Tuesday, March 14, 2017

KVM for IBM z Withdrawal

IBM announced that KVM for IBM z will be withdrawn, effective March 31, 2018. From the notice:
"KVM for IBM z Systems Version 1.1.2 will be the last release delivered by IBM. However, IBM will continue to provide the Linux and KVM enablement for z Systems [...]"
Make no mistake: The withdrawal only affects the product KVM for IBM z. It does not mean the end for KVM on z (our open source effort to support KVM on IBM z Systems). To the contrary, development will not only continue unaffected, but the options for users grow, especially with the recent addition of SuSE to the existing support in Ubuntu.
See the FAQ for further details.

SLES now supports KVM on z

SuSE has announced formal support for KVM on z starting with SLES12SP2. See the official announcement here for full details.