IBM CICS Transaction Gateway for z/OS V6.0 — An enhanced J2EE connector for CICS

IBM United States Software Announcement 204-283
November 30, 2004


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TOC link Planned availability date TOC link Terms and conditions
TOC link Description TOC link Prices
TOC link Product positioning TOC link Order now
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(Corrected on February 21, 2005)

The Compatibility section is revised.

The Software requirements section is revised.

(Corrected on January 28, 2005)

The Ordering information section is revised.

At a glance

CICS TG for z/OS V6.0 is a Java 2 platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) 1.5 connector for CICS applications. It enables you to use your CICS applications in comprehensive and sophisticated J2EE and Web services solutions hosted on powerful application servers, such as WebSphere Application Server. V6.0 delivers significant enhancements:

  • Performance — Giving improved External Call Interface (ECI) data processing and J2EE application performance
  • Systems management — Including an SDSF administration capability, a normal shutdown function, improved management of runtime messages, and improved configuration of multiple gateway daemons
  • Improved availability and scalability with a new External CICS Interface (EXCI) pipe usage option
  • Enhanced security — Including support for storing SSL certificates in RACF SSL, hardware cryptography via JSSE, and control of SSL cipher suite

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: LE001).
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CICS® Transaction Gateway (CICS TG) for z/OS® is a market-leading connector that has been proven over many years to be a high-performing, secure, scalable, and tightly integrated method of e-business access to CICS. Benefits include ease of installation and a flexible configuration requiring minimal changes to CICS with usually no changes to existing CICS applications. It delivers a range of networking options and support for Java™ and J2EE clients.

CICS TG for z/OS V6.0 provides an industry-leading implementation of the J2EE Connector Architecture (JCA) at the 1.5 specification level. An External Call Interface (ECI) JCA resource adapter is provided, enabling COMMAREA-based CICS applications to interoperate effectively with WebSphere® Application Server V6.

CICS TG V6.0 enhancements


  • Improved performance of data processing, providing for decreased CPU usage
  • Support for JCA V1.5 Connection Optimizations, as provided by WebSphere Application Server

Systems management

  • Management of the CICS TG from SDSF provides better system administration capabilities.
  • A new normal shutdown mechanism ensures the integrity of all outstanding units of work.
  • Enhanced support for the configuration of multiple Gateway daemons provides improved system administration capabilities.
  • Direction of output to JES provides improved management of all runtime messages.

Reliability, availability and scalability (RAS)

  • An option to limit the number of EXCI pipes to one per thread considerably improves availability and scalability.


  • Stores your SSL private keys and certificates within the RACF® database
  • Provides improved support for hardware cryptography cards when using SSL
  • Includes a new external configuration option for SSL encryption allowing the SSL cipher suite to be specified

Ease of use

  • SMP/e installation vastly simplifies the process of installing, migrating and applying corrective maintenance to the product.
  • Redesigned and searchable Eclipse-based information center provides a vastly improved user interface for online documentation.

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Key prerequisites
  • z/OS V1.4 (5694-A01), or later
  • IBM Java SDK 1.4.2
  • CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V2.2 (5697-E93), or later
  • CICS Transaction Server for OS/390® V1.3 (5655-147)

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Planned availability date

January 14, 2005
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CICS TG enables you to use your CICS applications in comprehensive and sophisticated J2EE and Web services solutions hosted on powerful application servers, such as WebSphere Application Server.

Using Java servlets or Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) components, CICS TG can utilize the ECI provided by the CICS TG to allow access to CICS COMMAREA-based applications.

CICS TG uses a multithreaded daemon to handle communication with front-end application servers and back-end CICS systems. Deployment code is optimized, enabling support for large numbers of concurrent requests and sub-second response times to end-users.

In the z/OS environment, CICS TG can support workloads in excess of 1,000 transactions per second using multiple gateway regions and by reusing memory-based External CICS Interface (EXCI) pipes.

CICS TG provides comprehensive security features including support for JSSE SSL encryption between the application server and the gateway. On z/OS systems, these certificate identities can be mapped to RACF user IDs, providing integration with existing CICS security mechanisms.

