IBM DL/I VSE V1.12.1 and IBM z/VSE V6.2 update

IBM United States Software Announcement 218-086
April 10, 2018

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At a glance

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z/VSE® V6.2 and CICS® TS for z/VSE V2.2 have been generally available since December 1, 2017.

IBM® now further extends the capabilities of z/VSE V6.2 with additional enhancements using continuous delivery:

DL/I VSE V1.12.1

  • The refresh of DL/I VSE V1.12 introduces a partitioning function for hierarchical direct (HD) databases and thus eliminates the 4 GB limit of a segment type. This allows clients to grow their DL/I databases.

Exploitation of IBM System Storage® technology

  • z/VSE transparently supports the IBM System Storage TS7700 R4.1.2.

Exploitation of innovative IBM z14 and IBM z14 Model ZR1 technology

The support is already available with z/VSE V6.2.

  • High performance FICON® for z Systems® (zHPF) may improve the performance of selected input/output-intensive user applications.
  • z/VSE user applications may benefit from the Vector Facility for z/Architecture®, also referred to as Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD).
  • z/VSE supports the configurable Crypto Express6S, which allows for data encryption and SSL acceleration.
  • Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) with a Crypto Express6S may result in accelerated data-in-flight encryption.
  • z/VSE supports the FICON Express16S+, and the OSA-Express6S family.

Function to be delivered at a later time with PTFs:

Exploitation of IBM System Storage technology:

z/VSE will allow for the backup of data using ICKDSF Flashcopy while the z/VSE PAV (Parallel Access Volume) support is active and thus fulfill customer requirements.



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Overview

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z/VSE V6.2 and CICS TS for z/VSE V2.2 have been generally available since December 1, 2017. Additional functionality has been introduced for online transaction processing, security, and connectivity. Clients may now even better integrate z/VSE in a heterogeneous environment using web-based business solutions and z/VSE connectors.

Together with improved ease-of-use and exploitation of the latest IBM Z and IBM System Storage technology, z/VSE V6.2 may help clients with growing z/VSE workloads, and allows them to better protect their investments in the z/VSE platform.

IBM now further extends the capabilities of z/VSE V6.2 with additional enhancements using continuous delivery:

DL/I VSE V1.12.1

  • The refresh of DL/I VSE V1.12 introduces a partitioning function for hierarchical direct (HD) databases. This eliminates the 4 GB limit of a segment type and thus allows clients to meet the needs for growing DL/I databases.

Exploitation of IBM System Storage technology

  • z/VSE transparently supports the IBM System Storage TS7700 R4.1.2.

Exploitation of innovative IBM z14 and IBM z14 Model ZR1 technology

The support is already available with the general availability version of z/VSE V6.2.

  • Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) with a Crypto Express6S in a z14 may result in accelerated data-in-flight encryption.
  • The Vector Facility for z/Architecture of a z14, also referred to as Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD), may improve performance and is supported by z/VSE for user applications.
  • High performance FICON for z Systems (zHPF) may improve the performance of selected input/output-intensive user applications.
  • Features exclusive to z14 include:
    • Configurable Crypto Express6S for data encryption and SSL acceleration
    • FICON Express16S+
    • OSA-Express6S family

The IBM z14 and IBM z14 Model ZR1 are also supported by z/VSE V5.2, and z/VSE V6.1 with PTFs.

Function to be delivered at a later time with PTFs:

Exploitation of IBM System Storage technology:

z/VSE will allow for the backup of data using ICKDSF Flashcopy while the z/VSE PAV (Parallel Access Volume) support is active and thus fulfill customer requirements.

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z/VSE V6.2 supports IBM Z:

  • IBM z14 (z14)
  • IBM z14 Model ZR1 (z14 Model ZR1)
  • IBM z13® (z13®)
  • IBM z13s™ (z13s™)
  • IBM zEnterprise® EC12 (zEC12)
  • IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12)
  • IBM zEnterprise 196 (z196)
  • IBM zEnterprise 114 (z114)

z/VSE V6.2 can run in an LPAR image, or as a guest in any supported z/VM® release. z/VSE V6.2 is the preferred follow-on product for clients with z/VSE V6.1, z/VSE V5, z/VSE V4, z/VSE V3, or VSE/ESA installed. Upgrading to z/VSE V6.2 can be done using initial installation or Fast Service Upgrade (FSU). FSU can be used only if upgrading from a z/VSE V6.1 system. Otherwise an initial installation is required.

z/VSE V6.2 offers Midrange Workload License Charge (MWLC) pricing metrics, including a subcapacity option, for the z14, z13, zEC12, and z196 servers. IBM offers Advanced Entry Workload License Charge (AEWLC) pricing metrics, including a subcapacity option, for the z14 Model ZR1, z13s, zBC12, and z114 servers. The entry models (capacity setting A01) of the z14 Model ZR1, z13s, zBC12, and z114 will be priced using zSeries Entry License Charge (zELC) for their IBM monthly license charge software.

