IBM z/OS V2.5 3Q 2022 enhancements

IBM United States Software Announcement 222-293
September 20, 2022

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Overview

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IBM® z/OS® is designed to keep applications and data available, systems highly secure, server utilization high, and to enable agile development. z/OS continuous delivery (CD) offers clients the opportunity to use new z/OS functions, capabilities, and technologies by applying service rather than upgrading to a new z/OS release.

The efficient management and maintenance of z/OS V2.5 continues to be enhanced this quarter through the delivery of simplification features such as the following:

  • IBM z/OS Management Facility (z/OSMF) enhancements. New capabilities include Sysplex Coupling Facility Resource Management (CFRM) Policy Editor support designed to edit CFRM policies with higher efficiency, and z/OSMF Security Configuration Assistant (SCA) enhancements designed to update security configurations with just a few clicks.
  • DFSMSrmm (RMM) z/OSMF plug-in enhancements. The DFSMSrmm plug-in has been enhanced to support more efficient viewing of RMM Defaults Table entries.

Building on past deliverables, z/OS V2.5 continues to enable simplified data storage and management, as well as I/O optimization with the following enhancements:

  • DFSMShsm (HSM) Transparent Cloud Tiering (TCT) Full Volume Dump. z/OS DFSMShsm has been enhanced to provide full-volume dump support for transparent cloud tiering.
  • Cloud storage access for z/OS. A new utility has been added to allow downloads or uploads between cloud objects and z/OS UNIX® files, sequential data sets, PDS or PDSE members, or GDG versions using Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) APIs, allowing for better integration of cloud computing into z/OS business.
  • Object Access Method (OAM) cloud tier enhancements. OAM has extended its cloud tier support to enable an alternate set of cloud credentials to be used.
  • DFSMShsm UNIX file backup and recovery. Support is added to specify file exclude criteria within a file specified on the command.

Additionally, z/OS V2.5 enables a continuous digital transformation by providing application modernization functions that allow for more secure and transparent data access and easier file system configurations:

  • NFS Server enhancements. NFS Server is enhanced to support implicit login when using Application Transparent Transport Layer Security (AT-TLS). Additionally, enhancements have been delivered to prevent file handles from expiring after restarting the server.
  • z/OS Container Extensions (zCX) and zCX for OpenShift® enhancements. Capabilities have been added that allow zCX to better leverage NFS Server to store and share application data, as well as zCX for OpenShift z/OSMF workflow enhancements to support private certificate authority (CA) certificates.
  • z/OS JSON parser portion of the z/OS client web enablement toolkit enhancement. Support has been added to successfully parse commented JSON content and enable clients to add single-line and multi-line comments into their JSON configuration files.
  • z/OS JSON parser portion of the z/OS client web enablement toolkit delivers a performance improvement.
  • New EzNoSQL capabilities. EzNoSQL provides a set of modern APIs, with a C-based, key-value interface, designed to simplify the application effort needed to access NoSQL VSAMDB data sets on z/OS in real-time, at scale, and with consistency.
  • System Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and AT-TLS enhancements. System SSL and AT-TLS support for x25519 and x448 key exchanges have been added for Transport Layer Security (TLS) V1.0 through TLS V1.2.
  • Removal of RACF® for z/OS support for RACF database sharing between IBM z/VM® and z/OS.



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Key requirements

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z/OS V2.5 operates on the following IBM zSystems servers:

  • IBM z16™ Model A01
  • IBM z15™ Models T01 and T02
  • IBM z14® Models M01-M05
  • IBM z14 Model ZR1
  • IBM z13®
  • IBM z13s®

If you run z/OS V2.5 as a guest of IBM z/VM, z/VM must be at a supported level.

For a complete description of z/OS V2.5 hardware requirements, see z/OS V2.5 Planning for Installation (GA32-0890) in IBM Documentation.



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Planned availability date

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September 30, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.



