How to determine which release of the CA Database Management Solutions for IMS to upgrade to
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How to determine which release of the CA Database Management Solutions for IMS to upgrade to

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Article ID: 71733

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Database Analyzer (IMS Tools) Mainframe Configuration Manager for IMS for z/OS IMS TOOLS - MISC Compress Data Compression (IMS Tools) Database Analyzer for IMS for z/OS Database Copier for IMS for z/OS Database Organizer for IMS for z/OS Mainframe Extended Terminal Manager (IMS Tools) High Performance Recovery for IMS for z/OS Database Organizer (IMS Tools) Mainframe Program Restart Manager for IMS for z/OS Secondary Index Builder for IMS for z/OS Secondary Index for IMS for z/OS

Issue/Introduction



When upgrading from an older release what should be take into account to determine the most appropriate release to upgrade to. What resources are available to assist in making this decision?

Environment

Release:
Component: DBO

Resolution

When planning which release to upgrade to, consideration should be given to the following:

1. What release of the CA Database Management Solutions for IMS for z/OS are you currently running
2. What are the currently supported releases of the CA Database Management Solutions for IMS for z/OS
3. Which version(s) of IMS are you running
4. Which release of z/OS are you running
5. What is the current life-cycle of the currently supported releases and how do they fit with the plans to upgrade.

Once you know the above then you should consider which releases of the CA Database Management Solutions for IMS for z/OS support are compatible with the relevant version(s) of IMS and release of z/OS.

Then consider if any of the releases that meet the above criteria are soon to be EOS.

Lastly you should consider what new functionality is available with each new release, what enhancements are available and whether an Incremental Release is for you.

Additional Information

Additional Information can be found on each of the above at the following locations:

Release and Support Life Cycle Dates
https://support.ca.com/us/product-content/status/support-life-cycle/indexes/ca-database-management-solutions-for-ims-for-zos-release-and-support-lifecycle-dates.html

IMS Compatibility Matrix
https://support.ca.com/phpdocs/0/MSPSaccount/COMPAT/ims_compat.HTML

z/OS Compatibility Matrix
https://support.ca.com/phpdocs/0/MSPSaccount/COMPAT/zos_compat.HTML

Release Notes - the Release Notes for each release include Release Comparisons and Enhancements.
https://docops.ca.com/ca-database-management-solutions-for-ims-for-z-os/20-0/en/release-notes/release-comparison

CA Incremental Release Program
https://support.ca.com/phpdocs/0/common/Incremental_Releases_Support_Policy.pdf