IBM Z Connectivity Handbook

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 10 April 2018, updated 20 July 2018

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ISBN-10: 0738443085
ISBN-13: 9780738443089
IBM Form #: SG24-5444-18
(234 pages)

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


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 z14 Model ZR1
  • 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 April 10, 2018.

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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