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IBM z16 A02 and IBM z16 AGZ Technical Guide

An IBM Redbooks publication


Published on 16 November 2023, updated 20 May 2024

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ISBN-10: 0738461334
ISBN-13: 9780738461335
IBM Form #: SG24-8952-00

Authors: Ewerson Palacio, Octavian Lascu, Martijn Raave, Martin Sollig, Andre Spahni and John Troy

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    This IBM Redbooks® publication describes the features and functions of the latest IBM Z® platform members that are built with the IBM Telum® processor: IBM z16™ A02 and IBM z16 AGZ. It includes information about the IBM z16 A02 and IBM z16 AGZ processor design, I/O innovations, security features, and supported operating systems.

    The IBM Z platform is recognized for its security, resiliency, performance, and scale, and it is relied on for mission-critical workloads. The IBM Z platform is an essential element of hybrid cloud infrastructures. IBM z16™ A02 and IBM z16 AGZ add more capabilities and value with innovative technologies that are needed to accelerate the digital transformation journey.

    IBM z16 A02 and IBM z16 AGZ are state-of-the-art data and transaction systems that deliver advanced capabilities that are vital to any digital transformation. The IBM z16 A02 and IBM z16 AGZ are designed for enhanced modularity in an industry-standard footprint. They offer clients the choice of factory-frame (IBM z16 A02) or rack-mounted (IBM z16 AGZ) configurations to install in their own data center rack infrastructure. These systems excel at the following tasks:

    • Artificial intelligence (AI) inference with Integrated Accelerator for AI
    • Using multicloud integration services
    • Securing data with pervasive encryption
    • Accelerating digital transformation with agile service delivery
    • Transforming a transactional platform into a data powerhouse
    • Getting more out of the platform with IT Operational Analytics
    • Accelerating digital transformation with agile service delivery
    • Revolutionizing business processes
    • Blending open-source and IBM Z technologies

    This book explains how these systems use innovations and traditional IBM Z strengths to satisfy growing demand for cloud, analytics, and open-source technologies. With IBM z16 A02 or IBM z16 AGZ as a base, applications can run in a trusted, reliable, and secure environment that improves operations and lessens business risk.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Introduction and overview

    Chapter 2. Central processor complex hardware components

    Chapter 3. Central processor complex design

    Chapter 4. I/O structure

    Chapter 5. Logical I/O channel subsystem

    Chapter 6. Cryptographic features

    Chapter 7. Operating system support

    Chapter 8. System upgrades

    Chapter 9. Reliability, availability, and serviceability

    Chapter 10. Hardware Management Console and Support Element

    Chapter 11. Environmentals

    Chapter 12. Performance

    Appendix A. Channel options

    Appendix B. IBM Z Integrated Accelerator for AI

    Appendix C. IBM Integrated Accelerator for zEnterprise Data Compression

    Appendix D. Rack configurations


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