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IBM TXSeries for Multiplatforms V7.1 delivers simplified interoperability with IBM CICS Transaction Server, improved system resilience, problem determination, and application development tooling

IBM United States Software Announcement 209-040
March 17, 2009

 
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The latest release, TXSeries® for Multiplatforms V7.1, offers significant enhancements in integration and connectivity, system resilience, application development and problem determination tooling, web administration console, and installation.

Major enhancements in the latest release are classified under:

  • Integration and connectivity: Enhanced CICS® API and SPI support with removal of data size restrictions for transfer between programs using Containers and Channels, and simplified interoperability between TXSeries and CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS) regions using TCP/IP networking protocol for Distributed Program Link
  • Tooling: Enhancements to provide higher resilience, easier problem determination, and application development
  • Usability: Advanced features such as workload management and monitoring tooling added to its powerful and intuitive Web-based administration console to ease administration, providing a consistent look and feel with the rest of the IBM® Software Portfolio

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).


 
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TXSeries for Multiplatforms is a distributed CICS Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) environment for business-critical mixed language applications. It is widely used for integrating data and applications between distributed solutions and enterprise systems. It is also used for the deployment of high-performance, distributed CICS applications written in COBOL, C / C++, and PL/I. This integrates well into mixed-language, multiplatform service oriented architecture (SOA) solution.

The latest release, TXSeries for Multiplatforms V7.1 offers significant enhancements in integration and connectivity, system resilience, application development and problem determination tooling, Web administration console, and installation. Earlier versions of TXSeries vastly simplified infrastructure, enhanced the administration capabilities by introducing the Web administration console, improved usability, system resilience, and interoperability, addressed a large number of customer requirements.

Significantly enhanced integration and connectivity

TXSeries for Multiplatforms V7.1 delivers major integration and connectivity enhancements allowing for simplified interoperability with CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS) and CICS Transaction Gateway (CICS TG) on standard protocols. Functional enhancements include:

  • Support for containers and channels:TXSeries for Multiplatforms V7.1 delivers the new containers and channels functionality, a group of new APIs providing enhanced options for transmission of data within the enterprise. The restriction of a maximum of 32 KB of data that can be passed between programs by using a COMMAREA has been removed, giving application programmers greater flexibility for taking program design decisions.

    Channels provide a more flexible and more structured method of passing data between program components. Variation in the size and number of containers can conveniently be accommodated to allow easier evolution of the interfaces between programs. The size of a container is limited only by the amount of storage available. There is no limit to the number of containers that can be added to a channel. This mechanism also removes the need for programs to sense the exact size of the data returned. When containers go out of scope, they are automatically destroyed, so that the programmer is relieved of storage management concerns.

    Channels can be used by applications written in any of the programming languages supported by CICS. Options on the container and related API commands are provided for data conversion, providing a much simpler mechanism than that employed with a COMMAREA. While in COMMAREA applications data conversion is controlled by the system programmer, in the case of containers and channels it is controlled by the application programmer.

  • Interoperability between CICS regions over TCP/IP:TXSeries for Multiplatforms V7.1 now enables TXSeries CICS regions and CICS TS regions to interoperate over Internet Protocol (IP) for Distributed Program Links (DPL). With this new functionality, networks can be standardized on IP, resulting in simplification of configuration and administration and thus making the system robust. Customers can continue to use their existing connection definitions to route work between TXSeries and CICS TS systems using ISC over SNA. SNA and IP Interconnectivity networks and definitions will be able to coexist, with existing IP-based protocol support across TXSeries CICS regions continuing to work as in the previous releases.

    This IP Interconnectivity for DPL function offers similar capabilities to those provided using other Intersystem Communication (ISC) protocols, including transactional syncpointing (without support for restart and recovery), security controls, and support for the exchange of either COMMAREAs or channels and containers. In addition, TXSeries offers SSL encryption and authentication support for this IP interconnectivity protocol.

