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IBM z/VSE V4.1 is generally available, supports z/Architecture, and introduces sub-capacity pricing

IBM United States Software Announcement 207-003
January 9, 2007

 

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TOC link Product positioning TOC link Prices
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(Corrected on April 25, 2007)

The Ordering information section was revised to add sub-capacity features under the Customization options.
 

At a glance

z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 (z/VSE V4.1) is built on a heritage of ongoing refinement and innovation that spans four decades. It is designed to help protect and leverage customer investments in VSE information assets, and it supports:

  • IBM System z9 EC, z9 BC, IBM eServer zSeries 990, zSeries 890, zSeries 900, zSeries 800
  • Crypto Express2 adapter and CP Assist for Cryptographic Function (CPACF)
  • Open Systems Adapter (OSA)-Express2 and FICON® Express4 adapters
  • Systems Managed Encryption with an IBM System Storage TS1120
  • IBM System Storage DS8000 and DS6000 (both as ECKD™ and FCP-attached SCSI disks)

z/VSE V4 executes in z/Architecture mode only and supports 64-bit real addressing for selected system functions. z/VSE V4.1 is designed to exploit up to 8 GB of processor storage. z/VSE V4 is not designed to support 64-bit virtual addressing or allow 64-bit addressing for user applications.

z/VSE V4 offers new MWLC pricing metrics and a sub-capacity option for IBM System z9 EC and z9 BC servers.

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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Overview

z/VSE™ Version 4 Release 1 (z/VSE V4.1) is built on a heritage of ongoing refinement and innovation that spans four decades. z/VSE V4.1, the latest advance in the ongoing evolution of VSE, is designed to help address needs of VSE clients with growing core VSE workloads and/or those who wish to exploit Linux™ on System z™ for new, Web-based business solutions and infrastructure simplification.

z/VSE V4 operates in z/Architecture™ mode only and supports 64-bit real addressing. z/VSE V4.1 is designed to exploit up to 8 GB of processor storage. z/VSE V4 is not designed to support 64-bit virtual addressing or allow 64-bit addressing for user applications.

z/VSE V4.1 supports IBM System z9™ Enterprise Class (z9 EC), formerly the IBM System z9 109 (z9-109), and IBM System z9 Business Class (z9 BC) servers, as well as IBM eServer® zSeries® 990, 890, 900, and 800. z/VSE V4.1 can run in basic mode (z900 and z800 only), in LPAR mode, or as a guest under z/VM® using z/VM V5.2 or later.

z/VSE V4.1 introduces Midrange Workload License Charge (MWLC) pricing. z/VSE V4.1 provides a sub-capacity measurement tool and offers a sub-capacity pricing option for clients running on IBM System z9 EC and z9 BC servers.

z/VSE V4.1 offers enhanced encryption support using IBM System z9 technology.

z/VSE V4.1 is designed to exploit Systems Managed Encryption with the IBM System Storage™ TS1120.

z/VSE V4.1 continues the focus on interoperability and service-oriented architecture.

In addition to the existing distribution options for z/VSE Version 3 Release 1, 3592 tape media can be selected for z/VSE V4.1.

z/VSE V4.1 is the preferred follow-on product for clients with z/VSE V3 or VSE/ESA™ installed.

This announcement fulfills the z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 Preview, 206-083 , dated April 27, 2006. This announcement contains additional detail and content not included in the preview.
 
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Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements section, Software requirements section, and Planning information section for details.
 
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Planned availability date

March 16, 2007
 
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Description

z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 (z/VSE V4.1) is built on a heritage of ongoing refinement and innovation that spans four decades. It is the latest advance in the ongoing evolution of VSE. z/VSE V4.1 is designed to help address the needs of VSE customers:

  • With growing core VSE workloads
  • Leveraging investments in existing VSE applications and data as part of integrated network solutions exploiting service-oriented architecture (SOA)
  • Exploiting Linux on System z for new solutions and infrastructure simplification

z/VSE V4 exploits selected features of innovative IBM System z9 and IBM System Storage technology. z/VSE V4 executes in z/Architecture mode only and supports 64-bit real addressing for selected functions. z/VSE V4.1 is designed to exploit up to 8 GB of processor storage. z/VSE V4 is not designed to support 64-bit virtual addressing or allow 64-bit addressing for user applications.

z/VSE V4.1 supports IBM System z9 Enterprise Class (z9 EC, formerly z9-109) and Business Class (z9 BC) servers. It supports IBM eServer zSeries 990, 890, 900, and 800 servers as well. z/VSE V4.1 can run in basic mode (z900 and z800 only), in LPAR mode, or as a guest under z/VM using z/VM V5.2 or later.

z/VSE V4.1 introduces MWLC pricing metrics and includes a sub-capacity measurement tool. When running on selected processors, subject to applicable terms and conditions, z/VSE V4.1 will be available with optional sub-capacity pricing.

z/VSE V4.1 continues the focus on interoperability and SOA. It is the preferred follow-on product for all clients with z/VSE Version 3, VSE/ESA Version 2, or earlier VSE versions installed.

Note: Selected z/VSE V4.1 functions have been made available on z/VSE V3.1. Where appropriate, z/VSE V3.1 is mentioned in the description below. However, to use these functions on z/VSE 3.1, a new refresh level or one or more individual PTFs may be required. We recommend z/VSE V3.1.2 or later with the latest recommended service level.

This announcement fulfills the z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 Preview, 206-083 , dated April 27, 2006. This announcement contains additional detail and content not included in the preview.

Midrange Workload License Charge

Midrange Workload License Charge (MWLC) pricing is an option for those running z/VSE V4.1 in a System z9 EC or z9 BC server environment.

Customers may implement MWLC in full-capacity or sub-capacity mode. z/VSE V4.1 includes a new sub-capacity measurement function, called CMT (Capacity Measurement Tool). CMT is designed to periodically measure the rolling 4-hour average utilization of each z/VSE V4.1 image.

For a detailed description of MWLC and sub-capacity pricing, including applicable terms and conditions, restrictions, processes, and procedures, refer to 207-004 , dated January 9, 2007.

Exploitation of IBM System z technology

z/VSE V4.1 is designed to bring the value of selected, innovative System z technology to you.

z/Architecture mode and 64-bit real addressing: z/VSE V4 executes in z/Architecture mode only and supports 64-bit real addressing for selected system functions. z/VSE V4.1 is designed to exploit up to 8 GB of processor storage.

z/VSE V4 is not designed to support 64-bit virtual addressing. Individual virtual address or data spaces remain limited to 2 GB. z/VSE V4 is not designed to allow 64-bit addressing for user applications.

Support for 64-bit real addressing may help you exploit more of the large processor storage available on even the smallest System z9 servers. For example, you may be able to exploit larger address spaces (but the 2 GB limit for each address space still applies). You may choose to utilize "data-in-memory" techniques such as CICS® Shared Data Tables, VSE Virtual Disk, or more and larger buffer pools. In addition, customers with especially large z/VSE environments may experience lower paging rates. In fact, many z/VSE environments may be able to run without a page data set at all (the NOPDS option).

z/VSE V4 exploitation of z/Architecture and 64-bit real addressing is designed to be transparent to user applications.

CP Assist for Cryptographic Function (CPACF): CPACF is a no-charge optional feature of System z9, z990, and z890 servers. It provides an "on processor" function designed to accelerate symmetric cryptographic operations.

CPACF on z9 EC and z9 BC servers has been enhanced to support Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) for 128-bit keys.

When available, z/VSE V4.1 is designed to support SSL using AES for 128-bit keys. TCP/IP for VSE/ESA is designed to transparently use AES for 128-bit keys. If the hardware is not available, the operations are implemented by software.

z/VSE V4.1 e-business Connectors support AES for 128-bit keys in addition to DES, T-DES (triple DES) encryption / decryption.

Note: This function will not be available at z/VSE V4.1 general availability. The function is planned to be delivered later via PTF. If you plan to use this function, check the z/VSE Web site after GA for the latest status.

As with other features with sensitive security implications, depending on the geographic location, U.S. export/import restrictions may apply.

Configurable Crypto Express2: With the configurable capability, the Crypto Express2 can be dynamically configured in either coprocessor or accelerator mode. Both modes are designed to enhance the performance of RSA operations. RSA operations typically occur during SSL session initialization. Faster RSA operations may help reduce CP usage and/or increase SSL throughput. Compared to coprocessor mode, the accelerator mode is designed to improve SSL performance by speeding up RSA operations even more.

The exploitation of Crypto Express2 in either mode is expected to be transparent to applications.

The configurable capability of the Crypto Express2 adapter is unique to z9 EC and z9 BC servers. On z990 and z890 servers, only the coprocessor mode is supported.

z/VSE V3.1 and later support the Crypto Express2 feature both in coprocessor and accelerator mode.