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Description

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Capabilities delivered in the z/OS V2.5 3Q update includes the following items. Many of these items are also available in prior releases with continuous delivery (CD) and are noted as such.

z/OSMF enhancements

z/OSMF continues to deliver new and enhanced functions to enable higher efficiency and easier management and configuration of z/OS. The following z/OSMF enhancements have been delivered:

  • The z/OSMF Sysplex CFRM Policy Editor is enhanced to support comparing CFRM policies and changes after editing a policy. It is also enhanced to support exporting CFRM policies in CSV format for other offline usage. With the PTF for APAR PH44343, this function is available on z/OS V2.4 and later.
  • The z/OSMF Security Configuration Assistant (SCA) is enhanced to support provisioning security configuration or fixing incorrect security configuration. Clients now can review security requirements ahead of time, check to see if the security requirements are satisfied, and if authorized, to create security settings that satisfy those security requirements. Combined with existing security validation function, SCA now provides more complete end-to-end support to simplify the security configuration process. With the PTF for APAR PH39327, this function is available on z/OS V2.4 and later.

DFSMSrmm z/OSMF plug-in enhancements

The modern graphical user interface for RMM that originally shipped with z/OS V2.4 as a plug-in for z/OSMF has been enhanced to provide additional features to support the RMM defaults table. These enhancements provide multiple ways to filter and view RMM defaults table entries that are applicable to an existing data set or to a specified set of conditions to ensure the defaults table policies have been set up as expected. With the PTF for APAR OA62705, this function is available on z/OS V2.5.

DFSMShsm TCT full-volume dump

z/OS HSM provides full-volume dump support for transparent cloud tiering, which satisfies the statement of direction made in Software Announcement 220-226, dated June 16, 2020. This capability enables all I/O for full-volume dumps to be performed by an IBM DS8000® directly to an IBM TS7700 enabled as an object store, or directly to cloud object storage. To minimize the time that a volume is locked while performing this offload, an initial full-volume FlashCopy® can be performed that can then be dumped to the object store. Because all the I/O for the FlashCopy is also completed within the DS8000, a point-in-time full-volume dump is provided to the TS7700, with none of the data passing through the z/OS host. Clients can create these backup copies as needed without impacting other workloads due to minimal CPU consumption. This capability has also been integrated into the FRBACKUP and FRRECOV functions, utilized by Db2® BACKUP and RESTORE SYSTEM, allowing for a complete Db2 system-level backup to be created without any of the data required to pass through the z/OS host. With the PTF for APAR OA60278, this function is available on z/OS V2.4 and later.

Cloud storage access for z/OS

Data is at the heart of every business, and how that data is stored and managed is critical to business success. Cloud storage makes it possible to store practically limitless amounts of data, simply and cost effectively, and to access it from anywhere using standard APIs. It enables a common object store for both mainframe and distributed data.

A new utility, GDKUTIL, can download or upload between cloud storage objects and z/OS UNIX files, sequential data sets, PDS or PDSE members, or Generation Data Group (GDG) versions using Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) APIs. This utility can be invoked through JCL to integrate with existing processes and allow data to be shared between distributed and mainframe applications, providing opportunities to incorporate the results of cloud computing into existing business logic. Modernizing z/OS applications and access to data while connecting with new applications through a hybrid cloud environment is essential to keep pace with ever-changing business needs. With the PTF for APAR OA62318, support for GDKUTIL is available on z/OS V2.4 and later.

OAM cloud tier enhancements

With the PTFs for APARs OA55700 and OA59615, DFSMS OAM added support for a cloud tier as part of its storage hierarchy. This allows OAM, using SMS policies, to store and manage primary and backup copies of OAM objects as objects to public, private, or hybrid cloud infrastructures supporting the Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) API. Through SMS policies, OAM objects can be stored directly to the cloud or can transition to the cloud based on access requirements.

OAM has extended its cloud tier support to enable an alternate set of cloud credentials to be used. A new OAM SETCLOUD keyword, CDAALTCRED, is added to the CBROAMxx PARMLIB member, allowing within a single cloud provider file two sets of credentials to be established, the primary set and an alternate set. Depending on the cloud provider and its read-only capabilities for a disaster recovery (DR) test, an alternate (read-only) set of credentials can be used to access the production container or containers. DFSMS Cloud Data Access (CDA) continues to be used to set up the primary and alternate (optional) credentials. With the PTFs for APAR OA63025, this support is available on z/OS V2.3 and later.

