z/VSE Version 5 demonstrates IBM's commitment to z/VSE clients. This new version is another significant step in the ongoing evolution of z/VSE.
- 64-bit virtual addressing for applications.
- 64-bit virtual support vastly increases the virtual storage available in a single address space. It is designed to meet the demands of z/VSE clients with growing workloads or those who wish to extend business opportunities with new 64-bit applications. 64-bit virtual support may also help clients who want to keep "more data in memory" to benefit from increased processor storage and processor speed available with the latest IBM System z servers. It is built upon z/Architecture capabilities and 64-bit real addressing that were introduced with z/VSE V4.1.
- 64-bit input/output processing for applications.
- Support for IBM CICS Explorer - "The new face of CICS Transaction Server for VSE/ESA".
- A z/VSE database connector to access various relational databases.
- Connection pooling for the z/VSE Database Connector. This enhancement allows connection pooling for CICS applications using DBCLI.
- VSE/POWER enhancement to ease job output handling.
- IPv6/VSE V1.1 Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) support.
- Layer 2 support for IPv4 links in addition to IPv6 links.
- Configurable input buffers for HiperSockets devices.
- Exploitation of innovative IBM zEnterprise technology:
- Participate in a private intraensemble data network (IEDN) that provides connectivity between a zEnterprise and a zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX).
- Exploit the z/VSE z/VM IP Assist that allows z/VSE in a z/VM guest environment to access an external network or an IEDN without requiring a TCP/IP stack on z/VSE.
- Fast Path to Linux on System z (Linux Fast Path) in an LPAR environment.
- Provides 4096-bit RSA keys for use with configurable Crypto Express3 for enhanced security.
- Configurable Crypto Express4S adapter (exclusive to the IBM zEnterprise EC12 environment).
- Encryption Facility for z/VSE V1.2 OpenPGP exploits 4096-bit RSA keys to even better protect data.
- OSA-Express4S 1000BASE-T.
- Static power save mode allows you to reduce the power consumption of IBM zEnterprise 196 and zEC12 when full performance is not required. z/VSE supports this feature for clients using MWLC pricing with the subcapacity pricing option.
- Exploitation of IBM System Storage options:
- Support of IBM System Storage TS1140 Tape Drive Model E07 including drive based data encryption.
- Support of IBM System Storage Tape Controller 3592 Model C07.
- Copy Export function of the TS7700 Virtualization Engine Series can be used for disaster recovery purposes.
- Multi-Cluster Grid Support of the TS7700 Virtualization Engine Series enables disaster recovery or high availability solutions.
- IBM System Storage DS8870.
- FCP-attached SCSI disks can additionally be used with:
- IBM Storwize V7000 Midrange Disk System
- IBM XIV Storage System
z/VSE Version 5 executes in z/Architecture mode only. z/VSE V5.1 can run in LPAR mode, or as a guest in any supported z/VM release. z/VSE V5.1 is the preferred follow-on z/VSE product for clients with z/VSE V4, z/VSE V3, or VSE/ESA installed. Clients may choose to use the Fast Service Upgrade (FSU) process when migrating from z/VSE V4.2 or z/VSE V4.3.
z/VSE V5.1 offers Midrange Workload License Charge (MWLC) pricing metrics, including a subcapacity option, for zEnterprise 196, System z10, and System z9 servers. The smallest z10 BC and z9 BC server capacity setting, A01, does not qualify for MWLC. Clients using the z10 BC and z9 BC capacity setting A01 will always pay a zSeries Entry License Charge (zELC) for their IBM monthly license charge software. IBM offers Advanced Entry Workload License Charge (AEWLC) pricing metrics for the z114 server. AEWLC including the subcapacity option is also available for the z/VSE operating system. The smallest z114, capacity setting A01, will be priced using zELC.
z/VSE V5.1 is generally available since November 25, 2011.
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