IBM Communications Server for AIX V6.3 can open the door to independent protocol networking

IBM United States Software Announcement 205-288
November 8, 2005

 

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TOC link At a glance TOC link Offering Information
TOC link Overview TOC link Publications
TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link Technical information
TOC link Planned availability dates TOC link Ordering information
TOC link Description TOC link Terms and conditions
TOC link Product positioning TOC link Prices
 
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At a glance

Communications Server for AIX:

  • Helps meet your requirements for interconnecting diverse networks
  • Enables security enhanced communications between workstation users and applications and other workstations and central computer applications, independent of the networking protocols used in each system
  • Helps you get users communicating with each other in networks of all sizes, from small workgroups to large corporate headquarters
  • Opens the door to protocol-independent networking with support for workstations communicating across SNA and TCP/IP networks

 
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Overview

Communications Server for AIX® V6.3 adds connectivity options for AIX, Linux™, and Windows™ platforms. It includes the same industrial-strength features and functions you have come to rely on for your mission-critical, core business applications for the distributed Communications Server product line. These features and functions have been well proven in the OS/2®, Linux, and Windows environments across a wide variety of server systems — from relatively small single-processor to high-end multiprocessor systems.

Communications Server for AIX V6.3 includes these additions:

  • TN3270E Server LU visibility for reporting Internet Protocol (IP) connections to the host
  • SLI — LUA Interface for LU 0, 1, 2, and 3
  • Primary LU 0, 1, 2, and 3 support
  • Remote API client/server support
    • Clients for SNA interfaces on Windows, Linux, and AIX platforms
    • SNA application IP connectivity to a domain of servers
    • HTTPS protocols for security

Communications Server for AIX can provide all-in-one communications services between workstations and host systems, as well as other workstations. It features:

  • Full-function SNA gateway
  • TN3270E Server
  • Telnet Redirector
  • Rich set of SNA APIs including LUA (SLI, RUI), APPC, and CPI-C
  • Advanced Peer-to-Peer Networking® (APPN®), including end node and network node
  • Branch extender
  • Dependent LU requester (DLUR)
  • High performance routing (HPR)
  • Enterprise extender (HPR over TCP/IP)
  • Support for many types of LAN and WAN connections, including Ethernet and token ring

Communications Server for AIX can open the door to protocol-independent networking with support for workstations communicating across SNA and TCP/IP networks.

Program support extension

Effective immediately, program services for Communications Server for AIX V6.1 are extended to September 30, 2006.
 
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Key prerequisites
  • IBM eServer pSeries® hardware system
  • AIX V5 operating system

Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections for details.
 
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Planned availability dates
  • November 11, 2005 (electronic software delivery)
  • December 16, 2005 (media and documentation)

 
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Description

Communications Server for AIX V6.3 is an evolution of all previous versions of the IBM Communications Server family of products. For details about the functions and capabilities of the Communications Servers, visit

New functions include the following.

TN3270 LU visibility

TN3270 Server client IP addresses are now reported to the host mainframe when the LUs are activated for an SSCP-LU session. This information is needed for the host mainframes to report IP client addresses using LU resources.

Remote API client

Communications Servers running in a domain of servers that support remote API clients can now support SNA applications running on AIX V5, Linux, and Windows platforms. The connection between the clients and the AIX servers is over TCP/IP using HTTPS protocols for additional security. Any SNA application on AIX that uses the CPI-C, APPC, LUA, and some NOF interfaces for the Communications Server for AIX V5, and later, can use the remote API clients. Interfaces for Communications Server for AIX V4.2, and earlier, are not supported by the remote API client. In a domain with multiple Communications Server for AIX servers, one server holds the master copy of the Communications Server for AIX domain configuration file. This server is known as the master server. You can define other servers in the domain to be backup servers, or leave them as peer servers.

