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The Next Generation of Distributed IBM CICS
z Systems Software

Redbooks, published 3 Jun 2015

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes IBM TXSeries® for Multiplatforms, which is the premier IBM distributed transaction processing software for business-critical applications. Before describing distributed transaction processing in general, we introduce the most recent version of TXSeries for Multiplatforms. We focus on the following areas:
- The technical value of TXSeries for Multiplatforms
- New features in TXSeries for Multiplatforms
- Core components of TXSeries
- Common TXSeries deployment scenarios
- Deployment, development, and administrative choices ... [more]


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DFSMShsm Fast Replication Technical Guide
z Systems Software

Redbooks, published 4 May 2015, last updated 12 May 2015

DFSMShsm fast replication provides DFSMShsm management for the use of volume-level fast replication. Fast replication is made possible by using the FlashCopy® capability of storage servers. With this capability, a set of storage groups can be defined as a copy pool. The volumes in this pool are processed collectively creating, by fast replication, backup versions that are managed by DFSMShsm. Recovery can be performed at the volume or copy pool level. This capability is designed to work specifically with DB2® Version 8 or later. With DFSMShsm fast replication, the backup and recovery of DB2 ... [more]


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Reducing Data Movement Costs in z Systems Environments
z Systems

Point-of-View, published 27 Apr 2015, last updated 11 May 2015

Conventional thinking has been that off-platform analytics is the best option, and that data movement expenses are insignificant. But conventional thinking is wrong. The IBM zEnterprise® Analytics System 9700 solution lets you analyze data as rapidly as ever while dramatically reducing the expense of moving it.


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IBM z/OS V2R1 Communications Server TCP/IP Implementation Volume 1: Base Functions, Connectivity, and Routing
z Systems

Redbooks, published 17 Dec 2013, last updated 4 May 2015

For more than 40 years, IBM® mainframes have supported an extraordinary portion of the world's computing work, providing centralized corporate databases and mission-critical enterprise-wide applications. IBM System z®, the latest generation of the IBM distinguished family of mainframe systems, has come a long way from its IBM System/360 heritage. Likewise, its IBM z/OS® operating system is far superior to its predecessors in providing, among many other capabilities, world-class, state-of-the-art support for the TCP/IP Internet protocol suite. TCP/IP is a large and evolving collection of ... [more]


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DFSMShsm: Managing PDSE V2 Data Sets
z Systems Software

Redpaper, published 27 Apr 2015

The aim of this IBM® Redpaper™ is to provide a simple scenario to demonstrate how the PDSE V2 data sets with member generation can be integrated into existing storage management policies and processes. It shows how DFSMShsm can manage both PDSE version 1 and 2 data sets by showing the sample plan and implementation we used in a controlled test environment. It also demonstrates that DFSMShsm can migrate, recall, backup and recover these data sets.


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Analytics, Cloud Still Dominant, but More Looms on IT Horizon
z Systems Software

Point-of-View, published 15 Apr 2015

A new survey of thousands of IBM experts puts analytics, cloud, and mobile at the top of the IT trend list worldwide, reinforcing the company’s leadership and investment in these critical areas. Analytics remains atop of the ranking for the fourth straight year, as companies continue to seek more and better insight from their data. Cloud and mobile, too, remain firmly near the top, reflecting both continued demand for cost-saving hosted infrastructures and a growing reliance on devices that help users conduct business while on the move. But lists of trends are interesting for more than just ... [more]


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End to End Security with z Systems
z Systems Software

Redpaper, published 3 Apr 2015

This IBM® Redpaper™ provides a broad understanding of the components necessary to secure your IBM z Systems environment. It provides an end-to-end architectural reference document for a use case that employs both mobile and analytics. It also provides an end to end explanation of security on z Systems from the systems of record through the systems of engagement. Security is described in terms of transactions, covering what happens after a transaction hits the system of engagement and what needs to be in place from that moment forward. The audience for this paper is IT architects and those ... [more]


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Using IBM CICS Transaction Server Channels and Containers
z Systems Software

Redbooks, published 21 Mar 2015

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the new channels and containers support in IBM Customer Information Control System (CICS®) Transaction Server V5.2. The book begins with an overview of the techniques used to pass data between applications running in CICS. This book describes the constraints that these data techniques might be subject to, and how a channels and containers solution can provide solid advantages alongside these techniques. These capabilities enable CICS to fully comply with emerging technology requirements in terms of sizing and flexibility. The book then goes on to ... [more]


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DB2 for z/OS: Configuring TLS/SSL for Secure Client/Server Communications
Information Management

Redpaper, published 19 Oct 2014, last updated 19 Mar 2015

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides information about how to set up and configure IBM DB2® for z/OS® with Transport Layer Security (TLS), the modern version of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). This configuration is accomplished using the IBM z/OS Communications Server Application Transparent Transport Layer Security (AT-TLS) services. This paper also describes the steps for configuring TLS/SSL support for the IBM Data Server Driver Package (DS Driver) for IBM Data Server Provider for .NET, Open Database Connectivity (ODBC), and call level interface (CLI) clients to access a DB2 for z/OS ... [more]


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IBM CICS Performance Series: Effective Monitoring for CICS Performance Benchmarks
z Systems Software

Redpaper, published 17 Feb 2015

The aim of this paper is to show tools and techniques that can be used to understand the performance characteristics of an IBM® CICS® performance benchmark. It describes why it is important to understand whether other work on your systems can interfere with the system under test. It looks at an example CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS) configuration and describes how monitoring tools, including Resource Measurement Facility™ (IBM RMF™) and Workload Manager (WLM) can be used to collect and report performance ... [more]


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Application Development for IBM CICS Web Services
z Systems Software