Exploit 2048-bit RSA keys with Crypto Express2: z/VSE V4.1 is designed to support 2048-bit RSA keys in addition to 512-bit and 1024-bit RSA keys.

TCP/IP for VSE/ESA is designed to transparently use 512-bit and 1024-bit RSA keys. When no cryptographic hardware is available, the RSA operations are performed by the software. TCP/IP for VSE/ESA 2048-bit RSA key support requires a Crypto Express2 adapter in either coprocessor or accelerator mode.

z/VSE V4.1 e-business Connectors are designed to support 2048-bit RSA keys in addition to 512-bit and 1024-bit RSA keys. z/VSE supports clear key RSA operations only.

FICON Express4: FICON Express4 is a new generation of FICON channels that supports auto-negotiated speeds of 1, 2, and 4 Gbps. FICON Express4 is exclusive to the System z9. It is available with 2-port and 4-port cards. However, the 2-port card is available only for the z9 BC.

FICON Express4 adapters offer two modes of operation:

  • Native FICON and FICON Channel-to-Channel (CTC) traffic (CHPID type FC)
  • Fibre Channel Protocol traffic (CHPID type FCP)

The exploitation of FICON Express4 is expected to be transparent to applications.

FICON Express4 feature (in both modes) is supported by z/VSE V3.1 and later.

Open Systems Adapter-Express2 1000BASE-T Ethernet: OSA-Express2 1000BASE-T Ethernet adapter is a new feature in the OSA-Express2 family. It provides additional connectivity options. The feature supports four modes of operation:

  1. OSA-Integrated Console Controller (OSA-ICC) for TN3270E and non-SNA DFT 3270 emulation (CHPID type OSC)
  2. Queued Direct Input/Output (QDIO) for TCP/IP traffic (CHPID type OSD)
  3. Non-QDIO for SNA/APPN®/HPR and/or TCP/IP traffic (CHPID type OSE)
  4. OSA-Express2 OSN (OSA for NCP) (CHPID type OSN)

When this feature is used in OSA-ICC mode, or for TCP/IP traffic, it is compatible with previous OSA-Express2 / OSA-Express features.

The OSA-Express2 1000BASE-T Ethernet adapter is supported by z/VSE V3.1 and later in all four modes of operation.

OSA-Express2 OSN (Open System Adapter for NCP) support: The IBM Communication Controller for Linux on System z (CCL) is software that emulates IBM 3745 hardware. It provides a platform to run the Network Control Program (NCP) software product under Linux on System z. This capability enables a migration path to move NCP-based workloads from the IBM 3745 Communication Controller to IBM System z servers. Using OSA-Express2 OSN support, the OSA Express2 adapter appears to z/VSE as if it were a channel-attached 374x Communication Controller. OSA-Express2 OSN support allows customers to configure, manage, and operate CCL NCP environments as if they ran in a real channel-attached 374x Communication Controller. With OSN support, you use internal connectivity instead of a LAN connection to CCL, which can help reduce complexity.

OSA-Express2 OSN (CHPID Type OSN) is supported by OSA-Express2 Gigabit and 1000BASE-T Ethernet features. It is exclusive to IBM System z9 EC and z9 BC servers.

Support for OSA-Express2 OSN is available with z/VSE V3.1 and later.

Up to 60 LPARs: Support for up to 60 LPARs is available on IBM System z9 EC servers. These additional LPARs may provide additional configuration flexibility.

Support for up to 60 LPARs is available with z/VSE V3.1 and later.

N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV): NPIV for Fibre Channel Protocol channels (CHPID type FCP) is designed to allow sharing of a single physical FCP channel among operating system images, whether in Logical Partitions (LPARs), or as guest images in z/VM virtual machines.

With NPIV, multiple virtual FCP channels can be defined, each with its own unique Fibre Channel port name and FC N_Port ID. An operating system like z/VSE can use virtual FCP channels as if they were using dedicated physical FCP channels. NPIV also allows sharing of the Lock file on a SCSI disk between multiple z/VSE systems using one physical FCP channel. Without NPIV, each z/VSE system would need its own physical FCP channel to access the Lock file. To utilize NPIV, the Fibre Channel switch to which the FCP channel attaches must support NPIV.

NPIV support may help provide cost reduction and allow better access control. NPIV is exclusive to z9 EC and z9 BC.

NPIV support is available with z/VSE V3.1 and later.

FCP point-to-point attachments: A FICON feature configured as CHPID type FCP can directly attach to storage devices (point-to-point connection), without the need for an intermediate Fibre Channel switch or director.

z/VSE V4.1 is designed to support point-to-point connections for FCP-attached SCSI disks. This may allow a lower-cost configuration since it can eliminate the need for a switch.

Program-directed re-IPL: Program-directed re-IPL allows an operating system running natively in an LPAR to trigger re-IPL. Program-directed re-IPL is exclusive to z9 EC and z9 BC.

z/VSE V4.1 is designed to support program-directed re-IPL for FCP-attached SCSI disks. This allows an automatic z/VSE installation on FCP-attached SCSI disks without operator intervention to re-IPL the z/VSE system.

Device qualification for DS6000 and DS8000: FCP-attached SCSI disks in an IBM System Storage DS6000 or DS8000 are qualified to be used with z/VSE V3.1 and later.

Exploitation of IBM System Storage technology

z/VSE V4.1 is also designed to support selected IBM System Storage products and features. Innovative IBM System Storage technology may offer significant value to z/VSE customers.

IBM System Storage TS1120 Tape Drive encryption feature: Physical tapes are often used for backup and for exchange with agencies and business partners. Typically, at some point these tapes, with their sensitive data, leave the internal environment. They may be exposed to accident, loss, or theft. Good business practice, a growing number of government mandates, and simple respect for customer privacy may require that the data be protected. Encryption can be an effective method to help protect this data.

The IBM System Storage TS1120 Tape Drive (Machine Type 3592 Model E05) provides customers with an option of using innovative, drive-based data encryption. The encryption capability is now standard on all new TS1120 Tape Drives. It is a chargeable upgrade feature for existing installed TS1120 Tape Drives.

A separate IBM Encryption Key Manager (EKM) component for the Java™ platform is also available. This EKM supports the generation, communication, and storage of encryption keys for TS1120 Tape Drives across the enterprise.

The TS1120 Tape Drive is designed to provide you with a flexible solution that supports encryption and key management across a variety of environments, with a single point of control for all encryption keys. Drive-based encryption capability can help you protect tape data in a cost-effective way.

When available, z/VSE V4.1 is designed to support Systems Managed Encryption with the IBM System Storage TS1120. z/VSE V4.1 support will require the EKM component running on another operating system other than z/VSE.

Note: This function will not be available at z/VSE V4.1 general availability. The function is planned to be delivered later via PTF. If you plan to use this function, check the z/VSE Web site after GA for the latest status.

For z/VSE V3.1 see 106-655 , dated August 29, 2006.

IBM System Storage TS1120 Tape Controller: The TS1120 Tape Controller is the successor to the IBM 3592 Model J70 Tape Controller. It offers ESCON® and FICON attachment of either IBM Systems Storage TS1120 or TotalStorage® 3592 J1A Tape Drives.

z/VSE V3.1 and later support the IBM System Storage TS1120 Tape Controller.

IBM Virtualization Engine™ TS7700: The IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 is the successor to the IBM TotalStorage Virtual Tape Server (VTS). The TS7700 Virtualization Engine is designed to optimize tape processing and enhance performance. It may help reduce the total cost of ownership for tape processing.

z/VSE V3.1 and later support the IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700.

IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library: IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library is designed to provide a highly scalable automated tape library.

z/VSE V3.1 and later support the IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library.

IBM System Storage DS8000 / DS6000 64K cylinder support: z/VSE V4.1 is designed to exploit the Large Volume Support (LVS) of IBM System Storage DS8000, DS6000, and TotalStorage ESS. z/VSE V4.1 will support disks that are defined as 3390 ECKD with a size of up to 64K cylinders.

Interoperability Improvements

z/VSE V4.1 continues the VSE focus on interoperability and service-oriented architecture (SOA). The latest information and code updates for selected VSE e-business connectors can be found on the z/VSE Web site at

Standards: Java-based VSE e-business connectors have been updated to support the JDK 1.5 (Java5) standard.

For z/VSE V3.1 customers, connectors updated to the JDK 1.5 standard can be downloaded from the z/VSE Web site.

Back up VSE data using Tivoli® Storage Manager (TSM): Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) is an IBM software product that allows you to back up and restore data over the network. TSM manages the storage and controls where the backup data is stored. TSM manages several storage pools. A storage pool can reside on disk or on tape. An administrator can set up rules on how these storage pools are used, and when data is migrated from one pool to another.

