IBM TXSeries for Multiplatforms V9.1 delivers RESTful API enablement and enhanced enterprise integration

IBM United States Software Announcement 216-370
November 15, 2016


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IBM® TXSeries® V9.1 allows clients to:

  • Create RESTful APIs to extend existing applications for mobile and cloud.
  • Extend traditional applications in Java™ Enterprise Edition (EE) and deploy them on IBM WebSphere® Application Server.



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Overview
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TXSeries for Multiplatforms (TXSeries) is a mixed-language application server for C, C++, COBOL, Java, and PL/I applications in a cloud environment, and also traditional data centers. TXSeries offers a reliable, scalable, and highly available platform to develop, deploy, and host mission-critical applications.

The value of a clients' existing application assets for TXSeries can be extended with the use of TXSeries V9.1, by:

  • Exposing applications as RESTful APIs. This release enables clients to participate in the API Economy by exposing their existing applications as RESTful APIs:
    • Adheres to the Open API specification and allows auto generation of Swagger documents on the creation of those APIs.
    • Integrates with IBM API Connect™ to provide discovery and monitoring facilities.
  • Extending business logic in Java Enterprise Edition (EE) and deploying on IBM WebSphere Application Server:
    • TXSeries V9.1 supports bidirectional invocation across Java EE and CICS® applications, while maintaining transaction context.
    • CICS Transaction Gateway (CICS TG) V9.2 Fix Pack 1 is a prerequisite for bidirectional integration between TXSeries V9.1 and WebSphere Application Server.



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Key prerequisites
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TXSeries V9.1 requires IBM AIX® 7.1 TL4 or AIX 7.2.

For further details, refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.



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Planned availability date
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December 9, 2016: Electronic availability only of TXSeries for Multiplatforms V9.1.

Note that, by default, there is no physical availability planned for TXSeries for Multiplatforms V9.1. To enquire about physical availability of this release, contact an IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.



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Description
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TXSeries V9.1 enables a stand-alone, distributed OLTP server with an integrated Structured File Server (SFS) for mixed-language applications that are written in enterprise programming languages, such as COBOL, C, C++, PL/I, and Core Java (J2SE). It can help enterprises to perform the following tasks:

  • Host business-critical, transactional CICS applications on distributed platforms in stand-alone deployments.
  • Integrate between data and applications in distributed solutions and enterprise systems that include:
    • CICS
    • IMS™
    • DB2®
    • IBM MQ
  • Run and extend CICS applications to the web by using CICS TG and WebSphere Application Server.
  • Extend CICS applications as web services by using CICS Transaction Gateway.
  • Reuse existing CICS applications and application programming skill sets in an organization, consistent with corporate, distributed platform policy.
  • Simplify configuration and improve health monitoring using the enhanced Workload Manager.
  • Extend traditional applications into Java EE environment, such as WebSphere Application Server.
  • Integrate into a mixed-language, hybrid cloud solution with support for RESTful APIs.

TXSeries includes two core components:

  • Distributed CICS OLTP. Supports the base CICS API with the fundamental transactional qualities of atomicity, consistency, isolation, and durability. By providing services that interact with the underlying hardware and software, TXSeries hides the complexity of IT systems without compromising function. Developers can focus on solving tangible business problems with application logic rather than failure detection, failure recovery, and synchronizing access to shared data.
  • CICS Structured File Server (SFS). This VSAM-emulating, record-oriented file system that can deliver indexed, relative, and sequential access to file-based data. It enables developers to store fully recoverable file-based data that can be processed in a batch environment. The CICS SFS files can be shared among TXSeries, CICS TS, and non-CICS applications, such as IMS. This maximizes the ability to interoperate in an enterprise environment.

The design of TXSeries facilitates best practices of CICS program design by supporting the separation of the presentation, integration, business, and data access logic elements of an application. This enables COBOL, C, C++, Java, and PL/I specialists to develop modern, reusable applications that fit into a corporation's enterprise-wide requirements. Data sources can be included in a single unit of work. This provides a two-phase commit for data integrity across the network.

TXSeries can integrate well into a hybrid cloud architecture, to enable end-to-end, distributed, mixed-language solutions through RESTful API support using IBM API Connect and CICS TG. The Java Connector Architecture (JCA) interface provided by CICS TG helps bi-directional integration with WebSphere Application Server. IBM MQ can be used to connect TXSeries to IBM Integration Bus, or to any other product that supports native MQSeries® transport.

