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.

Take Linux to a new level

IBM pushes z Systems head-on into the open source arena

Take your choice – select from the premier Linux distributions for z Systems

What we offer

Featured solutions for Linux on z Systems

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 4.2.1 available

Expanded features for Quality of Service, extended count key data (ECKD) device handling, and support of IBM Spectrum Scale GUI.

New! z/VM 6.4 preview announced

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 v1.1.1

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

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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, SUSE and Canonical, their latest versions support z13 and z13s technologies.