IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 7 offers performance, usability, and integration enhancementsIBM United States Software Announcement 213-423
October 7, 2013
|Table of contents|
(Corrected on November 12, 2013)
The Planning information section was revised.
|At a glance|
IBM® i 7.1 Technology Refresh 7 offers new capabilities to help you exploit the latest technology:
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IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 7 provides significant new capability for clients to take advantage of the latest technology, with significant new enhancements in RPG IV and DB2 for i, and with extended I/O hardware support.
The RPG IV programming language is enhanced to include additional free format coding support, helping to increase productivity and modernizing the RPG language. New extensions to the database will include new and advanced capabilities allowing the use of SQL to do a broad range of tasks. The new lighter weight, easy-to-use WebSphere® Liberty Application Server has become an option that clients can select when working with the IBM i Integrated Application Server. Hardware I/O support has been extended to include a variety of new devices and enhanced capabilities of existing devices.
Note: In this announcement letter, the term Technology Refresh 7 refers to the set of PTFs required to support new hardware functionality. The term Technology Update refers to the multiple PTFs or PTF groups that will provide additional functionality in IBM i and related products. The term Technology Refresh is widely used to group both of these together. Availability of IBM i 7.1 TR7, IBM i 6.1.1 and related products are available November 15, 2013.
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- Refer to the Technical information section for specific hardware and software prerequisites.
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|Planned availability date|
October 7, 2013
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Integrated Web Application Server
The Integrated Web Application Server has been extended to leverage a new runtime engine based on the new WebSphere Liberty Application Server. Users of the Integrated Application Server will now have a choice between the older LWI-based support or the new Liberty support. This support will be automatically installed as part of the latest HTTP PTF Group, allowing clients to take advantage of this new small footprint to use the Java web server runtime engine.
There are several benefits to this new Liberty base:
For additional details, visit the Integrated Web Application Server product page
DB2 for IBM i
In the tradition of previous Technology Refreshes, DB2 for IBM i is again being extended to provide new capabilities, including built-in improvements for dealing with big data. The unique position IBM i has as the solution platform for business is being enriched through the delivery of new SQL capabilities for advanced SQL scripting, improved RPG language support for Embedded SQL, and a new breed of database catalogs. Improvements are also being provided to make it easier to modernize databases from DDS to SQL DDL.
Moving up to the suggested DB2 PTF Group will result in a database that provides significant new capabilities and that runs better, faster, and smarter.
Visit the IBM i Technology Updates wiki on developerWorks® to learn more about these and other DB2 for IBM i enhancements
To see the DB2 for IBM i PTF Group details, visit
Application Runtime Expert
The Application Runtime Expert product (5733-ARE) has been enhanced to include the ability to schedule verifications based on a timeframe that fits your needs. From the Application Runtime Expert GUI interface, it is possible to schedule a verification to run at a specific time against a list of chosen systems. This provides additional flexibility and usability to help extend the usefulness of the product. This new support will be delivered in the latest HTTP PTF Group and will require that the 5733-ARE product is already installed. These new enhancements are available for both IBM i 6.1 and IBM i 7.1.
For details on Application Runtime Expert, refer to this site in developerWorks
IBM has announced a new version of the Java Runtime Engine ( Java 7). The new version, Java V7.1, will be delivered as part of the Java product (5761-JV1). It is being delivered in both a 32-bit and 64-bit implementation. The new Java V7.1 is being delivered as a "addendum" to the existing Java 7 product options.
5761 JV1 Option 14 Java 7 32bit and Java 7.1 32bit /QOpenSys/QIBM/ProdData/JavaVM/jdk70/32bit /QOpenSys/QIBM/ProdData/JavaVM/jdk71/32bit 5761 JV1 Option 15 Java 7 64bit and Java 7.1 64bit /QOpenSys/QIBM/ProdData/JavaVM/jdk70/64bit /QOpenSys/QIBM/ProdData/JavaVM/jdk71/64bit
For details on the Java V7.1 support for IBM i, visit the following web page in IBM developerWorks
Free Format RPG IV
IBM Rational® has announced a significant update to the RPG IV language delivered in 5770-WDS. In the continuing effort to ensure RPG as a modern business language, RPG IV will support free-form Control, File, Definition, and Procedure specifications. RPG coders will now have the option to code programs with no regard to columns. Developers trained in other languages will more easily pick up the RPG language for writing modern applications. These new enhancements will be delivered through new PTFs and can be applied to RPG IV V7.1. These new enhancements will be documented in the RPG Cafe in developerWorks at
- https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/wikis/communitywiki?communityUuid=b 542d3ac-0785-4b6f-8e53-f72051460822
IBM has introduced several I/O enhancements for the Power Systems product line, especially featuring options for higher-performance SAS/SSD configurations for those clients looking to leverage flash technology with IBM i. Additional enhancements provide expanded options for spinning disk and for async PPP protocol. Among the highlights are:
For more details on these I/O enhancements, refer to Hardware Announcement 113-171, dated October 07, 2013 .
For an IBM i related description of these I/O enhancements, refer to
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IBM plans to provide support for IBM Power® Virtualization Center (PowerVC) to manage systems running the IBM i operating system and for IBM SmartCloud® Entry for Power to provision images to IBM i.
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Program Program number VRM name 5770-SS1 V7.1 IBM i V7 5761-SS1 V6.1 IBM i5/OS
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Maintenance Maintenance Program PID number 1-year PID number 3-year PID number 5770-SS1 N/A N/A 5761-SS1 N/A N/A Maintenance Program PID number 90-Day PID number 5733-WQE 5665-WQE 5733-WQS 5665-WQS
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For specific hardware requirements, see the IBM i Technology Updates wiki on developerWorks at
IBM i 7.1 TR 7 and IBM i 6.1.1 enhancements will be available on November 15, 2013, as PTF updates. Refer to the link in the Description section for more details.
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IBM i 7.1 (5770-SS1) No-charge feature IBM i 7.1 (5770-SS1) number Registration features for PureFlex Systems PureFlex User qty 5 6495 IBM i 6.1.1 (5761-SS1) No-charge feature IBM i 6.1.1 (5761-SS1) number Registration features for PureFlex Systems PureFlex User qty 5 6495
The following will be added to all upgrade orders for DB2 Web Query Express® (5733WQE) or Standard (5733WQS). These are 90 day, no-charge products and are used by IBM to properly transfer software maintenance from the current customer DB2 Web Query version (5733-QU2 or 5733-WQE) to the upgraded DB2 Web Query version. Customers receiving this no-charge product will be entitled to software maintenance on the upgraded DB2 Web Query version for 90 days after the upgrade order or for the duration of their existing software maintenance, whichever is longer.
No-charge IBM Web Query for System i® Per Processor Core SWMA 90 day Transfer Reg/Ren feature (5665-WQS) Per Processor Core 90D Reg 0001 Per Proc Core 7x24 90D Reg 2897 No-charge IBM Web Query for System i Per Processor Core SWMA 90 day Transfer Reg/Ren feature (5665-WQE) Per Processor Core 90D Reg 0002 Per Proc Core 7x24 90D Reg 0001
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Educational allowance available
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