IBM Print Services Facility V4.1 for z/OS automates secure transfer of print jobs

IBM United States Software Announcement 205-271
October 25, 2005

 

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TOC link At a glance TOC link Technical information
TOC link Overview TOC link Publications
TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link Ordering information
TOC link Planned availability date TOC link IBM Customer Agreement
TOC link Description TOC link Terms and conditions
TOC link Product positioning TOC link IBM Electronic Services
TOC link Hardware and software support services TOC link Prices
TOC link Reference information TOC link Order now
 
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At a glance

IBM Print Services Facility (PSF) automates print job transfer

  • The new AFP Download Plus feature of PSF automates the process of preparing print jobs on z/OS for production printing at another site.
  • It creates a print-ready file containing the job attributes, print resources, and the print file converted into AFP (MO:DCA-P) data stream before transmitting to the production site.
  • Informational and error messages help you correct any print file creation errors before transmission.
  • Files are securely transmitted to protect against unauthorized access to the print data and resources.
  • Time and effort required to move print jobs between locations is reduced, resulting in lower operations cost.
  • The production site enjoys the benefits of improved productivity and reduced risk of errors in print production.

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).
 
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Overview

IBM Print Services Facility™ (PSF) advances Print Process Automation

For many industries, printing huge volumes of customer bills, statements, and direct mail pieces is a core business process. Documents are strategic to businesses because they are often the business' primary contact with its customers. But document production is not a core competency of most businesses. IBM brings unique value to the process of document production with a highly reliable, automated, and cost-effective print management system.

PSF has delivered functionality to help customers manage print applications, resources, administration, and production printing in centralized and distributed environments since 1985. PSF Version 4.1 (V4.1) for z/OS® extends print process management by providing an automated method to replace manual processes required to prepare jobs for printing at a remote location. AFP™ Download Plus, a new feature of PSF, runs the print job as if it were being printed by PSF. It gathers job attributes and resources, processes PSF exits, converts line data into AFP data, then packages the job and secures it before transmitting it to the remote location for printing.

What are the benefits of AFP Download Plus?

The benefits of using an automated process to prepare print jobs for production at another location are:

  • Reduced time and effort to offload print jobs
  • Increased likelihood of sending an error-free print-ready job the first time
  • Reduced de-bugging and synchronization between sender and receiver
  • Designed for secure transmission of data and resources
  • Time saved and reduced operating costs for sender and receiver

 
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Key prerequisites

PSF runs on the following S/390® and IBM eServer zSeries® processors:

  • zSeries 900, 990, Z9, 800, and 890
  • All models of the S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server™
  • All models of the S/390 Multiprise® 2000 and 3000
  • All models of the ES/9000® Processor unit 9021, 9121, or 9221

PSF supports IBM and non-IBM AFP/IPDS™ printers that adhere to IPDS specifications. To use AFP Download Plus, an IBM Infoprint® Manager for AIX® or Microsoft™ Windows™ server with current maintenance, or another z/OS system with PSF V4.1 is required.


 
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Planned availability date

November 25, 2005
 
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Description

IBM Print Services Facility (PSF) Version 4 focuses on print process productivity

PSF V3, in its four releases, delivered significant new functionality for creating more effective business documents by:

  • Adding new and more flexible formatting capabilities to the AFP page layout resource (page definition)
  • Adding support for documents containing non-AFP image and publishing objects
  • Enabling selection of overlays and images in print jobs based on variable data in the application
  • Adding support for full-process color AFP applications
  • Incorporating support for industry standard TrueType and OpenType font technologies
  • Accepting and formatting application data in standard XML
  • Generating new barcode types, including 2D barcodes and new standard postal barcodes such as PLANET

During this period, corporations that were beginning to understand how critical documents are to their core business focused on enhancing the value and effectiveness of customer-facing documents with color, better presentation, personalization, customized marketing messages, and more.

Corporations are now focused on the process of business transformation to compete more effectively in an on demand world. For many companies, document production is a key business process that must be addressed as part of their business transformation initiatives. Many corporations recognize that while document production is important to their business, they are not necessarily experts at it, and may have other priorities for the capital and human resource investment required to support a state-of-the-art print production operation. This often leads to the decision to outsource mission-critical high-volume transaction printing to print outsourcing vendors who have the latest technology, equipment, and skills to provide high-quality production print services. This decision in itself introduces a significant change in the company's business document production process that is fraught with risk if not well-planned and executed.

