Enterprise cloud computing

A secure cloud for data enables enterprises to
improve service to their customers

Efficiency at scale and ultimate security

IBM zEnterprise provides a highly secure and scalable enterprise cloud for efficiently running multiple critical applications. It provides the foundation for a secure enterprise cloud for data, enabling enterprises to improve service to their customers. zEnterprise delivers unmatched security and reliability to meet today's business demands.

IBM zEnterprise wins a technical innovation award!


IBM wins a CRN Tech Innovator Award in the category of Cloud Solutions for IBM zEnterprise BC12

Read the Forrester paperPrivate cloud and mainframe
Hybrid infrastructure provides reliability & security
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Master IT complexity
IBM leaders discuss
new zEnterprise announcements for cloud and virtualisation
February 25th webcast

System z impacts MSPs
Discover the benefits System z offers Managed Service Providers
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Register for the webcast replayMainframe's role in the cloud
Learn about the role that mainframes play in enterprise cloud computing
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IBM zEnterprise cloud solutions

Cloud Computing with xCAT on z/VM (US)
An open sourced tool, Extreme Cloud Administration Toolkit (xCAT) on z/VM can manage, provision, and monitor physical and virtual machines, and is available as a free download.

IBM SmartCloud for System z (PDF, 631KB)
(Currently available only in U.S. and U.K.)
A cloud computing service which provides shared, secure and scalable IBM z/OS® mainframe capacity, offered as secured LPARs within a continually refreshed, managed environment—in the cloud.

IBM System z Solution Edition for Cloud Computing (US)
Delivers a competitively priced offering, providing a services automation and management framework for the adoption of cloud computing environments

Making your enterprise applications Cloud-enabled with CICS (MP3, 8.9MB)
Podcast describes how CICS V5.1 facilitates Platform-as-a-Service for private clouds, enablng mission-critical applications running on CICS to be cloud-enabled.

zEnterprise Starter Edition for Cloud (PDF, 134KB)
Provides an easy-to-deploy, highly scala-ble, highly secure, highly resilient offeringfor rapidly deploying an IaaS Cloud onthe System z platform.

Case studies

  • Nationwide

    Nationwide created a multi-platform private cloud optimised for all its different workloads.

  • TUI UK & Ireland

    IBM® Global Technology Services® implemented the IBM SmartCloud™ for System z® service providing TUI UK & Ireland with scalable processing capacity.

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Virtualisation and private cloud

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Enterprise Cloud Computing with IBM zEnterprise EC12

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Honolulu creates a private cloud

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Honolulu deploys Private Cloud on Linux

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Marist explores new cloud solutions

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Marist decides on System z for enterprise cloud solutions

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IBM Linux on System z cloud test drive demonstration

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Three steps to successful cloud deployments

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Enterprise Systems: At the core of an enterprise IT infrastructure

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Enterprise Systems Perspectives: Cloud Ready

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IBM zEnterprise System: An ideal platform for enterprise cloud

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zEnterprise and Cloud computing: Strong performance. Better value.

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Manage the cloud with System z

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Flexible Cloud Architecture & IT Security

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IBM zEnterprise Cloud & Consolidation

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IBM Virtualisation Engine TS7700 GUI

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IBM provides world-class IBM mainframe technology to help today's enterprises respond quickly to evolving business conditions and with extreme flexibility. From automation to advanced virtualisation technologies and open industry standards, IBM mainframes help deliver competitive advantages for enterprises contributing and succeeding on a smarter planet

Operating Systems

IBM System z servers are supported by a multitude of operating systems, such as z/OS, z/VSE, z/TPF, Linux on System z and the z/VM hypervisor.


IBM's technology, solutions and industry expertise can help you find the competitive edge with a sharper understanding of your customers. Our System z solutions combine the foundation of IBM hardware, software and middleware with flexible financing and packaging options to help your business meet and overcome the challenges of doing business in the on demand world. IBM can help you develop a customer-centric view—and assist you in delivering the right solution and the right products.

zEnterprise cloud white papers

Deploying mission-critical applications in a private cloud

Use IBM zEnterprise when deploying mission-critical applications in a private cloud

Secure the enterprise with confidence

Increasing security threats are risks to sensitive business information.

Clipper analyst paper: When Infrastructure Really Matters, A Focus on High-End Storage

A pragmatic analysis about the undeniable importance of mission critical infrastructure.

Build a highly affordable and scalable private cloud (PDF, 1.06MB)

Outlines key elements of success on the three step journey to setting up a highly available and highly scalable private cloud.

Consolidated security management for mainframe clouds

Hosting cloud environments on an IBM System z mainframe addresses security concerns

Clabby Analytics: The Multi-faceted, Multi-service, Hybrid, Heterogeneous Cloud Environment at Marist College (PDF, 345KB)

Discover how Marist College uses a heterogeneous cloud environment to deliver services.

Edison Group: IBM zEnterprise Strategy for the Private Cloud (PDF, 473KB)

Learn about key customer considerations in implementing and supporting IaaS on the Cloud and the advantages of IBM zEnterprise.

Getting started with a cloud on System z

IBM zEnterprise gives control, reliability and quality of service.

The Bathwick Group: A Private Cloud Foundation

Learn how organisations have used System z to build private cloud environments.

The Critical Role of Service Management in Moving to Cloud on System z

If you're thinking about moving to cloud on zEnterprise, good Service Management will be key to your success.

The Value of IBM zEnterprise for Deploying Heterogenous Private Clouds.

IBM zEnterprise employs the concept of the heterogeneous cloud to enable a fit-for-purpose strategy that delivers real value.

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