IBM z/OS Container Extensions (zCX) Use Cases

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Is it time for you to modernize your IBM® z/OS® applications to allow for access to an entire system of open source and Linux on IBM Z® workloads? Is co-location of these workloads on the z/OS platform with no porting requirements of value to you?

Your open source or Linux on IBM Z software can benefit from being co-located and managed inside a z/OS environment; leveraging z/OS quality of service for optimized business continuity.

Your software can be integrated with and can help complement existing z/OS workloads and environments. If your software can communicate with z/OS and external components by using TCP/IP, now is the time examine how IBM z/OS Container Extensions (IBM zCX) makes it possible to integrate Linux on Z applications with z/OS.

This IBM Redbooks® publication is a follow-on to Getting started with z/OS Container Extensions and Docker, SG24-8457, which provides some interesting use cases for zCX.

We start with a brief overview of IBM zCX. In Part 1, "Integration" on page 9, we demonstrate use cases that integrate with zCX. In Part 2, "DevOps in zCX" on page 165, we describe how organizations can benefit from running a DevOps flow in zCX and we describe the set up of necessary components. Finally, in Part 3, "Monitoring and managing zCX systems" on page 229, we discuss IBM Service Management Unite Automation, a free-of-charge customizable dashboard interface and an important discussion of creating the suitable container restart policy.


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