IBM CICS VSAM Transparency for z/OS V2.1 simplifies data migration to IBM DB2IBM United States Software Announcement 211-355
October 4, 2011
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CICS® VSAM Transparency (CICS VT) for z/OS® V2.1 simplifies and speeds the migration of data from VSAM to DB2® with a range of new capabilities, including:
- Auto-generation of data migration jobs
- Improved support for IDCAMS (Access Method Services) options
- File migration progress reporting
- Improved diagnostics
- Numerous functional enhancements introduced by PTF since the general availability of CICS VT V1.2
- CICS VT V2.1 supports CICS Transaction Server for z/OS (CICS TS) V3 and CICS TS V4, and IBM® DB2 for z/OS (DB2) V9, and DB2 10
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CICS VSAM Transparency (CICS VT) for z/OS, V2.1 enables the migration of data from VSAM files to DB2 tables. It ensures continued access to the data in DB2, without modification to the CICS or batch VSAM application programs and with only minor changes to CICS and batch configurations, and job control (using JCL).
CICS VT V2.1 adds the following features:
- A new utility will automatically generate customized data migration JCL, speeding the migration process and reducing the risk of errors.
- Support for the REPLACE and REUSE options for the IDCAMS REPRO command further reduce the need to modify existing batch file back-up and restore JCL.
- New reporting function to report the number of migrated files for each CICS region help customers to track their progress through the file migration process and can support customer charge-back systems.
- Improved diagnostic facilities to validate DB2 configuration, and support CICS tracing reduce the time required to solve problems.
- In excess of twenty functional enhancements delivered by PTF to CICS VT V1.2, including many customer requirements, are incorporated in this release.
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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CICS VT V2.1 runs on any S/390® or IBM eServer zSeries® machine on which the applicable operating system and software will run.
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|Planned availability date|
December 2, 2011
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CICS VT for z/OS provides a set of conversion tools and a run-tim driver control component. The conversion tools include an Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF) dialog interface and supports data mapping from VSAM key-sequenced data set (KSDS) structures and relative record data set (RRDS) structures to DB2 tables.
When the mapping is defined, data-migration processes and drivers containing static Structured Query Language (SQL) calls are generated. The CICS VT run-time component uses the generated drivers to access DB2 data, returning the results to the calling application in the original VSAM format.
CICS VT V2.1 supports CICS TS V3 and CICS TS V4, and DB2 V9 and DB2 10.
Auto-generation of data migration jobs
New in CICS VT V2.1 is a utility to generate the JCL required to migrate data from VSAM files to DB2 tables. The new utility can be invoked from the existing ISPF dialogs or in batch. It generates customized members for the following:
- DB2 LOAD
- Batch DMF
- JCL to create the DUMMY data set
- Batch CSD input to define the drivers
Previously, the JCL needed to be tailored by the customer using a supplied template, so the new auto-generation capability reduces the time required to configure CICS VT, and reduces the chance of making errors during the customization process.
Improved support for IDCAMS options
Customers who use the IDCAMS REPRO command to back-up and restore VSAM files in their batch job streams and CICS start-up JCL can continue to use REPRO to back-up and restore their CICS VT migrated DB2 data. In the earlier release, if the REPLACE or REUSE options were encountered in a batch job processing a CICS VT migrated file, CICS VT would complain about duplicate records and the REPRO command would be rejected. Now, with CICS VT V2.1, the REPLACE and REUSE options can be successfully used on the IDCAMS REPRO command to further reduce the need to modify existing batch file back-up and restore JCL.
File migration progress reporting
CICS VT enables the staged migration of VSAM files to DB2, over as long or short a period of time as is convenient for the customer. When customers migrate a large number of files, it can be difficult to track progress over an extended period of time. A new function in CICS VT V2.1 reports the number of migrated files for each CICS region, helping customers to track their progress through the file migration process. These reports can also support internal charge-back systems for customers with different cost-recovery metrics for VSAM and DB2.
During the initial configuration of CICS VT, DB2 BIND members need to be created and customized. Simple typing errors in this customization process can be difficult to resolve. A new function in CICS VT V2.1 tests for the existence of skeleton DB2 BIND members and reports missing members gracefully, reducing the impact of such errors.
