IBM Rational COBOL Runtime for z/VSE V7.5 enables EGL-generated COBOL applications on the z/VSE platform

IBM United States Software Announcement 208-461
December 9, 2008

 
 ENUS208-461.PDF (97KB)

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Rational® COBOL Runtime for z/VSE™ provides the libraries to enable EGL code, generated as COBOL, to run on the z/VSE platform.

EGL, IBM's newest business language, frees developers to focus on the business problem rather than on the details of the target execution platforms and associated middleware. EGL is ideal for business-oriented development teams who value ease of learning and high productivity, but need to quickly deliver modern applications and services.

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


 
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Organizations have heavy investments in z/VSE solutions that run their core business. In many cases, employees with language skills in this platform are retiring and college-hires are not willing to learn the necessary skills to maintain and build new solutions for the platform. With EGL, IBM has the unique ability to support these customers by enabling them to enhance and maintain their business applications without growing COBOL skills. It allows continued utilization of the System z® platforms with solutions that run in a native platform language like COBOL. However, it also allows these IT shops to standardize on a modern, highly productive, yet still familiar, programming language like EGL.

EGL, IBM's newest business language, frees developers to focus on the business problem rather than on the details of the target execution platforms and associated middleware. EGL is ideal for business-oriented development teams who value ease of learning and high productivity, but need to quickly deliver modern applications and services.

Rational COBOL Runtime for z/VSE provides the libraries to enable EGL code, generated as COBOL, to run on the z/VSE platform.


 
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IBM Rational Business Developer Extension for z/VSE V7.5. Refer to Software Announcement 208-444, dated December 02, 2008.

Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections for additional Information.


 
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Planned availability date
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December 12, 2008


 
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Description
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IBM Rational COBOL Runtime for z/VSE V7.5 provides an alternative path to COBOL adoption and hides middleware and runtime complexities, enabling developers to achieve the highest levels of productivity.

Features:

  • Supplies libraries for COBOL generated from EGL developed using IBM Rational Business Developer V7.5.1 with the IBM Rational Business Developer Extension for z/VSE V7.5.1
  • Supports migrated VisualAge® Generator applications as well as programs generated with VisualAge Generator
  • Facilitates migration from existing technologies to a modern development platform
  • Offers a way to easily retrain procedural business programmers to be highly productive in the JEE world and build applications without deep knowledge of underlying technology
  • Delivers applications based on industry standards that interoperate with existing systems
  • Enables exploitation of visual programming techniques for Web development and code automation capabilities for rapid development of application business logic
  • Built on a first-class services construct for the creation and consumption of Web Services for service-oriented architecture

Code can be deployed as:

  • Traditional 3270 CICS® applications,
  • Traditional batch applications, or
  • Programs capable of being invoked from an EGL Web or Web 2.0 front-end or from an EGL service, which can be deployed on a distributed application server

IBM Rational Business Developer, along with IBM Rational COBOL Runtime for z/VSE, also enables organizations to easily reuse and extend valuable existing IT assets, including automated conversion of IBM VisualAge Generator applications to EGL.

Because of the simple and powerful EGL interoperability with existing assets and services, EGL Rich UI (available in Rational Business Developer V7.5.1) enables the creation of JavaServer Faces (JSF) or Web 2.0 front-ends for programs running on z/VSE. With EGL Rich UI, proven, reliable assets can be reused and delivered in new ways and to new audiences, all without rewriting or reengineering. With EGL Rich UI, legacy applications and data can be leveraged along with emerging Internet and B2B SOA based services to quickly provide powerful, innovative enterprise-level, customer-friendly Web solutions.

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Hardware and software support services

SmoothStart/installation services

IBM SmoothStart™ Services, on-site implementation and training startup service, are designed to accelerate your productive use of your IBM solution. The services are provided by IBM Global Services or your IBM Business Partner at an additional cost. For additional information, contact your IBM representative and ask for SmoothStart Services for IBM Rational COBOL Runtime for z/VSE.

IBM Installation Services are provided for IBM Rational COBOL Runtime for z/VSE by IBM Global Services or your IBM Business Partner at an additional cost. For additional information, contact your IBM representative and ask for Installation Services for IBM Rational COBOL Runtime for z/VSE.

IBM SmoothStart Services and Installation Services are not provided.


 
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Program                Program
number         VRM     name
 
5648-F66       750     IBM Rational COBOL Runtime for z/VSE

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).

https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/sla.jsp?num=208-461

 
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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Hardware capable of running z/VSE.

Software requirements

z/VSE System

A currently supported version of the z/VSE operating system up to and including z/VSE V4.2.

CICS

A currently supported version of CICS up to and including CICS Transaction Server V1.1.1 (program number 5648-054).

TCP/IP

A currently supported version of TCP/IP for VSE/ESA™ V1.5 (program number 5686-A04).

COBOL compiler

A currently supported version of COBOL for VSE/ESA up to and including COBOL for VSE/ESA V1.1 (program number 5686-068).

Language Environment®

A currently supported version of Language Environment up to and including LE/VSE V146 (program number 5686-CF8).

Note: If LE/VSE V144 is used, then apply PTF UK02403.

Requirements for optional components:

MQSeries®

A currently supported version of MQSeries for VSE up to and including MQSeries for VSE V2.1.2 (program number 5686-A06).

IBM DB2®

A currently supported version of DB2 Server for VSE and VM up to and including DB2 Server for VSE and VM V7.5 (program number 5697-F42).

IBM CICS Transaction Gateway

Minimum V5.1 required to support Web Transactions.

