IBM Z Remote Development Program Offerings

IBM Z Remote Development Program Information and Enrollment

The IBM Z Remote Development Program (RDP) offering is available to IBM Z Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who are members of IBM PartnerWorld. The RDP offering provides IBM Z ISVs with low-cost remote access to virtual system environments for the purposes of developing, porting, and testing applications that run on IBM Z platforms. The virtual system environments include generally available versions of operating systems that run on the IBM Z platform, including z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE, and Linux on z Systems distributions (Red Hat, Inc., SUSE LLC). PartnerWorld membership is a requirement for participation in the Remote Development Program.

The system environments are comprised of generally available and supported operating systems and software products running as virtual guests under IBM z/VM. Each virtual guest system is dedicated to the use of the participating partner which provides a high level of system control and configuration independence within their environment.

The RDP offering is structured for the partner to be largely self-reliant with minimal assistance needed from IBM. Participants in the offering assume the role of system and security administrator for their virtual guest system environment and are expected to have the necessary system skills. Those skills include subsystem administration, security administration, and console operations.

Please select the link below to view the description and details of the Remote Development Program.

Additional virtual system information is provided below. When you are ready to enroll select the link here or at the bottom of the page:

Available Virtualized Environments

The virtualized environments available through the RDP offering are listed below.

Where applicable, select the links to view details of the base system software configurations.

Questions regarding the availability of IBM software products not listed in the configuration information can be sent to


In addition to software options listed above, there are also hardware options available to the z/OS guest systems. These options include access to specialty processors such as z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) and the CryptoExpress processor. Also available to z/OS guest systems are Extended Address Volumes (EAV), additional General Purpose CPs, and Z Enterprise Data Compression (zEDC). The option of a virtualized Parallel Sysplex with Coupling Facility is also available.

Please contact us at if you have questions concerning testing with any of the specialty processors or hardware features described above.

z/VSE 6.1

z/VM 6.4

Linux on z Systems

The Linux on z Systems distributions listed below are also available using the Remote Development Program Online Enrollment process.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11

Ubuntu Server for IBM Z

Program Offering Fees

Fees for the Remote Development Program are based on a minimum monthly fee and actual CPU usage as reported by z/VM. The CPU usage is measured in "workunits". A workunit is designed to roughly provide the equivalent of one (1) real, non-dedicated hour of total processor time on an IBM 2003-225 processor as recorded in the VM accounting records.

Note: Workunits are used as way to level typical work in our system environment based on our observation and are not meant to convey any performance comparisons between IBM Z mainframes.

The minimum monthly program fee ($550 USD) includes initial system set-up, environmental support, up to 30 workunits of CPU usage each calendar month, and 10 Gigabytes of 'user' disk (DASD) space. Workunits used and user disk allocated in excess of those amounts will incur topitional monthly charges.

  • Charge for additional monthly workunits used in excess of 30: $22 USD per workunit
  • Charge for additional disk allocated in excess of 10 Gigabyte: $10 USD per 5 Gigabyte unit (5GB unit is 6000 cylinders)

The initial billing period for each program offering begins when the login information is provided to you and ends last day of the calendar month. The initial billing period will be prorated to actual workunit usage if provided after the 1st day of the month. Subsequent monthly billing periods (including the final billing period) will always end on the last day of each calendar month.

Additional products and resources for remote systems

There are several additional software products and resources not included in the standard configuration that could be added to a remote access system. Please contact us at if you have questions concerning the availability of a particualar software product or system configuration.

A few of the additional software products available include a one-time installation fee such as additional versions of IBM subsystems that were not included in the standard configuration for a particular release of z/OS.

Other system resources such as additional disk (DASD) or Extended Address Volumes (EAV) include a monthly fee.

There are no one-time or monthly fees for the addition of a specialty processor or additional general purpose processor however the use of the processor may increase the level of workunit usage on your remote access system which could result in a higher monthly fee.

Select the following link to view pricing information for additional resources:

Ready to Enroll?

If you are ready to enroll in the RDP offering, please complete and return the Registration Form linked below. Once your Registration Form has been received and verified, a copy of the agreement(s) will be forwarded to you for electronic signature. Following receipt of your e-signed documents, the system envionment will be readied and login information emailed to you.

Questions regarding the availability of IBM software products not listed in the enrollment packages can be sent to

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