Redbooks, published 27 Jan 2015

This IBM® Redbooks® publication focuses on developing Web service applications in IBM CICS®. It takes the broad view of developing and modernizing CICS applications for XML, Web services, SOAP, and SOA support, and lays out a reference architecture for developing these kinds of applications. We start by discussing Web services in general, then review how CICS implements Web services. We offer an overview of different development approaches: bottom-up, top-down, and meet-in-the-middle. We then look at how you would go about exposing a CICS application as a Web service provider, again looking ... [more]


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The Value of Active-Active Sites with Q Replication for IBM DB2 for z/OS An Innovative IBM Client's Experience
Information Management

Redpaper, published 23 Jan 2015

Any business interruption is a potential loss of revenue. Achieving business continuity involves a tradeoff between the cost of an outage or data loss with the investment required for achieving the recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO). Continuous system availability requires scalability, as well as failover capability for maintenance, outages, and disasters. It also requires a shift from standby to active-active systems. Active-active sites are geographically distant transaction processing centers, each with the infrastructure to run business operations and with ... [more]


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A Software Architect's Guide to New Java Workloads in IBM CICS Transaction Server
z Systems Software

Redbooks, published 21 Dec 2014, last updated 21 Jan 2015

This IBM® Redpaper Redbooks® publication introduces the IBM System z® New Application License Charges (zNALC) pricing structure and provides examples of zNALC workload scenarios. It describes the products that can be run on a zNALC logical partition (LPAR), reasons to consider such an implementation, and covers the following topics:

  • Using the IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile to host applications within an IBM CICS® environment and how it interacts with CICS applications and resources
  • Security technologies available to applications that are hosted within a ... [more]


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    Getting Started with IBM InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay for DB2
    Analytics

    Redbooks, published 18 Jan 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication will help you install, configure, and use IBM InfoSphere® Optim™ Workload Replay (InfoSphere Workload Replay), a web-based tool that lets you capture real production SQL workload data and then replay the workload data in a pre-production environment. With InfoSphere Workload Replay, you can set up and run realistic tests for enterprise database changes without the need to create a complex client and application infrastructure to mimic your production environment. The publication goes through the steps to install and configure the InfoSphere Workload Replay ... [more]


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    Enhancing Value to Existing and Future Workloads with IBM z13
    z Systems Software

    Point-of-View, published 14 Jan 2015, last updated 14 Jan 2015

    Discover how to take advantage of advances in technology to address key demands on today’s mainframes: - Cloud computing, analytics, mobile access, social media, and security (CAMSS) put new demands on businesses and IT for enhanced resilience, performance, and scale. - The volume of data and increased file sizes push networks to their limits and stress quality of service. - A powerful, workload-optimized, open, agile, and highly secure IT infrastructure is required to meet customer expectations. This IBM® Redbooks® Point-of-View publication discusses the new I/O capabilities in IBM z ... [more]


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    IBM z13 for Mobile Applications
    z Systems

    Solution Guide, published 14 Jan 2015

    In today’s mobile era, over 10 billion devices are accessing information. Enterprises are challenged with integrating new mobile services with existing organizational processes, without sacrificing the client’s experience. Approximately 70% of all enterprise transactions involve IBM® z Systems™. This IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide describes how the new IBM z13™ with its enhanced data processing capabilities can play an important role by providing the secure and stable base that you need to extend your existing enterprise data and transactions to mobile ... [more]


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    Reliable Analytics by Using IBM z13
    Analytics

    Solution Guide, published 14 Jan 2015

    Analytics projects mainly draw on mainframe-based transactional data. However, in the last two decades, analytics solutions have been deployed as departmental applications, based on very specific business needs of the requesting department. This IBM® Redbooks® Solution Guide describes how IBM z13™ can help organizations maximize their current IT investments while adding functionality and improved price and performance with z13 over IBM zEnterprise® EC12 (zEC12. With new z13 features, applications can gain increased throughput for distributed operational business intelligence (BI) and IBM ... [more]


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    Enhanced Networking on IBM z/VSE
    z Systems

    Redbooks, published 31 Dec 2014

    The importance of modern computer networks is steadily growing as increasing amounts of data are exchanged over company intranets and the Internet. Understanding current networking technologies and communication protocols that are available for the IBM® mainframe and System z® operating systems is essential for setting up your network infrastructure with IBM z/VSE®. This IBM Redbooks® publication helps you install, tailor, and configure new networking options for z/VSE that are available with TCP/IP for VSE/ESA, IPv6/VSE, and Fast Path to Linux on System z (Linux Fast Path). We put a strong ... [more]


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    Improving z/OS Application Availability by Managing Planned Outages
    z Systems

    Redbooks, published 22 Dec 2014

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication is intended to make System Programmers, Operators, and Availability Managers aware of the enhancements to recent releases of IBM z/OS® and its major subsystems in the area of planned outage avoidance. It is a follow-on to, rather than a replacement for, z/OS Planned Outage Avoidance Checklist, SG24-7328. Its primary objective is to bring together in one place information that is already available, but widely dispersed. It also presents a different perspective on planned outage avoidance. Most businesses care about application availability rather than the ... [more]


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    The Power of the API Economy: Stimulate Innovation, Increase Productivity, Develop New Channels, and Reach New Markets
    z Systems Software

    Redguide, published 21 Dec 2014

    The API Economy is the commercial exchange of business functions, capabilities, or competencies as services using web application programming interfaces (APIs). APIs drive the digital economy and companies that do not embrace the API economy will be left behind. The API Economy is key to accelerating value, improving business performance, and extending your business services and goods to the widest possible audience. Making sure your company is easy to do business with and creating paths to new business opportunities is why the API Economy signals a new business reality. Companies that seize ... [more]


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