IBM United States
Software Announcement 200-262
August 1, 2000
IBM WebSphere Host Publisher V2.2 for OS/390 Enables You to Extend Your Existing Applications Across the Web
(Corrected on September 7, 2000)
In the customer letter, the Description and Ordering Information sections
At a Glance
WebSphere Host Publisher V2.2 enables you to extend your current applications to the Internet, providing the quickest and easiest way to implement e-business.
Enhancements in V2.2:
For ordering, contact:
Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: LE001).
Extend the Reach of Existing Applications
WebSphere Host Publisher V2.2 for OS/390® provides a quick and easy way for you to implement e-business applications. With this software, you can extend the reach of mission-critical applications to new users across the intranet and Internet without changing the existing applications. WebSphere Host Publisher allows you to integrate multiple sources of host data into a single Web page, giving end users the appearance of a single new application.
WebSphere Host Publisher supports applications written for 3270, 5250, VT, Java, and databases that provide a Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) interface such as IBM DB2® Universal Database, Oracle, and Sybase. It supports any HTML-based browser and does not require any specific Java-enabled browser.
A Path for New e-business Projects
You can use Host Publisher Integration Objects in new WebSphere applications to provide legacy access to those applications. Therefore, the investment you make in Host Publisher legacy extension today can be leveraged in the new WebSphere applications that you will create in the future.
Host Publisher can be used to provide host access for new e-business applications and significantly reduce the time and expense that would otherwise be incurred to complete these new e-business application projects.
WebSphere Host Publisher V2.2 can enable new uses for existing applications and data. With WebSphere Host Publisher V2.2, you can combine existing information sources into composite applications for new users, without any changes to the existing applications and data. The business benefits associated with Host Publisher are substantial.
The applications created with the common Host Publisher Studio will run unchanged in all supported operating environments: AIX®, Sun Solaris, and Windows NT, Host Publisher for OS/390 and AS/400®, which are all available as separate products. The ability to move from one operating system platform to another will allow you to move your workload to a higher capacity platform as demands increase.
Host Publisher consists of two major components:
Host Publisher Studio
The Host Publisher Studio is a collection of task-oriented, easy-to-use graphical user interfaces that assist the Web application builder in managing and creating Web-to-host projects. It uses task-oriented prompts to guide the user through the creation process, including:
The Studio automatically generates a JavaBean, called an Integration Object, which encapsulates the interactions and data retrieval. You can use the Studio to generate a fully customizable HTML Web page for modeling interaction with the Integration Objects and presenting the resulting data. The HTML Web page can be enhanced with Web authoring tools, such as WebSphere Studio, to meet corporate guidelines on style and image. Once the Web page is completed, you can publish it to a Host Publisher Server for production access by end users.
Host Publisher Server
The Host Publisher Server provides the runtime environment for supporting Web applications created with the Host Publisher Studio. Host Publisher Server is provided on tape media and consists of runtime components such as:
The Host Publisher product also includes a separate CD assembly for IBM Network Dispatcher to provide load balancing across multiple Host Publisher Servers. The Network Dispatcher can only be used for the load balancing function for Host Publisher. If you require load balancing for other applications or servers, you must purchase these additional copies separately.
Remote Integration Objects (RIO)
WebSphere Host Publisher Remote Integration Object support provides a standard interface for program access to Integration Object data in an XML format. It also provides remote access to Host Publisher server Integration Objects. This enables remote Java applications or applets running on a remote client or server to execute Host Publisher Integration Objects for existing application access as though they were physically running on the Host Publisher server machine. The interface to the Host Publisher Integration Objects is unchanged regardless of whether the customers Java application is calling it from a remote client or is running on the Host Publisher server.
WebSphere Host Publisher provides an XML Gateway for accessing legacy 3270 and 5250 applications and making that application data available to programs in an XML format.
The Host Publisher XML Gateway also provides an HTML Mapper capability that provides a load-and-go HTML entry-level emulator for 3270 or 5250 application access. Without any customization, existing 3270 and 5250 applications can be extended to Web users. This capability is targeted at end users who:
WebSphere Studio Professional Edition
The WebSphere Studio Professional Edition is now included as part of WebSphere Host Publisher V2.2. The WebSphere Studio provides all the tools needed for a complete Host Publisher e-business implementation, such as:
You are authorized to install and use up to ten copies of WebSphere Studio Professional Edition for every WebSphere Host Publisher purchased. If you require additional copies of WebSphere Studio Professional Edition, you must purchase these additional copies separately.
