Highly secure and scalable hypervisor virtualization technology

The z/VM hypervisor provides a virtualization technology platform for IBM z Systems and IBM LinuxONE and supports operating systems including Linux and z/OS. IBM z/VM virtualization enables a highly secure and scalable infrastructure for enterprise cloud, Linux deployment and diverse critical applications. Long recognized as a robust hypervisor, z/VM allows customers to exploit IBM virtualization technology on one of the industry's best-of-breed server environments, IBM z Systems and IBM LinuxONE. Enterprises rely on the z/VM hypervisor for virtualization with superior scalability and security, and performance.

New! z/VM 6.4 preview announcement (PDF, 462KB)

Enables extreme scalability, security and efficiency creating cost savings opportunities and provides the foundation for cognitive computing on z Systems and LinuxONE.

z/VM V6.4 is planned to deliver:

z/VM V6.3 enhancements

Offers extended virtualization technology, through simultaneous multithreading on the new IBM z13s, IBM z13 and IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper and IBM LinuxONE Emperor, with support for up to 64 processors or up to 64 threads for Linux workloads.

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IBM Wave for z/VM

Virtualization management with an innovative point-and-click user interface harnesses the power of z/VM hypervisor as the virtualization technology platform of choice for Linux deployment and consolidation.

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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.

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