Cloud Enabling IBM CICS

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 09 December 2014

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ISBN-10: 0738440248
ISBN-13: 9780738440248
IBM Form #: SG24-8114-00
(244 pages)

Authors: Rufus Credle, Isabel Arnold, Andrew Bates, Michael Baylis, Pradeep Gohil, Christopher Hodgins, Daniel Millwood, Ian J Mitchell, Catherine Moxey, Geoffrey Pirie, Inderpal Singh, Stewart Smith, Matthew Webster

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This IBM® Redbooks® publication takes an existing IBM 3270-COBOL-VSAM application and describes how to use the features of IBM Customer Information Control System (CICS®) Transaction Server (CICS TS) cloud enablement. Working with the General Insurance Application (GENAPP) as an example, this book describes the steps needed to monitor both platform and application health using the CICS Explorer CICS Cloud perspective.

It also shows you how to apply threshold policy and measure resource usage, all without source code changes to the original application. In addition, this book describes how to use multi-versioning to safely and reliably apply and back out application changes.

This Redbooks publication includes instructions about the following topics:

  • How to create a CICS TS platform to manage and reflect the health of a set of CICS TS regions, and the services that they provide to applications
  • How to quickly get value from CICS TS applications, by creating and deploying a CICS TS application for an existing user application
  • How to protect your CICS TS platform from erroneous applications by using threshold policies
  • How to deploy and run multiple versions of the same CICS TS application on the same CICS TS platform at the same time, enabling a safer migration from one application version to another, with no downtime
  • How to measure application resource usage, enabling a comparison of the performance of different application versions, and chargeback based on application use

This book describes how CICS TS cloud enablement uses existing operational facilities, including monitoring, events, transaction tracking, CICS TS bundles, and IBM CICSPlex® System Manager (CICSPlex SM), to integrate with existing deployment and management processes.

Table of contents

Part 1. Introduction
Chapter 1. Cloud enabling your CICS TS applications
Chapter 2. GENAPP introduction
Part 2. How to cloud-enable your IBM CICS TS
Chapter 3. Creating a platform
Chapter 4. Creating an application
Chapter 5. Applying a policy
Chapter 6. Packaging an application for multiversion deployment
Part 3. What you get by cloud-enabling your CICS TS
Chapter 7. Measurement by application
Chapter 8. Managing by policy
Chapter 9. Application lifecycle management
Appendix A. Setup and environment
Appendix B. IBM CICS Explorer setup

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