Announcement Summary - June 14, 2022

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Announcements by Letter Number

ZG22-0085 Hardware withdrawal: Select IBM Power Systems features

ZG22-0104 Revised availability: Select IBM FlashSystem 5000 features remain available for ordering

ZG22-0106 Revised availability: IBM Storage Networking SAN64B-6 model F64 and N64 available for ordering

ZG22-0107 IBM ServicePac features available for IBM TS2900 and IBM TS2290 Linear Tape-Open (LTO) 9 families

ZG22-0109 IBM ServicePac features available for IBM DS8900F all-flash family

ZG22-0113 Revised technical information: IBM Db2 13 for z/OS, SQL Data Insights

ZP22-0029 IBM Z NetView 6.4 provides a modernized user experience through integration of technologies and accelerating user productivity along with network management enhancements and increased security capabilities

ZP22-0045 IBM Security zSecure Manager for RACF z/VM 2.5.1 provides near real-time feeds of RACF SMF event codes to IBM QRadar and Splunk

ZP22-0161 IBM Business Developer 9.7 delivers Enterprise Generation Language Rich User Interface modernization, Enterprise Generation Language for cloud capabilities, and user productivity enhancements

ZP22-0185 IBM Z Monitoring Suite 1.3 and IBM Z Service Management Suite 2.3 deliver latest IBM z16 and middleware exploitation; IBM Z NetView 6.4 updates added to IBM Z Service Automation Suite 1.5, IBM Z Service Management Suite 2.3, and IBM Z NetView for Continuous Availability 6.4

ZP22-0199 IBM Rational Solution for Test Automation 10.2.3 features integration testing capabilities across portfolio, with enhancements for IBM Rational Integration Tester, IBM Rational Test Automation Server, and IBM Rational Functional Tester

ZP22-0220 Service withdrawal: IBM Select Support for xCAT from IBM Configurator for e-Business - Replacements available

ZP22-0224 Software withdrawal and support discontinuance: IBM Select Support for burst buffer - No replacements

ZP22-0271 IBM WebSphere Automation for IBM Cloud Pak for Watson AIOps 1.4 delivers one-click installation of security updates for traditional IBM WebSphere Application Server and IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty servers

ZP22-0276 IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Stack 2022.2.1 delivers an evolving flexible solution for IBM zSystems modernization in a Red Hat OpenShift powered platform, with revised naming for IBM Wazi Developer for Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces

ZP22-0278 IBM Aspera Faspex 5.0 application is enhanced with faster and more intuitive user experience workflow and features higher scalability

ZP22-0279 Revised technical information: Selected capabilities for IBM z/Transaction Processing Facility

ZP22-0283 Software withdrawal: Select IBM Spectrum Protect Plus for Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamic Solutions International Virtual Tape Library part numbers - No replacements available

ZP22-0287 Software withdrawal: IBM Elite Support for Apache CouchDB - No replacement

ZP22-0288 Licensed program software withdrawal: Select Turbonomic, Inc. part numbers - No replacements

ZP22-0299 Software support discontinuance: IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management 7.0.0 and IBM Engineering Systems Design Rhapsody 8.4.0 - Replacements available

ZP22-0307 IBM Virtual Dev and Test for z/OS delivers the only environment that runs current, genuine IBM z/OS software and middleware on-premises on Linux on Z for z/OS application software development and early test activities

ZS22-0004 Service withdrawal and support discontinuance: Proactive Log Analysis for z/OS stand-alone offering and Customized Proactive Maintenance (CPM) is removed from premium support service offering

ZS22-0012 IBM extends IBM ServicePac services to include new IBM Storage products

Hardware Announcements


ZG22-0104

Revised availability: Select IBM FlashSystem 5000 features remain available for ordering

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Overview

The withdrawal from marketing of select FlashSystem 5000 features announced in Hardware Withdrawal ZG22-0070, dated April 12, 2022, has been rescinded.

The following features will remain available for ordering until further notice on the models indicated. Withdrawal information of all other products remains unchanged by this announcement.

Description Machine type Model number Feature number
10 TB 7,200 rpm 12 Gb SAS NL 3.5 Inch HDD 4662 12G AL3C
10 TB 7,200 rpm 12 Gb SAS NL 3.5 Inch HDD 4662 92G AL49
10 TB 7,200 rpm 12 Gb SAS NL 3.5 Inch HDD 2072 2N2, 3N2, 12G AL3C
10 TB 7,200 rpm 12 Gb SAS NL 3.5 Inch HDD 2072 92G AL49

ZG22-0106

Revised availability: IBM Storage Networking SAN64B-6 model F64 and N64 available for ordering

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Overview

The following IBM Storage Networking models and features announced in Hardware Withdrawal ZG22-0067, dated April 12, 2022, are no longer withdrawn from marketing.