To enhance performance, WebSphere Host Publisher provides connection pools, which are defined in the Host Publisher Studio. Connection pools are used during runtime to cache connected, logged on, and ready connections to improve response time to end users. A user-defined number of connections will be started on demand, and remain active in the pool for subsequent requests from any user. This eliminates the overhead of establishing a connection, and connecting and disconnecting each host request.
WebSphere Host Publisher supports object chaining. Object chaining allows you to break a complex task into logical subtasks to improve performance and flexibility, and reduce the administration of creating complex Web pages. For example, you might use chaining in a typical 3270 application which uses multilevel menus. A corporate phone directory might have several menus to step you down to the point where you can list everyone in a particular department. At this point, you may want to display the office location of someone in the list, return to the department list, select a new name, and then display the second person's office location. Object chaining enables you to break the task into several reusable Integration Objects so that the end user does not have to navigate back down through the several menus to reach the department list again.
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Security
Host Publisher provides SSL V3 to help secure the connections for TN3270E and TN5250 communications with hosts and AS/400s. The SSL support provides data encryption and server authentication using signed certificates.
The SSL support is now available on a worldwide basis with 128-bit key encryption. The encryption level can negotiate to the specific encryption level of the clients (either 128-bit or 40-bit). You should have your IBM representative contact the importing country's Export Regulation Coordinator (ERC) for details.
New IPLA License
These products are licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA), and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Support, and the Addendum for Support which provides 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 ongoing recurring 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. S/390 SupportLine is an option for those customers who desire added services.
This program is not impacted by euro currency.
IBM's WebSphere Host Publisher and IBM WebSphere are built based on the IBM Application Framework for e-business and complement each other. Although Host Publisher integrates WebSphere into its runtime environment, there is a fundamental difference between the primary use of each product.
WebSphere Host Publisher focuses on consolidating multiple existing applications, without modification, to present a single integrated view in a Web browser, leveraging security, scalability, and availability features that are essential for the deployment of e-business applications. It delivers a quick and easy way for companies to implement e-business applications by extending existing applications to the Internet. It is primarily intended for the legacy extension space with little or no new business logic.
WebSphere focuses on providing infrastructure for developing and deploying server-side Java applications as well as tools to develop, deploy, and manage Web sites efficiently. It provides a robust Java infrastructure for the development and execution of Java applications and servlets. It is primarily intended for adding new business logic to existing applications or deploying totally new Web applications.
WebSphere Host Publisher is IBM's answer for HTML delivery of host information and was specifically designed for the Internet environment, for example:
A comprehensive education course is to provide a quick start to all users interested in quickly benefiting from WebSphere Host Publisher. This course is available via the Web and is intended to provide a comprehensive understanding of Host Publisher and how to effectively use it. It includes topics on:
Lab exercises will be included to reinforce information learned. Access to this education offering is available on the Web at:
Product information will be available on day of announcement through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:
One copy of the WebSphere Host Publisher Administrator's and User's Guide is shipped with the program.
The following publication can be ordered separately after planned availability.
To order, contact your IBM representative.
Order Title Number WebSphere Host Publisher GC31-8728 Administrator's and User's Guide
Displayable Softcopy Publications: The WebSphere Host Publisher Administrator's and User's Guide is provided in displayable softcopy form. A WebSphere Host Publisher Programmer's Guide and Reference is also provided in displayable softcopy form. The displayable manuals are part of the basic machine-readable material and are shipped on the product media.
The PDF version of the manual can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader in any of the supported environments.
The HTML version of the manual can be viewed using any Web browser in any of the supported environments.
Terms and conditions for use of the machine-readable files are shipped with the files.
Specified Operating Environment
Performance Considerations: WebSphere Host Publisher V2.2 is a Java product and performance is a function of the speed of the network, processing power of the workstation or server, as well as the level of the Java Development Kit (JDK) being used. WebSphere Host Publisher ships its own version of the JDK for its use and will periodically update it to newer levels after performing sufficient compatibility and performance tests. It is not recommended that newer levels of the JDK be used with WebSphere Host Publisher V2.2 without first consulting IBM Service.
The authorized use of WebSphere Host Publisher is based on the internal use of the Server component and is measured by the number of concurrent sessions/connections to your existing applications. Examples of sessions/connections would be the Host Publisher connected to existing applications through TN3270, TN5250, VT, or JDBC connections. The license to Host Publisher includes an initial authorization for 50 sessions/connections.
The WebSphere Host Publisher provides the flexibility for both end users and Web applications to access a broad range of existing application data and services. The usage license, based on concurrent session/connections provides a pricing structure that supports the wide range of potential Host Publisher customer implementations.
For planning purposes:
WebSphere Host Publisher V2.2 includes tools for license management. The tools are included in the program package on the media and are installed along with the product. During installation, you are prompted to enter the amount of usage (concurrent sessions/connections purchased).
