Preview: IBM VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0

Software Announcement
October 7, 1997
Announcement Letter Number: 297-409


Table of Contents:



At a Glance

VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 provides:



Overview

Network Computing and VM

Network computing can help leverage your systems and skills to enhance your business success. Your VM system has consistently delivered the benefits of robust, centralized computing to your organization. Now this flexible, high-performance server platform is being enhanced to include more network-based computing solutions with VM/ESA (R) Version 2 Release 3.0.

An integrated TCP/IP suite, Network File System (NFS) access to VM files, Java (TM) Virtual Machine capability, and Message Queueing Interface (MQI) support further strengthen VM/ESA's role as a platform for business solution deployment in networked environments. VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 is a Year 2000 Ready base for your existing applications; it is the right platform for your business today and into the next century.

In addition to expanded network computing support, VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 will provide:

Additional information regarding VM's current capabilities, applications, customer uses, and support for the year 2000 and beyond is available on the Internet: You can also obtain additional information from your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner (TM).

General availability is planned for first quarter 1998.

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DESCRIPTION



Intended Customers

To get the most from network computing, customers need access to key technologies for communications (for example, TCP/IP and MQ (TM)); application development and deployment (for example, Java Virtual Machine, UNIX interfaces, and LE); and systems management and control (for example, IBM Network Station Manager). VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 offers additional support required by VM customers who want a Year 2000 Ready VM platform for network computing that builds on their investments in VM-based applications and data.

This release of VM combines 25 years of proven value as a flexible, secure, and easily managed system with the best of today's emerging technologies. The new functions in VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 complement customers' existing applications and data structures and open new possibilities for true enterprise integration. Keeping shared data and application logic centralized and secure, but accessible, maximizes the value of IT investments. Also, by adding a World Wide Web server, customers can enable the delivery of new information, products, and services to larger and more diverse audiences more easily than ever before.

VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 has the support required by VM customers who need to enable their applications for the year 2000 and beyond or those requiring a Year 2000-supported VM system prior to the next century. Industry consultants and analysts have identified changing applications and subsequent testing to be the areas of Year 2000 readiness that require the most time and resource. The first step for most customers is to update their processor and operating system to establish a base upon which to build and test their applications. For the VM environment, this means moving to VM/ESA Version 2 Release 2 or Release 3.

In addition, VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 is intended for VM customers who desire to reduce their total cost of computing by exploiting:



VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0

A key role for VM in many organizations has been to enable access to data, information, and applications. VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3 helps you extend your use of VM by providing integrated functions and interfaces that make it easy to interconnect users and systems to get the most out of each platform. VM's new capability to manage and control large groups of IBM Network Stations may help you cut the cost of supporting workstations. IBM has also extended VM's support for OS/390 guest systems and the newest models of the affordable S/390 Multiprise 2000 and Parallel Enterprise Server -- Generation 3 and 4 processors.

TCP/IP: VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 includes an integrated TCP/IP product suite that offers many of the key enablers required to access the Internet and build a functionally rich network computing environment that exploits the strengths of the S/390 architecture. VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0's TCP/IP suite includes the function available in TCP/IP for VM Version 2 Release 4, plus these additional enhancements:

Customers who wish to use another TCP/IP implementation or who do not require TCP/IP on VM/ESA at this time may elect to disable this function. The price along with the full terms and conditions for use of this optional feature will be included in the General Availability announcement for VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0. This announcement is planned for first quarter 1998.

Java: Using VM/ESA as a network computing platform is a natural extension of the way many companies use VM today. Deploying key enterprise applications is now easier with new support for Sun Microsystems' Java Virtual Machine. The object-oriented Java programming language permits object code portability across heterogeneous platforms and provides other facilities that aid in developing and distributing network computing solutions. Java application deployment on VM/ESA is particularly attractive given VM/ESA's inherent server-oriented virtual machine architecture and its unmatched robustness for large scale, interactive, and server-centric computing solutions. VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 Java support is at the Java Developer's Kit (JDK) level 1.1.

