IXFP/SnapShot Feature of VSE/ESA Exploits IBM RAMAC Virtual Array Storage
September 8, 1998
Announcement Letter Number: 298-296
Table of Contents:
- At a Glance
- PRODUCT POSITIONING
- SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
- TECHNICAL INFORMATION
- ORDERING INFORMATION
- TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- CALL NOW TO ORDER
At a Glance
IXFP/SnapShot for VSE/ESA for the IBM RAMAC Virtual Array Storage includes:
- SnapShot for high-speed duplication of data
- Deleted Data Space Release (DDSR) for more effective utilization
of IBM RAMAC Virtual Array Storage disk capacity
- Status and space utilization report
- Enhancements to IBM Language Environment (LE) for VSE/ESA and
- New or enhanced optimal product such as Opti-Audit for VSE/ESA, CCCA for VSE, VisualAge (R) COBOL MLE for VSE/ESA, VisualAge PL/I MLE for VSE/ESA and MQSeries (R) for VSE/ESA
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Enhanced VSE/ESA support for IBM RAMAC (R) Virtual Array Storage (RVA) will be available December 4, 1998. IBM Extended Facilities Product/SnapShot (TM) for VSE/ESA (IXFP/SnapShot for VSE/ESA) is a priced optional feature of VSE Central Functions. Using IXFP/SnapShot for VSE/ESA, you will gain additional benefits of IBM RAMAC Virtual Array Storage and it's innovative SnapShot capability.
In addition, VSE/ESA Version 2 Release 3 Modification 1 (available August 1998), includes several new functions. Also new or enhanced optional products have become available since VSE/ESA Version 2 Release 3 was first introduced in December 1997.
- Enhanced VSE/ESA Support for IBM RAMAC Virtual Array Storage
- VSE/ESA Version 2 Release 3 Modification 1 is available
Those who require for a high availability, high performance, high capacity channel attached DASD and with a significant "batch window" challenge.
VSE/ESA Version 2 Release 3 Modification 1 or at least APAR DY44634 for VSE/ESA Version 2 Release 3 Modification 0
Planned Availability Date
December 4, 1998
This announcement is provided for your information only. For additional information, contact your IBM representative, call 800-IBM-4YOU, or visit the IBM home page at: http://www.ibm.com
IXFP/SnapShot Feature for VSE/ESA
IBM RAMAC Virtual Array Storage (RVA) is a disk storage subsystem with a unique design that combines high availability, high performance, and high capacity. It features a RAID-6 design that allows two simultaneous disk failures in a single array. Data is stored in either 3380 or 3390 format and is automatically written in compressed mode. The RVA Turbo capacity begins at 290 GB and can grow to 726 GB (in some countries, 160 GB capacity RVAs may be available).
IBM RAMAC Virtual Array Storage features an innovative virtual architecture. It requires physical capacity only for written data, not for unallocated or allocated but unused space. This unique architecture enables almost instantaneous 'copying' of data. Unlike traditional solutions, high speed duplication is possible in seconds using the SnapShot capability. That's possible because SnapShot copies only the "pointers", not the physical data.
IBM RAMAC Virtual Array Storage is supported by VSE/ESA Version 1 Release 4 and VSE/ESA Version 2. VSE/ESA Version 2 customers are now able to further exploit the IBM RAMAC Virtual Array Storage through using the Deleted Data Space Release (DDSR) capability and the SnapShot function included in the IBM Extended Facilities Product/SnapShot for VSE/ESA (IXFP/SnapShot for VSE/ESA).
IXFP/SnapShot for VSE/ESA is a priced optional feature of VSE Central Functions. It includes:
- SnapShot for high-speed duplication of data
- DDSR for more effective utilization of IBM RAMAC Virtual Array
Storage disk capacity
- Status and space utilization reports
- The SnapShot capability can significantly reduce the time needed
to duplicate DASD data. That means IBM RAMAC Virtual Array
Storage users can 'rethink' when and how they copy their data.
- SnapShot makes it easier to manage the batch window in a customer
With SnapShot, a copy of production data can be made in seconds -- rather than minutes or hours. With a copy made, the CICS (R) system can remain online using the original production copy while backup jobs transfer the second copy to tape without the critical time pressure. The original copy of the data will change as data is added, modified, or deleted during the normal functioning of the application. The second copy remains frozen in time at the moment the SnapShot process took place.
- Another potential benefit of SnapShot is the ability to create
test data for Year 2000 and euro verification and regression
testing. You can create test data when needed rather than
reserving significant DASD space to keep a copy, or perhaps
multiple copies, of test data.
