Off-host mainframe application development and testing

IBM® Rational® Development and Test Environment for System z® provides an environment for mainframe application development and testing where the operating systems, middleware, and software can run on Intel and Intel-compatible platforms without the need for System z mainframe hardware. Integral to the IBM Integrated Solution for System z Development and the IBM Continuous Integration Solution for System z, this software is based on the IBM System z Personal Development Tool (zPDT), providing an emulated System z architecture with virtual I/O and devices.

Rational Development and Test Environment for System z provides:

Application development and testing environment

Mixed workload support

High fidelity development and test environment

Current levels of the IBM z/OS middleware

Note: Rational Development and Test Environment for System z can only be used for development, test, employee education, or demonstration of applications that run on z/OS. It may not be used for production workloads of any kind, nor for robust development workloads including without limitation production module builds, pre-production testing, stress testing, or performance testing.

IBM Rational Development and Test Environment for System z

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Off-host mainframe application development and testing

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Rational Development and Test Environment for System z Server
Operating system Software Hardware


Note: The levels listed above are the minimum levels required. Later releases within each version are also allowed.

USB Hardware Device
Operating system Software Hardware
  A unique license file must be applied to each USB Hardware Device used to authenticate an instance of the product.

Follow this procedure for obtaining the license file.
Operation of Rational Development and Test Environnent for System z requires a USB Hardware Device containing a license key that controls access to all or portions of the program.

You may obtain this by ordering physical media pack part number BA16UML.
Rational Development and Test Environment for System z License Key Server
Operating system Software Hardware


Note: The levels listed above are the minimum levels required. Later releases within each version are also allowed.

For virtual installations:


Improved mainframe compatibility for increased test coverage

IBM® Rational® Development and Test Environment for System z® V9.0 creates an IBM z/OS® development and test environment on developer desktops or shared servers for mainframe applications. Using a virtual IBM System z environment for improved system availability, V9.0 improves mainframe compatibility for increased test coverage.

V9 of Rational Development and Test Environment for System z delivers:

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