Monday, November 16, 2020

RHEL 8.3 Released

RHEL 8.3 is out, see the official announcement.
The unquestionable highlight from a KVM on Z perspective is certainly the addition of the Secure Execution functionality. Also, ECKD DASD can be transparently passed through to KVM guests, allowing full exploitation of all DASD features, including raw track access and IPL

For further details on the changes, see the release notes, and the respective blog entry in the Linux on Z blog here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Webcast: IBM Secure Execution for Linux Introduction and Demo

IBM Secure Execution for Linux allows to build a Trusted Execution Environment for IBM Z and LinuxONE that helps protect data in use.
This webcast gives an overview of the value and the key concepts of the technology, followed by a hands-on demo, outlining the steps needed to secure Linux workloads.

Audience: Clients, Business Partners, IT Architects, Systems Admins

Speaker: Viktor Mihajlovski, Linux on IBM Z Development, Product Owner for KVM on IBM Z

Date: November 18, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM EST

Registration: Register here, and check system requirements here.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

2020 Linux on IBM Z and LinuxONE Client Workshop, November 9-14

Get the latest news about the Linux exploitation and advantages of the IBM Z and LinuxONE platform in this technical 5 day workshop. Focusing also on new solutions and capabilities, such as Hybrid Cloud, Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, Security, Performance, Networking and Virtualization presented by our development experts. We will start with introduction sessions on the first day, continue with 3 days of technical deep dive topics, and resume with the latest client experiences, and a panel discussion on the last day. You will also get a chance to interact directly with IBM developers and solution experts during the workshop.

Agenda highlights:

  • Introduction day
    • Linux on IBM Z and LinuxONE introduction and client stories
    • Virtualization options with Linux on IBM Z and LinuxONERed Hat OpenShift Container Platform in the Hybrid Cloud Strategy for IBM Z & LinuxONE
    • Cloud Paks for IBM Z overview
  • Deep dive sessions
    • What's new Linux on IBM Z and LinuxONE
    • z/VM Platform update
    • IBM Secure Execution for Linux - Introduction and Overview
    • Hyper Protect Virtual Server onPrem - Differences to Cloud
    • Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Z - Performance Experiences, Hints and Tips & Networking
    • Securing the Workloads on Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Z
    • IBM z15 Hardware Compression
    • Preparing for Multifactor Authentication for z/VM
    • Best Practices of Installing Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Z
    • Competitive application performance on Red Hat OpenShift
    • Cloud Paks for Data on IBM Z and LinuxONE
    • KVM Network Performance - Best Practices and Tuning Recommendations
  • Experiences and open discussion
    • Client experiences and lessons learned
    • Panel discussion for all

Date: November 9 - 13, 2020
Time schedule: 8:30 AM- 12:00 PM EDT / 2:30 - 6:00 PM CEST daily

Registration is open here till November 5.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Ubuntu 20.10 released

Ubuntu Server 20.10 is out!
It ships

See the release notes here, and the blog entry at canonical with Z-specific highlights here.

Friday, October 9, 2020

IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center adds Support for Red Hat KVM

The latest release of IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center 1.1.2 adds support for Red Hat KVM on IBM Z and LinuxONE.

IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) management solution that provides on-premise cloud deployments of Linux virtual machines on IBM Z and LinuxONE.
As a component of the Z Hybrid Cloud solution stack, Cloud Infrastructure Center delivers simplified IaaS management across compute, network, and storage resources, making virtual infrastructure ready to be consumed by PaaS layer solutions.
Among others, version 1.1.2 provides new capabilities, including cloud deployments for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machines (KVM).

See here for the official announcement, and here for a blog entry with further details.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Webinar: KVM Network Performance - Best Practices and Tuning Recommendations

Abstract
Join us for this webinar session to get an overview of the different networking configuration choices running KVM guests on the IBM Z platforms and details to setup and capabilities. It also provides tuning recommendations for the KVM host and KVM guest environment to achieve greater network performance.

Speaker
Dr. Jürgen Dölle, Linux on IBM Z Performance Evaluation

Registration
Register here. You can check the system requirements here.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Replay & Archive
All sessions are recorded. For the archive as well as a replay and handout of this session and all previous webcasts see here.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

QEMU v5.1 released

QEMU v5.1 is out. Here are the highlights from a KVM on Z perspective:

  • Secure Guest support
  • vfio-ccw: Various enhancements
  • DASD IPL via vfio-ccw is now fully functional (requires Linux kernel 5.8)

For further details, see the Release Notes.