The VSE VTAPE function is used to enable users to back up VSE data to TSM. Only remote VTAPEs are supported. Data may be encrypted before it is sent over the network to the TSM server. Traditional backup jobs on VSE are expected to run almost unchanged.

TSM runs on a wide selection of platforms, including Linux on System z. It is already available at many customer sites. That means z/VSE V4.1 can be integrated into either new or existing TSM-controlled backup environments.

This function is available for z/VSE V3.1 and later.

For more information on Tivoli Storage Manager, refer to the Web site at

VSAM Capture exit: The VSAM Capture exit is part of the VSAM Redirector. It captures changes to a specific VSAM cluster (UPDATE/INSERT/DELETE). This VSAM Capture exit then creates a "delta record" and stores it in another, probably smaller, VSAM cluster (that is, a "delta file"). The delta record contains the changed record plus information about when (timestamp) and by whom (partition, phase name, origin value, and so on) the record was changed.

These delta records can be processed later by another program or system. For example:

  • Some customers who now send a complete VSAM file (including information that did not change) via FTP to a remote site each night may choose to FTP only the smaller delta file instead. This may help reduce network traffic as well as the processing at each site.
  • A program at a remote site may use the Java-based VSAM Connector to access the delta file and retrieve changed records. This may help ensure that remote data is synchronized with the master copy on z/VSE in near real time.
  • Some customers may choose to back up an entire VSAM file to tape just once each week, then back up only the delta file nightly. This may help reduce tape processing and handling.

Alternatively, the VSAM Capture exit can be used to create an MQ Message. For example, a trigger program might be used to process these MQ Messages in order to maintain the currency of a remote database, or to initiate remote processing based on the changed data.

Enhancements to VSAM Redirector: Prior to z/VSE V4.1, the VSAM Redirector was limited to one database table per VSAM cluster. In addition, only very simple data mapping was supported. This enhancement removes certain restrictions and adds support for automatic normalization of the data while redirecting. For example, every record type can now be redirected to its own table. In addition, more data types (like date and time fields) are supported. A new handler has been developed that enables the new functions. However, the existing handler is still provided for compatibility and migration reasons.

VTAPE enhancements: z/VSE V4.1 offers several VTAPE enhancements:

  • Allow user labels for VSAM ESDS

    When VTAPE is used with a VSAM file, the DLBL name of the VSAM ESDS cluster must be specified. Prior to z/VSE V4.1, the DLBL used for VTAPE could not be defined within the same job that uses the VTAPE command (unless the job runs in BG). With this enhancement the DLBL to be used with VTAPE can now be defined in the job where the VTAPE is invoked. That means a single job can 1) define the cluster, 2) define the label, and 3) use VTAPE with this DLBL. This enhancement is designed to make it easier to deal with VSAM VTAPEs and to allow smoother integration into existing job streams.

  • Additional VTAPE enhancements

    A new VTAPE QUERY command has been added. It shows the relationship between tape units and tape image files. VTAPE can be used for PTF application. This can be especially helpful for those who select the electronic delivery option for z/VSE V4.1. VTAPE support has been added to II dialogs, including Backup / Restore dialogs, PTF application, and problem handling.

EZA application programming interfaces: Prior to z/VSE V4.1, both the EZASMI Macro Interface and the EZASOKET Call Interface were based upon the LE/C Socket interface. The LE/C Socket interface required an LE runtime environment. In z/VSE V4.1 the LE requirement has been eliminated. As a result, the EZASMI Macro Interface and the EZASOKET Call Interface can now be called from any environment, LE or non-LE. CICS online applications may now use the EZA interfaces from non-LE-enabled programs as well. The change is expected to be transparent to application programs.

Component changes

Basic operating system and component improvements are often driven by requests submitted by customers and/or user groups. z/VSE V4.1 endeavors to address many of these requests. This section cannot cover each and every improvement. However, a few examples are described below. See the z/VSE V4.1 Planning Manual for additional improvements as well as for more details on those shown below.

Note: Although z/VSE is the successor to IBM's VSE/ESA product, many functions and related products may continue to use VSE/ESA in their names.

Security enhancements: The Basic Security Manager (BSM) has been enhanced to support more detailed logging and reporting of access to resources protected by the BSM control file. Signon and signoff to CICS or in batch jobs (user ID and password in POWER™ job card or ID statement) will be recorded for users defined in the VSE Control File. Access to resources will be recorded as defined in the RACROUTE request and in the resource profiles stored in the BSM Control File. From these records the BSM report writer builds a detailed report and certain summary reports.

VSE/POWER enhancements

  • VSE/POWER allows batch jobs to create "duplicate" and "master" queue entries by using new operands of * $$ LST/PUN statements. The master queue entry owns the spooled data. Duplicate queue entries address the same spooled data but carry different characteristics — for example, different printing or network destinations. For an existing list and punch queue entry, a new VSE/POWER PCOPY command can be used to create a duplicate queue entry while the original queue entry becomes the master queue entry.
  • Through the use of new operands in * $$ LST/PUN statements, or with the PALTER command, a time period (days and hours) can be specified. Once the time period expires, the queue entry is automatically deleted by VSE/POWER.
  • The output from a POFFLOAD command can be appended to the output of a previous POFFLOAD command of the same queue type through the use of a new APPEND operand. For hardware requirements, refer to the VSE/POWER manuals.

Language Environment® for z/VSE: A number of enhancements have been incorporated into LE for z/VSE to address user and vendor submitted requirements, usability, and z/OS® affinity issues.

LE for z/VSE now has the ability to display CICS Default Run-Time options via AR command. A number of new LE for z/VSE Callable Services and C functions, and improvements to the CLER transaction have been provided, and macros and programming samples have been introduced and/or enhanced. For example, LE for z/VSE now allows extraction of run-time environment information (at assembly time). LE for z/VSE can retrieve, set, modify, or delete environment variables from non-C applications, get information about the system or subsystem, delay processing in millisecond increments, or simply allow consistent operation in a CICS environment.

There are also improvements to storage initialization issues (of particular interest to PL/I users) and messages. In addition, LE for z/VSE now offers support for PL/I fetchable modules to subsequently fetch other PL/I fetchable modules combined with improvements in the Inter-language Communication (ILC) area.

Note: Although the official name of the Language Environment component is now Language Environment for z/VSE (LE for z/VSE), technical documents (manuals), may still refer to LE for z/VSE as Language Environment for VSE/ESA, LE/VSE Version 1 Release 4 Modification 5, or LE/VSE V1.4.5.

Single supervisor generation: Complexity can be reduced shipping a single supervisor ($$A$SUPI) only. This supervisor provides support for 1024 devices. All supervisor generation options have been dropped. When generating a supervisor only default values will be accepted. The TRKHLD parameter can now be specified as part of the IPL SYS command.

SDAID enhancements: To aid in problem determination, a new OSAX trace type has been added to trace requests against an OSA Express link.

High Level Assembler for z/OS, z/VM, and z/VSE V1.5: The HLASM allows to use either work files or partition storage for HLASM compilations.

TCP/IP for VSE/ESA: When available, TCP/IP for VSE/ESA will offer SecureFTP. SecureFTP support uses the SSL standard to provide user authentication, privacy, and integrity for commands and data transmitted by FTP clients and servers running on z/VSE. TCP/IP for VSE/ESA is designed to transparently exploit Crypto Express2 for asymmetric encryption (RSA) and CPACP for symmetric encryption (for example, TDES and AES-128) when available on the server. When the hardware assists are not available, a software implementation is used instead (except for 2048-bit RSA key support).

Note: Support for SecureFTP and AES for 128-bit keys will not be available at z/VSE V4.1 general availability. The functions are planned to be delivered later via PTF. If you plan to use these functions, check the z/VSE Web site after GA for the latest status.

TCP/IP for VSE/ESA contains the functionality of TCP/IP 1.5.0 Service Pack E.

ACF/VTAM® for VSE/ESA V4.2: ACF/VTAM® now provides 31-bit I/O buffer support. With this function, ACF/VTAM can move I/O buffers into 31-bit System Getvis storage. This relieves 24-bit System Getvis storage and can allow z/VSE customers to grow their communication workloads.

ACF/VTAM 31-Bit I/O buffer support is also available with z/VSE V3.1 plus related PTFs.

CICS Transaction Server for VSE/ESA V1.1.1: To protect existing customer investments in older CICS technology, z/VSE V4.1 will continue to ship CICS/VSE® V2.3 along with CICS TS for VSE/ESA at no additional charge.

