Linux OS on IBM z Systems

Linux OS on IBM z Systems

Linux OS on the reliable, secure IBM mainframe platform

The Linux OS on z Systems offers a uniquely powerful enterprise Linux solution for data centre simplicity, trusted operations and unrivaled economics. It’s an enterprise grade platform for Linux.

Fueling the next generation of innovation: Linux on IBM z Systems

Linux without limits:
From ordinary to extraordinary 

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What we offer

Featured solutions for Linux on z Systems

New! Rich Open Source Ecosystem

Exploit the unique enterprise grade capabilities of z Systems for the broad and growing set of new Linux and open source solutions.

New! KVM for z Systems

Gain simplicity, security, availability and scalability with this open source server virtualisation solution. The standard KVM interface supports Linux OS on z Systems.

New! More choices with Ubuntu

Bring an additional Linux distribution on z Systems for choice and flexibility to fit your Linux environment.

New! VMware tools on z Systems (PDF, 454KB)

Use existing investments in VMware provisioning and orchestration tools to manage Linux workload requests.

New! IBM LinuxONE: Unleash the full potential of Linux

One solution portfolio of hardware, software and services for business critical Linux applications brings together the flexibility and agility of the open revolution with the industry’s most advanced, trusted and high performance enterprise processing system.

z/VM - Efficiency at Scale (US)

Use IBM's premier virtualisation hypervisor for efficient scalability and extreme consolidation for Linux workloads and Linux-based clouds.

IBM Wave for z/VM

Unleash the power of z/VM and ease management of virtualised Linux environments in an intuitive experience.

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Today the Linux OS for the IBM z Systems mainframe is available as commercial distribution from IBM’s Linux Distribution Partners Red Hat and SUSE. Ubuntu will join the premier Linux distributions on z Systems

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Infrastructure matters. Businesses turn to the IBM mainframe for unmatched security, operational efficiency, speed, seamless scale, and lower cost per transaction. The IBM z System, the world’s premier data and transaction engine, is enabled for mobile, integrates transactions and analytics, and delivers efficient and trusted clouds.

Operating Systems

IBM z Systems supports multiple operation systems:


IBM z Systems combine leading-edge innovation and unparalleled capabilities to power cloud, business analytics, mobile applications, and the most important workloads.