New Version of z/OS to be Available Today

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IBM says it will be shipping z/OS Version 2 Release 1 (z/OS V2.1) today, which includes enhanced support for cloud and mobile computing. The new version of z/OS is engineered to help enterprises pursue the innovation to drive highly scalable workloads -- including private clouds and support for mobile and social applications, IBM said. The new operating system also is designed for big data workloads, with a new security infrastructure and an optimized data availability that supports data analytics solutions.

Continued improvements in management are targeted to help automate the operations of IBM zEnterprise systems – with support for and exploitation of the new IBM zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12) and zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) systems.

z/OS V2.1, in combination with z/OS Management Facility V2.1 (z/OSMF V2.1), include enhancements to management and operations, improve ease of configuration and software service level management to help reduce the cost and improve the quality of configuration and management processes. Z

The new operating system also provides support for zEDC, designed to compress data with low CPU overhead and at low latency. In addition, z/OS V2.1 includes support for Shared Memory Communications-Remote Direct Memory Access (SMC-R), intended to help move data quickly between z/OS images on the same CPC or a different CPC.

z/OS V2.1 also provides a top-down perspective on performance and capacity planning efforts across zEnterprise ensembles with RMF support for new SMF records for the Linux on System z, and for the Linux on System x and AIX operating systems running on zBX blades. RMF V2.1 also adds support for Windows Server running on zBX blades.

For more details, go to the z/OS V2.1 announcement site.