IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS, V5.3 open beta offering delivers advances in service agility, operational efficiency, and cloud enablement with DevOps

IBM United States Software Announcement 215-020
February 17, 2015


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The IBM® CICS® Transaction Server (CICS TS) for z/OS® V5.3 open beta offering builds on the capabilities delivered in prior CICS TS V5 releases, and adds substantial new DevOps functionality.

New and enhanced capabilities are delivered in three main areas:

This is a no-charge open beta offering that gives customers the opportunity to participate in a limited time trial of the latest developments in CICS TS.

The CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering is available for download, direct from IBM on the date of availability, by visiting

http://www.ibm.com/cics/openbeta

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: LE001).



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CICS TS for z/OS is designed for enterprise grade, mixed language, application serving and is the leading transaction server on the z/OS platform.

The CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering builds on the capabilities delivered in prior CICS TS V5 releases, and adds substantial new development operations (DevOps) functionality.

New and enhanced capabilities are delivered in three main focus areas, each with four core capabilities:

The CICS Explorer® V5.3 open beta offering is updated to support the new and enhanced capabilities delivered by the CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering. CICS Explorer is also updated to include support for Apple OS X Yosemite.

Customers who join the CICS TS open beta program can explore potential new CICS capability, assess its value to their business, and plan for its adoption at the earliest opportunity. The CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering shows how new workloads, such as those driven by mobile devices, can be quickly and efficiently incorporated into existing CICS systems.

Participants in the open beta program might also get direct access to CICS development resources, with the opportunity to provide early feedback and are well positioned to gain the advantages of an early adopter.

The CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering is available for download, direct from IBM on the date of availability, by visiting

http://www.ibm.com/cics/openbeta

To register your interest in the CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering, before the date of availability, contact the CICS Early Programs coordinator by email, at

cicsep@uk.ibm.com


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The minimum required hardware prerequisite for the CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering is IBM System z9® or subsequent 64-bit z/Architecture® processors.

The minimum required level of operating system for the CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering is IBM z/OS V1.13 (5694-A01) with APAR OA38409.

The minimum required level of Java is IBM 64-bit SDK for z/OS, Java Technology Edition, V7 SR1.



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March 23, 2015



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The CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering builds on the many advances in service agility and operational efficiency delivered in CICS TS V5.2. It also includes significant new DevOps capability and enhancements to cloud enablement.

Service agility

Additional Liberty profile features

A set of new Liberty profile features provides support for a wider range of Java web APIs and application frameworks. The following Liberty profile features are included in the CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering:

Existing Liberty profile features are enhanced, specifically by adding EAR support for bundles, adding SQLJ support for use with the DB2® type 2 driver data sources, and adding transaction support to the Blueprint feature.

These newly supported and enhanced features make Java-based web applications hosted in the Liberty profile JVM server even more capable and portable.

Enhanced interoperability

The CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering also includes a technology preview of the ability for Java programs in a Liberty profile JVM server and non-Java programs to call each other using standard CICS API calls. This technology preview enables:

Additionally, the Liberty z/OS Connect feature is now supported by the CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering 1. This provides RESTful APIs and accepts JavaScript™ Object Notation (JSON) payloads between CICS, mobile devices, and cloud environments.

Simplified management

Java Management Extensions (JMX) can be used to monitor Java applications and JVM system objects. The following JMX-related Liberty profile features are now supported:

Users of the Liberty profile JVM server can now manage and monitor applications and system objects locally by using the JMX client API, or remotely by using the JConsole monitoring tool included in Java SE.

Additionally, administration of the JVM servers is enhanced by simplifying the process of managing log files that include controls for the maximum number of zFS logs, the ability to redirect log files to the MVS™ JES log, and the standardization of timestamps.

1 Also available in CICS TS V5.2 using APAR PI25503.

Enhanced Java SE support

Enhanced support is provided for Java SE developers who need access to WebSphere MQ. Java SE programs that run in a CICS OSGi JVM server can now use the WebSphere MQ classes for the Java Message Service (JMS), as an alternative to the proprietary WebSphere MQ classes for Java.

Developers familiar with the JMS API can easily access WebSphere MQ resources. The CICS MQ attachment facility is enhanced to support the necessary new commands.

Support is limited to Java programs that run in an OSGi JVM server. There is no support in a Liberty profile JVM server.