New or enhanced function

CICS TG for z/OS V6.0 provides significant enhancements over previous versions, including:


Improved gateway performance: A data processing performance enhancement for ECI and J2EE applications on z/OS can reduce the CPU requirement when null padded COMMAREAs are used. This reduction in the CPU requirement leads to significantly improved performance.

Systems management

SDSF administration: This new command based systems administration interface provides improvements in both usability and functionality. It will help System Administrators take enhanced control of the dynamic tracing and shutdown of the CICS TG in the MVS™ environment.

Normal shutdown: Normal shutdown is a new method of shutting down the gateway in a controlled manner as opposed to using an immediate shutdown. A normal shutdown of the gateway ensures that all outstanding units of work are allowed to complete before shutdown occurs.

Improved management of runtime messages: CICS TG for z/OS V6.0 provides the ability to direct all runtime messages to the IBM Job Entry Subsystem (JES) instead of using HFS files in the UNIX® System Services Environment. In addition, all run-time messages have been internationalized to support Simplified Chinese and Japanese languages. This will benefit system administrators running the CICS TG in a MVS batch environment who do not want to enter UNIX System Services.

Enhanced support for the configuration of multiple gateway daemons: This is a configuration infrastructure that allows multiple gateway daemons on z/OS to be configured and run independently. It will benefit system administrators of z/OS systems where distinct configurations are required for scalability or manageability purposes. This function provides a more usable configuration mechanism.

Reliability, availability, and scalability (RAS)

Improved availability and scalability for EXCI pipe usage: Introduced is an option to limit the number of EXCI pipes used per thread to one. This will benefit customers running applications that mandate a high number of concurrent users or transactions, connecting to more than one CICS region. Previously, if CICS TG made an EXCI request it would cache every pipe. Now the CICS TG can be configured to cache only a single pipe per thread, allowing more threads to be used and also more accurate prediction of the number of pipes required. In addition, improved informational messages will be displayed if EXCI pipe usage rises close to the limit.


SSL Support for RACF keyrings: CICS TG for z/OS V6.0 now provides the ability to store your SSL private keys and certificates within the RACF database. This will benefit system administrators who want to exploit the additional security management features provided by an External Security Manager.

Support of hardware cryptography for SSL connections: CICS TG for z/OS V6.0 now supports the use of hardware cryptography cards on zSeries® using the JSSE SSL implementation, providing for reduced CPU utilization during SSL connection establishment.

Control of SSL cipher suite: There is a new external configuration option for SSL connection to the gateway daemon that allows the SSL cipher suite to be specified. This enables fine tuned control of the algorithms that can be used for encryption of network data sent to the gateway.

Ease of use

Simplified installation and migration: CICS TG for z/OS V6.0 introduces the standard z/OS SMP/e installation application, to manage all your CICS TG installations. SMP/e is a native z/OS installation mechanism that allows you to install the CICS TG in a manner that is consistent with other z/OS software products. It simplifies the process of installing, upgrading, or applying corrective maintenance to the CICS TG product, and adds all the manageability and backup/recovery benefits inherent in SMP/e.

Redesigned and searchable Eclipse-based information center: IBM Information Center is a new way of viewing online product documentation. It can be installed individually on users' client workstations, on a dedicated server, or viewed online from This new Eclipse-based Information Center provides an improved user interface, which is standard across most new IBM software products. It provides enhanced search techniques, including the ability to search all installed Eclipse-based IBM Information Centers in one search.


J2EE Connector Architecture 1.5 Support: JCA 1.5 is part of the J2EE 1.4 specification. The CICS TG V6.0 ECI resource adapter will now work in a JCA 1.5 application server. The new JCA 1.5 resource adapter fully supports WebSphere Application Server V6.0. JCA resource adapters provide significant benefits for developers of composite CICS and WebSphere applications in terms of both application development and improved qualities of service in the system-operating environment. The underlying infrastructure automatically provides the management of connections, security and transactions.

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

The following features support use by people with disabilities:

  • Operation by keyboard alone
  • Optional font enlargement and high-contrast display settings
  • Screen readers and screen magnifiers tested for use by people with visual impairment
  • Suitable for people with hearing impairment

Softcopy PDF and HTML (as an Eclipse plug-in) documentation is shipped with the product. PDF documentation supports optional font enlargement, high-contrast display settings, and may be operated by the keyboard alone. HTML as a plug-in for use within the Eclipse framework is fully accessible.