DL/1

DL/1 for VSE V1.1 with PTFs UK14921 or UK14924 installed.

Security, auditability, and control

IBM Rational COBOL Runtime for z/VSE V7.5 uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware or operating system software. 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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New licensees

Orders for new licenses can be placed now.

Registered customers can access IBMLink™ for ordering information and charges.

Shipment will not occur before the availability date.

Unless a later date is specified, orders entered before the planned availability date will be assigned a schedule date of one week following availability.

Shipment will begin on the planned availability date.

New users of IBM Rational COBOL Runtime for z/VSE, V7.5 should specify:

Type: 5648 Model: F66

Tiered Workload License Charge (TWLC)

To order TWLC software, specify the TWLC license or charge option
from the table below.
 
Entitlement                            License option/
identifier      Description            Pricing metric
 
S015D6N         Rational COBOL RT      Basic MLC, Tiered WLC
                For z/VSE              Basic OTC, Tiered WLC,
                                       where applicable
Growth opportunity license charge (GOLC)

To order a basic license, specify the program number and the correct level.

Specify the GOLC monthly license option.
 
Entitlement                            License option/
identifier      Description            Pricing metric
 
S015D6N         Rational COBOL RT      Basic MLC, Tiered WLC
                For z/VSE              Basic OTC, Tiered WLC,
                                       Where applicable
Basic machine-readable material
 
Orderable
supply ID   Language    Distribution medium  Description
 
S015D6S     US English                       Rational COBOL RT
                        3490 1/2" Data        for z/VSE
                        Cartridge: Compressed
S015D6P     US English                       Rational COBOL RT
                        3590 1/2" DAT         for z/VSE
S015D6R     US English                       Rational COBOL RT
                        3592 1/2" DAT         for z/VSE
Customization options

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.

Workload License Charges (WLC) basic license
Midrange Workload License Charges (MWLC) in IBM z/VSE V4 ordering information

MWLC is a monthly license charge price metric on the IBM System z10 Enterprise Class (z10 EC), the IBM System z9® Business Class (z9™ BC), and the IBM System z9 Enterprise Class (z9 EC) servers.

Midrange Workload License Charges (MWLC) for z/VSE V4
Basic license structure
 
Entitlement                           License option/
identifier      Description           Pricing metric
 
 S015D6N       Rational COBOL RT for  Basic MLC, MWLC
               z/VSE                  Basic OTC, MWLC,
                                      where applicable

Flat Workload License Charges

Entitlement         Description              License option/
identifier                                   Pricing metric
 
S015D6N             Rational COBOL RT        Basic MLC, FWLC,
                    For z/VSE                Basic OTC, FWLC,
                                             Where applicable

Basic license monthly license charge

S015D6N             Rational COBOL RT        Basic MLC,
                    For z/VSE                DSLO MLC,
                                             MOSP Basic MLC,
                                             MOSP DSLO MLC
                                             Where applicable
                                             Basic OTC,
                                             DSLO OTC,
                                             MOSP Basic OTC,
                                             MOSP DSLO OTC

Extended License Charge (ELC) Basic License

The ELC price structure will have a Base Charge for 80 MSU capacity and an incremental Per MSU charge for all additional MSUs above the 80 MSU base.

Specify the applicable ELC license option.
 
 
Entitlement         Description              License option/
identifier                                   Pricing metric
 
S015D6N             Rational COBOL RT        Basic MLC, ELC,
                    For z/VSE                Basic OTC, ELC,
                                             Where applicable

zSeries® Entry License Charge

 
Entitlement         Description              License option/
identifier                                   Pricing metric
 
S015D6N             Rational COBOL RT        Basic MLC, zELC,
                    For z/VSE                Basic OTC, zELC,
                                             Where applicable

A memo, a program directory, and one copy of the following publications are supplied automatically with the basic machine-readable material:

 
                                         Order
         Title                           number
  
  Licensed Programming Specs            GC19-2723-00
  Program Directory                     GC10-8803-00
 

Subsequent updates (technical newsletters or revisions between releases) to the publications shipped with the product will be distributed to the user of record for as long as a license for this software remains in effect. A separate publication order or subscription is not needed.


 
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Agreement

IBM Customer Agreement

Variable charges apply

No

Location license applies

No

Use limitation applies

No

Educational allowance available

Yes, a 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.

Volume orders

Not applicable

Warranty applies

Yes

Licensed program materials availability
  Restricted Materials of IBM:     Some
  Non-Restricted Source Materials: Some
  Object Code Only (OCO):          None
IBM Operational Support Services - SupportLine

Yes


 
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IBM Electronic Services
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IBM has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to help you achieve higher system availability. Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that offers an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available for IBM servers. These services are designed to provide the opportunity for greater system availability with faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. Electronic Services comprises two separate, but complementary, elements: Electronic Services news page and Electronic Services Agent.

The Electronic Services news page is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The Electronic Service Agent™ is no-additional-charge software that resides on your server. It monitors events and transmits system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, client-defined timetable. The Electronic Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to deliver proactive service that may result in higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent is made available to IBM service support representatives when they help answer your questions or diagnose problems. Installation and use of IBM Electronic Service Agent for problem reporting enables IBM to provide better support and service for your IBM server.

To learn how Electronic Services can work for you, visit

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

 
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For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.


 
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To order, contact the Americas Call Centers or your local IBM representative.

To identify your local IBM representative, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

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            Markham, Ontario
            Canada
            L3R 2Z1

Reference: LE001

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.
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