IBM Communications Server for Data Center Deployment delivers enriched support for SNA applications in a client-server environment

IBM Canada Ltd. Software Announcement A12-0715
October 3, 2012


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IBM® Communications Server for Data Center Deployment V7.0 addresses SNA modernization in networks with mobile and dynamic environments. The functions previously provided by Communications Server for AIX® , Communications Server for Linux™ , and Communications Server for Linux on System z® are now incorporated into this new product.

The following new features are included:



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Communications Server for Data Center Deployment, a new member of the IBM Communications Server family, is supported on AIX , Linux , and Linux on System z platforms. These platforms were previously supported by three separate Communications Server products, each of which supported a single platform.

As a multiplatform product, Communications Server for Data Center Deployment continues to offer reliable and security-rich support for On Demand networks. It connects users to enterprise host applications and data over diverse networks -- whether SNA, TCP/IP, Intranet, extranet, or Internet. You choose applications based on your business needs, not on your network protocols.

Communications Servers can provide all-in-one communications services between workstations and host systems, as well as other workstations. Features include:

Communications Server for Data Center Deployment replaces the following products:

Note: Information about Communication Server for Windows™ (5639-F25) in this announcement is for information only. Communications Server for Windows was previously announced and continues to be available.

For ordering, contact Your IBM representative or an IBM Business Partner. For more information contact the Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (426-2255). Reference: YE001



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AIX

Linux



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December 13, 2012 (electronic download and media pack)

Refer to the complete letter for national language availability.



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Communications Server for Data Center Deployment helps connect employees, customers, and trading partners across multiprotocol networks. It also enhances business flexibility by extending existing host applications to the Internet.

New functions

For more details about features and functions, visit

http://www.ibm.com/software/network/commserver/datacenter/features

APIs

The following APIs are included:

The following APIs are not offered in Communications Server for Data Center Deployment:

Note: These APIs were available in some previous releases of some of the IBM Communication Servers. These APIs were provided "as-is" with no support. It is recommended that new applications be developed with the enhanced APIs that are included in Communications Server for Data Center Deployment.

Licensing and software maintenance renewal

After general availability on December 13, 2012, maintenance renewals for customers who are licensed for Communications Server for AIX , Communications Server for Linux , or Communications Server for Linux on System z , will be based on entitlement to Communications Servers for Data Center Deployment. The new entitlement will be based on a one-for-one exchange. For example, a customer who is scheduled to renew maintenance for one concurrent user license of Communications Server for Linux will, instead, renew maintenance for one concurrent user license of Communications Server for Data Center Deployment.

There is one exception. Each server license of Communications Server for AIX will be entitled to 10 concurrent user licenses of Communications Server for Data Center Deployment.

Customers should renew maintenance on the exact number of concurrent user licenses required for compliance. The new licensing scheme should not impact the way that customers architect their solutions.

Customers who purchase licenses for Communications Server for Data Center Deployment and deploy the solution on AIX are no longer required to own server licenses.



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IBM Communications Server family

The IBM Communications Server family of products provides an essential foundation for networked computing by supporting the most widely used networking technologies. This enables you and business partners to build client-server applications independent of networking protocol or hardware.

With Communications Servers, you can modernize your network without impacting your existing SNA application. You can also modernize your applications and take advantage of services-oriented architecture and Java™ without changing your host applications.

IBM experience with SNA, TCP/IP, and communications servers helps provide you with a high-performance, high-quality communications solution for enterprises with the potential to become an On Demand Business and to have virtualized environments.

Communications Server for Data Center Deployment, which supports AIX , Linux , and Linux on System z platforms, is most likely to be deployed in a central location. This product supports larger TN3270 Server, Remote API client-server, and distributed connections across the enterprise. The cost to manage and maintain in a central place can make Communications Server for Data Center Deployment cost effective by keeping SNA resources centralized.

Communications Server for Windows , a previously announced member of the IBM Communications Server family, can be deployed in distributed branches or at a central location. The branch environment often has Windows servers, and these make ideal platforms for Communications Server for Windows .

With the advent of more virtualized servers that are being deployed, Communications Server for Windows provides the performance needed for handling the resource allocation in these environments.

Licensing notes

The licensing options that are provided for Communications Servers are designed to optimally address the majority of our customers' needs. However, if the licensing options for either of the following two products do not support your architecture, contact your IBM representative or authorized IBM Business Partner to discuss alternative options.

SNA modernization

The goal for SNA modernization projects is to preserve and enhance SNA applications on the mainframe and in the branch environment, for as long as these SNA applications remain valuable business assets. At the same time, wide-area, application-level SNA traffic is transported over an IP wide area network. This can help consolidate SNA network-level traffic to the data center or ultimately the System z platform itself.

To implement this strategy in a widely distributed network of SNA nodes, the Remote API Client-Server feature provides a cloud-like solution for connectivity. The Remote API Client supports AIX , Linux , and Microsoft™ Windows applications in both 32-bit and 64-bit environments. This client code is supported by the Communications Servers for AIX , Linux , and Linux on System z , and is shipped in a separate media pack. With the Remote API Client deployed on the client, information can be shared between the client and the data center over IP, while SNA network communications are consolidated at the data center itself.