Value Unit-based pricing

Value Unit-based pricing will help align the prices of these products to the principle of the PSLC pricing curve, which provides for a lower price per MSU (millions of service units per hour) for larger capacities.

There is also a price benefit when customers grow their capacity. Additional capacity will be based on the number of Value Units (MSUs) the customer has already installed; for example, additional capacity will not be priced starting at the base with a higher price per unit but on the capacity that is already installed.

Note: Value Units of a given product cannot be exchanged, interchanged, or aggregated with Value Units of another product.

IPLA and subscription and support considerations

IPLA licenses can be transferred from one machine to another within, but not limited to an enterprise. The customer may aggregate the capacity for all the processors the product is operated on to achieve a more economic price. This will result in a single Proof of Entitlement. It is the customer's responsibility to manage the distribution of Value Units within the limits of the entitlement of the product license.

Subscription and Support must cover the same capacity as the product license entitlement. Subscription and Support will be available in the country in which the agreement is made.
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Product positioning

Most of the world's data is processed on mainframes, using the qualities of service of proven transaction servers such as CICS TS for z/OS. Delivering access to new and existing CICS applications using open-standards-based interfaces is the cornerstone of e-business on demand™ architectures. CICS TG V6.0 is IBM's preferred implementation for JCA connectivity to CICS applications running in CICS TS on z/OS.

Choosing the right deployment platform for your gateway is equally important, and CICS TG V6.0 currently supports the following platforms: z/OS, Linux™ on IBM eServer zSeries, AIX®, Linux on Intel™, Microsoft™ Windows™, HP-UX, and Sun Solaris operating environments. Connectivity is provided on these platforms from all supported WebSphere Application Server environments to all supported CICS servers.

The qualities of service of the CICS TG are highest when deploying on the z/OS platform. This configuration provides significantly improved performance and better management of connections, security, and transactions. The comparison of the qualities of service delivered on each platform and in each configuration is discussed in the "Integrating WebSphere Application Server and CICS using the J2EE Connector Architecture" white paper.

CICS provides a range of access options that support a variety of prevalent architectures such as J2EE and Web services as well as other open-standards transport mechanisms. The CICS TG will continue to coexist as one of the preferred implementations that are optimal for these environments. The comparison of these different connector options is discussed in the "Delivering e-business access to CICS: strategic options" white paper.

CICS TG will continue to support the J2EE connectors as they evolve, and will continue to deliver enhanced integration, standards, and customer value.

Business Partner information

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 IBM ID).

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CICS TG for z/OS® V5 — CICS TG for z/OS V6 upgrade

CICS® TG for z/OS V5 customers with current Passport Advantage® License and Software Maintenance will be migrated by IBM to ESW S/W Subscription and Support. The ESW S/W Subscription and Support renewal date will be 12 months from the commencement of the last Passport Advantage maintenance date.

CICS TG for z/OS V5 customers requiring upgrade to V6 media (ESW SMPE tape) should contact their IBM sales representative.
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Offering information

Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site

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The publication CICS Transaction Gateway Program Directory (GI10-2587) is the only hard copy publication shipped with this product.

Displayable Softcopy Publications: The following CICS TG books are available. These are offered only in displayable softcopy form, in both PDF and HTML (as an Eclipse plug-in) formats.

Eclipse is an award-winning, open source platform for the construction of powerful software development tools and rich desktop applications. Leveraging the Eclipse plug-in framework to integrate technology on the desktop saves technology providers time and money by enabling them to focus their efforts on delivering differentiation and value for their offerings. Full details on Eclipse are available at

The HTML Eclipse plug-in is shipped with the product, and can also be downloaded from the Product Web site. The HTML within the plug-in contains alternative text to allow screen readers to describe the information that images are conveying. To view the documentation in this format you must download the Eclipse framework from

Details of how to install the framework and add the plug-in are provided with the plug-in zip file.

