IBM extends software modernization capabilities with IBM i Modernization Engine for Lifecycle Integration (IBM i Merlin)

IBM United States Software Announcement 222-128
May 3, 2022

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At a glance

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IBM® i Modernization Engine for Lifecycle Integration (IBM i Merlin) is an application development and modernization framework designed to help clients move IBM i software forward.

IBM i Merlin:

  • Contains a set of tools that run in Red Hat® OpenShift® containers that guide and assist software developers in the modernization of IBM i applications
  • Enables client applications to realize the value of a hybrid cloud, multiplatform continuous integration continuous delivery (CICD) implementation
  • Makes it easy to expose IBM i-based business functions and data as services, using RESTful interface connections and enterprise message technologies to better participate in the hybrid cloud landscape
  • Provides an integrated development environment (IDE) running in a container and accessed through a browser
  • Gives clients the opportunity to take core Operations for Programs (*PGM) or Operations for Service Programs (*SRVPGM) written in native Integrated Language Environment® (ILE) languages, such as RPG and COBOL, and deploy them to other IBM i virtual machines (VMs)


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Overview

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In today's IBM i ecosystem, clients are being challenged to use cloud technology, to adopt DevOps and CICD processes, and to incorporate concepts such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI). These challenges have made modernization a mandatory step into the future for IBM i clients.

At the same time, IBM and the industry are touting containers as one of the key technologies for the future of solution development. Additionally, most IBM clients have hybrid cloud as part of their strategy. With the creation of IBM i Merlin, IBM delivers a set of containerized applications that will act as a set of guides, or patterns, to help IBM i software developers more easily take on the task of moving into a DevOps, modular, services-oriented world. The IBM i Merlin tools will make it easier for clients to use a combination of on-premises IT infrastructure and one or more clouds.

IBM i Merlin delivers several benefits:

  • Provides a unified, integrated framework from which you can select tools to build up your solutions.
  • Offers an easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) to help you manage different tools. Though IBM i Merlin tools run in an OpenShift environment, the details of managing containers are transparent to users who have been working on IBM i for years.
  • Makes it faster to deploy tools to assist IBM i operation and development work.
  • Aims to provide a complete tool set to facilitate IBM i modernization work. You can have one-stop shopping to get software bundles to modernize IBM i. Such modernization covers programming tools, CICD, exposing existing programs as APIs, and more.
  • Primarily supports Red Hat OpenShift (OCP) on Power®, which protects your investment on Power systems.
  • Delivers an enterprise-level solution for IBM i clients that also includes third-party software to provide better experience and functionalities.

IBM i Merlin use cases include:

  • Clients who want to respond more quickly to changing business requirements by developing software using DevOps and CICD tools and methods
  • Clients who need to manage their source code in a modern source control management ecosystem, such as Git
  • Businesses that want a development platform more easily adoptable for recent IT technologists
  • Businesses with existing applications that need to participate in a hybrid cloud landscape
  • Clients who have critical data and processes implemented in IBM Db2® for i and existing ILE-based applications, who need to expose those assets as REST APIs
  • Businesses that are incorporating container-based applications in their IT landscape


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Key requirements

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  • IBM i with Rational® Development Studio (5770-WDS)
  • Red Hat OpenShift Platform
  • IBM i 7.4, or later

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



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Planned availability date

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May 20, 2022, in Passport Advantage®

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.



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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5900-AN9 1.0.0 IBM i Modernization Engine for Lifecycle Integration


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Offering Information

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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.

More information is also available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.



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Publications

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None



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Services

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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

An IBM Power server

Software requirements
  • IBM i 7.4, or later
  • IBM i with Rational Development Studio (5770-WDS)
  • Red Hat OpenShift Platform
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Ordering information

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For ordering information, consult your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, or go to the Passport Advantage website.

This program is available only through Passport Advantage.


Passport Advantage


New part numbers

IBM i Modernization Engine for Lifecycle Integration (5900-AN9) introduces the following part numbers:

Part number description Part number
IBM i Modernization Engine for Lifecycle Integration Virtual Processor Core License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months D091ZZX
IBM i Modernization Engine for Lifecycle Integration Virtual Processor Core Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal E091YZX
IBM i Modernization Engine for Lifecycle Integration Virtual Processor Core SW Subscription & Support Reinstatement 12 Months D0921ZX

Charge metric

The charge metric for this licensed product can be found in the following License Information document:

Program number License Information document title License Information document number
5900-AN9 IBM i Modernization Engine for Lifecycle Integration L-LHIH-CDFL7G

Select your language of choice and scroll down to the Charge Metrics section. Follow-on releases, if any, may have updated terms. See the License Information documents website for more information.



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Terms and conditions

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The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

This product is available only through Passport Advantage.

Licensing

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License Information number

The following License Information document applies to the offering in this announcement:

Program identifier License Information document title License Information document number
5900-AN9 IBM i Modernization Engine for Lifecycle Integration L-LHIH-CDFL7G

Follow-on releases, if any, may have updated terms. See the License Information documents website for more information.

Limited warranty applies

Yes

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If you require additional technical support from IBM, including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.

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Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

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Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. Software Subscription and Support, also referred to as Software Maintenance, is included with licenses purchased through Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express. Product upgrades and Technical Support are provided by the Software Subscription and Support offering as described in the Agreements. Product upgrades provide the latest versions and releases to entitled software, and Technical Support provides voice and electronic access to IBM support organizations, worldwide.

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While your Software Subscription and Support is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short duration installation and usage (how-to) questions, and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance by telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For additional details, see the IBM Support Guide. Software Subscription and Support does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under the applicable agreements.

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Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Not applicable



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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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Regional availability

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