IBM Rational Solution for Test Automation V9.2.1 suite enhances IBM Rational Test Workbench V9.2.1 component feature set with new service virtualization, performance, and UI testing capabilities

IBM United States Software Announcement 218-477
September 25, 2018


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At a glance

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The IBM® Rational® Solution for Test Automation V9.2.1 portfolio helps to accelerate end-to-end testing of multichannel, interconnected applications, with new features for service virtualization, performance, and UI testing. With version 9.2.1, the IBM Rational Test Workbench V9.2.1 solution expands its component feature set with the following capabilities and benefits:

  • Integration testing
    • Container-based execution of tests
    • Support for working with file-based interfaces
    • Reports integrated with functional and performance test reports.
  • Functional test automation
    • Container-based execution of tests (Docker, Kubernetes, Helm)
    • Enhanced Perfecto Mobile integration
    • Native mobile browser support
    • Simplified maintenance with guided healing of tests
    • Ease of use and prioritized RFEs
  • Performance testing
    • Container-based execution of tests (Docker, Kubernetes, Helm)
      • Metrics collection framework Windows™ Performance Monitor
      • Linux® Performance Monitor
      • Apache HTTPD Performance Monitor
      • NGINIX Performance Monitor
    • Ease of use and prioritized RFEs
  • Virtual services enhancements
    • Virtual services in Docker with per-container licensing
    • Support for file-based protocols
    • New dashboards for both administrators and end users
    • Support for transmission queues in IBM WebSphere® MQ


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Overview

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An integral part of this Rational solution for DevOps, the Rational Test Workbench offerings enable continuous testing for faster software delivery across the enterprise. The offerings include:

  • IBM Rational Test Workbench
  • IBM Rational Performance Tester
  • IBM Rational Functional Tester
  • IBM Rational Integration Tester
  • IBM Rational Service Tester for SOA Quality
  • IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server
  • IBM Rational Performance Test Server

New in Rational Test Workbench V9.2.1

The modern enterprise deploys applications and multichannel web experiences at a rapid cadence to reach new customers and business opportunities. These applications are connected to corporate systems through a wide variety of front-end technologies, middleware, and integration platforms. As a part of the Rational Solution for Test Automation suite, Rational Test Workbench V9.2.1 helps your business move testing to the cloud.

Docker images and Helm charts can be downloaded to enable the use of the test execution engines in Kubernetes-based clouds such as IBM Cloud™ Private. You can scale your deployments more easily, taking advantage of the benefits of parallel execution to increase the speed of deliveries, and using virtual services in discrete containers for more flexibility.

As the points of integration across the Rational Test Workbench product set expand, IBM moves to a server-based framework for gathering statistical measurements about the environments in which tests are executed.

Rational Performance Tester is the first of the Rational Test Workbench suite of offerings to take advantage of a new capability that ties test failures to specific environmental issues, such as low memory. This can give test teams greater insight into root cause of issues and enable them to provide not just problem identification, but potential solutions. A new statistics capture icon appears in the Rational Test Control Panel application, enabling users to quickly begin configuring and using this capability.

Rational Test Control Panel features new interfaces that are purpose-built for users of service virtualization functions. These interfaces provide new views on the infrastructure that runs virtual services, the network rules used for routing, and a new view of virtual services and the environments in which they run. With this release, virtual services are managed by the system. For example, if an instance of Rational Test Virtualization Server is restarted, all of its virtual services are restarted with it.

Rational Test Virtualization Server introduces the capability to virtualize IBM MQ on mainframe through transmission queues, enabling testers (that are working on distributed code) to implement an MQ server on the distributed side and completely remove their reliance on the mainframe. This streamlines processes to help organizations that work with mainframe environments to manage their MIPs more efficiently.

For clients with mobile apps to test, Rational Functional Tester now includes enhanced integration with Perfecto Mobile to simplify the construction of test cases if users are not confident with Appium. In addition, the dependency on a third-party mobile app for testing web content on mobile is removed, enabling users to test their web applications directly on Chrome, Safari, or on a mobile device.



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Key prerequisites

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Requires Capilano Components (IBM Installation Manager and IBM Packaging Utility) and fix packs.

For details, see the Software requirements section.



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Planned availability date

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September 27, 2018



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Accessibility by people with disabilities

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A US Section 508 Accessibility Compliance Report containing details on accessibility compliance can be found on the Product accessibility information website.



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Reference information

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For additional information about IBM Rational Solution for Test Automation, see Software Announcement 217-141, dated March 14, 2017.



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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5725-G79 9.2.1 IBM Rational Test Workbench
5725-G94 9.2.1 IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server
5725-G93 9.2.1 IBM Rational Performance Test Server
5724-J96 9.2.1 IBM Rational Performance Tester
5724-S34 9.2.1 IBM Rational Service Tester for SOA Quality
5724-G25 9.2.1 IBM Rational Functional Tester


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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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Technical documentation can be found in IBM Knowledge Center.



