Platform Overview

How PopUp works

PopUp Mainframe is a z/OS virtual instance running real z/OS code for Dev and Test, identical to a physical mainframe. PopUp comes packaged as a fully featured, optimized virtual machine image. It runs on any enterprise x86 hardware you choose – on prem or in the cloud.

PopUp supports ANY z/OS software.

This provides a turnkey solution enabling rapid, elastic deployment of z/OS capability. It is suitable for all non-production use cases (including dev/test, training, issue replication & troubleshooting).

Note: The software license excludes performance testing and production environment use.

What’s in a PopUp?

PopUp delivers Red Hat Enterprise Linux distribution with IBM’s ZD&T emulator pre-installed and preconfigured.

PopUp also comes with additional tools and helper utilities.


Key features of PopUp

On-prem ready-to-go OVA image, or Azure cloud-ready image

Automated DASD creation and management

PopUp data transfer utility for simple data movement

Plugin for Delphix, including scripts and automation

What is the Difference Between PopUp and ZD&T?

PopUp is built on IBM ZD&T.

This video explains the difference between ZD&T and PopUp, and how PopUp accelerates your adoption of virtual z/OS instances. It also covers the additional tools and utilities which comes packaged with PopUp.

Flavours of PopUp

Different types of PopUp are available, depending on your needs.

Vanilla PopUp

This forms the foundation of our offering. Vanilla PopUp comes with additional tools and helper utilities to accelerate your adoption of virtual z/OS in Dev and Test.

PopUp & Delphix

We partner with Delphix to provide industry leading solutions for z/OS Data Masking and Data Virtualization in Dev and Test. Our Delphix plugin capabilities provide access to game changing data and compliance agility with minimal effort for customers.

PopUp on Azure

PopUp on Azure provides fully functioning, on-demand z/OS test environments in the cloud. From the Azure Marketplace, you can create and configure your own PopUp VM.

PopUp & BMC

PopUp & BMC provides BMC’s DevOps tooling pre-configured and pre-integrated with PopUp. Tools include ISPW and Topaz Total Test.

With PopUp You Can …

Run Fully Provisioned Virtual z/OS Environments Anywhere

  • Run real z/OS code and software directly on PopUp, integrate PopUp seamlessly with your IT estate
  • Modernise your organisation strategy with z/OS in the cloud and minimal maintenance overheads
  • z/OS test environments run on x86 commodity hardware, saving hardware and storage costs

Provision z/OS Environments with APIs and Enable Self-Service

  • Use automation pipelines to provision and scale z/OS “Gold Copy” environments instantly in Dev and Test
  • z/OS environments created on-demand accelerate projects dependent on z/OS
  • Modernise your organisation strategy with agile mainframe projects

Manage Compliance with Data Masking

  • Protect data privacy with state-of-the-art data masking in Dev and Test.
  • Fully data-compliant z/OS environments to satisfy regulatory requirements.
  • Mask ‘legacy’ mainframe data sources with ease.

Create Dedicated z/OS Environments

  • Create isolated environments for development, use with desktop IDE, testing, R&D, training & more!
  • Expendable z/OS instances provide a zero risk environment for mainframe testing.

Reduce Energy Usage and Environmental Impact

  • Turn off z/OS test environments when not needed, reducing energy usage and total cost of ownership
  • Create slim z/OS environment ‘slices’ to suit your needs with a lower energy and resource footprint