TXSeries provides seamless connectivity with CICS TS on z/OS® through full CICS Intersystem Communication (CICS ISC) support. TXSeries can act as a gateway to CICS TS on z/OS by handling terminal concentration, protocol conversion, or intelligent business logic locally. This can increase the performance of CICS TS on z/OS and protect it from client-originated disruption.

Uniquely, TXSeries enables enterprises to scale up to CICS TS on the mainframe if the needs of their business grows.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be requested. It contains details on accessibility compliance.

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

TXSeries V9.1 is capable, at general availability and when used in accordance with associated IBM 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.



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TXSeries is a distributed, transaction processing middleware for C, C++, COBOL, Java, and PL/I programming languages. It executes in cloud, and also in traditional data centers, and provides a reliable, scalable, and highly available platform to develop, deploy, and host mission-critical applications.

Key value proposition of TXSeries includes:

  • First-class integration with Java EE environments, such as WebSphere Application Server, to allow extension of application assets in Java, while retaining proven CICS assets
  • Unique integration capability for seamless operation with CICS TS
  • Ability to integrate well into a mixed-language, hybrid cloud solution, with support for RESTful APIs

TXSeries has, for over two decades, delivered high-performance transaction services in a robust and extensible environment. It delivers higher qualities of service with significant cost-effectiveness than its competitors and other home-grown solutions.



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Statement of general direction
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IBM makes the following statements of general direction.

TXSeries for Multiplatforms

  • IBM intends in the future to deliver a 64-bit release of TXSeries for Multiplatforms.
  • IBM intends to support Linux™ on IBM Power Systems™ in a future release of TXSeries for Multiplatforms.
  • IBM intends to support Linux on x86 and Microsoft™ Windows™ platforms in a future update release of TXSeries for Multiplatforms V9.1.
  • IBM intends to withdraw support for HP-UX Itanium™ and Oracle Solaris platforms in TXSeries for Multiplatforms V9.1 and future releases of TXSeries for Multiplatforms.
  • IBM intends to withdraw the availability of physical media at general availability for TXSeries for Multiplatforms V9.1 and future releases of TXSeries for Multiplatforms.

CICS Transaction Gateway

  • IBM intends to extend support for Ubuntu and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) operating systems on IBM Power Systems in little endian mode, in a future release of CICS Transaction Gateway (CICS TG).
  • IBM intends to withdraw support for the following operating systems and platforms in a future release of CICS TG:
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) on Linux on Intel™
    • SLES on IBM z Systems™
    • RHEL Server and SLES on IBM Power Systems in big endian mode
    • Oracle Solaris
    • HP-UX

IBM's statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at IBM's sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code, or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remain at our sole discretion.



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Reference information
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For information on TXSeries for Multiplatforms V8.2 (for AIX and Linux), refer to Software Announcement 215-047, dated February 17, 2015.

For information on TXSeries for Multiplatforms V8.2 (for Microsoft Windows and HP-UX), refer to Software Announcement 215-325, dated September 8, 2015.

For information on WebSphere Application Server V9.0, refer to Software Announcement 216-264, dated June 7, 2016.

For information on IBM API Connect V5.0, refer to Software Announcement 216-019, dated February 16, 2016.

For information on CICS TS V5.3 (October 2016 update), refer to Software Announcement 216-354, dated October 4, 2016.

For information on CICS TS V5.3 (general availability), refer to Software Announcement 215-363, dated October 5, 2015

For information on CICS TS V5.3 (July 2015 update), refer to Software Announcement 216-036, dated July 12, 2016.

For information on CICS Tools V5.3 (general availability), refer to Software Announcement 215-364, dated October 5, 2015.

For information on CICS TG V9.2, refer to Software Announcement 216-035, dated March 8, 2016..



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Availability of national languages
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Translation information, if available, can be found at the Translation Reports website.



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Program number
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Program number VRM Program name
5724-B44 9.1.0 IBM TXSeries for Multiplatforms


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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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TXSeries product documentation is provided in two ways:

  • Online, through IBM Knowledge Center
  • Downloadable in a web browser, by using a IBM Knowledge Center plug-in

Online information in IBM Knowledge Center

Online documentation for TXSeries is hosted in IBM Knowledge Center. The information that was previously provided in product Information Centers is now in IBM Knowledge Center.

