OS/390 Update Emphasizes Web Features

IBM's push to make the OS/390 mainframe operating environment more Web-friendly will gain some momentum this week.

At the Share user conference in San Francisco, IBM is announcing the latest version of OS/390, Version 2 Release 7, which features better connectivity with TCP/IP networks and new network policy management capabilities.

It also boasts better data sharing and management in mixed Unix and OS/390 environments, plus greater security for Web applications.

Due next month,Release 7 will also feature support for the Tivoli Management Agent, which allows an S/390 mainframe system to be managed from Unix servers.

The additional features represent a natural next step in IBM's effort to build more features into OS/390 in the past couple of years, said Dan Kaberon, Parallel Sysplex manager at Hewitt Associates in Lincolnshire, Illinois.

"But my guess is that not too many people are going to be putting in any new [OS/390 version] this year," because of year 2000 issues, Kaberon added.

Other features in Release 7 include the following:

-- Gigabit Ethernet support for TCP/IP applications.

-- Enterprise Extender technology for tighter integration of TCP/IP networks with the older SNA.

-- Automated support for digital certificates on the WebSphere Application Server component of OS/390.

-- A cryptographic security feature for Unix applications running on an S/390.

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