PSF V4 introduces a new method to automate the process of preparing print files for delivery to an outsourcer or print provider for production. Once the application has been run and has created a print file on the JES spool, AFP Download Plus performs the following steps to create a print-ready file for delivery:

  • Obtains and stores print job attributes
  • Identifies and gathers resources used by the job from system and user resource libraries, including resources from JCL or the PSF PRINTDEV procedure
  • Executes any PSF exits used by the job
  • Converts line data or mixed mode data into the AFP data stream
  • Creates a single file containing attributes, resources, and data
  • Secures the file for transmission
  • Generates a report on download processing, including informational and error messages
  • Transmits the print-ready file to the target system

By automating the steps in the process and reporting on the process, AFP Download Plus significantly reduces the risk of sending a print job with the wrong attributes or with missing resources.

Print outsourcing is not the only scenario in which AFP Download Plus offers significant benefits for print production. Most corporations have become keenly aware of the exposure they face in the event of a disaster at their primary computing and/or printing location. Having a print backup and recovery site that can be accessed and put into production quickly is a critical part of many corporations' business recovery planning. By eliminating the need to coordinate print resources between primary and backup sites, and the ability to quickly prepare and send a print-ready file to an alternate site, AFP Download Plus can play an important role in business recovery.

Finally, many large enterprises have multiple print locations around the country or around the world. This enables them to produce print output as close as possible to the target recipients for more timely and cost-effective delivery. At the same time, they need the flexibility to move print workload from one print site to another due to equipment unavailability or to balance workload in a peak period. By automating the process of creating a print-ready file, AFP Download Plus:

  • Provides the flexibility to move print jobs
  • Simplifies the process
  • Reduces the risk of errors at the alternate site

AFP Download Plus performs functions similar to those of two other PSF features, Enhanced AFP Conversion and Indexing Facility (Enhanced ACIF) and MVS™ Download, with these advantages:

  • The data is obtained from the JES spool, not a data file as with Enhanced ACIF.
  • The data is downloaded automatically and consists entirely of MO:DCA-P data.
  • All resources required for printing can be included in the downloaded file, including PSF and JES default resources.
  • Installation exit processing, similar to PSF, is reflected in the downloaded file.
  • SMF type 6 records are produced, similar to PSF.
  • RACF® checking is performed for user resource libraries.
  • All distributed data is protected by secured transmission.

What else is new in PSF Version 4.1?

Many corporations have invested in new printer technology capable of printing at 600 dpi resolution. But they are not taking full advantage of the potentially higher print quality for text because their applications are still using 240 dpi or 300 dpi raster fonts. While the printers are capable of re-scaling these for 600 dpi print, the output quality is not as high as if the applications sent outline fonts to the printer. Until PSF V4.1, application changes were required to reference AFP outline fonts instead of raster fonts, and many businesses haven't had the available programming resources to make those changes. PSF V4.1 exploits a new JCL keyword available in z/OS V1.4, MAP2OLN. Using this new keyword in the PSF PRINTDEV procedure lets the print administrator specify that PSF should substitute outline fonts when processing jobs that reference AFP raster fonts, whenever a matching outline font is available. Customers can now take optimal advantage of the improved print quality of their 600 dpi printers, without requiring application changes or PSF exits.

The new INTRVMSG keyword in the PSF PRINTDEV JCL allows you to choose whether or not "Intervention Required" messages are to be displayed on the JES console. When a high-speed production printer is attached to the z/OS system using a channel attachment, an "Intervention Required" message is sent to the JES console whenever an intervention event occurs at the printer. However, if these printers were attached via TCP/IP, as is becoming more common, the "Intervention Required" message was not sent to the JES console and was available only through SDSF. If the new INTRVMSG keyword in the PSF PRINTDEV JCL is set to "YES," then the message will now also appear highlighted on the JES console until the printer is returned to a "ready" status.

A utility called AFP Statistics About the Print Job (AFPSTATS) was introduced in PSF V3.3 to let application owners or print administrators collect detailed statistics of the print job as processed by PSF. It reports on the number of pages, images, overlays used in the job, names of print resources, how they were referenced in the job, and the data set from which PSF obtained them. Enhancements to the AFPSTATS utility added in PSF V4.1 include:

  • A resource reload record whenever PSF Exit 7 requests a resource reload.
  • A record to indicate if font mapping has occurred.
  • A resource substituted record to indicate if PSF Exit 7 has caused a resource substitution.
  • An inline resource not used record to indicate if a resource was contained inline but not used in the print job. Such resources can then be removed from the job to reduce its size.
  • Support for printer resident (GRID) fonts.
  • Support for TrueType/OpenType fonts.
  • Changed format of page number reporting to indicate both page and transmission number.