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

z/VSE V4.1 is capable as of March 16, 2007, 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

A primary objective of z/VSE Version 4 is to help you protect your extensive investments in the VSE platform. A second goal is to help you integrate z/VSE into the overall IT network. A third aim is to help enable you extend existing VSE application solutions by exploiting and leveraging Linux on System z (or any other platform you prefer).

z/VSE Version 4 is designed for VSE customers with growth opportunities. "Growth" may be generated by some combination of:

  • VSE workload
    • Added volumes, new users, and new or enhanced core applications
    • Associated IT activity (such as application development/maintenance, test, backup, printing, and file transfer)
  • Linux workload
    • New solutions (such as applications based on WebSphere® Application Server and DB2 Universal Database®)
    • New line-of-business applications (such as ERP and CRM)
    • Infrastructure simplification, including consolidation of existing distributed workload (such as file/print servers, mail, firewalls, and DNS)
    • Associated application development and test

Protect

z/VSE V4.1 can help you protect your existing investment in core VSE applications, data, and IT skills, as well as business processes and end-user training. For example, support for IBM server and storage technology may help you benefit from innovative new IBM technology such as hardware assisted encryption. New MWLC pricing metrics and granular sub-capacity pricing may help lower the Total Cost of Ownership.

z/VSE V4.1 is designed to help protect your investments by focusing on compatibility. For example, support for z/Architecture is designed to be transparent to user applications. In addition, you can use the Fast Service Upgrade (FSU) process to move quickly from z/VSE V3.1 or VSE/ESA V2.7 to z/VSE V4.1.

Integrate

z/VSE V4 can be used alone, or in combination with other platforms. Indeed most IT systems today consist of several different platforms that must work together.

Flexible integration is possible through the use of open and industry standards. For example, with support for SOAP and XML in z/VSE V4.1, existing VSE logic can be encapsulated and "published" using the service-oriented architecture (SOA) model. In addition, IBM middleware such as CICS Transaction Gateway, Host on Demand and Host Application Transformation Services (HOD/HATS), WebSphere MQ, and DB2 Connect® can help open up data and logic contained in existing core VSE systems. z/VSE V4.1 offers additional integration tools including VSE e-business connectors such as VSAM Connector, VSAM Redirector, and "virtual tape" (VTAPE).

Integrated solutions may consist of an IBM System z mainframe server running z/VSE V4.1, plus your choice of any Java-capable server. For example, because integration is based on standards, the companion platform may be any IBM server (or equivalent) including:

  • IBM System z (the same or a different server with z/OS, z/VSE, or Linux)
  • IBM System p™ (AIX 5L™ or Linux)
  • IBM System x™ (Windows™ or Linux)
  • IBM System i™ (i5/OS™ or Linux)
  • IBM BladeCenter® (AIX 5L, Windows, or Linux)

Extend

Of course, in the normal course of events, new application solutions are needed in response to changing business challenges. z/VSE V4.1 offers you a security-rich and robust platform for traditional batch and online transaction processing (OLTP) applications. Customers may find the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for z/VSE V4 to be quite attractive. For many new applications (for example, Web application serving, data warehouse, infrastructure, and so on), Linux on System z may be considered. Linux is a significant and growing presence in the IT industry. It provides a robust, low-cost platform along with an expanding list of IT solutions, including open source applications, as well as priced applications provided by Independent Software Vendors. In addition, Linux and Java skills may be readily available.

You may find the combination of z/VSE V4.1 and Linux on System z to be a compelling environment for delivering modern, flexible IT solutions. By exploiting this mutually complementary environment, you may profit from the Linux platform, yet retain the best features and benefits of the z/VSE V4 platform. Leveraging the combination of z/VSE V4.1 and Linux on System z may help lower the cost, disruption, and risk of new, on demand solutions. The combination of z/VSE V4.1 and Linux on System z may also help increase productivity and lessen time-to-market for delivering new solutions.

For example, an especially attractive environment might consist of:

  • z/VSE running on "standard" Central Processor (CP) engines, and linked via HiperSockets to
  • Linux on System z (running under z/VM) on one or more Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) specialty engines

This powerful, open, and flexible model fits well with the innovative IBM System z9 Enterprise Class and z9 Business Class servers.

You may be able to simplify your IT infrastructure using Linux on System z as well. Infrastructure simplification may result in lower overall costs based on an analysis of TCO.

If, for whatever reason, you prefer a platform other than Linux on System z, the hybrid model (that is, z/VSE V4 plus a companion platform) can work as well. Interoperability based on open and industry standards is the key. z/VSE V4.1 can be combined with any Java-capable platform (for example, System p with AIX 5L, or System x with Windows) to provide a modern, competitive IT environment.
 
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Hardware and software support services

SmoothStart™/installation services

SmoothStart and Installation Services are not provided.
 
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Reference information

Refer to 207-004 , dated January 9, 2007.

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 207-003

Trademarks

 
System z, z/Architecture, System z9, System Storage, VSE/ESA, z/VSE, ECKD, Virtualization Engine, POWER, System p, System x, System i, i5/OS, AIX 5L, and SmoothStart are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
eServer, zSeries, z/VM, CICS, FICON, APPN, ESCON, TotalStorage, Tivoli, Language Environment, z/OS, VTAM, ACF/VTAM, CICS/VSE, WebSphere, DB2 Universal Database, DB2 Connect, and BladeCenter, 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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IBM z/VSE V4.1 product content

z/VSE™ Version 4 Release 1 base programs

The following is a complete list of z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 base programs, including their release/modification levels.

Note that z/VSE is the successor to IBM's VSE/ESA™ product and that many products and functions supported on z/VSE may continue to use VSE/ESA in their product names.

                                Version/
                                release/      Program
Program name                    modification  number       Notes
 
VSE Central Functions             8.01.00     5686-CF8 (1) New version
High Lev Assem z/OS(R),           1.05.00     5696-234 (1)
 z/VM(R), z/VSE
VSE/EREP                          3.05.00     5656-260 (2)
VSE/ICKDSF                        1.17.00     5747-DS2 (2)
CICS(R) Transaction Server for
  VSE/ESA                         1.01.01     5648-054
  CICS/VSE(R)                     2.03.00              (3)
ACF/VTAM(R) for VSE/ESA           4.02.00     5686-065
 -- Client/Server (CS)
 -- Multi Domain  (MD)
 -- Inter Enterprise (IE)
DITTO/ESA for VSE                 1.03.00     5648-099
TCP/IP for VSE/ESA                1.05.00     5686-A04
 -- Application Pak
 -- NFS Feature                                        (4)
 -- GPS Feature                                        (4)
DB2(R) Server for VSE and VM      7.04.00     5697-F42
 -- DataPropagator(TM)            7.04.00
 
(1)   Mandatory product, not selectable.
      All others are optional.  Some may have
      commercially available alternatives.
(2)   No-charge product, not selectable.
(3)   No-charge product as part of CICS TS (5648-054).
(4)   NFS/GPS require the Application Pak.

z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 optional programs

The following is a complete list of z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 optional programs, including their release/modification levels.

                                 Version/
                                 release/    Program
Program name                     mod         number       Notes
 
Optional z/VSE Base Features
 
HLASM Tool Kit                    1.05.00    5696-234
DITTO/ESA for VSE, VM Option      1.03.00    5648-099
ACF/VTAM(R) Version 4 VM Options  4.02.00    5686-065
 -- Client/Server (CS)
 -- Multi/Domain  (MD)
 -- Inter/Enterprise (IE)
ACF/VTAM APPC for VM                                      VM-format
DB2 Server for VSE and VM         7.04.00    5697-F42
 -- Data Restore Feature
 -- Control Center Feature
 -- QMF(TM) for VSE
 -- QMF for Windows(TM)
System Control and Networking
 
VSE/ACLR                          1.02.01    5746-XE7
 
Database and Utilities
 
DL/I VSE                          1.11.00    5746-XX1
CICSVR/VSE                        1.02.00    5686-011
DFSORT(TM)/VSE                    3.04.00    5746-SM3
DL/I DOS/VS                       1.10.00    5746-XX1
 
Network Control -- Current
 
ACF/SSP                           4.08.01    5686-064
ACF/NCP for IBM 3745              7.08.01    5648-063
X.25 NPSI for ACF/NCP Version 7   3.09.00    5688-035
EP V1 for ACF/NCP Version 7       1.14.00    5735-XXB
 
 
Languages and Compilers
 
IBM COBOL for VSE --              1.01.00    5686-068
 full function
IBM COBOL for VSE --              1.01.00    5686-068
 alt. function
IBM PL/I for VSE  --              1.01.00    5686-069
 full function
IBM PL/I for VSE  --              1.01.00    5686-069
 alt. function
IBM C for VSE/ESA --              1.01.00    5686-A01
 full function
IBM C for VSE/ESA --              1.01.00    5686-A01
 alt. function
CCCA for VSE                      2.01.00    5686-A07
VisualAge(R) Generator Server     1.02.00    5648-B02
DOS/VS RPG II                     1.03.00    5746-RG1
Application Development
 
