A Guide to Using ACI Worldwide's BASE24-es on z/OS

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 06 August 2006

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ISBN-10: 073849593X
ISBN-13: 9780738495934
IBM Form #: SG24-7268-00
(248 pages)

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Authors: Alex Louwe Kooijmans, Edward Addison, Alexei Alaev, Dan Archer, Gordon Fleming, Claus Koefoed, Ron Schmidt, Bob Spanke, Mingming Tao, Dore Teichman


In this IBM Redbooks publication we explain how to use the ACI BASE24-es product on z/OS. BASE24-es is a payment engine utilized by the financial payments industry. Failure in a financial payments environment is a high-visibility customer service issue, and outages at any level have debilitating effects on customer loyalty. The entire payments cycle must be conducted in near real-time. In such an environment, high availability is a mission-critical requirement. We demonstrate how you can achieve a high availability configuration for BASE24-es on z/OS.
We begin by outlining the requirements of a payments system, and then introduce the structure and functionality offered by the BASE24-es product. We describe the strengths and abilities of System z and z/OS, and explain the technical and physical architecture of BASE24-es on z/OS. We guide you in designing a system layout and in installing, tailoring, and configuring your workload on z/OS.
Finally, we detail the numerous failure scenarios that we tested in order to verify the robustness of the solution. These scenarios were carefully selected in areas such as data environment, CICS/CICSplex, the BASE24-es application, and hardware. Communication was handled by ATM and POS device simulators and a Visa network simulator. Note that the information in this book is specific to BASE24-es release 06.2 and is subject to change in subsequent releases of the product.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Running a payments system
Chapter 2. Introducing BASE24-es
Chapter 3. System z and z/OS
Chapter 4. BASE24-es technical architecture on z/OS
Chapter 5. Designing the system layout
Chapter 6. Installing BASE24-es on z/OS
Chapter 7. Setting up and running the initial workload
Chapter 8. Tuning BASE24-es on z/OS
Chapter 9. Achieving high availability on z/OS
Chapter 10. Conclusion

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