The following models and features are reinstated and remain available for ordering until further notice:

Description Machine type Model number Feature number
IBM Storage Networking SAN64B-6 8960 F64  
TAA Compliance 8960 F64 0983
F64 24 x 32Gbps SW SFP Bundle 8960 F64 2432
F64 48 x 32Gbps SW SFP Bundle 8960 F64 2433
F64 32Gbps LW SFP Enterprise Bundle 8960 F64 2435
F64 24 x 16Gbps SW SFP Bundle 8960 F64 2456
Rack Indicator, Rack nr1 8960 F64 4651
Rack Indicator, Rack nr2 8960 F64 4652
Rack Indicator, Rack nr3 8960 F64 4653
Desktop Install Power® Cord 8960 F64 9205
Power Cord 125V, 10A, 2.8M Group 1 8960 F64 9800
PWRCORD 250V,10A,2.8M GROUP2 8960 F64 9820
PWRCORD 250V,10A,2.8M DENMARK 8960 F64 9821
PWRCORD 250V,10A,2.8M GROUP3 8960 F64 9825
PWRCORD 250V,10A,2.8M ISRAEL 8960 F64 9827
PWRCORD 250V,10A,2.8M SWITZ. 8960 F64 9828
PWRCORD 250V,10A,2.8M GROUP4 8960 F64 9829
PWRCORD 250V,10A,2.8M GROUP5 8960 F64 9830
PWRCORD 250V,10A,2.8M AUST.,NZ 8960 F64 9831
PWRCORD 250V, 10A, 2.8m URUGUAY,ARGENT.,PARAG 8960 F64 9834
PWRCORD 250V,6A,2.8M PROFCHINA 8960 F64 9840
PDU Line Cord, India 8960 F64 9896
Line Cord, India 8960 F64 9898
Shipping and Handling NC 8960 F64 AG00
Shipping Charge 8960 F64 AGFD
PureApp Gen3 Indicator 8960 F64 EHJD
Kingfisher Consolidation Feature - MT 8280 8960 F64 EHK2
Sailfish2 CF 8960 F64 ESF0
IBM Storage Networking SAN64B-6 8960 N64  
TAA Compliance 8960 N64 0983
N64 24 x 32Gbps SW SFP Bundle 8960 N64 2436
N64 48 x 32Gbps SW SFP Bundle 8960 N64 2437
N64 24 x 16Gbps SW SFP Bundle 8960 N64 2457
Desktop Install Power Cord 8960 N64 9205
Power Cord 125V, 10A, 2.8M Group 1 8960 N64 9800
PWRCORD 250V,10A,2.8M GROUP2 8960 N64 9820
PWRCORD 250V,10A,2.8M DENMARK 8960 N64 9821
PWRCORD 250V,10A,2.8M GROUP3 8960 N64 9825
PWRCORD 250V,10A,2.8M ISRAEL 8960 N64 9827
PWRCORD 250V,10A,2.8M SWITZ. 8960 N64 9828
PWRCORD 250V,10A,2.8M GROUP4 8960 N64 9829
PWRCORD 250V,10A,2.8M GROUP5 8960 N64 9830
PWRCORD 250V,10A,2.8M AUST.,NZ 8960 N64 9831
PWRCORD 250V, 10A, 2.8m URUGUAY,ARGENT.,PARAG 8960 N64 9834
PWRCORD 250V,6A,2.8M PROFCHINA 8960 N64 9840
PDU Line Cord, India 8960 N64 9896
Line Cord, India 8960 N64 9898
Shipping and Handling NC 8960 N64 AG00
Shipping Charge 8960 N64 AGFD

All other previously withdrawn products remain unchanged by this announcement.


ZG22-0107

IBM ServicePac features available for IBM TS2900 and IBM TS2290 Linear Tape-Open (LTO) 9 families

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Overview

IBM ServicePac is designed to make services more easily obtainable as features of a product configuration, helping to ensure that you can more readily procure the necessary support services when you purchase the product. Through ServicePac services, you secure support for installing, managing, and repairing your IBM Storage product.

The terms and conditions of the ServicePac for Storage products may vary depending on specific product, geography, and services offered.

Key requirements

None.

Planned availability date

June 14, 2022.

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


ZG22-0109

IBM ServicePac features available for IBM DS8900F all-flash family

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Overview

IBM ServicePac is designed to make services easily obtainable as features of a product configuration, helping to ensure that you can more readily procure the necessary support services when you purchase the product. Through ServicePac services, you gain support for installing, managing, and repairing your IBM Storage product.

Media Retention offers clients the ability to retain defective media, such as hard drives and flash drives, that are being replaced (dependent on machine). The terms and conditions of IBM ServicePac for Storage products may vary depending on specific product, geography, and services offered.

Key requirements

None.

Planned availability date

June 14, 2022.

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


ZG22-0113

Revised technical information: IBM Db2 13 for z/OS, SQL Data Insights

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Overview

In Software Announcement ZP22-0003, dated April 5, 2022, the hardware requirements for the SQL Data Insights function of IBM Db2 for z/OS on IBM z16™ stated that performance improvements require the IBM Z Integrated Accelerator for AI (zAIU) component of IBM z16 with IBM z/OS V2.4, or later. The correct statement is that the SQL Data Insights function can exploit the IBM Z Integrated Accelerator for AI (zAIU) component of IBM z16 with z/OS V2.4, or later.

