IBM i 7.2 TR4 offers performance, usability, and integration enhancements

IBM United States Software Announcement 216-040
April 12, 2016


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IBM® i 7.2 TR4 adds functions and features to many components of the operating System and to many of the associated products from IBM Power® Software and IBM Software. The new functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • DB2® for i is adding tools and functions to assist database engineers managing their data center. Clients moving to TR4 may also see improvement in performance for some database functions.
  • IBM PowerHA® SystemMirror® for i 7.2 HyperSwap® Cluster helps enables clients to dramatically reduce both planned and unplanned client downtime.
  • As with previous releases and technology refreshes, IBM i 7.2 TR4 is extending the open source environments available by adding Git and Orion. These environments offer more choices for selecting business solutions for business challenges.
  • A new version of the popular data analytics tool, IBM DB2 Web Query for i V2.2.0, has improved ease of use as well as numerous enhancements providing richer environments for report development, data access, and output capabilities.
  • Other enhancements support customer requirements and industry standards as well as addressing the requirement to support modern technologies.


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As with previous technology refreshes for IBM i, this latest one, IBM i 7.2 TR4, can offer significant client value in the areas of database, availability, open source, hardware I/O support and currency with IBM software products.

Some of the enhancements and extensions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Improved capabilities help database engineers effectively manage the data center.
  • The Integrated Web Services (IWS) client for ILE is enhanced to enable sending user-defined payloads. Users can invoke REST web services from their native RPG and COBOL programs.
  • IBM continues to extend support for open source environments, adding Git and Orion to the open source environments available. This enhances available options for selecting business solutions.
  • IBM Web Administration GUI now easily configures and manages SSL server configuration for integrated application servers based on Liberty and stand-alone Liberty servers.
  • The IBM i graphical system debugger is added to IBM i Access Client Solutions.
  • IBM i Access for Web - Mobile solutions adds a dashboard capability so that users can easily see key performance metrics in real time.
  • IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i 7.2 HyperSwap Cluster helps enable you to significantly reduce both planned and unplanned downtime.
  • IBM Rational® Development Studio for i expands RPG free format capabilities and includes new user-requested functions for the RPG and COBOL compiler.
  • A new release of Power Virtualization Center (PowerVC) contains multiple capabilities and enhancements for i to help users manage the cloud and virtualized environments.
  • Numerous other enhancements are added to other areas of the operating system with IBM i 7.2 TR4.
  • DB2 Web Query for i V2.2.0 is a new release of the popular Web Query product. This new version includes the features of previous releases and adds new features and functions to both the Express® and Standard Editions for the product. IBM DB2 Web Query for i V2.2.0 has improved ease of use as well as numerous enhancements providing richer environments for report development, data access and output capabilities.

New support for hardware configurations includes:

  • A higher performance PCIe3 SAS RAID adapter
  • Fourth-generation Enterprise Multi-Level Cell (eMLC4) 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch SAS SSD
  • 1.9 TB read intensive 2.5-inch SSD
  • Support for the PCIe 4-Port Async EIA-232 Adapter
  • Support for the PCIe2 8Gb 2-Port Fibre Channel Adapter with VIOS configurations
  • Support for Live Partition Mobility with multi-path capable tape devices



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IBM i 7.2 TR4 is supported on selected IBM Power Systems™:

  • IBM Power Systems servers with POWER8® processors
  • IBM Power Systems servers and blades and IBM Flex systems with POWER7® or POWER7+™ processors
  • IBM Power Systems servers and blades with IBM POWER6® or POWER6+™ processors
  • IBM System i® servers with POWER6 processors

Prerequisites for PowerHA SystemMirror for i 7.2 HyperSwap Cluster are PowerHA 7.2 Enterprise Edition; IBM i 7.3, or IBM i 7.2 with TR4; either POWER7 or POWER8 servers; and either DS8800, DS8870, or DS8880.

Refer to the Technical information section for specific hardware and software prerequisites.



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May 20, 2016



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DB2 for i

DB2 for i enhancements

Following the tradition of ongoing enhancements to database and SQL Query Engine (SQE) performance, IBM is adding the new ability to include User Defined Table Functions (UDTFs) functions in mainline code. By avoiding repeated calls to UDTFs for every row processed in a query, some performance-critical queries may be faster, simply by moving to the latest DB2 PTF Group.

