Software provides e-business access to CICS.

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CICS® Transaction Gateway for z/OS® delivers implementation of J2EE Connector Architecture at 1.5 specification level. External Call Interface JCA resource adapter is provided, enabling COMMAREA-based CICS applications to interoperate with WebSphere® Application Server v6. Product provides SDSF administration capability, normal shutdown function, management of runtime messages, and configuration of multiple gateway daemons.



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IBM CICS Transaction Gateway for z/OS V6.0 - An Enhanced J2EE Connector for CICS



Overview
CICS® Transaction Gateway (CICS TG) for z/OS® is a market-leading connector that has been proven over many years to be a high-performing, secure, scalable, and tightly integrated method of e-business access to CICS. Benefits include ease of installation and a flexible configuration requiring minimal changes to CICS with usually no changes to existing CICS applications. It delivers a range of networking options and support for Java(TM) and J2EE clients.

CICS TG for z/OS V6.0 provides an industry-leading implementation of the J2EE Connector Architecture (JCA) at the 1.5 specification level. An External Call Interface (ECI) JCA resource adapter is provided, enabling COMMAREA-based CICS applications to interoperate effectively with WebSphere® Application Server V6.

CICS TG V6.0 enhancements
Performance
o Improved performance of data processing, providing for decreased CPU usage
o Support for JCA V1.5 Connection Optimizations, as provided by
WebSphere Application Server

Systems management
o Management of the CICS TG from SDSF provides better system administration capabilities.
o A new normal shutdown mechanism ensures the integrity of all outstanding units of work.
o Enhanced support for the configuration of multiple Gateway daemons provides improved system administration capabilities.
o Direction of output to JES provides improved management of all runtime messages.

Reliability, availability and scalability (RAS)
o An option to limit the number of EXCI pipes to one per thread considerably improves availability and scalability.

Security
o Stores your SSL private keys and certificates within the RACF® database
o Provides improved support for hardware cryptography cards when using SSL
o Includes a new external configuration option for SSL encryption allowing the SSL cipher suite to be specified

Ease of use
o SMP/e installation vastly simplifies the process of installing, migrating and applying corrective maintenance to the
product.
o Redesigned and searchable Eclipse-based information center provides a vastly improved user interface for online documentation.

Key prerequisites
o z/OS V1.4 (5694-A01), or later
o IBM Java SDK 1.4.2
o CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V2.2 (5697-E93), or later
o CICS Transaction Server for OS/390® V1.3 (5655-147)

At a glance
CICS TG for z/OS V6.0 is a Java 2 platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) 1.5 connector for CICS applications. It enables you to use your CICS applications in comprehensive and sophisticated J2EE and Web services solutions hosted on powerful application
servers, such as WebSphere Application Server. V6.0 delivers significant enhancements:
o Performance - Giving improved External Call Interface (ECI) data processing and J2EE application performance
o Systems management - Including an SDSF administration capability, a normal shutdown function, improved management of runtime messages, and improved configuration of multiple gateway daemons
o Improved availability and scalability with a new External CICS Interface (EXCI) pipe usage option
o Enhanced security - Including support for storing SSL certificates in RACF SSL, hardware cryptography via JSSE, and control of SSL cipher suite

For ordering, contact:
Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or the Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL Reference: LE001

Planned availability date
January 14, 2005

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