5.3. Background to Mainframe Interoperability

5.3.1. Current Mainframe Technology Update

The New IBM Mainframe

The IBM z/Series mainframe is a new product line of legacy S/390 mainframe hardware that provides backward compatibility for previous legacy operating systems using logical partitions (LPARs). The operating system z/OS provides support for multiple operating systems, including MVS, VSE, Linux, and OS/390 Unix Services.

OS/390 can be emulated on a notebook running Linux with a USB dongle and a valid license key. Fundamental Software has produced a Linux package called FLEX-ES (http://www.funsoft.com/index-technical.html) that developers may use as a development platform or for unit testing.

Under the z/OS, the management console is still ...

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