The New IBM Mainframe – The IBM z14 Model ZR1, the “Skinny” Mainframe

IBM has recently announced the new member of the mainframe family – the IBM z14 model ZR1 known as “the Skinny Mainframe”.

The IBM z14 ZR1 is a state-of-the-art data and transaction system that delivers advanced capabilities, which are vital to any digital transformation. The z14 ZR1 is designed for enhanced modularity, which is an industry standard footprint. This system excels several levels including:

  • Securing data with pervasive encryption
  • Transforming a transactional platform into a data powerhouse
  • Getting more out of the platform with IT Operational Analytics
  • Providing resilience towards zero downtime
  • Accelerating digital transformation with agile service delivery
  • Revolutionizing business processes
  • Mixing open source and Z technologies
Presenting the IBM z14 model ZR1

Software requirements
IBM z14 model ZR1 requires at a minimum:
  • z/OS V2.3 with PTFs
  • z/OS V2.2 with PTFs
  • z/OS V2.1 with PTFs
  • z/OS V1.13 with PTFs (compatibility only)
  • z/VM V6.4 with PTFs
  • z/VM 7.1
  • z/VSE V6.2 with PTFs
  • z/VSE V6.1 with PTFs
  • z/VSE V5.2 with PTFs
  • z/TPF V1.1 with PTFs (compatibility, including Crypto Express6S and OSA-Express6S support)
  • Linux on Z -IBM plans to support running the following Linux on Z distributions on IBM z14:
    • SUSE SLES 12 SP2 with service
    • SUSE SLES 11 SP4 with service
    • Red Hat RHEL 7.3 with service
    • Red Hat RHEL 6.9 with service
    • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (or higher) with service
  • IBM is working to support the KVM hypervisor which was first offered with the following Linux distributions:
    • SLES 12 SP2 with service
    • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (or higher) with service

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