IBM CICS TX on Cloud 11.1 delivers an enhanced development and DevOps experience with an integrated COBOL compiler and Red Hat certified operators

IBM Asia Pacific Software Announcement AP21-0038
April 6, 2021


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At a glance

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IBM® CICS® TX on Cloud 11.1 includes the following key features:

  • Capability for developers to quickly start creating COBOL applications in the cloud, using an integrated IBM COBOL compiler and runtime. This feature enables developers to deliver timely, robust, and innovative applications.
  • Capability to streamline the development process using Red Hat® certified operators.
  • Red Hat certified container image for better stability, security, and portability.
  • Enhancements in inbound SOAP XML web services capabilities.
  • Extended CICS API coverage for better application compatibility.
  • Integrated with open source databases PostgreSQL and MariaDB.



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Overview

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CICS TX on Cloud (CICS TX) offers capabilities that enable the deployment of mixed language applications across cloud platforms of choice. These applications can be integrated with core applications on CICS Transaction Server for z/OS® (CICS TS) or IBM TXSeries® for Multiplatforms (TXSeries).

CICS TX 11.1 includes the following key features:

  • Capability to create and run IBM COBOL applications on a large variety of cloud platforms. This gives you agility to create portable and production-ready CICS TX containers.
  • Batch processing that enables IBM COBOL batch applications to read and write files stored in IBM Db2® and CICS TX Structured File Server (SFS).
  • Data compatibility using VSAM emulation that enables an improved development and debugging experience by handling embedded EXEC CICS statements in CICS TX COBOL applications.
  • Certified Red Hat operators that can simplify deployment and management of CICS TX applications on Kubernetes.
  • Red Hat OpenShift®-compatible Red Hat certified CICS TX container image for creating reliable, security-rich, and portable containers.
  • Capability to pass more than 32K bytes of data through SOAP XML web services using channel and container APIs.
  • Support for EXEC CICS WEB client API, which enables CICS TX applications to be exposed as web services.
  • Support for PostgreSQL and MariaDB open source databases as resource managers.



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Key requirements

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CICS TX 11.1 requires Docker runtime 17.12.1 as a minimum requirement and Kubernetes 1.11.1, or later, for container orchestration.

For additional details, see the Technical information section.



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Planned availability date

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April 16, 2021: Electronic availability

CICS TX on Cloud is not available as a physical deliverable. For further information, contact an IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.



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Description

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Enterprises are embracing digital transformation to respond to the imperatives of digital business. Cloud is one of the key elements of digital transformation, providing agility, flexibility, and on-demand availability to enterprise assets. Although cloud platforms offer great value, not every application can be moved to the cloud because of regulatory concerns and the need for higher quality of service (QoS). A hybrid cloud strategy is emerging as a popular choice in which cloud-qualified applications are deployed on a cloud platform and integrated with applications and data on-premises.

CICS TX enables online applications to be deployed and extended on any public or private cloud platform of choice. CICS TX supports hybrid cloud topology to enable integration across CICS applications deployed in a cloud environment and on-premises with CICS TS and TXSeries.

Containerization is a widely supported technology across cloud vendors, including orchestration of containerized workloads using Kubernetes. Benefits of containers include:

  • Lightweight footprint and minimal overhead
  • Portability across machines
  • Simplified DevOps practices
  • Accelerated continuous integration

CICS TX 11.1 delivers the following key features:

  • Integration with IBM COBOL for Linux® on x86 1.1

    CICS TX 11.1 is an integrated offering composed of the CICS TX application server and IBM COBOL for Linux on x86 1.1 in a single Docker image. The CICS TX 11.1 image includes the IBM COBOL compiler and runtime components required for CICS COBOL application development and deployment. The IBM COBOL compiler can be used to create and maintain mission-critical line-of-business CICS COBOL applications for CICS TX. It enables COBOL batch applications to access VSAM emulated files stored in IBM Db2 and CICS TX SFS. The IBM COBOL compiler supports the integrated CICS translator to handle native COBOL and embedded CICS statements in a CICS COBOL application.

