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Building your hybrid cloud with IBM Z® provides innovative data privacy, security, and cyber resiliency, a cloud-native experience, and speed to modernization by leveraging universal skills and tooling.

This content solution page includes use cases and technical resources to help you on your journey to hybrid cloud with IBM Z.

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Big picture 1. Explore cloud capabilities with limited disruption. Define goals.

Business challenges: Agility is constrained by skills, budget, and resistance to change across the business.

Value: Reduce business risk.
2. Adopt a hybrid cloud strategy. Take initial steps to implement it.

Business challenges: Technology choices drive strategy. Different solutions across silos and architectures prevent cloud expansion.

Value: Foster universal skills and standards.
3. Optimize your hybrid cloud to maximize results. Business choices drive strategy.

Business challenges: Connecting and integrating the components across platforms and architectures.

Value: Achieve business agility and flexibility.
How to get started
Overview

Container images package software and dependencies to run consistently across infrastructures. Developers can focus solely on the application, and IT architects can deploy, manage, and scale applications across environments.

Use Case

Run containerized software on Linux®. You can run Linux applications directly on z/OS with IBM z/OS Container Extensions (zCX), run Linux as a guest operating system with the IBM z/VM hypervisor, or run Linux on IBM LinuxONE.

zCX uses container technology to run Linux applications directly on z/OS. This solution works best for Linux applications that connect to z/OS workloads and data. The modular nature of containers means zCX can bring applications closer to z/OS data without requiring changes to the applications.

Introduction and Planning for zCX
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For more information on Linux on IBM Z and LinuxONE, see Linux on IBM Z and LinuxONE.

For more information on zCX, explore the z/OS Container Extensions (zCX) content solution.

Overview

Application developers can have direct, self-service access to z/OS computing resources through their supported cloud platform, which means integrating z/OS resources into cloud-native applications directly through their cloud platform by binding the z/OS services and applications together.

Use Case

For self-service access to z/OS resources, application developers can get started with z/OS Cloud Broker. For example, an application developer can run a digital banking application on Red Hat® OpenShift® Container Platform with Db2® for z/OS by using z/OS Cloud Broker.

A second example of how application developers can take advantage of self-service access to z/OS resources centers on creating a WebSphere® Liberty Profile server from OpenShift Container Platform through z/OS Cloud Broker.

z/OS Cloud Broker WLP Use Case
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For more information about how to take advantage of self-service access in your hybrid cloud ecosystem, explore the z/OS Cloud Broker content solution.

Overview

System programmers can leverage leading automation practices to build upon and integrate existing automation into a simple and flexible automation solution that addresses challenges across the hybrid multicloud.

Use Case

Combining the features of Red Hat Ansible Tower® and Red Hat Ansible Certified Content for IBM Z, system programmers can quickly set up and configure an automated user management system.

Another example of how system programmers can easily automate their enterprise environment is the provisioning of middleware systems either by leveraging Ansible in isolation or integrating it with existing automation. For example, Ansible can orchestrate existing z/OSMF workflows that provision key middleware components and plug into the broader application enablement pipeline.

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For more information about enabling development and operations automation on z/OS and z/OS middleware, explore the Red Hat Ansible Certified Content for IBM Z content solution.

Overview

Cloud administrators can manage the lifecycle of virtual cloud infrastructure. They can perform advanced infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) management by defining, instantiating, and discovering the infrastructure, define templates to automate services and make them available in the self-service portal, and integrate the IBM Z-based cloud infrastructure into standard cloud management tooling.

Use Cases

With IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center, cloud administrators can:

  • Integrate cloud resources on IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE with universal skills and tooling for provisioning and orchestrating cloud workloads, including IBM Cloud Paks®, Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, Red Hat CloudForms®, Red Hat Ansible®, Terraform, and VMware, through Cloud Infrastructure Center's support for OpenStack and other APIs.
  • Instantiate, define, capture, and manage the lifecycle of virtual machines. Cloud Infrastructure Center simplifies the management of IBM z/VM®-based and Red Hat KVM-based virtual machines across the fundamental compute, network, and storage resources (cloud infrastructure as a service).
  • Automate the deployment of Linux operating system images. Use Cloud Infrastructure Center to create or capture images of the Linux os, which can include applications, and deploy them as new virtual machines.
  • Deploy Red Hat OpenShift clusters. Use Cloud Infrastructure Center to deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux CoreOS as part of Red Hat OpenShift.
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For more information about how to manage your virtual infrastructure in a hybrid cloud, explore the Cloud Infrastructure Center content solution.