IXFP/SnapShot of VSE/ESA operates at the volume or cylinder level. SnapShot at the VSE and VSE/VSAM file level is not supported. However, careful matching of VSAM data and catalog to a single logical VSE volume can improve flexibility.
- With DDSR, the IBM RAMAC Virtual Array Storage can manage free
space more efficiently. DDSR of VSE/VSAM files is not supported.
- IXFP/SnapShot for VSE/ESA provides subsystem utilization reports showing space defined, allocated, and the physical space occupied by each volume at a specific time.
Enhancements Available with VSE/ESA Version 2 Release 3.1 (Available
August 1998) are:
- Enhancements to IBM Language Environment (LE) for VSE/ESA
- Improvements in LANRES/VSE
- Support for OSA-2 Fast Ethernet connections
Other new or improved optional products include MQSeries for VSE/ESA Version 1 Release 4, DFSORT (TM)/VSE Version 3 Release 4, and VisualAge Generator Server for MVS (TM), VSE, and VM.
IBM Language Environment for VSE/ESA: Running IBM Language Environment (LE) for VSE/ESA Version 1 Release 4 on a VSE/ESA Version 2 Release 3 Modification 1 operating system enables you to read online the message explanations of LE messages and abend codes. The English message explanations have been added to the Online Message Explanation (OME) file of VSE/ESA Version 2 Release 3 Modification 1 and will be made available on the VSE/ESA home page for those LE users, which run on another release of VSE/ESA Version 2 operating system. Info APAR II11272 contains instructions on the steps required to download the messages onto your VSE/ESA system.
IBM Millennium Language Extensions (MLE) technology is being supported in LE via APARs (PQ15106, PQ15112, PQ15114, PQ15749, PQ15750). Using this new MLE support, the implementation of date-century windowing for Year 2000 conversion is made easier. It introduces the support for automated date windowing at compile time. The application developer identifies, in the data definition section of the program, which dates should be windowed and which window should be used. The further logic remains unchanged as the compiler automatically generates the desired windowing code during compilation or flags problematic usage. This may make Year 2000 enabling work less complex and save debugging and testing efforts.
The MLE support requires VisualAge COBOL MLE for VSE/ESA (5686-MLE, Software Announcement 298-199 dated June 16, 1998) or VisualAge PL/I for VSE/ESA (5686-MLX, Software Announcement 298-196 dated June 16, 1998) as extension to the existing IBM COBOL for VSE/ESA (5686-068) or IBM PL/I for VSE/ESA (5686-069) compilers.
LANRES/VSE: LANRES/VSE available with VSE/ESA Version 2 Release 3 Modification 1 now supports Novell NetWare Directory Services (NDS). NDS is a distributed database containing information for resources (users, print queues, servers) belonging to the Novell network. NDS is not stored on one server, rather all servers on the network provide one global database. With NDS you do not log into an individual server, but into a Novell network. Thus, the access from LANRES/VSE to the resources within the network becomes much easier.
LANRES/VSE supports NDS with the following functions (for Novell servers only):
- Distribution function
You can now log in as a user in the network instead of log in as a user on a certain server. You can now access every volume in the network with all LANRES/VSE distribution commands without paying attention to the server it resides on.
- Host-to-LAN print function
LANRES/VSE is now able to put print jobs into every print queue in the network without the need to specify the server on which the print queue resides.
- LAN-to-Host print function
LANRES/VSE is now able to process print jobs from every print queue in the network, not only from the server on which it is directly connected.
S/390 Open Systems Adapter 2 (OSA-2) Fast Ethernet Support: The Open Systems Adapter Support Facility (OSA/SF) for VSE/ESA is enhanced to support the Fast Ethernet Feature of the OSA-2. The Fast Ethernet Feature of the OSA-2, refer to Hardware Announcement 198-040 dated February 24, 1998, has a single connection that automatically adjusts to 10 Megabits per second (Mbps) or 100 Mbps. This feature can be used for 10 Mbps Ethernet networks or it can be used for higher speed 100 Mbps Ethernet networks today and in the future.
S/390 Service Update Facility (SUF): The S/390 Service Update Facility provides an Internet-based GUI tool to help S/390 customers (VM, VSE and OS/390 (R)) obtain corrective and preventive service.