These new functions enhance the value of the AFP Statistics report by providing more useful information to assist in application analysis and problem determination.

PSF Point Counting Tool facilitates migration to PSF V4.1

PSF 4.1 is priced in Cumulative Block Tiers. The PSF tier is determined by the number of printers PSF will be driving and the impressions-per-minute (IPM) rated speed of those printers. Printer points are assigned to each printer based on its rated speed. Points for all printers except those in Category 1 are accumulated, and the total number of points determines the appropriate PSF license tier.

In V4.1, the basic PSF price tier and point ranges have been kept the same for simplicity, although new printer categories have been added to reflect new high-speed printer technology available from IBM and other vendors. To assist customers in determining their correct PSF tier as their printer environment changes, PSF V4.1 includes a Printer Point Counting Tool that analyzes data obtained from the data set referenced by the PRTINFO DD statement to produce a report showing the total printer points and resulting PSF tier. The utility in PSF V4 leverages the Printer Information Report (PRTINFO) that was introduced in PSF V3.3 to provide as much information as possible about the printers when the tool is run. New fields in the PRTINFO report for PSF V4 make its information more meaningful. New fields added are:

  • Printer name from the FSA name
  • Address — channel or IP address, or LU name
  • CPU ID of the system to which the printer is attached
  • System Name (SYSNAME) of the system where the printer is running

The Printer Point Counting Tool ships with PSF V4.1.

Enhancements to AFP Conversion and Indexing Facility (ACIF)

ACIF is a utility that helps you prepare print files for transfer to another print location or to an archival/retrieval system. With Enhanced ACIF you can convert line data, unformatted ASCII files, or XML data using instructions in a page definition into the AFP (MO:DCA-P) data stream. Optionally, Enhanced ACIF can be used to package AFP resources needed to print the jobs, and to index a document to separate a large print file into individual documents to facilitate use with archival/retrieval systems such as IBM Content Manager OnDemand.

In PSF V4, ACIF is enhanced with additional indexing capabilities to provide more flexibility in defining individual documents and page groups within a file. Enhanced ACIF is ordered as a separate, optional feature of PSF. Unlike PSF V3, the Enhanced ACIF feature in PSF V4 can be ordered without having to pre-req the base PSF feature.

Double-Byte Character Set (DBCS) support

These new enhancements support both DBCS and Single-byte Character Set data.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

Features for vision-impaired users:

  • Can be operated using only the keyboard
  • Communicates all information independently of color
  • Provides documentation in an accessible format

Features for users with mobility impairments or limited hand use:

  • Can be operated using only the keyboard

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

IBM Print Services Facility Version 4.1 for z/OS is capable as of November 25, 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. A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be requested from IBM's Web site at


 
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Product positioning

PSF is IBM's strategic mainframe production print solution, especially for businesses that require high-quality, high-volume output such as transaction statements, invoices, checks, insurance policies, direct mail pieces, and more. It also supports distributed printing to departmental IPDS printers where ensured delivery of every job and page is important. The new AFP Download Plus feature of PSF gives customers an automated way to prepare print jobs for sending to remote locations such as a print outsourcer, a backup and recovery print site, or simply another print production site within the same enterprise. PSF V4.1 thus supports mixed mainframe and server print environments, and enables more secure, error-free transfer of mission-critical print jobs.
 
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Hardware and software support services

SmoothStart™/installation services

IBM Installation Services can be provided for PSF at an additional cost. Contact your IBM Printing Systems sales representative or Business Partner for additional information.

IBM SmoothStart and Installation Services from IBM Global Services are not provided for this product.
 
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Reference information

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).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 205-271

Trademarks

 
Print Services Facility, AFP, S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server, IPDS, MVS, and SmoothStart are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
The e-business logo, z/OS, S/390, zSeries, Multiprise, ES/9000, AIX, Infoprint, and RACF are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

 
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Technical information

Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

IBM Print Services Facility™ (PSF) runs on the following S/390® and IBM eServer zSeries® processors:

  • zSeries 900, 990, and Z9
  • zSeries 800 and 890
  • All models of the S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server™
  • All models of the S/390 Multiprise® 2000 and 3000
  • All models of the ES/9000® Processor unit 9021, 9121, or 9221

The list of IBM IPDS™ printers that support PSF V4.1 for z/OS® can be found at

PSF supports printing on IBM and non-IBM AFP™/IPDS printers that adhere to the IPDS specifications. Not all functions of PSF are supported by all IPDS printers.

