Key features of IBM z/OS Cloud Broker

Integrate z/OS resources and IBM Cloud Private

Get the services and resources of z/OS® within IBM® Cloud Private™ (ICP), a transformative 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 exploit the multi-tenancy and rapid elasticity of z/OS. The broker also offers integration of IBM Z with distributed and open technology and tooling, 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 IBM Cloud Private, which is on-premises software that is located behind your firewall and aligns 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.

Leverage experience and trust in existing IT investments

The 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. You'll also be leveraging your existing investments in z/OS middleware.

Extend the z/OS benefits in the IBM Cloud Private ecosystem

A pre-packaged enterprise-class software solution, IBM Cloud Private delivers a single platform located behind your firewall and is built on open source frameworks, like containers, Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry. ICP offers flexibility, control, security and easier integration with public cloud. Cloud management solutions are also included so you can govern multicloud infrastructures including public cloud and on-premises virtualized environments.

Technical details

Software requirements

  • IBM Cloud Private v3.1.0 or higher (including ICP command line interface)
  • z/OS V2.2 or z/OS V2.3
  • z/OSMF set up and configured with Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS

Hardware requirements

One of the following IBM servers:

  • z13 (all models)
  • z14 (all models)
  • LinuxONE Emperor I or II
  • LinuxONE Rockhopper I or II

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