Improved system resilience, problem determination, and application development tooling

TXSeries for Multiplatforms V7.1 continues to expand its core value propositions by delivering enhanced system resilience, improved problem determination, and application development tooling through:

  • Isolation of memory usage: Memory used internally by TXSeries and the user applications will be segregated starting from this release. This will prevent applications from overwriting system memory across the boundary in most cases and hence improve overall reliability and problem determination.
  • Task history logging: History of all tasks executed through an application server process aids better problem determination. This provides a first information report on occurrence of a problem. The system can be configured through the Web administration console to enable this logging.
  • Transaction mapping between the backend regions and the front end applications: Linked programs across regions can be mapped to one back level region to obtain critical information such as the transaction, program and application ID information from the front-end region.
  • TXSeries along with IBM Rational® Developer for zSeries® provides support for syntax checking of CICS TS applications written in COBOL and PL/I. Further, enhancements have been made to ensure BMS map compatibility between TXSeries and CICS TS.
  • Work Load Manager (WLM) enhancements: TXSeries WLM has been enhanced in this release for faster region takeover which helps maximizing the throughput. This also ensures higher availability of Application Owning Regions (AOR), which avoids transaction ABENDS in case of AOR change overs.

Enhancements to Web Administration Console and Installation packaging

  • Enhanced usability in selecting multiple applications for start and shutdown using a pop-up window
  • Improved performance and usability by moving WLM attribute validations from the server to the client
  • Intuitive reorganization of WLM view using groups perspective
  • Improved granular control for users on monitoring data
  • Ability to monitor multiple regions concurrently

Installation enhancements include:

  • Now uses InstallAnywhere, as the installer program, for installation packaging
  • Process checks before installation/un installation helping avoid version inconsistency/overwrite during upgrades
  • Includes enhanced readability of install logs

 
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TXSeries for Multiplatforms V7.1 requires the following platforms:

  • IBM AIX® users: AIX V5.3 TL7 or AIX 6.1 TL2
  • Microsoft® Windows® users: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Microsoft Windows Server 2008
  • SUN Solaris users: SUN Solaris 10 running on SPARC processors
  • HP-UX users: HP-UX 11iV2, running on PA-RISC or HP Integrity platforms or HP-UX 11iV3, running on PA-RISC or HP Integrity platforms

 
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March 20, 2009 -- Electronic software delivery
April 21, 2009 -- Media and documentation

 
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TXSeries for Multiplatforms V7.1 provides a stand-alone, distributed OLTP server with an integrated Structured File System (SFS) for mix language applications written in enterprise programming languages like COBOL, C, C++, PL/1, and Core Java™ (J2SE).

You can use it to:

  • Host business-critical transactional CICS applications on distributed platforms in standalone deployments
  • Integrate between data and applications in distributed solutions and enterprise systems including CICS, IMS™, DB2®, and WebSphere® MQ
  • Run and extendCICS applications to the Web and Web services via the CICS TG and WebSphere Application Server
  • Reuse existing CICS applications and application programming skill sets in your organization consistent with corporate distributed platform policy
  • Develop, test, and diagnoseCICS applications using COBOL, PL/I, C, and C++ for deployment to CICS TS

Java support (JCICS) assists interoperability with Java applications running outside of TXSeries. CICS Foundation classes (CFC) support access to CICS facilities as C++ objects.

TXSeries for Multiplatforms includes two core components:

  • Distributed CICS OLTP
  • CICS SFS

CICS OLTP supports the base-level CICS API with the fundamental transactional qualities of atomicity, consistency, isolation, and durability. By providing services that interact with the underlying hardware and software, TXSeries hides the complexity of your IT systems without compromising function. Developers can focus on solving tangible business problems with application logic rather than failure detection, failure recovery, and synchronizing access to shared data.

CICS SFS is a VSAM-emulating, record-oriented file system that can provide indexed, relative, and sequential access to file-based data. It allows developers to store fully recoverable file-based data that can be processed in a batch environment. The CICS SFS files can be shared among TXSeries, CICS TS, and non-CICS applications, such as IMS. This maximizes the ability to interoperate in an enterprise environment.

