Announcement Summary - June 21, 2022

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Announcements by Letter Number

A22-0002 IBM Information Management System 15.3 streamlines your journey to the cloud

A22-0094 DrumWave Solutions for IBM Cloud Pak for Data helps clients capture, manage, and improve the value obtained from data sets

A22-0162 IBM Cloud Pak for Security 1.10 enhances IBM Security QRadar SOAR with SOAR notifications capability, brings playbook import and export functionality, and introduces domain-specific options to improve ordering flexibility

A22-0305 IBM Open Enterprise SDK for Go 1.18 delivers enhancements to implement generics and workspaces support for Go programmers on the IBM z/OS platform

A22-0330 IBM Db2 solution packs deliver IBM Db2 for z/OS 13 support and simplified acquisition

A22-0360 IBM z/OS V2.5 2Q 2022 enhancements

A22-0391 Software withdrawal: IBM Information Management System 15.2.x

A22-0406 IBM InfoSphere Optim 11.7 solution set includes upgrades, expanded support, and enhanced capabilities for select programs and components

Software Announcements


A22-0002

IBM Information Management System 15.3 streamlines your journey to the cloud

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At a glance

IBM® Information Management System (IMS) was built with clients' journey to the cloud in mind. Taking advantage of the latest-generation hardware and the IBM Z® ecosystem, IMS 15.3 introduces several new key features to help make your digital transformation journey to the cloud a seamless experience. Combined with IBM's commitment to education, you can be certain IBM is here to support you on your educational journey to increase your IMS skill set and help to ensure long-term success.

IMS 15.3 provides the following:

  • Streamlined path to hybrid cloud:
    • Open access to IMS database through Java™ Database Connectivity (JDBC) and SQL enables your organization to fully use your data where it resides. From lowering development and operational costs to exploring new revenue streams, data management and optimization can be accomplished without moving your data off-platform.
    • For existing IMS assets, two-way communication with external applications enabled by IBM z/OS® Connect through OpenAPI-conforming RESTful APIs, providing your organization with the capability to build on and transform its existing infrastructure for new use cases while getting more value out of earlier investments.
    • For new IMS assets, expanding support for modern languages and DevOps tools empowers your developers with the speed, agility, and flexibility of the public cloud while still retaining the performance, security, and low costs of on-premises or private cloud environments.
  • Integrated security:
    • Building on its pervasive encryption capabilities, IMS 15.3 takes advantage of the IBM z16™ enterprise platform to deliver the capability to manage the privacy of customer data, simplifying compliance certifications by enabling IBM z/OS data set encryption of IMS data with minimal CPU overhead and no application changes.
    • Overflow Sequential Access Method (OSAM) encryption enables a greater portion of your data to be automatically encrypted, providing security-rich access to your IMS data without additional work.
  • Improved troubleshooting:
    • With Data Privacy in Diagnostics, IMS 15.3 enables you to remove private identifiable information before shipping diagnostic information to IBM.
    • With Data Definition Language (DDL) Audit Trail, IMS 15.3 provides IMS database administrators (DBAs) or IMS system programmers the ability to collect audit information related to changes made to IMS metadata and view what resource changes were made with DDL, by whom and when, in an easily readable form.
  • Increased storage:
    • Fast Path users may now increase the DEDB AREAs up to 9999, which allows clients to store up to 5x more data than before. A single DEDB can grow the database from 8.1 TB of data to 40 TB, with a single enhancement.
  • Enhanced performance:
    • With recent enhancements to IMS 15.3, an IMS application developer can:
      • Configure IMS dependent regions (MPP, BMP, IFP) to support interoperability between 31-bit COBOL and 64-bit Java to expand memory and process more data without a full rewrite
      • Make Resource Access Control Facility (RACF®) calls at the region level for IMS transactions being sent to IBM Db2®
      • Submit DDL, with the IMS Native z/OS DDL Utility (zDDL) without having to implement any additional infrastructure like IMS Connect and Open Database Manager (ODBM)
      • Implement nonstructural changes to the IMS catalogue without taking the catalogue offline
      • Run the Catalogue Purge Utility while IMS is on-line, so there's no sacrifice when it comes to availability
  • Improved information access and content:
    • Education is continuous. That is why IBM takes a strong stand on providing you with the tools you need to leverage your IMS skill set and promote long-term success. The following are resources that will help you along this journey:
      • Build your skills: find relevant IMS training, videos, and documentation on IMS Central.
      • Join the community: take part in the discussion and discover the latest updates on IBM Community, which is a unique platform built by members, for members.

