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IBM Z Connectivity Handbook

An IBM Redbooks publication


Published on 19 September 2023, updated 30 October 2023

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ISBN-10: 0738461296
ISBN-13: 9780738461298
IBM Form #: SG24-5444-22

Authors: Octavian Lascu, Ewerson Palacio and Bill White

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    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 the following systems:

    • IBM z16™ A01
    • IBM z16 A02
    • IBM z16 AGZ
    • IBM z15® T01
    • IBM z15 T02
    • IBM z14® M01 - M05
    • IBM z14 ZR1

    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 that is dated April 04, 2023.

    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. Fibre Channel connectivity

    Chapter 4. IBM zHyperLink Express

    Chapter 5. IBM Open Systems Adapter Express

    Chapter 6. Console communications: IBM Open Systems Adapter-Express Integrated Console Controller

    Chapter 7. Shared Memory Communications

    Chapter 8. HiperSockets

    Chapter 9. Coupling links and common time

    Chapter 10. Extended distance solutions

    Appendix A. Cryptographic solutions

    Appendix B. Channel conversion options

    Appendix C. Channel feature attributes

    Appendix D. Fiber optic cables


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