The design of TXSeries for Multiplatforms facilitates best practices of CICS program design by supporting the separation of the presentation logic, integration logic, business logic, and data access logic elements of an application. This enables COBOL, C, C++, PL/1, and Java specialists to develop modern, reusable applications that fit into a corporation's enterprise-wide requirements. Data sources can be included in a single unit of work, providing two-phase commit for data integrity across the network.

TXSeries can be integrated as a component of your SOA, enabling end-to-end, distributed mixed language solutions through integration with WebSphere. The Java Connector Architecture (JCA) interface provided in the CICS TG can connects TXSeries to the WebSphere SOA server products such as WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus, and WebSphere Process Server. WebSphere MQ can be used to connect TXSeries to WebSphere Message Broker, or to any other product that supports native MQSeries® transport.

TXSeries also provides extremely good connectivity with CICS TS on z/OS® through full CICS Intersystem Communication (CICS ISC) support. TXSeries can act as a gateway to CICS TS on z/OS by handling terminal concentration, protocol conversion, or intelligent business logic locally. This can increase the performance of CICS TS on z/OS and protect it from client-originated disruption.

Uniquely, TXSeries allows you to scale up to CICS TS on the mainframe if the needs of your business grow.

Delivers a vastly superior administration interface with advanced features

TXSeries for Multiplatforms V7.1 comes with an advanced and user-friendly administration console. This console is designed to be very similar to the WebSphere Application Server administration console, which will reduce the learning curve significantly. The new admin console is Web-based and can run on any supported Web browser. (Internet Explorer or Firefox). It supports true remote administration and configuration of CICS regions, other servers, and resources.

New functions include:

  • Enhanced usability in selecting multiple applications for start and shutdown using a pop-up window
  • Improved performance and usability by moving WLM attribute validations from the server to the client
  • Intuitive reorganization of WLM view using groups perspective
  • Improved granular control for users on monitoring data
  • Ability to monitor multiple regions concurrently

Existing functions include:

  • Display of current status information for all configured TXSeries regions, SFS servers and Peer to Peer Communication (PPC) gateways
  • Intuitive grouping and sorting of information regarding TXSeries systems, properties, resources, and transactions, and so on
  • Assistance with the configuration of TXSeries resources using drop-downs, radio buttons, tables and online help, and so on
  • Problem determination capability that enables viewing, filtering and searching of event logs, with error codes now hyperlinked to message explanations
  • Ability to edit environment files
  • Ability to run arbitrary CICS commands
  • Easy configuration through the powerful and intuitive Web administration console
  • Dump tooling for greater problem determination capabilities
  • Region resilience and enhanced recovery process to ensure greater system availability
  • Ability to define and configure a monitoring profile to include specific transactions, programs, and fields
  • Ability to graphically view of the generated monitoring data

This new administration console is available on all TXSeries supported platforms. It replaces the existing tsconfig utility on Windows systems.

Delivers significantly enhanced integration and connectivity

TXSeries for Multiplatforms V7.1 delivers major integration and connectivity enhancements allowing for simplified interoperability with CICS TS and CICS TG on standard protocols.

TXSeries now includes a group of new APIs, which introduce containers and channels. The restriction of a maximum of 32 KB previously applied to the amount of data that can be passed between programs by using a COMMAREA is removed by the introduction of containers and channels. Containers are named blocks of data for passing information between programs. Any number of containers can be passed between programs. Containers are grouped together in named channels. Channels can be used as a standard mechanism for exchanging data between programs.

Channels provide a more flexible and more structured method of passing data between program components. Variation in the size and number of containers can conveniently be accommodated to allow easier evolution of the interfaces between programs. The size of a container is limited only by the amount of storage available. There is no limit to the number of containers that can be added to a channel. This mechanism also removes the need for programs to know the exact size of the data returned. When containers go out of scope, they are automatically destroyed, so that the programmer is relieved of storage management concerns.

The ability to interconnect CICS regions over TCP/IP for Distributed Program Link (DPL) lets you to take advantage of Internet Protocol (IP) networking. Just as TXSeries CICS regions can communicate with one another over IP, with this enhanced capability, TXSeries CICS regions and CICS TS regions can also interoperate over IP. This provides an alternative to Systems Network Architecture (SNA) in connecting to CICS TS. All CICS TCP/IP workloads benefit from simple and robust system and workload-management facilities. Existing IP based protocol support across TXSeries CICS regions continue to work the same as before.