IBM IMS Transaction Manager Value Unit Edition (VUE) 15.3 and IBM IMS Database Value Unit Edition 15.3 are also included in this announcement. These offer the base IMS product and optional charge-based features at a one-time charge (OTC) price metric solely for eligible workloads. Eligible workloads are defined as net new applications or workloads that are deployed in qualified z Systems® New Application License Charge (zNALC) logical partitions (LPARs). See your IBM representative for more information and additional terms.

Overview

While cloud computing continues to expand and IT infrastructure increasingly becomes synonymous with cloud infrastructure, IMS 15.3 brings further enhancements to streamline your digital transformation journey to the cloud. Using the continuous delivery model, IMS delivers both functional enhancements and product maintenance as soon as they become available, enabling you to innovate faster and remain agile.

The expansive integration capabilities of IMS, coupled with its legendary qualities of service and reputation, enable you to transform your IT infrastructure, including IMS, into your cloud infrastructure. IMS delivers the availability, scalability, and performance that are required for enterprise and integrated on-premises and hybrid cloud environments. IMS is also open and connected, enabling your organization to extend, connect, and innovate with trusted IMS applications, transactions, and data.

IMS 15.3 is offered through the continuous delivery support model that was announced in October 2017 in which both functional enhancements and product maintenance are delivered to market when ready rather than on a version schedule. This new delivery approach makes it easier for you to stay as current as possible and adopt new function as your business needs require. Periodically, new function and maintenance PTFs are consolidated into a single package for ease of installation for clients migrating from prior versions and carry a new release number.

For more information regarding IMS 15 continuous delivery, see Software Announcement A17-0604, dated October 3, 2017.

IMS 15.3 delivers capabilities that help you:

  • Transform your IT infrastructure into your cloud infrastructure
  • Access and troubleshoot your data with more confidence than ever
  • Plan for the unexpected

IMS 15.3 enhancements include:

  • With Open Transaction Manager Access (OTMA) Enhanced Storage Management, applications with heavy OTMA transaction processing will have reduced storage requirements.
  • IMS support for z/OS Workload Interaction Correlator, which helps reduce the time to identify and resolve anomalies based on unified workload insights.
  • Pervasive Encryption for IMS OSAM Databases 64-bit Support that relieves 31-bit storage constraints.
  • With Performance Enhancement for IMS Transaction Manager and Db2 Customers Using RACF, a system programmer can make RACF calls at a region level for IMS transactions being sent to Db2.
  • Database Recovery Control facility (DBRC) Staging Directory Command Support provides the ability to verify new or changed database definitions prior to general use.
  • Nonstructural IMS Catalogue Changes Without an Outage provides the ability to implement nonstructural changes to the IMS catalogue without an outage in an IMS-managed ACB environment.
  • The Catalogue Purge Utility gives you the ability to purge instances from the catalogue while IMS is on-line.
  • The "Maximum number of AREAs is increased to 9999 enhancement" that gives you the ability to manage larger workloads by creating larger Fast Path databases.
  • IMS DB Fence avoids data integrity issues by stopping rogue transactions or applications from updating databases at the remote site.
  • DDL Audit Trail in Readable Format gives you the ability to collect audit information related to changes made to IMS metadata using DDL in a readable form.
  • The Generalized Sequential Access Method (GSAM) Library Build Utility provides the ability for IMS users of Managed ACBs to create GSAM database descriptors (DBDs) and program specification blocks (PSBs) that contain GSAM program communication blocks (PCBs) and sources of them using the IMS catalogue Library Builder Utility.
  • IMS Native z/OS DDL Utility (BMP Support) gives you the ability to use DDL to manage IMS resources without having to implement IMS Connect and ODBM.
  • Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) Hex and Binary Literal Support provides hex and binary literal support in SQL queries running against the IMS Universal drivers.
  • "Do not stop IMS Fast Path transaction and program on application abend" gives you the option with DFSNDMX0 exit to not stop an IMS transaction and program running in a message-driven IFP region after an application abend.
  • 31-bit COBOL and 64-bit Java Interoperability provides the ability to configure IMS dependent regions that will support interoperability between 31-bit COBOL and 64-bit Java.
  • Using the IBM Z Security and Compliance Center, IMS clients can more easily collect evidence of information security controls and demonstrate compliance to auditors.

