IBM United States
Software Announcement 202-123
June 4, 2002
IBM OS/400 V5R2 Enterprise IT Management Made Simple
At a Glance
Performance at your fingertips
Adaptive storage virtualization for high availability
Flexible management of e-business infrastructure
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Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: AE001).
With the latest release of Operating System/400® (OS/400®) V5R2, the IBM iSeries delivers self-managing, mainframe-class technology simplicity to an otherwise complex world.
OS/400 V5R2 features many enterprise-class data-center management capabilities and makes managing IT environments simple, whether you run a Model 890 or a Model 270.
Your benefits include the flexibility to use powerful functions such as dynamic logical partitioning, iSeries Navigator with extensive graphical systems management tools, integrated DB2 Universal Database® (UDB) for iSeries database, and the ability to manage and allocate resources to a variety of workloads based on business priorities.
V5R2 extends many of the virtualization technologies available on the iSeries to further assist clustering and business continuity solutions, including the ability to extend switched disk cluster services to support database objects.
In addition to advancing our storage management and availability solutions, DB2® UDB for iSeries now has greatly enhanced support for open standards with much greater compatibility between DB2 UDB for iSeries on OS/400 and our other DB2 UDB platforms.
Further Management Flexibility
OS/400 V5R2 delivers on IBM's commitment to provide self-managing solutions through the industry's first implementation of Enterprise Identity Mapping (EIM), a Project eLiza initiative.
Project eLiza is IBM's approach to creating a self-managing, autonomic computing environment.
The iSeries is well poised to provide a reliable, integrated, and highly available Web serving environment.
The investment in OS/400 continues.
With the deployment of technologies such as Apache, XML, Java, and Linux, the proprietary locks on serving Web applications are broken.
Innovative IBM Technology for the Enterprise
Independent Databases: Support for independent DB2 UDB for IBM iSeries databases via Independent Auxiliary Storage Pools (IASPs) gives you additional availability and server consolidation options. Multiple DB2 UDB for iSeries databases within a single instance of the operating system allows for application flexibility and server consolidation by providing separate named database spaces. For instance, a company could have each of its regions share the same applications on a single instance of OS/400, each with their own copy of the DB2 UDB for iSeries schemas (libraries). Each region sees only the database objects for that region. Different users on the same system can connect to the appropriate database for their region. Independent switchable databases enable access to your data during scheduled and unscheduled downtime without requiring redundant data collection.
Continuous Availability: V5R2 delivers on the promise and potential of switched disk clustering and IASP technology introduced in V5R1. V5R2 extends the IASP support to applications that use the traditional library-based file system and database files.
IASPs enable the segmentation of physical and logical storage into isolated and independent subsets within OS/400 single-level storage. IASPs can be brought online and offline independently on a single system and switched between multiple systems in an iSeries cluster.
The iSeries clustering and IASP capabilities are similar to the High-Availability Cluster Multiprocessing (HACMP) functions on the IBM pSeries.
IASPs provide a data center solution for switching storage that can reduce downtime for operating system and hardware maintenance and unplanned outages, and can also be used for database segmentation and workload switching.
To define switchable IASPs, you must have high-availability (HA) switchable resources (OS/400 Option 41) installed on your system.
Enhancements to Cluster Resource Services and APIs help expand the number of ClusterProven applications, particularly Web serving and legacy/batch applications, and make clustering easier.
Disk Migrate While Active with OS/400 V5R2 further enhances availability by supporting concurrent migration of most of the disk subsystem data during normal operations. This capability is available through the Start ASP Balancing (STRASPBAL) command with options to mark and move data off disk subsystems.
Journal performance can be substantially improved in some environments by installing and enabling the new HA Journal Performance (OS/400 option 42) feature. Two options enhance journal performance:
OS/400 options 41 and 42 are fee-based options. For pricing information,
refer to Software Announcement
, dated June 4, 2002.
Many companies are consolidating workloads onto fewer and fewer systems to help optimize their IT infrastructure. Many companies choose iSeries for the wide selection of applications available.
These solutions include:
For V5R2, many additional functions improve the usability, manageability, and efficiency in this consolidated environment.
In addition, Linux distributions for iSeries include native I/O support for fibre channel and multiport serial device drivers.
iSeries Linux now supports IBM Java 1.3.1.
