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Practical Migration to Linux on System z

An IBM Redbooks publication

Note: This is publication is now archived. For reference only.


Published on 15 October 2009, updated 29 January 2010

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ISBN-10: 0738433411
ISBN-13: 9780738433417
IBM Form #: SG24-7727-00

Authors: Lydia Parziale, Joseph Apuzzo, Saulo Augusto M Martins da Silva, Louis Henderson, Manoj Srinivasan Pattabhiraman and Richard Sewell

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    There are many reasons why you would want to optimize your servers through

    virtualization using Linux® on System z®:

    - Too many distributed physical servers with low utilization

    - A lengthy provisioning process that delays the implementation of new


    - Limitations in data center power and floor space

    - High Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

    - Difficulty allocating processing power for a dynamic environment.

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides a technical planning reference for IT

    organizations that are considering a migration to Linux on System z.

    The overall focus of the content in this book is to walk the reader through some of

    the important considerations and planning issues that you could encounter

    during a migration project. Within the context of a pre-existing Unix based or x86

    environment, we attempt to present an end-to-end view of the technical

    challenges and methods necessary to complete a successful migration to Linux

    on System z.

    Table of Contents

    Part 1. Overview and migration methodology

    Chapter 1. Migration considerations

    Chapter 2. Stakeholder considerations

    Chapter 3. Migration methodology

    Chapter 4. Migration Planning checklist

    Part 2. Migration analysis

    Chapter 5. z/VM and Linux on System z technical concepts

    Chapter 6. Network analysis

    Chapter 7. Storage analysis

    Chapter 8. Application analysis

    Chapter 9. Database analysis

    Chapter 10. Backup analysis

    Chapter 11. Security analysis

    Chapter 12. Operational analysis

    Chapter 13. Disaster Recovery and Availability analysis

    Part 3. Hands-on migration to Linux on System z

    Chapter 14. MS Windows to Linux - WebSphere and DB2 migration

    Chapter 15. Technical procedures

    Chapter 16. Example Sakai migration

    Chapter 17. Open source: A Media-Wiki migration

    Chapter 18. Mono Extensions and Microsoft .NET migration

    Part 4. Appendixes

    Appendix A. Linux on System z Commands

    Appendix B. Remote access applications

    Appendix C. Performance measurement


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