IBM z/OS Management Facility V2.1 enables you to optimize productivity and simplify management tasksIBM Japan Software Announcement JP13-0379
July 23, 2013
|Table of contents|
(Corrected on August 2, 2013)The Publications section was revised.
|At a glance|
IBM® z/OS® Management Facility (z/OSMF) V2.1 (5610-A01) offers management and system administration simplification to help you manage your z/OS environment. It is a foundation for continued z/OS system simplification enhancements and provides streamlined processes to address many daily management activities. It helps create a more seamless z/OS management experience, helps drive repeatable processes and can improve productivity for system administrators and system programmers. Its browser-based interface is well-suited for those accustomed to graphical user interfaces, and can help speed productivity both for new and for existing z/OS users. It is ideally suited for organizations who want to simplify z/OS management, who are facing skills shortages, or who want to ensure more consistent and repeatable management processes to improve quality. Enhancements for z/OSMF V2.1 include both a broad set of functional capabilities, task-oriented applications, and a new design expected to reduce resource requirements.
Specific highlights of z/OSMF V2.1 include functions intended to:
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z/OSMF V2.1 features enhancements to simplify the user experience and reduce error-prone aspects of systems administration. New capabilities are designed to help you achieve more standardized management processes, automate repeatable tasks, improve launch-in-context capabilities, and improve process quality. A new software management application provides reporting and display capabilities to show end-of-service dates for software inventory and fix status for SMP/E-installed products. Also, a new workflow application infrastructure can help organizations further automate the sequencing of management tasks, improving the efficiency of management. In addition, z/OSMF is designed to incur reduced resource requirements by using the Liberty profile from WebSphere Application Server for z/OS , V8.5. New enhancements include:
IBM z/OS Management Facility (5610-A01) can be acquired together with z/OS (5650-ZOS).
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|Planned availability date|
September 30, 2013
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A number of enhancements are provided for z/OS V2.1 with z/OSMF V2.1:
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Value Unit-based pricing
Value Unit pricing for eligible IBM System z® IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA) programs enables a lower cost of incremental growth and enterprise aggregation. Each System z IPLA product with Value Unit pricing has a single price per Value Unit and a conversion matrix, called Value Unit Exhibit, for converting from some designated measurement to Value Units. Most commonly, Millions of Service Units (MSUs) is the measurement designated by IBM to be converted to Value Units. Some other measurements are engines or messages. Since MSUs are the most common measurement, that measurement will be used for the remainder of this description.
Value Unit pricing offers price benefits for you. For each System z IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, the quantity of that program needed to satisfy applicable IBM terms and conditions is referred to as the required license capacity . Each of the various Value Unit Exhibits stipulate that the larger your required license capacity, the fewer Value Units per MSU you will need. Value Unit Exhibits are uniquely identified by a three-digit code and referred to using the nomenclature VUExxx, where xxx is the three-digit code.
Subsequent acquisitions of Value Unit priced programs offer additional price benefits. The quantity of each System z IPLA program that you have acquired is referred to as entitled license capacity . If you wish to grow your entitled license capacity for a System z IPLA program, the calculation to determine additional needed Value Units is based upon the number of Value Units already acquired.
For each System z IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, you should:
To simplify conversion from the designated measurement to Value Units or vice-versa, use the Value Unit Converter Tool. For additional information or to obtain a copy of the Value Unit Converter Tool, visit the Value Unit Converter Tool website
Note that Value Units of a given product cannot be exchanged, interchanged, or aggregated with Value Units of another product.
To determine the required license capacity for the System z IPLA program you selected, refer to the Terms and conditions section.
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System z simplification strategy has been an ongoing effort to deliver operational simplification and productivity to the System z platform. For z/OS , z/OSMF is designed to help new system programmers and administrators more easily perform key tasks like configuration, software management, and workload management. In addition, active user assistance and wizards can guide administrators and operators through these tasks, potentially reducing the time needed for these tasks from hours down to minutes.
In particular, the z/OSMF V2.1 enhancements help simplify the user experience and reduce many error-prone aspects of systems administration. New z/OSMF capabilities are designed to help you achieve more standardized management processes, automate repeatable tasks, and improve process quality. They provide ease of navigation, improved browser support, and guided tasks.
z/OSMF, with its intuitive user interface, can help new or existing system programmers and administrators become productive more quickly, and help reduce the time it takes to perform a number of common system programming and administration tasks. In addition, it can help provide structure and repeatable processes that reduce opportunities for error and improve productivity. These functions span a number of areas ranging from network administration, system software management, workload management and capacity management, and others. The benefits of z/OSMF can benefit many roles in the organization such as system programmers, administrators, operators, and more.
z/OSMF V2.1, with its use of the Liberty profile, is expected to consume much less CPU resource than prior releases of z/OSMF, making it suitable for use on smaller systems, such as system programmer test systems. The recommended minimum host system size has been reduced for z/OSMF V2.1 by more than 50%, to an LPAR with 45 MIPS. This recommendation is based on internal IBM Laboratory tests; your results may vary.
IBM Explorer for z/OS , V2.1 ( z/OS Explorer), is an Eclipse-based integration platform for z/OS system application users that enables the integration of a variety of offerings from IBM , vendors, or in-house development plug-ins. The z/OS Explorer is extendable with the IBM repository of compatible products to fulfill each user's roles and responsibilities. For example, z/OS Explorer can provide a single Eclipse environment with the ability to administer IBM CICS® , IBM DB2® , IBM WebSphere MQ, and IBM IMS subsystems, or a different Eclipse environment targeted at development and problem determination of z/OS applications. For more information, visit
Also, refer to Software Announcement JP13-0166, dated April 23, 2013 .
