Although z/VM is a well-established hypervisor, it takes a lot of time to learn how to work with it. Many younger developers in particular nowadays do not want to play in a 3270 console, which is necessary to enter commands and interact with it, and would rather use a RESTful API. The Feilong Project, the Open Source API for z/VM automation under the Open Mainframe Project (OMP), aims to make this possible, enabling developers who are not familiar with the z/VM hypervisor to interact with z/VM through a RESTful API. This enables them to automate VM creation, the creation of networking, and provision of storage from a RESTful API interface.
“It’s very infrastructure focused. It’s very internal. Although it’s not flashy, it serves the purpose of making it easier for developers to interact with a hypervisor that they’re not very familiar with,” says Mike Friesenegger, Chair of the Feilong Project and Solution Architect – Alliances & Integrated Systems at SUSE, on the latest episode of TFiR Let’s Talk.
Key highlights from this video interview are:
- Although z/VM is a well-respected hypervisor, many developers do not have time to learn how to work with it and prefer to use a RESTful API instead.
- Friesenegger explains how Feilong is being used within the community as well as within SUSE. He discusses also how it is being used in an IBM product called IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center.
- As a founding member of the Open Mainframe Project, SUSE is a firm believer in open source and the community it brings together. Friesenegger explains SUSE’s involvement with the Open Mainframe Project.
- The Feilong Project is bringing together a large global community. Friesenegger explains which regions their community are in and what sort of role they are playing.
- Friesenegger explains what they are currently working on and how the community can help with testing certain capabilities and documentation.
- The Feilong Project is currently an incubation project within the Open Mainframe Project’s set of sponsored projects. Friesenegger talks about what the future plans are for the project and how it aims to achieve them.
The summary of the show is written by Emily Nicholls.