IBM Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 supports the new IBM z14 hardware and IBM z/OS V2.3 operating system

IBM United States Software Announcement 217-354
July 17, 2017


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IBM® Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS®, V6.2 exploits the capabilities of IBM z/Architecture® and adds the following new features and enhancements:

  • Compiler support for the new IBM z14 hardware and z/OS V2.3 operating system so applications can exploit the latest IBM Z architecture and operating system features and capabilities
  • Ability to exploit the new Vector Packed Decimal Facility of z14
  • New and changed COBOL statements, such as the new JSON PARSE statement
  • Improved compiler listings with compiler messages at the end of the listing as in previous releases of the compiler
  • Support of COBOL 2002/2014 standards with the addition of the COBOL Conditional Compilation language feature
  • New and changed COBOL options for increased flexibility
  • Improved usability of the compiler in the z/OS UNIX™ System Services environment
  • Improved interfaces to optional products and tools such as IBM Debug for z Systems™ (formerly Debug Tool for z/OS) and IBM Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence (formerly EzSource)
  • Compile-time and runtime performance enhancements
  • Support for the latest middleware, including IBM CICS®, IBM DB2®, and IBM IMS™


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Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, which is based on Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V6.2, is a leading-edge, z/OS-based compiler that helps you create and maintain mission-critical, line-of-business COBOL applications to execute on your z/OS operating systems. The applications that are created by using Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS can interoperate with IBM CICS, IBM DB2, IBM IMS, and other transactional and data systems.

Over the course of multiple releases, Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS has delivered new and enhanced functions to provide the tools needed to modernize and maintain applications to meet your critical business needs.

The following are some of the new and improved features delivered with Version 6.2:

  • Compiler support for the new IBM z™ 14 hardware and IBM z/OS V2.3 operating system so applications can take advantage of the latest IBM Z architecture and operating system features and capabilities
  • Exploitation of the new Vector Packed Decimal Facility of z14 to increase the performance of decimal compute intensive applications without the need for source code changes
  • Implementation of the new JSON PARSE statement to provide you with additional programming and modernization features
  • Addition of the COBOL 2002/2014 Conditional Compilation language feature
  • New and changed COBOL statements for increased functionality
  • New and changed COBOL options for increased flexibility
  • Improved usability of the compiler in the z/OS UNIX System Services environment
  • Improved interfaces to other licensed programs and tools
  • Improved listing layout so that compiler diagnostic messages are easier to find
  • Compile-time improvements (with OPTIMIZE(1) & OPTIMIZE(2)) and runtime performance enhancements

Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 continues the IBM commitment to the COBOL programming language on IBM Z through investment in new compiler technology and the continued delivery of new features. With Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2, you gain the benefit of new investment that is combined with more than 50 years of IBM experience in compiler development.



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Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 requires z/OS V2.1 (5650-ZOS), or later.

For additional details, refer to the Software requirements section.



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September 8, 2017



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Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition, V6.2 contains the same functions as Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V6.2. It delivers a compiler with a one-time charge metric that is based on Value Units. The Value Unit price metric supports both full-capacity and sub-capacity environments.

Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V6.2 incorporates leading-edge code generation and optimization technology to maximize hardware utilization, and help improve application performance. Version 6.2 delivers:

  • Support for the new IBM z 14 hardware and IBM z/OS V2.3 operating system
  • Support for the new z14 Vector Packed Decimal Facility
  • New features including JSON PARSE, additional support for the COBOL 2002/2014 standards, and new and changed compiler options
  • Improved interfaces while adding performance improvements

With Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2, you can harness the power of the latest advancement in z/Architecture. For more information on the functions of Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V6.2, refer to Software Announcement 217-323, dated July 17, 2017.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT), containing details about accessibility compliance, can be found on the IBM Accessibility website.

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 is capable as of September 8, 2017, 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 US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be found on the IBM Accessibility website.

Value Unit-based pricing

Value Unit pricing for eligible IBM z Systems™ IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA) programs enables a lower cost of incremental growth and enterprise aggregation. Each z Systems IPLA product with Value Unit pricing has a single price per Value Unit and a conversion matrix, called Value Unit Exhibit, for converting from some designated measurement to Value Units. Most commonly, Millions of Service Units (MSUs) is the measurement designated by IBM to be converted to Value Units. Some other measurements are engines or messages. Since MSUs are the most common measurement, that measurement will be used for the remainder of this description.

