IBM z Systems Connectivity Handbook

An IBM Redbooks publication


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

  • IBM z13™
  • IBM z13s™
  • IBM zEnterprise® EC12 (zEC12)
  • IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12)
  • IBM zEnterprise 196 (z196)
  • IBM zEnterprise 114 (z114)

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.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Connectivity options
Chapter 2. Channel subsystem overview
Chapter 3. Enterprise Systems Connection
Chapter 4. Fibre Connection
Chapter 5. Channel-to-channel connections
Chapter 6. IBM Open Systems Adapter-Express
Chapter 7. OSA-Express Console support
Chapter 8. Shared Memory Communications
Chapter 9. IBM HiperSockets technology
Chapter 10. Coupling links and common time
Chapter 11. Extended distance solutions
Appendix A. Cryptographic features
Appendix B. IBM zEnterprise Data Compression (zEDC) Express
Appendix C. Flash Express feature
Appendix D. Fiber optic cables
Appendix E. CHPID assignment and the CHPID Mapping Tool
Appendix F. Channel feature attributes
Appendix G. Fiber cabling services


Publish Date
05 January 2017

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