IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/VSE, V2.2 delivers enhanced CICS web support and ease of use

IBM United States Software Announcement 217-351
October 10, 2017


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IBM® CICS® Transaction Server (CICS TS) for z/VSE®, V2.2 is the only release that is supported on z/VSE V6.2. This release replaces CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.1 and delivers:

  • An upgrade of CICS Web Support (CWS) to HTTP 1.1 for improved performance and security and to support the latest web browsers and applications
  • Enhancements to the CICS API
  • Enhancements to the CICS Explorer® to more easily manage CICS resources

Effective January, 28, 2018, CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.1 (5655-VSE), which is licensed under the IBM client agreement, is withdrawn from marketing.



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The minimum required level of operating system for CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2 is z/VSE V6.2 (5686-VS6).

For additional information, refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.



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Planned availability date
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December 1, 2017



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Description
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CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2 replaces CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.1. Version 2.2 is latest release of CICS TS for z/VSE and is designed for use only with z/VSE V6.2. It delivers:

  • Enhancements to the CICS Explorer to more easily manage CICS resources:
    • Define new CICS resources and modify or delete existing resources.
    • Monitor, control, and update dynamic storage areas and global temporary storage queue statistics.
    • Support resource definitions views for selected CICS resources.
  • An upgrade of CICS Web Support (CWS) to HTTP 1.1:
    • CWS is upgraded to comply with HTTP 1.1 to provide support for the latest web browsers and applications. To improve performance and security, new function is added, such as:
      • Persistent connections
      • Pipelining
      • Chunking
  • Enhancements to the CICS API to provide support for:
    • UTF-8 and UTF-16, for use in data conversion, when using the channels and containers API
    • APPEND parameter for PUT CONTAINER, to append specified data to existing container data
    • BYTEOFFSET parameter for GET CONTAINER, to retrieve data at a specified offset in a container
    • Date and time stamp formats that are in general use across the internet
    • Language Environment® (LE) MAIN for Assembler applications

Accessibility by people with disabilities

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

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

CICS TS for z/VSE V2.2 is capable, at general availability, 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. A US Section 508 Product accessibility information can be requested.



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Hardware and software support services
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SmoothStart/installation services

IBM SmoothStart Services and Installation Services are not provided.



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Reference information
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For information on z/VSE, V6.2, refer to Software Announcement 217-203, dated October 10, 2017.



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Description Availability date Language
z/VSE V6.2 December 1, 2017 US English
CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2 December 1, 2017 US English

Note: Starting with Version 6.1 and later, the z/VSE operating system is delivered in US English language only.

Translation information, if available, can be found at the Translation Reports website.



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Program name VRM Program number
CICS TS for z/VSE 220 5655-VSE


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If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 217-351 for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBMid).



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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements
Processor

CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2 runs on any IBM Z machine that supports the required z/VSE operating system.

Software requirements

Operating environment

CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2 requires at least z/VSE V6.2 to be installed. CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2 will not initialize in an environment with a lower level of operating system installed.

CICS Explorer

The latest version of CICS Explorer runs with CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2, and is enhanced to add update and control capabilities to manage selected CICS resources more efficiently. Details on how to download CICS Explorer for CICS TS for z/VSE V2.2 are available.

Compatibility
Performance considerations

Not applicable.

User group requirements

Requirements for CICS TS can be created, viewed, and voted for, in the IBM RFE community.

The following Request for Enhancements (RFEs) are satisfied or partially satisfied in CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2:

RFE number Description
z/VSE requirements for channels and containers exploitation
29423 Lift 32 KB data limit for Web services (SOAP)
50582 Remove 32K limitation in z/VSE SOAP support
61922 Exploit CICS Channels and Containers in Web Services (SOAP)
CICS TS requirements
29302 CICS Web Support: Support for CHUNK parameter
50583 Support HTTP/1.1 for CICS Web Support
61923 UTF-8 support in CICS TS conversion services

Planning information

Packaging

Physical delivery

The Licensed Program Specifications for CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2 is shipped with the product on DVD (GC34-7365), together with the machine-readable material.

