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RESTful Software Installation on z/OS

March 1, 2016

Traditionally, the mainframe hasn't been viewed as a platform for modern software development. Of course the reality is that IBM z Systems has embraced an array of new technologies over the past several years, while at the same time strengthening its already-world class availability and security capabilities.

Yet another example of this is IBM getting on board with REST services. Representational state transfer (REST) is an application services architecture. Applications that conform to the constraints of REST are (seriously) called RESTful.

It's exciting to see IBM moving forward full steam with REST. New z/OS system REST services can be integrated into any developer's applications that are accessed through modern devices such as smartphones, tablets or browser applications.

The IBM z/OS Management Facility, which is used to install software, is also utilizing REST. The latest release, z/OSFMF 2.1, delivers REST services to management data. These services allow client applications to interact with z/OSMF to list and retrieve information about software installed, and much more. (Note: To see what a modern application looks like running on z/OS, watch this z/OSMF demo, where the product upgrades itself from version 1.12 to 2.1.)

With these types of services being RESTful, I can see in the near future the availability of prebuilt workflows that, say, install DB2 or migrate DB2 from one release to another. I can see non-IBM applications being delivered with a workflow to simplify and modernize the software installation of all products running on z/OS. As I said, it's exciting.

Has your company taken advantage of the latest release of z/OSMF with REST services?

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