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

 ENUS200-262.PDF (45KB)

(Corrected on September 7, 2000)

In the customer letter, the Description and Ordering Information sections were updated.

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:

  • Supports WebSphere Application Server V1.2
  • Enables you to extend Host Publisher to remote Java applications and applets with the new Remote Integration Objects (RIO) support
  • Provides an XML Gateway that allows program access to 3270 and 5250 application data in an XML format
  • Includes an HTML Mapper that provides an HTML entry-level emulator for 3270 and 5250 application access
  • Includes WebSphere Studio Professional Edition
  • Uses a new licensing method that bases usage on concurrent sessions or connections

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: LE001).

Overview

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.

Benefits

  • Provides a quick and easy way to implement e-business by extending your current applications to the Internet
  • Requires no change to existing applications
  • Consolidates multiple sources of host data into a single Web page
  • Can extend the reach of your business by allowing you to contact new customers and enabling inter-company projects
  • Enables you to gain a competitive advantage by extending your sales channels and providing new Web self services
  • Helps improve the productivity of your workforce by enhancing aging applications with new front ends and extending real-time access to your mobile workforce

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.

Key Prerequisites

  • OS/390 V2R7 or V2R8
    • With WebSphere V1.2

Planned Availability Date

August 18, 2000

Description

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
  • Host Publisher Server

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:

  • Recording host and database interactions
  • Identifying desired data
  • Labeling that data for retrieval

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.

The Host Publisher Studio is provided on a separate CD assembly and runs on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, and Windows™ 2000 operating systems.

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:

  • Connection management
  • License monitoring
  • Run-time administration
  • Log and trace management

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.

XML Gateway

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:

  • Need occasional access to the host application
  • Consider a native terminal screen look and feel to be acceptable
  • Do not yet have Java-capable desktops

For Java-enabled users, IBM's Host On-Demand should be considered to meet their emulation needs.

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:

  • HTML/JSP editing
  • New business logic creation
  • Site deployment enhancements

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.

Enterprise-class Functionality

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.

Year 2000

This product does not have date dependencies and is, therefore, Year 2000 ready.

Euro Currency

This program is not impacted by euro currency.

Product Positioning

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:

  • It does not require the browser to be Java enabled
  • It is ideal for large number of users connected for short periods of time
  • A Web page is the required end-user interface
  • Users are typically not familiar with green screens and the location of input fields
  • Access capabilities are extended beyond 3270 and 5250 to include Java, JDBC, and VT

Trademarks

 
WebSphere is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
OS/390, DB2, AIX, and AS/400 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Windows NT and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Education Support

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:

  • Installation
  • Creating Integration Objects
  • Creating Web pages
  • Creating composite applications
  • Deploying applications
  • Administering Host Publisher
  • Advanced material

Lab exercises will be included to reinforce information learned. Access to this education offering is available on the Web at:

Offering Information

Product information will be available on day of announcement through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:

Publications

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.

Technical Information

Specified Operating Environment

Hardware Requirements

Server Installation

  • 9 MB disk space
  • 256 MB RAM

Studio Installation

  • Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT™, Windows™ 2000
    • Pentium™ 166 processor or higher
    • 90 MB of disk space
    • 128 MB RAM
    • A display with a color depth of 256 colors or higher

Software Requirements

Server Installation

Studio Installation

  • Windows 95, Windows 98
    • None
  • Windows NT
    • Windows NT Workstation or Server V4.0, Service Pack 4
  • Windows 2000
    • Windows 2000 Professional, Server, or Advanced Server

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.

Planning Information

Customer Responsibilities

License Management

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:

  • Assume each concurrent physical end user will require a session/connection to an existing application
  • Web application requests of Host Publisher to access existing application data and services will be counted for licensing purposes
  • The required additional usage, above the 50 concurrent session/connections provided with the basic license, can be acquired by ordering the appropriate number of the "usage pack" feature for additional sessions/connections

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.

Registration

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).

