IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/VSE V2.1 delivers enhancements for future workloads

IBM Europe, Middle East, and Africa Software Announcement ZP15-0494
October 5, 2015

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IBM® CICS® Transaction Server (CICS TS) for z/VSE® V2.1 is the first release that is designed for use with z/VSE V6.1 and replaces CICS TS for VSE/ESA V1.1.1. New functionality includes:

  • Update and control capabilities to CICS resources for the CICS Explorer® system management tool
  • New APIs to enable the transfer of large amounts of data between CICS applications to meet the needs of growing workloads



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Overview
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IBM CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS) for z/VSE V2.1 is shipped with z/VSE V6.1 and can only be used with z/VSE V6.1. CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 replaces CICS TS for VSE/ESA V1.1.1 1. It delivers:

  • Update and control capabilities to CICS resources for the CICS Explorer system management tool.
  • New API to enable the transfer of large amounts of data between CICS applications to meet the needs of growing workloads.

CICS Distributed Data Management (CICS/DDM) is not supported with CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1.

CICS Explorer

CICS Explorer client supports the new and enhanced capabilities of CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1.

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CICS TS for VSE/ESA V1.1.1 is still supported by IBM on z/VSE V5.


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The minimum required level of operating system for CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 is z/VSE V6.1 (5686-VS6).

For additional information, refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.



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Planned availability date
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November 27, 2015



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Description
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CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 is the first release that is designed for use with z/VSE 6.1. Earlier releases of CICS, such as CICS/VSE V2.3 and CICS TS for VSE/ESA 1.1.1, will not run on z/VSE 6.1. CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 includes enhancements in the following areas:

  • CICS Explorer. The CICS Explorer is a system management tool for use by system administrators and operators. It provides a simple, easy-to-use way of managing CICS TS systems that run on z/OS® or z/VSE operating systems. The CICS Explorer consists of a client and a CICS TS server extension. CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 provides an update to CICS resources for the CICS Explorer, in addition to existing read-only capabilities.
  • Channel and containers. As an alternative to using the traditional CICS communication area (COMMAREA) to transfer large amounts of data between CICS program, a channel (and its containers) can be used. This represents a more modern and flexible approach. CICS TS for z/VSE supports channel and containers through the EXEC CICS API, for use within CICS programs, provides a subset of the functionality that is available on CICS TS for z/OS. New CICS API commands are available and existing CICS API commands are extended with the CHANNEL option.
  • Cipher suites AES 128 / AES 256 for CICS web support. CICS web support is enhanced to allow access with AES 128 and AES 256 cipher suites for improved security. Specifically, cipher suite TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA for 128-bit encryption (hex code 2F) is introduced in CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1, together with cipher suite TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA for 256-bit encryption (hex code 35).
  • EXEC CICS INQUIRE OSLEVEL. The OSLEVEL option is added to the INQUIRE SYSTEM command. This option returns a 6-byte field that shows the version, release, and modification level of the z/VSE system where CICS TS for z/VSE is running. For example, z/VSE 6.1.0 returns the value 060100.
  • EXEC CICS ASKTIME ABSTIME. The ABSTIME value that is returned by the EXEC CICS ASKTIME command is no longer rounded to the nearest 1/100 second. The absolute time that is returned is the system time-of-day clock, adjusted for the local timezone offset truncated to the millisecond, and returned as a packed decimal of length 8 bytes. The returned result represents the number of milliseconds since 00:00 on 1 January 1900 in the local timezone and adjusted for daylight saving time.
  • EXEC CICS FORMATTIME. Before CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1, the EXEC CICS FORMATTIME command would round up a returned time, if the number of milliseconds was greater than 500. In CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1, this rounding is no longer carried out, and the returned time is given with the number of completed seconds. The new MILLISECONDS option can be used to obtain the number of milliseconds.

Report Controller Facility

The Report Controller Facility (RCF) and REXX for CICS is included with CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 at no additional charge.

