IBM WebSphere eXtended Transaction Runtime V1.0 delivers a modern, tightly integrated managed environment for hosting COBOL business applications within IBM WebSphere Application Server

IBM United States Software Announcement 211-144
April 5, 2011


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Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Technical information Technical information
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IBM® WebSphere® eXtended Transaction Runtime (WXTR) V1.0 delivers:

  • Tightly integrated and managed environment to host Java™ Enterprise Edition (Java EE) and modern COBOL applications
  • Data management services to handle data stored in the DB2® database from the modern COBOL applications
  • Unified system administration with IBM WebSphere Application Server
  • Integration with IBM Rational® application development tools for developing and debugging mixed language applications
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Overview
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IBM WebSphere eXtended Transaction Runtime (WXTR) V1.0 is the latest addition to the IBM Transaction Processing family, delivering a tightly integrated environment for hosting modern COBOL applications using CICS® transactional services within IBM WebSphere Application Server. This new offering provides a path forward for customers with COBOL business applications on distributed platforms to extend their applications into a Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) environment and realize the benefits of a tightly integrated managed environment.

WXTR, along with IBM Rational Application Development tools, delivers the capability to create and host COBOL business applications using CICS transactional services and extend them into a Java EE environment. It provides native runtime connectivity between Java EE and COBOL applications, significantly easing integration in an enterprise environment. Its tight integration with the system management capability of WebSphere Application Server enables easy deployment, administration, and optimization of services, significantly increasing administration efficiency for managing mixed language transactional applications, unlike other competitor environments.

Many customers have invested much time and effort in the development of business logic in CICS style COBOL applications and are looking to unlock the value of those applications and extend them using Java EE. By establishing WXTR as a core component of an enterprise IT architecture, alongside WebSphere Application Server, your organization can have a highly responsive, tightly integrated composite application serving infrastructure for modern COBOL and Java workloads. This lets you effectively optimize and modernize your COBOL assets while capitalizing on enterprise-wide skills to consolidate IT infrastructure around WebSphere Application Server as the core hosting server in a distributed environment.

WXTR provides an increased deployment choice for customers wishing to progressively modernize their COBOL while standardizing infrastructure around WebSphere Application Server. This approach complements IBM's premier offering for modern application hosting on z/OS® through products such as CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS) V4 and WebSphere Application Server for z/OS, with WXTR providing a subset of capabilities to those found on System z®.



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Key prerequisites
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  • AIX® V6.1 TL2 or AIX V7.1 TL0 SP1
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server V7.0.0.13
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server V7 Feature Pack for Service Component Architecture 1.0.1.9
  • IBM DB2 V9.7
  • IBM COBOL for AIX V4.1


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Planned availability date
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June 17, 2011: Electronic availability

July 19, 2011: Media availability



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Description
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IBM WebSphere eXtended Transaction Runtime (WXTR) V1.0 delivers the capability to create and host business applications written in modern COBOL and extend into a Java Enterprise Edition (EE) environment.

Key functions

Tightly integrated managed environment to host Java EE and modern COBOL applications

WXTR provides an execution environment to host modern COBOL business applications within the WebSphere Application Server supporting interoperability between Java EE and COBOL workloads. It enables developers to focus on business logic rather than on how to interoperate between Java EE and COBOL assets, failure detection, recovery, and access to data.

WXTR provides the standard interfaces to invoke COBOL applications from Java. Java applications can connect through standard connection interfaces Java connector architecture (JCA) or service component architecture (SCA) and invoke COBOL applications. SCA bindings can be used by SCA component clients. By leveraging the CICS/IMS Data Binding feature in IBM Rational Application Developer, Java EE applications can exchange mixed type data with COBOL applications in WXTR.

WXTR propagates COBOL Runtime System (RTS) and application errors as Java exceptions back to Java EE applications for further processing.

Data management services

WXTR provides support for CICS data management facilities such as files and queues stored in a DB2 database. WXTR runtime allows VSAM style access to the data stored in DB2.

Unified system administration with IBM WebSphere Application Server

WXTR provides a common administration facility for managing both COBOL and Java EE assets within the WebSphere Application Server administration console, reducing the learning curve for administration personnel and allowing them to easily and efficiently deploy, administer, and optimize services. Administrators can view and modify the WXTR service properties through the WXTR service panel in the WebSphere Application Server administration console. WXTR runtime services can also be configured using WebSphere administration scripts. It also supports non-root users to perform preconfigured set of administrative tasks without necessitating root user privileges.