OS/400 PASE: OS/400 PASE supports the AIX® 5L 5.1 application environment, which includes support for 32- and 64-bit applications. Additionally, OS/400 PASE (OS/400 option 33) is now packaged as a no-charge feature of OS/400, enabling use of OS/400 PASE by operating system functions or other IBM software such as Tivoli® Storage Manager.
iSeries Windows Integration: iSeries Integrated IBM xSeries server and Integrated xSeries Adapter offerings support Virtual Ethernet LAN, Microsoft Cluster Services, and Automatic Cartridge Loader support.
With this release, new xSeries models are now supported using the Integrated xSeries Adapter. For the latest information on supported models, refer to:
The iSeries Virtual Ethernet LAN introduced in V5R1 to enable high-speed communications between OS/400 and Linux partitions within the iSeries server is extended to support Integrated xSeries servers and xSeries servers attached with Integrated xSeries Adapters. With this support, Windows servers can communicate with each other and with OS/400 and Linux partitions over the fast, more secure, and reliable Virtual Ethernet LANs.
iSeries Windows integration supports the Microsoft Cluster Services. With the clustering support provided in Windows 2000 Advanced Server, two Integrated xSeries servers or two xSeries servers attached with Integrated xSeries Adapters can form a cluster and utilize the sixteen new shared storage spaces available with V5R2. In the cluster environment, if there is an outage on one of the Windows servers, the storage spaces can be switched to the second Windows server and the applications can be automatically restarted to reduce the length of the system outage.
For planning information regarding Windows .NET Standard and Enterprise servers, refer to Product Preview information in Hardware Announcement 102-157 , dated June 4, 2002.
Customers who have systems with large amounts of data often have Auto Cartridge Loader (ACL) tape devices (3570, 3580, and 3590) with the ability to automatically load another tape cartridge. Support is now added in the Windows integration support to handle commands for ACLs. Multiple tape cartridges can be accessed during backup/restore operations initiated from the Windows server.
Logical Partitioning: OS/400's superior dynamic logical partitioning is enhanced with extensive graphical workload management tools enabling multipartition management with customizable views for enhanced operator productivity. In addition, system administrators can export and save partition configuration data to simplify the management and reconfiguration of partitioned servers.
Logical partitioning supports the iSeries Model 890. Customers can
install OS/400 V5R2 in the primary partition or any secondary partitions.
Existing customers with OS/400 V5R1 can add OS/400 V5R2 in secondary
partitions to complete their release upgrade tests.
iSeries can provide a complete and integrated e-business or e-commerce solution. V5R2 delivers seamless heterogeneous transaction processing, accelerated speed that Web pages are delivered to users with the latest level of TCP/IP and new methods to help enhance data privacy and to manage a system more securely using wireless technology.
Adaptive e-transaction Services: With V5R2, we are specifically optimizing the operating system to adapt seamlessly to and process different transaction types, both traditional and e-business simple, predictable transactions or multidimensional transactions that spawn multiple tasks.
This self-optimizing capability of OS/400 to manage transactions of all types gives you potential performance gains for your Web serving or day-to-day business applications. Furthermore, the iSeries is optimized for highly scalable WebSphere and Java transaction performance with no programming changes required.
In addition to industry currency, the following product enhancements are added:
Security Enhancements: For V5R2, many security enhancements are implemented. These include the following, and are discussed in more detail in the Security Enhancements section:
Support for New Hardware Cryptographic Accelerators
Encryption is a key e-business security mechanism. The Cryptographic Accelerator is targeted to high transaction rate, secure Web applications using SSL, or Transport Layer Security (TLS). When installed, it is automatically used by the system to off-load compute-intensive public-key processing to improve cryptographic performance for transactions using SSL/TLS.
iSeries Access for Wireless: Increase your business productivity without spending more time in the office or at the desk. Wireless access to administration functions and business solutions can help. This product supports administration of OS/400 and application development for intended wireless devices such as personal digital assistants (PDA) and Internet-enabled phones. New, consistent branding and consolidation of development tools exist for creating wireless solutions.
iSeries Access for Wireless includes:
eLiza/System Management/Client Enhancements
Further Management Flexibility: Project eLiza is an IBM initiative to help companies deal effectively with increased complexity. It's a blueprint for self-managing systems, aimed at creating an intelligent IT infrastructure that responds to unexpected capacity demands or system failures. This allows you to react faster to changing circumstances, realize cost efficiencies, and focus on your business needs.
