Announcements

  • Welcome WebConnect and ConnectiQ to the Rocket family!

    Today, we announced the acquisition of WebConnect terminal emulation and ConnectiQ mainframe RPA from ActiveOps. We're excited to bring these two leading technologies into the Rocket family.  

    ConnectiQ 

    ConnectiQ is a Robotic Process Automation (RPA) tool for mainframe environments. Its customers, many of whom are in the healthcare payer industry, have achieved mind-blowing efficiencies by automating the most-repeated, most labor-intensive functions in their claims processes, saving millions of dollars.  

    RPA serves as another option on the spectrum of choices for mainframe and IBM i leaders. Whether you want to revamp the user experience, streamline the user processes, access the data or automate an entire domain, we have the solutions to help you in your journey.   

    WebConnect 

    We've been delivering enterprise-class terminal emulation solutions for decades with our BlueZone solutions. With WebConnectwe're glad to bring another mainframe terminal emulator into the fold.  

    Terminal emulation is an area where we continue to actively innovate, most recently supporting the Zowe platform for mainframes. This acquisition represents yet another investment in a space we see as critical for anyone engaging with a host system. An efficient, configurable and comfortable terminal emulator truly changes the experience of working with a mainframe, IBM i, or VT-based system. That's why we're glad to have WebConnect in our portfolio of exceptional tools.  

     

    Over the years, we've acquired dozens of incredible technologies that, when brought together, create a wealth of opportunities to enhance, integrate and innovate upon legacy systems. This acquisition is no exception.   

    If you're ConnectiQ or WebConnect customer and new to Rocket, welcome! Reach out to us anytime. We're certain you'll love our commitment to the mainframe, our exceptional customer support, and our deep appreciation for each and every customer. 

  • Now available | iCluster version 8.3

    We're excited to announce that iCluster 8.3 is now available to customers on the Rocket Customer Portal.

    Highlights of this release include:

    Replication enhancements
    • Faster synchronization of source physical files (PF-SRC) by using a record-by-record refreshing method.
    • Support for replication of logical files such as SQL views that are not based on physical files.
    • No numerical limit on Byte Stream File (BSF) specifiers; a longer maximum path name extension to support more types of BSF objects.

    Sync Check enhancements
    New options:
    • A user sync check can now be initiated for a specific file from the backup monitor.
    • Ability to run sync checks sequentially when starting a sync check for a group.
    • New auto-repair options for database files and native objects.
    New detection features:
    • Files with journals that are not being scraped will be reported with reason code JNS.
    • Files that are not journaled will be suspended with reason code EJF.
    • Missing replication information for journaled objects will be reported with reason code RIM.
    Performance:
    • Improved performance when activating out-of-sync objects and byte stream files.

    Status Monitor
    • The collection of performance data for all replication groups has been optimized.
    • E-mail alerts now include the system name in the title.


    Other Changes
    • iCluster has new defaults for sync check type and maximum record level errors for optimal performance.

    Detailed release notes can be found at https://docs.rocketsoftware.com
  • Introducing z/OS conda for download and deployment of z/OS open source products

    Rocket has moved to a new system – conda – for downloading, installing, and upgrading all z/OS open source ports developed by Rocket.  With conda, a single command can replace dozens of steps and commands previously required to install some open source products.  For example, installing z/OS Git with its dependencies formerly required over thirty steps but now can be accomplished with a single conda command.

    Conda is an open source tool ideally suited for delivery and deployment of software on the mainframe due to its channel concept and multiple types of channels supporting varying degrees of security including file channels for air-gapped systems. Rocket has set up two internet channels from which you can download z/OS open source ports using conda – one public and open to all, the other a secure channel server on premise at Rocket available only to Rocket customers on a support plan.

    z/OS Miniconda is a free bundle of open source containing everything you need to run conda on z/OS. To get started using conda you need to install z/OS Miniconda on your z/OS system.

    To download z/OS Miniconda, complete the following steps:

    1. Sign in to the Rocket Community Portal.
      https://my.rocketsoftware.com/RocketCommunity
    2. Click Downloads from the navigation menu. A list of available Rocket products for your account appears.
    3. Select z/OpenSource.
    4. Type 'Miniconda' in the search box to filter the list of available downloads.
    5. Click the filtered ID A dialog window appears with the files that are required for setup.
    6. Click each file to download them to your system.
    7. Using a FTP or SFTP client transfer the setup files to z/OS:
      1. miniconda-py37-zos-<yyyy-mm-dd>.run
      2. appdev_bundle_X.Y.txt


    Full documentation on z/OS Miniconda is contained within zOS_Miniconda_Documentation_<date>.pdf.

    Learn more about conda here.

    Note, Rocket is decommissioning the old download and install system for all open source products except for z/OS Miniconda itself.