Support from WebSphere MQ that use the WebSphere MQ classes for JMS is provided in WebSphere MQ for z/OS V7.1 and V8:

Operational efficiency

Web service optimizations

Web services are one of the most popular methods of interacting with CICS applications. The CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering delivers a number of significant optimizations in this area.

The pipeline processing of HTTP requests has been improved, removing the need for an intermediate web attach task (CWXN transaction) in the majority of use cases. This will reduce the CPU and memory overhead for most types of SOAP and JSON-based HTTP CICS web services.

This optimization can also be used for inbound HTTPS requests, where SSL support is provided by the Application Transparent Transport Layer Security (AT-TLS) feature of IBM Communications Server. CICS TCPIPSERVICE resources can be configured as AT-TLS aware to obtain security information from AT-TLS.

HTTPS implementations that use CICS-provided SSL support still use the CWXN transaction. However, multiple TCB switches have been eliminated for these scenarios. Therefore, these implementations should also see performance improvements.

Performance improvements

Internal performance improvements are made in many areas of the CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering to help reduce CPU overhead. These include the exploitation of a number of the new hardware instructions introduced with the IBM z9®, cache alignment of some key CICS control blocks, the use of prefetch, reduced lock contention within monitoring algorithms, improvements to the MRO session management algorithms, and further tuning of internal procedures.

Improvements in efficiency have noticeable improvements in the CICS trace facility, the CICS monitoring facility, and for MRO connections with high session counts.

Enhanced metrics

CICS transaction tracking identifies relationships between tasks in an application as they flow across CICS systems, and can be visualized in CICS Explorer. Transaction tracking in the CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering has been extended to transactions started by the CICS-WebSphere MQ bridge. This expands the scope of transactions that can use transaction tracking to help with problem determination, reporting, and auditing.

Additionally, a number of metrics are added into the global CICS statistics for transaction CPU time measurements and are captured without the need for CICS monitoring to be active. This allows greater insight into the CPU resource usage of the CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering's regions, without the overhead of collecting and processing SMF 110 monitoring records.

Additional security options

The CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering also includes the following new and enhanced security options:

Additionally, enhancements are made to further off-load authentication requests to open TCBs. This reduces contention on the resource owning (RO) TCB.

Cloud with DevOps

Automated builds

Cloud applications and bundles are a convenient way to package and manage components, resources, and dependencies in CICS.

The CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering introduces the CICS build toolkit, which provides a command-line interface for automating the building of CICS projects created using the CICS Explorer. CICS cloud applications and bundles, as well as OSGi Java components, can now be automatically built from source code.

Builds are created by calling the CICS build toolkit from scripts, which can automatically run when developers make application updates. A build script would typically check out the latest application version from source control, along with its dependencies. It would then call the CICS build toolkit to build the projects that form the application. Finally, the script would copy the built projects to a suitable location, such as an artifact repository or a staging area on zFS.

The CICS build toolkit is supported on z/OS, Linux™, and Microsoft™ Windows™ operating systems, and supports CICS TS V4.1 and later.

Scripted deployments

A built CICS project, which resides in zFS, can now be programmatically deployed across CICS systems by using a set of scripting commands in the CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering, and can simplify and automate application deployments.

DFHDPLOY is a new batch utility to support the automated provisioning of CICS bundles, OSGi bundles within CICS bundles, and CICS applications by using the following simple commands:

DFHDPLOY commands can be used against artifacts in an automated deployment script to deploy them across CICS systems, and set them to a desired state, such as 'enabled' or 'available'. It can also be used to undeploy and remove them when they are no longer required.

IBM UrbanCode™ Deploy support

IBM UrbanCode Deploy orchestrates and automates the deployment of applications, middleware configurations, and database changes. An updated CICS TS beta plug-in for UrbanCode Deploy supports the deployment of CICS applications as part of these orchestrations.

Using UrbanCode Deploy, multiple deployment steps can be coordinated in a single action. Deployment processes can be reused for similar applications and environments, such as development systems or more tightly-controlled test and production environments.

The CICS TS beta plug-in for UrbanCode Deploy provides functions for installing and removing resources, NEWCOPY and PHASEIN for programs, and performing a pipeline scan. Batch utilities, like DFHDPLOY, can be reused using the z/OS utility plug-in.