Enterprise Identity Mapping (EIM): For V5R2, self-management capability is enhanced with EIM. EIM gives you and your business partners a technology that maps a user identity on one system to the user's identity on another system. The operating system and applications can equate jsmith on iSeries to janesmith on IBM zSeries.
Identity mapping information is available to customers and ISVs through APIs available on all IBM platforms.
Agent Building and Learning Environment (ABLE): iSeries also exploits an intelligent agent technology from IBM Research called ABLE. The ABLE technology enables additional automation and self-management to be built up over future releases.
Customer comments have again resulted in improvements to the management of multiple iSeries servers in a network using iSeries Navigator.
Features to improve ease of use and capability, include:
Grid Computing: Grid is the next stage in Internet evolution the ability, using a set of open standards and protocols, to gain access to applications and data, processing power, storage capacity, and a vast array of other computing resources over the Internet. Just as the user looks at the Internet and sees content via the World Wide Web, the user looking at a grid sees essentially one, large virtual computer.
Grid computing continues to evolve. It shows the potential of running commercial applications across the virtual organizations. The iSeries is poised to take advantage of grid computing as business applications are made available. Research and development to exploit grid computing has already started in the development laboratory, as demonstrated by the recent successful connection of iSeries to the IBM BlueGrid using the Globus Toolkit through OS/400 PASE and iSeries PowerPC® Linux.
Simplification/Serviceability: Simplification attempts to make the user's experience with the iSeries as easy and rewarding as possible. In V5R2, simplification continues to be the focus as function is enhanced and extended for the iSeries Navigator. iSeries Navigator is the strategic user interface for iSeries servers.
The software installation process is enhanced by a Virtual Media Install from DASD, allowing users to upgrade software without handling physical media.
The service enhancements in V5R2 are in two major areas:
e-Care: VPN support is enhanced with protocol support for User Datagram Protocol (UDP) Encapsulation that provides a simpler way to create VPNs when using firewalls. This opens up easier high-speed connectivity opportunities for customers connecting into IBM for reporting problems, downloading PTFs, and sending inventory. Also, support for remote support center connectivity is enhanced by allowing high-speed, secure connectivity through customer-initiated VPN connections.
Innovative IBM Technology for the Enterprise
In addition to the traditional database interface and language support, DB2 UDB for iSeries provides a robust SQL-based database required by today's Enterprise Application Systems while leveraging the strengths of the iSeries.
Additional enhancements in V5R2 make it easier for you to transition from traditional database interfaces to the SQL world. A unique advantage for iSeries customers is that you can choose from a mixed environment of traditional and SQL facilities based on requirements, skills, or existing applications.
Query optimization technology within DB2 UDB for iSeries is improved in V5R2 to deliver improved performance in certain query/SQL environments.
Integrated File System (IFS): Enhanced data management and performance for the IFS is rolled out with a new directory implementation that provides significantly enhanced directory performance, scalability, robustness, and recoverability. That, combined with the journaling and improved caching techniques, provides the system with a faster, safer, more reliable file system.
Note that the IFS directory enhancements are available in V5R1 and will ship when ready. Watch for APAR II13161 at:
J2EE represents an emerging suite of standard requirements placed on Java application servers like WebSphere. The Java Virtual Machine (JVM) supports the emerging Java Debug, Performance Profiling, and Wire protocols that enable third-party tools to work with the iSeries JVM, along with iSeries-specific instrumentation for memory leak detection and enhanced debug. With this release, the suite of XML enablers can stay in step with the latest XML standards. The support for XML schemas is a key XML enabler extensions provided in this release.
Globalization: The primary globalization focus in V5R2 is Unicode enablement. Unicode is a fundamental internationalization infrastructure for the programmer that provides multilingual support in a simpler environment for our globalized marketplace.
Following are Unicode-related enhancements:
OS/400 PASE: V5R2 OS/400 PASE includes Linux library support based on AIX® 5L. Many Linux-developed applications can be ported to the POWER PC architecture through a recompile. Most Linux applications that can be ported to AIX 5L can be easily ported to OS/400 PASE providing a more integrated and scalable solution.
V5R2 includes support to build OS/400 PASE programs without compiling on a separate AIX system. OS/400 PASE (OS/400 option 33) now includes a number of application development utilities such as make, ld (linker), and as (assembler). Header files for OS/400 PASE C and C++ programs are now included in System Openness Includes (OS/400 option 13). OS/400 application developers can compile C and C++ applications using compilers provided separately by IBM. Also, the iSeries System Debugger supports debugging for OS/400 PASE applications. OS/400 PASE can also run many open source tools compiled for AIX PowerPC® (including the gcc compiler).