Title                                                  number
CICS Transaction Gateway:                              SC34-6373
 z/OS Administration
CICS Transaction Gateway:                              SC34-6376
CICS Transaction Gateway:                              SC34-6374
 Programming guide
CICS Transaction Gateway:                              SC34-6375
 Programming reference

These publications are available free of charge to read or download by visiting the IBM Publications Center Portal at

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. Furthermore, a large number of publications are available online in various file formats, which can currently be downloaded free of charge.

Also from this site, you can register for the Publications Notification System (PNS). This system is available by order number/product number, and customers subscribing to PNS will automatically receive notifications by e-mail of publication updates.

The CICS TG books will also be available in softcopy format on the following CD-ROMs. These CD-ROMs are updated and reissued at regular intervals so will not contain the new CICS TG for z/OS V6 books immediately at the time of initial product availability.

Title                                                  number
IBM Transaction Processing and                         SK2T-0730
 Data Collection
z/OS Software Products Collection                      SK3T-4270

Licensed documentation: None.
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Technical information

Hardware requirements

CICS TG for z/OS V6 executes on any S/390® or IBM eServer zSeries® processor that supports the required release of z/OS.

A tape or cartridge unit, and a direct access storage device that is supported by z/OS, are required.

Software requirements

  • z/OS V1.4 (5694-A01), or later
  • IBM Java™ SDK 1.4.2
  • CICS TS for z/OS V2.2 (5697-E93), or later
  • CICS TS for OS/390 V1.3 (5655-147)

For an up-to-date list of supported software, refer to


SSL: CICS TG for z/OS V6.0 does not support SSLight.

SSL support has be standardized around JSSE, in line with industry trends. Migration from SSLight to JSSE is required.

Applets: Support for the HTTP and HTTPS network protocols and Java 1.1 enabled browsers is removed. Users are encouraged to move any applet based solution to a servlet or J2EE solution. For migration purposes browsers at the Java 1.4.2 level are supported. Applet support may be fully removed in a future release.

CICS TG base classes: CICS TG V6 will continue to support the following features of the CICS TG base classes.

  • Generic replies for asynchronous ECI requests
  • Non-validated units-of-work

However, the recommended solution is to disable generic replies for asynchronous ECI requests, and to validate all units-of work, as these features may be removed in a future release of the CICS TG.

The base classes (JavaGateway, ECIRequest) are supported within the J2EE Server environment in WebSphere Application Server for z/OS V6 for compatibility reasons with the following limitations:

  • Applications may only be deployed only into the J2EE Web container, not into the EJB container.
  • Transactional coordination between WebSphere Application Server and CICS applications is not supported when using the ECIRequest class. This means that only the field ECI_NO_EXTEND is supported on the ECIRequest constructor as the Extend_Mode.
  • All ECI requests must be synchronous, that is only the fields ECI_SYNC or ECI_SYNC_TPN are supported as the call types.

Customers are encouraged to move to a JCA based solution as support for the CICS TG base classes in WebSphere Application Server might be removed in a future release.

Planning information

Packaging: CICS TG for z/OS, V6 is shipped on the following media for the basic object material:

  • 3480 1/2-inch data cartridge — 34K bpi uncompressed

Also shipped with the product are:

  • IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA) in multi-language booklet (Z125-3301)
  • License Information for CICS Transaction Gateway in multi-language booklet (GC34-6619)
  • Proof of entitlement (PoE)
  • Program Directory for CICS TG (GI10-2587)

Security, auditability, and control

Program users may wish to employ the security and auditability features of Resource Access Control Facility (RACF® ) to control the use of CICS TG 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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Ordering information

CICS TG for z/OS V6 is licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA). It has a single one-time license charge (OTC) based on Value Units for program usage, and an annual recurring charge for enhanced support that includes telephone assistance, service, and future product updates (enhancements and new versions or releases).

Value Unit exhibit VUE007

              MSUs      MSUs
            minimum   maximum   Value Units/MSU
Base           1         3           1
Tier A         4        45           0.45
Tier B        46       175           0.36
Tier C       176       315           0.27
Tier D       316         +           0.2

Value Units for non MSU-based S/390 processors:

Hardware      Value Units/machine
MP3000 H30             6
MP3000 H50             8
MP3000 H70            12
ESL Models             2

Ordering example: The total number of Value Units is calculated according to the following example.