DFSMShsm UNIX file backup and recovery

HSM UNIX file backup and recovery provide the capability to specify file exclude criteria within a file specified on the command. With the PTF for APAR OA60586, this function is available on z/OS V2.3 and later.

NFS Server enhancements

  • NFS Server AT-TLS enhancement

    The z/OS NFS Server is now an AT-TLS aware application with APAR OA62357 on z/OS V2.4 and later when using the NFSv4 protocol. This allows z/OS Communication Server to provide the z/OS NFS Server an associated z/OS user ID with the client certificate sent during the TLS handshake. The z/OS NFS Server uses that single user ID to implicitly perform a login on behalf of all users on the NFS client. Customers gain the benefit of end-to-end encryption with this support. In addition, customers can avoid the complexity of matching UID values across NFS clients and the z/OS NFS Server since authentication will be established during the TLS handshake.

  • NFS Server restart recovery for NFSv4

    The z/OS NFS Server has been enhanced to prevent file handles from expiring after restarting the server. This should help Linux® or macOS clients that cannot recover from stale file handle errors. With the PTF for APAR OA62860, this support is available for the NFS V4 protocol with z/OS V2.4 and later.

zCX and zCX for OpenShift enhancements

The following support has been added to allow for more transparent access to z/OS data and more secure downloads of Red Hat® CoreOS installer binaries:

  • NFS support

    Containerized applications deployed in z/OS Container Extensions can leverage z/OS NFS Server as one of the persistent storage options to store and share the stateful application data while taking advantage of the z/OS security controls and operational benefits to more securely store, access, back up, restore, and replicate application stateful data. Additionally, using this support, existing z/OS data can also be exported and shared with containerized applications deployed in zCX without duplicating the data. With the PTF for APAR OA62357, this function is available on z/OS V2.4 and later. For more details, see the Using the z/OS NFS server as persistent storage for zCX web page.

  • HTTPS support

    zCX for OpenShift z/OSMF workflows now support Private CA certificates to more securely download Red Hat CoreOS installer binaries from private HTTPS endpoint. With the PTF for APAR OA63068, this function is available on z/OS V2.4 and later.

z/OS JSON parser comment toleration

The z/OS JSON parser portion of the z/OS client web enablement toolkit has been enhanced to successfully parse content containing single-line and multi-line comments as defined by the JSON5 Data Interchange Format extension to JSON. This comment support is toleration only; the application will not be able to retrieve or modify any comments that may have been encountered in the JSON text provided. This feature will allow users to comment their various JSON configuration files, enhancing the readability and maintainability of those files. This new feature is enabled by default and any output generated by the parser will exclude any comments that were present in the provided JSON text. The user can optionally disable the comment toleration by taking advantage of the new HWTJOPTS API. With the PTF for APAR OA61974, this support is available on z/OS V2.5.

z/OS JSON parser performance improvement

The z/OS JSON parser portion of the z/OS client web enablement toolkit reduces the CPU and elapsed time associated with the parsing of JSON content by up to 50%.1 With the PTF for APAR OA61974, this support is available on z/OS V2.5.

1 Disclaimer: This reduction is based on internal measurements done on an IBM z15 using a z/OS V2.5 LPAR with 8 CPs. The z/OS JSON Parser was used to parse a 568 MB JSON input file containing public property tax records and geospatial data. The input file included 7,875,189 numbers, 3,038,859 arrays, 2,217,825 strings, 54,336 nulls, no booleans, and no comments. The maximum nesting depth of any member or element was 7 levels. Reported results were derived from measurements that tested 100 parses of the input file back to back. Results may vary.

EzNoSQL APIs

Previous enhancements to VSAM RLS enabled applications to store Not Only SQL (NoSQL) document databases directly on z/OS, which could then be accessed in real-time, at scale, and with transactional consistency. Additional enhancements will provide a set of modern APIs, with a C-based, key-value interface, designed to simplify the application effort needed to access NoSQL VSAMDB data sets on z/OS and take advantage of the scalability, security, resiliency, and performance provided by z/OS. With the PTF for APAR OA62553, this function is available on z/OS V2.4 and later.