Packaging: IBM WebSphere Host Publisher is distributed in one package with the following:

  • 9/6250 magnetic tape, 3480 tape cartridge, or 4-mm DAT for OS/390 with Program Directory
  • One CD-ROM for WebSphere Host Publisher Studio
  • Hardcopy publication: User's Guide
  • One CD-ROM for Network Dispatcher
  • IBM International Program License Agreement in a multilanguage booklet and its License Information
  • One CD-ROM for an Education Demo
  • One CD-ROM for WebSphere Studio Professional Edition
    • Available by October 27, 2000 — To receive a copy a CD prior to this date, send an e-mail to hostpub@us.ibm.com. Include the following information with your request: Name, company, street address, city, state/province, postal code, country, phone number, e-mail address.
    • Proof of Entitlement (PoE).

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.

Ordering Information

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:

  • Support: For the unmodified portion of the Program, and to the extent problems can be recreated in the Specified Operating Environment, includes:
    • Code Corrections: code to correct reported, substantial deviations from the Program's then applicable Specifications
    • Fixes: existing Code Corrections, restrictions or known bypasses for reported problems
    • Program Updates: periodic releases of collections of Code Corrections, Fixes (and minor) functional enhancements, and new versions and releases to the Program and documentation
  • Technical Assistance
    • A reasonable amount of remote assistance via telephone, mail, facsimile (fax) or e-mail to respond to defect-related questions.

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

Licensing: IBM International Program License Agreement. Proofs of Entitlement (PoE) are required for all authorized use.

Limited Warranty Applies: Yes

Program Services: Available until August 18, 2002

Money-Back Guarantee: Two-month, money-back guarantee

Copy and Use on Home/Portable Computer: No

Volume Orders (IVO): No

Passport Advantage Applies: No

Passport Advantage Subscription Applies: No

Usage Restriction: Yes

The specific License Information for WebSphere Host Publisher is as follows:

  • The Program includes both a Server component and Studio component. You must purchase a separate license to the Program for each copy of the Program's Server component that you install.
  • Authorized Use of the Program 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 Program connected to existing applications through TN3270, TN5250, VT, or JDBC connections. The license to the Program includes an initial authorization for 50 concurrent sessions/connections. Authorization for additional use may be purchased separately.
  • The Host Publisher Studio component of the Program runs only in the Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 operating environments and is used to customize and develop Host Publisher applications. You are allowed to install and use an unlimited number of copies of the Program's Studio component within your enterprise for purposes of education or development or customization of your applications for use with the Program.
  • One of the software prerequisites for the Program is IBM WebSphere Application Server, Standard Edition ("WebSphere"). WebSphere is used as an integral part of the Host Publisher runtime environment. For IBM Host Publisher for the OS/390 and OS/400® operating environments, WebSphere is provided with the base operating system and is not included in the Program. For other IBM Host Publisher operating environments, the Program includes WebSphere, and the license to the Program allows you to install and use WebSphere on the same machine as the Server component solely for use with the Program.
  • The Program includes IBM Network Dispatcher to provide load balancing across multiple Host Publisher Servers. The license to the Program allows you to install and use the included Network Dispatcher solely to provide the load balancing function for Host Publisher Servers. If you require load balancing for other applications or servers, you must purchase such authorization separately.
  • The Program includes IBM WebSphere Studio Professional Edition ("WebSphere Studio Pro") for customization and management of your web projects. You are authorized to install and use up to 10 copies of WebSphere Studio Pro for every IBM Host Publisher Server component of the Program purchased. If you require additional copies of WebSphere Studio Pro, you must purchase the authorization for these additional copies separately.

Support Line: Yes

AIX®/UNIX® Upgrade Protection Applies: No

Entitled Upgrade for Current AIX/UNIX Upgrade Protection Licensees: No

AS/400® Software Subscription Applies: No

Variable Charges Apply: No

Educational Allowance Available: Yes, 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.

Charges

Contact your IBM representative for charges information for this announcement.

Order Now

 Use Priority/Reference Code: LE001
 
 Phone:     800-IBM-CALL
 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX
 Internet:  ibm_direct@us.ibm.com
 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.

Trademarks

 
WebSphere is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
OS/390, OS/400, AIX, and AS/400 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Pentium is a trademark of Intel Corporation.
 
Windows and Windows NT are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries exclusively through X/Open Company Limited.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.