IBM Knowledge Center provides information for over 2,500 IBM products. It also provides a set of integrated tools for finding, filtering, customizing, saving, and sharing information. Benefits include:

  • Consolidation: IBM Knowledge Center is one place to go to find information about all IBM products.
  • Consistency: There were differences in the presentation and function of Information Centers between products. IBM Knowledge Center provides the same set of functions for all product information.
  • Customization: Clients can use IBM Knowledge Center filtering capabilities to select the information that is most relevant to them, and build that information into customized collections for viewing online or in PDF. IBM updates to the information are automatically reflected in such collections.

For more information, see the Welcome Page at IBM Knowledge Center.

For TXSeries V9.1 product documentation, go to the specific TXSeries product pages in IBM Knowledge Center.

Downloadable IBM Knowledge Center plug-in

Online documentation for TXSeries is provided for download to a client's environment in the form of an IBM Knowledge Center plug-in. The information content is a set of document plug-ins. All documentation for TXSeries V9.1 is provided in a single, downloadable, IBM Knowledge Center, making it simple to obtain. To obtain a relevant IBM Knowledge Center, go to the IBM Publications Center.

PDF manuals

A subset of TXSeries V9.1 documentation is provided for download in PDF format. The PDF documents are listed below and are available for download from the IBM Publications Center.

Publication Form number
IBM Knowledge Center SK4T-2734
IBM Knowledge Center NLS plug-in SK4T-2735
Messages and Codes GC34-7357
Release Notes GC34-7358

Other resources for TXSeries publications



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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 software services or to contact a software services sales specialist, go to the IBM Software Services website.



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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

TXSeries requires any IBM System p hardware that is capable of running AIX 7.1 TL4 or AIX 7.2.

Software requirements

For the most up-to-date information of the specified operating environments for TXSeries V9.1, go to the specific release support pages.

TXSeries V9.1 is a 32-bit software product, and therefore all libraries linked with TXSeries must be 32-bit libraries.

Operating system

  • AIX 7.1 TL4 or AIX 7.2

Supported software for AIX

  • CICS TG for Multiplatforms V9.2 Fix Pack 1
  • IBM Communications Server V7.0.0.1
  • IBM MQ V9

Databases

  • DB2® V10.5
  • Oracle V12.1
  • Informix® Dynamic Server V4.10 UC2®
  • Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise V15.7

Language runtimes

  • XL C/C++ Enterprise Edition V13 for AIX
  • COBOL Set for AIX V5.1
  • PL/I set for AIX V3.1
  • Micro Focus Visual COBOL V2.3
  • Java 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition 8.0

The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a readme file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.

Limitations

None

For additional information, refer to Usage restrictions topic in the Terms and conditions section of this announcement, or to the license information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement website.

IBM Electronic Support

The IBM Support Portal is your gateway to technical support. This includes IBM Electronic Support tools and resources, for software and hardware, to help save time and simplify support. The Electronic Support tools can help you find answers to questions, download fixes, troubleshoot, automate data collection, submit and track problems through the Service Request online tool, and build skills. All these tools are made available through your IBM support agreement. Read about the Electronic Support portfolio of tools on the IBM Electronic Support website.

You can also access the IBM Support Portal page and the online Service requests and PMRs tool for more support.

User Group requirements

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

Planning information

Packaging

TXSeries V9.1 can be ordered from IBM Passport Advantage.

This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, and 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.

Security, auditability, and control

TXSeries V9.1 uses the security and auditability features of the operating system under which it is running.

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

Product group: IBM Transaction Server

Product Identifier Description PID
TXSeries for Multiplatforms V9.1 5724-B44

Product category: Transaction Server

Licensed function title Product group Product category
IBM TXSeries 5724-B44 Sub-capacity Processor Value Unit (PVU)
IBM TXSeries 5724-B44 PVU
IBM TXSeries 5724-B44 Processor Day

Passport Advantage program licenses

TXSeries for Multiplatforms

Part description Part number
TXSeries Per Processor Value Unit Annual SW S&S Rnwl E025BLL
TXSeries Per Processor Value Unit Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo D55VCLL
TXSeries Per Processor Value Unit SW S&S Reinstate 12 Mo D55VDLL
TXSeries Processor Value Unit Monthly License D192WLL

Passport Advantage customer: Media pack entitlement details

TXSeries V9.1 is available electronically only. By default, there is no physical availability planned for TXSeries V9.1. To enquire about physical availability of this release, contact an IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.