RCF provides distributed control over printing and printer devices. It is designed so that anyone, with data processing skill and no previous knowledge of CICS, can control the printing of reports, defined as spool files managed by RCF via VSE/POWER.

End-user departments, operations staff, and programmers can use RCF in different ways to manage report production and can delegate control over when, where, and how reports are printed. Printers may be owned by CICS, or by VSE/POWER. RCF provides:

  • Special options of the EXEC CICS SPOOL command, which is used for writing programs to create reports
  • An online tool for managing reports, which is created either by using the EXEC CICS SPOOL commands, or by using batch programs
  • An interface that transfers reports to printers that are known to CICS

REXX for CICS

REXX for CICS Transaction Server for z/VSE provides a native REXX-based application development, customization, prototyping and procedures language environment for REXX/CICS, along with associated runtime facilities.

CICS Distributed Data Management: CICS Distributed Data Management (CICS/DDM) is not supported with CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1.



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CICS TS is the premier, enterprise grade, mixed language application server. For over 40 years, CICS consistently delivered innovative solutions that companies have used to differentiate themselves by creating, extending, and evolving mission-critical applications.

CICS TS is designed to enable clients to create and maintain a competitive advantage by building custom, differentiated CICS applications. For these clients, this is the fastest and most effective ways to maintain and extend the leadership position they have earned.

IBM creates innovative and essential CICS TS technologies that enable clients to deliver on their business imperatives. CICS TS is continuously enhanced to help clients add value to their core CICS assets. For example, by extending them to the Internet.



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Reference information
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For information on IBM z/VSE, V6.1, refer to the following Software Announcement ZP15-0281, dated October 5, 2015.

CICS web pages

For up-to-date information on CICS, refer to

http://www.ibm.com/software/ts/cics/

The CICS support web page can be used to search for terms, phrases, error codes, and APAR numbers

http://www.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/Overview/Software/Other_Software/CICS_Transacti on_Server

CICS SupportPacs

CICS SupportPacs that extend and complement CICS TS are available free of charge. Visit

http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27007241



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Description Availability date Language
z/VSE V6.1 November 27, 2015 US English
CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 November 27, 2015 US English

From z/VSE V6.1 and later, the z/VSE system is delivered in US English language only.



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Program number
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Program name VRM Program number
CICS TS for z/VSE 210 5655-VSE


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Services
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Contact your IBM representative for the list of selected services available in your country, either as standard or customized offerings for the efficient installation, implementation, and integration of this product.



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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Processor

CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 runs on any z Systems™ machine that supports the required z/VSE operating system.

Software requirements

Operating environment

z/VSE V6.1 or later is required. CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 will not initialize in an environment with a lower level of operating system installed.

CICS Explorer

The latest version of CICS Explorer runs with CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1, and is enhanced to add update and control capabilities to manage selected CICS resources more efficiently. Details on how to download CICS Explorer for CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 are available at

http://www.ibm.com/systems/z/os/zvse/

Compatibility

Product documentation

Details are provided in the Product documentation section.

CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 will be shipped in US English only.

Performance considerations

At general availability, performance information is available in both the online product documentation for CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 and downloadable in the CICS Performance Guide (SC33-1667) or the CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 Enhancement Guide (SC34-2685).

User group requirements

The following Request for Enhancements (RFEs) are satisfied or partially satisfied in CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1:

RFE number Description
28883 Support for channels and containers (FITS req:WAVV200614, FITS req:MR0526066847)
28890 Add the more current cypher suites (AES128/256) to CICS Web Support
30241 Add millisecond option to EXEC CICS FORMATTIME
30243 Millisecond support in CICS EXEC ASKTIME
33118 Add support for EXEC CICS INQUIRE SYSTEM OSLEVEL

Requirements for CICS TS can be created, viewed, and voted for, in the IBM RFE community. Refer to

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rfe/

Planning information

Packaging

Physical delivery

The Licensed Program Specifications CD-ROM (for CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 only) (GC34-7321) (CD-ROM) is shipped with the product, together with the machine-readable material.