Software Announcements


ZP22-0029

IBM Z NetView 6.4 provides a modernized user experience through integration of technologies and accelerating user productivity along with network management enhancements and increased security capabilities

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At a glance

IBM Z® NetView 6.4:

  • Provides plug-ins for Zowe™ CLI, a command-line interface that administrators and operators can use to interact with IBM Z NetView from a platform other than IBM® z/OS®
  • Provides the ability to display messages queued on NetView tasks to enable users to make informed decisions before acting on the task
  • Provides support for longer z/OS symbol names and values, which gives clients added flexibility
  • Improves network management, including z/OS Encryption Readiness Technology (zERT) Policy Enforcement, removal of the SNMP requirement for packet trace and Discovery Manager display of interfaces, SNMPV3 support for NVSNMP, and conversion of AON Dynamic Display Facility (DDF) communication to RMTCMD
  • Provides users the ability to increase their security with the use of encrypted NetView data sets using DFSMS and ICSF, as well as being able to hide any sensitive user information issued as part of NetView commands

Overview

IBM Z NetView 6.4 provides automation, and network and systems management to address your requirements for business agility on IBM Z. Key capabilities and advanced functions include networking and automation, enhanced enterprise integration, and client time-to-value. System and network automation is provided by IBM Z NetView and addresses the continued drive for increased IT workload and automation. Because network requirements are ever-increasing, largely because of mobile phones, the need for a robust network management solution becomes increasingly important.

IBM Z NetView 6.4 continues to provide a modernized user experience through the integration of technologies that may aid in productivity. This is accomplished by introducing three new IBM Z NetView plug-ins for Zowe CLI:

  • Base plug-in enables clients to access core NetView information and issue most NetView commands. The specific categories of data are:
    • Canzlog messages
    • Task utilization information
    • List of NetView domains to which commands can be sent
    • Authentication to NetView through the NetView REST Server

    Note: You must download this plug-in if you want to use the network and automation plug-ins.

  • Automation plug-in enables you to manage automation table members or statements:
    • Activate an automation table member.
    • Download an automation table member.
    • List active automation tables.
    • Run a simulated test of an automation table statement.
    • Upload an automation table statement.
    • Validate an automation table member.
  • Network plug-in enables you to monitor your network:
    • Display distributed DVIPA (DDVIPA) health information.
    • Display distributed DVIPA (DDVIPA) statistics.

IBM Z NetView 6.4 provides the following additional enhancements:

  • Display of messages queued on attended and automated operator tasks. This enables the user to see what is queued up on a task behind a process that is not completing, thus allowing the user to make an informed decision on whether to recycle, stop, or reset the task.
  • Support for z/OS symbol names of up to 16 characters with a maximum substitution text of up to 44 characters (including spaces), as defined by z/OS. The following areas have been enhanced for this support:
    • Some configuration samples, such as CxxSTGEN, CNMSTUSR, and CNMPOLCY
    • PIPE SUBSYM stage
  • Network management enhancements:
    • IBM z/OS V2.5 Communications Server enhanced the z/OS Encryption Readiness Technology (zERT) function to provide enforcement of network encryption standards. The zERT policy-based enforcement (zERT enforcement) solution allows policy-based rules that describe different levels of cryptographic protection along with optional actions to take when TCP connections match those rules. zERT enforcement actions enable immediate notification through messages, auditing through SMF records, and automatic connection termination when questionable or unacceptable cryptographic protection is detected. IBM Z NetView catches the syslogd and SMF record notifications and generates a message upon which users can automate an action.
    • The SNMP requirement is removed for:
      • Displaying of interfaces using Discovery Manager
      • Packet trace

      This enhancement provides time to value because SNMP no longer needs to be configured for this function.

    • The NVSNMP command support for SNMPv3 allows additional security parameters to be issued. SNMPv3 requires a username, and authentication and encryption can optionally be specified.
  • Security
    • The use of encrypted data sets, as supported by DFSMS and IBM z/OS Integrated Cryptographic Service Facility (ICSF). IBM Z NetView supports encrypted:
      • Partitioned data sets extended (PDSEs), such as DSIPARM and Canzlog archive data sets
      • VSAM data sets, such as DSILOGP/DSILOGS
    • Ability to prevent the echoing, logging, and tracing of sensitive information about a command. See the CNMSELTE DSIPARM member.
  • NetView Enterprise Management Agent
    • Support is provided for Extended Access Volume usage for history performance information. The IBM Z NetView Enterprise Management Agent now includes the use of the OMEGAMON® persistent data store (PDS V2) large file setup for history information. This increases the amount of information that can be stored and retrieved from history to populate product workspaces.

The following functions are no longer available in IBM Z NetView 6.4:

  • NetView Web Services Gateway (SOAP Server)
  • SNA Topology Manager
  • The NetView task DSIWBTSK that provided support for the NetView Web Application Server
  • Correlation Engine
  • MultiSystem Manager support
  • SECOPTS.AUTHCHK.TARGETID command authorization security option

Key requirements

For additional details about IBM Z NetView 6.4, see the Technical information section.

Planned availability date

June 17, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


ZP22-0045

IBM Security zSecure Manager for RACF z/VM 2.5.1 provides near real-time feeds of RACF SMF event codes to IBM QRadar and Splunk

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Overview

IBM Security® zSecure Manager for RACF® z/VM® provides tools to help unleash the potential of your mainframe system that enables efficient and effective RACF administration, while helping use fewer resources. By automating many recurring system administration functions, Security zSecure Manager for RACF z/VM can help you maximize IT resources, reduce errors, improve quality of services, and demonstrate compliance.