Key requirements

IMS 15.3 interoperates with:

  • IBM z/OS
  • IBM Z processors
  • Java
  • Internal Resource Lock Manager (IRLM)
  • IBM Db2 for z/OS
  • IBM CICS®
  • IBM MQ
  • IBM WebSphere® Application Server
  • COBOL

See the Technical information section for details.

Planned availability date

June 24, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


A22-0094

DrumWave Solutions for IBM Cloud Pak for Data helps clients capture, manage, and improve the value obtained from data sets

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Overview

DrumWave Solutions for IBM Cloud Pak® for Data is a third-party offering that helps you dynamically explore, analyze, and create business-ready data sets and data applications that combine and exchange data for internal and external uses. DrumWave is powered by data-value engineering and visualization, and it leverages the Cloud Pak for Data DataOps accessibility features to capture, manage, and grow your organization's data value.

Key requirements

An internet connection is required.

Planned availability date

June 21, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


A22-0162

IBM Cloud Pak for Security 1.10 enhances IBM Security QRadar SOAR with SOAR notifications capability, brings playbook import and export functionality, and introduces domain-specific options to improve ordering flexibility

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At a glance

IBM Cloud Pak for Security 1.10 enhancements and innovations deliver an open approach to IBM Security® QRadar® SOAR:

  • SOAR notifications feature enables Case notifications to be viewed across all of the Cloud Pak for Security applications. This includes a search functionality.
  • Playbook cancellation feature provides capability to cancel criteria for playbook while the playbook is running.
  • Sub-playbook support provides capability to define sub-playbooks for reusing playbook flows in different contexts.
  • Manual playbooks provide capability to define an activation form for manual playbooks.
  • Initial managed security service provider (MSSP) support for SOAR on Cloud Pak for Security offers global case management capabilities and central configuration for service providers in Cloud Pak for Security.
  • Privacy module (add-on) provides exposed timeframes in UI for regulatory tasks to differentiate soft deadlines from hard deadlines.
  • New software and SaaS package options are available for order:
    • QRadar XDR Package
    • Guardium® Package (software only)
    • Verify Package (SaaS only)

Overview

As organizations move their businesses to the cloud, security data is being spread across different tools, clouds, and on-premises IT environments. This creates process gaps that can cause threats to be missed and require complex and costly integrations to close the gaps. Cloud Pak for Security is an integrated security platform that enables your organization to gain insights into threats and risks and respond faster with automation.

Cloud Pak for Security helps you work smarter by generating deeper insights, mitigating risks, and accelerating response. By working from a unified dashboard, automating manual tasks, and following guided workflows, your team can be more efficient and collaborative, more proactive than reactive. With an open security platform built for zero trust, you can optimize your existing investments while leaving your data where it is.

Threat management capabilities in Cloud Pak for Security are powered by IBM Security QRadar XDR, a modular security suite in Cloud Pak for Security, that delivers robust, open, process-wide visibility, detection, investigation, and response. This platform offers native security information and event management (SIEM), security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR), and network detection and response (NDR), with unified analyst workflows across tools. These solutions unify, enrich, and augment data from your existing security solutions, resulting in a significant increase in visibility of relevant threat information for security teams that leads to accelerated investigations and responses to stop threats faster.

