of the TCP/IP stack on z/OS.
Enables IPv6, the successor to aging IPv4 technology, to handle the demands of internet usage with 128-bit addressing.
Collects network topology, status, and performance information.
Simplification and usability
Makes it faster and easier to configure policy-based networking functions by using Configuration Assistant.
IBM z/OS Communications Server features
- z/OS Encryption Readiness Technology (zERT)
- AT-TLS support for TLS v1.3
- Network support for z/OS Container Extensions
- Shared Memory Communications multiple IP subnet support (SMCv2)
- Shared Memory Communications - Direct multiple IP subnet support (SMC-Dv2)
- Shared Memory Communication - Remote Direct multiple IP subnet support (SMC-Rv2) (New in z/OS V2R5)
- Supports OSA-Express7S and IBM 25 GbE RoCE Express2
- Network Mgmt. for IBM Cloud Provisioning and Mgmt. for z/OS
- New TCP/IP usability enhancements in z/OS V2R5
How customers use it
"zERT brings all the requested information that we need for our security business and to achieve our described security policy. I am using the zERT Reports in my daily business. For us, zERT is a big relief! We have used the zERT aggregation records to totally eliminate the TLS 1.0 protocol and SHA1/HMAC suites. zERT reporting also enabled us to find various problems in environment settings and configurations. I think we never would have had a chance to do this without the zERT support!"
Fiducia & GAD IT AG
Fiducia & GAD IT AG is in the process of enabling z/OS Enterprise Readiness Technology (zERT) to monitor and record the cryptographic protection attributes of network connections terminating on z/OS. With zERT, Fiducia & GAD IT AG can determine which of the connections are properly or improperly configured. This could potentially help the company in its efforts to simplify compliance reporting.