Linux OS on IBM z Systems

Linux OS on IBM z Systems

Linux OS on the reliable, secure IBM mainframe platform

The Linux OS on z Systems offers a uniquely powerful enterprise Linux solution for data center simplicity, trusted operations and unrivaled economics. As well, using the Linux OS on z Systems allows for an easy integration with workloads running on z/OS or z/VSE. It’s an enterprise grade platform for Linux.


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Featured solutions for Linux on z Systems

New! Rich Open Source Ecosystem

The open source revolution is fueled by the need for agility. Join the open source community for Linux on z Systems and benefit from the value of an open ecosystem.

New! IBM Spectrum Scale for Linux on z Systems 4.2 (PDF, 751KB)

New Advanced Edition provides asynchronous multisite disaster recovery.

New! IBM XL C/C++ for Linux on z Systems

Enables high-performing business applications while maximizing hardware utilization.


z/VM - Efficiency at Scale

Use IBM's premier virtualization hypervisor, and it’s ease of management with IBM Wave for z/VM , for efficient scalability and extreme consolidation for Linux workloads and Linux-based clouds.

New! KVM for z Systems

Gain simplicity, security, availability and scalability with this open source server virtualization solution. The standard KVM interface supports Linux OS on z Systems.


New! IBM LinuxONE: Announcing the all-new IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper™ server

The new Rockhopper delivers unprecedented performance, security and resiliency in an entry-level server. This new Linux platform delivers 40 percent more virtual containers per core than the previous version, and delivers massive, high-performance I/O throughput for the demands of a growing business.


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Today the Linux OS for the IBM z Systems mainframe is available as commercial distribution from IBM’s Linux Distribution Partners Red Hat and SUSE, their latest versions support z13 technologies. Ubuntu will join the premier Linux distributions on z Systems.