MQSeries(R) for VSE/ESA           2.01.02    5686-A06
SDF II                            1.06.00    5746-XXT
 
Business Professional Support
 
GDDM(R) VSE                       3.02.00    5686-057
GDDM IMD                          2.01.03    5668-801
GDDM PGF                          2.01.03    5668-812
GDDM IVU                          1.01.03    5668-723
 
Advanced Function Printing(TM)
 
PSF/VSE Comp. Fonts Base          2.02.01    5686-040
AFP(TM) Font Collection S/390(R)  2.01.01    5648-B33
 -- incl. fonts
PPFA/370                          1.01.00    5688-190
OGL/370                           1.01.00    5688-191

 
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Technical information

Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 will operate on:

                                                       Guest under
                                               LPAR    z/VM 5.2
IBM System z(TM) server           Basic Mode   Mode    or later
 
IBM System z9(TM) Enterprise Class               x        x
IBM System z9 Business Class                     x        x
IBM eServer(R) zSeries(R) 990                    x        x
IBM eServer zSeries 890                          x        x
IBM eServer zSeries 900               x          x        x
IBM eServer zSeries 800               x          x        x
 
x: Supported

Hardware-assisted asymmetric key encryption (RSA only) requires:

  • Crypto Express2 (in either coprocessor or accelerator mode) on System z9 EC and z9 BC
  • Crypto Express2 in coprocessor mode or PCICA on z990 and z890 servers
  • PCICA on z900 and z800 servers

PCICA is not available on z9 EC and z9 BC servers.

For hardware-assisted symmetric key encryption (for example, DES and TDES), a z9 EC, z9 BC, z990, or z890 server with the CPACF feature is required.

For hardware-assisted symmetric key encryption using AES-128, a z9 EC or z9 BC server with the CPACF feature is required.

The CPACF feature on z990 and z890 servers does not include the AES-128 hardware assist.

Software requirements

z/VM V5.2 (or later) is required for those customers running z/VSE V4.1 under z/VM. z/VM allows customers to exploit state-of-the-art virtualization technology for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Multiple z/VSE production, development, or test images
  • Multiple Linux™ on System z images to exploit the potential of Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) speciality engines
  • Both z/VSE and z/OS during a migration transition period
  • Both z/VSE and z/OS on a permanent basis

z/VM V5.2, or later, allows you to use z/VM in combination with Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL).

For customers running z/VSE V4.1 together with Linux on System z, a Linux distribution is needed. Linux on System z is not provided by IBM. It must be obtained from an independent distributor. For a current list of Linux on System z distributors, refer to

Compatibility: Compatibility aspects include:

  • z/VSE V4.1 is designed so that programs running on VSE/ESA V2.7 or z/VSE V3.1 that use official interfaces will be able to run unchanged with z/VSE V4.1.
  • z/VSE V4 operates in z/Architecture™ mode only.
  • The German and Spanish national language "versions" have been dropped. However, the Japanese national language version continues to be available with z/VSE V4.1.
  • The Label Area can no longer reside on a physical disk. The IPL DLA statement will be ignored.

Limitations: Limitations when using the Fast Service Upgrade (FSU) process:

  • There is an FSU path from z/VSE V3.1 and VSE/ESA V2.7 only.
  • You cannot use the FSU process to move from a German or Spanish version (either z/VSE V3.1 or VSE/ESA V2.7) to z/VSE V4.1.
  • You cannot use the FSU process to move to z/VSE V4.1 if your current system is VSE/ESA V2.7 and the system residence disks are FBA disks.

Performance considerations: The overall performance of z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 depends on the individual hardware and software components and on the specific environment and setup parameters.

In general, the overall CPU requirement of z/VSE V4.1 is similar to that of z/VSE V3.1. This applies as long as the same environment is used (for example, Batch or CICS TS for VSE/ESA V1.1.1) without exploitation of new functions. Actual customer experience may vary.

For more information on z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 performance, visit the z/VSE home page at

User group statements: This announcement addresses or partially addresses requests from one or more of the worldwide user group communities. Groups include COMMON, COMMON Europe, Guide Share Europe (GSE), InterAction (Australia/New Zealand), Japan Guide Share (JGS), and SHARE Inc.

Requirements satisfied include:

MR0331001247   --  II support of more than 1500 VSAM clusters
MR0509056623   --  II support for Compile option DL1
MR0830042524   --  Support Hostname for VTAPE in dialogs
MR0719044112   --  POFFLOAD Appending
WAVV200433     --  POFFLOAD Appending
MR0606031937   --  Queue entry manipulation by age
MR091900647    --  Queue entry manipulation by age
WAVV200306     --  Queue entry manipulation by age
WAVV1999003    --  Queue entry manipulation by age
MR0618024336   --  Duplicate queue entries
WAVV200223     --  Duplicate queue entries
MR00030969     --  Duplicate queue entries
MR0507024613   --  Online problem determination in LE Support
MR041003282    --  Client authentication, support class APPL
MR0410034838   --  Client authentication, support class FACILITY
MR1112031359   --  Client authentication
MR102903455    --  Enhance Utility IESUPDCF to support selection
                    and application panel definitions also
MR111804551    --  Client authentication
MR052906214    --  Dump storage referenced by active BLL, BLV and
                    BLX cells in CEE5DMP
MR0720065753   --  Customizing LE/VSE warning messages that might
                    be repeated e.g., IGZ0068W, IGZ0041W.
MR0605023156   --  Expand VTAPE command
MR0719041311   --  VTAPE Enhancement -- User Labels
WAVV200414     --  ACF/VTAM 31-bit I/O buffer support
WAVV200311     --  ACF/VTAM 31-bit I/O buffer support
WAVV200242     --  ACF/VTAM 31-bit I/O buffer support
WAVV200224     --  ACF/VTAM 31-bit I/O buffer support
MR1126022231   --  Support more than 2 GB real storage for VSE/ESA
MR0725055414   --  Encryption Option on Backups
WAVV200513     --  Encryption Option on Backups
MR0428033845   --  Provide security resource classes to allow
                    access to certain applications/CICSes
MR1005065840   --  Provide BSM Command to allow closing of BSTCNTL File
MR0320066810   --  Allow MSHP to print Actions only for
                    PTF tapes/deliveries
MR0111066010   --  Last Successful Sign on Report with IUI
MR0216045136   --  FTP ephemeral ports for VSE TCP/IP client
MR0406046554   --  Enhance OSAX definition to use Router-Capability

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

Fast Service Upgrade: The Fast Service Upgrade (FSU) process is available for customers migrating to z/VSE V4.1 from z/VSE V3.1 and VSE/ESA V2.7.

Status of z/VSE V3.1: No end of service date has been announced for z/VSE V3.1 as of January 9, 2007. The most current status of z/VSE V3.1 marketing and support can be found on the z/VSE Web site at

This information is provided for planning purposes only and is not a commitment by IBM. IBM plans are subject to change without notice at any time.

No longer available with z/VSE Version 4 Release 1: The German and Spanish national language "versions" have been dropped. However, the Japanese national language version continues to be available with z/VSE V4.1.

Note: National language versions provide translations of selected product documentation, as well as certain panels designed for use by IT professionals. Elimination of these national language versions does not eliminate or compromise the ability of customers to develop and maintain applications in the national language(s) of their choice. Indeed, unless some unrelated compatibility issue is involved, it is anticipated that existing national language applications will continue to run with z/VSE V4.1. Furthermore, new applications can be created and deployed that incorporate the essential elements of national language, including the language itself, appropriate character sets and code pages, local date and time formats, unique sort sequences, and so on.

No Optional Source Material will be available with z/VSE Version 4 Release 1.

Further information on the status of z/VSE and related programs can be found at

TCP/IP for VSE/ESA: Each feature of TCP/IP for VSE/ESA (Application Pak, NFS, GPS) requires a unique user access key. The license order for TCP/IP for VSE/ESA can be placed either together with any other program with the z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 product set or alone at a later point in time.

SSL for VSE is also key protected and only usable with the key for the Application Pak. If you use a product key that allows you to run TCP/IP in demonstration mode only, you cannot use SSL for VSE.

The user access keys will be generated and delivered automatically from IBM whenever an order is placed for one of these features.

SecureFTP will not be available at z/VSE V4.1 general availability. The function is planned to be delivered later via PTF. If you plan to use this function, check the z/VSE Web site after GA for the latest status.

