z/VSE Network Appliance available
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Now I am back in the office, just returned from the VM Workshop. It was again a good conference with lots of sessions. If you were there, thanks for attending the z/VSE sessions.
Today is again a major milestone for z/VSE. The new z/VSE Network Appliance is available for z13 and z13s and can be used with z/VSE 5.1, 5.2 and 6.1. z/VSE is the first exploiter of the new z13 / z13s infrastructure, called
The z/VSE Network Appliance (VNA) is available at no additional cost. It is provided on request. If you have a valid z/VSE 5.1, 5.2 or 6.1 license, you may request VNA on the VNA web page - here.
Just a short description of the z/VSE Network Appliance. If you want to read more, please use my blog entry I posted in February - here.
The z/VSE Network Appliance (VNA) builds on the z/VSE Linux Fast Path (LFP) function and provides TCP/IP network access without requiring a TCP/IP stack in z/VSE. The appliance utilizes the new z Appliance Container Infrastructure (zACI) introduced on z13 and z13s servers. zACI is a new LPAR (partition) type which, along with an appliance installer, enables the secure deployment of software and firmware appliances. The zACI LPAR requires CPU resources (e.g. (shared) Intergrated Faciliy for Linux (IFL)) and disk storage. Compared to a TCP/IP stack in z/VSE, the VNA can support higher TCP/IP traffic throughput while reducing the processing resource consumption in z/VSE. z/VSE systems connecting over HiperSockets to VNA need to run in an LPAR. It can not be accessed from a z/VM guest. For z/VM environments we provide the z/VM IP Assist (VIA), available on z114 and z196 or higher.