The existing CICS trace facility is improved. Previously it was only possible to trace CICS VT activity for transactions associated with a specific terminal identifier (TERMID).
In CICS VT V2.1 tracing can be initiated without specifying a TERMID. This is not only useful when the system programmer doesn't know where the next transaction is coming from, but also in the cases where no terminal facility exists, for example, for started tasks and incoming web service requests.
New and updated function
Many of the following enhancements were introduced by APAR PTF as a result of customer requirements. In those cases, the FITS number (prefixed with MR) and associated text is also shown.
PK50628 (PTF UK28187) provides more flexibility for dummy DD names. VIDDDMEX is now called to enable the Dummy Dataset DDNAME to be overridden. If VIDDDMEX changes the DD name for the Dummy Dataset then this is used, otherwise the standard changed name applies. As stated in FITS requirement MR1105065745: Provide more flexibility for dummy DD names.
For PK48564 (PTF UK26971), the CICS VT Exit Work Area limit is increased from 4K to 16K.
PK72698 (PTF UK42624) provides support for CICS VT exit programs (FBE and IRD ) to be written in LE-enabled high level languages. As stated in FITS requirement: MR0407077555 Allow the exits to be coded in other languages.
PK73622 (PTF UK40774) enables CICS Global User Exit (GLUE) program for CICS VT to co-exist with other CICS GLUE programs.
PK98873 (PTF UK53928) provides support for multiple TCBs in BATCH jobs when accessing VSAM datasets migrated to DB2 using CICS VT.
For PM05348 (PTF UK54208), CICS VT datasets ending in DSNPARMS were required to specify the DB2 subsystem ID and DB2 plan to use for the batch utilities. The utilities and their associated JCL/PROCs are modified to allow the DB2 subsystem to be specified as a parameter. The CICS VT batch utilities now use a fixed plan called VIDBUTIL.
For PK14457 (PTF UK18531), before this enhancement, all batch application programs accessing a VSAM file migrated with CICS VT had to use the same DB2 plan, and therefore the same DB2 package attributes. This meant that programs could not exploit DB2 features such as uncommitted read or lock avoidance. This APAR introduces a new DD statement VIDPLAN, that allows a user to specify any plan name
PK21107 (PTF UK12522) provides support for multiple ACBs against the same DDNAME.
PM27750 (PTF UK66015) provides new functions PREVIEW and UNDO, added to automated mapping facility dialogs.
For PM16102 (PTF UK58110), the CICS VT Dataset Table (DST) is modified to implement the Migration Status indicator, allowing files migrated to CICS VT to be defined in CICS VT as "INACTIVE" prior to their actual migration.
PM07002 (PTF UK55216) provides improved detection of COMP-3 FIELDS in COBOL copybooks.
PM07901 (PTF UK55226) provides improved detection of PIC, DEC and BIN fields when analyzing PL/I copybooks in the automated mapper facility.
PK85545 (PTF UK48179) allows unsigned packed decimal data to be used with CICS VT conversion routines PACKINT, PACKSINT, PACKDATE, PACKTIME, and PACKDTIM, along with their counterparts.
PK82906 (PTF UK46729) permits the processing of unsigned packed decimal VSAM data automatically, and thus removes the need for an exit.
PK10293 (PTF UK10832) improves the processing of COBOL copybooks, particularly the OCCURs clauses in the automated mapper facility.
PK52988 (PTF UK29339) ensures that CICS VT uses the most efficient cursor on a VSAM OPEN request.
PM16132 (PTF UK60293) provides for numerous changes to be made to CICS VT V1.2 to enable the support of DB2 Extended Object Names. As stated in FITS requirements:
- MR0211103636 CICS VT does not support 128-byte column names, available since DB2 V7. CICS VT should be enhanced to support this feature of DB2.
- MR051707204 CICS VT restricts
the column name to 18 bytes to meet the limitations of DB2 V7. DB2 V8
and above allows a column length of 128 bytes.
The CICS VT product should be enhanced to support column names that meet the maximum allowed in COBOL definitions.
For PM38615 (PTF UK68479), CICS VT driver generation code was changed to detect and support generation in a DB2 10 environment.