Message Queuing: The Message Queueing (MQ) Interface is a popular network computing technology that enables applications on different systems and architectures to work together. The MQ application-to-application communication protocol is simple, yet powerful. The use of a queue manager (MQ server) somewhere in the enterprise enables applications to communicate asynchronously without requiring the requester (client) and server to be connected.

VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 support for MQ enables client or server applications in the network to connect to applications on VM that have implemented the MQ communication protocol. Use of the MQ APIs on VM requires the deployment of an MQ server somewhere in the network.

UNIX Applications on VM: UNIX application support is enhanced in VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 with the addition of more application programming interfaces and accommodation of certain uses of the UNIX fork() function. Approximately 150 additional UNIX APIs are supported by VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0. These interfaces are a subset of the XPG4.2 (X/Open Portability Guide) specification and were selected based on the input of customers and solution providers interested in porting applications from UNIX systems to VM/ESA. In combination with VM/ESA's pre-existing POSIX API support, application developers and solution providers have a functionally rich UNIX environment on VM for their development and porting efforts.

VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 includes an implementation of the fork() function that is intended to facilitate the porting of UNIX applications to VM/ESA. Applications will be able to use the fork() function on VM/ESA in cases where an exec() function invocation follows the fork(). This accommodation of the fork() function will be a selectable option and enables a more-rapid port of many UNIX applications to VM/ESA.

CMS Pipelines: The increasingly popular CMS Pipelines programming language is significantly enhanced with VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0. This release of VM/ESA integrates the functionally richer Pipelines PRPQ into the base of VM/ESA. New support includes toleration for Pipelines program execution in a multitasking environment, TCP connectivity, and documentation of more Pipelines stages.

Simplified Application Enablement and Deployment: VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 includes several enhancements that simplify the deployment of new applications. Language Environment (R) for MVS (R) and VM Version 1.8.0 has been integrated with this release and is immediately available to support C, PL/I, and COBOL applications.

Current LE/370 Version 1 customers moving to VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 will no longer need a separate LE/370 license for applications running in this new environment. Full terms and conditions regarding the use of LE/370 will be made available with the General Availability announcement of VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0.

IBM Network Station: The IBM Network Station is an affordable solution for companies striving to enable all their users for traditional applications and intranet or Web access. Network Stations are centrally managed and supported by a "boot server," which downloads a pre-selected set of software. Administrators control what applications and versions are in service, while users can customize some elements of their environment. VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 provides both the boot server and management elements for this increasingly popular desktop platform replacement.

Guest Coupling: VM has 25 years of experience providing leading-edge hypervisor support for guest operating systems. VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 extends this unique capability with new guest support for Parallel Sysplex. OS/390 customers can now exploit the advantages of S/390 virtual machines in testing their Parallel Sysplex environments. VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 provides the Coupling Facility support required to run one or more OS/390 Parallel Sysplex environments on one VM/ESA image. This capability will be available on the IBM G3, G4, and Multiprise 2000 servers.

Processor Support: IBM continues to deliver increasingly cost-effective servers as the base for S/390 computing. VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 is ready to run on any S/390 processor, including the recently announced models of the S/390 Multiprise 2000 and S/390 Generation 4 Parallel Enterprise Server. Advanced features like Internal Battery backup, Internal Disk with automatic mirroring, and the Open Systems Adapter communications adapter make these servers particularly good choices for expanding VM/ESA or mixed environment workloads or as replacements for less efficient systems.

Year 2000 Readiness: The IBM VM and Related Products Development Organization in Endicott, NY, has received ITAA*2000 certification from the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA). ITAA*2000 is the industry's century date change certification program, which examines the processes and methods used by organizations to perform their Year 2000 software conversions.

VM/ESA Version 2.2.0 is a Year 2000 Ready system which included changes to many system interfaces, enabling customers to make their applications Year 2000 Ready. VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 contains additional enhancements to assist customers in making their applications Year 2000 ready, including a new CMS Pipelines stage that provides date format conversion and validation. Additional Year 2000 conversion functions in VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 include a utility to correct the century indicators for CMS files and four-digit year support in the user NETLOG file.