Value Unit pricing offers price benefits for you. For each z Systems IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, the quantity of that program needed to satisfy applicable IBM terms and conditions is referred to as the required license capacity. Each of the various Value Unit Exhibits stipulate that the larger your required license capacity, the fewer Value Units per MSU you will need. Value Unit Exhibits are uniquely identified by a three-digit code and referred to using the nomenclature VUExxx, where xxx is the three-digit code.

Subsequent acquisitions of Value Unit priced programs offer additional price benefits. The quantity of each z Systems IPLA program that you have acquired is referred to as entitled license capacity. If you wish to grow your entitled license capacity for a z Systems IPLA program, the calculation to determine additional needed Value Units is based upon the number of Value Units already acquired.

For each z Systems IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, you should:

  • Determine the required license capacity, in MSUs.
  • Aggregate the MSUs across the enterprise.
  • Convert the total MSUs to Value Units, using the applicable Value Unit Exhibit.
  • Multiply the price per Value Unit by the total number of Value Units to determine the total cost.

To simplify conversion from the designated measurement to Value Units or vice-versa, use the Value Unit Converter Tool. For additional information or to obtain a copy of the Value Unit Converter Tool, go to the IBM System z® Software Pricing website.

Note that Value Units of a given product cannot be exchanged, interchanged, or aggregated with Value Units of another product.

To determine the required license capacity for the z Systems IPLA program you selected, refer to the Terms and conditions section.



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Enterprise COBOL is a premier, enterprise-class COBOL compiler for the z/OS system. A proven and reliable program, it delivers innovation for modernizing business-critical applications, and programming features to increase programmer productivity. In addition, it bolsters the overall benefits of transactional and data systems, such as CICS, IMS, and DB2.

New IBM Z hardware brings increasing complexity. Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V6.2 and Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 deliver advanced compiler support to allow you to fully benefit from hardware advancements. The ARCH and OPTIMIZE compiler options can be used to unleash the full power of IBM processors that are delivered in the various IBM Z hardware models. COBOL programmers no longer need a deep understanding of z/Architecture to exploit leading-edge performance of new IBM Z hardware. Developers only need to focus on the logic of the applications and let the compiler determine the best way to transform and optimize the code generation for the IBM Z hardware on which the application will run.

With Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V6.2 or Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2, you increase the return on your hardware and middleware investments. With the implementation of advanced code generation and optimization technology, Enterprise COBOL for z/OS establishes a foundation for delivery of additional optimization features and exploitation of future z/Architecture.

With its enhanced capabilities, simplified programming, and increased programmer productivity, you can continue to use Enterprise COBOL for z/OS to modernize existing business-critical applications. Modernization enables the reuse of your proven business logic. You can deliver new enhancements more quickly, with less cost and lower risk. You can add modern GUIs to business-critical COBOL applications or extend them to work with web, cloud, or mobile infrastructures. Because it is built on proven applications, there is no need for you to write from scratch.

With the investment in new compiler technology and the continued delivery of new features, many of them requested by clients, Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V6.2 and Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 continue the IBM commitment to COBOL on z/OS. You gain the benefit of new investment combined with more than 50 years of IBM experience in compiler development.



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Program number VRM Program name
5697-V61 V6.2.0 IBM Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6

Product identification number

Program PID number Subscription and Support PID number
5697-V61 5697-ECS


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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.



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Hardcopy publications that are available with the program

The following are supplied automatically with the basic machine-readable material:

  • License Information (provided on CD-ROM) (LC27-8710-01)
  • Program Directory (GI13-4529-01)


Softcopy publications that are available from Information Centers

Links to PDF and XHTML versions of the Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V6.2 documentation (equivalent to Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2) are available at the Information Center.


Hardcopy publications that are available from the Publications Center

The following publications can be ordered from the IBM Publications Center portal after planned availability. To order, use the Publications Center or contact your IBM representative.