For PM14340 (PTF UK58090), CICS VT Driver modules include all the DB2 SQL required to provide read and write access to a CICS VT DB2 table. This enhancement adds the ability to generate a driver module that only allows read access to the table. Any process using this driver module which attempted write access would ABEND with CICS VT user abend 3111. As stated in FITS requirement: MR0128103926 CICS VT supports security to DB2 tables at the user level. However, access is either None, or Read-write. There is no read-only access.
For PM12877 (PTF UK57233), CICS VT, in batch programs, uses CAF to connect to DB2. This fix implements an optional exit point, VIDCATTE, to enable alternative DB2 connection methods to be used. As stated in FITS requirements:
- MR0128102126 Add support for an optional, user provided connection exit routine to DB2.
- MR1025076152 CICS VT uses parameter datasets during batch utilities to allow VT to connect to DB2 using the Call Attachment Facility (CAF). There are requirements on these parameter datasets that the second node be the DB2 subsystem, and the third node be the plan name. This naming requirement for the parameter datasets does not fit within some customers DSN naming standards.
PM09602 (PTF UK56896) allows for the overriding of PLAN NAME VIDBUTIL when running CICS VT utility jobs.
For PK85546 (PTF UK48652), support was added to allow nullable data in DB2 using a new user parameter mapping field. This provides support for DB2 nullable columns without requiring an exit.
PK45946 (PTF UK28006) provides support for DB2 Backward Index scan. It also provides an exit to enable users to generate IBM AIX® DIM names of their choosing. As stated in FITS requirements:
- MR1211062324 DB2 version 8 provided the capability for backward index scans, which lets DB2 avoid a sort. A sort is avoided when the DB2 optimizer determines that an ORDER BY clause can be satisfied by traversing an existing index in a backward direction. Prior to this enhancement, CICS VT provided a descending index for the sole purpose of avoiding a sort. This index has now been deleted to improve performance.
- MR1203062039 Add an exit to allow customers to determine the naming convention for alternate indexes.
PK45985 (PTF UK25637) provides support for DB2 V9.
Accessibility by people with disabilities
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The following features support use by people with disabilities:
- Operation by keyboard alone
- Optional font enlargement and high-contrast display settings
- Suitability for use by people with hearing impairment
- Capability to use with screen readers and magnifiers for those with visual impairment
Softcopy documentation for the product is provided in PDF format. This documentation supports optional font enlargement and high-contrast display settings, and may be operated by the keyboard alone.
Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act
CICS VT V2.1 is capable as of December 2, 2011, 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.
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Subsequent acquisitions of Value Unit priced programs offer additional price benefits. The quantity of each System z IPLA program that you have acquired is referred to as entitled license capacity. If you wish to grow your entitled license capacity for a System z IPLA program, the calculation to determine additional needed Value Units is based upon the number of Value Units already acquired.
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An increasingly competitive economic environment is driving many businesses to transform their existing CICS applications using service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web 2.0 strategies. The same pressures also force IT managers, CICS system programmers, and application developers to develop applications and operate systems at peak level while maintaining service level commitments and meeting regulatory and corporate governance requirements.
Such businesses need tools to help them avoid outages and reduce downtime, while controlling costs and complying with standards. CICS VT is a product that meets the CICS customer demand for a solution that enables the unlocking of business-critical data from VSAM to a fully relational database, DB2. With critical files held in DB2, the time constraints of batch windows can be minimized or removed altogether. DB2 provides full forward recovery of data, which for VSAM files requires additional software - CICS VSAM Recovery for z/OS (CICS VR) is the IBM solution.
Customers in industries with challenging data security and encryption requirements, such as healthcare, banking, and credit card processing, can benefit from the extensive data governance capabilities that are available for DB2 when it is used with products such as IBM InfoSphere® Guardium® Data Encryption for DB2 and IMS Databases. Further details of these, and other IBM tools for DB2 can be found at:
CICS VT is a member of the CICS tools family and part of the System z Enterprise tools portfolio supporting the CICS environment. It can help by improving collaboration between the various roles involved in making and tracking changes, and enabling tighter and more transparent control over CICS administration, both of which are critical for the smooth operation of CICS. CICS VT can also help speed up the overall end-to-end development effort for new applications.
