Enterprise cloud computing

IBM z Systems for the world’s most efficient
and trusted clouds

Why IBM mainframe for cloud?

Cloud is fast becoming the new infrastructure model and IBM z Systems delivers enterprise-grade qualities of service for the most demanding workloads and environments in the market. Deploying your cloud on the new z13 can dramatically improve efficiency and economics, up to 49% lower total cost of ownership than x86 private cloud, all while delivering the trust and confidence of unmatched security and reliability on IBM z Systems.

IBM zEnterprise cloud solutions

New! IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack V4.2

An easy to deploy and use cloud management software offering based on OpenStack with IBM enhancements and support for enhanced private / hybrid cloud and Service Provider solutions.

IBM Enterprise Cloud System (US)
A complete OpenStack based converged solution for rapid and secure cloud deployments. Includes IBM server, storage, software and services.

Cloud Management Suite for z Systems (US)
Dynamic provisioning for business-critical workloads with the added capability for monitoring performance and backup of associated data.

IBM Entry Cloud Configuration for SAP Solutions on z Systems V2 (PDF, 1.26MB)
Combine technology and services to automate, standardise, and speed up day to day operations for SAP with this cloud enablement offering

IBM Wave for z/VM
Unleash the power of z/VM virtualisation, improve productivity, simplify management, and accelerate the journey to cloud with IBM Wave for z/VM.

Cloud Ready for Linux on z Systems (PDF, 39KB)
Software based cloud service delivery with integrated provisioning, monitoring, service catalog & service desk, storage management, and high availability.

IBM zEnterprise Starter Edition for Cloud for Government (PDF, 4.02MB)
IBM® Smarter City Solutions on Cloud enables cities to intelligently connect city events and data in their jurisdictions through a single integrated solution.

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 z Systems (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 z System 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.


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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.

Analyst papers

Clipper paper: IBM’s Enterprise Cloud System — A Faster and Better On-Ramp to Cloud Infrastructure

Trusted cloud. Simply delivered.

Events and webcasts

System z impacts MSPs

Join the on demand webcast to discover the benefits System z offers Managed Service Providers

z Systems for MSPs 
The substantial advantages to incorporate IBM z System into their architecture.

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.

Clipper analyst paper: When Infrastructure Really Matters, A Focus on High-End Storage 
A pragmatic analysis about the undeniable importance of mission critical infrastructure.

Consolidated security management for mainframe clouds 
Hosting cloud environments on an IBM z System mainframe addresses security concerns.

Discover the best choice for Linux clouds 
Robert Frances Group outlines how to reduce TCO up to 50% with the IBM Enterprise Linux Server.

Getting started with a cloud on z System 
IBM z Systems gives control, reliability and quality of service.

Secure the enterprise with confidence 
Increasing security threats are risks to sensitive business information.

The Bathwick Group: A Private Cloud Foundation 
Learn how organisations have used z System to build private cloud environments.

The business value of IBM z Systems deployments 
IDC conducted in-depth interviews with customers in three geographic regions to determine the business value of each deployment, with its impact on IT and the business.

The Value of IBM z Systems for Deploying Heterogenous Private Clouds. 
IBM z Systems employs the concept of the heterogeneous cloud to enable a fit-for-purpose strategy that delivers real value.