Title Order number
License Agreement / License Information LC27-8710-01
Program Directory GI13-4529-01

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, and they can all be downloaded by all countries.



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Software Services

IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based Software Services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.

To learn more about IBM Software Services, contact your Lab Services Sales or Delivery Leader.



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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 will run on the following IBM Z servers:

  • z14
  • z13™ or z13s
  • zEnterprise® EC12 or zEnterprise BC12
  • zEnterprise 196 or zEnterprise 114

Software requirements

Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 runs under the control of, or in conjunction with, the currently supported releases of the following programs and their subsequent releases or their equivalents. For more information on the following programs listed that require program temporary fixes (PTFs), refer to the Program Directory and the preventive service planning (PSP) bucket.

  • z/OS V2.1 (5650-ZOS), or later, is required.
  • For installation on z/OS, z/OS SMP/E is required.
  • For customization during or after installation, z/OS High Level Assembler is required.
  • Enterprise COBOL XML PARSE statements in programs, which are compiled with the XMLPARSE(XMLSS) compiler option, require z/OS XML System Services V2.1 (5650-ZOS), or later.

Optional licensed programs

Depending on the functions used, one or more of the following programs may be required:

  • IBM CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS) for z/OS, V5.x (5655-Y04)
  • IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS Value Unit Edition V5.x (5722-DFJ)
  • IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS, V4.2 (5655-S97)
  • IBM DB2 12 for z/OS (5650-DB2)
  • IBM DB2 12 for z/OS Value Unit Edition (5770-AF3)
  • IBM DB2 11 for z/OS (5615-DB2)
  • IBM DB2 11 for z/OS Value Unit Edition (5697-P43)
  • IBM IMS V14 (5635-A05)
  • IBM IMS Transaction Manager Value Unit Edition V14 (5655-TM3)
  • IBM IMS Database Value Unit Edition V14 (5655-DSE)
  • IBM IMS V13 (5635-A04)
  • IBM IMS Transaction Manager Value Unit Edition V13 (5655-TM2)
  • IBM IMS Database Value Unit Edition V13 (5655-DSM)
  • IBM DFSORT element of z/OS V2 (5650-ZOS)
  • IBM High Level Assembler/MVS™ and VM and VSE V1.6.x (5696-234)
  • IBM 31-bit SDK for z/OS, Java™ Technology Edition V8.0 (5655-DGG)
  • IBM 31-bit SDK for z/OS, Java Technology Edition V7.0 (5655-W43)
  • IBM 31-bit SDK for z/OS, Java Technology Edition V6.0 (5655-R31)
  • IBM z/OS V2.1 Client Web Enablement Toolkit (5650-ZOS - APAR Number OA46575)
  • IBM Debug for z Systems V14.1 (5655-Q50)
  • IBM Debug Tool for z/OS, V13.1 (5655-Q10)
  • IBM Fault Analyzer for z/OS, V14.1 (5655-Q41)
  • IBM Fault Analyzer for z/OS, V13.1 (5655-Q11)
  • IBM File Manager for z/OS, V14.1 (5655-Q42)
  • IBM File Manager for z/OS, V13.1 (5655-Q12)
  • IBM Application Performance Analyzer for z/OS, V14.1 (5655-Q49)
  • IBM Application Performance Analyzer for z/OS, V13.1 (5655-Q09)
  • IBM Developer for z Systems, V14.x (5724-T07) (formerly IBM Rational® Developer for z Systems, V9.x)
  • IBM Application Delivery Foundation for z Systems, V3.1 (5655-AC6)
  • IBM Application Delivery Intelligence, V5.x (5725-Y87)
  • IBM Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence, V5.x (5737-B66)
  • COBOL Report Writer Release 4 (5798-DYR, 5798-DZX)
  • IBM Automatic Binary Optimizer for z/OS, V1.3 (5697-AB1) (for automatically optimizing pre-V5 COBOL program modules)
  • IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V5.x (5655-W32)
  • IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V4.2 (5655-S71)
  • IBM Enterprise PL/I for z/OS, V5.x (5655-PL5)
  • IBM Enterprise PL/I for z/OS, V4.5 (5655-W67)
  • The XL C/C++ feature of z/OS V2 (5650-ZOS), or later, for XL C/C++ with Enterprise COBOL
  • IBM VS FORTRAN V2 (5668-806, 5688-087)

Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 is supported for use only with the announced and currently supported levels of IBM software in the previous list. Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 should continue to work with certain earlier, unsupported IBM software products.