For more details of the CICS Tools family of products, visit
For a trial of CICS VT, contact your local IBM sales representative.
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Program number VRM Program name 5655-Y01 2.1.0 CICS VSAM Transparency for z/OS
Product identification number
Subscription and Program PID number Support PID number 5655-Y01 5697-I77
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website
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).
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The following publications are provided, in PDF softcopy format only:
Title Order number CICS VSAM Transparency for z/OS V2.1 GI13-0578 Program Directory CICS VSAM Transparency for z/OS V2.1 SC34-7249 User's Guide CICS VSAM Transparency for z/OS V2.1 SC34-7250 Data Reengineering & Customization Guide CICS VSAM Transparency for z/OS V2.1 GI13-0579 Data Sheet
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Specified operating environment
CICS VT V2.1 runs on any S/390 or IBM eServer zSeries machine on which the applicable operating system and software will run.
CICS VT V2.1 is designed to be used with CICS TS V4.2 (5655-S97), where it supports fully the new function of the latest version of CICS TS. CICS VT V2.1 can also be used with CICS TS V3 (5655-M15).
CICS VT V2.1 will run with any supported level of operating system with which the applicable CICS TS runs.
CICS VT V2.1 requires System Modification Program/Extended (SMP/E) of the supported z/OS or OS/390® system (5655-G44) for installation and maintenance. It operates with the following CICS configurations:
- CICS TS V4.1 and CICS TS V4.2 (5655-S97)
- CICS TS V3.1 and CICS TS V3.2 (5655-M15)
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.
User group requirements
Requirements from the worldwide user group communities satisfied or partially satisfied by enhancements in CICS VT V2.1 include the following:
Requirement Description number MR0128102126 Add support for an optional, user provided connection exit routine to DB2 MR0128103926 CICS VT supports security to DB2 tables at the user level. However, access is either None, or Read-write. There is no read-only access. MR0210107026 Customers need more flexibility within the CICS VT product. Currently, if a customer wants to return to using the native VSAM file they must comment out the entry in the VIDCDTAB table and reassemble it. This process usually requires the CICS system programmer to perform this function. When they want to resume testing with the migrated file, the process must be reversed. MR0211103636 CICS VT does not support the 128 byte column names which have been available since DB2 V7. CICS VT should be enhanced to support this feature of DB2. MR0407077555 Allow the exits to be coded in other languages MR0508071056 Provide an IVP that validates that the TSO/ISPF interface is active and working correctly. MR0510072757 New Exit to support unsigned Comp-3 fields. MR0510077625 Customer has requested an exit that will convert Julian calendar dates into DB2 date format. MR0516076544 Customization Option -- Eliminate the requirement for the mapper to create datasets with the TSO Userid as the High-Level Qualifier. MR051707204 CICS VT restricts the column name to 18 bytes to meet the limitations of DB2 V7. DB2 V8 and above allows a column length of 128 bytes. MR0517111529 Provide capability for packages for several VT migrated files into one DB2 PLAN. Best would be to give customers the choice to bind into different packages. MR0601063738 Add the ability to call a DB2 Stored Procedure from the FBE and IRD user exits. MR0606056129 Allow CICS VT exits to be coded in other languages. MR1025076152 CICS VT uses parameter datasets during batch utilities to allow VT to connect to DB2 using the Call Attachment Facility (CAF). There are requirements on these parameter datasets that the 2nd node be the DB2 subsystem, and the 3rd node be the plan name. This naming requirement for the parameter datasets does not fit within some customers DSN naming standards. MR1105065745 Provide more flexibility for dummy DD names. MR1203062039 Add an exit to allow customers to determine the naming convention for alternate indexes. MR1211062324 DB2 version 8 provided the capability for backward index scans, which lets DB2 avoid a sort. A sort is avoided when the DB2 optimizer determines that an ORDER BY clause can be satisfied by traversing an existing index in a backward direction. Prior to this enhancement, CICS VT provided a descending index for the sole purpose of avoiding a sort. This index has now been deleted to improve performance. MR1219063255 New appendix in the CICS VT User's Guide that documents each supplied CICS transaction. MR1219063818 New appendix in the CICS VT User's Guide that documents each supplied utility program.
