Mar 1 ’04

Inside IBM

by Editor in z/Journal


Version 2.3 (203-296) of CICS Transaction Server (TS) includes those Java virtual machine (JVM) improvements: a workload selection mechanism, shared class cache, continuous JVMs, dedicated storage monitor for JVMs, nesting of Java programs, more diagnostic trace granularity with CETR, status monitoring of JVMs in a pool with INQUIRE JVM, JVM profile management, and optimization of launcher code for methods. A new object request broker (ORB) supports Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) 2.3 and General Inter-ORB Protocol (GIOP) 1.2.

Instead of the nonportable JCICS LINK operation, the common client interface (CCI) connector allows Java programs to communicate with COMMAREA application programs using the JSR016 interface defined in J2EE Connector Architecture (JCA) 1.0. New JCICS classes allow application use of CICS Web, document, and extract application programming interfaces (APIs). New DB Beans increase JDBC V2.0 support.

Interactive debugging improvements include Distributed Debugger access. HFS, Java, and Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) definitions are easier now that CEDA, CADP, and CREA default to mixed case input. Performance is improved in Business Transaction Services (BTSes). IIOP clients can use asserted identity. Transactions using the Link3270 bridge can now use the ACCUM option of BMS requests. CICS no longer returns to the QR TCB to execute ASKTIME, FORMATTIME, CHANGE TASK, and DOCUMENT CREATE, INSERT, SET and RETRIEVE commands. CICSPlex System Manager has also been enhanced. A future CICS TS release will include the runtime functions of MQSeries Integrator Agent for CICS Transaction Server (MQIAC); MQIAC is the successor product to Message-Driven processor (MDp).

CICS TS 2.2 and Tools

Included in CICS TS 2.3 and available as service (203-199) to Version 2.2: full simple object access protocol (SOAP) support; an EXEC CICS LINK to DFHWBCLI will establish an outbound HTTP connection; and time-out purging of tasks waiting for an MRO connection.

CICS Performance Analyzer (CICS PA) 1.3 (203-196) adds MQ and CICS Monitoring Facility (CMF) reports and Historical DataBase (HDB) capability. CICS Performance Monitor (CICS PM) 1.2 (203-197) is easier to use and expands its data coverage, including historical task data for the workstation client. CICS Interdependency Analyzer 1.2 (203- 198) extends support for CICS commands and EXEC calls to DB2, IMS, and WebSphere MQ; one VSAM file can now track multiple CICS regions.

DB2 and IMS Tools

Version 8 of DB2 Information Integrator Classic Federation is a new tool that allows nonmainframe programs to execute high-speed, high-volume SQL SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE statements against DB2, IMS, VSAM, Adabas, CA-Datacom, and CA-IDMS data. IMS Performance Monitor is also new. In addition, DB2 Buffer Pool Analyzer 2.1, DB2 Change Accumulation Tool 1.3, DB2 Log Analysis Tool 2.1, DB2 Object Restore 2.1, DB2 Performance Expert 2.1, DB2 Performance Monitor 8.1, and IMS Extended Terminal Option Support 3.1 are all new versions. DB2 Test Database Generator 2.1 is the new name for the DB2 Data Export Facility, and IMS High-Performance Image Copy 3.1 renames IMS Image Copy Extensions (203-324).


Tivoli Access Manager for e-Business 5.1 (203-315) runs on several flavors of mainframe Linux (z/Linux). Added to existing z/OS and OS/390 access: WebSphere Application Server and Java security API support. New for mainframe Linux: Tivoli Monitoring for Web Infrastructure 5.1.2 and Tivoli Monitoring for Business Integration 5.1.1 (203-317), WebSphere Translation Server for Multiplatforms V5 (203- 320), Tivoli Access Manager for Operating Systems 5.1 (203- 311), Lotus Domino 6.5 (203-308), Tivoli Risk Manager 4.2 (203-286), Tivoli Directory Server 5.2 (203-292), and Tivoli Enterprise Console 3.9 (203-282), which also supports z/OS endpoints.

Hardware and Storage Software

Tivoli Storage Optimizer 2.1 (203-283) monitors and manages DASD usage, including automated problem resolution. Several options are open to organizations with legal requirements for nonerasable, nonrewritable (WORM) storage (103-342), including plans for a WORM capability for 3592 tape.

The 2074-3 (103-335) replaces multiple 3174s, handling 96 consoles across multiple LPARs, even multiple systems running TPF, VSE, VM, and from MVS/XA to z/OS; consoles run TN3270E and connect via token ring or Ethernet.

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