Database application developers have new capabilities for constructing advanced SQL solutions:

  • New DB2 for i built-in global variables enable SQL programmers to easily reference the thread and process identifiers. This easy access to identity makes it possible to deploy improved logging and logic within applications.
  • Existing DB2 for i built-in functions are enhanced to make it easier to achieve data-centric solutions. The TIMESTAMP_FORMAT(), VARCHAR_FORMAT(), and TRUNCATE() functions can be used to reduce application logic, shifting the logic into the SQL query.

Database engineers have improved capabilities to help effectively manage the data center:

  • A new QAQQINI option enables trigger programs to be redeployed in production, where it is traditionally difficult to acquire the exclusive lock required to make changes.
  • Impact analysis is improved with a DB2 for i catalog that contains information about database feature dependencies. This enables database engineers to assess the DB2 PTF Group level dependency detail by SQL statement within application programs.

These and other enhancements are delivered through DB2 PTF Group SF99702. Go to the IBM i Technology Updates wiki on developerWorks® or the DB2 for IBM i PTF Group details wiki to learn more about these and other DB2 for IBM i enhancements.

IBM i Services

In the tradition of recent technology refreshes, new IBM i Services deliver useful SQL-based alternatives to IBM i commands and APIs:

  • Work with Environment Variables (WRKENVVAR) detail provides easy access to the job level, system level, and PASE environment variables. Anywhere an environment variable is used is now part of the SQL programmer's lexicon.
  • Existing and popular services such as all four NETSTAT services are enhanced to return additional columns of information, making it possible to solve more business requirements using SQL.
These and other IBM i services are described in developerWorks through DB2 PTF Group SF99702. To learn more go to the DB2 for IBM i enhancements website.

IBM i

The IBM i Technology Updates wiki in developerWorks contains details for IBM i operating system enhancements. To view technical detail for the topics found in this announcement letter, go to the TR4 enhancements website.

IBM i Integrated Web Services

In October 2014, with IBM i 7.2 TR1 and 7.1 TR9, the integrated web services server was extended to include both SOAP- and REST-based services for ILE RPG, ILE COBOL, and Java™ programs running on IBM i.

In IBM i 7.3 and IBM i 7.2 TR4, the Integrated Web Services client for ILE is enhanced to allow the sending of user-defined payloads, enabling users to invoke REST web services from native RPG and COBOL programs.

Users can use the new transport APIs to send the payload, such as an XML document or JSON information. The transport APIs allow the setting of HTTP headers and the HTTP method. The data is converted to UTF-8 and to the CCSID of the job.

It is the responsibility of the client application to construct and send the payload as well as to parse the response.

For additional details, visit the Integrated Web Services for IBM i product website.

Save or restore enhancements

To restore individual objects as quickly as possible, go to the Restoring objects website. The information that you need to specify has not changed, but the objects can now be located much more quickly with fewer tape operations.

Reduction in time for vary on IASP

The time it takes to vary on an independent ASP is reduced for a number of configurations and workloads. This can directly reduce the overall time to perform an abnormal IPL, and the time it takes to switch over to the target system in a PowerHA configuration. Installing IBM i 7.2 TR4 Cumulative PTF package and DB2 PTF Group, and then staying current with IBM i Cumulative PTF and DB2 PTF Group packages, keeps you up to date with the latest time reductions.

IBM i Open Source Solutions

The IBM i Open Source Solutions is expanded to significantly advance open source on IBM i. The following new languages, features, tools, and environments have been added:

  • Option 2 - Python V3.0. This Python option now includes version 3 of Python, including the ability to use Django.
  • Option 4 - Python V2.7. The popular Python V2.7 is now integrated into the IBM i Open Source ecosystem. Additionally the Django frame work is also supported.
  • Option 5 - Git. The widely used Git source control environment is now provided for use with IBM i. Git on i supports most open source-based source code (such as Node.js, Python, and PHP) and native RPG source stored in the Integrated File System (IFS). This supports running your Git repository and Git server on IBM i. This greatly simplifies your source control management for both new open source languages as well as modern RPG.
  • Option 6 - Tools. This option contains the tools .Zip, .UnZip, and bash. This set of tools will continue to expand in future releases based on input from the IBM i open source community.
  • Option 7 - Orion. This option give the IBM i developer an Eclipse-based web code development environment. This is an integrated solution for writing Node.js, Python, or even modern RPG where the source is stored in the IFS.