The CICS VT V2.1 User's Guide will provide details on upgrading from CICS VT V1.2 to CICS VT V2.1.
CICS VT V2.1 is shipped via CBPDO or other customized offerings on 3590 tape.
Also shipped are:
- International Program License Agreement (IPLA) booklet (Z125-3301-13)
- License Information booklet (GC34-7248-00)
Security, auditability, and control
CICS VT V2.1 uses the security and auditability features of the operating system under which it is running.
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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Program Name PID Number Charge Metric CICS VSAM Transparency for z/OS V2.1 5655-Y01 Per Value Unit CICS VSAM Transparency for z/OS V1.1 - - Software Subscription and Support 5697-I77 Per Value Unit
Ordering z/OS through the Internet
ShopzSeries provides an easy way to plan and order your z/OS ServerPac or CBPDO. It will analyze your current installation, determine the correct product migration, and present your new configuration based on z/OS. Additional products can also be added to your order (including determination of whether all product requisites are satisfied). ShopzSeries is available in the US 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 website at
CICS VT for z/OS, V2.1 is eligible for On/Off CoD with a temporary use charge calculated based on MSUs per-day usage.
Program name CICS VSAM Transparency for z/OS V2.1 Program PID 5655-Y01 Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S016P9T CICS VSAM Transparency Basic OTC, Per MSU-day TUC for z/OS V2.1
Translation from MSUs to Value Units MSUs Value Units/MSU Base 1-3 1 Tier A 4-45 0.45 Tier B 46-175 0.36 Tier C 176-315 0.27 Tier D 316+ 0.2
To order, specify the program product number and the appropriate license or charge option. Also, specify the desired distribution medium. To suppress shipment of media, select the license-only option in CFSW.
Program name: CICS VSAM Transparency for z/OS V2.1 Program PID: 5655-Y01 Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S016P9T CICS VSAM Transparency Basic OTC, Value Units for z/OS V2.1 Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium S016RCJ English 3590 tape
Note: additional media type selections are offered during Custom Build Offering ordering.
Subscription and Support PID: 5697-I77 Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S010V2X CICS VSAM Transparency Basic ASC, per Value Unit SW S&S for z/OS - Subscription No charge, decline SW S&S and Support Per MSU SW S&S Registration Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium S010V2W English Hardcopy publication
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When Subscription and Support is ordered, the charges will automatically renew annually unless cancelled by you.
The combined effect of the IPLA license and the Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance gives you rights and support services comparable to those under the traditional ICA S/390 and System z license or its equivalent. To ensure that you continue to enjoy the level of support you are used to in the ICA business model, you must order both the license for the program and the support for the selected programs at the same Value Unit quantities.
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Product deliverables are shipped only via CBPDO, ServerPac, SystemPac®.
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|Terms and conditions|
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These programs are licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA) and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance, which provide for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. These programs have a one-time license charge for use of the program and an annual renewable charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours), as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect.
IBM System z Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel is an option if you desire added services.
License Information form number
CICS VSAM Transparency for z/OS V2.1
- License: L-APIG-8H5CTY
- Form number: GC34-7248-00
The program's License Information will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement website
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Software Subscription and Support applies
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Variable charges apply
Educational allowance available
Yes. A 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.
Sub-capacity terms and conditions
For each System z IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, the quantity of that program needed to satisfy applicable IBM terms and conditions is referred to as the required license capacity. Your required license capacity is based upon the following factors:
- The System z IPLA program you select
- The applicable Value Unit Exhibit
- The applicable terms
- Whether your current mainframes are full capacity or sub-capacity
For more information on the Value Unit Exhibit for the System z IPLA program you selected, refer to the Ordering information section.
Program Parent, number Program name Terms if applicable - 5655-Y01 CICS VSAM Transparency Reference-based 5697-E93 for z/OS V2.1 5655-M15 5655-S97
In cases where full capacity is applicable, the following terms apply.
Execution-based, z/OS-based, full-machine-based: The required capacity of a System z IPLA program with these terms equals the MSU-rated capacity of the machines where the System z IPLA program executes.
