IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS (CICS TS) Value Unit Edition (VUE) V5.1 offers a one-time-charge (OTC) price metric for Eligible Workloads that are deployed in qualified System z New Application License Charge (zNALC) logical partitions (LPARs).
CICS TS VUE offers the following benefits for eligible workloads:
Both CICS TS V5.1 and CICS TS VUE V5.1 include an enterprise-class multithread, 64-bit, JVM server runtime environment for the deployment of Java workloads within CICS TS. CICS TS for z/OS VUE V5.1 delivers an OTC price metric for an offering based on CICS TS for z/OS V5.1, with terms that limit its use to support net new Java workloads on IBM System z servers that meet the zNALC qualification process.
zNALC is an MLC price metric available on IBM z/Architecture servers that run on z/OS. It offers a reduced price for z/OS on LPARs where qualified applications are running. A net new Java workload that executes within the CICS TS VUE JVM server, runtime environment is defined as an Eligible Workload, on condition that the Java workload is qualified and approved through the zNALC qualification process.
CICS Java applications that run in CICS TS VUE can connect to Java or non-Java CICS applications that run other supported versions of CICS TS for z/OS in non-zNALC LPAR environments, for the purpose of workload federation and systems management. For example, a CICS Java application, that runs in a CICS TS VUE address space within a zNALC LPAR, can issue a Distributed Program Link (DPL) to another CICS application written in any language, that runs in a CICS TS address space on a non-zNALC LPAR. Customers can use CICSPlex SM to manage workloads spanning CICS TS VUE and CICS TS.
CICS TS VUE is a separately licensed program and does not initiate any SVC period for MLC versions of CICS TS. This means that new CICS TS VUE applications can federate with existing CICS TS V3, CICS TS V4, and CICS TS V5 workloads, without mandating an upgrade of those systems.