Together with the announcement of the z14 Model ZR1 server, IBM is making available a new Technology Transition Offering (TTO) called Technology Update Pricing for the z14 Model ZR1. Technology Update Pricing for the z14 Model ZR1 extends the software price-performance provided by AEWLC for stand-alone z14 Model ZR1 servers. It also applies to the z/VSE operating system and its associated middleware programs. For additional information about software pricing for the z14 Model ZR1 server, refer to Software Announcement 218-156, dated April 10, 2018.

Multi-Version Measurement (MVM) for eligible z/VSE software programs provides IBM Z clients with more flexibility for new software deployments and software upgrade cycles. See Software Announcement 217-093, dated February 14, 2017.



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Key prerequisites

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z/VSE V6.2 introduced an Architectural Level Set that requires IBM zEnterprise 196, IBM zEnterprise 114, or later.

DL/I VSE V1.12.1 requires z/VSE V6.2.



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Planned availability date

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DL/I VSE V1.12.1 is planned to be available on June 22, 2018.



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Description

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z/VSE V6.2 enhancements using continuous delivery

z/VSE V6.2 and CICS TS for z/VSE V2.2 have been generally available since December 1, 2017. Additional functionality has been introduced for online transaction processing, security, and connectivity. Clients may now even better integrate z/VSE in a heterogeneous environment using web-based business solutions, and z/VSE connectors.

Together with improved ease-of-use and exploitation of the latest IBM Z and IBM System Storage technology, z/VSE V6.2 may help clients with growing z/VSE workloads, and allows them to better protect their investments in the z/VSE platform.

z/VSE now further extends the capabilities of z/VSE V6.2 with additional enhancements using continuous delivery:

DL/I VSE V1.12.1

  • The new modification level of DL/I VSE introduces a partitioning function for hierarchical direct (HD) databases. The partitioning function allows DL/I applications to transparently handle growing data. Both batch and online applications take advantage of this function. Partitioning of a database allows users to store database records in different sections called partitions. This increases the database storage capacity for one segment type and thus removes the current capacity limit of 4 GB.
  • DL/I VSE V1.12.1 requires z/VSE V6.2. It can not be used on z/VSE V6.1 or older.
  • DL/l VSE V1.12.0 is still supported on z/VSE V6.2.

Security enhancement

  • It transparently uses hardware acceleration for Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) if available, for example with a Crypto Express6S on a z14, or z14 Model ZR1.
  • With the general availability of z/VSE V6.2 clients can choose to use OpenSSL for their online and batch applications for enhanced data-at-rest and data-in-flight security.
    • OpenSSL for CICS Web Support gives clients more flexibility and allows them to take advantage of the OpenSSL security.
    • The EZA "Multiplexer" and the EZA OpenSSL support simplify the use of the EZA interface with any TCP/IP stack.

Exploitation of IBM System Storage technology

  • Increased performance using the High Performance FICON for z Systems (zHPF) protocol:
    • The zHPF channel input/output (I/O) architecture is designed to improve the execution of small block I/O requests. z/VSE translates applicable I/O commands into the zHPF protocol and thus transparently exploits the zHPF protocol for user applications. This brings the benefits of IBM Z and IBM System Storage to z/VSE clients. Selected I/O-intensive applications may especially benefit from a FICON Express16S+ on a z14 or z14 Model ZR1, or FICON Express16S on a z13 or z13s with the zHPF protocol and IBM DS8880 storage. z/VSE provides support for both the LPAR and z/VM guest environment. For z/VM guests the appropriate service level is required. The zHPF support is already available with the GA version of z/VSE 6.2.
  • z/VSE V5.2, and later transparently supports the IBM System Storage TS7700 R4.1.2.

Exploitation of innovative IBM z14 and IBM z14 Model ZR1 technology

The support is already available with the general availability version of z/VSE V6.2.

  • Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) with a Crypto Express6S in a z14 or z14 Model ZR1 may result in accelerated data-in-flight encryption.
  • The Vector Facility for z/Architecture of a z14 or z14 Model ZR1, also referred to as Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD), may improve performance and is supported by z/VSE for user applications. The z/VSE support allows user applications to use SIMD instructions and thus fulfills customer requirements. When using SIMD instructions in a z/VM guest environment the appropriate z/VM level is required.
  • Features exclusive to z14 and z14 Model ZR1 include:
    • Configurable Crypto Express6S for data encryption and SSL acceleration. z/VSE supports the Crypto Express6S adapter in both IBM Common Cryptographic Architecture (CCA) coprocessor and accelerator mode. It can be used in an LPAR and z/VM guest environment.
    • FICON Express16S+ which supports a link data rate of 16 gigabits per second (Gbps) and autonegotiation to 4 or 8 Gbps for synergy with existing switches, directors, and storage devices. z/VSE transparently supports the FICON Express16S+.
    • OSA-Express6S features - an Ethernet technology refresh. z/VSE transparently supports the OSA-Express6S features.

The IBM z14 and IBM z14 Model ZR1 are also supported by z/VSE V5.2, and z/VSE V6.1 with PTFs.

Function to be delivered at a later time with PTFs:

Exploitation of IBM System Storage technology:

z/VSE will allow for the backup of data using ICKDSF Flashcopy while the z/VSE PAV (Parallel Access Volume) support is active and thus fulfill customer requirements.



