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IBM is a Platinum sponsor of the OpenJS Foundation and sits on the Board of Directors and the Node.js Technical Steering Committee, contributing to its open source projects, providing resources to help shape and promote the organization, and allocating sponsorship funds for ongoing operations.

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The large I/O capacity of the mainframe complements Node.js' ability to scale and maintain thousands of concurrent connections. Co-locate Node.js applications with critical assets on z/OS to significantly reduce response time for accessing data and increase transaction throughput.

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Node.js applications are not IBM z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP)-eligible. However, you can use the Tailored Fit Pricing-New Application Solution to isolate Node.js workloads without impacting the MLC costs of existing workloads when deployed as part of an approved New Application Solution

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There is no change to IBM SDK for Node.js - z/OS. The deprecation of the distributed Node.js product only affects distributed platforms, which have moved to supporting community drivers. If you require support for Node.js on distributed platforms, IBM offers Support for Runtimes.

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They are the same software, just the packaging and installation are different. Zowe, co-founded by IBM, offers modern, cloud-like interfaces to interact with z/OS, and is built with the PAX archive version of IBM SDK for Node.js - z/OS.

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Use PAX or SMP/E version 6.14.4 (released in 2017) or later. You can use the command 'node --version' to see what version you are running.

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The Zowe open source project offers modern, cloud-like interfaces to interact with z/OS. The virtual desktop component provides a browser based UI written in Node.js, and deployed upon IBM SDK for Node.js - z/OS. Use the PAX version on the z/OS host where you install the Zowe Application Server.

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Node.js can be invoked within JCL using the BPXBATCH facility.

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Yes, see our cloud based IBM Z Trial, ready in 2 hours and available for 3 days. Run and deploy a Node.js web application with the LoopBack framework and utilize the vsam.js npm module with Express framework to connect to a VSAM dataset. IBM CICS also has Node.js scenario available on Z Trial.

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It is available with no license charge. Plus, overall costs to deploy on z/OS are reduced as workloads may be eligible to use the New Application Solution pricing model for new production workloads. Optional subscription and support (S&S) available.

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Node.js applications are not IBM z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP)-eligible. However, you can use the Tailored Fit Pricing-New Application Solution to isolate Node.js workloads without impacting the MLC costs of existing workloads when deployed as part of an approved New Application Solution

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Online documentation is available on Knowledge Center. You can also download the PDF format documentation for offline use. Paid world-class IBM support is available by opening a case. GitHub and Slack support is on a best-efforts basis.

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