Data security capabilities in Cloud Pak for Security are powered by IBM Security Guardium Insights, a hub that is designed to help meet data privacy and compliance goals, as well as centralize data security visibility to understand how users are interacting across a distributed hybrid multicloud environment. IBM Security Guardium Insights can analyze and prioritize data risks, and help streamline and automate compliance and auditing, resulting in removing silos between data security and security operations centre (SOC) teams so that data critical to an investigation can be shared.

New security analyst benefits in Cloud Pak for Security 1.10:

  • SOAR notifications enable security analysts to view SOAR notifications across all of the Cloud Pak for Security applications. Additionally, security analysts can configure notifications based on events in Cases and view them in email or in the UI.
  • Playbook import and export feature enables security analysts to share automation content to improve collaboration. The individual playbooks and their associated content can be imported and exported.
  • New software and SaaS package options are available for order and are aligned with client purchase preferences and business needs:

These packages simplify the ordering process and offer ordering flexibility:

  • Clients have access to all capabilities in the package and pay for only what they use.
  • Pricing options are based on their enterprise infrastructure or on usage-based metrics.
  • On-prem, hybrid, or SaaS deployment options are available.
  • Flexible licensing options are available and include perpetual and subscription options.

New software and SaaS package options are available for order with the following capabilities:

  • IBM Security QRadar XDR Package
    • IBM Security Operations and Response (SOAR)
    • IBM Security Operations and Response (SOAR) Breach Response
    • IBM Security QRadar Event Analytics
    • IBM Security QRadar Flow Analytics
    • IBM Security QRadar Data Store
    • IBM Security Risk manager
  • IBM Security Guardium Package (software only)
    • IBM Security Operations and Response (SOAR)
    • IBM Security Operations and Response (SOAR) Breach Response
    • IBM Security Guardium Data Protection
    • IBM Security Guardium Vulnerability Assessment
    • IBM Security Guardium Insights
    • IBM Security Risk Manager
  • IBM Security Verify Package (SaaS only)
    • IBM Security Operations and Response (SOAR)
    • IBM Security Risk manager
    • IBM MaaS360® Essential Suite
    • IBM MaaS360 Deluxe Suite
    • IBM MaaS360 Premier Suite
    • IBM MaaS360 Enterprise
    • IBM Trusteer® Pinpoint Detect
    • IBM Trusteer Pinpoint Assure
    • IBM Security Verify

Key requirements

  • Workstation with a supported operating system
  • Supported web browser

Planned availability date

June 28, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


A22-0305

IBM Open Enterprise SDK for Go 1.18 delivers enhancements to implement generics and workspaces support for Go programmers on the IBM z/OS platform

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At a glance

IBM Open Enterprise SDK for Go 1.18 enables organizations to run the Go programming language on the IBM z/OS platform. Enhancements in this release include the following:

  • Generics to allow Go programmers to represent functions and data structures in a generic form
  • Workspaces to make it easier to work on multiple modules
  • Fuzzing to make testing more comprehensive and easier

Overview

Open Enterprise SDK for Go is the latest addition to the IBM family of compiler development tools. It offers a powerful framework for building fast and scalable applications for z/OS, and provides the facility to write applications in support of cloud infrastructures. It can take advantage of the colocation of your data and existing applications on the IBM Z platform to increase throughput and reduce response time. You can control which data will be exposed externally, while keeping all your proprietary data secure inside the IBM Z platform.

New features in Open Enterprise SDK for Go 1.18 from the Go 1.18 open source community include the following:

  • Generics to allow you to represent functions and data structures in a generic form
  • Workspaces to improve working with multiple modules
  • Fuzzing to provide for automated testing

Open Enterprise SDK for Go 1.18 is available at no charge from Shopz and is downloadable and installable through the familiar System Modification Program Extended (SMP/E) install tool. There is an option to receive service and support by ordering IBM Subscription and Support for a charge.