Provides improved system resilience, problem determination, and application development tooling

TXSeries for Multiplatforms V7.1 continues to expand its core value propositions by delivering enhanced system resilience, improved problem determination, and application development tooling.

Memory used internally by TXSeries and the user applications will be segregated starting from this release. This will prevent applications from overwriting system memory and hence improve overall reliability and problem determination.

History of all tasks executed through an application server process will now be available to aid better problem determination. This will provide a first information report on occurrence of a problem. The system can be configured through the web administration console to enable this logging.

Linked programs across regions can be mapped to one back level region to obtain critical information such as the transaction, program and application id information from the front end region.

TXSeries along with IBM Rational Developer for zSeries provides support for syntax checking of CICS-TS applications written in COBOL and PL/I. Further, enhancements have been made to ensure BMS map compatibility between TXSeries and CICS TS.

WLM has been enhanced in this release for faster region takeover which helps maximizing the throughput. This also ensures higher availability of Application Owning Regions (AOR), which avoids transaction ABENDS in case of AOR change overs.

Customers and IBM Business Partners who have applications running inside the Encina® OLTP monitor function in isolation from the base CICS OLTP server, should not upgrade to TXSeries V6. Refer to the statement of direction regarding Encina support, as published in Software Announcement 205-322, dated December 6, 2005.

Security handling is simplified when you use TXSeries in conjunction with a mainframe. A new External Authentication Manager (EAM) module uses the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) to integrate with the version of RACF® that is supplied with z/OS V1.7, or later. All system users can be centrally defined and maintained in a RACF repository. Users and system administrators can maintain a single user ID and password for both TXSeries and CICS TS.

Installation and version-to-version migration is significantly enhanced with InstallAnywhere as the installer on all platforms. Using an industry-standard installation program enables quick and easy customization. InstallAnywhere installer program can be run as a GUI, a command-line console, or as a silent install without user interaction. In addition, InstallAnywhere installer program makes it easier to integrate into packaged applications that rely on the transaction monitor facilities of the TXSeries OLTP as a component of larger industry-specific solutions.

TXSeries for Multiplatforms V7 extends support for the most recent versions of other products that are commonly used by TXSeries clients, including databases, communications subsystems, and system compilers for all supported programming languages. Also added is support for Acucorp open systems COBOL called ACUCOBOL-GT. ACUCOBOL-GT is a COBOL development system that includes a compiler, a source-level interactive debugger, and nearly a dozen support utilities. ACUCOBOL-GT lets you write a program once, and run it in any other TXSeries platform without recompiling.

A major revision to the documentation library provides a much clearer product overview, leading to faster and easier product deployment and administration. The TXSeries documentation is dramatically reduced in size and complexity:

  • The Concepts and Planning guide is completely revised.
  • A single installation guide is available for all platforms, reflecting easier installation and configuration.
  • The documentation library is fully incorporated into the standard Eclipse-based information center. You can search all installed Eclipse-based IBM information centers in one search.

Also included is a new system function diagnostic facility that provides additional internal state information. This facility can help IBM support representatives to remotely diagnose potential problems.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

The following features support use by people with disabilities:

  • Supports interfaces commonly used by screen readers
  • Can be operated using only the keyboard
  • Does not require the user to make responses within time limits
  • Has command-line interfaces to allow for customization of display attributes such as color, contrast, and font size
  • Communicates all information independent of color
  • Supports interfaces commonly used by screen magnifiers
  • Provides documentation in an accessible format
  • Does not flash the screen at rates that could induce epileptic seizures
  • Contains accessible command-line or text file-based interfaces for core functions provided by GUI

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

TXSeries for Multiplatforms is capable as of April 21, 2009 , when used in accordance with associated IBM documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT), containing details on the products accessibility compliance, can be requested on the following Web site

http://www.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html

IPLA and Subscription and Support considerations

IPLA licenses can be transferred from one machine to another within, but not limited to an enterprise. You may aggregate the capacity for all the processors the product is operated on to achieve a more economic price. This will result in a single Proof of Entitlement (PoE). It is your responsibility to manage the distribution of Value Units within the limits of the entitlement of the product license.