If the customer has installed 1,500 MSUs, the applicable Value Units would be:

             Translation from MSUs to Value Units
            MSUs    *  Value Units/MSU  = Value Units
Base          3     *      1.00         =      3.00
Tier A       42     *       .45         =     18.90
Tier B      130     *       .36         =     46.80
Tier C      140     *       .27         =     37.80
Tier D    1,185     *       .20         =    237.00
Total     1,500                              343.50

When calculating the total number of Value Units, the sum is to be rounded up to the next integer.

Example: In the above ordering example, for the product running on a machine with 1,500 MSUs requiring 344 Value Units, order feature number Order S0117GM.

Ordering z/OS through the Internet

ShopzSeries provides an easy way to plan and order your z/OS ServerPac or CBPDO. It will analyze your current installation, determine the correct product migration, and present your new configuration based on z/OS. Additional products can also be added to your order (including determination of whether all product requisites are satisfied). ShopzSeries is available in the U.S. and several countries in Europe. In countries where ShopzSeries 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 ShopzSeries Web site at

                 Program     feature
Description      number      number    Medium
Per Value Unit   5655-M69    5802      3480 tape cartridge
Per Value Unit   5655-M70    6000      Paper

The products in this announcement have one charge unit — Value Units.

Value Units for IBM 9672 processors will be based upon the full capacity of these systems. This is applicable to all S/390-based systems that are measured on MSU capacity. Information on MSU capacities can be found in the IBM System/370™, System/390® and zSeries Machine Exhibit, Z125-3901.

Value Units for zSeries will be based upon full MSU capacity as defined in the Machine Exhibits.

A tool will be available that provides support for transforming the MSU-based capacities of S/390 systems to new Value Units by calculating the applicable number of Value Units for a given number of MSUs.

Basic license: To order, specify the program number, feature number 9001 for asset registration, and the one-time charge (OTC) feature number. Also specify the feature number of the desired distribution medium. To suppress shipment of media, select the license-only option in CFSW.

                            Program     Entitlement
Description                 number      entity
CICS Transaction Gateway    5655-M69    S0117GM
 for z/OS, V6

Subscription and support: To receive voice technical support via telephone during normal business hours, and future releases and versions at no additional charge, order Subscription and Support. The capacity of Subscription and Support (Value Units) must be the same as the capacity ordered for the product licenses.

To order, specify the support program number, 5655-M70, and feature number 9001 for asset registration. IBM is also providing subscription and support for these products via a separately purchased offering under the terms of the IBM International Agreement for Acquisition of Support (IAAS). This offering:

  • Includes and extends the support services provided in the base support to include technical support via telephone during normal business hours.
  • Entitles customers to future releases and versions at no additional charge. Note that customer is not entitled to new products.

Once subscription and support is ordered, the charges will renew automatically annually unless cancelled by the customer.

                                Program     Entitlement
Description                     number      entity
CICS TG --                      5655-M70    S0118LP
 Software Subscription
 and Support

Single version charging: To elect single version charging, the customer must notify and identify to IBM the prior program and replacement program and the machine the programs are operating on.

Program name/description                    number

New release information

CICS Transaction Gateway for z/OS, V6       5655-M69
CICS Transaction Gateway                    5655-M70

On/Off Capacity on Demand

Entitlement Entity S0117GM                  5655-M69
 CICS Transaction Gateway
 for z/OS V6

Customized offerings

Product media is shipped only via Customized Offerings (for example, CBPDO, ServerPac, SystemPac®). Non-customized items (CDs, diskettes, source media, media kits) will continue to be shipped via the stand-alone product.
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Terms and conditions

Agreement: IBM International Program License Agreement. Proofs of Entitlement (PoE) are required for all authorized use.

These products are licensed under the IPLA, the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Support, and the Addendum for Support (Z125-6435) which provides for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. These programs have a one-time license charge for use of the program and an ongoing recurring charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours) as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program while support is in effect. S/390 and zSeries IBM Operational Support Services — Support Line is an option for those customers who desire added services.

Limited warranty: Yes

Money-back guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program, return it within 30 days from the invoice date to the party (either IBM or its reseller) from whom you acquired it for a refund. This applies only to your first acquisition of the program.