IBM will undertake to fix problems found by using Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 with the earlier mentioned, unsupported product levels. IBM must be able to reproduce the problem using a supported level of the same product. If the problem can be reproduced and fixed, the fix will be developed and tested using supported levels of IBM software. If a fix is made available, it is likely to work on the unsupported product level; however, IBM cannot guarantee that the fix will work with the unsupported product.

Companion products
  • None
Compatibility

Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 provides a high level of source compatibility, object compatibility, and runtime compatibility with earlier versions of IBM COBOL.

The Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 source is compatible with earlier versions of IBM COBOL, in that the compiler will compile correct COBOL source programs that were developed using Enterprise COBOL V5.x, Enterprise COBOL V4, or earlier, with the exception of obsolete functions that are removed and the addition of new reserved words. The removed functions include obsolete COBOL language syntax and obsolete compiler options. Complete details on removed obsolete functions are documented in the Enterprise COBOL for z/OS Version 6 Migration Guide.

Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 is compatible with earlier versions of IBM COBOL, in that applications can be constructed by using a mixture of object modules compiled with Version 6.2 and those compiled with earlier versions. Both static calls (calls within a link-edited module) and dynamic calls (calls between programs link-edited as separate modules) can be used. The following are exceptions:

  • Interoperation with object modules that were compiled with OS/VS COBOL (5740-CB1) is no longer supported beyond Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V4.
  • Interoperation with object modules that were compiled with VS COBOL II (5688-958) is limited to programs compiled with the RES compiler option.
  • Interoperation with VS COBOL II programs compiled with the NORES option is no longer supported beyond Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V4.

The runtime of Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 is runtime compatible with earlier versions of IBM COBOL. This means that COBOL programs using valid data will continue to produce the same runtime results after being recompiled with Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2. A small number of exception cases are documented in the Enterprise COBOL for z/OS Version 6 Migration Guide.

Planning information

Packaging

The Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 (5697-V61) package includes:

  • Basic machine-readable material on the customer-selected distribution medium
  • Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS Program Directory (GI13-4529-01)
  • License Document CD containing agreements and license information (LC27-8710-01)

Security, auditability, and control

The announced program uses the security and auditability features of the host operating system 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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The programs in this announcement all have Value Unit-Based pricing.

Program number Program name Value Unit Exhibit
5697-V61 IBM Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 VUE007
5697-ECS IBM Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS Subscription and Support VUE007

For each z Systems IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, the quantity of that program needed to satisfy applicable IBM terms and conditions is referred to as the required license capacity. Your required license capacity is based upon the following factors:

  • The z Systems IPLA program you select
  • The applicable Value Unit Exhibit
  • The applicable terms
  • Whether your current mainframes are full capacity or sub-capacity


Value Unit Exhibit VUE007

  MSUs minimum MSUs maximum Value Units/MSU
Base 1 3 1
Tier A 4 45 0.45
Tier B 46 175 0.36
Tier C 176 315 0.27
Tier D 316 + 0.20

Ordering example

The total number of Value Units is calculated according to the following example.

If your required license capacity is 1,500 MSUs for your selected z Systems IPLA product, the applicable Value Units would be:

Tier MSUs Multiplied by Value Units per MSU Equal Value Units
Base 3 1.00 3.00
Tier A 42 .45 18.90
Tier B 130 .36 46.80
Tier C 140 .27 37.80
Tier D 1,185 .20 237.00
Total 1,500   343.50

When calculating the total number of Value Units, the sum is to be rounded up to the next integer.


Ordering z/OS through the internet

Shopz provides an easy way to plan and order your z/OS ServerPac or CBPDO. It will analyze your current installation, determine the correct product migration, and present your new configuration based on z/OS. Additional products can also be added to your order (including determination of whether all product requisites are satisfied). For more details and availability, go to the Shopz website.

