Linux on IBM z Systems

Linux on IBM System z

Enterprise Linux on the IBM mainframe

Looking for a true enterprise Linux environment? The Linux os on z Systems offers a uniquely powerful enterprise Linux solution helping with data centre simplicity, trusted operations and unrivaled economics – it’s an enterprise grade Linux solution.

What we offer

Enterprise Linux on z Systems solutions

New! IBM Wave for z/VM 1.2 (US)

Ease management of virtualised Linux environments into intuitive experience. Unleashes the power of z/VM virtualisation and improves productivity and efficiency.

New! IBM Spectrum Scale 4.1.1 for
Linux on z Systems (863KB)

Simplify information lifecycle and active file management with a fast, highly available, highly scalable clustered file system.

New! IBM InfoSphere BigInsights for
Linux on z (US)

Turn large, complex data volumes into insights with the power of Hadoop on z.

New! IBM Custom Patterns for Linux on z  

Standardise and automate Linux product installation and configuration.

Enterprise Linux Server

A simple and economic way to master IT complexity in an integrated Linux server.

IBM Enterprise Cloud System (US)

A complete OpenStack based converged solution for rapid and secure clouds

z/VM - Efficiency at Scale (US)

Virtualisation for efficient scalability and high consolidation ratios for Linux-based clouds

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The Linux operating system for the IBM z Systems mainframe is available as commercial distributions from IBM’s Linux Distribution Partners Red Hat and SUSE.

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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.


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Success stories

Sparda Daten-verarbeitung eG supports critical services and simplifies administration

NY Municipal Shared Services Cloud connects cities

Kenya Power explores service delivery through intelligent systems

Banca Carige connects to customers with new, secure, mobile services with Linux on z

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ builds a SOA on IBM Linux on z

America First Credit Union has a next gen infrastructure for Linux-based applications