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IBM z/OS Container Extensions (zCX) Use Cases

An IBM Redbooks publication


Published on 13 October 2020, updated 12 July 2021

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ISBN-10: 0738459119
ISBN-13: 9780738459110
IBM Form #: SG24-8471-00

Authors: Lydia Parziale, Marco Egli, Maike Havemann, Subhajit Maitra, Eric Marins and Edward McCarthy

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    Is it time for you to modernize your IBM® z/OS® applications to allow for access to an entire system of open source and Linux on IBM Z® workloads? Is co-location of these workloads on the z/OS platform with no porting requirements of value to you?

    Your open source or Linux on IBM Z software can benefit from being co-located and managed inside a z/OS environment; leveraging z/OS quality of service for optimized business continuity.

    Your software can be integrated with and can help complement existing z/OS workloads and environments. If your software can communicate with z/OS and external components by using TCP/IP, now is the time examine how IBM z/OS Container Extensions (IBM zCX) makes it possible to integrate Linux on Z applications with z/OS.

    This IBM Redbooks® publication is a follow-on to Getting started with z/OS Container Extensions and Docker, SG24-8457, which provides some interesting use cases for zCX.

    We start with a brief overview of IBM zCX. In Part 1, “Integration” on page 9, we demonstrate use cases that integrate with zCX. In Part 2, “DevOps in zCX” on page 165, we describe how organizations can benefit from running a DevOps flow in zCX and we describe the set up of necessary components. Finally, in Part 3, “Monitoring and managing zCX systems” on page 229, we discuss IBM Service Management Unite Automation, a free-of-charge customizable dashboard interface and an important discussion of creating the suitable container restart policy.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. IBM z/OS Container Extensions overview

    Part 1. Integration

    Chapter 2. Apache Kafka and ZooKeeper

    Chapter 3. IBM App Connect Enterprise

    Chapter 4. IBM Aspera Gateway

    Chapter 5. Using IBM MQ on zCX as a client concentrator

    Part 2. DevOps in zCX

    Chapter 6. DevOps overview

    Chapter 7. Using Gitea as a code repository

    Chapter 8. Using Jenkins to automate builds

    Chapter 9. Using Ansible to automate deployment and tests

    Chapter 10. Putting it all together and running the pipeline

    Part 3. Monitoring and managing zCX systems

    Chapter 11. Monitoring

    Chapter 12. Container restart policies

    Appendix A. Additional material


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