Customers who do not wish to use TCP/IP for VSE/ESA from IBM are requested to run product delete jobs (that are provided with z/VSE Version 4 Release 1) after system installation, to delete the product from their system.

Note: It is suggested that customers who have licensed "TCP/IP for VSE" from a third-party vendor check which Service Pack, if any, needs to be installed. Customers who have licensed "TCP/IP for VSE" from a third-party vendor should read supplementary information, if available. Product access keys from IBM and third-party vendors are different and are not interchangeable.

DB2 Server for VSE and VM Version 7 Release 4: DB2 Server for VSE and VM uses an access/usage protection method that requires a password key to enable the software function. The password key will be generated and delivered automatically from IBM when an order is placed for DB2 Server for VSE and VM.

ACF/VTAM for VSE/ESA Version 4 Release 2: ACF/VTAM for VSE/ESA V4.2 uses an access/usage protection method that requires a password key to enable the software function. The following types may be ordered:

  • Client/Server (CS)
  • Multi Domain (MD)
  • Inter Enterprise (IE)

The password key will be generated and delivered automatically from IBM accordingly when an order is placed for ACF/VTAM for VSE/ESA V4.2.

Software key management: In exceptional cases (for example, off-line situations), it may be necessary to contact the IBM Registration Center by telephone, fax, mail, or e-mail as appropriate.

Note: The IBM Registration Center cannot handle product/license orders. You may contact them only if you already have a license for your software program.

Mail:      IBM Boulder Key Center
           6300 Diagonal Highway
           Dept.  EZE/010J
Phone:     800-446-8989
Fax:       303-924-9644
E-mail:    KEYREGS1@vnet.ibm.com
Hours:     Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
           Mountain Time. Closed weekends and holidays.

Installability: The Fast Service Upgrade (FSU) process is available for customers migrating from z/VSE Version 3 Release 1 or VSE/ESA Version 2 Release 7.

Note:

  • You cannot use the FSU process to move to z/VSE V4.1 if your current system is VSE/ESA V2.7 and the system residence disks are FBA disks.
  • You cannot use the FSU process to move from a German or Spanish version (either z/VSE V3.1 or VSE/ESA V2.7) to z/VSE V4.1.

Initial installation of z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 is possible on the following disk types:

  • 3380
  • 3390
  • FBA (FBA also means FCP-attached SCSI disks)

Packaging: Depending on the order, z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 will be packaged and delivered either:

  • On three tape cartridges (3480 compressed, 3590, or 3592), containing:
    • z/VSE base
    • z/VSE extended base programs
    • DB2 Server for VM & VSE Help Text
  • Or on CD-ROM, containing:
    • z/VSE base
    • z/VSE extended base programs
    • DB2 Server for VM & VSE Help Text
    • ReadMe File
  • Or through electronic delivery (via ShopzSeries) to be downloaded, containing:
    • z/VSE base
    • z/VSE extended base programs
    • DB2 Server for VM & VSE Help Text
    • ReadMe File

Depending on the order, the package will contain one or more additional cartridges for the z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 optional programs, stacked one after the other on the medium.

Program directories and the publication entitlement sets of the ordered z/VSE base and optional programs will be shipped with the z/VSE package. The Program Directory for z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 has the following IBM form number: GI11-2698.

TCP/IP for VSE/ESA: TCP/IP for VSE/ESA is shipped on the z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 base tape and is installed during the standard z/VSE V4.1 installation.

TCP/IP for VSE/ESA will be shipped enabled for demo mode only. This allows you to test the entire function set on your z/VSE V4.1 system in a functionally limited way (not suited for any production purposes). The different features must be enabled via user access keys.

SSL for VSE is also key protected and only usable with the key for the Application Pak. It cannot be used in demo mode.

The TCP/IP for VSE/ESA documentation is available on the z/VSE V4.1 CD-ROM (SK2T-0060), on the z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 DVD (SK3T-8348), or from the Internet.

Further information: For further information, refer to the VSE home page:

Security, auditability, and control

The announced programs use the security and auditability features of the operating system software. 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

Order z/VSE through the Internet

ShopzSeries provides an easy way to plan and order System z software upgrades. This now includes VM and VSE. Using ShopzSeries, customers can quickly generate orders for VM SDOs and VSE SIPOs. Additionally, ShopzSeries will ensure your order is technically correct (that is, ensures any co-req or pre-req or incompatibility conditions are resolved to ensure timely order placement and processing). ShopzSeries is available in the United States 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.

New users of z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 should specify:
        Type: 5609       Model: ZV4 (SIPO SPO)
        Type: 5686       Model: CF8 (CF)
        Type: 5686       Model: 065 (ACF)
        Type: 5648       Model: 099 (DITTO)
        Type: 5696       Model: 234 (HLASM)
        Type: 5747       Model: DS2 (ICKDSF)
        Type: 5656       Model: 260 (EREP)
        Type: 5686       Model: A04 (TCPIP)
        Type: 5648       Model: 054 (CICS)
        Type: 5697       Model: F42 (DB2)

Basic license

To order a basic license, specify the program number and feature number 9001 for asset registration. Specify the feature number of the desired distribution medium shown below.

To order a basic license, or a DSLO or MOSP license for z/VSE Central Functions V8 (5686-CF8), specify the program number, the feature number 9001 for asset registration, and one of the following graduated monthly license charge feature numbers as applicable and corresponding to the processor group that contains the designated machine.

DSLO: Distributed System License Option

MOSP: S/390 Multiple Operating Systems — PR/SM™

 
Entitlement                          License option/
identifier      Description          Pricing metric
 
S013NPW         z/VSE Central        Processor Based,
                Function V8          Basic MLC,  DSLO MLC,
                                     MOSP Basic MLC, MOSP DSLO MLC

Workload License Charge (WLC) basic license

Flat Workload License Charge features

 
Flat Workload License Charge
Basic license monthly license charge
 
Entitlement                          License option/
identifier      Description          Pricing metric
 
S013NPW         z/VSE Central        Basic MLC, Flat WLC
                Function V8

Midrange Workload License Charge (MWLC) license

Midrange Workload License Charge features

 
Midrange Workload License Charge
 
Entitlement                          License option/
identifier      Description          Pricing metric
 
S013NPW         z/VSE Central        MLC, MWLC
                Function V8

Tiered Workload License Charge (TWLC)

To order TWLC software, specify the TWLC charge feature number from the table below.

 
 Entitlement                              License option /
 identifier        Description            Pricing metric
 
 S013NPW           z/VSE Central          Basic MLC, Tiered WLC
                   Function V8

Growth Opportunity License Charge (GOLC): To order a basic license, specify the program number and the correct level.

Specify the GOLC monthly charge feature number from the table below. Also, specify the feature number for the desired distribution medium.

 
Entitlement                                  License option /
identifier          Description              Pricing metric
 
S013NPW             z/VSE Central            Basic MLC, GOLC
                    Functions V8

System z Entry License Charge (zELC): To order zELC software, specify the program number and z800 model.

Specify the zELC monthly license option.

Entitlement                                  License option /
identifier          Description              Pricing metric
 
S013NPW             z/VSE Central            Basic MLC, zELC
                    Functions V8

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 the programs are operating on.

Basic machine-readable material

5609-ZV4 System Program Order: To order, select the feature number of the desired distribution medium. Basic machine-readable material for the individual licensed base programs will be shipped on 3480, 3590, or 3592 tape cartridges, on CD-ROM, or via Electronic Delivery as part of the 5609-ZV4 system program order.

Order feature numbers for z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 base programs (to be specified under 5609-ZV4) are:

Feature
Number   Description
 
4000     3480 Tape Cartridge (compressed) U.S. English
4001     3590 Tape Cartridge U.S. English
4002     3592 Tape Cartridge U.S. English
4003     CD-ROM U.S. English

Feature
Number   Description
 
4010     3480 Tape Cartridge (compressed) Japanese
4011     3590 Tape Cartridge Japanese
4012     3592 Tape Cartridge Japanese
4013     CD-ROM Japanese

Order feature number for z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 optional programs (high-level identifiers, to be specified under 5609-ZV4) are:

Media
feature
number   Description
 
3405     3480 Tape Cartridge (compressed)
3433     3590 Tape Cartridge
3436     3592 Tape Cartridge
3410     CD-ROM

7150     Electronic Delivery (ELEC-Deliver)
7151     100% Electronic Delivery (ELEC-Mandate)

z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 base programs*

 
                                                           Order
Program                                                    feature
number   Description                                Note   number
                                                             (4)
5686-CF8 VSE Central Functions 8.1.0                (1)
5696-234 HighLevAss z/OS,z/VM,z/VSE 1.5.0           (1)    4169
5656-260 VSE/EREP 3.5.0                             (2)
5747-DS2 VSE/ICKDSF 1.17                            (2)
5648-054 CICS Transaction Server for VSE/ESA 1.1.1         4073
          CICS/VSE 2.3.0                            (5)
5686-065 ACF/VTAM for VSE/ESA  4.2.0
          Client/Server                                    4046
          MultiDomain                                      4052
          InterEnterprise                                  4049
5648-099 DITTO/ESA for VSE 1.3.0                           4112
5686-A04 TCP/IP for VSE/ESA 1.5.0
          Application Pak                                  4259
          NFS Feature                               (3)    4265
          GPS Feature                               (3)    4262
5697-F42 DB2 Server for VSE and VM 7.4.0                   4094
          incl. DataPropagator 7.4.0
 
*  The ordered z/VSE base programs will be delivered with their
   publication entitlement sets.
 