Charge metric

Program name Part number or PID number Charge metric
IBM Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 5697-V61 Value Units
IBM Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS Subscription and Support 5697-ECS Value Units

For more information on the Value Unit charge metric, see the description in the section regarding Value Unit-based pricing.

Basic license


On/Off CoD

Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 is eligible for On/Off CoD with a temporary use charge calculated based on MSUs per-day usage.

Program name: IBM Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2

Program PID: 5697-V61

Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S017Z7K IBM Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 Basic OTC, Per MSU-day TUC

Translation from MSUs to Value Units

  MSUs Value Units/MSU
Base 1-3 1
Tier A 4-45 0.45
Tier B 46-175 0.36
Tier C 176-315 0.27
Tier D 316+ .2

To order, specify the program product number and the appropriate license or charge option. Also, specify the desired distribution medium. To suppress shipment of media, select the license-only option in CFSW.

Program name: IBM Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2

Program PID: 5697-V61

Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S017Z7K IBM Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 Basic OTC, per Value Unit
S017Z7K IBM Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 MultiVersion Measurement, No charge
Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium
S017Z7H English 3590 Tape
S017Z7J Japanese 3590 Tape

Subscription and Support PID: 5697-ECS

Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S017V84 IBM Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS S&S Basic ASC, per Value Unit SW S&S
S017V84 IBM Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS S&S No charge, decline SW S&S
S017V84 IBM Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS S&S Per MSU SW S&S Registration
S017V84 IBM Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6.2 MultiVersion Measurement, No charge
Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium
S017V86 English Hardcopy publication
S017V87 Japanese Hardcopy publication

IBM Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS is designed for clients who are adopting DevOps on IBM Z. It comes with built-in capacity to cover the increase in COBOL compile workload caused by moving to continuous delivery.


Subscription and Support

To receive voice technical support via telephone and future releases and versions at no additional charge, Subscription and Support must be ordered. The capacity of Subscription and Support (Value Units) must be the same as the capacity ordered for the product licenses.

To order, specify the Subscription and Support program number (PID) referenced above and the appropriate license or charge option.

IBM is also providing Subscription and Support for these products via a separately purchased offering under the terms of the IBM International Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance. This offering:

  • Includes and extends the support services provided in the base support to include technical support via telephone.
  • Entitles you to future releases and versions, at no additional charge. Note that you are not entitled to new products.

When Subscription and Support is ordered, the charges will automatically renew annually unless cancelled by you.

The combined effect of the IPLA license and the Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance gives you rights and support services comparable to those under the traditional ICA S/390® and z Systems license or its equivalent. To ensure that you continue to enjoy the level of support you are used to in the ICA business model, you must order both the license for the program and the support for the selected programs at the same Value Unit quantities.

Customized Offerings

Product deliverables are shipped only through CBPDO and ServerPac. These customized offerings are offered for internet delivery in countries where Shopz product ordering is available. Internet delivery reduces software delivery time and allows you to install software without the need to handle tapes. For more details on internet delivery, go to the Help section on the Shopz website.

You choose the delivery method when you order the software. IBM recommends internet delivery. In addition to internet and DVD, the supported tape delivery options include:

  • 3590
  • 3592

Most products can be ordered in ServerPac the month following their availability in CBPDO. z/OS can be ordered through CBPDO and ServerPac at general availability. Many products will also be orderable in a Product ServerPac without also having to order the z/OS operating system or subsystem.

Shopz and CFSW will determine the eligibility based on product requisite checking. For more details on the product ServerPac, go to the Help section on the Shopz website.

For additional information about the Product ServerPac option, refer to Software Announcement 212-272, dated July 31, 2012.

Production of software product orders will begin on the planned general availability date.

  • CBPDO shipments will begin one week after general availability.
  • ServerPac shipments will begin four weeks after general availability.



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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 IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

Licensing

IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use.

This software license includes Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance).

Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance

The following agreement applies for Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) and does not require customer signatures:

  • IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011)

These programs are licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA) and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance, which provide for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. These programs have a one-time license charge for use of the program and an annual renewable charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours), as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect. IBM z Systems Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel is an option if you desire added services.

License Information number

L-JYIP-ANAQJV

See the License Information documents page on the IBM Software License Agreement website for more information.