For details go to the IBM i open source website on developerWorks.

IBM Web Administration GUI

Web Administration GUI (see the interface at http://hostname:2001/HTTPAdmin, a case sensitive link, where "hostname" is replaced with the actual system name) is updated to easily configure and manage SSL server configuration as well as new server types.

IBM Web Administration for i SSL configuration wizard is enhanced to support the stand-alone WebSphere® Application Server Liberty profile. Keystore types JKS, JCEKS, PKCS12, CMS and Digital Certificate Manager (DCM) *SYSTEM store are supported to create a new self-signed certificate or selecting existing certificate from the store for an application server. Additionally, several easy-to-use SSL tools are provided on the GUI, keystore management, view certificate, and so on.

IBM Portable Utilities for i

IBM Portable Utilities for i is updated to include the latest version of OpenSSL V1.0.2

IBM i Licensed Program Products

DB2 Web Query for i

Product DB2 Web Query for i delivers new release 2.2.0. Both the Express (5733-WQE) and Standard (5733-WQS) Editions, as well as the companion product DataMigrator ETL Extension (5733-WQM), are available at 2.2.0. The new Web Query release runs on IBM i 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3.

In addition to having all the capabilities of the previous release of the product, including those added with "hot fixes," the new 2.2.0 release of the popular Web Query product includes many additional features over the previous release:

  • The first noticeable change is the clean, simple look of the sign on screen and the Business Intelligence (BI) Portal, the main interface into Web Query.
  • New output options are available for reports, including Excel xlsx and additional HTML5 charts.
  • The Info Assist report developer has additional features such as the group function, which provides a quick way to group elements of a column together.
  • Clients using Web Query's Developer Workbench tool will appreciate the enhanced tooling in 2.2.0. The canvas can be tailored to make it easier to develop reports and html specifically intended for mobile devices. In addition, testing against different browsers is greatly simplified using the browser target capability. HTML based reports can now be created to be autosizing, making for even more flexible reports.
  • Additional data adapters are now available with Web Query Standard Edition to extend the data reach of the product. Adapter slots are now available for MySQL/MariaDB, Postgres, and for a generic Type 4 JDBC driver. Incorporating data into reports from other databases is as easy as adding the appropriate JDBC driver from that database. Because of its underlying integration with Web Query, these adapters are also available for the DataMigrator ETL Extension. This means pulling data from other databases into DB2 for i is easy too.
  • A revised set of simpler parameter functions are now available for date/time as well as character manipulations.
  • The companion product DataMigrator ETL Extension now supports running data flows directly from CL, which means running and scheduling of data flows can integrated with existing business processes. Various improvements to the CDC (journal read) portion of the product, such as direct joins, were also added.

Web Query V2.2.0 also supports migration from all older releases of Web Query.

For more details go to the IBM DB2 Web Query for i website or the Product overview website.

For ordering information for Web Query V2.2.0, refer to IBM i 7.3 Software Announcement 216-134, dated April 12, 2016.

IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i 7.2 HyperSwap Cluster

IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i 7.2 Enterprise Edition is enhanced to enable a DS8800, DS8870, or DS8880 HyperSwap configuration within a PowerHA cluster topology. As opposed to a two-site Metro Mirror cluster that has a primary and secondary storage server, a HyperSwap cluster cross-couples the storage servers so that both the primary and secondary Power System servers can seamlessly assume ownership of either the remote or local storage server. The primary storage server has the IASP and the SYSBAS for the primary as well the SYSBAS for the secondary server. The same case applies for the secondary storage server. If one of the storage servers fails or goes offline, the other storage server seamlessly assumes ownership of the of the cluster workload. When the failed storage server returns, the data is automatically synchronized. After a cluster role-swap operation PowerHA automatically changes affinity so that the new production node updates to the local storage server. Prerequisites are PowerHA 7.2 Enterprise Edition; IBM i 7.3, or IBM i 7.2 with TR4; either POWER7 or POWER8 servers; and either DS8800, DS8870, or DS8880.

This capability is currently only for a local two-system cluster. For more information go to the http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/ibmi/ha website.