An updated version of the UrbanCode Deploy plug-in for CICS TS V4.1 and later is available to download from the UrbanCode Deploy plug-in website. Visit

https://developer.ibm.com/urbancode/plugin/cics-ts/

A trial release of UrbanCode Deploy is available from IBM for evaluation. Visit

https://developer.ibm.com/urbancode/products/urbancode-deploy/evaluate-urbancode-deploy /
Enhanced cloud enablement

In addition to the major new DevOps capabilities delivered by this beta offering to help reliably and repeatedly deploy CICS cloud and CICS Java applications, a number of enhancements are made to the core CICS cloud capabilities.

Support for threshold policies is enhanced by providing the ability to supply a threshold policy for the number of WebSphere MQ requests, DL/I requests, named counter requests, and shared temporary storage requests issued by a CICS task. This brings the total number of thresholds against which an action can be triggered to 14.

Support for transaction entry points has been added for CICS cloud applications, in addition to program and URIMAP entry points that are already provided. This provides the ability to scope policies to be specific to a particular transaction ID.

Recovery of the application infrastructure is enhanced, so that the available or unavailable state of an application is automatically recovered across CICS restarts.

CICS Explorer

The CICS Explorer V5.3 open beta offering is updated to support the new and enhanced capabilities delivered by the CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering. CICS Explorer is also updated to include support for Apple OS X Yosemite.

The CICS TS open beta program

IBM beta programs for software allow customers to sign up for and acquire early releases of a product for the purposes of testing, before it is made commercially available. Open beta programs do not usually require customers to register before taking part in the program. Typically, product offerings provided by a beta program:

Details of the terms and conditions of the beta program are found in the supplied license files for the offering.

Participants in the beta program gain insight into IBM strategy and direction. They may also afford earlier benefit and payback from new function, and may gain competitive edge and the opportunity for public recognition as a technology leader. Participants are encouraged to provide feedback and articulate their own requirements to IBM, with the potential to help influence and shape future IBM products.

The CICS TS open beta program is focused on delivering successful, early implementations of CICS TS to all worldwide customers. It provides early access to new CICS technologies and code, along with education, support, examples, and samples.

An online forum is provided for discussion and debate. The CICS development team will attempt to answer any questions and resolve any problems that may be encountered in the beta. Participants can also benefit from other participants' experiences, becoming part of a group, with a close working relationship with IBM development.

The CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering is available for download, direct from IBM on the date of availability, by visiting

http://www.ibm.com/cics/openbeta

To register your interest in the CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering, before the date of availability, contact the CICS Early Programs coordinator by email, at

cicsep@uk.ibm.com

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at

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

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

The CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering is capable, as of March 23, 2015, 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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The CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering extends the cloud-style development, deployment, and operations capabilities that were introduced in CICS TS V5.2. It provides the opportunity to evaluate these capabilities, determine their relevance to the enterprise, and provide feedback to IBM on the concept and implementation.

CICS TS V5.2 is the latest, production-ready release of CICS TS. It delivers significant enhancements over CICS TS V5.1 in service agility, operational efficiency, and cloud enablement. All customers, who are not yet running CICS TS V5.2 should make plans to upgrade to this version.

CICS TS Developer Trial V5.2 is also available, as a try-before-you-buy edition of CICS TS V5.2. It has a zero-cost license charge and does not initiate any single version charging (SVC) period. Customers who want to assess the value that could be gained from a CICS TS upgrade, before making an upgrade decision, should order this product.

Customers are advised that the end of support for CICS TS V3 is announced, effective December 31, 2015. For more details, refer to Software Withdrawal Announcement 913-075, dated April 23, 2013.

Customers are further advised that the end of support for CICS TS V4 is announced, effective September 30, 2017 for CICS TS V4.1, and September 30, 2018, for CICS TS V4.2. For more details, refer to Software Withdrawal Announcement 915-025, dated February 3, 2015.



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For information on CICS TS, V5.2, refer to Software Announcement 214-107, dated April 7, 2014.

For information on CICS TS Developer Trial, refer to Software Announcement 212-010, dated January 24, 2012.

For information on CICS TS Value Unit Edition, V5.1, refer to Software Announcement 213-168, dated April 23, 2013.

For information on CICS TS Feature Pack for Mobile Extensions V1.0 and CICS TS Feature Pack for Modern Batch V1.0, refer to Software Announcement 213-177, dated April 23, 2013.

For information on CICS TS Feature Pack for Dynamic Scripting, V2.0, refer to Software Announcement 213-323, dated August 13, 2013.