Cross-platform product for use on IBM z Systems

Order the part numbers that follow when the product will be communicating or transferring data between a distributed server and a z Systems™ 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.

Program name/Description Part number
TXSeries per Processor Value Unit System Z Annual SW S&S Rnwl E0IL8LL
TXSeries per Processor Value Unit System Z Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo D11WGLL
TXSeries per Processor Value Unit System Z SW S&S Reinstate 12 Mo D11WHLL
TXSeries System z® Processor Value Unit Monthly License D192XLL

Charge metric

Program name PID number Charge unit description
IBM TXSeries 5724-B44 SubCapacity Processor Value Unit (PVU)
IBM TXSeries 5724-B44 Processor Value Unit (PVU)
IBM TXSeries 5724-B44 Processor Day


Processor Value Unit (PVU)

PVU is a unit of measure by which the program can be licensed. The number of PVU entitlements required is based on the processor technology (defined within the PVU table by processor value, brand, type, and model number at the website below) and the number of processors made available to the program. IBM continues to define a processor, for the purpose of PVU-based licensing, to be each processor core on a chip (socket). A dual-core processor chip, for example, has two processor cores. The PVU table can be found on the PVU licensing for Distributed Software page. Licensee can deploy the program using either full capacity licensing or virtualization capacity (sub-capacity) licensing according to the Passport Advantage Sub-Capacity Licensing Terms found on the Virtualization Capacity License Counting Rules page. If using full capacity licensing, licensee must obtain PVU entitlements sufficient to cover all activated processor cores* in the physical hardware environment made available to or managed by the program, except for those servers from which the program has been permanently removed. If using virtualization capacity licensing, licensee must obtain entitlements sufficient to cover all activated processor cores made available to or managed by the program, as defined according to the Virtualization Capacity License Counting Rules that can be found on the Virtualization Capacity License Counting Rules page.

* An activated processor core is a processor core that is available for use in a physical or virtual server, regardless of whether the capacity of the processor core can be or is limited through virtualization technologies, operating system commands, BIOS settings, or similar restrictions.

Notes®

  • Some programs may require licenses for the program and what is being managed. In that case, the following applies. In addition to the entitlements required for the program directly, licensee must obtain PVU entitlements for this program sufficient to cover the processor cores managed by the program.
  • Some programs may be licensed on a managed basis only. In that case, the following applies. Instead of the entitlements required for the program directly, licensee must obtain PVU entitlements for this program sufficient to cover the processor cores managed by the program.
  • A few programs on an exception basis may be licensed on a referenced basis. In that case, the following applies. Rather than obtaining entitlements for the activated processor cores available to the program, licensee must obtain PVU entitlements for this program sufficient to cover the environment made available to the referenced program as if the program itself were executing everywhere the referenced program was executing, independent of the basis on which the referenced program is licensed.

On/Off Capacity on Demand (CoD)

Part description Part number
TXSeries Processor Day Per Use-DAY, On Off Capacity on demand Temporary Us ASQN2LL

Processor Value Unit (PVU) sub-capacity licensing

This software product is eligible for sub-capacity licensing. Customers must accept the terms of the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement Attachment for Sub-Capacity Licensing Terms (Attachment), and must obtain PVU Proofs of Entitlement (PoEs) for the maximum processor core capacity available to an eligible sub-capacity product when deployed in an eligible virtualization environment. This is also referred to as sub-capacity or virtualization capacity licensing.

Customers must use the IBM License Metric Tool unless they meet the exceptions described in the Attachment.

For information regarding PVU sub-capacity licensing, including terms and IBM License Metric Tool ordering information, go to the Passport Advantage Virtualization Capacity (Sub-capacity) Licensing website.



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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

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. Part number products only, offered outside of Passport Advantage, where applicable, are license only and do not include Software Maintenance.

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

Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance

This program is 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. IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) with the initial license acquisition of each program acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available. This program has 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.

License Information number

License Information number: L-ACRR-ACVHDB

The program's License Information will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement website.

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

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 (1) for programs acquired under the IBM International Passport Advantage offering, this term applies only to your first acquisition of the program and (2) 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

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

Usage restriction

Yes

For additional information, refer to the License Information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement 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.

IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support with each program license acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.

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 users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For additional details, see 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, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under the applicable agreements.

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.

For additional information about the International Passport Advantage Agreement and the IBM International Passport Advantage Express Agreement, go to the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Not applicable.

