IBM Z Connectivity Handbook

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 17 July 2017, updated 19 September 2017

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ISBN-10: 0738442674
ISBN-13: 9780738442679
IBM Form #: SG24-5444-17
(230 pages)

Authors: Bill White, Hervey Kamga, Michal Kordyzon, Frank Packheiser, John Troy, Esra Ufacik, Bo Xu, Octavian Lascu

Abstract

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the connectivity options that are available for use within and beyond the data center for the IBM Z family of mainframes, which includes these systems:


  • IBM z14
  • IBM z13®
  • IBM z13s™
  • IBM zEnterprise® EC12 (zEC12)
  • IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12)


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

The changes to this edition are based on the IBM Z hardware announcement dated 17 July, 2017.

This book is intended for data center planners, IT professionals, systems engineers, and network planners who are involved in the planning of connectivity solutions for IBM mainframes.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Channel subsystem overview
Chapter 3. zHyperLink Express
Chapter 4. Fibre Connection Express
Chapter 5. Open Systems Adapter-Express
Chapter 6. OSA-Express Console support
Chapter 7. Shared Memory Communications
Chapter 8. HiperSockets technology
Chapter 9. Coupling links and common time
Chapter 10. Extended distance solutions
Appendix A. Cryptographic features
Appendix B. zEDC Express feature
Appendix C. Flash Express feature
Appendix D. Channel conversion solutions
Appendix E. Channel feature attributes
Appendix F. Fiber optic cables

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