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|Statements of direction|
IBM intends to add z/OSMF function to support presentation services for other applications. A new set of programming interfaces is designed to allow TSO/E-based applications to be imported into z/OSMF and supported within the z/OSMF user interface, while providing the capability to exploit graphical user interfaces supported by the client browsers.
IBM intends to provide additional REST programming interfaces in z/OSMF V2.1. These new RESTful interfaces are designed to provide access to z/OS data sets and files, with authorization control and serialization. This new function is intended to make it much easier to access data stored on z/OS from other platforms, such as from distributed servers or browser-based applications.
IBM intends to provide support for secure FTP (SFTP) in the Incident Log application in z/OSMF V2.1.
IBM intends to use the z/OSMF Workflow function to provide simplified instructions for installation of z/OSMF plug-ins.
IBM's statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at IBM's sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code, or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion.
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Program Program number VRM name 5610-A01 2.1 IBM z/OS Management Facility
Product identification number
Subscription and Program PID number Support PID number 5610-A01 5655-S29
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IBM training provides education to support many IBM offerings. Descriptions of courses for IT professionals and managers are on the IBM training website
Contact your IBM representative for course information.
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website
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The following publications are supplied automatically with the basic machine-readable material:
Title Order number IBM z/OS GI11-9847 Management Facility Program Directory
The following additional product publications are available upon general availability:
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Specified operating environment
z/OS Management Facility V2.1 runs on these IBM System z servers:
- This product is withdrawn from marketing.
The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a readme file, or other information published by IBM , such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.
Security, auditability, and control
z/OS Management Facility V2.1 uses the security and auditability features of the z/OS V2.1 operating system.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
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Part number or Program name PID number Charge metric z/OS Management 5610-A01 Per Value Unit Facility V2.1
The programs in this announcement all have Value Unit-Based pricing.
Program number Program name Value Unit exhibit 5610-A01 z/OS Management VUE007 Facility V2.1
For each System z IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, the quantity of that program needed to satisfy applicable IBM terms and conditions is referred to as the required license capacity . Your required license capacity is based upon the following factors:
Translation from MSUs to Value Units MSUs Value Units/MSU Base 1-3 x.xx Tier A 4-45 x.xx Tier B 46-175 x.xx Tier C 176-315 x.xx Tier D 316+ x.xx
To order, specify the program product number and the appropriate license or charge option. Also, specify the desired distribution medium. To suppress shipment of media, select the license-only option in CFSW.
Program name: z/OS Management Facility V2.1 Program PID: 5610-A01 Entitlement License option/ identifier Description Pricing metric S0171SL z/OS Management Facility Basic OTC, per Value Unit Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium S0171SK English 3590 media Subscription and Support PID: 5655-S29 Entitlement License option/ identifier Description Pricing metric S014P48 z/OS Management Basic ASC, SW S&S per Value Unit Facility S&S No charge, decline SW S&S Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium S014P2D English Hardcopy pub
Subscription and Support
To receive voice technical support via telephone and future releases and versions at no additional charge, Subscription and Support must be ordered. The capacity of Subscription and Support (Value Units) must be the same as the capacity ordered for the product licenses.
To order, specify the Subscription and Support program number (PID) referenced above and the appropriate license or charge option.
IBM is also providing Subscription and Support for these products via a separately purchased offering under the terms of the IBM International Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance. This offering:
When Subscription and Support is ordered, the charges will automatically renew annually unless cancelled by you.
The combined effect of the IPLA license and the Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance gives you rights and support services comparable to those under the traditional ICA S/390® and System z license or its equivalent. To ensure that you continue to enjoy the level of support you are used to in the ICA business model, you must order both the license for the program and the support for the selected programs at the same Value Unit quantities.
Single version charging
To elect single version charging, you must notify and identify to IBM the prior program and replacement program, and the machine the programs are operating on.
Product deliverables are shipped only via CBPDO and ServerPac. These customized offerings are offered for Internet delivery in countries where ShopzSeries product ordering is available. Internet delivery reduces software delivery time and allows you to install software without the need to handle tapes. For more details on Internet delivery, refer to the Shopz help information at
You choose the delivery method when you order the software. IBM recommends Internet delivery. In addition to Internet and DVD, the supported tape delivery options include:
Most products can be ordered in ServerPac the month following their availability in CBPDO. z/OS can be ordered via CBPDO and ServerPac at general availability. Many products will also be orderable in a Product ServerPac without also having to order the z/OS operating system or subsystem.
Shopz and CFSW will determine the eligibility based on product requisite checking. For more details on the Product ServerPac, visit the Help section on the Shopz website at
Production of software product orders will begin on the planned general availability date.
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|Terms and conditions|
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.
License Information form number
The program's License Information will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement website
Limited warranty applies
If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, you may obtain a refund of the amount you paid for it, if within 30 days of your invoice date you return the program and its PoE to the party from whom you obtained it. If you downloaded the program, you may contact the party from whom you acquired it for instructions on how to obtain the refund.
For clarification, note that for programs acquired under any of IBM's On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) software offerings, this term does not apply since these offerings apply to programs already acquired and in use by you.
Volume orders (IVO)
Passport Advantage applies
System i® Software Maintenance applies
Variable charges apply
Educational allowance available
30% to qualified educational institution customers.
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|Statement of good security practices|
IT system security involves protecting systems and information through prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered, destroyed, or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective. IBM does not warrant that systems and products are immune from the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.
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