Use of Web browser technology offers a common interface independent of the S/390 operating system. In most cases, the use of the S/390 Service Update Facility will enable you to:
- Determine the level of S/390 software service
- Obtain an IBM recommended level of service
- Order, receive, and install this service in a more effective manner
The communication between S/390 SUF and the VSE/ESA host can be established through:
- APPC (LU6.2)
Additional information is available on the S/390 Technical Support home page, found at:
Following enhancements are implemented with the new Version 2:
- JAVA implementation of customer application server now supports
following operating systems:
- Windows NT (R)
- OS/2 (R)
- Use of DominoGoWeb server for customer application
- Support for PROXY gateways to the Internet
- Support for Microsoft (TM) Internet Explorer as Web browser on the end-user workstation
VisualAge COBOL MLE for VSE/ESA (5686-MLE): A new program that adds the MLE technology to the IBM COBOL for VSE/ESA compiler (5686-068). This support requires PTF upgrades of the LE Version 1 Release 4 run-time, of the compiler itself and the related Debugger. The APARs related to IBM COBOL for VSE/ESA are: PQ13830, PQ13831, PQ13832, PQ13834.
VisualAge PL/I MLE for VSE/ESA (5686-MLX): A new program product which adds the MLE technology to the IBM PL/I for VSE/ESA compiler. This support requires PTF upgrades of the LE Version 1 Release 4 run-time, of the compiler itself and the related Debugger. The APAR related to IBM PL/I for VSE/ESA is: PQ14394.
APARs related to the Debugger for PL/I and Cobol are: PQ15548, PQ15549, PQ15550
COBOL and CICS Conversion Aid for VSE Version 2 (5686-A07): The new version of COBOL and CICS Conversion Aid (CCCA) for VSE provides support for MLE allowing you to convert your DOS/VS COBOL or COBOL II programs directly to COBOL/VSE programs, which make use of this new technology. With Version 2, CCCA/VSE becomes a program product with standard IBM service support structure. This is in direct response to user requests.
MQSeries for VSE/ESA Version 1 Release 4 (5687-ECX): With MQSeries for VSE/ESA, Version 1 Release 4 an existing product is added to the VSE/ESA Version 2 Release 3 Modification 1 in order to recognize the increasing usage and need of this middleware product.
IBM's MQSeries simplifies the task of connecting your applications across more than twenty-five different operating environments. Programs communicate using the MQSeries API, an easy-to-use, high-level program interface which shields your programmers from the complexities of underlying networks or different operating environments.
MQSeries enables you to focus on the business logic, while MQSeries asynchronously manages the connections to the target computer systems.
VisualAge Generator Server for MVS, VSE and VM Version 1.2 (5648-B02): IBM VisualAge Generator Server for MVS, VSE and VM Version 1 Release 2 replaces the VisualGen (R) Host Services Version 1 Release 1 (5648-078). This new release is the VSE/ESA server which is required for the new workstation based application development environment IBM VisualAge Generator Version 3 Release 1.
Euro Sign Support
Euro Sign Support will be available by December 1998, via an APAR. This support will be provided for VSE/ESA Version 2 and VSE/ESA Version 1 Release 4.
This product is Year 2000 ready. When used in accordance with its associated documentation, it is capable of correctly processing, providing, and/or receiving date data within and between the 20th and 21st centuries, provided all other products (for example, software, hardware, and firmware) used with the product properly exchange accurate date data with it.
Where appropriate, IBM RAMAC Virtual Array Storage can be a significant IBM competitive advantage that offers innovative, exciting technology. Because the capacity of IBM RAMAC Virtual Array 2 Turbo begins at 160 GB (290 GB in some countries), many VSE users with smaller DASD space requirements may find S/390 Multiprise (TM) 2000 and the optional integrated internal disk a more appropriate DASD solution. Therefore, the IBM RAMAC Virtual Array Storage is most appropriate for larger VSE users.
Requirements for IBM RAMAC Virtual Array Storage and IXFP/SnapShot for VSE/ESA have come mostly from customers with a requirement for high available, high performance, high capacity channel attached DASD. That includes VSE users with S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server (TM) -- G3/G4/G5 servers, large Multiprise models, or large ES/9000 (R) (large ES/9121 or ES/9021) systems. The IBM RAMAC Virtual Array Storage can be a good candidate for customers with a significant 'batch window' challenge or those with a heavy Year 2000 testing requirement.
HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE SUPPORT SERVICES
SmoothStart (TM)/Installation Services
IBM SmoothStart or Installation Services will not be provided for IXFP/SnapShot for VSE/ESA.