You have the flexibility to download and install Open Enterprise SDK for Go from a PAX (Portable Archive eXchange) file. See the Open Enterprise SDK for Go product page for a link to where you can download the PAX file. The PAX file for this offering is available at no charge. However, there is no service and support available for the PAX file. The optional IBM S&S is only available through Shopz.

Key requirements

An IBM Z server that supports z/OS V2.4 (5650-ZOS), or later

Planned availability date

June 24, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


A22-0330

IBM Db2 solution packs deliver IBM Db2 for z/OS 13 support and simplified acquisition

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Overview

IBM Db2 Administration Solution Pack for z/OS 3.3 and IBM Db2 Change Management Solution Pack for z/OS 1.2 have been enhanced to exploit the power of IBM Db2 13. Both offerings provide a complete Db2 13 database administrative experience with the additional benefits of simplified product purchase, installation, and maintenance. Moreover, using either solution, the Db2 database administrator can better optimize performance and resource utilization to lower overall risk and reduce cost.

Db2 Administration Solution Pack for z/OS 3.3

Db2 Administration Solution Pack for z/OS 3.3 (5697-ASP) delivers integrated object management and fast data cloning capabilities for Db2 for z/OS by combining the functionality from the following programs:

  • IBM Db2 Administration Tool for z/OS 13.1 (5698-AT3)

    Db2 Administration Tool for z/OS 13.1 delivers a function-rich object management solution.

    Note: Db2 Administration Tool 13.1 is not compatible with Db2 Object Comparison Tool 12.1.

  • IBM Db2 Table Editor for z/OS 4.5 (5697-G65)

    Db2 Table Editor for z/OS is designed to enable you to access, update, and delete data quickly and easily on Db2 for z/OS.

    Db2 Table Editor for z/OS 4.5 provides support for Db2 13 with PTF for APAR PH45716.

  • IBM Db2 Cloning Tools for z/OS 3.2 (5655-N15)

    Db2 Cloning Tool for z/OS can make it easy to clone a Db2 subsystem or Db2 table spaces. Db2 Cloning Tool for z/OS can also be used to clone non-Db2 volumes.

    Db2 Cloning Tool for z/OS 3.2 provides support for Db2 13 with PTF for APAR PH45915.

  • IBM Db2 Object Comparison Tool for z/OS 13.1

    IBM Db2 Object Comparison Tool for z/OS helps you to compare and synchronize different Db2 objects while helping maintain system availability and object integrity. Db2 Object Comparison Tool for z/OS 13.1 delivers a function-rich object management solution that supports Db2 13.

    Db2 Object Comparison Tool 13.1 requires Db2 Administration Tool 13.1.

    Note: Db2 Object Comparison Tool for z/OS 13.1, previously available as a stand-alone offering under program number 5655-DC2, has now been integrated into the solution packs. It is now available only as part of IBM Db2 Change Management Solution Pack for z/OS 1.2 as part of IBM Db2 Administration Solution Pack for z/OS 3.3.

Db2 Change Management Solution Pack for z/OS 1.2

Db2 Change Management Solution Pack for z/OS 1.2 (5655-CH1) delivers integrated object management capabilities for Db2 for z/OS by combining the functionality from the following programs:

  • Db2 Administration Tool for z/OS 13.1 (5698-AT3)
  • Db2 Table Editor for z/OS 4.5 (5697-G65)
  • Db2 Object Comparison Tool for z/OS 13.1

Key requirements

For additional details about Db2 Tools offerings, see the Technical information section.

Planned availability date

June 24, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


A22-0360

IBM z/OS V2.5 2Q 2022 enhancements

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Overview

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.

