Phoenix Software Launches Mainframe Web Interface

Phoenix Software, a provider of System z management tools, has begun shipping the latest version of its z/OS monitoring tool. The new release, product, (E)JES V5R4, includes (E)JES Web, a Java-based web interface that is engineered to sync to the response time characteristics of (E)JES under ISPF. All (E)JES displays are supported, including time-oriented browsers like OPERLOG.

(E)JES is a systems management tool that provides information needed to monitor, manage and control z/OS JESplex, whether sites are running JES2 or JES3. (E)JES panels provide up-to-date information on jobs, printers, queues, and resources in a z/OS JESplex.

“Our intent is for (E)JES Web to be the de facto (E)JES interactive interface for users that are uncomfortable navigating traditional 3270 interfaces.” said Ed Jaffe, chief technology officer for Phoenix Software International.  He added, “We chose z/OS Java because it has received highly-preferential treatment from IBM in both System z design and customer terms and conditions. This trend is expected to continue, making z/OS Java a solid language/platform choice with good investment protection for the foreseeable future.”

Other key features of (E)JES V5R4 include asynchronous multisystem displays, designed to improve end-user response times in large, multisystem environments; and virtual storage constraint relief, intended to address the fact that many (E)JES programs now run in 64-bit addressing mode and some important data areas have been moved above the 2G "bar," resulting in a reduced 31-bit virtual storage footprint. This initiative will continue in future releases.

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