IBM i Access Client Solutions

IBM i Access Clients Solutions, the strategic solution for access and management of IBM i, provides support for many end-user devices. IBM i Access Client Solutions is enhanced to include the IBM i graphical system debugger. This new support is delivered as a service pack and can be easily downloaded from the FTP site or from the Entitled System Support (ESS) website. The ESS website is used for clients with an active support contract to retrieve entitled software updates and versions.

Details can be found on the IBM i Access Client Solutions product page.

IBM i Access for Web Mobile Solutions

In this release, the mobile interface now includes a dashboard. The dashboard provides a high-level graphical real-time view of system metrics (CPU, page faults, disk I/O, disk capacity, messages, and jobs) and the capability to customize various thresholds. Drill down into the capability to look at further detail. Administrators can quickly and easily monitor various system statistics.

Additional information is available at the IBM i Access website.

Other Power offerings

PowerVC for i enhancements

A new release of Power Virtualization Center (PowerVC) contains multiple capabilities and enhancements for IBM i to help users manage the cloud and virtualized environments. For more information, go to the IBM PowerVC for IBM i wiki page.

Additional IBM software

IBM WebSphere Commerce

WebSphere Commerce V8.0, which supports servers that run the IBM i 7.1 and 7.2 operating system, will be available on April 15, 2016.

WebSphere Commerce V8.0 offers the following enhancements:

  • Enables merchandisers and marketers to deepen customer engagement, drive customer loyalty, increase revenues, and improve profitability with an improved business user environment.
  • Helps deliver better customer service and support.
  • Delivers a software platform upgrade to the latest web application server, database, and integrated developer environment, and incorporate earlier WebSphere Commerce V7.0 feature pack capabilities.

For details about WebSphere Commerce V8.0, refer to Software Announcement 215-305, dated October 1, 2015.

IBM MQ

The recently announced IBM MQ V8.0 (formerly known as WebSphere MQ) is also supported on IBM i 7.2. Highlights of MQ V8.0 include improved performance when connecting large numbers of clients.

For more information about MQ V8.0, go to the IBM MQ website.

Hardware enhancements

Recent Power hardware enhancements that benefit IBM i clients include the following:

  • A new higher performance PCIe3 SAS RAID adapter #EJ14 is introduced, which can run more solid-state drives (SSDs) and provide more write IOPs.
  • New fourth-generation Enterprise Multi-Level Cell (eMLC4) 2.5-inch SAS SSDs, now with up to 1.55 TB capacity.
  • 1.9 TB Read Intensive 2.5-inch SSD offers new price performance options for workloads with modest write requirements for POWER8 servers.
  • New eMLC4 1.8-inch SSDs, now up to 775 GB in capacity, offer capacity and price/performance enhancements to POWER8 system units.
  • Support for the PCIe 4-Port Async EIA-232 Adapter (#5785/#5277), providing twice the Async ports per PCIe slot.
  • Support for PCIe2 8Gb 2-Port Fibre Channel Adapter with VIOS configurations.
  • Support for Live Partition Mobility with multi-path capable tape devices.



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IBM i 7.2 is the latest version of the IBM i operating environment. It runs on a Power Systems server and offers a highly scalable and virus-resistant architecture with a proven reputation for exceptional business resiliency. Companies that run applications on IBM i running on a Power server are able to focus on innovation and delivering new value to their business, not on managing their data center operations.

IBM i delivers a fully integrated and trusted combination of relational database, security, web services, networking, and storage management capabilities that are required to run business applications. For example, IBM installs and integrates the SQL standards-based DB2 database for IBM i with advanced database management utilities, plus additional middleware components such as multiple file system options, directory capability, an HTTP web server that is powered by Apache, a web application server, and a web services environment.

IBM develops, fully tests, and preloads these core middleware components of IBM i together. The preintegration and testing of IBM i is a key factor in enabling companies to realize lower operations costs by deploying applications faster and maintaining them with less staff.

Virtualization and workload management are also built into the IBM i operating environment to enable businesses to consolidate and run multiple applications and components together on the same system, helping to drive up system usage and delivering a better return on IT investments. This broad and highly stable database and middleware foundation is ideal for efficiently deploying business processing applications.