Security zSecure Manager for RACF z/VM 2.5.1 delivers the following:

  • Near real-time feeds of RACF SMF events to IBM QRadar® SIEM and Splunk
  • Cache server that can enable the following:
    • Get last 24 hours of RACF SMF event data
    • See all events from all RACF machines in a single system image (SSI) cluster in one query
    • Query the cache server from the ISPF Events (EV) menu
  • RACF Security Server for z/VM and IBM Z Multi-Factor Authentication support
  • RACF for z/VM Processing Record for VMXEVENT SMF support
  • User interface enhancements:
    • Selection capabilities on audit and global audit settings in the RA.D and RA.R (RACF data sets and resources) menu options.
    • RA.R search on * string * to find all profiles, across all resource classes, where the string occurs in profile key.
    • User interface support for searching application data in RACF profiles.
    • RACLIST merge support option for REPORT SCOPE (RA.3.4).
    • New primary commands RA.U and RA.G to pick up the word at cursor position and start a recursive query with that word as a user ID or group. These new primary commands can be assigned to PF keys.
    • X and XF primary commands for profile lists to exclude all lines with specified string or exclude all lines except those with the specified string. The column to match against can be specified by name or position and can be used as preparation for the FORALL command.
    • New CARLa report types RUN (current environment) and RUN_DD (allocated files).
    • A new menu option CO.L to easily work with the last CARLa query.
  • CARLa enhancements:
    • Extensions to the CONVERT function of the DEFINE command, providing more options to convert and print time stamps
    • An output format DEC$DIGITS to format numbers with leading zeroes
    • Many new options for the HEADER keyword on NEWLIST and various related parameters to make it easier to generate output in a certain format, including HEADER=LEEF and HEADER=CEF
    • New LIST keyword in IMBED in addition to NOLIST; previous LIST and NOLIST settings restored when returning from imbed
    • New DEFSENS statement to more easily specify site-specific sensitive resource types
    • A new sensitivity type for GDPR data
    • New DOMAIN statement keyword CONFIG to specify a configuration member from within the standard itself
  • IBM z/VM specific enhancements:
    • New option SE.Z for configuring ISPF
    • Support for RACF databases on SCSI devices
    • Support to read OpenEdition BFS files
  • Scope processing updated to handle system-wide attributes (SPECIAL, AUDITOR)

Key requirements

An IBM Z server that is capable of supporting IBM z/VM 7.1, or later.

Note: The SMF cache server and real-time SMF to QRadar and Splunk support require z/VM 7.2 with APAR VM66459.

Planned availability date

June 17, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


ZP22-0161

IBM Business Developer 9.7 delivers Enterprise Generation Language Rich User Interface modernization, Enterprise Generation Language for cloud capabilities, and user productivity enhancements

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Overview

IBM Rational® Business Developer 9.7 and its Enterprise Generation Language (EGL) programming language enables business-oriented programmers to leverage the benefits and technology of Java™, J2EE, browser platforms, IBM i, and IBM Z without having to learn all the underlying technologies. Paired with powerful capabilities to support cross-platform development, it is designed to hide the technical details of the deployment platform and associated middleware programming interfaces. These enable developers to focus on the business problem rather than the underlying implementation technologies to develop modern EGL applications that include cloud support.

Rational Business Developer 9.7 enhancements:

  • Can develop modern responsive web applications with modernized Rich User Interface (UI) and automated Rich UI generation support
  • Compatible with latest corequisite and prerequisite products
  • Can generate and deploy EGL applications for the cloud

It comes with a drag-and-drop feature for services and automated Rich UI generation that uses the EGL Data Access Application wizard for quicker UI development and faster time to market.

With Rational Business Developer, organizations can create EGL applications for the cloud. deploy them on the cloud, and create EGL microservices by integrating with IBM MQ.

Rational Business Developer 9.6 supports IBM CICS® applications as a consumer of REST services. In 9.7, CICS applications can also be providers of REST APIs. This results in a powerful solution for the use of EGL-based applications in modern application architectures.

With Rational Business Developer 9.7, organizations can accomplish the following:

  • Create documentation for REST APIs with OpenAPI 2.0 and 3.0 support
  • Use GitHub as a source code repository for EGL applications with Git support

Key requirements

For details, see the Software requirements section.

Planned availability date

June 16, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


ZP22-0185

IBM Z Monitoring Suite 1.3 and IBM Z Service Management Suite 2.3 deliver latest IBM z16 and middleware exploitation; IBM Z NetView 6.4 updates added to IBM Z Service Automation Suite 1.5, IBM Z Service Management Suite 2.3, and IBM Z NetView for Continuous Availability 6.4

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Overview

IBM Z Service Management Suite 2.3

IBM Z Service Management Suite 2.3 helps deliver robust monitoring, observability, and automation management, including asset discovery, with an embedded ChatOps engagement model. It forms the foundation of the journey to AIOps for IBM Z to support the dynamic growth of transaction workload and data sharing for the modern hybrid cloud.

New in IBM Z Service Management Suite 2.3:

  • IBM Z NetView 6.4 provides a modernized user experience through integration of technologies and accelerating user productivity along with network management enhancements and increased security capabilities.
  • IBM Z OMEGAMON for CICS 5.6 product upgrade with multiple enhancements, including exploitation for IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS 6.1 and new workspaces showing CICS Transaction program execution and performance.
  • IBM OMEGAMON for Db2® Performance Expert on z/OS 5.5, formerly known as IBM Tivoli® OMEGAMON XE for Db2 Performance Expert on z/OS, product upgrade that delivers monitoring and exploitation for IBM Db2 13 for z/OS.
  • IBM OMEGAMON now supports IBM's z/OS Pervasive encryption for its history files.

See the Description section for the complete list of components contained within each suite.