Primary LU support for LU 0, 1, 2 and 3

LUA applications use session level interface (SLI) and request unit interface (RUI) to connect to host mainframes as secondary LUs. This relationship means that the definition for the sessions is controlled by the host application, which sends the BIND to start a session. Communications Server for AIX can now act as a primary LU to downstream SNA-dependent devices over LAN and WAN interfaces using the RUI_INIT_PRIMARY interface. Also, with this interface, an application can connect downstream-dependent LU sessions without the need for a host mainframe. Primary LU support is not available for Enterprise Extender (EE) or Multipath Channel (MPC) connections.
 
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Product positioning

Communications Server for AIX is a business solution that helps connect a heterogeneous enterprise-wide network over a wide geographic area.

Communications Server for AIX is the solution for companies that:

  • Run multiprotocol or multiple networks
  • Have existing SNA applications that they want to extend over TCP/IP networks
  • Have existing sockets applications they want to extend over SNA networks
  • Need to support users in a variety of locations — in the office, at home, or traveling
  • Want to:
    • Improve data security over the Internet or intranet while improving network availability
    • Use Branch Extender or Enterprise Extender advanced networking technologies to implement more cost effective networks
    • Consolidate or change their backbone networks
    • Provide SNA 3270 host access to TCP/IP users
    • Provide SNA host access to any Java™-enabled Web browser
    • Access data from virtually anywhere using familiar interfaces and protocols

Trademarks

 
The e-business logo, AIX, OS/2, Advanced Peer-to-Peer Networking, APPN, and pSeries are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Windows is a trademark 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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Offering Information

Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site

Also, visit the Passport Advantage® Web site


 
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Publications

No publications are shipped with this product. All documentation is available in softcopy and available on the product CD.
 
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Technical information

Hardware requirements

For AIX® server or client: An IBM eServer® pSeries® system supported by one of the AIX distributions listed in the Software requirements section.

For Windows™ client: An Intel™ Pentium™ II, or higher, 32-bit system supported by one of the Microsoft™ operating systems listed in the Software requirements section.

For Linux™ client

  • A Pentium II, or higher, system; 64-bit AMD system; or Intel Xeon EM64T-based system supported by one of the Linux operating systems listed in the Software requirements section. The "uname -m" command will report "i686" or "x86_64."
  • A 64-bit pSeries or OpenPower™ system supported by one of the 2.6 kernel Linux operating systems listed in the Software requirements section. The "uname -m" command will report "ppc64."
  • A 31- or 64-bit System z9™ or IBM eServer zSeries® system supported by one of the Linux operating systems listed in the Software requirements section. The "uname -m" command will report "s390" or "s390x."

Software requirements

For AIX server or client

  • One of the following AIX operating systems:
    • AIX V5.2 ML5, or later
    • AIX V5.3 ML2, or later

For Microsoft Windows client

One of the following operating systems:

  • Windows 2000 Professional, Server, or Advanced Server
  • Windows XP Professional
  • Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition

For Linux client

One of the following operating systems:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1, 3, or 4
  • Novell SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 8 or 9

For a current list of technical requirements visit

Limitations: The HTTPS protocol for secure connections between Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 2.1 clients and Communications Server is not supported.

Planning information

Customer responsibilities: The customer is responsible for acquiring all prerequisite software and hardware associated with this program.

Installability: Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support, is included in the Passport Advantage Agreement. Installation and technical support is provided by the Software Maintenance offering of the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement. This fee service enhances customer productivity, with voice and electronic access into IBM support organizations.

Packaging

Communications Server for AIX is shipped with the following:

  • One key card
  • Two product CDs

Security, auditability, and control

Communications Server for AIX does not include any security and auditability features.

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

This product is available only via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

Product information

Licensed
function               Product group       Product category
title
 
Communications Server  App Integration     App Integration
                        Middleware Other    Middleware Other
 
                                           Charge unit
Program name           PID number          description
 
Communications Server  5765-E51            Server(s)
Communications Server  5765-E51            Concurrent User(s)
Licensed function      Product group       Product category
 title
 
IBM Communications     IBM Communications  Communications
 Server for AIX         Server              Server

The Communications Server for AIX has two charge units: per server and per concurrent user.