The OS/400 PASE application environment includes PTY/TTY device driver support, which makes it easier to port applications that require terminal support.
V5R2 supports OS/400 PASE programs to launch the iSeries integrated JVM,
as well as support for the integrated JVM to run native methods
implemented as procedures in an OS/400 PASE executable. This support
makes it easier to port AIX applications that use a combination of Java
and C/C++ code to OS/400 PASE.
In V5R1, we enabled applications on OS/400 to act as a Kerberos client by processing a Kerberos ticket granted by a Kerberos server somewhere in the network. In V5R2, iSeries continues to improve its interoperability with Kerberos environments. Server applications within OS/400 are enhanced to allow OS/400 itself to act as a Kerberos client greatly improving interoperability with Microsoft and other Kerberos-based authentication systems.
Digital signatures on OS/400 objects help enhance the integrity of software and data. Business Partners, customers, and IBM can sign information to provide improved integrity in their products. Digital signatures help to identify data tampering, virus introduction, or any other modification to an object. The signature also helps to identify the originator of the data or software. The infrastructure and APIs for signing some objects, including programs, were provided in V5R1, and OS/400 itself was signed. In V5R2, in addition to support for command objects, support was added to allow non-objects to be signed. This non-object support can be used to write applications that sign items like digital receipts and B2B transactions.
Java Generic Security Services (JGSS) is a Java standard (JSR 000072). In V5R2, the APIs are added to the iSeries Developer Kit for Java. The JGSS APIs enable Java applications to access either Java-based or native OS/400 Kerberos (client) security services. JGSS compliments the existing OS/400 GSS support by providing support for Java applications. Integration of JGSS with the existing OS/400 native GSS APIs means better performance, serviceability, and administration.
Network Address Translation, or NAT, is a technology used in many networks and firewalls. Until now, NAT did not allow end-to-end security using the IPSec protocol. UDP encapsulated IPSec is a new standards-based protocol that solves this problem. With UDP encapsulation, end-to-end IPSec security is possible to systems anywhere in your network further reducing the risk associated with doing business on the Internet.
IP Networking Security Enhancements
In addition to Firewall-friendly VPN, several other key enhancements support IP network security. These include:
Transport Layer Security (TLS)/Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) support for server authentication is added to the native FTP client allowing secure sessions with compatible servers (including the native FTP server with TLS/SSL support added in V5R1). This support allows you to specify whether FTP session data, including the login ID and password used for authentication, is encrypted.
IPv6 Application Developer's Platform
IPv6, the next generation (version) of TCP/IP, is an important re-architectured base infrastructure for the Internet. IPv6 in V5R2 allows a customer to build, test, and debug applications for the next generation Internet based on IPv6 using ILE and OS/400 PASE programs. Support includes key Sockets APIs and iSeries Navigator enhancements. The IPv6 Application Developer's Platform allows application and middleware providers to be ready for rapidly approaching TCP/IP changes associated with IPv6.
The HTTP data collection category contains HTTP performance data for Collection Services. The HTTP performance data can then be queried to analyze HTTP server activity and better understand what types of HTTP transactions are being processed by the iSeries (for example, static files, CGI, or Java Servlets). Enhanced Performance Tools for iSeries generate reports based on the HTTP performance data (transactions processed by HTTP server jobs).
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Proxy ARP Routing for Virtual IP Interfaces: In support of fault tolerance and high availability, the iSeries allows you to define a Virtual IP address on the same network as defined on other physical interfaces. In this configuration, the iSeries responds to ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) requests for virtual interfaces, eliminating the need to define static routes or run a dynamic routing protocol such as RIP (Routing Information Protocol).
Point-to-Point Protocol Over Ethernet (PPPoE)
Internet Printing Protocol (IPP): The iSeries support for the IPP is enhanced to comply with the V1.1 specification, and includes a new IPP print driver as an alternative method of sending iSeries print output to network-attached printers for those that support this protocol.