DFSORT, MVS, Multiprise, S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server, and SmoothStart are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both. SnapShot is a trademark of Storage Technology for a duplication product. RAMAC, VisualAge, MQSeries, CICS, S/390, ESCON, OS/390, OS/2, VisualGen, and ES/9000 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both. Microsoft is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Windows NT is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.
Specified Operating Environment
- IBM S/390 (R) processor
- IBM RAMAC (R) Virtual Array Storage (9393)
- For each existing 9393 system, submit an order for feature 6001. A minimum licensed internal code of R03.00, or later, is required.
Limitations: IXFP/SnapShot for VSE/ESA provides the capability to use the following functions:
- Volume Level
- Cylinder level
- Deleted Data Space Release (DDSR)
- Volume Level
- Cylinder level
- File Level
User Group Requirements: This announcement satisfies one requirement from one or more of the worldwide user group communities, which include Australasian SHARE/GUIDE (ASG), COMMON, COMMON Europe, GUIDE International, G.U.I.D.E. Europe, Japan GUIDE/SHARE (JGS), Guide Latin American (LAG), SHARE EUROPE, and SHARE Incorporated and WAVV.
Requirements satisfied include:
- REQ00058345 -- Online CEE messages for LE/VSE
Packaging: IXFP/SnapShot for VSE/ESA is provided as an optional priced feature of VSE Central Functions (5686-066). It will be stacked on the selected media (3480 cartridge, 6250 BPI tape, 4-mm DAT). IXFP/SnapShot for VSE/ESA is not available as a standalone feature and cannot be ordered without a SIPO order of VSE/ESA Version 2 Release 3 (5690-VSE).
Security, Auditability, and Control
The announced programs use the existing security and auditability feature of its components.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
A memo containing installation and operation instructions for the product (order number GI10-0487) and one copy of the following publications are supplied automatically with the basic machine-readable material:
Order Title Number
IXFP/SnapShot for VSE/ESA LPS GC33-6630
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.
Current licensees of VSE/ESA Version 2 Release 3 Modification 1 must order this new feature via MES.
The charge type selected must be the same as the base program (one-time charge or monthly license charge).
For ordering information on the base program, VSE/ESA Version 2 and VSE Central Functions Version 6, refer to Software Announcement 294-519 dated September 13, 1994.
Orders for new licenses will be accepted now.
IXFP/SnapShot feature for VSE/ESA will not be shipped before the planned availability date.
Shipment will begin on the planned availability date.
New users of VSE Central Functions Version 6 should specify:
5690 VSVSE/ESA Version 2 5686 06VSE Central Functions Version 6
Note: IXFP/SnapShot for VSE/ESA is a feature of VSE Central Functions (5686-066) which is part of the VSE/ESA Version 2 Release 3 Modification 1 base package and cannot be ordered separately.
Basic License for IXFP/SnapShot Feature for VSE/ESA: Specify the appropriate charge feature below.
VSE Central Functions (5686-066)
IXFP/SnapShot Feature for VSE/ESA
Basic Basic Monthly One-Time Charge License Charge Feature Number Feature Number
Basic Machine-Readable Material for VSE Central Functions: Select the feature number of the desired distribution medium. Basic machine-readable material will be shipped on 9/6250 bpi magnetic tape reels, 3480 tape cartridges or 4-mm DAT tape cartridges as part of the 5690-VSE system program order, beginning December 4, 1998. Basic machine-readable material, which includes IXFP/SnapShot feature for VSE/ESA as part of VSE Central Functions will be shipped.
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The terms for VSE Central Functions Version 6, as previously announced in Software Announcement 294-519 dated September 13, 1994, licensed under the IBM Customer Agreement are unaffected by this announcement except as noted below:
Variable charges (graduated monthly license charge and graduated one-time charge), ESL (Entry Support License one-time charge), DLSO and S/390 Multiple Operating Systems (MOSP) charges do not apply to the IXFP/SnapShot feature for VSE/ESA.
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The charges provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.
Monthly One-Time License Program Number Charge Charge
5686-066 $20,000 $417
One-Time Charge: Customers who pay a one-time charge for a licensed program receive enhancements and future releases, if any, at no additional charge. Significant new function may be offered as an optional feature and charged for separately. If a replacement program is announced and the customer elects to license the replacement program, a time-based upgrade credit may apply.
For additional product information, refer to Software Announcement 294-519 dated September 13, 1994.
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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.
IBMLink is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both. SnapShot is a trademark of Storage Technology for a duplication product. S/390 and RAMAC are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both. Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.