Develop and test mainframe apps without a mainframe

IBM® z Systems® Development and Test Environment is a platform for mainframe application demonstration, development, testing and education. It enables IBM z/OS® middleware and other z/OS software to run on Intel and Intel-compatible platforms without the need for z Systems mainframe hardware. It is based on the IBM System z Personal Development Tool (zPDT), which provides an emulated z Systems architecture with virtual I/O and devices.

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Improve availability, flexibility

Develop on x86 platforms, rather than relying on mainframe hardware and staff, to help build and test at virtually any time and without impacting shared mainframe environments.

Control costs

Gain the cost advantages of a distributed development and test system while freeing up mainframe capacity for more valuable production workload.

Streamline delivery

Use actual z/OS middleware to reduce retesting and modifications. Support agile development to accelerate delivery of new workloads spanning multiple subsystems.

Access latest runtimes

Use a preconfigured package of IBM z Systems software that includes z/OS and middleware, such as CICS®, IMS™ and DB2®, including z/OS components of multiple DevOps for Enterprise Systems tools.

Build your team’s mainframes skills

Conduct z Systems education virtually any time and anywhere by using Intel and Intel-compatible platforms—and experiment without fear of harming mainframe production environments.

IBM z Systems Development and Test Environment features

  • Intel and Intel-compatible platforms
  • Mixed workload support
  • High fidelity development and test environment
  • Current levels of the IBM z/OS middleware
  • z Systems education environment
  • Not for production workloads

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