Customers who have not moved to a Year 2000 Ready release of any of their platforms should do so as soon as possible to enable the updating of applications that are sensitive to the century change. VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 is the right base upon which to build your complete Year 2000 Ready VM environment.

Customers who are setting up Year 2000 test systems for S/390 platforms should consider a VM/ESA guest environment. VM/ESA's guest support provides a unique environment for Year 2000 testing of OS/390, MVS, TPF, VSE, and VM systems. Guest systems running under VM/ESA may run with their system clocks set to a different date and time than the host VM/ESA system without affecting the date and time of the host system. Multiple guests may be run simultaneously, each with a different date and time setting.

More information on the complete range of VM support for the year 2000 and beyond is available on the Internet at:



PRODUCT POSITIONING

VM/ESA Version 2 provides a multi-faceted System/390 (R) platform consisting of network computing, guest operating system support, client/server, and interactive processing. VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 and the new S/390 Multiprise 2000 and S/390 Enterprise Servers continue the tradition of VM providing the services customers need to operate their enterprises and the tools to successfully respond to changing requirements.

VM/ESA Version 2 provides customers with the facilities to prepare and position themselves for the year 2000 and beyond. VM/ESA Version 2 Release 2.0 or VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 is the target platform for anyone planning to operate a VM system in the year 2000 and beyond, or requiring a Year 2000-supported VM system prior to the year 2000.

VM/ESA also contains support for POSIX and DCE, enabling customers' UNIX applications to be ported from and interoperate with other open platforms, and potentially reducing support costs; information can be shared, people skills preserved, and application development costs reduced. The recently added VM Graphical User Interface facility (GUI) enables the modernization of VM interactive processing by supporting CMS application use of workstation graphical environments.

In combination with S/390 processors, VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 has been designed to address the following customer situations:

VM is the IBM platform on which many customers have built enterprise-wide automation and infrastructure enhancements. VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 is designed to enhance the ability of VM to further integrate applications such as office, database management, and open distributed client/server and network computing.

A continuing focus on quality will ensure that VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0 is a high quality, reliable product. Additional service improvements and having most popular licensed products enabled to use the standard VM installation and service tool, VMSES/E, will make migration to this new release even easier than previous VM/ESA releases.

Trademarks

      OS/390, Parallel Sysplex, Business Partner, Multiprise, MQ, SP,
      VM/XA, and System/370 are trademarks of International Business
      Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or
      both.
      VM/ESA, Integrated Language Environment, S/390, Language
      Environment, MVS, and System/390 are registered trademarks of
      International Business Machines Corporation in the United
      States or other countries or both.
      Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
      UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other
      countries exclusively through X/Open Company Limited.
      Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or
      service marks of others.



SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION



VM/ESA PLATFORM UPDATE

In addition to functions and facilities that are new to VM/ESA (R), the products that run on top of VM/ESA are constantly upgrading the functions they provide. Some areas that have recently been enhanced include:



RECENTLY UPDATED PRODUCTS FOR VM/ESA FROM NON-IBM SOFTWARE VENDORS

The following tables contain information on software products from non-IBM software vendors that support the VM/ESA operating environment. The products are organized alphabetically within given solution areas and a single product may appear in more than one solution area table.

The information in these tables was obtained directly from the software vendors and is provided without independent evaluation or validation by IBM. IBM, therefore, cannot ensure the accuracy of statements about the functions, quality, or performance of the vendors' offerings, and makes no warranties, expressed or implied, concerning the offerings. All prices, as well as terms and conditions, are provided by the product vendors and set at their sole discretion. The appearance of a product in these tables does not imply that the product is available in all countries. You should contact the vendors directly for questions about non-IBM logo software, including those related to compatibility and warranty coverage.



