SUSE, IBM, and KVM: Powering the Future of the Mainframe

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Today, you can get the advantage of mainframe computing with Linux using KVM.

The increasing complexity and resulting costs of managing distributed servers forces companies to juggle the cost of infrastructure and business support, and the skills to manage it all. SUSE is the first to bring Linux to the mainframe through a collaboration with IBM. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is the perfect guest to combine the advantages of the IBM mainframe with the flexibility and open standards of a mission-critical open source operating system.

SUSE and IBM have partnered together again to bring greater access to Linux on the mainframe. IBM and SUSE now offer more virtualization choices by enabling the ability to provision virtual machines through the open standards-based KVM hypervisor, just like any Linux server.

Control Cost and Complexity
By leveraging SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on IBM z Systems hardware, you can meet the challenges of managing physical server sprawl and supporting a myriad of mission-critical applications spread across distributed servers. Because IBM z Systems offers an exceptional effective platform for virtualization, you can enhance the value of your existing hardware investment by consolidating workloads to your system, capturing unused capacity, and incrementally upgrading if needed. In addition, the z Systems platform, in combination with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, deliver a highly reliable, available, and serviceable platform.

Optimize Resources and Effectively Manage Technology Infrastructure Using KVM virtualization on IBM z Systems, you get the performance and flexibility to run various Linux workloads, including cloud and big data type solutions. KVM for IBM z Systems is an open source based virtualization solution offered for z Systems servers that enables you to share real compute, memory and I/O resources. The solution also offers:

A familiar user interface for x86 Linux administrators to manage Linux on the mainframe. You can manage KVM for IBM z Systems like other platforms, with libvirt, OpenStack, or other open Linux tools.

Simple, robust, and cost-effective open source server virtualization for Linux workloads. Move virtual servers and workloads using live migration without application downtime to help increase overall availability and flexibility to meet your clients’ demands.

Standard KVM interfaces to help simplify and automate routine infrastructure maintenance tasks. The solution was designed to give a simplified, familiar experience for Linux users, who can use familiar Linux skills to reduce operational inefficiencies.
Gain a Competitive Edge
Today, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z is the top Linux choice for mainframe customers. SUSE ensures that you have access to the largest number of open source and commercial applications and receive the best support in the industry.
Ideally suited for Linux administrators, running Linux on KVM on z Systems lets you easily explore the potential of Linux on the mainframe and virtualization separate from other workload environments on the same system. Create and manage virtual machines by yourself, assign resources, and use workload isolation and protection capabilities-get all the flexibility of KVM-based virtual machines with the same tools and commands you know from your x86-based environment. And all of it is backed by IBM z Systems.

Editors note: Thanks to Mary marks from our good friends at SUSE for these words and more widely for SUSE’s day one one support of KVM on z Systems.