Virtualization on System z

Virtualization for Linux, z/OS and z/VSE

Virtualization on System z offers industry-leading and large-scale proven1 Cloud and IT optimization capabilities to drive down the costs of managing and maintaining the tremendous proliferation of servers in today’s technology infrastructures.

System z provides virtualization together with an extensive set of service management capabilities, including automated performance optimization and problem management, to help lower and control costs and providing secure IT services.

Virtualization Highlights

The zEnterprise System allows IT organizations to consolidate multiple systems and software stacks on a single platform, deploying an integrated hardware platform that brings System z and distributed technologies together.

Virtualization technologies supported on System z servers include the Processor Resource/System Manager (PR/SM) and the z/VM virtualization software.

From simple multitasking to logical partitions to complete simulation of virtual hardware and operating environments, the System z virtualization capabilities provide mature and sophisticated virtualization technologies.

That makes System z an obvious choice for cloud computing with massive scalability, superior user experience, and great economics.

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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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