Jun 21 ’10

Pete Clark on z/VSE:  z/VSE, z/VM, and Linux Requirements Processing

by Editor in z/Journal

The WAVV requirements project has significantly enhanced the WAVV requirements process for 2010. Effective immediately, requirements processed during WAVV will be posted to the WAVV Website (www.wavv.org) for the z/VSE, z/VM, and Linux community to review and vote on. Please carefully follow the voting directions listed on this Website. Any discussions should be carried out via the z/VSE, z/VM, and Linux Web discussion list.

Also effective immediately, requirements may be submitted at any time. Requirements will be processed by the WAVV requirements project and then posted for review by the z/VSE community. Then, periodically throughout the year, after posting and a review period, voting will be solicited and the results posted. The requirements that have been voted on will then be forwarded to the appropriate vendor for its review and response. The responses will be posted to www.wavv.org as soon as they’re received.

The new process will make it easier for users to submit requirements, for the requirements project to process requirements, for vendors to receive and respond to requirements, and for requirements to be processed and submitted between WAVV yearly meetings.

You can expect the process to be changed and enhanced over the next year or so, as the requirements project delivers on plans they’ve put in place to revitalize, enhance, and streamline the entire requirement process. The plans of the requirements project will result in a requirement processing standard that will be the envy of the world.

Thank you to the entire dedicated community for their efforts on behalf of the z/VSE, z/VM, and Linux communities.

WAVV 2010

For those who missed WAVV 2010, we had a great time, excellent session content, great location, and a fine vendor show. Both user and vendor attendance was almost exactly the same as WAVV 2009 in Orlando. In a difficult economy, it was nice to see WAVV with a stable attendance. We know that many conferences are still having difficulty maintaining attendees due to cutbacks.

The hotel and conference folks were incredibly helpful and cooperative. Thanks to everyone—attendees, vendors, and presenters—for another excellent WAVV. Hopefully, the economy will improve significantly and we will see everyone at WAVV 2011.

z/VSE 45th

This year marks the 45th anniversary of z/VSE. We celebrated the anniversary at WAVV 2010 with cake (courtesy of IBM) and drinks. It’s fitting that later this year we will see a new release, z/VSE 4.3., which will provide significant enhancements.  

News From z/VSE Development

Hints and Tips for z/VSE 4.2 is now available for download from the z/VSE Website at www.ibm.com/vse/documentation. This book has been updated to include the newest z/VSE functionality. It provides hints and tips for tools, internal commands, the Turbo Dispatcher and its exploitation, console commands and diagnostics, job control, VSE/POWER, and much more. 

Also available on the z/VSE Website is a new security whitepaper titled "How to Set Up SSL With the VSE Script Connector.”   

A new IBM Redbook is available for download from www.ibm.com/redbooks. Titled "z/VSE Using DB2 on Linux for System z," this Redbook is for customers who plan, set up, customize, and tune a DB2 environment on Linux on System z. This Redbook includes information on allowing z/VSE applications to work with DB2 on Linux. 

The end of service of z/VSE 4.1 has been extended to April 30, 2011. This will provide for an easier migration from z/VSE 4.1 to z/VSE 4.3 when it becomes available later this year. 

IPv6/VSE V1, which IBM licenses from Barnard Software, Inc., allows users to participate in an IPv6 network. It provides the IPv6 stack, IPv6 Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), IPv6-enabled applications, dual stack support, IPv6 tunneling, and IPv6-enabled utilities. IPv6 is an evolution of IPv4 and is designed to improve the IPv4 protocol. IPv6 uses 128-bit addresses and provides significant security and network traffic enhancements. 

Within each z/VSE system, the IPv6 stack can run concurrently with an IPv4 stack. Existing IPv4 applications continue to run unchanged using the IPv4 stack. New IPv6-enabled applications can be introduced step-by-step using the IPv6 stack of IPv6/VSE. IPv6/VSE V1 can be used with z/VSE 4.2 (plus PTFs) and later, and should be available by the time you read this. For more details, see www.ibm.com/vse.   

Thanks for reading this column; see you all in the next issue.