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IBM Z Connectivity Handbook

An IBM Redbooks publication


Published on 05 April 2022, updated 03 May 2022

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ISBN-10: 0738460516
ISBN-13: 9780738460512
IBM Form #: SG24-5444-21

Authors: Octavian Lascu, Bill White, Ewerson Palacio, Markus Ertl, Jannie Houlbjerg, Hervey Kamga, Gerard Laumay, Slav Martinski, Kazuhiro Nakajima, Martijn Raave, Paul Schouten, Anna Shugol, André Spahni, John Troy, Roman Vogt and Bo Xu

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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 these systems:

    • IBM z16 Model A01
    • IBM z15™ Model T01
    • IBM z15 Model T02
    • IBM z14® Model M01 - M05
    • IBM z14 Model 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 dated April 05, 2022.

    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 (OSA-ICC)

    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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