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Services

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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. Also, we extend our IBM Software Services reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. 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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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Software requirements

Mac OS

  • OS X El Capitan 10.11 x86-64
  • macOS Sierra 10.12 x86-64
  • macOS High Sierra 10.13 x86-64

AIX®

  • AIX 7.1 POWER® System - Big Endian (7.1 and above)

Linux

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Client 6.8 x86-64 (6.8 and above)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Workstation 6.8 x86-64 (6.8 and above)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Server 6.8 x86-64 (6.8 and above)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Server 6.8 IBM z Systems® (6.8 and above)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Client 7.3 x86-64 (7.3 and above)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Workstation 7.3 x86-64 (7.3 and above)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Server 7.3 x86-64 (7.3 and above)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Server 7.3 IBM z Systems (7.3 and above)
  • Ubuntu LTS 16.04 x86-64
  • Ubuntu LTS 18.04 x86-64

Microsoft™ Windows

  • Windows Enterprise 7 x86-64
  • Windows Professional 7 x86-64
  • Windows Enterprise 10 x86-64
  • Windows Professional 10 x86-64
  • Windows 2012 Server R2 x86-64
  • Windows 2016 Server x86-64

Mobile

  • Android 5
  • Android 6
  • Android 7
  • Android 8
  • iOS 7
  • iOS 8
  • iOS 9
  • iOS 10

Planning information

Packaging

This offering is delivered through the internet as an electronic download. There is no physical media.

This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, which will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. For future reference, the license and License Information will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT.



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Ordering information

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

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

These products may only be sold directly by IBM or by authorized IBM Business Partners for Channel Value Rewards.

More information can be found on the IBM Channel Value Rewards website.

To locate IBM Business Partners for Channel Value Rewards in your geography for a specific Channel Value Rewards portfolio, go to the Find a Business Partner page.

Product: IBM Rational Test Workbench (5725-G79)

Product: IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server (5725-G94)

Product: IBM Rational Performance Test Server (5725-G93)

Product: IBM Rational Performance Tester (5724-J96)

Product: IBM Rational Service Tester for SOA Quality (5724-S34)

Product: IBM Rational Functional Tester (5724-G25)


Passport Advantage

Part description Part number
IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server Concurrent Virtual Services 25 Item License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months D20V2LL
IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server Concurrent Virtual Services 25 Item Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal 12 Months E0PN9LL
IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server Concurrent Virtual Services 25 Item SW Subscription & Support Reinstatement 12 Months D20V3LL
IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server Concurrent Virtual Services for IBM Z® 25 Item SW Subscription & Support Reinstatement 12 Months D20V6LL
IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server Concurrent Virtual Services for IBM Z 25 Item License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months D20V5LL
IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server Concurrent Virtual Services for IBM Z 25 Item Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal 12 Months E0PNALL

Charge metric

The charge metrics for these licensed products can be found in the following License Information documents:

Program name PID number License Information document number
IBM Rational Test Workbench 5725-G79 L-PASH-B3XHWU
IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server 5725-G94 L-PASH-B3XJ3T
IBM Rational Performance Test Server 5725-G93 L-PASH-B3XJ2Z
IBM Rational Performance Tester 5724-J96 L-PASH-B3XHZ6
IBM Rational Service Tester for SOA Quality 5724-S34 L-PASH-B3XJ94
IBM Rational Functional Tester 5724-G25 L-PASH-B3XJ22

Select your language of choice and scroll down to the Charge Metrics section.



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

Software Maintenance

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License Information number

The following License Information documents apply to the offerings in this announcement:

Program identifier License Information document title License Information document number
5725-G79 IBM Rational Test Workbench L-PASH-B3XHWU
5725-G94 IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server L-PASH-B3XJ3T
5725-G93 IBM Rational Performance Test Server L-PASH-B3XJ2Z
5724-J96 IBM Rational Performance Tester L-PASH-B3XHZ6
5724-S34 IBM Rational Service Tester for SOA Quality L-PASH-B3XJ94
5724-G25 IBM Rational Functional Tester L-PASH-B3XJ22

Select your language of choice and scroll down to the Charge Metrics section. Follow-on releases, if any, may have updated terms. See the License Information documents website for more information.

Limited warranty applies

Yes

Limited warranty

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IBM provides you with access to IBM databases containing information about 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).

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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 or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.

For additional information about 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.

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Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

Yes, information is available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. Software Subscription and Support, also referred to as Software Maintenance, is included with licenses purchased through Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express. Product upgrades and Technical Support are provided by the Software Subscription and Support offering as described in the Agreements. Product upgrades provide the latest versions and releases to entitled software, and Technical Support provides voice and electronic access to IBM support organizations, worldwide.

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Unless specified otherwise in a written agreement with you, IBM does not provide support for third-party products that were not provided by IBM. Ensure that when contacting IBM for covered support, you follow problem determination and other instructions that IBM provides, including in the IBM Software Support Handbook.

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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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Prices

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For Passport Advantage information and charges, contact your IBM representative or authorized IBM Business Partner for Channel Value Rewards. Additional information is also available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.



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