IBM WebSphere Application Server for z/OS adds support for additional Java EE 7 components through continuous delivery

IBM United States Software Announcement 215-098
February 17, 2015

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IBM® WebSphere® Application Server for z/OS® delivers a set of new features and functions, continuing the iterative delivery of new capabilities that build upon Version 8.5. It offers enhancements to the WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile (Liberty profile) and full profile, for development and production environments. Many of these new features are optionally installable features from the WebSphere Liberty Repository. These new features can be used along with those already available through WebSphere Liberty Repository.

Enhancements to WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile include:

WebSphere Application Server Liberty V9 Beta for EE7 is now available and provides several additional components for Java EE 7. It enables developers to rapidly build, deploy, and manage Java applications. The Beta also provides additional functions, such as WebRTC and Log Analytics.

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: LE001).

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WebSphere Application Server for z/OS includes new features of the IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile that provide significant enhancements in terms of user experience and high-end resiliency. For developers, new programming models offer an enhanced developer experience that accelerates the pace of delivery of engaging applications for cloud, mobile and web-based applications.

The new set of features and functions for WebSphere Application Server for z/OS, V8.5 continues to help customers to focus on:

Also new in this release, WebSphere Application Server for z/OS delivers:

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Planned availability date
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March 13, 2015

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WebSphere Application Server for z/OS includes new features of Liberty profile that are delivered in the WebSphere Liberty Repository, an online repository that delivers Liberty profile platform extensions and production support consistent with existing entitlements. These features and functions provide programming model components and tooling for accelerated delivery of innovative applications, unmatched operational efficiency, reliability, administration, security, and control. These features can be easily integrated with existing development and production environments.

WebSphere Liberty Repository now contains the following Java EE 7 compliant programming model support for:

Liberty profile now supports Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE 8), a major feature release, which contains new features and enhancements that are targeted to improve developer productivity and significant application performance improvements. For example, the combined benefits of Java Version 8 and IBM z Systems z13 features that include Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD) vector engine, Symmetric Multi-Threading (SMT), and improved CP Assist for Cryptographic Function (CPACF) that enables up to two times improvement in throughput-per-core for security-enabled applications and up to a 50% improvement for other generic applications.

WebSphere Liberty Administration Center enhancements

New capabilities allow for easier management of large deployments, as well as providing more information about servers and applications within a collective. They include:

WebSphere Liberty Repository also contains the following enhancement in the area of security for WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile:

This enhancement is in addition to the previously announced support for OpenID and OpenID Connect protocols that help to simplify the task of authenticating users across multiple trust domains.

WebSphere Application Server Developer Tools provide plug-ins from the Eclipse Marketplace that can be installed into an existing Eclipse environment to support development for WebSphere Application Server. WebSphere Application Server Developer Tools deliver a set of tools for developing, assembling, and deploying Java EE, OSGi, Web 2.0, and mobile web applications to WebSphere Application Server, including the Liberty profile. In addition, IBM Eclipse Tools for Bluemix™ provides plug-ins that can be installed into an existing Eclipse environment to assist in integrating the developer's integrated development environment (IDE) with Bluemix. The tools allows customers to deploy their JavaScript, WAR (web archive) and EAR (enterprise archive) files, and Liberty Profile packaged servers to the Bluemix server right from your Eclipse IDE, or WebSphere Application Server Developer Tools. The tools also allow customers to create and link services to their application and define environment variables as part of the deployment.

WebSphere Liberty Repository contains the following enhancements in the area of migration to WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile:

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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 z Systems 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 z Systems 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 z Systems IPLA program that you have acquired is referred to as entitled license capacity. If you wish to grow your entitled license capacity for a z Systems IPLA program, the calculation to determine additional needed Value Units is based upon the number of Value Units already acquired.

For each z Systems 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 z Systems IPLA program you selected, refer to the Terms and conditions section.

