Reminder: z/VSE 5.1 and z/VM 6.2 end of service in 2016
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Today we got some snow. The first this winter. ... and it will continue to snow.
At the beginning of this year. I want to remind you, that the service for zVSE 5.1 will end on June 30, 2016. You may check for the status of our zVSE releases here.
We prepared a migration paper, that might help you. The paper is here. Some more information about migration is in the z/VSE books and CICS Enhancements Guide. You can download these books from our documentation page - here. A good start is the z/VSE Planning book.
Don't wait for the service refresh of a z/VSE release. History showed that zVSE systems are very stable. That is also the reason, why z/VSE 5.2 (GAed in April 2014) did not get a new refresh (SPE) so far. You may use the Recommended Service Level (RSL) to update to the latest service. The latest RSL is from August 2015 - see here.
If you are running your z/VSE systems under zVM, please consider, that z/VM 6.2 service will also end this year - on December 31, 2016. Please migrate to z/VM 6.3 to stay in a serviced environment. z/VM Version 6 requires z10 or higher. If you are still running on z/VM 5.4, because e.g. you are dependent on z9, the end of service of z/VM 5.4 is planned for December 31, 2016, or until the z9 EC and z9 BC are withdrawn from support, whichever is later.
z/VM's status page is here.
Have a good weekend.