Exciting news: Today we announced a preview of our next z/VSE Version 6 release - z/VSE 6.2.
z/VSE 6.2 is planned to be available in the 4th quarter of 2017. It can run on z114, z196, or later.
Below is a quick overview of what you can expect in z/VSE 6.2:
- Hardware support
- High Performance FICON (zHPF)
- z13 Vector Facility (Single Instruction Multipe Data - SIMD)
- Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) accelerated with CryptoExpress5S of z13 / z13s, exploited by openSSL
- FlashCopy Space Efficient (SE) for Extent Space Efficient (ESE) volumes configured in an DS8880
- Tapeless initial installation using SCSI or FBA disks
- Support for stand-alone dump on SCSI disks
- CICS TS for z/VSE enhancements
- CICS Explorer enhancements (define programs, files, etc.)
- Channels & containers enhancements
- HTTP 1.1 upgrade for CICS Web Support (CWS)
- Connector enhancements
- z/VSE SOAP engine to exploit Channels and Containers
- z/VSE database connector enhancements
- Security enhancements
- Basic Security Manager (BSM) enhancement
- IUI dialog for batch resources (DTSECTAB security)
- SSL/TLS support of openSSL or SSL of TCP/IP stack in CICS Web Support
- EZA Multiplexer and EZA openSSL support
- SSL/TLS connection to secure remote VTAPE network transfer
- LDAP sign-on enhancements
- Networking enhancements
- Linux Fast Path (LFP) running as z/VM guest can communicate with with a TCP/IP stack in LPAR
- IBM IPv6/VSE 1.3
- New FTP server security interface
- SSH copy facility
- TXT2PDF generation facility
- IBM TCP/IP for z/VSE 2.2
- Fast Service Upgrade (FSU) from z/VSE 6.1 to z/VSE 6.2 supported. You can not use FSU from z/VSE V5 to z/VSE 6.1 or z/VSE 6.2.
- Product delivery of z/VSE on DVD and electronically only.
The announcement letter with the z/VSE 6.2 preview is here.
z/VSE 6.2 fulfills the Statements of general Direction (SODs) announced April 2016 - see my related blog entry - here.
You may listen to my Live Virtual Class (LVC) later today, where I will provide more details about z/VSE 6.2. The registration link is here.
... and I will provide more details in upcoming blog entries.