Architecture for simplicity, stability, and security

Another important advantage for IBM i is the underlying architecture of the operating system, which enables simplicity, stability, and security. These are not add-on features, but inherent aspects of the operating system. Here are a few examples:

Simplicity

The relational database in IBM i is an integrated component that is built on a set of integrated storage management unique to IBM i and its predecessors. This storage management is based on the single-level storage architecture that treats all of the storage managed by IBM i as one long stream of memory that encompasses the system memory and the storage on disks. This architecture makes it critical for the operating system to decide where to store any given piece of data, which removes the user from having to manage data placement. This method makes management of storage and the database objects contained in that storage significantly simpler.

Stability

IBM i architecturally separates the address spaces of user applications and the operating system, so it is difficult for poorly written or malicious software to intrude upon the underlying operating system support. This is one of several attributes that can help keep IBM i running for days, weeks, and months without unexpected restarting of the operating system. Several architectural attributes of IBM i have contributed to the stability of the system over the years. First, applications compiled on IBM i are compiled to a set of intermediate code instructions defined as the Technology Independent Machine Interface (TIMI). This enables IBM i to fundamentally change the implementation of underlying hardware, firmware, and virtualization features, without requiring rewriting, changing, or even recompiling the applications written by users. This sort of forward compatibility can be a tremendous business advantage and it allows the movement of software developed and compiled several years to even decades before to run on later generations of the IBM i operating system.

Security

IBM i and its predecessors have an object-based architecture. Each entity on the system is an object, which has a set of prescribed operations that can be performed on it and connections from the object to those other objects that are allowed to perform various operations. An object that does not have a legal edit operation cannot be edited. It cannot be renamed to another kind of object. If the object does have an edit operation, known as change for most objects, it only has a defined set of attributes that can be edited, and then only by users who have authority to do that editing. Objects can easily be hidden from other users by use of the library list objects, and security enhanced by the object-based security associated with all objects. And users who all have a similar role on the system can be grouped for role-based security, again as part of the base architecture of the system. While the IBM i operating system supports Java, PHP, web services, and other open source programming methods, the underlying architecture offers a level of integration, stability, simplicity, and security that makes it significantly different from comparable operating systems. These aspects can deliver excellent business value to its users.



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IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i Planning Insights

IBM plans to introduce the capability to add a third system connected to the PowerHA for i HyperSwap pair via either a Metro Mirror or Global Mirror link.

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For additional information on IBM i, refer to the following Hardware and Software Announcements.

For Power Hardware, PowerVM®, and PowerVC:

IBM Power Systems offers enhancements for Power E850 memory and for Power Systems I/O

Hardware Announcement 116-029, dated April 12, 2016.

New SSD options for IBM Power Systems provide enhanced performance at a lower cost

Hardware Announcement 116-036, dated April 12, 2016.

Enhancements for PowerVM, NovaLink, PowerVC and HMC

Software Announcement 216-144, dated April 12, 2016.

IBM i 7.3

Software Announcement 216-134, dated April 12, 2016.



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5770-SS1 7.2 IBM i 7.2 TR4

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Software Services

IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage any services needs. It is possible to leverage the deep technical skills of the lab-based, software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of the IBM Global Services team. Also, the IBM Software Services expertise is extended through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. Together, IBM and Partners provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.

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Hardware requirements

A supported IBM Power or IBM Flex or IBM System i server or blade with POWER8, POWER7+, POWER7, POWER6+, or POWER6 processor is required to run IBM i 7.2 TR4.

For up-to-date information on all types of code levels needed for support of a particular feature, refer to the IBM Prerequisite website.

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For specific software requirements and details for IBM i operating system enhancements, visit the IBM i Technology Updates wiki on developerWorks website. To find the supporting technical detail for the topics found in this announcement letter, visit the TR4 enhancements website.

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User Group requirements

A strong and passionate worldwide user community focuses on all aspects of IBM i running on Power servers. The community includes online groups and face-to-face community gatherings. The COMMON organization has branches around the world, including COMMON North America, iSUC in Japan, COMMON Europe, and Interaction in Australia/New Zealand.

IBM continues to recognize key community leaders through the IBM champion program. The 14 current IBM i Champions have been recognized for their work in the betterment of user groups, social media, and the Academic Initiative. To learn about the IBM Champions program, visit the IBM Champions website.

Security, auditability, and control

These programs use the security and auditability features of the host hardware or 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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System i Software Maintenance applies

Yes

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

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