Sub-capacity pricing terms and conditions

To be eligible for sub-capacity pricing, the machine on which the eligible products are installed and running must be eligible for sub-capacity pricing terms and conditions. Software pricing, at less than full machine capacity for eligible products, apply when running:

  • AIX 5L™ V5.1, or later, on an IBM System p 690 or equivalent partition-capable operating system and machine.
  • OS/400® V5R1, or later, running on an IBM System i®.
  • Linux running in an LPAR under AIX 5L V5.1, OS/400 V5R1, or in a partition on an equivalent partition-capable operating system and server.

Sub-capacity pricing for eligible products is based on the current program pricing methodology, but the number of processors will be determined based on the sum of processors for all partitions where the program is defined (used). To obtain pricing at less than full machine capacity for eligible products, you are required to:

  • Install and use, when available, IBM's license use management program, which installs with eligible IBM programs.
  • Install available updates to the operating system and eligible products such that license use can be accurately managed.
  • Determine if the use of sub-capacity pricing terms results in a reduced requirement for entitlements; you can reallocate the entitlement difference by distributing entitlements across a larger or different set of systems, or reserve them for future growth. There will be no refunds for these freed up entitlements. Subscription, Software Maintenance and support volumes, and entitlements for existing contracts will continue at the same levels as the acquired licenses.

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, Amendment for System i and System p Temporary Capacity On Demand - Software (Z125-6907), must be signed prior to use.



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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered, destroyed, or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a lawful, comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective.

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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Electronic Service Agent™ and the IBM Electronic Support web portal are dedicated to providing fast, exceptional support to organizations that have IBM Systems. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tool is a no-additional-charge tool that proactively monitors and reports hardware events, such as system errors, performance issues, and inventory. The Electronic Service Agent tool can help you stay focused on your company's strategic business initiatives, save time, and spend less effort managing day-to-day IT maintenance issues. Servers enabled with this tool can be monitored remotely around the clock by IBM Support, all at no additional cost to you.

Now integrated into the base operating system of AIX V5.3, AIX V6.1, and AIX V7.1, Electronic Service Agent is designed to automatically and electronically report system failures and utilization issues to IBM, which can result in faster problem resolution and increased availability. System configuration and inventory information collected by the Electronic Service Agent tool also can be viewed on the secure Electronic Support web portal, and used to improve problem determination and resolution by you and the IBM support team. To access the tool main menu, simply type smitty esa_main, and select Configure Electronic Service Agent. In addition, ESA now includes a powerful web user interface, giving the administrator easy access to status, tool settings, problem information, and filters. For more information and documentation on how to configure and use Electronic Service Agent, go to the IBM Electronic Support website.

The IBM Electronic Support portal is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. This portal enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems. The My Systems and Premium Search functions make it even easier for organizations that are Electronic Service Agent tool-enabled to track system inventory and find pertinent fixes.

Benefits

Increased uptime: The Electronic Service Agent™ tool is designed to enhance the Warranty or Maintenance Agreement by providing faster hardware error reporting and uploading system information to IBM Support. This can translate to less wasted time monitoring the symptoms, diagnosing the error, and manually calling IBM Support to open a problem record. Its 24 x 7 monitoring and reporting mean human intervention is not required to report errors.

Security: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to be secure in monitoring, reporting, and storing the data at IBM. The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to securely transmit either through the Internet (HTTPS or VPN) or modem to provide organizations a single point of exit from their site. Communication is one way. Activating Electronic Service Agent does not enable IBM to call into an organization's system.

For additional information, go to the IBM Electronic Service Agent website.

More accurate reporting: Because system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support Center in conjunction with the service request, you are not required to find and send system information, decreasing the risk of misreported or misdiagnosed errors. Once inside IBM, problem error data is run through a data knowledge management system and knowledge articles are appended to the problem record.

Customized support: Using the IBM ID entered during activation, you can view system and support information in the My Systems and Premium Searchsections of the IBM Electronic Support page.

My Systems provides valuable reports of installed hardware and software using information collected from the systems by Electronic Service Agent. Reports are available for any system associated with your IBM ID. Premium Search combines the function of search and the value of Electronic Service Agent information, providing advanced search of the technical support knowledgebase. Using Premium Search and the Electronic Service Agent information that has been collected from your system, you are able to see search results that apply specifically to your systems.

For more information on how to utilize the power of IBM Electronic Services, contact your IBM Systems Services Representative, or go to the IBM Electronic Support website.



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