IBM Z Monitoring Suite 1.3

IBM Z Monitoring Suite combines the necessary breadth and depth of resource monitoring of the IBM OMEGAMON family with IBM Service Management Unite Enterprise Edition (designed to provide a comprehensive IT operations dashboard and problem isolation environment), linking monitoring, scheduling, and automation. In addition, IBM Z Monitoring Suite includes IBM Resource Measurement Facility, which provides a data collection capability in a one-time charge licensing option.

IBM Z Monitoring Suite provides real-time and historical monitoring and availability management of critical z/OS infrastructure and key subsystems, such as IBM CICS, IBM Information Management System (IMS), IBM Db2, IBM WebSphere® Application Server for z/OS, and IBM MQ for z/OS.

IBM Z Monitoring Suite 1.3 enhancements include:

  • IBM Z OMEGAMON for CICS 5.6 product upgrade with multiple enhancements, including exploitation for IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS 6.1 and new workspaces showing CICS Transaction program execution and performance.
  • IBM OMEGAMON for Db2 Performance Expert on z/OS 5.5 product upgrade that delivers monitoring and exploitation for IBM Db2 13 for z/OS.
  • IBM OMEGAMON now supports IBM's z/OS Pervasive encryption for its history files.

IBM Z Service Automation Suite 1.5

IBM Z Service Automation Suite 1.5 offers a single point of control for a broad range of systems management functions. The suite provides the visibility, control, and automation of a large range of system elements spanning the hardware and software resources of enterprises in a sysplex. IBM Z Service Automation Suite provides automation, network management, and scheduling with an embedded ChatOps engagement model to address business agility on IBM Z.

IBM Z Service Automation Suite is designed to be a simply priced, easy-to-order package of products that can enable easy deployment of an integrated set of systems management functions.

New in IBM Z Service Automation Suite 1.5:

  • IBM Z NetView 6.4 provides a modernized user experience through integration of technologies and accelerating user productivity along with network management enhancements and increased security capabilities.

See the Description section for the complete list of components contained within each suite.

IBM Z NetView for Continuous Availability 6.4

IBM Z NetView for Continuous Availability is designed to help create an automated, cross-platform disaster recovery solution at virtually any distance between a primary site and a recovery site.

IBM Z NetView for Continuous Availability 6.4 provides enhancements in the following areas:

  • Monitoring of replication workloads is extended to provide aggregated information for a workload that contains objects from multiple database management systems. These include Db2 tables, IMS databases, and VSAM files. The enhanced aggregated data is displayed in the Tivoli Enterprise Portal Replication Workloads workspace and in the output of the ACTVREPL WORKLOAD=workload_name VIEW=SUMMARY command.
  • EIF AA_replication_heartbeat processing is enhanced to support a max_latency_time attribute provided by IBM InfoSphere® Data Replication for IMS for z/OS and IBM InfoSphere Data Replication for VSAM for z/OS in APAR PH32520.

IBM Z OMEGAMON for CICS 5.6 (formerly known as IBM OMEGAMON for CICS on z/OS)

OMEGAMON for CICS is a performance monitor that provides subject matter specialists, such as systems programmers, with the capability to manage IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS and IBM CICS Transaction Gateway for z/OS resources and workloads. It integrates with other members of the OMEGAMON portfolio to provide a powerful cross-subsystem problem determination toolset and is designed to help subject matter specialists manage and monitor their systems with greater ease.

New enhancements include:

  • Powerful new diagnostic feature for program tracking.
  • Refined resource-limiting resolution for CPU to allow actions to be taken much sooner to prevent tasks from impacting the region.
  • CICS Transaction Gateway Memory statistics are now available.
  • Support for IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS 6.1.

Key requirements

For additional details about these programs, see the Technical information section.

Planned availability date

June 17, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.

See the Availability of national languages section for national language availability.


ZP22-0199

IBM Rational Solution for Test Automation 10.2.3 features integration testing capabilities across portfolio, with enhancements for IBM Rational Integration Tester, IBM Rational Test Automation Server, and IBM Rational Functional Tester

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Overview

The IBM Rational Solution for Test Automation offerings help to accelerate full process testing of multichannel, interconnected applications, with version 10.2.3 bringing new features for service virtualization, performance, and UI testing. As integral parts of the Rational Solution for Test Automation portfolio and DevOps solution space, IBM Rational Test Automation Server and IBM Rational Test Workbench enable continuous testing and faster software delivery across the enterprise.

Purpose-built to improve testing, the Rational Solution for Test Automation portfolio includes the following components:

  • IBM Rational Test Automation Server 10.2.3
  • IBM Rational Test Workbench 10.2.3
  • IBM Rational Performance Tester 10.2.3
  • IBM Rational Functional Tester 10.2.3
  • IBM Rational Integration Tester 10.2.3
  • IBM Rational Service Tester for SOA Quality 10.2.3
  • IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server 10.2.3
  • IBM Rational Performance Test Server 10.2.3

New in Rational Solution for Test Automation 10.2.3

Rational Integration Tester provides a scripting-free environment for developing tests for service-oriented architecture (SOA) messaging and business process integration projects. Enhancements in version 10.2.3 include:

  • RIT Integration Support for HCL Appscan
  • Secure Active Directory support
  • CSV Data File Support
  • Control over the UI layout of SQL Query actions

Rational Test Automation Server gives developers a web-based continuous testing platform that is based on modern cloud-native technology. Built on Docker for easy deployment, Rational Test Automation Server provides native Kubernetes and Red Hat® OpenShift® support to scale up deployments. Enhancements in version 10.2.3 include:

  • Support for Notes on Results
  • Configure Absolute or Relative time for test log entries
  • Log Filtering
  • Rational Test Automation Server Azure Support
  • Export Queries

Rational Functional Tester provides automated testing capabilities for functional, regression, GUI and data-driven testing. It supports a range of applications, including web-based, .Net, Java, Siebel, SAP, terminal emulator-based applications, and PowerBuilder. Enhancements in version 10.2.3 include:

  • Support for browsers to be launched with Incognito mod
  • Capability to record Chrome browser with content security policy
  • Smaller screen capture sizes
  • Selection of device cloud for AFT suite
  • Ability to recognize two submit buttons with the same name in Edge
  • Support for reporting of Mobile Performance Metrics

Rational Performance Tester 10.2.3 brings the following enhancements:

  • Capability to hide license details
  • Display Performance VU Scheduler/Rate scheduler load test profile

Key requirements

For details, see the Software requirements section.

Planned availability date

June 20, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


ZP22-0271

IBM WebSphere Automation for IBM Cloud Pak for Watson AIOps 1.4 delivers one-click installation of security updates for traditional IBM WebSphere Application Server and IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty servers

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At a glance

IBM WebSphere Automation for IBM Cloud Pak® for Watson AIOps 1.4 offers the following updates:

  • One-click installation of critical security updates for traditional IBM WebSphere Application Server and IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty servers
  • Automatic download of security updates from IBM fix repositories
  • Ansible®-based installation of security updates and fix packs to WebSphere Application Server environments on bare metal and virtual machines
  • Installation and rollback of applied security updates

Overview

WebSphere Automation for IBM Cloud Pak for Watson AIOps helps organizations realize immediate value for their existing WebSphere Application Server environment.

WebSphere Automation for IBM Cloud Pak for Watson AIOps 1.4 integrates with Anisble to provide one-click installation of critical security updates for traditional WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Application Server Liberty servers. Anisble is an increasingly popular choice for software provisioning, configuration management, and application deployment among organizations that use WebSphere Application Server. Using the information WebSphere Automation for IBM Cloud Pak fort Watson AIOps has about the registered traditional WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Application Server Liberty servers, the appropriate security update is retrieved from IBM fix repositories. Installation of the security update is fully automated and includes retrieving the fix, installing the fix, and restarting the servers. The history of installation changes is tracked, and updates can be reverted if necessary.

WebSphere Automation for IBM Cloud Pak for Watson AIOps removes the need for WebSphere Application Server operations to perform the following manual actions:

  • Detection of unresolved vulnerabilities in traditional WebSphere Application Server servers, WebSphere Application Server Liberty servers, and IBM JDK
  • Identification of impacted systems in the WebSphere Application Server environment
  • Retrieval of security updates from IBM fix repositories
  • Manual installation of iFixes and fix packs for traditional WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Application Server Liberty servers
  • Manual rollback of iFixes and fix packs for traditional WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Application Server Liberty servers

Key requirements

For details, see the Software requirements section.

Planned availability date

June 29, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


ZP22-0276

IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Stack 2022.2.1 delivers an evolving flexible solution for IBM zSystems modernization in a Red Hat OpenShift powered platform, with revised naming for IBM Wazi Developer for Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces

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At a glance

IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Stack 2022.2.1 delivers a comprehensive IBM z/OS solution for modernization that offers:

  • Stable performance
  • Flexibility
  • Scalability
  • Reliability

The Wazi components are renamed.

IBM Wazi Developer for Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces (IBM Wazi Developer) is renamed IBM Wazi.

IBM Wazi Code subcomponents are renamed to:

  • Wazi for Eclipse
  • Wazi for VS Code
  • Wazi for Dev Spaces

The IBM Wazi Sandbox and IBM Wazi Analyze names remain unchanged.

Overview

IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Stack 2022.2.1 delivers a foundational modernization solution that helps enable organizations to extend their IBM zSystems, applications, and data to hybrid cloud environments through the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. This solution converges IBM zSystems with cloud native, container-based platforms and associated orchestration and management solutions to support the full lifecycle of IBM z/OS application modernization.

IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Stack delivers a single, flexible platform with the tools and capabilities needed to modernize z/OS environments and applications. It can help organizations modernize at a lower cost, with less risk, and a faster time to market than migrating applications to public cloud alone, and organizations only pay for the tools and capabilities used.

Key requirements

For details, see the Software requirements section.

Planned availability date

June 14, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


ZP22-0278

IBM Aspera Faspex 5.0 application is enhanced with faster and more intuitive user experience workflow and features higher scalability

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Overview

IBM Aspera® Faspex enables security-rich, high-speed movement of data, regardless of distance or network conditions. This is a centralized transfer solution that enables users to quickly share files with each other by using a workflow that is similar to email. This makes it ideal for projects that involve multiple teams exchanging big data files across continents and around the world.

User-uploaded files and folders are sent to, stored on, and downloaded from IBM Aspera transfer servers. IBM Aspera Faspex uses IBM Aspera Connect, a web browser extension and desktop client, to facilitate high-speed uploads and downloads with an IBM Aspera transfer server, enabling file transfers, synchronization, and streaming of digital assets.

New in IBM Aspera Faspex 5.0

IBM Aspera Faspex 5.0 is an improved web application that is part of IBM Aspera Enterprise suite of file and data transfer solutions. The overall usability of the product is enhanced with a faster and more intuitive user experience workflow and features improved scalability.

