Statement of Direction: IBM to deliver IBM z/OS cloud enhancements

IBM United States Software Announcement 215-453
September 29, 2015

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IBM® intends to deliver enhancements to the z/OS® platform's cloud capabilities that clients can use to begin their transformation from IT cost centers to value-generating service providers, delivering world-class services internally or over the Internet. With such cloud capabilities, clients can perform tasks such as:

  • Rapidly provision environments for workload deployment and release the resources to a shared pool when complete.
  • Enable direct access of z/OS computing resources by end users through a self-service portal.
  • Establish metered service methodologies to enable pay for use.
  • Create service catalogs with customizable services that enable multi-tenancy and rapid elasticity.
  • Invoke these new functions through a web browser-based user interface or through programmable REST interfaces.

These z/OS cloud capabilities will be intended to provide added benefits to simplify and improve configuration and deployment of a number of components of the z/OS software landscape, thereby allowing clients to improve the agility, efficiency, and economics of their IT infrastructure.

The z/OS platform, known throughout the industry for its outstanding vertical scalability and speed, coupled with leading-edge security and reliability, provides the foundational capabilities that are ideal for private cloud service delivery. With today's announcement, IBM plans to deliver z/OS cloud technology enhancements on z/OS V2.2 with select functions available on z/OS V2.1.

Enabling the z/OS platform with these cloud capabilities will span innovations not only in certain infrastructure elements and components of the z/OS operating system, but also in selected levels of various z/OS software subsystems such as IBM CICS® Transaction Server for z/OS, IBM IMS™ for z/OS, IBM DB2® for z/OS, IBM MQ for z/OS, and IBM WebSphere® Application Server for z/OS.

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