Who is z Systems Platform Test?
Welcome to z Systems™ Platform Test, also known as Integration Test. The concept behind Integration Test is pretty simple: if two software products are going to run together on the same operating system platform, they have to be tested together with a focus on their interactions.
When you're working with an operating system such as z/OS or Linux, the testing is complex and important. Not only must all the elements and features of z/OS work together but we have to make sure z/OS works with a multitude of other products and functions.
Integration Test—the final verification
We are the final verification of a z/OS release prior to its becoming generally available to customers. It ensures that all elements and features of z/OS work seamlessly together and can support true production, mission-critical work. It also must provide all the industrial-strength z/OS advantages you're depending on: reliability, availability, and serviceability.
We now use our blog to document any new testing experiences. For past test experiences, you can find them in our test reports.
We've set ourselves up to be as customer-like as possible. Our team members take on the roles of system programmers, operators, database administrators, and so on. We focus on providing availability of applications to end users, and we pay attention to service level agreements and performance objectives. We look at the recovery aspects and behavior of our systems from an end user's perspective.
Our goal, like yours, is to have our workloads up 24x7. We have workloads that exercise the sysplex, networking, and application enablement characteristics of our configuration.
z Systems Platform Evaluation Test team
The primary focus of our team is to run a data sharing Parallel Sysplex on the z Systems platform in as much of a customer-like fashion as possible.
Our focus is on Parallel Sysplex functionality and data sharing, and on many other elements and features of z/OS, which are not all sysplex-oriented.
We strive to be both a customer and a test organization which helps us to better understand how challenging it is for you, to run multiple hardware and software products and make them all work together.
In addition to the z/OS elements, the Linux team uses the following software in their day-to-day operations: z/VM, KVM on z Systems, Linux on z Systems, OpenStack, Ansible, WebSphere Application Server & Liberty, WebSphere Application Sever Network Deployment, DB2, Apache, Elastic Search, Logstash, Kibana, Spark & Hadoop, plus z Systems hardware cryptographic acceleration, and various other open source products
- z/OS BCP
- z Systems and Storage Hardware
- Parallel Sysplex
- JES2 and JES3
- z/OS UNIX System Services
- z/OS Resource Measurement Facility (RMF)
- z/OS Capacity Provisioning (z/OS CP)
- z/OS Management Facility (z/OSMF)
- z/OS Platform for Apache Spark
- z Systems Advanced Workload Analysis Reporter (zAware)
- Workload automation using Tivoli Workload Scheduler
- Tivoli Omegamon suite of products
- z/OS System Display and Search Facility (SDSF)
- DFHSM, DFRMM, System Data Mover (SDM), TDMF, z/OS HyperSwap
- zSeries File System (zFS)
- Data Facility Storage Management Subsystem Hierarchical File System (HFS)
- z/OS System Management Facilities (z/OS SMF)
- Cryptographic Services
- Integrated Cryptographic Service Facility (ICSF)
- PKI Services
- System SSL
- Security Server
- Enterprise Identity Mapping (EIM)
- Network Authentication Service (Kerberos)
- Tivoli Directory Server for z/OS (LDAP)
- Encryption Facility
- WebSphere Application Server
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