Copy and use on home/portable computer: No

Volume orders (IVO): No

Passport Advantage applies: No

Software maintenance applies: No

For Operating system software, the revised IBM Operational Support Services — SoftwareXcel offering will provide support for those operating systems and associated products that are not available with the newly announced Software Maintenance offering. This will ensure total support coverage for your enterprise needs, including IBM and selected non-IBM products. For complete lists of products supported under both the current and revised SoftwareXcel offering, visit

For additional information on the revised IBM Operational Support Services, refer to Services Announcement 601-023 , dated July 10, 2001.

AIX®/UNIX® upgrade protection applies: No

Entitled upgrade for current AIX/UNIX upgrade protection licensees: No

iSeries™ Software Subscription applies: No

Variable charges apply: No

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

Sub-capacity charges terms and conditions

IBM eServer zSeries software charges at less than full machine capacity for eligible tools apply when z/OS is running in z/Architecture™ (64-bit) mode on a zSeries 900, no other MVS™-based operating system is licensed to that server and the required information is provided by the customer in accordance with the applicable terms.

Sub-capacity charges for an eligible tool is based on the z/OS product defined capacity. To obtain charges at less than full machine capacity for eligible tools, the customer is required to:

  • Determine the MSUs needed for each machine on which the tools will run. Only machines on which the customer has implemented sub-capacity Workload License Charges (WLC) according to the above terms and conditions, are eligible for charges at less than full machine capacity for the tools.
  • Use the product defined capacity for z/OS (as specified on the Sub-Capacity Reports submitted to IBM for sub-capacity WLC) as the sub-capacity (MSUs) for each tool.
  • Submit any additional MSUs and/or Value Units required for each product along with the current entitlement in Value Units for each product.

Sub-capacity charges for tools

To be eligible for sub-capacity charges for tools, the machine on which the tools are running must be eligible for WLC sub-capacity charges terms and conditions. The customer must have signed the Attachment for zSeries Workload License Charges-Pre-ILM (Z125-6516) and submitted at least one Sub-Capacity Report to IBM as defined in the attachment.

With sub-capacity charges, the charge for an eligible tool is based on the z/OS product defined capacity. To obtain charges at less than full machine capacity for each eligible tool for each machine, the customer should:

  • Determine the MSUs needed for the machine on which the tools will run. In a data sharing environment, determine the aggregate MSUs needed on the machine where the tools run. Use the product defined capacity (MSUs) for z/OS (as specified on the Sub-Capacity Reports submitted to IBM for sub-capacity WLC) as the sub-capacity (MSUs) for each Tool.
  • Submit any additional MSUs and/or Value Units required for each product along with the current entitlement in Value Units for each product.
  • If the use of sub-capacity pricing terms for tools results in a reduced requirement for Value Units, thus freeing up entitlements, customers can reallocate the entitlement difference by distributing the Value Units across a larger or different set of systems, or reserve them for future growth. There will be no refunds for these freed up Value Units. Subscription and Support volumes and entitlements for existing contracts will continue to be at the same levels as the acquired licenses.

Management of the Value Unit entitlements continues to be a customer responsibility. If one of the following occur on a machine to which tools are licensed, the customer must determine if additional Value Units and Subscription and Support need to be ordered for those tools to cover the increase:

  • The z/OS defined capacity is increased.
  • The requirements for WLC sub-capacity charges are no longer met.

Sub-capacity reference products: CICS TS for z/OS V2.2 (5697-E93), or later, or CICS TS for OS/390 V1.3 (5655-I47).

On/Off Capacity on demand

To be eligible for On/Off Capacity on demand pricing, customers must be enabled for temporary capacity on the corresponding hardware, and the required contract (Z125-6611), Attachment for Customer Initiated Upgrade and IBM eServer On/Off Capacity on demand — Software — must be signed prior to use.
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The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

For pricing information, contact your IBM representative for details.

CICS Transaction Gateway for z/OS V6

                            Program     Entity
Description                 number      MMID
CICS TG                     5655-M69    S0117GM

Subscription and Support

                            Program     Entity
Description                 number      MMID
CICS TG                     5655-M70    S0118LP
 Subscription and Support

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