This quarter's CD update further extends the capabilities of z/OS V2.5 with key features that include the following:

  • z/OS Parallel Sysplex® enhancements for the IBM z16 CFLEVEL 25: Enhancements include z/OS support for the new z16™ coupling facility, CFLEVEL 25, which provides a variety of enhancements for improved Parallel Sysplex performance, scalability, and resiliency.
  • CFRM support for 4096 CF structures in a Parallel Sysplex: Previously announced support for up to 4096 CF structures in a sysplex has been temporarily disabled/withdrawn, pending a complete resolution to issues found with the support.
  • z/OS support for System Recovery Boost: Enhancements to accompany the IBM z16 can provide boosted processor capacity and parallelism for specific recovery events. Client-selected middleware starts and restarts may be boosted to expedite recovery for middleware regions and restore steady-state operations as soon as possible. SVC dump processing and HyperSwap® configuration load and reload may be boosted to minimise the impact to running workloads.
  • z/OS upgrade improvements for IBM z16: The z/OS IBM z16 Upgrade Workflow has been provided in a program temporary fix (PTF) to help position z/OS for usage on the new IBM z16 server.
  • z/OSMF ServerPac update: Because the z/OSMF Software Management data set merge function is now available and the z/OSMF ServerPac Portable Software Instance has enabled it, the CustomPac Dialogue installation method is planned to be removed.
  • IBM z/OS Management Facility (z/OSMF) enhancements: New capabilities allow users to better leverage existing CFRM Policy Editor functions, support creating or deleting USS symbolic links, and easily validate the connection status of managed systems.
  • Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS: Enhancements expand the type of potential configurations a user can modify during the provisioning process.
  • z/OS Management Services Catalogue enhancements: Numerous enhancements to the user experience flow have been delivered to efficiently create and manage z/OS management services. In addition, two new sample services are provided.
  • z/OS Job REST Completion Notification to eliminate Common Information Model (CIM): The asynchronous job completion notification function of the REST jobs API has been enhanced to eliminate the dependency on CIM and Common Event Adapter (CEA).
  • z/OS Container Extensions (zCX) enhancements: A new performance improvement has been delivered to reduce the chances of lock contention in high frequency code paths.
  • Data Set File System: The new physical file system renders traditional z/OS data sets accessible by programs, shell scripts, and end users of z/OS UNIX® System Services.
  • COBOL-Java interoperability: The IBM Semeru Runtime Certified Edition for z/OS has been enhanced to provide the 31-bit/64-bit interoperability support.
  • New IBM Open XL C/C++ 1.1 compiler: A new component for z/OS V2.4 and V2.5 adds C/C++ language standards support, ideal for z/OS UNIX users porting applications from distributed platforms.
  • Resource Measurement Facility (RMF) and Advanced Data Gatherer (ADG) enhancements: Support has been added to report on the new Crypto Express 8S card of the IBM z16 and allow machine configurations with up to 256 physical processors.
  • MEMLIMIT diagnostics for CICS and Java enhancements: Serviceability is enhanced for MEMLIMIT diagnosis in high virtual memory.
  • z/OS Encryption Readiness Technology (zERT) Network Analyzer enhancements: Passphrase support is added and usability is improved for database connection authentication.
  • RACF Database Encryption: This function allows an installation to encrypt a VSAM data set that is used as a part of a RACF database as well as share that data set among z/OS systems in certain configurations to help further strengthen the overall security posture of the z/OS platform.
  • Compliance support for z/OS: z/OS has been enhanced to modernize compliance data reporting. This support enables the collection of compliance data from numerous IBM z16 and z/OS products and components, and simplifies auditing by publishing z/OS hardening guidelines.

Key requirements

z/OS V2.5 operates on the following IBM Z 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.

Planned availability date

June 30, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


A22-0406

IBM InfoSphere Optim 11.7 solution set includes upgrades, expanded support, and enhanced capabilities for select programs and components

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Overview

IBM InfoSphere® Optim solutions manage data from requirements to retirement. They can boost performance, empower collaboration, and improve governance across applications, databases, and platforms. By managing data properly over its lifetime, organizations are better equipped to support business goals with less risk.