Internet/Intranet/Extranet

Product Name             Contact for Additional Information

CORVU IBIS CorVu Corporation Phil Fitzgerald, +61 2 9959 3522

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.corvu.com

CORVU CorVu Corporation PERFORMANCE Phil Fitzgerald, +61 2 9959 3522 MEASUREMENT %+%Start_URL%+% http://www.corvu.com

ESAMAP Velocity Software Inc. ENTERPRISEWEB/VM Jeff Stallings, 650-964-8867 MEASUREMENTS %+%Start_URL%+% http://www.velocity-software.com

ESATCP Velocity Software Inc. Jeff Stallings, 650-964-8867

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.velocity-software.com

ENTERPRISE VIEW Beyond Software, Inc. Michelle Barnes, 408-436-5974

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.beyond-software.com

ENTERPRISEWEB Beyond Software, Inc. CALENDAR Michelle Barnes, 408-436-5974

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.beyond-software.com

ENTERPRISEWEB Beyond Software, Inc. MAIL Michelle Barnes, 408-436-5974

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.beyond-software.com

ENTERPRISEWEB/VM Beyond Software, Inc. 1.3 Michelle Barnes, 408-436-5974

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.beyond-software.com

ENTERWEB Macro 4 Tony Sudworth or Tulin Pledger, +44 1293 88 6060

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.macro4.com

MASTER PRINT Praim Inc. SERVER Frank Carzoli, 603-431-0606 or Wayne Davis, 514-688-2540

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.praim.com

VM:WEBSERVER 1.4 Sterling Software, Inc. Gayle Armstrong, 703-264-8000

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.vm.sterling.com

VM:WEBSERVER Sterling Software, Inc. FOR OV/VM 1.2 Gayle Armstrong, 703-264-8000

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.vm.sterling.com

VM:WEBSERVER Sterling Software, Inc. GATEWAY 1.1 Gayle Armstrong, 703-264-8000

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.vm.sterling.com



Network Computing

Product Name             Contact for Additional Information

ESAMAP Velocity Software Inc. ENTERPRISEWEB/ Jeff Stallings, 650-964-8867 VM %+%Start_URL%+% http://www.velocity-software.com MEASUREMENTS

ESATCP Velocity Software Inc. Jeff Stallings, 650-964-8867

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.velocity-software.com

IDA PSS VM i-data international Paul Gerell or Henrick Norby, +45 4436 60 00

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.i-data.com

IDA RPPC * i-data international Paul Gerell or Henrick Norby, +45 4436 60 00

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.i-data.com

RESQ!NET CLIENT * Advanced Transition Technologies, Inc. Dixie Reinhardt, 212-293-4814

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.att-inc.com

RESQ!NET FOR Advanced Transition Technologies, WINDOWS * Inc. Dixie Reinhardt, 212-293-4814

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.att-inc.com

*     Product runs on workstation and connects to mainframe operating
      platform.



Office

Product Name             Contact for Additional Information

CORVU IBIS CorVu Corporation Phil Fitzgerald, +61 2 9959 3522

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.corvu.com

DESKPAD Macro 4 Tulin Pledger, +44 1293 88 6060

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.macro4.com

DOCSUITE Praim Inc. Frank Carzoli, 603-431-0606 or Wayne Davis, 514-688-2540

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.praim.com

ENTERPRISEWEB Beyond Software, Inc. CALENDAR Michelle Barnes, 408-436-5974

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.beyond-software.com

ENTERPRISEWEB Beyond Software, Inc. MAIL Michelle Barnes, 408-436-5974

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.beyond-software.com

IDA PSS VM i-data international Paul Gerell or Henrick Norby, +45 4436 60 00

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.i-data.com

VM:WEBSERVER Sterling Software, Inc. FOR OV/VM 1.2 Gayle Armstrong, 703-264-8000

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.vm.sterling.com



Business Intelligence

Product Name             Contact for Additional Information

ADABASE C V6.2 Software AG Roger Randall, +49 6151 921219

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.softwareag.com

CORVU IBIS CorVu Corporation Phil Fitzgerald, +61 2 9959 3522

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.corvu.com

CORVU CorVu Corporation PERFORMANCE Phil Fitzgerald, +61 2 9959 3522 MEASUREMENT %+%Start_URL%+% http://www.corvu.com