System SSL and AT-TLS support for x25519 and x448 key exchange

z/OS Cryptographic Services System SSL has been enhanced to provide the ability for TLS V1.0, TLS V1.1, and TLS V1.2 client and server connections to use x25519 or x448 curves for their key exchanges when utilizing ephemeral Elliptic Curve Diffie Hellman ciphers. TLS V1.0, TLS V1.1, and TLS V1.2 server configurations can limit the acceptable elliptic curves for the key exchange. With the PTFs for APAR OA61783, this function is available on z/OS V2.4 and later.

z/OS Communications Server AT-TLS provides the ability to use the new System SSL function with the PTF for APAR PH45902 on z/OS V2.5. In addition, the Network Configuration Assistant is enhanced to support the new AT-TLS function with the PTF for APAR PH47400 on z/OS V2.5.

Removal of RACF for z/OS support for RACF database sharing between z/VM and z/OS

In z/OS Software Announcement 220-226, dated June 16, 2020, the intent to eliminate sharing RACF databases between z/OS and z/VM RACF was announced. With the PTF for APAR OA62875, z/OS RACF now checks for and issues warning messages when a RACF database is shared with z/VM 7.3 or later. This is consistent with the behavior of RACF for z/VM 7.3, which also intends to prevent RACF database sharing with z/OS. Sharing a non-VSAM database with a z/VM release lower than 7.3 continues to be supported on all z/OS releases.

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

z/OS V2.5 is capable as of the planned availability date, when used in accordance with associated IBM documentation, of satisfying the applicable standards, including the Worldwide Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, European Standard EN 301 349, and US Section 508, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. An Accessibility Conformance Statement can be requested on the Product accessibility information website.



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Reference information

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For information about z/OS V2.5, see:

  • Software Announcement 222-214, dated June 21, 2022
  • Software Announcement 222-082, dated March 15, 2022
  • Software Announcement 221-388, dated November 23, 2021
  • Software Announcement 221-260, dated July 27, 2021
  • Software Announcement 221-057, dated March 2, 2021

For information about IBM z/OS Change Tracker, see Software Announcement 222-015, dated April 5, 2022.

For information about IBM Z® Platform for Apache Spark, see Software Announcement 222-046, dated April 5, 2022 .

For information about IBM zCX Foundation for Red Hat® OpenShift, see Software Announcement 222-091, dated March 15, 2022 .

For information about IBM Container Hosting Foundation, see Software Announcement 221-130, dated June 1, 2021.

For information about z/OS V2.4 and CD enhancements for z/OS V2.4, see:

  • Software Announcement 221-213, dated June 22, 2021
  • Software Announcement 221-105, dated March 16, 2021
  • Software Announcement 220-498, dated December 8, 2020
  • Software Announcement 220-483, dated October 13, 2020
  • Software Announcement 220-378, dated September 22, 2020
  • Software Announcement 220-226, dated June 16, 2020
  • Software Announcement 220-102, dated March 17, 2020
  • Software Announcement 219-210, dated December 10, 2019
  • Software Announcement 219-344, dated July 23, 2019
  • Software Announcement 219-013, dated February 26, 2019

For information about IBM z16, see Hardware Announcement 122-001, dated April 5, 2022.

