z/VM V5.3 resources

Updated: 22 July 2010

This page includes reference information specific to z/VM V5.3 and made available in the time period following its announcement. For daily to weekly VM site updates, also visit VM News/Site Changes to keep apprised of z/VM-related news as it happens.

  z/VM V5.3 was withdrawn from marketing September 8, 2008.
  IBM plans to support z/VM V5.3 until September 30, 2010.

Announcements and News
World Wide announcement letters
July 22, 2010
IBM z/VM V6.1 - Enhancements for IBM zEnterprise System Virtualization
July 07, 2009, Preview:
IBM z/VM V6.1 - Foundation for future virtualization growth
Oct. 21, 2008:
IBM System z10 BC and new models of z10 EC
Sept. 18, 2008:
zVM V5.3 achieves Common Criteria Certification
May 06, 2008:
IBM z/VM V5.4 - Extending virtualization technology leadership for System z
May 06, 2008:
IBM System z10 EC Internet access and coupling improvements
Feb. 26, 2008:
IBM System z10 Enterprise Class
June 12, 2007:
IBM z/VM V5.3 - Additional enhancements available
Apr. 18, 2007:
IBM z9 EC and z9 BC - delivering greater value for everyone
See what this means for z/VM V5.3
Feb. 06, 2007:
IBM z/VM V5.3 - Improving scalability, security, and virtualization technology
US: 207-019    --    Europe/LA: ENUSZP07-0134,
AP: ENUSAP07001    --    Canada: ENUSA070173
Press release (06Feb2007):
IBM Supercharges Mainframe Virtualization

Ordering and Availablility
z/VM V5.3 availability: June 29, 2007
z/VM V5.3 ordering begins: June 15, 2007
z/VM V5.3 planned to be withdrawn from marketing: September 8, 2008
SDO (System Delivery Offering) Updated 07-2008
      The z/VM SDO is the only method that
     can be used to order z/VM V5.3.
Internet delivery for z/VM Orders via ShopzSeries (01-2008)
Upgrade to z/VM 5.3 or z/VM V5.4
z/VM Performance Report
Licensed Products Migration Matrix for z/VM V5.3 08-2008
Vendor (ISV) Product matrix for z/VM V5.3  06-2007

Service and Support
How changes to U.S. daylight savings time affect z/VM
z/VM V5.3 planned End of Service:
     Central service is planned until September 30, 2010.
RSU (Recommended Service Upgrade) content
VM Required Service to run on z10 EC

Red Alert (Oct. 2009)

  • New Red Alert pertaining to all z/VM customers running guest coupling support when they have both an IBM System z10 and the PTF for APAR VM64793 (June 2010)
  • For users of OSA-Express3 devices with microcode level 7.31.0 and beyond who have a z/VM TCP/IP stack configuration that includes a VIPA interface. (Oct. 2009)

Required service
  • for support of Crypto Express 3 and for using 3590 and 3592 tapes for Ficon Express8, Express4, and Express2. (Nov. 2009)

Reference information
z/VM V5.3 Architecture Level Set
z/VM Reference Guide (2-2008)
z/VM V5.3 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) 02-2008
Customer references and stories

Data Sheets
z/VM V5.3 Data Sheet PDF 02-2008
Linux on IBM System z with z/VM PDF 02-2008

Online product documentation and publications
z/VM V5.3 General Information (GC24-6095-07) PDF 02-2008
z/VM V5.3 Product library
New and updated z/VM V5.3 publications for Feb. 26, 2008 (02-2008)
z/VM V5R3.0 Information Center - Beta
z/VM V5.3 Program Directories
z/VM V5.3 CP and CMS Data Areas and Control Blocks
z/Architecture CMS documentation
z/VM V5.3 Monitor Records
Redbooks for z/VM and Linux on zSeries