  • Welcome to the new Rocket Forum

    Welcome to the formal launch of the new Rocket Forum, your virtual headquarters for discovery, learning, engagement, knowledge sharing, and networking with your peers and Rocketeers.

    Here is where you can stay up to date on the latest news and announcements, discuss Rocket products, services, help and support, documentation and how-to guides, videos, training and more.
  • Announcing Rocket BlueZone Web for Zowe

    Rocket Software is proud to announce the launch of BlueZone Web for Zowe, the first commercial terminal emulator solution for Zowe.
  • Welcome to the Rocket Forum!

    Welcome to the soft launch of the new Rocket Forum, a place where all are welcome to learn, engage, discover, share knowledge and network with other members and Rocketeers.

    Here is where you'll find discussions about Rocket products and services, news and updates, help and support, user groups, events and activities, documentation and how-to guides, and videos.

    Start a conversation, share your knowledge, or leave a comment!
  • How to easily migrate U2 REST applications to Rocket MVIS

    This video provides a demo of migrating an existing U2 REST application to our new Rocket MultiValue Integration Server (MVIS). Have you seen it?
  • Sign up for one or both MVIS alpha programs

    Work with us to develop solutions to help you address your business challenges.
  • UNIVERSE EXTERNAL DATABASE ACCESS (EDA) WITH I-TYPE FIELD DICTIONARY ITEMS AGAINST SQL SERVER

    External Database Access (EDA) enables you to convert data stored in Rocket UniVerse and UniData databases to a first normal form (1NF) database, such as Microsoft SQL Server, then access that data using existing UniVerse BASIC programs, RetrieVe, or UniData/UniVerse SQL. For the UniVerse I-type fields, they can be mapped in many ways to SQL Server. This post will expand the mapping section of the External Database Access manual.
  • UNIVERSE 11.3.2 DEEP DIVE DEMO SAMPLES & EXAMPLES NOW AVAILABLE

    Have you seen the UniVerse samples and examples on Git? Get all the details in this blog post.
  • Why upgrade D3

    Your business critical D3 app shows up to work every day. Here's why you should make upgrading to the latest version a priority: 
    • Stability
    • Security
    • Performance
    • Disaster Recovery
    • Other new features
  • Now available | Rocket D3 10.3.2

    We’re excited to announce the release of Rocket® D3® 10.3.2 for Windows, AIX and Linux. This new release focuses on Python and is the release to be on if you’re interested in our new MultiValue Integration Server (MVIS).

    This new release delivers:

    • The ability to call into D3 from Python, completing the bidirectional support of Rocket D3 Python for better integration. This ability allows Python developers to access data and existing business rules that are stored in the D3 database environment.
    • Encryption at the field level, rather than at the file level, offering a performance benefit, especially for large files.
    • The option to use 256-bit encryption instead of the default of 128 bit, checking a box for organizations that require 256-bit encryption.
    • Support for the new Rocket MultiValue Integration Server (MVIS). If you’re interested, please plan an upgrade to 10.3.2 so you’re ready when MVIS 1.3 is released (planned for Feb. 2021) to take advantage of all the features/benefits MVIS provides including empowers teams to leverage modern languages and frameworks to access MV data and business logic. MVIS incorporates a low-code/no-code approach that’s cloud-ready and provides users with 24x7x365 connectivity. It can help you extend business opportunities, expand your workforce with younger developers, and get products to market faster.
    • Support for newer platforms: Windows (10, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019), AIX (7.1, 7.2), and Linux (RHEL 8).
    You can find a complete list of enhancements and system requirements for Rocket D3 10.3.2 in the release notes.

    Ready to upgrade now? If you have a current Support and Maintenance Agreement for Rocket D3, you can order your version upgrade from RBC. If you don’t have an active maintenance agreement, we can help you get current. Simply contact us to discuss your options.
  • U2 Audit Logging overview

    If you're on UniData and concerned with compliance or security, I invite you to watch this 9 minute video which provides an over view of U2 Audit Logging.
  • Understanding UniData hashed and dynamic files with resize and memresize

    If part of your job involves administering UniData, they you’re aware that the objective of file resizing is to minimize overflow as overflow is a performance overhead. Have you seen this blog post? It’s a great overview and best practices guide covering:

    • 32-bit v 64-bit dynamic hashed files
    • UniData static hashed files, dynamic hashed files, and group structure
    • Level 1 level 2 overflow
    • Benefits of the group structure
    • How do UniData dynamic hashed files work?
    • How does UniData decide which group is to be split?
    • How is the split pointer calculated?
    • What happens when a group is split?
    • How does UniData decide when a group is split?
    • Keyonly
    • Keydata
    • Wholefile
    • Default split type
    • Resize v memresize
    • Limitations of memresize
    • Worked example to demonstrate differences