IBM System z Connectivity Handbook

An IBM Redbooks publication

Note: A new draft version of this publication is now available


This IBM Redbooks® publication discusses the connectivity options available for use within and beyond the data center for the following IBM System z family of mainframes:
zEnterprise® EC12 (zEC12)
zEnterprise 196 (z196)
zEnterprise 114 (z114)
System z10® Enterprise Class (z10 EC)
System z10 Business Class (z10 BC)

This book highlights the hardware and software components, functions, typical uses, coexistence, and relative merits of these connectivity features. It helps readers to understand the connectivity alternatives that are available when planning and designing their data center infrastructures.

The changes to this edition are based on the System z hardware announcement dated August 28, 2012.

This book is intended for data center planners, IT professionals, system engineers, technical sales staff, and network planners who are involved in the planning of connectivity solutions for System z servers.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introducing connectivity
Chapter 2. Channel subsystem overview
Chapter 3. Parallel channel
Chapter 4. Enterprise Systems Connection
Chapter 5. Fibre Connection
Chapter 6. Channel-to-channel
Chapter 7. Open Systems Adapter-Express
Chapter 8. OSA-Express Console support
Chapter 9. HiperSockets
Chapter 10. Coupling links and common time
Chapter 11. Extended distance solutions
Appendix A. CHPID assignment and CHPID mapping tool
Appendix B. Fiber optic cables
Appendix C. Fiber cabling services
Appendix D. Cryptographic features
Appendix E. Flash Express
Appendix F. Channel feature attributes


Publish Date
28 February 2013

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