IBM z/OS Container
Extensions (zCX) use cases

A draft IBM Redbooks publication

Updated 18 September 2020

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IBM Form #: SG24-8471-00

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


Is it time for you to modernize your IBM z/OS® applications to allow for access to an entire
ecosystem 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 existing 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, then now is the time to look into 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, providing some interesting use cases for zCX.

Table of contents

Part 1. Integration
Chapter 1. Apache Kafka and ZooKeeper
Chapter 2. IBM App Connect Enterprise
Chapter 3. IBM Aspera Gateway
Chapter 4. Using MQ on zCX as a client concentrator
Part 2. DevOps
Chapter 5. DevOps Overview
Chapter 6. Using Gitea as a code repository
Chapter 7. Using Jenkins to automate builds
Chapter 8. Using Ansible to automate deployment and tests
Chapter 9. Putting it all together and run the pipeline
Part 3. Monitoring and managing
Chapter 10. Monitoring
Chapter 11. Container restart policy
Appendix A. Additional material

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