Dec 14 ’11

Pete Clark on z/VSE:  z/VSE Event Calendar for 2012

by Pete Clark in z/Journal

The coming year will be a year of discovery for z/VSE users. With z/VSE 5.1 available as of Nov. 25, 2011, we will be installing, implementing, and becoming intimately acquainted with this new version of z/VSE. The education events and conferences scheduled for 2012 will focus on the new version, with detailed technical sessions and user experiences. The events and conferences known at this time include: 

April 13 - 17, 2012—WAVV in Covington, KY: WAVV 2012 will be held at the Embassy Suites in Covington, KY (greater Cincinnati area). The agenda grid with session titles is available at www.wavv.org; as the abstracts are completed, they will also be posted. The session grid for WAVV 2012 contains excellent technical sessions. 

May 21 - 25, 2012—IBM System z Technical University in Europe: The popular IBM System z Technical University featuring z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE and Linux on System z will be held in Berlin, Germany. For more information, visit www.ibm.com.

September/October 2012—Planning for WAVV 2013: The WAVV planning sessions are now done via Web conferencing in September and October, so be sure a WAVV committee person knows ahead of time what session topics are important to you and is aware of your ideas to improve the WAVV experience. Visit www.wavv.org for contact information.

Oct. 1 - 5, 2012—IBM System z Technical University in Las Vegas: Technical experts from IBM will share their knowledge on z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE, and Linux on System z. In 2012, IBM is expanding the topic coverage to include DB2, CICS, WebSphere MQ, IMS, and Cognos. For more information, visit www.ibm.com.

Oct. 22 - 24, 2012—European GSE/IBM Technical University for z/VSE, z/VM, and Linux on System z in Mainz, Germany: Now in its sixth year, this event provides great information directly from the technical wizards who develop z/VSE, z/VM, and Linux on System z.

2012 Future Events and Live Virtual Class (LVC) Schedules: For z/VSE events that aren’t yet scheduled and up-to-date information on events, please visit www-03.ibm.com/servers/eserver/zseries/zvse/events/.

A current schedule for LVCs is maintained on the z/VSE Website at http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/eserver/zseries/zvse/education/#upcoming. Topic selection and session scheduling are always in process. If you have suggestions, please send them to me or to IBM via the aforementioned link. If you missed an LVC or just need to refresh your knowledge after attending, playback links are available for most LVCs since December 2008.

z/VSE 5.1 News From z/VSE Development

Since we described key z/VSE 5.1 functionality, additional features have been included.

Exploitation of the zEnterprise 114 (z114) Intraensemble Data Network (IEDN). IEDN is a private network that connects elements of a zEnterprise Ensemble. z/VSE can connect as a z/VM guest to the IEDN or in LPAR mode.

z/VSE 5.1 exploits a z114 feature to support the z/VSE z/VM IP Assist (z/VSE VIA), which allows selected z/VSE TCP/IP applications in a z/VM guest environment to access the external network or an IEDN without requiring a TCP/IP stack on z/VSE.

Layer 2 (data link layer) support for IPv4 and IPv6 communication. Layer 2 is required for IPv6 communication with the z/VM VSWITCH.

z/VSE 5.1 will provide Virtual LAN (VLAN) support. VLAN allows a physical network to be divided administratively into separate logical networks. In Layer 3 configurations, VLANs can be transparently used by IPv6/VSE V1.1 and TCP/IP for VSE/ESA V1.5F.

IPv6/VSE V1.1 is the first exploiter of 64-bit virtual storage with its large TCP window support.

The TS7700 Virtualization Engine Copy Export and Multi-Cluster Grid support as well as the Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex (GDPS) client enhance z/VSE's disaster recovery capabilities. The GDPS client connects to a GDPS controlling z/OS system, which can monitor z/VSE 5.1 systems running as a z/VM guest.

z/VSE 5.1 contains additional POWER and z/VSE Connector enhancements.

Two new statements of direction: IBM intends to provide CICS Explorer capabilities for CICS TS for VSE/ESA and the Linux Fast Path function in LPAR environments.

For more information, please see the full z/VSE 5.1 announcement at http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/z/os/zvse/.

May 2012 be a happy, healthy, profitable year for all. Thanks for reading this column; see you all in the next issue.