For information on CICS TS Feature Pack for Security Token Extensions, V1.0, refer to Software Announcement 213-461, dated October 8, 2013.

For the latest information on CICS Explorer, visit

http://www.ibm.com/software/products/en/cics-explorer/


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Program            Program
number     VRM     name
 
5655-BTA   5.3.0   CICS Transaction Server for z/OS open beta offering
 


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Product information is available on the Offering Information website. Visit

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


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The CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering product documentation is provided online, through IBM Knowledge Center.

Online information in IBM Knowledge Center

Online documentation for all IBM products is hosted in IBM Knowledge Center. IBM Knowledge Center replaces the product Information Centers. Benefits include:

For more information about the features of IBM Knowledge Center, visit

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

For CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering product documentation in IBM Knowledge Center, visit

http://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSGMCP_5.3.0

The following publications are provided in IBM Knowledge Center for the CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering:

 
Publication                                                 Form number
 
CICS TS V5.3 Base Program Directory                         GI13-3375
CICS TS V5.3 Activation Program Directory                   GI13-3376
CICS TS VUE V5.3 Activation Program Directory               GI13-3377
CICS TS Developer Trial V5.3 Activation Program Directory   GI13-3378
 


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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Processor

The CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering requires a minimum of IBM System z9 or subsequent 64-bit z/Architecture processors in order to execute.

Parallel Sysplex® support

A Parallel Sysplex environment is not required for the CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering, but can be exploited by each of the following data-sharing facilities supported by CICS, and by the usage of the MVS system logger's log stream merging facility:

z Systems™ cryptographic hardware

Appropriate z Systems cryptographic hardware is required, if customers need to exploit signature verification functions with WS-Security. For z Systems z9 and z10™, it is the CP Assist for Cryptographic Functions and the Crypto Express® 2 Coprocessor. For z Systems z196, it is CP Assist for Cryptographic Functions and the Crypto Express 3 Coprocessor. For zEnterprise® EC12, it is the CP Assist for Cryptographic Functions and the Crypto Express4S. For z13™, it is the CP Assist for Cryptographic Functions and the Crypto Express5S.

Katakana terminal devices

CICS TS has to issue certain messages in mixed-case, and is therefore not supported with displays or terminal emulators that are restricted to the non-extended single-byte character set (SBCS) Katakana part of code page 930.

Software requirements

For additional information on software requirements, refer to the 'base' Program Directory (GI13-3375).

Operating environment

IBM z/OS V1.13 or later is required. In addition, for z/OS V1.13 APAR OA38409 must be applied. The CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering will not initialize in an environment with a lower level of operating system installed or if this maintenance is not applied.

Java Runtime Environment

The IBM 64-bit SDK for z/OS, Java Technology Edition, V7 SR1 or later, or V7.1, is required if using Java application programs, SAML support, JSON web services, the CICS Web Services Assistant, or the CICS XML Assistant. The IBM SDK for z/OS is available, without charge, on tape or by download. Visit

http://www.ibm.com/servers/eserver/zseries/software/java/
CICS to IMS connection, by using TCP/IP

For the CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering, connection to IMS using TCP/IP requires IMS 13, which supports the CICS IP interconnectivity (IPIC) protocol

CICS Explorer

The CICS Explorer V5.3 open beta offering requires the CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering in order to operate. Details of other system requirements for both the CICS Explorer and CICS Explorer SDK are available at

http://www.ibm.com/software/htp/cics/explorer/requirements/

Details relating to service and support for CICS Explorer are available at

http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21380083

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

Yes.

For details, refer to the License Agreement and License Information documents that accompany the open beta offering.

Planning information

Packaging

This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, and will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. For future reference, the license and License Information will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT.

Security, auditability, and control

The CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering 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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Charge metric

The CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering is free of charge and is not eligible for IBM service and support.

Customized Offerings

Not applicable. The CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering is available for download direct from IBM only.



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Further details are available in the License Agreement and License Information documents that accompany the open beta offering.

Other terms

Volume orders (IVO)

No

IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement

Passport Advantage applies

No

Usage restriction

Yes. For details, refer to the License Agreement and License Information documents that accompany the open beta offering.

Educational allowance available

Not applicable for open beta offerings.



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The CICS TS V5.3 open beta offering is available direct from IBM and is free of charge.



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