News of interest to z/VSE customers

Date Description
December 18, 2014 Impact of POODLE (CVE-2014-3566) on z/VSE (PDF, 105KB)
October 31, 2014 z/VSE V4.3 end of service
August 12, 2014 Price change(s): Selected IBM software products
The monthly license charges (MLC) on select middleware software programs and their features will increase on January 1, 2015. The price increase for a given program will be approximately 4% depending on the features selected.

The following z/VSE products are affected: DB2 Server for VSE & VM V7, IBM C for VSE/ESA V1, IBM C/370 Compiler Version 2, IBM COBOL VSE/ESA, IBM PL/I VSE/ESA, Rational COBOL Runtime for z/VSE, IBM High Level Assembler for MVS, VM, VSE V1, MQ Series for VSE/ESA V2R1, WebSphere MQ for z/VSE V3, IBM Compiler for REXX/370, IBM Library for REXX/370.

CICS TS for VSE/ESA is affected too: Select CICS for VSE products will receive an approximate 7% price increase on all software billing metrics.

For more information please see the Announcement letter
August 5, 2014 End of service announcements related to z/VSE
For more information please see the Announcement letter
April 25, 2014 IBM z/VSE V5.2 is now available
April 7, 2014 Announcement: IBM z/VSE V5.2
z/VSE V5.2 is the newest release of z/VSE and is intended to be the base for future z/VSE enhancements.
For more information please see the Announcement letter
February 4, 2014 z/VSE V4.3 end of service has been extended from 05/31/2014 to 10/31/2014
For more information please see the Announcement letter
July 23, 2013 Announcing the IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12)
The IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) extends modern mainframe capabilities for enterprises of all sizes to help cut costs, improve service, and fuel innovation for business growth.
For more information please see the Announcement letter
June 21, 2013 Price change(s): IBM IPv6/VSE selected software product
Decreases in monthly workload license charges (MWLC) and advanced entry workload licence charges (AEWLC) on a selected IBM IPv6/VSE software product announced.
For more information please see the Announcement letter
June 14, 2013 z/VSE V5.1.2 is now available
April 02, 2013 Announcement - IBM z/VSE V5.1 - Additional enhancements available
In addition to function delivered at general availability of IBM z/VSE V5.1, you get supplemental enhancements that are designed to:
For more information please see the Announcement letter
February 5, 2013 Effective May 31, 2014, z/VSE V4.3 will be withdrawn from service.
For more details, please see the Announcement letter
October 31, 2012 z/VSE V4.2 end of service
August 28, 2012 Announcing the IBM zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12)
The IBM zEnterprise EC12 - proven hybrid computing designed to manage multiple workloads, with the simplicity of a single system
For more information please see the Announcement letter
June 15, 2012 z/VSE V5.1.1 is now available
April 03, 2012 Announcement - IBM z/VSE V5.1 - Additional enhancements available
In addition to function delivered at general availability of IBM z/VSE V5.1, you get supplemental enhancements that are designed to:

For more information please see the Announcement letter
November 25, 2011 z/VSE V5.1 is now available
October 12, 2011 Announcement: IBM z/VSE V5.1 - 64-bit virtual for future workloads
z/VSE Version 5 Release 1 again demonstrates IBM's commitment to z/VSE clients. This new version is another significant step in the ongoing evolution of z/VSE.
For more information please see the Announcement letter
August 12, 2011 z/VSE V4.3.1 is now available
August 2, 2011 Effective October 31, 2012, z/VSE V4.2, CICS/VSE V2.3, DL/I V1.10 and DL/I V1.11 will be withdrawn from service.
For more details, please see the Announcement letter
July 12, 2011 Announcing the zEnterprise 114 (z114)
Bringing the zEnterprise hybrid computing model to clients of all sizes.
For more information please see the Announcement letter
April 12, 2011 z/VSE V5.1 Preview announcement
z/VSE Version 5 Release 1 again demonstrates IBM's commitment to z/VSE clients. This new version is another significant step in the ongoing evolution of z/VSE.
For more information please see the Announcement letter
November 26, 2010 IBM z/VSE V4.3 is now available
October 5, 2010 Announcement: IBM z/VSE V4.3 - More capacity for growth
z/VSE V4.3 continues the z/VSE focus on scalability, security, service-oriented architecture (SOA), and hybrid solutions that exploit z/VSE and Linux on System z. Hybrid solutions may run on z/VM's state-of-the-art virtualization technology and might benefit from the dynamic capabilities of the latest IBM zEnterprise 196 and System z10 technology.
For more information please see the Announcement letter
July 22, 2010 z/VSE V4.3 Preview announcement
IBM announced an updated preview of z/VSE Version 4 Release 3 (z/VSE V4.3), the newest version of z/VSE. New functions not previously announced include the exploitation of innovative IBM System z10 and zEnterprise 196 technology, as well as the delivery of a new Linux Fast Path function.
July 22, 2010 Announcing the IBM zEnterprise System
A New Dimension in Computing.
May 28, 2010 IPv6/VSE Version 1 Release 1 is now available
To order, contact the IBM Call Center, your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner. At the moment IPv6/VSE can not be ordered via IBM Shopz. In case of problems, please contact the z/VSE team.
May 18, 2010 VSAM Catalog Management API (CATLG)documentation & sample is available here.
April 30, 2010 z/VSE V4.2.2 is now available
April 6, 2010 IPv6/VSE Version 1 Release 1 announcement
The limitations of the Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) together with increasing regulatory requirements have driven the need for an Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) TCP/IP solution for z/VSE, which will be provided by the IPv6/VSE V1 product.
February 3, 2010 New Redbook: z/VSE Using DB2 on Linux for System z (SG24-7690)
February 2, 2010 z/VSE V4.1 end of service has been extended from 04/30/2010 to 04/30/2011
October 20, 2009 z/VSE V4.3 Preview announcement
IBM announced a preview of z/VSE Version 4 Release 3 (z/VSE V4.3), the newest version of z/VSE. z/VSE V4.3 is designed to offer virtual storage constraint relief for CICS workload growth and system consolidation. It will exploit selected IBM System z10 technology, including large page support, FICON Express8, and the ability to dynamically add logical CPs without preplanning. Four-digit device addresses provide for infrastructure simplification in mixed IT environments consisting of z/VSE, z/VM, Linux on System z, and/or z/OS. Further enhancements apply to networking, security, and systems management, as well as RPG II compiler support for CICS TS. Planned availability date is fourth quarter, 2010.
July 31, 2009 z/VSE V3.1 end of service
July 17, 2009 z/VSE V4.2.1 is now available
July 17, 2009 Encryption Facility for z/VSE V1.2 (an optional, priced feature) is now available
May 28, 2009 Support for PAV is now available
Parallel Access Volume (PAV) is an optional licensed feature of the IBM System Storage DS8000 and DS6000, and IBM TotalStorage ESS series. It enables a single System z server to simultaneously process multiple I/O operations to the same volume.

PAV support is now available in z/VSE V4.2 with APAR DY46953/PTF UD53399 (01C) and UD53400 (01J).

April 28, 2009 IBM z/VSE Version 4 Release 2 - Additional enhancements available
z/VSE Version 4 Release 2 (z/VSE V4.2) is the latest in the ongoing evolution of z/VSE. z/VSE V4.2 now offers additional enhancements:

Support for the following hardware technologies:
April 28, 2009 Encryption Facility for z/VSE V1.2
Encryption Facility for z/VSE is an optional, priced feature of VSE Central Functions Version 8. It is a host-based software solution designed to encrypt sensitive data before transferring it to tape for archival purposes, or to exchange with remote locations or business partners. In addition to writing encrypted data to tape, EF for z/VSE can be used to produce encrypted data written to disk and other removable media.

With Release 2, EF for z/VSE has been enhanced to support the OpenPGP standard. OpenPGP is a standard protocol for ensuring the integrity of data that can be exchanged between trusted partners. OpenPGP support is designed to offer even more choice and flexibility for exchanging data with business partners. For example, it does not require that your business partners purchase new storage hardware, have a mainframe, or run z/VSE.

For more information, please see the announcement letter.

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