A License Document CD-ROM (LDCD) is shipped with the program media. The LDCD identifier is LC27-8710-01.

Limited warranty applies

Yes

Limited warranty

IBM warrants that when the program is used in the specified operating environment, it will conform to its specifications. The warranty applies only to the unmodified portion of the program. IBM does not warrant uninterrupted or error-free operation of the program or that IBM will correct all program defects. You are responsible for the results obtained from the use of the program.

IBM provides you with access to IBM databases containing information on known program defects, defect corrections, restrictions, and bypasses at no additional charge. For further information, see the IBM Software Support Handbook.

IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).

Program technical support

Technical support of a program product version or release will be available for a minimum of five years from the general availability date, as long as your Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is in effect.

This technical support allows you to obtain assistance (by telephone or electronic means) from IBM for product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of the program product. Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) also provides you with access to updates (modifications or fixes), releases, and versions of the program. You will be notified, through an announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice. If you require additional technical support from IBM, including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative. This extension may be available for a fee.

For additional information on the IBM Software Support Lifecycle Policy, see the IBM Software Support Lifecycle Policy website.

Money-back guarantee

If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, you may obtain a refund of the amount you paid for it, if within 30 days of your invoice date you return the program and its PoE to the party from whom you obtained it. If you downloaded the program, you may contact the party from whom you acquired it for instructions on how to obtain the refund.

For clarification, note that for programs acquired under any of IBM's On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) software offerings, this term does not apply since these offerings apply to programs already acquired and in use by you.

Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

No

Usage restriction

Yes

See the License Information documents page on the IBM Software License Agreement website for more information.

Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. During the Software Subscription and Support period, for the unmodified portion of a program, and to the extent problems can be recreated in the specified operating environment, IBM will provide the following:

  • Defect correction information, a restriction, or a bypass.
  • Program updates: Periodic releases of collections of code corrections, fixes, functional enhancements and new versions and releases to the program and documentation.
  • Technical assistance: A reasonable amount of remote assistance by telephone or electronically to address suspected program defects. Technical assistance is available from the IBM support center in the organization's geography.

Additional details regarding Technical Assistance, which includes IBM contact information, are provided in the IBM Software Support Handbook.

Software Subscription and Support does not include assistance for:

  • The design and development of applications.
  • Your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment.
  • Failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

Software Subscription and Support is provided only if the program is within its support timeframe as specified in the Software Support Lifecycle policy for the program.

Yes. All distributed software licenses include Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) for a period of 12 months from the date of acquisition, providing a streamlined way to acquire IBM software and assure technical support coverage for all licenses. Extending coverage for a total of three years from date of acquisition may be elected.

While your Software Subscription and Support is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short-duration installation and usage (how-to) questions, and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance by telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your end users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. For additional details, go to the IBM Support Handbooks page.

Software Subscription and Support does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under this agreement.

For more information about the Passport Advantage® Agreement, go to the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express® website.

IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Yes. A 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.

Multi-Version Measurement

Multi-Version Measurement (MVM) replaces the previously announced Migration Grace Period time limit of six months and allows unlimited time for clients to run more than one eligible version of a software program. Clients may run multiple versions of a program simultaneously for an unlimited duration during a program version upgrade. Clients may also choose to run multiple versions of a program simultaneously for an unlimited duration in a production environment. MVM does not extend support dates for programs withdrawn from service.

For more information about MVM, including requirements for qualification, see the MVM web page. For a list of eligible programs, see the IPLA Execution-Based web page.

Sub-capacity terms and conditions

For each z Systems IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, the quantity of that program needed to satisfy applicable IBM terms and conditions is referred to as the required license capacity. Your required license capacity is based upon the following factors:

  • The z Systems IPLA program you select
  • The applicable Value Unit Exhibit
  • The applicable terms
  • Whether your current mainframes are full capacity or sub-capacity

For more information on the Value Unit Exhibit for the z Systems IPLA program you selected, refer to the Ordering information section.

Program number Program name Terms Parent, if applicable
5697-V61 IBM Enterprise COBOL Value Unit Edition for z/OS, V6 Execution-based  
Full-capacity mainframes

In cases where full capacity is applicable, the following terms apply.