  • Improved user experience with more flexibility:
    • Features simplified navigation, highly responsive and intuitive to use with Carbon X design.
    • Includes light and dark mode
    • Works natively on mobile browsers
    • Is designed to provide users with a harmonized experience with IBM Aspera on Cloud, giving the Aspera Enterprise family of offerings a consistent user experience
  • Configured with HTTP Gateway and Integrated Connect:
    • Provides the expanded capability to run multiple simultaneous file transfers and transfer files in the background
  • Built on React, with RESTful API following OpenAPI Specification (OAS):
    • Designed to be a lightweight and easy-to-deploy and maintain application
    • Can lower the cost of integrations and caters to client-specific adaptations
    • Can be used as a UI-based application or headless API engine
  • Enhanced integration options, with all major features in UI available through APIs:
    • Addresses key client requests and enables easier app integration
  • Designed as a fully containerized architecture:
    • Can be deployed on premises, on cloud, or as a standard application on Linux®

Key requirements

For details, see the Aspera downloads and documentation website.

Planned availability date

June 17, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


ZP22-0279

Revised technical information: Selected capabilities for IBM z/Transaction Processing Facility

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Overview

Effective June 14, 2022, IBM will deprecate the following functional capabilities in IBM z/Transaction Processing Facility (z/TPF):

Functional capabilities Alternative capability
IBM Tivoli Monitoring Agent for z/TPF Runtime metrics collection
HTTP client (based on the open source libcurl package) Enhanced HTTP client

Effective December 13, 2022, IBM will withdraw support for the following functional capabilities in z/TPF:

Functional capabilities Alternative capability
IntraEnsemble Data Network (IEDN) support for OSA No replacement

Effective June 13, 2023, IBM will withdraw support for the following functional capabilities in z/TPF:

Functional capabilities Alternative capability
HTTP client (based on the open source libcurl package) Enhanced HTTP client
Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) Representational state transfer (REST)
TPF Operations Server 32-bit console and API TPF Operations Server 64-bit console and API

Effective December 31, 2023, IBM will withdraw support for the following functional capabilities in z/TPF:

Functional capabilities Alternative capability
Tivoli Monitoring Agent for z/TPF Runtime metrics collection

Effective date

  • June 14, 2022: Deprecation of:
    • Tivoli Monitoring Agent for z/TPF
    • HTTP client (based on the open source libcurl package)
  • December 13, 2022: Withdrawal of support for IntraEnsemble Data Network (IEDN) support for OSA
  • June 13, 2023: Withdrawal of support for:
    • HTTP client (based on the open source libcurl package)
    • Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)
    • TPF Operations Server 32-bit console and API
  • December 31, 2023: Withdrawal of support for Tivoli Monitoring Agent for z/TPF

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


ZP22-0307

IBM Virtual Dev and Test for z/OS delivers the only environment that runs current, genuine IBM z/OS software and middleware on-premises on Linux on Z for z/OS application software development and early test activities

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Overview

IBM Virtual Dev and Test for z/OS is an IBM Z development and test platform that runs on Linux on Z environments. It enables IBM z/OS operating system, middleware, and other z/OS oriented software to run on Linux on Z environments. This helps ensure additional capacity and better performance for development and early test activities and can be used for:

  • Developing and testing of new application functions and application maintenance
  • Investigating and verifying new middleware levels (version-to-version upgrades)
  • Prototyping new application architectures
  • Demonstrating application functions
  • Internal employee education

Virtual Dev and Test for z/OS 1.0.0 provides web for image management and provisioning, and RESTful API using the Virtual Dev and Test for z/OS enhanced provisioning framework. This enables organizations to build applications that use the latest instruction set platforms with z/OS V2.4 or later, with the necessary APARs and PTFs applied.

Virtual Dev and Test for z/OS can only be used for development, early testing, employee education, and demonstration of applications that run on z/OS. It cannot be used for code refactoring or re-engineering with the intention to re-platform existing z/OS based applications. It cannot be used for production workloads of any kind, such as, without limitation, production module builds, preproduction testing, stress testing, or performance testing. The load module or object code compiled on Virtual Dev and Test for z/OS cannot be promoted to production.

Virtual Dev and Test for z/OS is offered in a continuous delivery and support model that delivers both fixes and new functional enhancements as a set of modification-level updates. This enables clients to obtain quick and easy access to functional enhancements.

Key requirements

For details, see the Hardware requirements and the Software requirements sections.

Planned availability date

June 17, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.

Services Announcements


ZS22-0012

IBM extends IBM ServicePac services to include new IBM Storage products

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Overview

IBM enables clients to obtain IBM ServicePac® services for additional IBM Storage systems machine type models (MTMs) 8969-F24, 8969-P96, 8969-R96, 5341-993, 5341-994, 5341-996, 5341-998, 5341-E96, 3580-H95, and 3572-S9H.

ServicePac is designed to make services more easily obtainable as features of a product configuration, helping to ensure that you can more readily procure the necessary support services when you purchase the product. Through ServicePac services, you gain support for installing, managing, and repairing Storage products. With faster, more consistent access to IBM specialists, you can expedite issue resolution and optimize IT staff efficiency. ServicePac is suitable for clients of all sizes, from individual consumers to large corporations, and it can offer enhanced convenience and ease of use.