Software requirements

PSF runs on any supported level of the operating system.

  • z/OS V1.4 (5694-A01), or later, with supported levels of JES2 or JES3
  • z/OS.e V1.4 (5655-G52), or later, with supported levels of JES2 or JES3

One of the following system programs is required:

  • SMP/E element of z/OS
  • SMP/E V3.1 (5655-G54), or higher, for z/OS

The following functions of the z/OS Communications Server are required, depending upon printer attachment:

  • SNA Services for SNA-attached printers
  • IP Services for TCP/IP-attached printers

One of the following is required to provide host fonts:

  • Infoprint® Fonts for z/OS V1.1 (5648-E76), or later.
  • AFP Font Collection for z/OS V2.1.1 (5648-B33), or later.
  • The optional compatibility fonts feature of PSF, which does not contain the euro symbol.
  • Worldtype Fonts for AFP Print Servers optional feature of Infoprint Fonts for Multiplatforms (5648-E77). This feature contains a wide selection of TrueType and OpenType fonts.

To use the AFP Download Plus feature of PSF V4.1 to send print-ready files from z/OS to another system, one of the following is required:

  • Another z/OS system with PSF V4.1 and the AFP Download Plus feature
  • An Infoprint Manager for AIX® V4.2 (5765-F68) server with appropriate maintenance applied to support the files transmitted by PSF V4.1
  • An Infoprint Manager for Windows™ V2.2 (5639-N49) server with appropriate maintenance applied to support the files transmitted by PSF V4.1

The z/OS system must be at V1.4, or higher, to use any of the following JCL keywords:

  • MAP2OLN in the PSF PRINTDEV procedure
  • INTRVMSG in the PSF PRINTDEV procedure
  • AFPPARMS in the OUTPUT statement

Compatibility: PSF V4.1 for z/OS is upwardly compatible with PSF V3 (5655-B17) and with PSF/MVS™ V2.2 (5695-040) with the following exceptions:

  • PSF V4 for z/OS does not include the optional feature, Page Printer Migration Programs (PPMP), which is no longer supported. Customers currently using PPMP should migrate to the replacement product, Infoprint XT™ Extender for z/OS V1R1 (5655-J65). For additional information, contact your local IBM Printing Systems representative.
  • The AFP API component of PSF/MVS V2.2 is no longer provided with PSF V4. It is functionally replaced by AFP Toolbox for MVS, program product 5655-A25. Customers using the PSF/MVS V2.2 API can continue to use their existing program modules on an "as-is" basis or migrate to AFP Toolbox for MVS.
  • The IP PrintWay™ and NetSpool™ optional features are no longer available or supported. These optional features are functionally replaced by the Infoprint Server optional feature of z/OS. Customers who want the functionality of IP PrintWay and NetSpool should order the Infoprint Server optional feature of OS/390® and z/OS.
  • The Enhanced ACIF feature of PSF is now a separately ordered and priced feature. A base PSF license is no longer required when ordering Enhanced ACIF.

Limitations: Not all functions of PSF are supported by all IPDS printers.

Enhancements to the Infoprint Transform products, which enable AFP jobs to print on non-AFP printers, are not necessarily made concurrently with PSF releases. New function supported by PSF should be printed only on printers attached to PSF until equivalent function is provided in the transforms.

Performance considerations: The performance of PSF and its attached printers is dependent upon availability and efficiency of memory, storage, DASD, and channel and network resources in the system configuration. It is also highly dependent upon the content of the print datastreams being processed. In general, data-intensive applications, such as those containing images, require more resources than applications containing plain text. If performance degradation is experienced, normal system performance analysis and tuning should be conducted before contacting IBM Service.

TCP/IP Attachment considerations: In order to print at rated speed on high-speed printers, not only must the printer be capable of processing and imaging the data at high speeds, but also the system and communications link must be able to provide data to the printer fast enough to maintain this speed. TCP/IP performance has been substantially improved in z/OS and OS/390, providing a significant improvement in the ability to deliver data over a TCP/IP link to high-speed production printers. This improvement allows PSF V4 to support TCP/IP-attached Infoprint 3000, Infoprint 4000, and Infoprint 4100 families of printers. However, TCP/IP may not provide adequate data delivery rates for all applications or all system environments, depending on the attachment speeds.