Notes:
 
(1)  Mandatory program, not selectable
(2)  No-charge program, not selectable
(3)  NFS/GPS feature requires the Application Pak
(4)  Assign under 5609-ZV4
(5)  No-charge program as part of CICS TS (5648-054)

Basic license for optional programs of 5609-ZV4: The optional programs are available under the z/VSE package offering (5609-ZV4). To order, specify the order feature number under the 5609-ZV4 program number.

                                             Order
Program                                      feature
number   Description                         number**
 
5648-063 ACF/NCP 3745  7.8.1
          Base, Tiers 1-5                    4020
5648-099 DITTO/ESA for VM 1.3.0              4109
5648-B02 VA Generator Server for MVS(TM),
         VM and VSE 1.2.0                    4268
          -- NLS English Upper Case          4277
5648-B33 AFP Font Collection 2.1.1           4067
          -- Japanese Fonts                  4055
          -- Korean Fonts                    4058
          -- Chinese Simplified Fonts        4061
          -- Chinese Traditional Fonts       4064
5668-723 GDDM-IVU 1.1.3                      4130
5668-801 GDDM-IMD 2.1.3                      4127
5668-812 GDDM-PGF 2.1.3                      4133
5686-011 CICSVR/VSE 1.2.0                    4082
5686-040 PSF/VSE 2.2.1                       4202
5686-057 GDDM/VSE Base 3.2.0                 4136
5686-064 ACF/SSP for VSE 4.8.1               4025
5686-065 ACF/VTAM for VM Feature 4.2.0
          -- Client/Server                   4035
          -- MultiDomain                     4043
          -- InterEnterprise                 4040
         ACF/VTAM APPC feature               4030
5686-068 COBOL for VSE 1.1.0
          -- Alternate function              4181
          -- Full Function Feature           4184
5686-069 PL/I for VSE 1.1.0
          -- Alternate function              4187
          -- Full Function Feature           4190
 
**  Assign under 5609-ZV4.
                                             Order
Program                                      feature
number   Description                         number**
 
5686-A01 C for VSE/ESA 1.1.0
          -- Alternate Function              4175
          -- Full Function                   4178
5686-A06 MQSeries for VSE/ESA 2.1.2          4193
5686-A07 CCCA for VSE/ESA 2.1.0              4070
5688-035 X.25 NPSI 3.9.0                     4298
5688-190 PPFA/370 1.1.0                      4199
5688-191 OGL/370 1.1.0                       4196
5696-234 HLASM Toolkit 1.5.0                 4172
5697-F42 DB2 Server for VSE and VM 7.4.0     4094
          Control Center                     4088
          Data Restore                       4091
          QMF for VSE                        4205
           -- NLS English Upper Case         4217
           -- NLS Spanish                    4214
          QMF for Windows                    4313
           -- NLS Spanish                    4315
5735-XXB EP 1.14.0                           4124
5746-RG1 DOS/VS RPG II  1.3.0                4241
5746-SM3 DFSORT/VSE  3.4.0                   4106
5746-XE7 VSE/ACLR 1.2.1                      4295
5746-XXT SDF II Base 1.6.0                   4244
          -- NLS Spanish                     4253
5746-XX1 DL/I DOS/VS 1.10.0                  4121
5746-XX1 DL/I VSE 1.11.0                     4118
 
**  Assign under 5609-ZV4.

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.

Example: If publications are not desired for the initial order, specify feature number 3470 to ship media only. For future updates, specify feature number 3480 to ship media updates only. If, in the future, publication updates are required, order an MES to remove feature number 3480; then, the publications will ship with the next release of the program.

 

Initial shipments

 
Feature             Description
 
3444                Serial number only
                    (suppresses shipment of media and documentation)
 
3470                Ship Media Only
                    (suppresses initial shipment of documentation)
 
3471                Ship Documentation Only
                    (suppresses initial shipment of media)
 
7150                Electronic Delivery
 
7151                100% Electronic Delivery
 

Update shipments

 
Feature             Description
 
3480                Ship media updates only
                    (suppresses update shipment of documentation)
 
3481                Ship documentation only
                    (suppresses update shipment of media)
 
3482                Suppress updates
                    (suppresses update shipment of media and
                    documentation)
 

Expedite shipments

 
Feature             Description
 
3445                Local IBM Office Expedite
                    (for IBM use only)
 
3446                Customer expedite process charge
 

Sub-capacity options

 
Feature             Description
 
3495                Eligible for full machine capacity mode
                     (LM-FULL feature 3495)
 
3493                BAU/No tool (LM-NONE feature 3493)
 
3492                Managed by SCRT (LM-SCRT feature 3492)
 
3496                Sub-cap Elig. for MLC (LM-SUB feature 3496)
 
3497                Sub-cap Elig. for MLC and IPLA (LM-SUB2 feature 3497)

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.

Optional machine-readable material: To order, select the feature number for the desired distribution medium:

With z/VSE Version 4 Release 1, no Optional Machine-Readable Source Material will be available.

DSLO license: Ordering a DSLO feature will result in IBM maintaining a record of this customer location as a DSLO user only. All material for the DSLO license will be provided through the basic license location. If a user selects DSLO, no other feature numbers are valid for this order and no program materials or updates will be shipped.

Extended License Charge (ELC) basic license: To order a basic license, specify the appropriate program and feature number, if required, for asset registration. Specify the applicable Extended License Charge feature(s). Also, specify the feature number of the desired distribution medium.

Processors with assigned capacity above 80 MSUs will now have VM and VSE software prices based on the CPU service unit capacity of the processor. The ELC price structure will have a Base Charge for 80 MSU capacity and an incremental Per MSU charge for all additional MSUs above the 80 MSU base.

Specify the applicable ELC license option.

 
Entitlement                                License option /
identifier        Description              Pricing metric
 
S013NPW           z/VSE Centr. Func V8     ELC Including 80 MSU,
                                            Basic Per User Base
                                           ELC Above 80 MSU,
                                            Per Usage Additional
                                            Quantity
                                           ELC Above 80 MSU,
                                            Per Block of 50 MSU
                                            Additional Quantity

Terms and conditions

Licensing: The following apply to products ordered with Extended License Charges (ELC):

  1. Z125-6018, ICA Attachment for Extended License Charges, which should be signed by the customer
  2. Z125-6019, ICA Exhibit for Extended License Charges

Unlicensed documentation: Unlicensed documentation within the z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 library is available as Adobe PDF files, BookManager® files, or partially as printed books. They have been defined as either "Basic" or "Optional."

Basic z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 publications: All z/VSE V4.1 publications are shipped in softcopy format on CD-ROM or DVD when you order the z/VSE V4.1 base product. Therefore you will get only the following hardcopy documentation when you receive a z/VSE V4.1 system:

VSE Collection CD-ROM                SK2T-0060
VSE Collection DVD                   SK3T-8348
Program Directory for z/VSE V4.1     GI11-2698
z/VSE Release Guide                  SC33-8300

Additionally you will receive some other Program Directories, Memo to Licensees, and Programming Specifications depending on your z/VSE V4.1 order.

Optional z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 publications: Optional publications are supplied only in PDF or BookManager format with z/VSE Version 4 Release 1. Some of these publications have printed versions. They can be ordered separately for an additional fee using the specific publication number through the IBM Publications Center at

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material. Extensive search facilities are provided, as well as payment options via credit card. Furthermore, a large number of publications are available online in various file formats, which can currently be downloaded free of charge.

Adobe PDF files: Publications that are available in PDF format are provided on the VSE Collection CD-ROM, SK2T-0060, and VSE Collection DVD, SK3T-8348 (both supplied with z/VSE V4.1 at no additional charge), or from the IBM Publications Center at

You can view a PDF file using the Adobe Reader, which is available free from the Adobe Web site at

You can also print the entire publication or just the section in which you are interested.