Execution based, z/OS based, full machine based: The required capacity of a z Systems IPLA program with these terms equals the MSU-rated capacity of the machines where the z Systems IPLA program executes.

For more information on mainframe MSU-rated capacities, go to the IBM System z Software Contracts website.

Reference based: The required license capacity of a z Systems IPLA program with these terms equals the license capacity of the applicable monthly license charge (MLC) program. This MLC program is called the parent program.

Sub-capacity mainframes

In cases where sub-capacity is applicable, the following terms apply.

Execution based: The required capacity of a z Systems IPLA sub-capacity program with these terms equals the capacity of the LPARs where the z Systems IPLA program executes.

z/OS based: The required license capacity of a z Systems IPLA program with these terms equals the license capacity of z/OS on the machines where the z Systems IPLA program executes.

Reference based: The required license capacity of a z Systems IPLA program with these terms equals the license capacity of the applicable monthly license charge (MLC) program. This MLC program is called the parent program.

Full machine based: The required license capacity of a z Systems IPLA program with full machine based terms equals the MSU-rated capacity of the machines where the z Systems IPLA program executes.

For more information on mainframe MSU-rated capacities, refer to The IBM z Systems Machines Exhibit, Z125-3901, or visit the Mainframes section of the z Systems Exhibits website.

For additional information for products with reference-based terms, z Systems IPLA sub-capacity programs with reference-based terms adds value to the parent program across the environment, regardless of where in the environment the z Systems IPLA program executes.

An environment is defined as either a single or stand-alone machine or a qualified Parallel Sysplex®. You may have one or more different environments across the enterprise. To determine the required license capacity for each z Systems IPLA program with referenced-based terms, each environment should be assessed separately.

When a z Systems IPLA sub-capacity program with reference-based terms is used in a qualified Parallel Sysplex environment, the required license capacity of the z Systems IPLA program must equal with the license capacity of the parent program across the Parallel Sysplex. Qualified Parallel Sysplex refers to one where MLC pricing is aggregated across the sysplex.

Sub-capacity eligibility

To be eligible for sub-capacity charging on select z Systems IPLA programs, you must first implement and comply with all terms of either sub-capacity Workload License Charges (WLC) or sub-capacity Entry Workload License Charges (EWLC). To implement sub-capacity WLC or EWLC, a machine must be z Systems (or equivalent). On that machine:

  • All instances of the OS/390® operating system must be migrated to the z/OS operating systems
  • Any licenses for the OS/390 operating system must be discontinued
  • All instances of the z/OS operating systems must be running in z/Architecture (64-bit) mode

For that machine, you must create and submit a Sub-Capacity Report to IBM each month. Sub-Capacity Reports must be generated using the Sub-Capacity Reporting Tool (SCRT). For additional information or to obtain a copy of SCRT, go to the IBM System z Software Pricing website.

You must comply with all of the terms of the WLC or EWLC offering, whichever is applicable:

  • The complete terms and conditions of sub-capacity WLC are defined in the IBM Customer Agreement - Attachment for z Systems Workload License Charges (Z125-6516).
  • The complete terms and conditions for sub-capacity EWLC are defined in the IBM Customer Agreement - Attachment for EWLC, TWLC, zELC, and z/OS.e License Charges (Z125-6587).

Additionally, you must sign and comply with the terms and conditions specified in the amendment to the IPLA contract - Amendment for Amendment for IBM z Systems Programs Sub-Capacity Pricing (Z125-6929). Once the amendment is signed, the terms in the amendment replace any and all previous z Systems IPLA sub-capacity terms and conditions.

Sub-capacity terms and conditions

IBM Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing for z/OS IPLA Software applies.

Sub-capacity utilization determination

Sub-capacity utilization is determined based on the product's own execution as reported to IBM in accordance with the requirements for reporting sub-capacity utilization for products.

On/Off CoD

To be eligible for On/Off CoD pricing, you must be enabled for temporary capacity on the corresponding hardware, and the required contract, Attachment for IBM z Systems On/Off Capacity on Demand (Z125-7883), must be signed prior to use.



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