The ability to run production printing applications at rated speed, on Infoprint 3000, Infoprint 4000, and Infoprint 4100 printers directly attached to PSF over TCP/IP will depend upon the following factors:

  • Number of printers and printing speeds
  • Density of the application datastream, usually measured in average bytes per page
  • Availability of CPU resources
  • Speed of the physical attachment, and LAN bandwidth and utilization

Density of the application data stream can be a critical factor. TCP/IP-attached Infoprint 3000, Infoprint 4000, and Infoprint 4100 printers are capable of receiving about one megabyte of data per second using 10BaseT Ethernet attachments. While this is adequate for printing text jobs at rated speed on most high-speed printers, or jobs with some image content on printers with lower-rated speeds, some image-intensive jobs may contain too much data to print at rated speed on some printers with 10BaseT Ethernet. Where supported by the printer, 100BaseT or Gigabit Ethernet attachments will provide up to four times higher data rates with TCP/IP.

You can estimate the data rate required to run an application at rated speed on a specific printer by calculating:

        bytes per second = average bytes/page x pages/minute
                           ---------------------------------
                                          60

Average bytes/page includes not only bytes of data on the page, but also AFP control bytes, which vary with the complexity of the application formatting. In addition, loading of AFP resources to the printer can add to the average byte load of a print job.

With PSF V4, FICON™ channel attachment provides the fastest and most performance-efficient attachment for high-speed production printers. Either 100BaseT or Gigabit Ethernet attachments can provide performance similar to FICON attachment, but with higher CPU resource use for the same printers and applications. In general, TCP/IP attachment will use about the same amount of CPU as attachment via PSF Direct to an Infoprint Manager print server (an SNA communication attachment). ESCON® and parallel channel attachments will be faster than 10BaseT Ethernet, but slower than 100BaseT or Gigabit Ethernet, and will be about as efficient as FICON channel attachment.

For best performance, each TCP/IP-attached Infoprint 3000, Infoprint 4000, or Infoprint 4100 printer should be on a dedicated segment of a Token-Ring or Ethernet LAN, with the TCP/IP MTU size set to the largest supported value.

Customer requirements: This announcement satisfies or partially satisfies the following customer requirement in the Fully Integrated Toolset (FITS) database:

  • MR0719011921: Support job security when downloading from PSF

Planning information

Customer responsibilities: PSF interacts with JES printer definitions, and for communication with attached printers, with VTAM®, and/or TCP/IP device definitions. Printers' device definitions should be in place for JES, VTAM, and/or TCP/IP prior to installing PSF.

Installability: Sample start-up procedures for PSF V4 will reference different fonts than those used in the start-up procedures for PSF V2R2. Care should be taken not to replace any start-up procedures with the new samples until they can be tested with your available font libraries.

Direct customer support: Direct customer support is provided by IBM Operational Support Services — SoftwareXcel Enterprise Edition or SoftwareXcel Basic Edition. These fee services can enhance your productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organization. IBM Operational Support Services — SoftwareXcel Enterprise Edition or SoftwareXcel Basic Edition will help answer questions pertaining to usage, how-to, and suspected software defects for eligible products.

Installation and technical support is provided by IBM Printing Systems Professional Services for a fee. For more information on services, call 888-426-4343.

Security, auditability, and control

PSF uses the security features and programs of the z/OS and OS/390 operating systems. 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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Publications

The following advance publications are available now. To order, you can direct order or contact your IBM representative.

Refer to the IBM Publications Center Web site for more information about publication ordering.

                                                  Order
Title                                             number
 
PSF for z/OS:  Licensed                           G550-0431
 Program Specifications
PSF for z/OS:  Introduction                       G550-0430
PSF for z/OS:  Customization                      S550-0427
PSF for z/OS:  User's Guide                       S550-0435
PSF for z/OS:  Messages and Codes                 G550-0432
PSF for z/OS:  Diagnosis                          G550-0428
AFP Fonts:  Font Summary                          G544-3810
AFP Concersion and Indexing                       S550-0436
 Facility User's Guide
PSF for z/OS:  Security Guide                     S550-0434
PSF for z/OS:  Download for z/OS Guide            S550-0429
PSF for z/OS:  AFP Download for z/OS              S550-0433
Upload Configuration Guide for SNA                S544-5422
Upload Configuration Guide for TCP/IP             S544-5423

 
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Ordering information

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

New licensees: Orders for new licenses can be placed now.

Registered customers 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.

Orders entered after the planned availability date will be assigned a schedule date for the week following order entry, unless a later date is specified.

Shipment will begin on the planned availability date.

