IBM CICS Transaction Gateway V6.0 and CICS Universal Client V6.0 now available on new platforms

IBM United States Software Announcement 205-147
June 14, 2005

 

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TOC link Overview TOC link Product positioning
TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link Education support
TOC link Planned availability date TOC link Reference information
TOC link Description TOC link Order now
 
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(Corrected on June 17, 2005)

The Description section is revised.
 

 
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Overview

CICS® Transaction Gateway (CICS TG) V6 and CICS Universal Client (CICS UC) V6 are moved to the V6.0.1 level. Significant new capabilities delivered in this level include:

  • CICS TG available for Linux™ on POWER™.
  • CICS TG support for AIX® now includes AIX V5.3.
  • CICS UC available for Linux on POWER.
  • CICS UC available for AIX.

 
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Key prerequisites

Refer to the Description section.
 
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Planned availability date

June 17, 2005

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).
 
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Description

CICS TG V6 and CICS UC V6 have moved to V6.0.1 level. Principally a service refresh, this level also delivers several important new capabilities.

The CICS TG adds Linux on POWER to its existing platform support. It also moves its level of AIX support up to AIX V5.3. In addition, it now supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4. This means that the platforms supported by CICS TG are now:

  • AIX V5.1, AIX V5.2, or AIX V5.3
  • Linux on zSeries® : SLES 8 or RHEL 3, both with 31-bit kernel; SLES 9 or RHEL 4, both with 64-bit kernel
  • Linux on Intel™ : SLES 8, SLES 9, RHEL 3, or RHEL 4, all with 32-bit kernel
  • Linux on POWER: SLES 9, RHEL 3, or RHEL 4, all with 64-bit kernel
  • Solaris V8 or Solaris V9
  • HP-UX11i
  • Microsoft™ Windows™ 2000, Windows XP, or Windows 2003

The CICS UC adds both Linux on POWER and AIX to its existing platform support. It also now supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4. This means that the platforms supported by CICS UC are now:

  • AIX V5.1, AIX V5.2, or AIX V5.3
  • Linux on zSeries: SLES 8 or RHEL 3, both with 31-bit kernel; SLES 9 or RHEL 4, both with 64-bit kernel
  • Linux on Intel: SUSE Linux Desktop, NLD 9, SLES 9, RHEL 3, or RHEL 4, all with 32-bit kernel
  • Linux on POWER: SLES 9, RHEL 3, or RHEL 4, all with 64-bit kernel
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows XP

This service release can also deliver significant runtime performance enhancements for request processing. The enhancement is provided in the interface to the Client daemon and is applicable in all circumstances. It is effective immediately on installation of the CICS TG or CICS UC, with no manual intervention.

Other news

CICS J2EE Connector Architecture (JCA) 1.0 resource adapters for use with WebSphere® Application Server V5: The CICS TG V5.1 resource adapters are provided, as SupportPac™ CC03, in order to support connectivity between a remote CICS TG V6.0 and WebSphere Application Server V5.0 or V5.1. For CICS TG SupportPacs, visit

Select under Downloads.

Common Connector Framework (CCF): For use with CICS TG V6.0, the com.ibm.connector packages are available without charge as SupportPac CE52.

Security Exits samples: A series of sample security exits for the CICS TG is provided as SupportPac CE51. These samples illustrate how the security exit design can be used to either authenticate clients upon connection, or to encrypt flows between the CICS Transaction Gateway and remote Java™ clients.

C compiler support: CICS TG V6.0 and CICS UC V6.0 now support XL C/C++ Enterprise Edition for AIX V7.0.1 and XL C/C++ Advanced Edition for Linux V7.0.1.

Support Web pages: Up-to-date information on supported software for both CICS TG and CICS UC V5.1 and V6.0 is now available from a Web page. These are accessible under the heading "Flashes" from, for CICS TG

For CICS UC,

Accessibility by people with disabilities

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

The Eclipse-based information center shipped with the product is accessible. Softcopy PDF documentation is also shipped, as an alternative. PDF documentation supports optional font enlargement, high-contrast display settings, and may be operated by the keyboard alone; however, in this case, alternative text is not provided for screen-reader users.

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

CICS TG for Multiplatforms V6.0.1 and CICS UC V6.0.1 are capable as of June 17, 2005, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it.
 
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Product positioning

CICS TG is a market-leading connector that is production proven over many years to be a high performing, secure, scalable and tightly integrated method of e-business access to CICS. It benefits from ease of installation and flexible configuration that requires minimal changes to CICS and usually no changes to existing CICS applications. It provides a range of networking options and provides a choice of Java and non-Java clients.

CICS TG for Multiplatforms V6.0 provides an industry-leading implementation of the JCA at the 1.5 specification level. ECI and EPI adapters are provided, enabling both COMMAREA and 3270 datastream-based CICS applications to interoperate effectively with WebSphere Application Server V6.

CICS UC V6.0 function is incorporated within CICS TG V6.0. In addition, licenses for CICS UC as a separate product can be ordered for the Windows, AIX, and Linux operating environments. CICS UC is designed for CICS Transaction Server and TXSeries™ CICS customers who need a simple and low-cost method of integrating their CICS systems with single-user applications running in a single-user environment. The CICS UC is not licensed for multiple-user environments. Customers intending to use the CICS UC function to allow access to their CICS solutions for multiple end users must use the CICS TG.
 
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Education support

The course, CICS Transaction Gateway: Connecting WebSphere Application Server to CICS (course code CI71), is available. This class will be updated this year to the latest versions of CICS TG and WebSphere Application Server.

Note that this course requires knowledge about CICS Transaction Server for z/OS® and WebSphere Application Server on either distributed platforms or on z/OS. Courses that can provide these skills are:

  • CICS Transaction Server for z/OS — Basic Tailoring (course code CI20)
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server V6 Administration (course code SW246 in the ECIS channel, WF38 in the ITES channel)
  • WebSphere for z/OS Implementation (course code ES68)

 
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Reference information

For more information on CICS Transaction Gateway for Multiplatforms V6.0 and CICS Universal Client 6.0, refer to Software Announcement 204-284 , dated November 30, 2004.

For the part numbers for CICS Transaction Gateway V6 and CICS Universal Client V6 for the Linux on zSeries platform, refer to Software Announcement 205-074 , dated March 22, 2005.
 
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Order now

To order, contact the Americas Call Centers or your local IBM representative.

To identify your local IBM representative, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

 Phone:     800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)
 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)
 Internet:  ibm_direct@vnet.ibm.com
 Mail:      IBM Americas Call Centers
            Dept:  IBM CALL, 11th Floor
            105 Moatfield Drive
            North York, Ontario
            Canada M3B 3R1
 
 Reference: YE001

The Americas Call Centers, our national direct marketing organization, can add your name to the mailing list for catalogs of IBM products.

Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Trademarks

 
POWER, SupportPac, and TXSeries are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
CICS, AIX, zSeries, WebSphere, and z/OS are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Intel is a trademark of Intel Corporation.
 
Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries or both
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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