Virtualization using zSeries & SUSE

Virtualization using Z series and SuseMaximize your scalability – and ROI – with a Linux on zSeries virtualization solution. A specific instance of Linux compiled to run on IBM mainframes, Linux on zSeries combines the power and reliability of IBM mainframes with the virtualization versatility and capacity of Linux.

IBM’s zSeries mainframes allow large companies and governments to combine their many servers into one centralized database. When combined with Linux’s flexible virtualization support, that one powerful, centralized mainframe can be divided into specialized servers – such as file servers, web servers and print servers – using up to 60 partitions, each capable of running different operating systems. Yet another level of virtualization can be added through the IBM mainframe OS z/VM, which is capable of creating a hypervisor – a manager of virtual machines – that allows guests to run separate operating machines within the mainframe as ordinary users. These users can access, as virtualized resources, not only the basic processors and memory within their guest operating system, but also the disk storage, networking, and other elements of the mainframe.

By working on IBM mainframes, this Linux virtualization solution benefits from the level of quality and reliability of zSeries technology – where the ‘z’ stands for ‘zero downtime’. Continuous business operation can be counted on with such a solution, even when processors or hardware need to be removed – as Linux is capable of running continuously even during such major maintenance operations. Combined with the full-spectrum virtualization power that the combination of Linux and zSystem provides, this solution can be a heavy-hitting powerhouse for your enterprise or government needs – and GDS2 can give you the resources you need to implement this solution.