IPv6 news is everywhere these days. The availability of z/VSE 4.2.2 (and newer releases) provides the foundation of z/VSE's IPv6 support. Combine this with IBM's new TCP/IP solution, IPv6/VSE, which provides a single product solution for both IPv4 and IPv6 TCP/IP communications and you have a powerful way to take z/VSE into the future.
You are probably already hearing about IPv6 on z/VSE. Why? Your ISP is converting to IPv6 and makes it available to you. With the IPv4 address block exhaustion, new blocks of IPv4 addresses are now almost impossible to get. Your customers or business partners require IPv6 connections. Government organizations may only allow IPv6 capable devices and applications to participate in bidding. The US Department of Defense (DoD), for example, only allows products that are on the “Unified Capabilities Approved Products List” (UC APL) for its advertised bidding. This list is used by procurement offices in the DoD and the U.S. Federal agencies for ongoing purchases and acquisitions of IT equipment. Also, keep this in mind, as new standards are developed IPv6 is usually mandated. For example, 4G mobile devices are mandated to use IPv6 and IPv4 support is deprecated.
IPv6 support in z/VSE began with z/VSE 4.2.2.
IBM IPv6/VSE Version 1 Release 1IBM licensed IPv6/VSE from Barnard Software, Inc.for worldwide distribution as their TCP/IP product solution for the future (IPv6/VSE is a registered trademark of Barnard Software, Inc.). IBM's IPv6/VSE announcement (210-066) was made on April 6, 2010. The availability of IBM's IPv6/VSE allows z/VSE users to participate in an IPv6 network and bring the benefits of IPv6 functionality to z/VSE users.
While the product is named IPv6/VSE, the product supports both IPv4 and IPv6 communications. IPv6/VSE provides a full-function IPv4 stack and applications as well as a full-function IPv6 stack and applications. Both TCP/IP stacks (IPv4 and IPv6) can be run together, individually or even stand alone. IBM's IPv6/VSE supports both IPv4 and IPv6 protocols and has been available since May 28, 2010.
IPv6/VSE IPv4 and IPv6 Support
|IPv6/VSE Application||IPv4 Support||IPv6-Enabled||Description|
|BSTTVNET||Yes||Yes||TN3270E Server with DIRECT/LPR printing|
|BSTTNTPS||Yes||Yes||Network Time Protocol Server|
|BSTTNTPC||Yes||Yes||Network Time Protocol Client|
|BSTTSLOG||Yes||Yes||System Logger Client|
|BSTTMTPC||Yes||Yes||Mail Transport Protocol Client|
|BSTTREXC||Yes||Yes||Remote Execution Client|
|BSTTPING||Yes||Yes||Batch PING Utility|
|BSTTGZIP||Yes||Yes||GZIP Data Compression|
|REXX Automation||Yes||Yes||REXX Automation Support|
IPv6/VSE Support for IBM Applications
|Application||Supported by IPv6/VSE|
|CICS TS Web Services||Yes|
|CICS TS Listener||Yes|
|DB2 Server and DB2 Client||Yes|
|Linux Fast Path||Yes|
|VSE Health Checker||Yes|
|VSE Script Server||Yes|
Virtually all 3rd party software vendors are now working with IPv6/VSE and support their customers using IPv6/VSE with their products.
IPv6 Programming InterfacesExisting APIs have been extended. The Assembler SOCKET macro API has been extended to support IPv6 addressing and 64-bit virtual storage addresses. The EZASOKET and EZASMI API have also been extended. EZASOKET/EZASMI support for GETADDRINFO, FREEADDRINFO, NTOP and PTON with the new address family of AF_INET6 is available. Of course, the LE/C Socket API has been IPv6-enabled too.
The IBM IPv6/VSE Programming Guide has all the details on the IPv6-enablement features in these API's.