A "server" is defined as a machine that runs the program in an instance of the AIX operating system. A separate license for the program is required for each server on which the program is installed.

A "user" is defined as a person. A concurrent user is any user that accesses and uses the program at any given time. You must acquire a user authorization for every concurrent user that will directly or indirectly access and use the program. Under this license, you may allow multiple concurrent users, up to the number of user authorizations acquired, to access and use the program either directly or indirectly (such as by accessing the program via an intermediate machine or piece of software).

As an example, if a multiplexing program or application server (that is, Transaction Server, DB2®) connects to the program providing access on behalf of multiple concurrent users, then one authorization for each of these multiple concurrent users is required.

In addition, for application programs that are not associated with actual users, but still utilize Communications Server services such as TN3270, SNA (APPN, DLUR), and Enterprise Extender, a user authorization is required for each active upstream or downstream connection established to the Communications Server. In an APPN environment, a connection is an active link to an adjacent nodes.

The license to the program includes an authorization for one concurrent user. Authorizations for additional concurrent users may be acquired separately.

The intent of the concurrent user pricing is to base cost on each user receiving value from Communications Server for AIX, while allowing flexibility in defining and modifying the number of servers used. For example:

  1. When TN3270 clients are connected to the Communications Server for AIX TN3270 Server, each concurrent TN3270 client is one user. If one person has multiple emulation sessions that are connected in through the same IP address, that is still one user; if multiple people go through one proxy to connect to the server, each person is a user. Some specific examples for TN3270 clients are as follows:
    • When 100 end users using TN3270 clients for display and printer go through the Communications Server for AIX TN3270 Server, it is 100 user licenses.
    • When 100 end users go through two Windows™ Terminal Server with TN3270 clients and go through the Communications Server for AIX TN3270 Server, it is 100 User licenses.
    • When end users use Web browsers via Host Access Transformation Services (HATS) to access the Communications Server for AIX TN3270 Server, it is the number of concurrent TN3270 clients (that is, Host On-Demand (HOD) is used by HATS to communicate to the Communications Server for AIX's TN3270 Server). Therefore, if 100 HOD clients are defined to HATS, then it is 100 user licenses.
  2. User scenarios include downstream SNA clients, Web clients, Remote API client/server, SNA gateway, network node, and application clients using Communications Server for AIX application interfaces to connect to host mainframe or other SNA applications. In these scenarios, each end-user client is one user. When multiple people go through one proxy or go through middleware applications to the Communications Server for AIX application interface, each person is a user. Some specific examples for SNA clients are as follows:
    • When 100 end-user SNA clients running HACP (Personal Communications) go through the Communications Server for AIX SNA Gateway, network node, or Remote API client/server, it is 100 user licenses. If those 100 end users go through two Communications Server for AIX for load balancing or backup, it is still 100 user licenses.
    • When 100 end-user TCP/IP clients go to a single TCP/IP-based middleware application server that uses the Communications Server for AIX application interface to communicate to CICS®, IMS™, or some other SNA applications, it is 100 user licenses. When 5000 end users using Web browsers go to a middleware Web server-based application server which uses 100 SNA sessions through the Communications Server for AIX application interface to communicate to CICS, IMS, or some other SNA application, it is still 100 concurrent user licenses.
    • When 100 end users go to a middleware application server using a remote API client and another set of 100 end users go to a different middleware application server also using another remote API client, both middleware application servers go through a common Communications Server for AIX server, it is 200 user licenses.

Charge metrics definitions

"Per server": Any machine on which a program or a component of a program is run. A Proof of Entitlement (PoE) is evidence of your authorization to use a program and is required for each server on which the program is run.

  • Programs are "installed" onto a storage device which may or may not be part of the server; thus, "run" is important here as the program may be stored on a CD, SAN, available via SCSI, and so on.
  • The number of partitions or processors on the server is irrelevant.
  • Where blade technology is employed, each blade is considered a separate server.