If the actual usage exceeds the amount of usage purchased, then an error message is logged. No product function is disabled even in the case of the licenses being exceeded. You are expected to monitor the log and purchase a license for additional usage if you exceed your initial licensed usage quantity.
WebSphere Host Publisher will include a tool, IBM's Product Registration Tool, that can be used for registering the product. After you install WebSphere Host Publisher, you can register the first time you start the product.
Direct Customer Support: Direct customer support is provided by the OS/390 Support Line. This fee service enhances customers' productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organization. OS/390 Support Line will help answer questions pertaining to usage, and suspected software defects for eligible products.
Installation and technical support is provided by Global Services. For more information call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).
Security, Auditability, and Control
WebSphere Host Publisher for OS/390 uses the security and auditability features of the host operating system and other functions, included with the product, to enhance data security and privacy.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
WebSphere Host Publisher V2.2 is a client server product that has two charge units: server install and a usage package. The server install package includes the authorization for 50 concurrent sessions/connections. The usage package provides the authorization for the use of an additional 50 concurrent sessions/connections.
Program Name: WebSphere Host Publisher V2.2 for OS/390
Orders for new licenses will be accepted now.
Shipments will begin on the planned availability date.
Basic License: To order, specify the program number, feature number 9001 for asset registration, and the One-Time Charge (OTC) feature number. Also specify the feature number of the desired distribution medium.
One- Time Charge Medium Program Feature Feature Description Number Number Number Medium WebSphere Host Publisher 5655-D70 0001 5802 3480 tape V2.2 for OS/390 6094 4-mm tape per Server Install 5801 9/6250 tape WebSphere Host Publisher 0002 V2.2 for OS/390 per Usage pack for 50 Concurrent sessions/connections
Support for WebSphere Host Publisher V2.2 for OS/390
Program Name: SW Subscription and Support
Program Number: 5655-D80
Support for WebSphere Host Publisher V2.2 for OS/390 is provided and licensed under the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Programs and Support (Z125-5790), or IBM International Agreement for Acquisition of Support (Z125-6011), or IBM International Agreement for Acquisition of Programs and Support (Z125-5599)and its Addendum for Support (Z125-6311).
This 5655-D80 order establishes entitlement records worldwide as well as support for WebSphere Host Publisher V2.2 for OS/390. If a 5655-D80 order is not placed, the customer will not be entitled to support.
The SW Subscription and Support provides:
On-site (local) support, although available, is provided as part of the IBM portfolio of fee-based services.
To order the SW Subscription and Annual Support, specify Program Number 5655-D80 and the feature number from the table below. The quantity of SW Subscription and Support licenses must be equal to the number of One-Time Charge licenses ordered for the WebSphere Host Publisher V2.2 for OS/390 (5655-D70).
Order under Program Number 5655-D80 Standard Support Subscription/ Annual Support for Charge Support for Program Feature Program Name Number Number WebSphere Host 5655-D70 0001 Publisher V2.2 for OS/390 per Server Install WebSphere Host 5655-D70 0002 Publisher V2.2 for OS/390 per User
Customization Options: Select the appropriate feature numbers to customize your order with delivery options desired. These features can be specified on the initial or MES orders.
Example: If publications are not desired for the initial order, specify feature number 3470 to ship media only. For future updates, specify feature number 3480 to ship media updates only. If, in the future, publication updates are required, order an MES to remove feature number 3480; then, the publications will ship with the next release of the program.
Feature Description Number Initial Shipments Serial Number Only (suppresses shipment 3444 of media and documentation) Ship Media Only (suppresses initial 3470 shipment of documentation) Ship Documentation Only (suppresses 3471 initial shipment of media) Feature Description Number Update Shipments Ship Media Updates Only (suppresses 3480 update shipment of documentation) Ship Documentation Only (suppresses 3481 update shipment of media) Suppress Updates (suppresses update 3482 shipment of media and documentation) Expedite Shipments Local IBM Office Expedite 3445 (for IBM use only) Customer Expedite Process Charge 3446 ($30 charge for each product)
Expedite shipments will be processed to receive 72-hour delivery from the time IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment (SDF) receives the order. SDF will then ship the order via overnight air transportation.
Terms and Conditions
The specific License Information for WebSphere Host Publisher is as follows:
Use Priority/Reference Code: LE001 Phone: 800-IBM-CALL Fax: 800-2IBM-FAX Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org Mail: IBM Atlanta Sales Center Dept. LE001 P.O. Box 2690 Atlanta, GA 30301-2690
You can also contact your local IBM Business Partner or IBM representative. To identify them, call 800-IBM-4YOU.
Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.