Subscription and Support must cover the same capacity as the product license entitlement. Subscription and Support will be available in the country in which the agreement is made.


 
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A transaction-processing monitor is a key component of a healthy corporate IT system. It manages and augments the transactional processes that keep an organisations revenues flowing.TXSeries for Multiplatforms has, for more than a decade, delivered high-performance transaction services in a robust and extensible environment. It lets you maximize existing COBOL, C/C++, PL/I and Core Java skilled employees and IT assets across AIX, Microsoft Windows, SUN Solaris, HP-UX PA-RISC, and HP Integrity platforms.

TXSeries for Multiplatforms is a distributed OLTP environment for mixed language applications. It is widely used for reliably and efficiently integrating data and applications between distributed solutions and enterprise systems, and the deployment of CICS applications written in COBOL, C, C++, PL/I, and Core Java (J2SE).


 
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IBM intends, during the second half of 2009, to deliver new inbound SOAP interface support specifically for, TXSeries to support the standard-based in bound SOAP interface for application integration. This capability will then allow TXSeries-based applications to be integrated into an SOA environment, enabling them to be made available as services.

With this statement of direction, all licensed users of TXSeries for Multiplatforms V7.1 can plan to make their TXSeries applications available as services. This will allow them to participate in an SOA environment, confident that the IBM CICS portfolio of products continues to be well-aligned with the evolution of SOA.

All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice.


 
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Product description       Language              General availability date
 
TXSeries V7.1.0           Multilingual          April 21, 2009
                          (French, Korean,
                          Chinese-Simplified,
                          Spanish,
                          Portuguese-Brazilian,
                          German, Japanese,
                          Chinese-Traditional,
                          English, Italian)

 
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Program    
number     VRM       Program name
 
5724-B44   7.1.0     TXSeries for
                      Multiplatforms

 
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Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site

http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi

Also, visit the Passport Advantage® Web site

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage

 
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No publications are shipped with this product.

The IBM Publications Center

http://www.ibm.com/shop/publications/order

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. Payment options for orders are via credit card (in the U.S.) or customer number for 20 countries. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, and they can all be downloaded by all countries free of charge.

Information about publications is available through mysupport. To subscribe, visit

https://www-1.ibm.com/support/mysupport/us/en/?OpenDocument

 
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Hardware requirements

IBM AIX users

Any IBM eServer™ pSeries® hardware capable of running AIX V5.3 TL7 or AIX 6.1 TL2

SUN Solaris users

Any SUN SPARC hardware capable of running SUN Solaris V10

Microsoft Windows users

Any x86-based hardware capable of running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Microsoft Windows Server 2008

HP-UX users

Any HP-UX PA-RISC or Integrity compatible hardware capable of running HP-UX V11i V2 or V3

Required disk space on all supported platforms

Description         AIX          Solaris      Windows      HP-UX
 
TXSeries            165 MB       170 MB       135 MB       310 MB
 CICS,
 uninstaller and
 bundled jvm
CICS                 75 MB       110 MB        75 MB       190 MB
 Universal
 Client (if
 installed)
Maximum             265 MB       296 MB       225 MB       525 MB
 space
 required
Software requirements

TXSeries for Multiplatforms V7.1 consists of 32-bit processes. All libraries linked with TXSeries (including those running in a 64-bit kernel) must be 32-bit libraries.