    With CICS TX 11.1, developers can set up the CICS and COBOL environment in as little as a few minutes in the cloud, which can result in accelerated application development at reduced cost and effort. Single point of support for CICS TX and IBM COBOL helps ensure a faster and better support experience.

  • Red Hat certified containers and operators

    The certified container image can enable quicker time-to-value by providing pretested components on the Red Hat OpenShift container platform.

    Certified CICS TX Operator supports Day 1 and Day 2 operations. It can provide better control of operations when running containers in the Kubernetes environment. It can ease the management effort associated with common Day-2 operational tasks, such as enabling trace, monitoring, and the recovery of pods upon failure.

    One of the key capabilities of the CICS TX Operator is zero-downtime during upgrades and rollback. This helps to ensure minimum business impact during the upgrading of applications and version-to-version product upgrades.

  • Web services enhancement

    CICS TX 11.1 offers an enhanced inbound SOAP XML web services capability. This includes support for the channels and container interface for CICS TX inbound web services. CICS TX applications that use the APIs of channels and containers can be exposed as inbound SOAP XML web services. This provides pipeline configuration that enables the processing of SOAP messages through a sequence of predefined message handlers.



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Product positioning

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As organizations undergo digital transformation, hybrid application deployment can be a core strategy for achieving key characteristics such as agility, flexibility, and optimization.

CICS TX offers cloud-native deployment capabilities by enabling hybrid application deployment of CICS TX applications across cloud platforms of choice. It also permits integration with CICS TS and TXSeries.

CICS TX can be used in the following scenarios:

  • Redeployment of CICS applications that need to be closer to systems of engagement applications. Application deployment can be standalone or have a hybrid topology to integrate with CICS TS or TXSeries.
  • Full migration of existing TXSeries applications to a cloud platform of choice.

CICS TX is built using a highly stable core runtime of TXSeries. It supports CICS APIs that are derived from TXSeries.



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Reference information

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For information about CICS TX 10.1, see Software Announcement AP19-0415, dated August 20, 2019.



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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5737-K69 11.1.0 CICS TX on Cloud


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Offering Information

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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.

More information is also available on the Passport Advantage® and Passport Advantage Express website.



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Publications

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Product documentation for CICS TX 11.1 is available in IBM Documentation.

Other resources for related IBM publications include:



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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

CICS TX 11.1 runs on any x86 hardware capable of running Docker and Kubernetes.

Software requirements

For the most up-to-date information on the detailed system requirements for CICS TX 11.1, see the Software Product Compatibility Reports website.

CICS TX 11.1 is a 32-bit software product, therefore all libraries that are linked with CICS TX must be 32-bit libraries.

CICS TX on Cloud 11.1 is shipped with a Red Hat UBI 8.2 minimal operating system.

Supported software:

  • CICS Transaction Server for z/OS, 5.6
  • CICS Transaction Gateway for Multiplatforms, 9.2 Fix Pack 1
  • IBM MQ 9.2

Databases:

  • IBM Db2 11.5
  • Oracle 19c

Language runtimes:

  • COBOL-IT Compiler Suite Enterprise Edition 4.1.0
  • GNU C compiler gcc/g++ (available as part of the prerequisite operating system)
  • IBM COBOL for Linux® x86 1.1
  • Java™ 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition 8.0

In-memory data structure store:

  • Redis 5.0.4

Centralized logging:

  • Elastic Filebeat 5.5.1
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User Group requirements

Requirements for CICS TX on Cloud can be created, viewed, and voted for in the IBM Request For Enhancement (RFE) community.

Planning information

CICS TX 11.1 is available by electronic download only. By default, there is no physical availability planned for CICS TX 11.1. To enquire about physical availability of this release, contact an IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.

Packaging

CICS TX on Cloud 11.1 can be ordered from IBM Passport Advantage.

Security, auditability, and control

CICS TX on Cloud 11.1 uses the security and auditability features of the operating system under which it is running.