BookManager files: Publications that are available in BookManager format are provided on the VSE Collection CD-ROM, SK2T-0060, and VSE Collection DVD, SK3T-8348 (both supplied with z/VSE V4.1 at no additional charge), or from the IBM Publications Center at

The BookManager files can be read by either BookManager READ (a separately orderable product) or IBM Softcopy Reader (supplied on the CD-ROM and DVD).

Printed books: All of the z/VSE V4.1 publications are available in softcopy form on the VSE Collection CD-ROM, SK2T-0060, and VSE Collection DVD, SK3T-8348 (both supplied with z/VSE V4.1 at no additional charge). If some books are still available in hardcopy format you can order these books for an additional fee from the IBM Publications Center at

z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 library: The following list shows publications that are available with z/VSE V4.1 in hardcopy format. It also shows softcopy publications that have been updated with z/VSE V4.1. Softcopy publications, that have not been updated, but are available with z/VSE V4.1 can be found on the CD-ROM or DVD.

                                      Order            Format
Title                                 number      PDF   BKM  Hardcopy
 
VSE Collection CD-ROM                 SK2T-0060                  X
VSE Collection DVD                    SK3T-8348                  X
 
z/VSE LPS (Licensed Program Spec.)    GC33-8317     x            X
TCP/IP LPS                            GC33-6594     x            X
DL/I VSE LPS                          GH24-5031     x            X
VSE/ACLR LPS                          GH12-5241     x            X
DOS/VS RPG II LPS                     GC33-6029     x            X
 
Program Directory for z/VSE V4.1      GI11-2698                  X
z/VSE Release Guide                   SC33-8300     X     X      X
z/VSE Planning                        SC33-8301     X     X
z/VSE Installation                    SC33-8302     X     X
z/VSE System Upgrade and Service      SC33-8303     X     X
z/VSE Administration                  SC33-8304     X     X
z/VSE System Control Statements       SC33-8305     X     X
z/VSE Messages and Codes  Vol1        SC33-8306     X     X
z/VSE Messages and Codes  Vol2        SC33-8307     X     X
z/VSE Messages and Codes  Vol3        SC33-8308     X     X
z/VSE Operation                       SC33-8309     X     X
z/VSE e-Business Connectors           SC33-8310     X     X
 Users Guide
z/VSE Networking Support              SC33-8311     X     X
z/VSE Guide to System Functions       SC33-8312     X     X
z/VSE Diagnosis Tools                 SC33-8313     X     X
VSE/POWER(TM) Admin. and Operation    SC33-8314     X     X
VSE/VSAM Commands                     SC33-8315     X     X
VSE/VSAM User's Guide and             SC33-8316     X     X
 Application Programming
VSE/ICCF Administration and Operation SC33-8329     X     X
 
TCP/IP for VSE/ESA V1R5.0  --         SC33-6601     X     X
 IBM Program Setup and Supplementary
 Information
 
LE for z/VSE Debugging Guide          SC33-6681     X     X
 and Run-Time Messages
LE for z/VSE Customization Guide      SC33-6682     X     X
LE for z/VSE Programming Guide        SC33-6684     X     X
LE for z/VSE Programming Reference    SC33-6685     X     X
LE for z/VSE C Run-Time Programming   SC33-6688     X     X
 Guide
LE for z/VSE C Run-Time Library       SC33-6689     X     X
 Reference
 
LE for z/VSE Writing ILC              SC33-6686     X     X
 Applications

Displayable softcopy publications: All unlicensed online books are also available on CD-ROM SK2T-0060, the VSE Collection, or on DVD SK3T-8348, the VSE on DVD Collection.

The VSE Collection on CD-ROM or DVD contains libraries for most of the products that run on z/VSE Version 4 Release 1. The VSE Collection on CD-ROM or DVD will be available at general availability of the z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 product. For a list of kit contents, contact your IBM Business Partner or IBM representative.

One copy of each, the CD-ROM and DVD Collection Kits, will be shipped automatically with the product at no additional charge. Additional copies of the CD-ROM or DVD Collection Kit must be ordered separately for a fee from the IBM Publications Center at

The online books can be used with the BookManager READ licensed programs in any of the READ-supported environments.

You may now use the SoftCopy Librarian (SCL) to obtain and manage bookshelves over the Internet, from the IBM PUBLIB Web site, as well as from other Web sites that provide support for the SoftCopy Librarian.

Version 4 of SoftCopy Librarian is included on all collection kits for the IBM Online Library. This free program improves softcopy management on a z/OS or OS/390® host or server, as well as on LANs and workstations. It runs on Windows 2000 and Windows XP. For an introduction, refer to the SoftCopy Librarian chapter in Installing, Managing, and Using the Online Library, GC31-8311, which is available as INSTALL.TXT (for file viewers), INSTALL.PDF (printable file), INSTALL.BOO (for BookManager readers), and INSTALL.HTM (for Web browsers) in the root directory of this VSE softcopy collection.

Terms and conditions for use of the machine-readable files are shipped with the files.

Source file publications: z/VSE V4.1 manuals are not offered in source file form.

Licensed documentation

z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 base programs: Microfiche material is no longer offered. Viewing Program Listings (VPL) online has replaced the need for microfiche. With the VPL system, entitled users all around the world are able to view both Program Temporary Fix (PTF) and base program listings electronically, 24 hours a day. VPL can be accessed via ServiceLink and DialIBM. For details, ask your IBM representative or an IBM Business Partner.

z/VSE Version 4 Release 1 optional programs: May be available, as announced, with the individual programming announcements. 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.
 
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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: No

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

Volume orders: Not applicable

Single-version charging: SVC is applicable only when running on standard engines and the maximum time for which it applies is 12 months.

The SVC offering is valid only while both the predecessor product and the replacement product are:

  • Both running on the same CPU
  • Licensed under the same IBM customer number
  • In the process of being migrated from the older product to the newer one by the customer
  • Providing the same function

    Replaced program(s)                 Replacement program(s)
Program  Program                    Program  Program
number   name                       number   name
 
5686-CF7 VSE Central Functions V7   5686-CF8 VSE Central Functions V8
5686-066 VSE Central Functions V6   5686-CF8 VSE Central Functions V8
5686-094 LE/VSE V1.4                5686-CF8 VSE Central Functions V8
 
5686-028 VSE/SP(TM) Unique Code V5  5686-CF8 VSE Central Functions V8
5686-032 VSE/AF V5                  5686-CF8 VSE Central Functions V8
5686-033 VSE/POWER V5               5686-CF8 VSE Central Functions V8
5686-034 VSE/Fast Copy V2           5686-CF8 VSE Central Functions V8
5686-036 VSE/ICCF V3                5686-CF8 VSE Central Functions V8
5686-037 VSE/VSAM V2                5686-CF8 VSE Central Functions V8
5686-058 REXX/VSE                   5686-CF8 VSE Central Functions V8
 
 
5688-022 VS COBOL II Library Only   5686-CF8 VSE Central Functions V8
5736-LM4 DOS PL/I Resident Library  5686-CF8 VSE Central Functions V8
5736-LM5 DOS PL/I Transient Library 5686-CF8 VSE Central Functions V8
5746-LM4 DOS/VS COBOL Library       5686-CF8 VSE Central Functions V8
5686-067 LE/VSE V1.1.0              5686-CF8 VSE Central Functions V8

Warranty applies: Yes

Licensed program materials availability

  • Restricted Materials of IBM: Some
  • Non-Restricted Source Materials: Some
  • Object Code Only (OCO): Some

Publication that identifies OCO components: LPS (GC33-8317), available March 16, 2007

Program services

  • Available until discontinued: 12 months' written notice
  • Services for DSLO licenses: Provided through basic license location

IBM Operational Support Services — SupportLine: Yes
 
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IBM Electronic Services

IBM has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to put you on the road to higher system availability. Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that offers an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available for IBM servers. These services provide the opportunity for greater system availability with faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. Electronic Services comprises two separate, but complementary, elements: Electronic Services news page and Electronic Services Agent.

The Electronic Services news page is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used 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 Electronic Service Agent™ is no-additional-charge software that resides on your server. It monitors events and transmits system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, client-defined timetable. The Electronic Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to deliver proactive service that may result in higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent is made available to IBM service support representatives when they help answer your questions or diagnose problems.

To learn how Electronic Services can work for you, visit


 
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Prices

For all local charges, contact your IBM representative.
 
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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:  LE001

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

 
VSE/ESA, DataPropagator, QMF, DFSORT, Advanced Function Printing, AFP, System z, System z9, z/Architecture, IBMLink, PR/SM, MVS, POWER, SP, and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
z/OS, z/VM, CICS, CICS/VSE, ACF/VTAM, DB2, VTAM, VisualAge, MQSeries, GDDM, S/390, zSeries, eServer, BookManager, and OS/390 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Windows is a trademark 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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