New versions and releases of software in the specified operating environment may be supported after planned availability of TXSeries V7.1. For the most up-to-date information, visit

http://www.ibm.com/software/htp/txseries/support/

Operating systems

  • AIX 5.3 TL7 and AIX 6.1 TL2
  • SUN Solaris V10
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2 and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP1
  • HP-UX 11i V2 (PA-RISC and HP Integrity platforms) and HP-UX 11i V3 ( PA-RISC and HP Integrity Platforms)

Supported software for IBM AIX

  • IBM Communications Server V6.3.1
  • CICS Universal Client V7.1 (available with TXSeries)
  • WebSphere MQ V7.0
  • Databases
    • DB2 V9.5
    • Informix® Dynamic Server V3.5
    • Oracle V10g R2
    • Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise V15.0.0.2
  • Languages
    • IBM XL C/C++ Enterprise Edition V9.0 for AIX
    • IBM COBOL Set for AIX V2
    • IBM PL/I set for AIX V2
    • Micro Focus Server Express COBOL V5.1
    • ACUCOBOL-GT - V7.2
    • Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition V1.5 SR7

Supported software for SUN Solaris

  • SNAP-IX Data connection V7.0.2.9
  • CICS Universal Client V7.1 (available with TXSeries)
  • WebSphere MQ V7.0
  • Databases
    • DB2 V9.5
    • Informix Dynamic Server V3.5
    • Oracle V10g R2
    • Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise V15.0.0.2
  • Languages
    • Sun Studio Compiler Collection V11.0
    • Micro Focus Server Express COBOL V5.1
    • ACUCOBOL-GT - V7.2
    • Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition V1.5 SR7

Supported software for Microsoft Windows Server 2003/Microsoft Windows Server 2008

  • IBM Communication Server V6.1.3
  • CICS Universal Client V7.1 (available with TXSeries)
  • WebSphere MQ V7.0
  • Databases
    • DB2 V9.5
    • Oracle V10g R2
    • Microsoft SQL Server V2008
  • Languages
    • Microsoft Visual Studio Enterprise Edition Version 2005
    • Micro Focus Net Express COBOL V5.1
    • ACUCOBOL-GT - V7.2
    • Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition V1.5 SR7

Supported software for HP-UX 11i V2/HP-UX 11i V3 ( PA-RISC and Integrity)

  • HP SNAPlus2 R.7.11.23.100/R.7.11.31.100
  • CICS Universal Client V7.1 (available with TXSeries)
  • WebSphere MQ V7.0
  • Databases
    • DB2 V9.1.3
    • Informix Dynamic Server V3.5
    • Oracle V10g R2
    • Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise V15.0.0.2
  • Languages
    • HP ANSI C C.11.23.15.2/C.11.31.04.2 bundle
    • HP aC++ C.11.23.15.2/C.11.31.04.2 bundle
    • Micro Focus Server Express COBOL V5.1
    • ACUCOBOL-GT - V7.2
    • Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition V1.5 SR7

The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a README file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.

Limitations

For additional information, refer to the Terms and conditions section of this announcement, or to the license information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement Web site

http://www.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf

Planning information

Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is included with licenses purchased through Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express. Product upgrades and technical support are provided by the Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) offering as described in the Agreements. Product upgrades provide the latest versions and releases to entitled software, and technical support provides voice and electronic access to IBM support organizations, worldwide.

IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) with each program license acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.

Packaging

The media pack for TXSeries for Multiplatforms contains:

  • QuickStart CD-ROM (contains Quick Start Guide and Publications)
  • Program CD-ROMs
  • CICS Universal Client CD-ROM

Security, auditability, and control

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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IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based, software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Also, we extend our IBM Software Services reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.

To learn more about IBM Software Services or to contact a Software Services sales specialist, visit

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Product information

Licensed function title      Product group   Product
                                               category
 
IBM TXSeries                 IBM CICS        CICS
Program name                 PID             Charge unit
                              number          description
 
IBM TXSeries                 5724-B44        Sub-capacity
                                              Processor Value
                                              Unit (PVU)
IBM TXSeries                 5724-B44        PVU
IBM TXSeries                 5724-B44        Processor Day

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TXSeries for Multiplatforms

Part description                                         Part
                                                         number
 
IBM TXSeries
TXSeries Value Unit Annual SW S&S Rnwl                   E025BLL
TXSeries Value Unit Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo                   D55VCLL
TXSeries Value Unit SW S&S Reinstate 12 Mo               D55VDLL

Passport Advantage supply

Program name/description                                 Part
                                                         number
 