Certain other items, such as specification sheets of related IBM products, might be included.

Electronic delivery

PDF versions of CICS product documentation are also available for download from the IBM Publications Center. See the section on Product Documentation for details.

At general availability of CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2, clients can also download and use CICS Explorer. This release of CICS Explorer can be used with each supported release of CICS TS for z/VSE and is available as a no-charge optional feature.

Security, auditability, and control

Information about security is available in both the online product documentation for CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2 and z/VSE V6.2.

CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2 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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New licensees

Orders for new licenses can be placed now. Registered customers can access IBMLink for ordering information and charges. Shipment will not occur before the availability date. Unless a later date is specified, orders entered before the planned availability date will be assigned a schedule date of one week following availability.

  • Orders entered after the planned availability date will be assigned a schedule date for the week following order entry.

Shipment will begin on the planned availability date.

  • Orders that ship before the planned availability date will receive CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.1.
  • Orders that ship after the planned availability date will receive CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2.
New users of CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2 should specify:

Type:5655 Model:VSE

Non graduated charges.

Advanced Entry Workload License Charges (AEWLC)

To order a basic license, specify the program number and quantity of MSUs.

Entitlement ID Description License option/Pricing metric
S017VB2 CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2 Basic MLC, AEWLC

IBM Z entry license charge (zELC)

To order zELC software, specify the zELC monthly license option.

Program name: CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2

Program ID: 5655-VSE

Entitlement ID Description License option/Pricing metric
S017VB2 CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2 Basic MLC, zELC

Midrange Workload License Charges (MWLC) in IBM z/VSE V6

Basic license structure

Entitlement ID Description License option/Pricing metric
S017VB2 CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2 Basic MLC, MWLC

Basic machine-readable material

Not applicable

Customization options

Expedite shipments will be processed to receive 72-hour delivery from the time IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment (SDF) receives the order. SDF will then ship the order by overnight air transportation.

Unlicensed documentation

Product documentation

CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2 product documentation is provided in two ways:

  • Online, from IBM Knowledge Center
  • Downloadable PDF manuals, from the z/VSE documentation library

New functions provided by this release are described in the CICS TS for z/VSE Enhancements Guide (SC34-2685) .

Online information in IBM Knowledge Center

Online documentation for CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2 is hosted in IBM Knowledge Center. IBM Knowledge Center provides information for over 2,500 IBM products. The information that was previously provided in product Information Centers is in IBM Knowledge Center. IBM Knowledge Center provides 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.
  • 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, refer to IBM Knowledge Center.

PDF manuals

Documentation for CICS TS for z/VSE V2.2 is also provided for download in PDF format from the z/VSE documentation library.

Other CICS publications

Other CICS publications are available in IBM Redbooks®, such as Migration to CICS Transaction Server for z/VSE (SG24-8390).

Subsequent updates (technical newsletters or revisions between releases) to the publications shipped with the product will be distributed to the user of record for as long as a license for this software remains in effect. A separate publication order or subscription is not needed.



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The terms for CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.1, licensed under the IBM Customer Agreement (ICA), are unaffected by this announcement. For further details, refer to Software Announcement 215-362, dated October 5, 2015.



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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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For additional information and current prices, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.

Program name: CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2

Program ID: 5655-VSE

Entitlement ID Description License option
S017VB2 CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2 Basic MLC, zELC

Entitlement ID Description License option
S017VB2 CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2 Basic MLC, AEWLC

Midrange Workload License Charges (MWLC) for IBM z®/VSE

Entitlement identifier Description License option/ Pricing metric
S017VB2 CICS TS for z/VSE, V2.2 Basic MLC, MWLC


Variable charges

The applicable processor-based, one-time charge will be based on the group of the designated machine on which the program is licensed for use. If the program is designated to a processor in a group for which no charge is listed, the charge of the next higher group listed applies. For movement to a machine in a higher group, an upgrade charge equal to the difference in the then-current charges between the two groups will apply. For movement to a machine in a lower group, there will be no adjustment or refund of charges paid.



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