Set up Linux on IBM System z for Production

An IBM Redbooks publication

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Published on November 13, 2013, updated November 25, 2013

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ISBN-10: 0738438871
ISBN-13: 9780738438870
IBM Form #: SG24-8137-00


Authors: Lydia Parziale, Saulo Silva, David Borges De Sousa, Livio Sousa, Junius Mills and Qi Ye

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    Abstract

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication shows the power of IBM System z® virtualization and flexibility in sharing resources in a flexible production environment. In this book, we outline the planning and setup of Linux on System z to move from a development or test environment into production. As an example, we use one logical partition (LPAR) with shared CPUs with memory for a production environment and another LPAR that shares some CPUs, but also has a dedicated one for production. Running in IBM z/VM® mode allows for virtualization of servers and based on z/VM shares, can prioritize and control their resources.

    The size of the LPAR or z/VM resources depends on the workload and the applications that run that workload. We examine a typical web server environment, Java applications, and describe it by using a database management system, such as IBM DB2®.

    Network decisions are examined with regards to VSWITCH, shared Open Systems Adapter (OSA), IBM HiperSockets™ and the HiperPAV, or FCP/SCSI attachment used with a storage area network (SAN) Volume Controller along with performance and throughput expectations.

    The intended audience for this IBM Redbooks publication is IT architects who are responsible for planning production environments and IT specialists who are responsible for implementation of production environments.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Chapter 2. Architectural considerations

    Chapter 3. Hardware planning considerations

    Chapter 4. Storage planning considerations

    Chapter 5. Network planning considerations

    Chapter 6. Linux planning considerations

    Chapter 7. Software planning considerations

    Chapter 8. Security considerations

    Chapter 9. Backup and restore considerations

    Chapter 10. Performance considerations

    Chapter 11. Accounting

    Appendix A. Performance Toolkit reports

    Appendix B. Migration checklists

    Appendix C. Sample procedure

     

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