z/VSE 5.2 announced today - Statement of Directions (SODs)
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I just posted a blog entry with the z/VSE 5.2 content.
Now I want to share important Statement of Directions (SODs) included into the z/VS
Here are the SODs:
IBM intends to provide new capability in a future release of IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/VSE, to provide:
The CICS SOD describes the content of a future release of CICS TS for z/VSE. The last major CICS TS for VSE/ESA enhancements were made available September 2000, followed by the CICS Explorer with monitoring functionality, released in June 2012.
This SOD is a significant enhancement for the z/VSE system. Both the CICS Explorer update capability and Channels and Containers are highly rated customer requirements. The Channels and Containers lift the 32K COMMAREA limitation. A Container is a named block of data for passing information between programs - allocated in 31 bit virtual storage (EDSA). A Channel is a sort of programming interface and may hold one to multiple Containers. New CICS EXEC APIs are provided.
The Channel and Container APIs will be ported from CICS TS for z/OS 3.1. That is if you want to get more information now, you may consult the CICS TS for z/OS 3.1 Administration Guide. The book is here.
Please let me know, if you want to be a beta customer for those CICS enhancements (email to: email@example.com ).
Stabilization of support and discontinued functions:
Support for CICS Distributed Data Management (DDM) is stabilized in CICS TS for VSE/ESA V1.1.1. In a future release of CICS TS for z/VSE, IBM intends to discontinue support for CICS DDM.
IBM intends to rename the product z/VSE Central Functions to z/VSE in a new z/VSE version.
This change will make it easier to differentiate between future z/VSE releases of the same z/VSE Version in the ordering process, e.g. Shopz.
z/VSE V5.2 will be the last release that supports IBM System z9. Future releases of z/VSE will support IBM System z10 and higher.
This change is necessary to benefit from new functions of z10 and zEnterprise processors. It also alines processor support of future z/VSE releases with that of the z/VM Version 6 releases.
Please consider the disclaimer for Statement of Directions (SOD): All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice. See the z/VSE 5.2 SOD section for details.