New users of PSF V4.1 for z/OS should specify:

Machine
type                     Model
 
5655                     M32

Basic license: PSF V4 is priced in Cumulative Block Tiers. The PSF Tier is determined based on the number of printers PSF will be driving, and the impressions-per-minute rated speed of those printers. Printer points are assigned to each printer based on its rated speed. Points for all printers except those in Category 1 are accumulated, and the total number of points indicates the appropriate PSF price tier.

Printer speeds and associated Printer Points are shown in an exhibit to the IBM Customer Agreement, the Print Services Facility Tiered Pricing Exhibit for AFP/IPDS Printers (IBM and non-IBM) (Z125-4564). The version of this exhibit as of October 2005 is included at the end of the Ordering information section of this announcement. However, this exhibit may be changed at any time. To access the latest version of this exhibit, go to

  • Click on Software
  • Click on zSeries
  • Click on Print Services Facility (PSF) for z/OS
  • Click on User resources
  • Click on Z125-4564 for the latest AFP/IPDS Printers (IBM and non-IBM) exhibit

Refer to the Tiered Pricing Exhibit for additional instructions for calculating usage tiers.

The printer categories in the Tiered Pricing Exhibits have been changed for PSF V4. Customers should review their PSF printer points and associated PSF Tier for any possible changes. A spreadsheet is available on the Web at

to assist customers in documenting their installed printers and calculating the correct PSF Tier.

How to order

To order a basic license, specify program number 5655-M32 and feature number 9001 for asset registration. Specify the 3480 supply IDs, MLC entitlement identifiers, and desired tiers (usage levels). For example, to order usage for Tier 3, order incrementally by specifying the features for Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3.

                                MLC               3480
 
                                entitlement       supply
Tier       Printer points       identifier        ID
 
1          1 to 5               S01254B           S01254H
2          6 to 9
3          10 to 14
4          15 to 20
5          21 to 30
6          31 to 46
7          47 to 66
8          67 to 86
9          87 to 151
10         152 to 301
11         302 to 601
12         602 and up

To order optional priced features of PSF V4 for z/OS, specify the 3480 supply ID and MLC entitlement identifier for each feature you wish to order from the table below:

                                MLC               3480
                                entitlement       supply
Feature name                    identifier        ID
 
AFP Download Plus               S012551           S01254X
AFP Upload                      S01254S           S01254M
Compatibility Fonts             S012577           S012554
Enhanced ACIF                   S012556           S01254K
MVS Download                    S012555           S01254Z

Note: AFP Download Plus, AFP Upload, Compatibility Fonts, and MVS Download require Tier 1.

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

Customization options: Select the appropriate feature numbers to customize your order to specify the delivery options desired. These features can be specified on the initial or MES orders.

Expedite shipments

Feature
number                              Description
 
3445                                Local IBM Office Expedite
                                     (for IBM use only)
 
3446                                Customer Expedite Process Charge
                                     ($30 charge for each product)

Expedite shipments will be processed to receive 72-hour delivery from the time IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment (SDF) receives the order. SDF will then ship the order via overnight air transportation.
 
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IBM Customer Agreement

Print Services Facility (PSF) Tiered Pricing Exhibit

For AFP/IPDS Printers (IBM and non-IBM): The terms of the IBM Customer Agreement (or any equivalent agreement in effect between us) apply.

Exhibit number: M4564-18

Revised date: October 25, 2005

PSF pricing: PSF is priced in Cumulative Block tiers. The PSF tier is determined based on the number of printers PSF will be driving, and the impressions per minute (IPM) rated speed of those printers. Printer points are assigned to each printer based on its rated speed. Points for all printers except those in Category 1 are accumulated, and the total number of points determines the appropriate PSF license tier.

Printer categories: Printers are grouped into printer categories based on a range of printer speeds. Except for Category 1, each category has a point value assigned that applies to printers within that speed range. A list of IBM and non-IBM AFP/IPDS printers, their speeds in IPM and associated PSF printer category can be found on the IBM Web site at

The list of printers is current as of the effective date of this exhibit to the best of our knowledge, but may not be complete. For printers driven by PSF that are not listed, refer to the printer specifications for its maximum rated speed.

The rated speed for continuous forms printers is based on the number of landscape pages (8.5 inches length) printed per minute when printing only one page across the width of the printer's web. For continuous forms printers with wide webs (17 inches or greater [43 centimeters] printable width) the maximum rated speed is based on the number of paged printed per minute when printing two portrait pages side by side (11 inches length) across the width of the web. For continuous forms duplex printers, the maximum rated speed is the rated speed for the printer system when printing duplex. Printers with speed switching features installed, or with variable speeds, are categorized by their highest rated speed enabled by the speed switch or variable speed setting.