For information about IBM z15, see:

  • Hardware Announcement 120-050, dated August 4, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement 120-006, dated April 14, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement 120-013, dated January 14, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement 119-085, dated November 26, 2019
  • Hardware Announcement 119-027, dated September 12, 2019

For information about IBM z14 Model ZR1, see:

  • Hardware Announcement 118-075, dated October 2, 2018
  • Hardware Announcement 118-018, dated April 10, 2018

For information about IBM z14, see:

  • Hardware Announcement 118-075, dated October 2, 2018
  • Hardware Announcement 117-093, dated November 28, 2017
  • Hardware Announcement 117-044, dated July 17, 2017

For information about IBM z13, see:

  • Hardware Announcement 119-039, dated May 7, 2019
  • Hardware Announcement 119-014, dated February 12, 2019
  • Hardware Announcement 116-058, dated June 7, 2016
  • Hardware Announcement 115-055, dated March 3, 2015
  • Hardware Announcement 115-001, dated January 14, 2015

For information about IBM z13s, see:

  • Hardware Announcement 116-058, dated June 7, 2016
  • Hardware Announcement 116-002, dated February 16, 2016



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Availability of national languages

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



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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5650-ZOS 2.5.0 z/OS


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Services

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IBM Consulting™

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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

z/OS V2.5 operates on the following IBM zSystems servers:

  • IBM z16 Model A01
  • IBM z15 Models T01 and T02
  • IBM z14 Models M01-M05
  • IBM z14 Model ZR1
  • IBM z13®
  • IBM z13s®

Software requirements

The z/OS base is a system that can be IPLed. There are no software prerequisites to IPL. Specific functions might require additional products not included in the z/OS base or optional features of z/OS. See z/OS V2.5 Planning for Installation (GA32-0890) in IBM Documentation for a list of specific software requirements.

If you run z/OS V2.5 as a guest of IBM z/VM, z/VM must be at a supported level.

Compatibility

Coexistence, release migration, and fallback

z/OS gives you compatibility and flexibility as you migrate systems in a multisystem configuration by enabling multiple releases of z/OS to coexist. This includes non-Parallel Sysplex® and Parallel Sysplex multisystem configurations. Coexistence enables systems within a multisystem configuration to be upgraded to a new release level of z/OS one system at a time. This is contingent on whether the release you are migrating to can coexist with the lowest release running in your multisystem configuration.


Note: These statements represent the current intention of IBM. IBM reserves the right to change or alter the Coexistence-Migration-Fallback policy in the future or to exclude certain releases beyond those stated. IBM development plans are subject to change or withdrawal without further notice. Any reliance on this statement of direction is at the relying party's sole risk and does not create any liability or obligation for IBM.

IBM provides the following coexistence, migration, and fallback for z/OS V2.5:

IBM plans to support an n-2 approach, where three consecutive releases are planned to be supported for coexistence, fallback, and migration. For example, where "n" is z/OS V2.5, IBM intends to enable you to upgrade from z/OS V2.4 directly to z/OS V2.5 with full coexistence, migration, and fallback support to maximize the value of your investment, and from z/OS V2.3 to z/OS V2.5 with full coexistence, migration, and fallback support.

Migration forward as well as fallback should be made within the same z/OS releases supported by the coexistence policy.

Coexistence-Migration-Fallback for z/OS V2.5

Release Coexistence-Migration-Fallback supported with release in column 1
z/OS V2.3 3 z/OS V2.1 1 , z/OS V2.2 2 , z/OS V2.3 3 , z/OS V2.4, z/OS V2.5
z/OS V2.4 z/OS V2.2 2 , z/OS V2.3 3 , z/OS V2.4, z/OS V2.5
z/OS V2.5 z/OS V2.3 3 , z/OS V2.4, z/OS V2.5

End of service

  • 1 z/OS V2.1 end of service was September 30, 2018.
  • 2 z/OS V2.2 end of service was September 30, 2020.
  • 3 z/OS V2.3 end of service is planned for September 30, 2022.

This consistent coexistence, migration, and fallback policy applies to release migrations for all configurations, whether they are:

  • Single-system configurations
  • Individual systems within a multisystem configuration
  • Cases where a simultaneous IPL is used to migrate all systems in a multisystem configuration at the same time

License metric change

  • z/OS V2 is only offered with NALC pricing for clients using NALC for z/OS, V1 who are using PSLC for their middleware programs. z/OS V2 clients using AWLC or WLC or AEWLC or EWLC pricing for their middleware programs must migrate from NALC to zNALC pricing.
  • All z/OS clients using NALC pricing are encouraged to migrate to zNALC pricing to obtain the zNALC advantages such as sub-capacity pricing for z/OS with zNALC supported by the SCRT reports, lower prices above 45 MSUs, and aggregated pricing across qualified Parallel Sysplexes.