Overview Transforming business-critical applications to encompass IBM Z and hybrid cloud environments protects and leverages IBM Z investments without sacrificing stability, security or agility. With cloud native development, application developers get a familiar experience that allows them to deliver consistent, high-quality services faster.
Use Case

Application developers use a standard DevOps toolchain either on premises with Application Delivery Foundation for z/OS or in a containerized, virtual IBM Z environment on Red Hat OpenShift running on x86 hardware with an industry-standard integrated development environment (IDE) such as Microsoft® Visual Studio Code or Eclipse.

Cloud Native Development with IBM Z Application Delivery Foundation for z/OS IBM Wazi Developer for Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces
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To learn more about transforming your application portfolio, explore the Developer experience for hybrid cloud with IBM Z content solution.

Overview

Protect mission-critical workloads throughout the DevSecOps lifecycle. Developers can leverage their modern application development skills while securely building their workloads in a confidential computing environment.

Use Case

Hyper Protect Virtual Servers are designed to uniquely protect workloads that are deployed on IBM Z and LinuxONE servers in hybrid multicloud environments. Developers’ solutions are signed, encrypted, and deployed while administrators manage the underlying infrastructure without access to the data.

Hyper Protect Data Controller protects eligible data as it moves throughout the enterprise, and beyond, by packaging the data at a field level into trusted data objects that can move within the enterprise and into distributed and hybrid cloud environments. Security administrators define policies that control access to the data based on user roles. Hyper Protect Data Controller protects SQL data sources that are accessed using Java Database Connectivity (JDBC).

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For more information about how to take advantage of protection in your hybrid cloud ecosystem, explore the Hyper Protect Virtual Servers content solution and the Hyper Protect Data Controller content solution.

Technical resources z/OS Cloud Broker

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z/OS Container Extensions

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Hyper Protect Data Controller

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Red Hat Ansible Certified Content for IBM Z

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Developer experience for hybrid cloud with IBM Z

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Enterprise DevOps

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IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center

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z/OS User Management with Ansible

Learn how system programmers can quickly set up and configure an automated user management system.

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The Cloud You Want for Enterprise Agility

See how you can build, deploy, manage, orchestrate, and automate with a consistent framework on IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE.

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Cloud Native Development with IBM Z

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Application Delivery Foundation for IBM Z

See how Application Delivery Foundation for IBM Z can help you design, build, test, and debug z/OS software.

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z/OS Cloud Broker Db2 Use Case

Learn about running digital banking applications on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform with Db2 for z/OS, accessible through z/OS Cloud Broker.

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z/OS Cloud Broker WebSphere Liberty Profile Use Case

Learn how to create a WebSphere Liberty Profile server from OpenShift Container Platform through z/OS Cloud Broker.

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Running Linux on IBM Z and LinuxONE

Learn about options for running Linux on IBM Z and LinuxONE, including a use case with zCX.

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Cloud Infrastructure Center Overview

Learn how to manage, automate and integrate your cloud infrastructure with IBM Z and LinuxONE.

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Related solutions z/OS Cloud Broker

Get self-service access to z/OS resources.

z/OS Container Extensions (zCX)

Run Linux on IBM Z applications as Docker container images on z/OS.

Hyper Protect Data Controller

Protect your data as it moves throughout the enterprise and beyond.

Hyper Protect Virtual Servers

Protect mission critical Linux workloads throughout the DevSecOps lifecycle.

Red Hat Ansible Certified Content for IBM Z

Automate IBM Z applications and IT infrastructure.

What's new

The Management tab of the How to get started section was updated to reflect the new content solution for Cloud Infrastructure Center, and a video was added to the Technical resources section.

The Protection tab of the How to get started section was updated to reflect the name change from Data Privacy Passports to Hyper Protect Data Controller.

A video overview of Cloud Infrastructure Center was added to the Multimedia tab of the Technical resources section.

Updates were made to reflect the change to the name of the content solution about the developer experience, which is now Developer experience for hybrid cloud with IBM Z.

Links to a new content solution about the developer experience were added.

The Management tab in the How to get started section was updated.

Links to several other pages were added.

A use case for IBM Data Privacy Passports was added to the Protect tab of the How to get started on hybrid cloud with IBM Z section.

The Data Privacy Passports content solution was added to the Content Solutions tab of the technical Resources section.

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