Printers with maximum speeds rated in lines-per-minute (LPM), characters per second (CPS), or inches per second (such as label printers) all fall into Category 1. These printers do not accumulate points toward the total PSF point value. Any number of printers in Category 1 can be driven with a PSF Tier 1 license. Category 1 includes impact printers and thermal label printers, such as the IBM 4400 or 6700 printers.

Printer categories for PSF V4

Following are the PSF printer categories by speed range and point value for printers within that category.

Category    Speed      Points    Category    Speed        Points
 
1           Impact     0         5           151-400      20
2           1-62       1         6           401-700      40
3           63-105     6         7           701-1000     55
4           106-150    12        8           Over 1000    65

Printer categories for PSF V3, PSF/VM, and PSF/VSE

Category    Speed      Points    Category    Speed        Points
 
1           Impact     0         4           106-150      12
2           1-62       1         5           Over 150     20 simplex
3           63-105     6                                  40 duplex

Usage tiers: After point values have been determined for all printers driven by PSF, the total point count is calculated by multiplying the number of printers in each category by the point value for each category, and accumulating the points for each category. The total number of points determines the usage level at which PSF must be licensed, as indicated in the PSF Tier Table below. Usage tiers are cumulative, so to order Tier 6 if your point total is between 35-45, Tiers 1 through 5 must also be ordered or already installed. As the PSF printer environment changes, the customer is responsible for updating the PSF point count and licensing additional tiers as necessary. You agree that during the period any of your printers are subject to PSF pricing, IBM has the right to verify your compliance with the terms of this Exhibit including, but not limited to, entry onto your premises during normal business hours and in a manner that reasonably minimizes disruption to your business. IBM may use an independent auditor for this purpose. If requested by IBM, you agree to provide IBM with information about your usage of PSF printers. Tiers may also be discontinued if the PSF print point count goes down as a result of changes in the PSF printer environment.

The following guidelines apply in determining the correct PSF usage tier:

  1. Determine which printers are driven by each PSF license and their category.
  2. If a printer is driven by more than one PSF license, assign that printer to the PSF license that drives that printer the majority of the time. A single printer should be counted by only one PSF license. Every system that PSF runs on must have at least a PSF Tier 1 license.
  3. When PSF Direct or the Distributed Print Function (DPF) of PSF is used to send print files to a remote server, and the printer is driven only by the remote server, the printers are counted in the license for the server (for IBM Infoprint Manager for AIX 5L™ and Infoprint Manager for Windows). Only a PSF Tier 1 license is required on the host.
  4. When the Download for z/OS (MVS Download) or AFP Download Plus features of PSF for z/OS are used to transmit files to another z/OS system, or to Infoprint Manager for AIX or Infoprint Manager for Windows, or to another remote server, and the printers are driven only on the remote server, only a PSF Tier 1 license is required on the host. Printer speed features are applied to the Infoprint Manager license.
  5. Printers that are shared between PSF and other print drivers must be counted in the PSF license at their appropriate point value.

A spreadsheet is available on the Printing Systems Web site under the PSF "User Resources" tab at

to assist in documenting the number and types of printers driven by PSF, and to determine the correct printer point count and associated PSF usage tier. A PSF Point Counting Tool is also provided with PSF for z/OS Version 4 that can assist in determining what printers are started by PSF, their machine type and point count.

PSF tiered pricing table

PSF tier   Point range          PSF tier          Point range
 
1          0-5                  7                 47-66
2          6-9                  8                 67-86
3          10-14                9                 87-151
4          15-20                10                152-301
5          21-30                11                302-601
6          31-46                12                over 601

Unlicensed documentation: A memo and program directory are shipped with the base feature. An additional program directory is shipped with each optional feature. The following publications are shipped in softcopy with the base feature and may be ordered separately in hardcopy for a fee:

                                                         Order
Title                                                    number
 
PSF for z/OS:  Licensed Program                          G550-0431
 Specifications
PSF for z/OS:  Introduction                              G550-0430
PSF for z/OS:  Customization                             S550-0427
PSF for z/OS:  User's Guide                              S550-0435
PSF for z/OS:  Messages and Codes                        G550-0432
PSF for z/OS:  Diagnosis                                 G550-0428
AFP Fonts:  Font Summary                                 G544-3810
AFP Concersion and Indexing                              S550-0436
 Facility User's Guide
PSF for z/OS:  Security Guide                            S550-0434
PSF for z/OS:  Download for z/OS Guide                   S550-0429
PSF for z/OS:  AFP Download for z/OS                     S550-0433
Upload Configuration Guide for SNA                       S544-5422
Upload Configuration Guide for TCP/IP                    S544-5423

Refer to the IBM Publications Center Web site for more information about publication ordering.