Certain other items, such as specification sheets of related IBM products, might be included.

Electronic delivery

PDF versions of CICS product documentation are also available for download from the IBM Publications Center. See the section on Product Documentation for details.

Visit the IBM Publications Center at

http://www.ibm.com/shop/publications/order

At general availability of CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1, clients can also download and use CICS Explorer. This release of CICS Explorer can be used with each supported release of CICS TS for z/VSE and is available as a no-charge optional feature. Further information is available at

http://www.ibm.com/cics/explorer/

Security, auditability, and control

Information about security is available in both the online product documentation for CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1, CICS TS for VSE/ESA V1.1.1, and z/VSE V6.1.

CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 uses the security and auditability features of the operating system under which it is running.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.



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Order VM SDO and VSE SIPO through the Internet

Shopz provides an easy way to plan and order z Systems software upgrades. This now includes VM and VSE. Using Shopz, you can quickly generate orders for VM SDOs and VSE SIPOs. Additionally, Shopz will ensure your order is technically correct (that is, ensures any co-req or pre-req or incompatibility conditions are resolved to ensure timely order placement and processing). Shopz is available in the United States and several countries in Europe. In countries where Shopz is not available yet, contact your IBM representative (or IBM Business Partner) to handle your order via the traditional IBM ordering process. For more details and availability, visit the Shopz website at

http://www.ibm.com/software/ShopzSeries

New licensees

Orders for new licenses will be accepted from November 24, 2015.

Registered clients can access IBMLink for ordering information and charges.

Shipment will not occur before the availability date.

Unless a later date is specified, orders entered before the planned availability date will be assigned a schedule date of one week following availability.

New users of CICS TS for z/VSE should specify Type:5655 Model:VSE.

Advanced Entry Workload License Charges (AEWLC) is the only price metric available for CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 on zBC12 2 and z114 2 machines.

Sub-capacity AEWLC pricing is only available to clients agreeing to the terms of the Attachment for IBM System z® Advanced Entry Workload License Charges (Z125-8755).

Midrange Workload License Charges (MWLC) is the only price metric available for CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 on the following machines: z13™, zEC12, z196, z10™ EC, z10 BC 2.

Sub-capacity MWLC pricing is only available to clients agreeing to the terms of the Attachment for IBM System z Midrange Workload License Charges (Z125-7452).

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z Systems entry license charge (zELC) is the only pricing metric for the z10 BC capacity setting A01, the z114-A01 and the zBC12-A01.

Flat Workload License Charge (FWLC) and Tiered Entry Workload License Charge (TWLC) are not available for CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1.

Clarification of software pricing for CICS TS for VSE/ESA V1.1: FWLC is not available, but TWLC remains available for CICS TS for VSE/ESA V1.1 on selected machines.

Graduated or processor-based charges: Not applicable.

Advanced Entry Workload License Charges (AEWLC) basic license

To order a basic license, specify the program number and quantity of MSUs.

Entitlement ID Description License option/Pricing metric
S017VB2 CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 Basic MLC, AEWLC

Orderable Supply ID Description Language Distribution medium
S017VB1 CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 US English 3590 Tape Cartridge
z Systems entry license charge (zELC)

To order zELC software, specify the zELC monthly license option.

Program name: CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1

Program ID: 5655-VSE

Entitlement ID Description License option/Pricing metric
S017VB2 CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 Basic MLC, zELC

Orderable Supply ID Description Language Distribution medium
S017VB1 CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 US English 3590 Tape Cartridge
Basic machine-readable material
Orderable Supply ID Description Language Distribution medium
S017VB1 CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 US English 3590 Tape Cartridge
Midrange Workload License Charges (MWLC) in IBM z/VSE V6 ordering information

Midrange Workload License Charges (MWLC) for z/VSE V6

Basic license structure

Entitlement ID Description License option/Pricing metric
S017VB2 CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 Basic MLC, MWLC

Orderable Supply ID Description Language Distribution medium
S017VB1 CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 US English 3590 Tape Cartridge

Publications

Product documentation

CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 product documentation is provided in two ways:

  • Online, through IBM Knowledge Center
  • Downloadable PDF manuals, from IBM Publications Center

New functions provided by this release are described in the CICS TS for z/VSE Enhancements Guide (SC34-2685).