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Reference based: The required license capacity of a System z IPLA program with these terms equals the license capacity of the applicable monthly license charge (MLC) program. This MLC program is called the parent program.
In cases where sub-capacity is applicable, the following terms apply.
Execution-based: The required capacity of a System z IPLA sub-capacity program with these terms equals the capacity of the LPARs where the System z IPLA program executes.
z/OS-based: The required license capacity of a System z IPLA program with these terms equals the license capacity of z/OS on the machines where the System z IPLA program executes.
Reference-based: The required license capacity of a System z IPLA program with these terms equals the license capacity of the applicable monthly license charge (MLC) program. This MLC program is called the parent program.
Full-machine-based: The required license capacity of a System z IPLA program with full machine based terms equals the MSU-rated capacity of the machines where the System z IPLA program executes.
For more information on mainframe MSU-rated capacities, refer to The IBM System z Machines Exhibit(Z125-3901), or visit the Mainframes section of the System z Exhibits website
For additional information for products with reference-based terms, System z IPLA sub-capacity programs with reference-based terms adds value to the parent program across the environment, regardless of where in the environment the System z IPLA program executes.
An environment is defined as either a single or stand-alone machine or a qualified Parallel Sysplex®. You may have one or more different environments across the enterprise. To determine the required license capacity for each System z IPLA program with referenced-based terms, each environment should be assessed separately.
When a System z IPLA sub-capacity program with reference-based terms is used in a qualified Parallel Sysplex environment, the required license capacity of the System z IPLA program must equal with the license capacity of the parent program across the Parallel Sysplex. Qualified Parallel Sysplex refers to where MLC pricing is aggregated across the sysplex.
To be eligible for sub-capacity charging on select System z IPLA programs, you must first implement and comply with all terms of either sub-capacity Workload License Charges (WLC) or sub-capacity Entry Workload License Charges (EWLC). To implement sub-capacity WLC or EWLC, a machine must be System z (or equivalent). On that machine:
- All instances of the OS/390 operating system must be migrated to the z/OS operating systems.
- Any licenses for the OS/390 operating system must be discontinued.
- All instances of the z/OS operating systems must be running in z/Architecture® (64-bit) mode.
For that machine, you must create and submit a Sub-Capacity Report to IBM each month. Sub-Capacity Reports must be generated using the Sub-Capacity Reporting Tool (SCRT). For additional information or to obtain a copy of SCRT, visit the System z Software Pricing website
You must comply with all of the terms of the WLC or EWLC offering, whichever is applicable:
- The complete terms and conditions of sub-capacity WLC are defined in the IBM Customer Agreement - Attachment for System z Workload License Charges (Z125-6516).
- The complete terms and conditions for sub-capacity EWLC are defined in the IBM Customer Agreement - Attachment for IBM System z 890 and 800 License Charges (Z125-6587).
Additionally, you must sign and comply with the terms and conditions specified in the amendment to the IPLA contract - Amendment for IBM System z9® and System z Programs Sub-Capacity Pricing (Z125-6929). Once the amendment is signed, the terms in the amendment replace any and all previous System z IPLA sub-capacity terms and conditions.
IBM Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing for z/OS IPLA Software applies.
Sub-capacity utilization determination
Sub-capacity utilization is determined based on the utilization of a sub-capacity eligible reference product and machine.
On/Off Capacity on Demand (CoD)
To be eligible for On/Off CoD pricing, you must be enabled for temporary capacity on the corresponding hardware, and the required contract, Attachment for IBM System z On/Off Capacity on Demand (Z125-7883) must be signed prior to use.
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Program name: CICS VSAM Transparency z/OS V2.1 Program PID: 5655-Y01 Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S016P9T CICS VSAM Transparency Basic OTC, Value Units for z/OS V2.1 S016P9T CICS VSAM Transparency Basic OTC, per MSU-day TUC for z/OS V2.1 Subscription and Support PID: 5697-I77 Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S010V2X CICS VSAM Transparency Basic ASC, Value Units SW S&S for z/OS No charge, decline SW S&S Subscription and Support Per MSU SW S&S Registration
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