Planning information

Direct client support

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Security, auditability, and control

Data security and auditability in the z/OS environment are enhanced by the functions available in the optional Security Server for z/OS feature.

The client 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 z/OS through the internet

Shopz provides an easy way to plan and order your z/OS packaged offering. It will analyze your current installation, determine the correct product migration, and present your new configuration based on z/OS. Additional products can also be added to your order. Shopz will determine whether all product requisites are satisfied. Shopz is available in all countries. For more details and availability, go to the Shopz website.

New licensees

Not applicable.

For ordering information about the base program, z/OS V2.5, see Software Announcement 221-260, dated July 27, 2021.

For ordering information about additional orderable z/OS programs or features since the initial release of z/OS V2.5, see Software Announcements:

  • IBM zCX Foundation for Red Hat OpenShift 222-091, dated March 15, 2022
  • IBM Z Platform for Apache Spark 222-046, dated April 5, 2022
  • IBM z/OS Change Tracker 222-015, dated April 5, 2022

Publications

A program directory is supplied automatically with the basic machine-readable material.

To access the unlicensed z/OS product documentation, start at the z/OS Internet Library. It contains direct links to the following repositories and content:

  • IBM Documentation sections for z/OS V2.5 and other supported releases.
  • z/OS V2.5 Library, hosted on Resource Link®, to download individual or grouped PDFs. An IBMid and password are required.
  • Adobe™ Indexed PDF Collections (SC27-8430) to easily conduct offline searches on z/OS product documentation.
  • Downloadable collections of IBM Documentation plug-ins for clients who host their own instances of IBM Documentation for z/OS.
  • IBM Z and LinuxONE content solutions, which provide comprehensive and interactive content such as workflows, videos, and content collections.
  • IBM Z Publications Library Archive, to obtain as-is content for out-of-service products and releases.

PDF collections are provided in the Zip format that any modern Zip utility can process.

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.

Customized Offerings

Product deliverables are shipped only through CBPDO and ServerPac. These customized offerings are offered for internet delivery from Shopz. For more details on internet delivery, go to the Help section on the Shopz website.

IBM recommends internet delivery. However, if you still require physical media, you can choose DVD.

Many products can be ordered in ServerPac the month following their availability in CBPDO. z/OS can be ordered through CBPDO and ServerPac on the planned availability date. Many products will also be orderable in a ServerPac without also having to order the z/OS operating system or subsystem.

Shopz and CFSW will determine the eligibility based on product requisite checking. For more details on the ServerPac, go to the Help section on the Shopz website.

Production of software product orders will begin on the planned availability date.

  • CBPDO shipments will begin within 3 business days after the planned availability date.
  • ServerPac availability and shipments will begin within 3 - 4 weeks after the planned availability date due to additional customization and data input verification.



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Terms and conditions

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The terms are unaffected by this announcement.



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Statement of good security practices

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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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Prices

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Pricing information for programs orderable in ESW and AAS are available from the IBM Systems Catalog website.

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New Application License Charge (NALC) charges

Entitlement identifier Description License option/ Pricing metric
S01728T z/OS V2 Base Basic MLC, NALC
S01728Z z/OS V2 XL C/C++ Basic MLC, NALC
S017291 z/OS V2 DFSMS dsshsm Basic MLC, NALC
S017292 z/OS V2 DFSMS rmm Basic MLC, NALC
S017293 z/OS V2 DFSMStvs Basic MLC, NALC
S017294 z/OS V2 DFSORT Basic MLC, NALC
S01729C z/OS V2 RMF Basic MLC, NALC
S01729D z/OS V2 SDSF Basic MLC, NALC
S01729F z/OS V2 Security Server Basic MLC, NALC
S01780D z/OS V2 zEDC Basic MLC, NALC
S018G2F z/OS V2 RUCSA Basic MLC, NALC

For additional product information, see Software Announcement 215-267, dated July 28, 2015.



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