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IBM Z Trial Program

January 3, 2018

Mainframe customers running z/OS know all too well the amount of the work that comes with a proof-of-concept. The process requires months of planning among system programmers, security and storage administrators and end users.
In an effort to make the install process easier, quicker and less costly, IBM is introducing IBM Z trial. This program allows you to register and test various solutions in a cloud environment I recently tried it myself and was quite impressed.  
The first product I chose to trial was Db2 Administration Solutions for z/OS. I was given access to a pre-configured, remote desktop environment in which to tinker with Db2 Administration Solutions, a tool for managing Db2 for z/OS objects and schema throughout the application lifecycle.
The trial environment includes hands-on tutorials that explain, for instance, how to use Db2 Administration Solutions for z/OS to explore the Db2 Catalog for information discovery and database administration. Once you complete the tutorials, you can choose to extend them or explore the rest of the trial environment.
Once you register for a trial environment, it's provisioned within a few hours. That in itself is amazing to think about when, not that long ago, getting access to these products took days or weeks. Trial environments expire after three days. All account and system data are deleted.
The trial is available through a Windows-based remote desktop environment. To access the trial environment, you must be able to connect to a remote system over a network connection.
  • Windows users should use the built-in Remote Desktop Connection application.
  • Mac users should use the Remote Desktop app, available from the App Store.
  • Linux users have several choices of remote desktop application, which might vary between distribution.
Here's a current list of trials:
  • Db2 Administration Solutions for z/OS
  • Information Management System (IMS)
  • Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence
  • z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition
  • Analytics Service on z/OS
  • Machine Learning for z/OS
  • IBM Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS
Coming soon:
  • Db2 Utilities Solution for z/OS
  • CICS Transaction Server
  • IBM OMEGAMON for JVM on z/OS
  • IBM Operational Decision Manager for z/OS

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