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Hardware and software support services

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SmoothStart/installation services

IBM SmoothStart Services and Installation Services are not provided.



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Reference information

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For more information, see:

  • Software Announcement 217-203, dated October 10, 2017
  • Software Announcement 218-156, dated April 10, 2018
  • Software Announcement 218-150, dated April 10, 2018


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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5686-VS6 6.2.0 z/VSE
5746-XX1 1.12.1 DL/I VSE


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Business Partner information

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If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBMid).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 218-086


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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Software requirements

Many z/VSE clients choose to run under z/VM for operational flexibility or to supplement the capabilities of z/VSE. z/VSE clients who choose to run one or more z/VSE systems as guest systems under z/VM will require a supported z/VM release.

For specific functions and for the most current information on z/VM, go to the z/VM website.

z/VM allows users to exploit state-of-the-art virtualization technology for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Multiple z/VSE production, development, or test images
  • Multiple Linux® on IBM Z images to exploit the potential of Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) speciality engines
  • Both z/VSE and Linux on IBM Z to extend the z/VSE capabilities with Linux on IBM Z

A z/VM mode logical partition (LPAR) allows clients to run z/VSE images on standard CPs and Linux on z Systems (IBM Z) images on IFLs, all in the same z/VM LPAR, for enhanced staff productivity and resource efficiency.

If you install a Linux image on your own to use the Linux Fast Path function, a supported Linux distribution is required. If you are on a z13, z13s, or later, you can use the z/VSE Network Appliance alternatively.

For details, go to the Linux on IBM Z website.

Details of the system requirements for both the CICS Explorer® and CICS Explorer SDK are available at the z/VSE website.

Details relating to service and support for CICS Explorer are available at the Support website.

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

Status of z/VSE V6.1:

  • End of service will be effective June 30, 2019.
  • End of marketing is effective since December 1, 2017.

Status of z/VSE V5.2:

  • End of service will be effective October 31, 2018.
  • End of marketing is effective since March 13, 2017.

Status of DL/I VSE V1.12:

  • When DL/I VSE V1.12.1 is available, DL/I VSE V1.12.0 will no longer be orderable.

Further information on the status of z/VSE and related programs can be found on the IBM z/VSE website.

Software key management

Product license keys can be generated and delivered on request for ordered products and key-protected features.

Product license keys from IBM and third-party vendors are different and are not interchangeable.

IBM IPv6/VSE V1.3

IPv6/VSE V1.3 (IPv6/VSE) is automatically installed during initial installation of z/VSE V6.2 or during FSU.

IPv6/VSE requires a product license key. IPv6/VSE can be used for 30 days after activation without a key.

Clients who do not wish to use IPv6/VSE are requested to delete the product from their system. A product delete job is provided with z/VSE V6.2.

IBM TCP/IP for z/VSE V2.2

TCP/IP for z/VSE V2.2 is automatically installed during initial installation of z/VSE V6.2 or during FSU.

TCP/IP for z/VSE includes two individual features, each requiring a unique product license key.

Both the Application Pak feature and the GPS feature are installed with the TCP/IP for z/VSE product.

Clients who do not wish to use IBM TCP/IP for z/VSE are requested to delete the product from their system. A product delete job is provided with z/VSE V6.2.

DB2® Server for VSE and VM V7.5, DB2 Server for VSE Client Edition V7.5

DB2 Server for VSE and VM and DB2 Server for VSE Client Edition use an access/usage protection method that requires a password key to enable the software function. The password key will be generated and delivered by IBM on request.

ACF/VTAM® for VSE/ESA V4.2

ACF/VTAM for VSE/ESA V4.2 uses an access and usage protection method that requires a password key to enable the software function. The following types may be ordered:

  • Client/Server (CS)
  • Multi Domain (MD)
  • Inter Enterprise (IE)

The password key will be generated and delivered by IBM on request.

IBM Customer Key Center

If you require the product license key for an ordered and licensed product, you may contact the IBM Customer Key Center.

Note that the IBM Customer Key Center cannot handle product or license orders. You may contact them only if you already have a license for your software program.

Mail:

WW Customer Support 
Sw License Team 
Plaza Cronos 1 Madrid, M 28037 Spain 

Telephone: Call non-toll-free +44 2392 289880.

Email: wwswkeys@dk.ibm.com



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Ordering information

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Unlicensed documentation

A program directory and one copy of the following publications are supplied automatically with the basic machine-readable material:

Title Order number
License Program Specifications GC33-8354-04

z/VSE V6 documentation is provided in two ways:

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

Publications that are available in PDF format are provided on the product that is available in compressed format for download from the IBM Publications Center.

Title Order number
z/VSE V6R2.0 PDFs SK3T-7750

Online information in IBM Knowledge Center

Online documentation for z/VSE V6.2 is hosted in the IBM z/VSE V6.2 Knowledge Center. IBM Knowledge Center provides integrated tools for finding, filtering, customizing, saving, and sharing information.

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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Terms and conditions

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Statement of good security practices

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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered, destroyed, or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a lawful, comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective.

Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.

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