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The ITC UltimatePDT (uPDT) technology solution is a complete ready to use Z mainframe application development system for commercial software developers and IBM Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). uPDT systems offer a robust, reliable and attractively priced solution to meet today’s requirements for IBM Z mainframe development.

uPDT incorporates the IBM Z Personal Development Tool (zPDT) technology with state-of-the-art hardware platform fully integrated to work seamlessly with the Linux operating system and IBM Z software. The result is a low cost, fully capable mainframe for development, testing, training or demonstration purposes.

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The Power of z

The IBM zPDT/ZD&T technology is a software-based tool that provides an affordable application development and demonstration platform via IBM Z mainframe emulation. zPDT enables an IBM Z architecture environment to run zOS, zVM, zVSE, zTPF, and Linux on Z images. Full support for native execution, zVM virtualization with OS guests, Sysplex or Parallel Sysplex operation.

This new tool can be very useful in supporting:

  • Low cost IBM Z platform for application development, testing, training, debugging;
  • Portable Z platform for training & education of applications and Operating System environments;
  • Demonstration of applications executing in a native Z environment;
  • Support developers in remote or multiple locations where having personal zPDT/ZD&T system(s) is more efficient and cost effective than dedicating larger server resources;
  • Complete control of your own environment without risk to others


zPDT and ZD&T can be enabled with up to eight processors, with each processor defined as Z general purpose processors (CP), Z Integrated Information Processors (zIIPs), Z Application Assist Processors (zAAPs), Z Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) processors, or adjunct processors used for cryptographic adapters emulation.

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ITC takes this one step further by creating an underlying image that meets demanding IBM Z development standards for reliability, accessibility and serviceability.

ITC has performed extensive research & development towards the design/build/test of the uPDT system gaining considerable experience in the process. What does this mean to you? The uPDT system, is ready to deploy immediately within your organization for productive application development use.

ITC’s uPDT system includes the selected hardware platform (laptop, desktop or server), the IBM zPDT technology, Intel-based Linux, and the selected Z Operating systems. All fully integrated, configured, tested, and ready to run out of the box. All ITC solution include field hardware support 24x7x4, extended warranty on all parts and labor, and world-class technical support from the experts in IBM Z emulation.

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Recognizing the importance of having a backup and restore facility that provides speed, ease of use, flexibility, and completeness, ITC has developed a functional and fast backup/restore application for the ITC uPDT systems. The ITC Backup/Restore Application is a menu driven product that works seamlessly to backup and restore the Linux/zPDT environment and/or the mainframe emulated 3390 volumes.

ITC provides this application on an external high capacity USB drive loaded with the uPDT backup image. The ITC Backup/Restore Application is also installed on all uPDT systems.

Users can utilize the application in two modes: The offline option is booted from the external USB disk drive and this facility can backup/restore both the Linux/zPDT system and the emulated 3390 volumes. The online option runs from the Linux/zPDT operational system and will back up the emulated 3390 volumes to the external USB disk drive.

This backup/restore facility is a basic service and should not be considered a full disaster/recovery solution. Customers should consider an alternate backup strategy, such as FTP to a remote system, in addition to this basic backup/restore facility for better redundancy and to avoid data loss.

Additional Information

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The following comparison table provides information to help you decide between placing an order for either the basic IBM zPDT technology or for the ITC UltimatePDT system.

Which One Is Right For You? IBM zPDT ITC Ultimate PDT
IBM 1090 USB Hardware Key table-ico-1 table-ico-1
IBM 1090 Code table-ico-1 table-ico-1
IBM zPDT  Annual Subscription table-ico-1 table-ico-1
IBM Approved Base System (Laptop, Desktop, or Server) table-ico-1
Pre-Loaded Intel based
Linux® Operating System (Red Hat or openSUSE )
Pre-Loaded IBM System z Operating System (z/VM,
z/VSE, z/OS)
Level 1 and Level 2 Technical Support table-ico-1
Optional Services (Installation, Migration, Training) table-ico-1

Thank you for your interest in the IBM zPDT technology and ITC. We look forward to working with you.