TXSeries V7.1.0
TX Series V7.1 Multiplatform Media Pack, Multilingual    BA0VFML

Passport Advantage customer: Media pack entitlement details

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

TXSeries V7.1.0

Entitled maintenance        Media packs description     Part
offerings description                                   number
 
TXSeries Multiplatform      TX Series V7.1              BA0VFML
 Value Unit                  Multiplatform Media Pack,
                             Multilingual
TXSeries per Sub Capacity   TX Series V7.1              BA0VFML
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Sub-capacity licensing

IBM TXSeries

Part number            Part description
 
E025CLL                TXSeries SubCap Value Unit
                        Annual SW S&S Rnwl
D55VELL                TXSeries SubCap Value Unit Lic
                        + SW S&S 12 Mo
D55VFLL                TXSeries SubCap Value Unit SW
                        S&S Reinstate 12 Mo

Sub-capacity licensing for selected middleware products

Sub-capacity licensing on a per processor or per Value Unit basis is available for selected middleware products. To offer sub-capacity licensing, IBM software products implement IBM Tivoli® License Compliance Manager within their offerings so that you can monitor and report quarterly to IBM on the use of the programs on a continuous basis.

More information can be found on the Passport Advantage Web site

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage

Eligibility requirements for sub-capacity licensing

To be eligible for sub-capacity licensing terms on this product, you must agree to install and configure IBM Tivoli License Manager for IBM Software, in accordance with the IBM Tivoli License Manager publications, and to enable the collection of program use data on all eligible machines subject to sub-capacity terms.

For those machines running programs with sub-capacity licensing terms, you must use IBM Tivoli License Manager for IBM Software to monitor program use and submit to IBM an IBM Use Report each calendar quarter. Multiple copies of IBM Tivoli License Manager for IBM Software or IBM Tivoli License Manager are not required. You can use more copies if you need them to support your operational environment, but only one copy is required to monitor all your sub-capacity licensed products.

Additionally, if this is the first product you have licensed under sub-capacity terms, you must agree to the terms of an attachment to your Passport Advantage or Passport Advantage Express contract and submit a new Passport Advantage enrollment form. First-time sub-capacity clients also have an opportunity to ensure a primary business contact is established for their contracts.

For more information on required and entitled license capacity, license requirements, and reporting, refer to Software Announcement 205-093, dated April 19, 2005.

If you order (this product) under sub-capacity terms, IBM Tivoli License Manager for IBM Software will be made available to you if you do not already have one. You must install and configure this tool for your sub-capacityproducts. Alternately, you can use Tivoli License Manager. Once the license manager software is installed, you will be required to register online (IBM may need to contact you in order to finalize the registration process.) You must monitor program use on a continuous basis with an IBM Tivoli License Manager for IBM Software and submit IBM Use Reports to IBM on a calendar quarterly basis.

IBM Tivoli License Manager for IBM Software is documented in the following customer publications, which are available from IBM Publications Center at

http://www.elink.ibmlink.ibm.com/public/applications/publications/cgib in/pbi.cgi?
Publication                       Form
 
Planning, Installation, and       SC32-1431
 Configuration
Administration                    SC32-1430
Problem Determination             SC32-9102
Data Dictionary                   SC32-1432
Release Notes                     SC32-1429

For IBM Tivoli License Manager configuration guidance and instructions for specific products (including this product) acquired with sub-capacity terms, refer to:

http://www.lotus.com/sub-capacity

The Web site will give you information about how to set up the product for detection by IBM Tivoli License Manager, any required maintenance, and any required steps that are unique to this product.

On/Off CoD

IBM TXSeries

Part description                                         Part
                                                         number
 
TXSeries Processor Day Per Use-DAY, On Off Capacity on   ASQN2LL
demand Temporary Us

 
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The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

Licensing

IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the Program. PoEs are required for all authorized use.

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

This software license includes Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance).

License Information form number
Program name                      Program    Form number
                                   number
 
TXSeries for Multiplatforms       5724-B44   L-SBRY-7NNJGS

The program's license information will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement Web site

http://www.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf
Limited warranty applies

Yes

Warranty

IBM warrants that when the Program is used in the specified operating environment, it will conform to its specifications. The warranty applies only to the unmodified portion of the Program. IBM does not warrant uninterrupted or error-free operation of the Program or that IBM will correct all Program defects. You are responsible for the results obtained from the use of the Program.