Directory Services are enhanced to better protect the security and
integrity of data stored in the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
(LDAP) server. This is done by disabling database capabilities for
non-operating system programs attempting to access the underlying
database files. Directory Services provides a projection of user
profiles into the LDAP directory. This enhancement allows you to create,
retrieve, change, and delete OS/400 user profiles through standard LDAP
interfaces. All function is moved into the base operating system with
option 32 now removed; it is no longer required. The V5R2 LDAP server
and client APIs are current with SecureWay® Directory V3.2.2.
eLiza/System Management/Client Enhancements
Self-Managing Database Enhancements: DB2 UDB for iSeries inherently provides many self-managing concepts. Automatic spreading of data and load balancing, self-configuring (no special installation or setup required) databases, system managed access paths and system managed journaling, and an integrated query (SQL) optimizer are all current aspects of self-managing capabilities of DB2 UDB for iSeries.
With V5R2, additional capabilities allow for automatic database statistics collection (without requiring logical files). These statistics, collected in the background automatically, are then used by they query optimizer component of DB2 UDB for iSeries for building the most efficient plan to respond to application requests for data.
A new Index Advisor is added to iSeries Navigator's Visual Explain function that provides key advice related to improving performance using information gathered during application execution.
The Database Navigator function of iSeries Navigator is enhanced to display more complex data models and inclusion of triggers.
Additional enhancements to iSeries Navigator include support for management of relational databases defined through Distributed Relational Database Architecture (DRDA®), SQL Packages, commitment control, and SQL Explain. A new wizard called SQL Assist helps build SQL Statements for running SQL scripts.
Initial setup is enhanced:
Information delivery is enhanced to:
Technical Support Advantage Enhancements for iSeries: IBM Technical Support Advantage is IBM's comprehensive initiative for IBM platforms, including iSeries and AS/400®, which provides a superior portfolio of resources to help people learn about, choose, implement, and use IBM solutions for your IT infrastructure. iSeries provides you Extreme Support right in the product where you need it the most and on the Web.
Enhancements for iSeries and AS/400e include new tools and enhancements to existing functions.
General Web Enhancements
New Configuration Tool to Manage Software Keys
Installing or upgrading software is now easier, especially if you manage several systems or it's been a while since you initially received the software keys that allow you to upgrade. You can now view, download and install, or print a copy of your software keys directly from the Web. You can also easily e-mail a copy of your software keys to your IBM representative or Business Partner. This Web solution allows you to directly manage your software keys via the Internet for each of your iSeries and AS/400 servers.
Software keys are required when you install a software release or processor group upgrade. All you need is a valid iSeries Software Subscription contract, an IBM registration user ID, and a TCP/IP connection from your PC to your server. Managing software keys via the Internet gives you direct 24 x 7 access to the keys, compared to the alternative method of relying on phone calls to obtain or install your keys.
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Program Services: Available until September 30, 2004
Refer to Software Announcement 202-131 , dated June 4, 2002, for ordering information.
OS/400 V5 is IBM's strategic operating system for customers seeking integrated business solutions.
It is a robust, scalable, and easy to use platform that supports the largest range of applications in the industry, from the newest Java and J2EE applications, ported UNIX® applications, Linux Windows applications as well as the Integrated xSeries Adapter and traditional, enterprise-class transaction processing. To provide these capabilities, IBM has integrated many of the tools, middleware, and development technologies that would have to be purchased separately on competitive systems. For example, DB2 UDB for iSeries is integrated within OS/400, providing a leading-edge, self-optimizing database for customers and application providers of all sizes.
IBM's powered by Apache Web server is combined with iSeries renowned security and is the base for e-business applications of all types.
iSeries Navigator, the system's intuitive GUI operations manager, provides easy-to-use management capabilities for all of the iSeries functions including wizards that assist configuration for everything from TCP/IP to WebSphere to Linux.
IBM's ongoing investment in OS/400 is reflected in V5R2, where mainframe-class technologies in the area of clustering, partitioning, and security are combined with a wide range of performance, usability, and application development improvements to provide a enterprise platform to quickly and securely deploy solutions of almost any size or type.
One of OS/400's true strengths is as a workload manager, making it the ideal server consolidation platform.
V5R2 includes capabilities for workload, data, and system-level partitioning giving you a broad selection of deployment and management choices for deploying new workloads on the system.
Along with iSeries features such as Capacity Upgrade on Demand and the new WebSphere pricing terms where you pay license fees for only the amount of processors you use, V5R2 is clearly positioned as the operating system to power e-businesses today and tomorrow.
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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.