Modern application development support using IBM Rational Development tools

IBM Rational Developer for Power® Systems, along with WXTR, provides a modern application development experience across Java EE and COBOL applications. It enables developers to perform operations such as develop, deploy, and debug applications within a single integrated development environment (IDE), improving productivity. Application developers can step in to a COBOL program from a Java EE application and inspect the COBOL program. Similarly, data exchange between COBOL and Java EE applications can be achieved using the CICS/IMS Java Data Binding feature provided by IBM Rational Application Developer tools.

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

WebSphere eXtended Transaction Runtime is capable as of June 17, 2011 , when used in accordance with IBM's associated 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. A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT), containing details on the products accessibility compliance, can be requested on the following website

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


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Product positioning
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Many customers running non-IBM transaction processing products have invested much time and effort in the development of business logic in COBOL based applications and are looking to unlock the value of those applications and extend them using Java EE as they adopt enterprise modernization initiatives. It is often prohibitively expensive to recreate existing COBOL assets in Java and hence there is a significant risk to the business and to the enterprise in modernizing using this approach. This approach also poses significant challenges on managing existing COBOL skill sets within the organization. By establishing WXTR as a core component of your enterprise IT architecture, alongside WebSphere Application Server, you can effectively retain existing COBOL assets and skill sets while simultaneously adopting Java EE platforms for newer workloads. The tight integration between WXTR and WebSphere Application Server simplifies integration infrastructure requirements and enhances development and administration efficiency.



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Statement of direction
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IBM declares the following statement of general direction:

  • In the future, IBM intends to deliver support of IBM Migration Assistant for Oracle Tuxedo for WXTR.

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Program number
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Program    VRM                          Program name
number
 
5725-C89   1.0.0                        IBM WebSphere eXtended
                                        Transaction Runtime


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Offering Information
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Publications
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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

IBM AIX users

Any IBM System p® hardware capable of running IBM AIX V6.1 or V7.1.

Required disk space on all supported platforms

Description                       AIX
 
WebSphere eXtended Transaction    300 MB
 Runtime bundle
Maximum space required            400 MB
Software requirements

WXTR consists of 32-bit processes. All libraries linked with WXTR (including those running in a 64-bit kernel) must be 32 bit.

Operating systems

  • IBM AIX V6.1 TL2, AIX V7.1 TL0 SP1

Supported software for IBM AIX

  • IBM Rational Installation Manager V1.4.2
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server V7.0.0.13
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server V7 Feature Pack for Service Component Architecture 1.0.1.9
  • Application Development Tools
    • IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software V8.0
    • IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software V8.0
  • Databases
    • IBM DB2 V9.7
  • Languages
    • IBM COBOL for AIX V4.1.0.0 plus Interim Fix 110114 plus Interim Fix 110114a

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Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is included with licenses purchased through Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express. Product upgrades and technical support are provided by the Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) offering as described in the Agreements. Product upgrades provide the latest versions and releases to entitled software, and technical support provides voice and electronic access to IBM support organizations, worldwide.

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Customer responsibilities

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IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) with each program license acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.

Packaging

The media pack for WebSphere eXtended Transaction Runtime (WXTR) contains:

  • QuickStart CD-ROM (contains Quick Start Guide and Publications)
  • WebSphere eXtended Transaction Runtime V1.0 for AIX CD-ROM

Security, auditability, and control

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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Product information

Licensed function title             Product group   Product
                                                    category
 
IBM WebSphere eXtended Transaction  IBM             Transaction
Runtime                             Transaction     Server
                                    Server
Program name                          PID        Charge unit
                                      number     description
 
IBM WebSphere eXtended Transaction    5725-C89   Per Processor
Runtime                                          Value Unit (PVU)

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Passport Advantage program licenses

WebSphere eXtended Transaction Runtime

Part description                                         Part
                                                         number
 
IBM WebSphere eXtended Transaction Runtime
WS eXtended Trans Runtime Per PVU SW S&S Reinstate 12    D0IDILL
 Month
WS eXtended Trans Runtime Per Processor Value Unit       E0BN0LL
 (PVU) Annual SW S&S Rnwl
WS eXtended Trans Runtime Per Processor Value Unit       D0IDHLL
 (PVU) Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo

Passport Advantage supply

Program name/description                                 Part
                                                         number
 
WS eXtended Trans Runtime V1.0.0
IBM WebSphere eXtended Transaction Runtime V1.0 for AIX  BA111NA
 English Media Pack

Passport Advantage customer: Media pack entitlement details

Customers with active maintenance or subscription for the products listed are entitled to receive the corresponding media pack.

WS eXtended Trans Runtime V1.0.0

Entitled maintenance        Media packs description     Part
offerings description                                   number
 
IBM WebSphere eXtended      IBM WebSphere eXtended      BA111NA
Transaction Runtime         Transaction Runtime V1.0
Processor Value Unit        for AIX English Media Pack


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Educational allowance available

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