IBM provides you with access to IBM databases containing information on known Program defects, defect corrections, restrictions, and bypasses at no additional charge. Consult the IBM Software Support Handbook for further information at

http://www.ibm.com/support/handbook

IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).

Program technical support

Technical support of a program product will be available for a minimum of five years from the general availability date, as long as your Software Maintenance is in effect. This technical support allows you to obtain assistance (via telephone or electronic means) from IBM for product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of the program product. Software Maintenance also provides you with access to updates, releases, and versions of the program. You will be notified, via announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice. If you require additional technical support from IBM, including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.

Money-back guarantee

If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, you may obtain a refund of the amount you paid for it, if within 30 days of your invoice date you return the program and its PoE to the party from whom you obtained it. If you downloaded the program, you may contact the party from whom you acquired it for instructions on how to obtain the refund.

  • For programs acquired under the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement, this term applies only to your first acquisition of the program.
  • For programs acquired under any of the IBM On/Off CoD software offerings, this term does not apply since these offerings apply to programs already acquired and in use by you.
Authorization for use on home/Portable computer

The program may be stored on the primary machine and another machine, provided that the program is not in active use on both machines at the same time. You may not copy and use this program on another computer without paying additional license fees.

Product name
 
TXSeries for Multiplatforms     No
Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

Yes, and through the Passport Advantage Web site at

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage

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

Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) applies

Yes. Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is included with licenses purchased through Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express. Product upgrades and technical support are provided by the Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) offering as described in the Agreements. Product upgrades provide the latest versions and releases to entitled software and Technical Support provides voice and electronic access to IBM support organizations, worldwide.

IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) with each program license acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.

While your Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short duration installation and usage (how-to) questions, and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance via telephone and, if available, electronic access, to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your end users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For additional details, consult yourIBM Software Support Handbook at

http://www.ibm.com/support/handbook

Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under the applicable agreements.

For additional information about the International Passport Advantage Agreement and the IBM International Passport Advantage Express Agreement, visit the Passport Advantage Web site at

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage
System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Educational allowance available

Not applicable.

On/Off CoD

To be eligible for On/Off CoD pricing, customers must be enabled for temporary capacity on the corresponding hardware, and the required contract - Z125-6907, Amendment for iSeries® and pSeries Temporary Capacity On Demand - Software - must be signed prior to use.


 
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IBM has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to help you achieve 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 are designed to 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. Installation and use of IBM Electronic Service Agent for problem reporting enables IBM to provide better support and service for your IBM server.


 
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Passport Advantage

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

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage

Business Partner information

If you are an IBM Business Partner -- Distributor for Workstation Software acquiring products from IBM, you may link to Passport Advantage Online for resellers where you can obtain Business Partner pricing information. An IBM ID and password are required.

https://www.ibm.com/software/howtobuy/passportadvantage/paoreseller

 
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To order, contact the Americas Call Centers or 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 Teleweb Customer Support
            ibm.com Sales Execution Center, Americas North
            3500 Steeles Ave. East, Tower 3/4
            Markham, Ontario
            Canada
            L3R 2Z1

Reference: YE001

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


Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.
Trademarks

IMS, eServer and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

TXSeries, CICS, IBM, Rational, zSeries, AIX, DB2, WebSphere, MQSeries, z/OS, Encina, RACF, Passport Advantage, pSeries, Informix, Tivoli and iSeries are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

Java and all Java-based trademarks are trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States, other countries, or both.

Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Terms of use

IBM products and services which are announced and available in your country can be ordered under the applicable standard agreements, terms, conditions, and prices in effect at the time. IBM reserves the right to modify or withdraw this announcement at any time without notice. This announcement is provided for your information only. Additional terms of use are located at:

http://www.ibm.com/legal/us/en/

For the most current information regarding IBM products, consult your IBM representative or reseller, or visit the IBM worldwide contacts page

http://www.ibm.com/planetwide/us/

 

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