Concurrent user: A concurrent user (user) is one individual machine, program, access, or device within or outside your enterprise. A PoE is evidence of your authorization to use a program and is required for each user accessing the program or any program component, either directly or indirectly. (An example of "indirect" access would be through a multiplexing program or an application server through any means on behalf of the user.) You must acquire PoEs to support the "high water mark" of concurrent users — the highest number of users accessing the program at any given point of time.

Passport Advantage program licenses

Communications Server for AIX

                                                  Part
Part description                                  number
 
Communications Server
Comm Server for AIX Concurrent                    D5BCTLL
 User(s) License & SW Maint.
 12 Months
Comm Server for AIX Concurrent                    E1BCWLL
 User(s) SW Maint.
 Annual Renewal
Comm Server for AIX Concurrent                    D5BCXLL
 User(s) SW Maint.
 Reinstatement 12 Mon
Comm Server for AIX Server(s)                     D5BDJLL
 License & SW Maintenance
 12 Months
Comm Server for AIX Server(s)                     E1BDMLL
 SW Maintenance Annual Renewal
Comm Server for AIX Server(s)                     D5BDNLL
 SW Maintenance Reinstatement
 12 Months
Comm Svr for AIX Conc User(s)                     D5D21LL
 from Qualified Competitor Li &
 SW Maint 12 Mo
Comm Svr for AIX Server(s) from                   D5D22LL
 Qualified Competitor Li &
 SW Maint 12 Mon.
 
Passport Advantage supply
 
Comm Server for AIX V6.3.0
Media Pack Multilingual                           BM03HML
 (English International,
 French, Korean,
 Chinese -- Simplified,
 Spanish, Portuguese-Brazilian,
 German, Japanese,
 Chinese -- Traditional)
 AIX 5L(TM), V5 CD ROM Digital Disk --
 ISO 9660 Standard V6.3.0

Passport Advantage customer: Media pack entitlement details

Customers with active maintenance or subscription for the products listed are entitled to receive the corresponding media pack.

Comm Server for AIX V6.3.0

Entitled
maintenance
offerings       Media packs                  Part
description     description                  number
 
COMM SERVER     Comm Server for AIX          BM03HML
 AIX             Multilingual (English
                 International,
                 French, Korean,
                 Chinese -- Simplified,
                 Spanish,
                 Portuguese-Brazilian,
                 German, Japanese,
                 Chinese --
                 Traditional) AIX 5L,
                 V5 CD ROM Digital
                 Disk -- ISO 9660
                 Standard
COMM SERVER     Comm Server for AIX          BM03HML
 AIX USER        Multilingual (English
                 International,
                 French, Korean,
                 Chinese -- Simplified,
                 Spanish,
                 Portuguese-Brazilian,
                 German, Japanese,
                 Chinese --
                 Traditional) AIX 5L,
                 V5 CD ROM Digital
                 Disk -- ISO 9660
                 Standard

 
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Terms and conditions

Agreement: IBM International Program License Agreement. PoE are required for all authorized use.

Part number products only, offered outside of Passport Advantage, where applicable, are license only and do not include Software Maintenance.

License information form numbers

Program name             Program number   Form number
 
Communications Server    5765-E51         L-LCOX-6F4R4S
 for AIX

Limited warranty: Yes

Money-back guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the Program and you are the original licensee, 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.

For Programs acquired under the IBM International Passport Advantage offering, this term applies only to your first acquisition of the Program.

Copy and use on home/portable computer: No

Volume orders (IVO): No

Passport Advantage applies: Yes, and through the Passport Advantage Web site at

IBM Operational Support Services — Support line: No

iSeries™ Software Maintenance applies: No

Educational allowance available: Not applicable
 
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Prices

The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. 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.

Passport Advantage

For Passport Advantage information and charges, contact your IBM representative or authorized IBM Business Partner. Additional information is also available at

Trademarks

 
OpenPower, System z9, IMS, AIX 5L, and iSeries are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Passport Advantage, AIX, eServer, pSeries, zSeries, DB2, APPN, and CICS are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Intel and Pentium are trademarks of Intel Corporation.
 
Windows and Microsoft are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
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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