Year 2000 Testing/Migration

Product Name             Contact for Additional Information

SOFTSPY FOR Information Technology Systems, Inc. MODEL 204 Steve Bloom, 617-964-6250, x18 V2.2 %+%Start_URL%+% http://www.softspy.com

VM TIMING MiraSoft, Inc. FACILITY Andrea Dietrich, 617-825-9121 MONITORS %+%Start_URL%+% http://www.mirasoft.com



Application Development

Product Name             Contact for Additional Information

ESAMAP FOCUS Velocity Software Inc. MEASURMENTS Jeff Stallings, 650-964-8867

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.velocity-software.com

NATURAL V2.3 Software AG Roger Randall, +49 6151 921219

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.softwareag.com

RESQ!NET CLIENT * Advanced Transition Technologies, Inc. Dixie Reinhardt, 212-293-4814

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.att-inc.com

RESQ!NET FOR Advanced Transition Technologies, WINDOWS * Inc. Dixie Reinhardt, 212-293-4814

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.att-inc.com

SYNCSORT CMS Syncsort Inc. 6.4 SyncSort CMS Sales, 201-930-8200

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.syncsort.com

VM:WEBSERVER Sterling Software, Inc. 1.4 Gayle Armstrong, 703-264-8000

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.vm.sterling.com

VM:WEBSERVER Sterling Software, Inc. GATEWAY 1.1 Gayle Armstrong, (703) 264-8000

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.vm.sterling.com

*     Product runs on workstation and connects to mainframe operating
      platform.



Industry Applications

Product Name             Contact for Additional Information

DEBIT CARD Flight Data Management, Inc. SYSTEM * Education Industry Dr. Jimmy Monroe, 561-369-0033

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.fdminc.net

THE AIRLINE Flight Data Management, Inc. ACCOUNTING Transportation Industry SYSTEM * Dr. Jimmy Monroe, 561-369-0033

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.fdminc.net

THE AIRLINE Flight Data Management, Inc. CARGO SYSTEM * Transportation Industry Dr. Jimmy Monroe, 561-369-0033

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.fdminc.net

THE AIRLINE Flight Data Management, Inc. RESERVATION Transportation Industry SYSTEM * Dr. Jimmy Monroe, 561-369-0033

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.fdminc.net

*     Product runs on workstation and connects to mainframe operating
      platform.



System Utilities

Product Name             Contact for Additional Information

BEST/1-VISUALIZER BGS Systems Inc. FOR VM Jay Lipovich, 617-891-0000 best1@bgs.com

BEST/1-VM BGS Systems Inc. Jay Lipovich, 617-891-0000 best1@bgs.com

CAPTURE/VM-ESA BGS Systems Inc. Jay Lipovich, 617-891-0000 best1@bgs.com

CMAP Macro 4 Tulin Pledger, +44 1293 88 6060

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.macro4.com

DATACO-OP Targetfour Ltd. Ed Sampson, +44 118 9364321

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.target4.com Ascent Solutions Inc. (ASi) Scott Avera, 937-847-2374

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.asizip.com

ENTIRE NET-WORK Software AG V5.4 Roger Randall, +49 6151 921219

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.softwareag.com

EPILOG FOR VM Candle Corp. Margaret Case, 212-705-6209

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.candle.com

ESAMAP Velocity Software Inc. ENTERPRISEWEB/ Jeff Stallings, 650-964-8867 VM %+%Start_URL%+% http://www.velocity-software.com MEASUREMENTS

ESAMAP FOCUS Velocity Software Inc. MEASURMENTS Jeff Stallings, 650-964-8867

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.velocity-software.com Product Name Contact for Additional Information