Online information in IBM Knowledge Center

Online documentation for CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 is hosted in IBM Knowledge Center. IBM Knowledge Center provides information for over 2,500 IBM products. The information that was previously provided in product Information Centers is in IBM Knowledge Center. IBM Knowledge Center provides integrated tools for finding, filtering, customizing, saving, and sharing information.

Benefits include:

  • Consolidation: IBM Knowledge Center is one place to go to find information about all IBM products.
  • Consistency: There were differences in the presentation and function of Information Centers between products. IBM Knowledge Center provides the same set of functions for all product information.
  • Customization: Clients can use IBM Knowledge Center filtering capabilities to select the information that is most relevant to them, and build that information into customized collections for viewing online or in PDF. IBM updates to the information are automatically reflected in such collections.

For more information about the features of IBM Knowledge Center, refer to

http://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/

For CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1, product documentation is available in IBM Knowledge Center after general availability. Refer to

http://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSB2JE/welcome.html

PDF manuals

Documentation for CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 is also provided for download in PDF format from the IBM Publications Center. Clients can download individual manuals or a complete set, known as a Product Kit (PKIT). Refer to the IBM Publications Center at

http://www.ibm.com/shop/publications/order

Printed publications and CD-ROM

The Licensed Program Specifications CD-ROM (C34-7321) is delivered with the product.

Other CICS publications

For information on IBM Redbooks®, refer to

http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/

For information on IBM Redpapers™, refer to

http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/Redbooks.nsf/redpapers/

Subsequent updates (technical newsletters or revisions between releases) to the publications shipped with the product will be distributed to the user of record for as long as a license for this software remains in effect. A separate publication order or subscription is not needed.



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Indexed monthly license charge (IMLC) applies

No

Location license applies

No

Educational allowance available

Yes, 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.

ESAP available

No, not applicable.

Volume orders

Not applicable.

Replaced programs Replacement programs
Program number Program name Program number Program name
5648-054 CICS TS for VSE/ESA V1.1.13 5655-VSE CICS TS for z/VSE V2.14

3 CICS TS for VSE/ESA V1.1.1 is still supported by IBM on z/VSE V5.

4 CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 is only supported by IBM on z/VSE V6.1.

Warranty applies

Yes

Licensed program materials availability

Restricted materials of IBM: Some

Non-restricted source materials: Some

Object Code Only (OCO): Some

Program services

Support Center applies: Yes. Access available through the IBM Support Center

Available until discontinued: 12 months written notice

IBM Operational Support Services - Support Line

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Now integrated into the base operating system of AIX® V5.3, AIX V6.1, and AIX V7.1, Electronic Service Agent is designed to automatically and electronically report system failures and utilization issues to IBM, which can result in faster problem resolution and increased availability. System configuration and inventory information collected by the Electronic Service Agent tool also can be viewed on the secure Electronic Support web portal, and used to improve problem determination and resolution by you and the IBM support team. To access the tool main menu, simply type smitty esa_main, and select Configure Electronic Service Agent. In addition, ESA now includes a powerful web user interface, giving the administrator easy access to status, tool settings, problem information, and filters. For more information and documentation on how to configure and use Electronic Service Agent, refer to

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For all charges, contact your IBM representative.



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All European, Middle Eastern, and African countries, except Islamic Republic of Iran, Sudan, and Syrian Arab Republic.

Trademarks

z Systems, z13, z10, Redpapers and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

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