Version 11.7 brings upgrades and enhancements to the following IBM InfoSphere Optim solutions and related components:

  • IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Privacy
  • IBM InfoSphere Optim Test Data Management
  • IBM InfoSphere Optim Archive
  • IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Growth Solution
  • IBM InfoSphere Optim Solution for Application Retirement
  • IBM Virtual Data Pipeline and Optim Data Privacy
  • IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Privacy for Apache Hadoop
  • IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Privacy for Data Warehouse Appliances

New in version 11.7

Upgrades and expanded capabilities

  • Upgrades to internal components:
    • IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS) Community Edition is upgraded to WAS Liberty.
    • Support for TCP/IP version 6 is added under Optim Windows™ only.
  • Upgrades to supporting programs:
    • IBM Db2 11.5
    • IBM InfoSphere Information Analyzer 11.7.1
    • IBM InfoSphere Information Governance Catalogue 11.7.1
  • Capability to run Optim Clients (Classic and Designer) on:
    • Windows Server 2019
  • Capability to run Optim Server and Web Applications on:
    • Windows Server 2019
    • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® (RHEL) 8
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15
    • IBM AIX® 7.2 Technology Level 4 (TL4)
  • Support for Microsoft™ SQL Server 2019 as a data source and to store the Optim Directory.
  • Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2016, 2017, and 2019 for running on Linux and AIX.
  • Enhanced masking option for IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Privacy that enables the use of Optim Convert Utility to verify cases when masking might not have worked during masking implementation. This can eliminate the need for expensive comparisons after masking completes.
  • SQL User Defined Functions (UDFs) for masking data in IBM Netezza® Performance Server 11.2.

InfoSphere Optim Data Privacy for Apache Hadoop enables clients to:

  • Automate the discovery of relationships within and across big data sources
  • Extract, de-identify, mask, and transform sensitive data targeting or residing in the Hadoop environment
  • Mask data on-demand and in-flight to the Hadoop environment

InfoSphere Optim Data Privacy for Data Warehouse Appliances enables clients to:

  • Discover and understand the sensitive data within their data warehouse appliance
  • Mask or redact sensitive data to support privacy and compliance

Ordering enhancements

InfoSphere Optim 11.7 solutions now include the option to order several Enterprise Edition products by using the PVU metric, along with the previously available Terabyte metric.

This PVU pricing is available for the following IBM InfoSphere Optim products:

  • IBM InfoSphere Optim Archive Enterprise Edition
  • IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Privacy Enterprise Edition
  • IBM InfoSphere Optim Test Data Management Enterprise Edition
  • IBM InfoSphere Optim Archive Enterprise Edition for Oracle Applications
  • IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Privacy Enterprise Edition for Oracle Applications
  • IBM InfoSphere Optim Test Data Management Enterprise Edition for Oracle Applications

Removed features

The following features that were previously available in IBM InfoSphere Optim 11.3 are no longer available in IBM InfoSphere Optim 11.7:

  • All integration with IBM Security Guardium is removed.
  • IBM InfoSphere Optim for Distributed Systems no longer runs as a Windows 32-bit application. Only the 64-bit option is available.
  • Masking on Demand GUI is removed. The command line tool remains available.
  • PST Basic is no longer supported. It was previously supported for Optim on Windows 32-bit only.
  • Java is no longer shipped with IBM InfoSphere Optim for Distributed Systems. It is now a prerequisite.
  • IBM Db2 Connect is not included in IBM InfoSphere Optim 11.7 as a Supporting Program of Db2 11.5. Db2 Connect was previously included as a supporting program in IBM InfoSphere Optim 11.3 with certain Optim products, allowing access to data in IBM Db2 for z/OS and IBM Db2 for IBM i. To enable this connectivity in IBM InfoSphere Optim 11.7, clients can license Db2 Connect or use other technology options that are included with IBM InfoSphere Optim solutions.
  • Support for an Optim Server to run on HP-UX, HP-IA, and Solaris was deprecated in IBM InfoSphere Optim 11.3 at different fixpack levels. Support for all three operating systems is withdrawn in IBM InfoSphere Optim 11.7.

Key requirements

For details, see the Software requirements section.

Planned availability date

June 24, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.

Withdrawal Announcements


A22-0391

Software withdrawal: IBM Information Management System 15.2.x

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Overview

Effective June 24, 2022, IBM will withdraw from marketing the following licensed under the IBM Customer Agreement.

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