ESATCP Velocity Software Inc. Jeff Stallings, 650-964-8867

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.velocity-software.com

LOCKMASTER Macro 4 Tulin Pledger, +44 1293 88 6060

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.macro4.com

OMEGAMON FOR Candle Corp. VM Margaret Case, 212-705-6209

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.candle.com

PASSPORT TN3270E Zephyr Development Corp. CLIENT FOR Laura Harden, 713-623-0089, x102 WINDOWS 95/NT * %+%Start_URL%+% http://www.zephyrcorp.com

PKZIP FOR VM/ESA Targetfour Ltd. Ed Sampson, +44 118 9364321

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.target4.com Ascent Solutions Inc. (ASi) Scott Avera, 937-847-2374

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.asizip.com

REFLECT Macro 4 Tulin Pledger, +44 1293 88 6060

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.macro4.com

SYNCSORT CMS Syncsort Inc. 6.4 SyncSort CMS Sales, 201-930-8200

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.syncsort.com

TUBES Macro 4 Tulin Pledger, +44 1293 88 6060

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.macro4.com

VM/PLANNER BGS Systems Inc. Jay Lipovich, 617-891-0000 best1@bgs.com

VPAC Macro 4 Tulin Pledger, +44 1293 88 6060

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.macro4.com

VTAMPRINT Macro 4 Tulin Pledger, +44 1293 88 6060

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.macro4.com

3270 PASSPORT Zephyr Development Corp. FOR WINDOWS * Laura Harden, 713-623-0089, x102

%+%Start_URL%+% http://www.zephyrcorp.com

*     Product runs on workstation and connects to mainframe operating
      platform.



IBM ANNOUNCES THE S/390 SERVICE UPDATE FACILITY

The S/390 Service Update Facility provides an Internet based GUI tool to help S/390 customers (VM, VSE, and OS/390 (TM)) obtain preventive and corrective service. Use of Web browser technology offers a common interface independent of the S/390 operating system. In most cases, the use of the S/390 Service Update Facility will enable customers to determine the level of their S/390 software service, obtain an IBM recommended level of service, and order, receive, and install this service, in a more effective manner. The S/390 Service Update Facility will also allow ServiceLink customers to access ServiceLink directly from this facility.

Value to customers includes:

The S/390 Service Update Facility will be available in December 1997.



Support Requirements

Support will be provided by VM/ESA Version 2 Release 2.0 and Version 2 Release 3.0 (and beyond) with TCP/IP installed.

The VMSES/E support for S/390 Service Update Facility will be made available through the IBM service stream (refer to PTF generated for APAR # VM61268) for VM/ESA Version 2 Release 2.0. This function will be integrated into VMSES/E with VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3.0.

Additionally, an OS/2 application (referred to as our "customer application server") will be made available via an FTP site. This application server needs to be installed on an OS/2 workstation running OS/2 Warp V4.0 and IBM Internet Connection Server for OS/2 V4.1 or later.

End user (system support) workstations require Netscape 3.0 (or higher).

IBM also strongly recommends a firewall implementation for the customer Internet connection.

It is IBM's intent to deliver a "customer application server" solution that extends server support to other platforms in mid-1998.

Additional information is available on the S/390 Technical Support Home Page, found at:



Entitlement

VM/ESA customers meeting all software and hardware requirements must also possess a current IBM S/390 Processor Maintenance Agreement, or in EMEA countries a System Service Agreement, to be entitled to this facility.

Trademarks

      DATABASE 2, QMF, SQL/DS, RAMAC, DFSMS, SQL Master, and OS/390
      are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation
      in the United States or other countries or both.
      VM/ESA, DRDA, DB2, OS/2, AIX, GDDM, OfficeVision, S/390, and
      ADSTAR are registered trademarks of International Business
      Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or
      both.
      Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft
      Corporation.
      Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
      Notes is a trademark of Lotus Development Corporation.
      Lotus Notes and Lotus are registered trademarks of Lotus
      Development Corporation.
      Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or
      service marks of others.