Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Preview : z/VSE Version 4 Release 2

Today there's the preview of z/VSE 4.2 : 'z/VSE Version 4 Release 2 enables growth'.
What's the core message ?
z/VSE V4.2 is designed to support :
  • More than 255 VSE tasks to help clients grow their CICS workloads and to ease migration from CICS/VSE to CICS Transaction Server for VSE/ESA
    IBM has from VSE/ESA 2.4 onwards delivered CICS/TS together with CICS/VSE at no extra cost. Now, there's a statement of direction that " z/VSE V4.2 is planned to be the last release to offer CICS/VSE".
  • Up to 32 GB of processor storage
    z/VSE V4.2 operates in z/Architecture mode only.
  • Sub-Capacity Reporting Tool (SCRT) running 'natively'
    The SCRT report will be able to run natively (also in z/VSE 4.1). Until now VSE clients had to send their collected data to IBM. Now, they will be able to do their own reporting. Though no availability date has been given for z/VSE 4.2, all details for downloading and using the tool will be available on the SCRT homepage as off October 11, 2007.
  • Encryption Facility for z/VSE as an optional priced feature
    This is subject to a separate announcement I'm talking about in another post : 'IBM Encryption Facility for z/VSE, V1.1.0 helps secure data'.
  • IBM System Storage TS3400 Tape Library (via the TS1120 Controller)
  • IBM System Storage TS7740 Virtualization Engine Release 1.3
    The support indicated on the last two lines will be available on z/VSE 3.1.2 and later.
z/VSE V4.2 is designed to allow Fast Service Upgrade (FSU) from z/VSE V4.1 or z/VSE V3.1 using equivalent disks.

No availability date has been given yet.

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