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IBM WebSphere® Application Server for Distributed Platforms and z/OS®: An Administrator’s Guide by Alan Beaubien, Yu Tang, Mike Casile, Michel Betancourt, Thomas Gissel, Mihaela Herescu, Dipak Patel, Keith McGuinnes, Radhike Iyer, Kyle Miller, Dave Draeger, Mike Everett, Ann Black

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Chapter 2. Compare and Contrast: WebSphere on z/OS and the Distributed Platforms

Objectives

This chapter covers the following concepts:

  • Comparing z/OS with the “distributed” operating systems (Windows, Unix, and Linux)

  • How WebSphere for z/OS differs from WebSphere on the distributed platforms

Supported Platforms

WebSphere Application Server runs on a number of different server-class operating systems, including AIX, Solaris, HP-UX, Windows, and Linux (including Linux on zSeries, which is similar to the other distributed platforms, from a WebSphere administrator’s perspective. For more on the unique attributes of z/Linux, as it is often called, refer to Appendix H). WebSphere is nearly identical on each of these platforms, and as such they are referred ...

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