The client 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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Ordering information

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For ordering information, consult your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, or go to the Passport Advantage website.

This program is only available through Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

Passport Advantage program licenses

CICS TX on Cloud

Part description Part number
IBM CICS TX on Cloud with COBOL Compiler Add-on Virtual Processor Core License + SW Subscription & Support D05JRZX
IBM CICS TX on Cloud with COBOL Compiler Add-on Virtual Processor Core Monthly License D05JSZX
IBM CICS TX on Cloud with COBOL Compiler Add-on Virtual Processor Core Annual SW S&S Rnwl E05JQZX
IBM CICS TX on Cloud with COBOL Compiler Add-on Virtual Processor Core SW Subscription & Support Reinstate D05JTZX


Passport Advantage trade up

A license for the following precursor product must have previously been acquired to be eligible to acquire an equivalent license of the trade-up products.

Precursor product Trade-up product
IBM COBOL for Linux on x86 (5737-L11) IBM CICS TX on Cloud with COBOL Compiler Add-on (5737-K69)

Trade-up description Trade-up part number
IBM CICS TX on Cloud with COBOL Compiler Add-on Virtual Processor Core Trade Up from COBOL Virtual Processor Core D05JNZX
IBM CICS TX on Cloud with COBOL Compiler Add-on Virtual Processor Core Trade Up from IBM CICS TX Processor Value Unit D05JPZX
IBM CICS TX on Cloud with COBOL Compiler Add-on for Linux on IBM Z® Virtual Processor Core Trade Up from COBOL Virtual Processor Core D05JUZX
IBM CICS TX on Cloud with COBOL Compiler Add-on for Linux on IBM Z Virtual Processor Core Trade Up from IBM CICS Processor Value Unit D05JVZX

Clients must have current active Software Subscription and Support in place for all of the licenses that will be given up by the use of the trade-up parts. Those clients with lapsed support need to reinstate their S&S contracts to be eligible for trade-ups.

For more information, consult an IBM representative.


Passport Advantage client: Media pack entitlement details

CICS TX on Cloud 11.1 is available electronically only. By default, there is no physical availability planned for CICS TX on Cloud 11.1. To enquire about physical availability of this release, contact an IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.


Cross-platform product for use on IBM Z

Order the part numbers that follow when the product is used for either the development of code that will be deployed on IBM Z servers or when the product will be communicating or transferring data between a distributed server and an IBM Z server. Otherwise order from the other set of part numbers in this announcement. This set of part numbers provides the identical supply and authorization as the other set in this announcement.

Part description Part number
IBM CICS TX on Cloud with COBOL Compiler Add-on for Linux on IBM Z Virtual Processor Core License + SW Subscription & Support D05JXZX
IBM CICS TX on Cloud with COBOL Compiler Add-on for Linux on IBM Z Virtual Processor Core Monthly License D05JYZX
IBM CICS TX on Cloud with COBOL Compiler Add-on for Linux on IBM Z Virtual Processor Core Annual SW S&S Rnwl E05JWZX
IBM CICS TX on Cloud with COBOL Compiler Add-on for Linux on IBM Z Virtual Processor Core SW Subscription & Support Reinstate D05JZZX

Charge metric

Program name PID number Charge unit description
CICS TX on Cloud 5737-K69 Virtual Processor Core (VPC)



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Terms and conditions

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The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

This product is only available through Passport Advantage.

Licensing

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License Information number

The following License Information document applies to the offering in this announcement:

Program identifier License Information document title License Information document number
5737-K69 IBM CICS TX on Cloud 11.1 L-ACRR-BUCJCT

Follow-on releases, if any, may have updated terms. See the License Information documents website for more information.

Limited warranty applies

Yes

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Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

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Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Not applicable.



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Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.



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Country/Region Announced
ASEAN * Yes
India/South Asia ** Yes
Australia Yes
Hong Kong Yes
Macao SAR of the PRC Yes
Mongolia Yes
New Zealand Yes
People's Republic of China Yes
South Korea Yes
Taiwan Yes

* Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam

** Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka

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