ServicePac services for Storage products can provide:

  • Onsite hardware maintenance coverage that is 24 hours a day, every day of the week. IBM can add additional years of hardware maintenance coverage.
  • The capability to retain defective media, such as hard drives and flash drives, that are being replaced (dependent on machine).
  • Warranty service upgrades, and warranty and maintenance options.

The terms and conditions of the ServicePac services for Storage products can vary depending on specific product, geography, and services offered.

Key requirements

Machine Setup Support Services: The Genie lift tool feature EB3Z and lift plate feature EB4Z are required to install and set up the supported machines. If a client has previously purchased these features, they will be available for use by the IBM Support Services Representative (SSR).

If these features have not been previously purchased, they can be added to the configuration.

Ordering prerequisites:

  • Feature B0NQ requires:
    • Feature ALK3, ALKR, ALKS, ALKT, ALKU, ALKV, ALKW, ALKX, ALKY, ALKZ, ALL3, ALLR, ALLS, ALLT, ALLU, ALLV, ALLW, ALLX, ALLY, or ALLZ as a prerequisite for MTM 5341-993, 5341-994, 5341-996, 5341-998, and 5341-E96
  • Feature B0PF requires:
    • Feature ALK5, ALCG, ALCH, ALCJ, ALCK, ALCL, ALCM, ALCN, ALCP, ALCQ, ALL5, ALDG, ALDH, ALDJ, ALDK, ALDL, ALDM, ALDN, ALDP, or ALDQ as a prerequisite for MTM 5341-993, 5341-994, 5341-996, 5341-998, and 5341-E96

Planned availability date

June 14, 2022

These services are available only in selected countries. For more information, see the Country availability section.

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.

Withdrawal Announcements


ZG22-0085

Hardware withdrawal: Select IBM Power Systems features

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Overview

Effective September 30, 2022, and December 31, 2022, IBM will withdraw from marketing features in the Withdrawn products section.

On or after the effective dates of withdrawal, you can no longer order these products directly from IBM.

You can obtain the products on an as-available basis through IBM Business Partners.

If you have a continuing need for these features, go to the IBM Certified Pre-owned Equipment website to check on availability or utilize the request a quote to communicate your specific requirements. IBM Certified Pre-owned Equipment has the largest inventory of used IBM systems that are refurbished, tested, and warranted for a minimum of 90 days.


ZP22-0220

Service withdrawal: IBM Select Support for xCAT from IBM Configurator for e-Business - Replacements available

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ZP22-0224

Software withdrawal and support discontinuance: IBM Select Support for burst buffer - No replacements

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Support and access discontinuance

Licensed program software

Effective on the date shown, IBM will withdraw support for the following programs licensed under the IBM Selected Support section of the IBM International Passport Advantage® Agreement:

Program number Program name VRM Discontinuance of support date
5737-N15 IBM Enhanced Select Support for burst buffer All September 30, 2022
5737-N16 IBM Elite Select Support for burst buffer All September 30, 2022

ZP22-0283

Software withdrawal: Select IBM Spectrum Protect Plus for Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamic Solutions International Virtual Tape Library part numbers - No replacements available

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ZP22-0287

Software withdrawal: IBM Elite Support for Apache CouchDB - No replacement

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ZP22-0288

Licensed program software withdrawal: Select Turbonomic, Inc. part numbers - No replacements

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ZP22-0299

Software support discontinuance: IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management 7.0.0 and IBM Engineering Systems Design Rhapsody 8.4.0 - Replacements available

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Support and access discontinuance

Effective on the date shown, IBM will withdraw support for specific versions and releases of the following programs licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement:

Program number Program name VRM Discontinuance of support date Supported releases
5725-F21 IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management Base 7.0.0 October 31, 2022 7.0.2
5724-V04 IBM Engineering Workflow Management 7.0.0 October 31, 2022 7.0.2
5724-V10 IBM Engineering Test Management 7.0.0 October 31, 2022 7.0.2
5724-W87 IBM Engineering Requirements Management - DOORS® Next 7.0.0 October 31, 2022 7.0.2
5724-X79 IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization - Publishing 7.0.0 October 31, 2022 7.0.2
5725-H85 IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization - Engineering Insights 7.0.0 October 31, 2022 7.0.2
5724-X70 IBM Engineering Systems Design Rhapsody® 1 8.4.0 October 31, 2022 9.0.1

1Note: This product includes components called IBM Engineering Systems Design Rhapsody - Model Manager 6.0.6 and IBM Engineering Systems Design Rhapsody - Design Manager 6.0.6.

The downloadable media for these releases will remain available until October 31, 2022.


ZS22-0004

Service withdrawal and support discontinuance: Proactive Log Analysis for z/OS stand-alone offering and Customized Proactive Maintenance (CPM) is removed from premium support service offering

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Overview

Effective on the dates shown, IBM will withdraw from marketing and support Proactive Log Analysis for z/OS.

Withdrawn product Withdrawal from marketing date Withdrawal of support date
Proactive Log Analysis for z/OS June 15, 2022 December 31, 2022

In addition, Customized Proactive Maintenance (CPM) deliverable will be removed from the following offering effective December 31, 2022. All other deliverables will remain the same.

Impacted offering Withdrawal of support date
6948-62X - IBM Z Premier Software Care - enhanced support for z Systems® December 31, 2022

This withdrawal is effective only in select countries. For a list of affected countries, see the Country availability section.

Note: This offering may not be available in your area.

If you have questions concerning this announcement, contact your IBM representative.

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