In a similar fashion, the Enterprise Extender (EE) feature of Communications Server for Data Center Deployment can be used for deployment between servers. With EE, information can be shared over IP by using the architecture of High Performance Routing (HPR) that enables non-disruptive, highly available sessions while optimizing IP network traffic.

Complementary products

Host Integration Solution

The Communications Servers for Windows , AIX , Linux , and Linux for System z are included in the Rational® Host Integration Solution (HIS). Customers who require a communications server in conjunction with the IBM Personal Communications, IBM Host On-Demand, or IBM Host Access Transformation Service, may choose to purchase HIS. The version-release of Communications Server that is included in HIS may not be the most recent version-release that is available as a stand-alone product. If your architecture demands the latest release, contact your IBM representative to discuss options.

CICS® Transaction Server and CICS Transaction Gateway

CICS Transaction Server ( CICS TS) is an advanced mainframe transaction processing solution that provides powerful and flexible support for On Demand Businesses. CICS TS V5.1 satisfies over one hundred customer requirements that help solve the two most pressing challenges that companies face today: driving operational efficiencies and increasing service agility.

Driving operational efficiencies:

Increasing service agility:

CICS TS V5.1 delivers these capabilities in a way that positions users of CICS for the next transformational era in technology, moving them towards a service delivery platform for cloud computing.

For information about CICS TS V5.1, refer to Software Announcement A12-0698, dated October 3, 2012.

CICS Transaction Gateway ( CICS TG) is the market-leading IBM connector for CICS . It is production-proven in over a thousand customer environments, with successful deployments across every major industry.

CICS TG is the strategic, flexible, high-performing, security-rich, and scalable method of service-oriented architecture (SOA) access to CICS servers. A common use of Communications Servers is connecting CICS TG to a CICS database or application in a host environment to complete SNA transactions by using fixed records.

CICS TG V9.0 provides significant enhancements under the key themes of operational efficiency and increased service agility. In particular:

For information about CICS TG V9.0, refer to Software Announcement A12-0696, dated October 3, 2012.



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For information about Communications Server for Windows , refer to Software Announcement A09-0506, dated May 12, 2009.

For information about the discontinuance of service of selected earlier versions-releases of Communications Servers, refer to Software Announcement A12-0556, dated August 7, 2012.



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                        Availability
 Description            date                Language
 
 Communications Server  December 13, 2012   Multilingual
  for Data Center                           (Chinese-Simplified,
  Deployment                                Chinese-Traditional,
  V7.0                                      English-International,
                                            French, German, Japanese,
                                            Portuguese-Brazilian,
                                            Korean, Spanish) 


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Program                Program
number         VRM     name
 
5725-H32       7.0.0   IBM Communications Server 
                        for Data Center Deployment 


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An IBM Power System machine supported by AIX 6.1 or AIX 7.1

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An AMD64 or Intel EM64T system supported by one of the Microsoft Windows operating systems listed in the Software requirements section.

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Communications Server for Data Center Deployment is shipped with:

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Product group: IBM Communications Manager
 
Product Identifier Description:
   IBM Communications Manager for Data Center Deployment
   (PID 5725H32)
 
Product category: Communications Server
Charge metric
                    Part number or
Program name        PID number           Charge metric
 
Communications      5725H32              PVU and Concurrent User
 Server for Data
 Center Deployment 

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Notes

Passport Advantage

                                                      Part
Program name/Description                              number
 
Communications Server for Data Center
  Deployment V7.0 -
 
  Media Pack (multilingual)                           BM05JML 
  Per Concurrent User Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo              D0THJLL 
  Per Concurrent User SW S&S Reinstate 12 Mo          D0THKLL 
  Per Concurrent User SW S&S Renewal 12 Mo            E0ELCLL 
  Per PVU Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo                          D0THLLL 
  Per PVU SW S&S Reinstate 12 Mo                      D0THMLL 
  Per PVU SW S&S Renewal 12 Mo                        E0ELDLL 

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.

Entitled maintenance         Media pack
offering description         description          Part number
 
IBM Communications Server    IBM Communications   BM05JML
 for AIX - Concurrent User    Server for Data
                              Center Deployment
                              V7.0 Multilingual
                              Media Pack
 
IBM Communications Server    IBM Communications   BM05JML
 for AIX - Server             Server for Data
                              Center Deployment
                              V7.0 Multilingual
                              Media Pack
 
IBM Communications Server    IBM Communications   BM05JML
 for Linux                    Server for Data
 - Concurrent User            Center Deployment
                              V7.0 Multilingual
                              Media Pack
 
IBM Communications Server    IBM Communications   BM05JML
 for Linux on System z        Server for Data
 - Concurrent User            Center Deployment
                              V7.0 Multilingual
                              Media Pack
 
IBM Communications Server    IBM Communications   BM05JML
 for Linux on System z        Server for Data
 - PVU                        Center Deployment
                              V7.0 Multilingual
                              Media Pack 


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System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

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