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Consistent with the previously announced statement of direction, IBM intends to certify WebSphere Application Server to Java EE 7 full-platform compliance. WebSphere Application Server has made good progress towards this with the WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile features that were made available in WebSphere Liberty Repository through the continuous delivery model. WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile intends to complete Java EE 7 full-platform compliance by using this approach. In addition, it remains the intention of IBM to certify WebSphere Application Server full profile to Java EE 7 full-platform compliance.

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 remain at our sole discretion.

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Reference information
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For information about WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 continuous delivery for non z Systems environments, refer to Software Announcement 215-084, dated February 17, 2015.

For information about WebSphere Application Server for z/OS, V8.5 continuous delivery, refer to Software Announcement 214-464, dated October 1, 2014.

For information about WebSphere Application Server for z/OS, V8.5, refer to Software Announcement 212-106, dated April 24, 2012.

For information on the web

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Program                 Program
number        VRM       name
5655-W65      8.5       WebSphere Application Server for z/OS

Product identification number

                    Subscription and
Program PID number  Support PID number
5655-W65            5655-F81

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld® ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

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The latest product documentation for WebSphere Application Server for z/OS, V8.5 is found in IBM Knowledge Center at

IBM Knowledge Center is the new home for IBM product documentation. It brings IBM's technical publications together in a single location, and replaces over 800 individual product Information Centers. IBM Knowledge Center simplifies the user experience, improves search, and refines the overall experience with other enhancements. Locate the desired WebSphere Application Server offering from the product list to obtain the product documentation. To learn more about how to use the WebSphere Application Server documentation in IBM Knowledge Center, see

You can find information on installing the continuous delivery features in the WebSphere Application Server product documentation. No hardcopy publications are shipped with this product. Using IBM Knowledge Center, users can define collections and produce custom PDF documents for their collections.

For optimal viewing of this documentation, browser support for JavaScript and related technologies is required.

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Ordering z/OS through the Internet

Shopz provides an easy way to plan and order your z/OS ServerPac or CBPDO. It will analyze your current installation, determine the correct product migration, and present your new configuration based on z/OS. Additional products can also be added to your order (including determination of whether all product requisites are satisfied). ShopzSeries is available in the US and several countries in Europe. In countries where Shopz is not available yet, contact your IBM representative (or IBM Business Partner) to handle your order via the traditional IBM ordering process. For more details and availability, visit the Shopz website at

Charge metric

For ordering information for WebSphere Application Server for z/OS, V8.5, refer to 212-106, dated April 24, 2012.

Value Unit exhibit VUE007

            MSUs      MSUs
            minimum   maximum   Value Units/MSU
Base          1         3       1
Tier A        4        45       0.45
Tier B       46       175       0.36
Tier C      176       315       0.27
Tier D      316         +       0.2

Ordering example

The total number of Value Units is calculated according to the following example.

If your required license capacity is 1,500 MSUs for your selected System z IPLA product, the applicable Value Units would be:

Translation from MSUs to Value Units
          MSUs    *  Value Units/MSU = Value Units
Base          3   *  1.00            =    3.00
Tier A       42   *   .45            =   18.90
Tier B      130   *   .36            =   46.80
Tier C      140   *   .27            =   37.80
Tier D    1,185   *   .20            =  237.00
Total     1,500                         343.50

When calculating the total number of Value Units, the sum is to be rounded up to the next integer.

Customized Offerings

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

For additional information on the Product ServerPac option, refer to Software Announcement 212-272, dated July 31, 2012.

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

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Terms and conditions
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The terms and conditions for WebSphere Application Server for z/OS, V8.5, remain as previously announced in Software Announcement 212-106, dated April 24, 2012.

Sub-capacity terms and conditions

IBM Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing for z/OS IPLA Software applies.

Sub-capacity utilization determination

Sub-capacity utilization is determined based on the product's own execution as reported to IBM in accordance with the requirements for reporting sub-capacity utilization for products.

On/Off Capacity on Demand (CoD)

To be eligible for On/Off CoD pricing, you must be enabled for temporary capacity on the corresponding hardware, and the required contract, Attachment for IBM System z On/Off Capacity on Demand (Z125-7883) must be signed prior to use.

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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered, destroyed, or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a 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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The prices are unchanged by this announcement.

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