To order a previous edition of a publication, use the correct suffix level for the version desired.

The following publications are shipped in softcopy with the base feature:

                                                         Order
Title                                                    number
 
Tiered Pricing Exhibit for IBM                           Z125-4564
 and Non-IBM AFP Printers

To access the latest version of the Print Services Facility for z/OS V4.1 (5655-M32) publications or tiered pricing exhibit, go to

  • Click on Software
  • Click on zSeries
  • Click on Print Services Facility (PSF) for z/OS
  • Click on User resources
  • Click on Z125-4564 for the latest IBM and non-IBM AFP Printers exhibit

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.

Customized offerings

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

Agreement: IBM Customer Agreement

Variable charges apply: No

Indexed Monthly License Charge (IMLC) applies: No

Location license applies: No

Use limitation applies: Yes, based on the number and rated speeds of the printers being driven.

Additional licenses or features, as appropriate, must be obtained to exceed usage limits.

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

Volume orders: Not applicable

Replaced programs               Replacement programs
Program      Program            Program      Program
number       name               number       name
 
5665-275     Print Services     5655-M32     Print Services
              Facility                        Facility
              Version 1                       Version 4.1
              for MVS                         for z/OS
5695-040     Print Services     5655-M32     Print Services
              Facility                        Facility
              Version 2                       Version 4.1
              for MVS                         for z/OS
5655-B17     Print Services     5655-M32     Print Services
              Facility                        Facility
              Version 3                       Version 4.1
              for OS/390                      for z/OS

Warranty applies: Yes

Licensed program materials availability

  • Restricted Materials of IBM: None
  • Non-Restricted Source Materials: None
  • Object Code Only (OCO): All

Program services

  • Support Center applies: Yes. Access available through the IBM Support Center.
  • Available until discontinued: 12-months written notice.
  • APAR mailing address:
      IBM Corporation
      APAR Processing
      Dept. H6UE/AFP (PSC) Products
      6300 Diagonal Highway
      Boulder, CO 80301-9191

IBM Operational Support Services — SupportLine: Yes
 
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IBM Electronic Services

IBM Global Services has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to put you on the road to higher systems availability. IBM Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that provides you with an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support on the IBM eServer. You should benefit from greater system availability due to faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. IBM Electronic Services is comprised of two separate, but complementary, elements: IBM Electronic Services news page and IBM Electronic Service Agent™.

IBM Electronic Services news page provides you with a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used by customers to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The IBM Electronic Service Agent is a no-additional-charge software that resides on your IBM eServer system. It is designed to proactively monitor events and transmit system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, customer-defined timetable. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tracks system inventory, hardware error logs, and performance information. If the server is under a current IBM maintenance service agreement or within the IBM warranty period, the Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to provide proactive service that maintains higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent will be made available to IBM service support representatives when they are helping answer your questions or diagnosing problems.

To learn how IBM Electronic Services can work for you, visit


 
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Prices

Program number: 5655-M32

MLC entitlement
identifier                    Description
 
S01254B                       Tier  1
                              Tier  2
                              Tier  3
                              Tier  4
                              Tier  5
                              Tier  6
                              Tier  7
                              Tier  8
                              Tier  9
                              Tier 10
                              Tier 11
                              Tier 12
S012551                       AFP Download Plus
S01254S                       AFP Upload
S012577                       Compatibility Fonts
S012556                       Enhanced ACIF
S012555                       MVS Download

Use level charge

Charges for this program are based on usage levels. When a customer upgrades to a higher level of usage, a usage upgrade charge will apply, equal to the difference between the charge for the current level of usage and the higher level of usage.
 
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Order now

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

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

 Phone:     800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)
 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)
 Internet:  callserv@ca.ibm.com
 Mail:      IBM Americas Call Centers
            Dept. Teleweb Customer Support, 9th 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

 
Print Services Facility, S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server, IPDS, AFP, MVS, XT, NetSpool, IP PrintWay, FICON, IBMLink, AIX 5L, and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
The e-business logo, S/390, zSeries, Multiprise, ES/9000, z/OS, Infoprint, AIX, OS/390, ESCON, VTAM, eServer, and SystemPac are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
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