IBM PowerVM V3.1 offers industrial-strength enterprise virtualization for IBM POWER technology-based server models, with enhanced performance, resilience, security, and I/O integration, and IBM PowerVC adds support for IBM POWER9 server

IBM Europe Software Announcement ZP18-0420
October 9, 2018

Table of contents
OverviewOverviewTechnical informationTechnical information
Key prerequisitesKey prerequisitesOrdering informationOrdering information
Planned availability datePlanned availability dateTerms and conditionsTerms and conditions
DescriptionDescriptionPricesPrices
Program numberProgram numberAnnouncement countriesAnnouncement countries
PublicationsPublications


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Overview

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IBM® PowerVM® V3.1, which delivers industrial-strength enterprise virtualization for IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux® environments on IBM POWER® processor-based systems, has expanded function and new management capabilities.

PowerVM V3.1 represents a major update of the industrial-strength enterprise virtualization that is delivered with POWER technology-based server models. It includes significant enhancements to performance, resilience, security, and I/O integration. PowerVM effectively cloud-enables POWER technology-based servers by providing complete virtualization of resources and accelerated Live Partition Mobility (LPM). Included with PowerVM are an updated hypervisor and updated versions of the Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) and the NovaLink virtualization management agent.

IBM VIOS 3.1 offers improved security and resiliency through a streamlined selection of components and removal of legacy packages that results in a smaller footprint and enhanced performance. VIOS 3.1 enhancements include support for iSCSI (network storage) virtualization, storage multi-pathing, and USB flash drive installation.

When deployed on POWER9™ technology-based servers, PowerVM V3.1 uses on-chip compression/encryption capabilities to provide a more secure LPM option that encrypts and compresses VMs during mobility operations.



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Key prerequisites

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  • For IBM PowerVM Linux Edition (5765-VL3): IBM POWER 7+, IBM POWER8®, or IBM POWER9 technology-based server
  • For IBM PowerVM Standard Edition (5765-VS3): POWER 7+ or POWER8 technology-based server
  • For IBM PowerVM Enterprise Edition (5765-VE3): POWER 7+, POWER8, or POWER9 technology-based server


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Planned availability date

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November 9, 2018



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Description

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An updated version of VIOS is included with PowerVM.

VIOS V3.1 offers improved security and resiliency, with a refreshed code base that features a streamlined selection of components and removal of legacy packages, resulting in a smaller footprint and enhanced performance.

New VIOS V3.1 capabilities include:

  • Support for iSCSI (network storage virtualization) for AIX and Linux workloads
  • Storage multi-pathing enhancement
  • Native compatibility mode for POWER8 and POWER9
  • USB flash drive installation

PowerVM V3.1 uses the POWER9 on-chip compression/encryption capabilities to provide a more secure LPM option that encrypts and compresses VMs during mobility operations. Depending upon the size of the VM, this capability can also accelerate LPM operations significantly, due to the compressed image size.

Automation tooling is provided to simplify the VIOS V3.1 upgrade process.

PowerVM Enterprise Edition and PowerVM Linux Edition no longer includes PowerVP™.

With PowerVM 3.1, the Integrated Virtualization Manager (IVM) is no longer included with VIOS.

IBM PowerVC is designed to simplify the management of virtualized and cloud resources in Power Systems™ environments.

The IBM PowerVC 1.4.2 provides:

  • Support for all POWER9 enterprise servers
  • Latest OpenStack 'Queens' support
  • Support for SR-IOV (via HMC)
  • Red Hat support for SDI-based NovaLink on POWER9 servers
  • PowerVM feature: PAYG (Pay-As-You-Go) Pools
  • AIX Secure Boot
  • Support Network Node on RHEL 7.x
  • Deeper IBM Cloud™ Private and Cloud Automation Manager integration
  • Automated storage port load balancing using white lists
  • Pluggable driver enablement for FC tape

The prior DBaaS Tech Preview is no longer included with PowerVC 1.4.2.



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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5765-VL3 3.1.0 IBM PowerVM Linux Edition
5765-VS3 3.1.0 IBM PowerVM Standard Edition
5765-VE3 3.1.0 IBM PowerVM Enterprise Edition

Product identification number

Program number Maintenance 1-year PID number Maintenance ALC PID number Maintenance 3-year PID number
5765-VL3 5771-PVL 1 5771-PVA 1 5773-PVL 1
Program number Maintenance 1-year PID number Maintenance ALC PID number Maintenance 3-year PID number
5765-VS3 5771-PVS 1 5771-ALS 1 5773-PVS 1
Program number Maintenance 1-year PID number Maintenance ALC PID number Maintenance 3-year PID number
5765-VE3 5771-PVE 1 5771-EAL 1 5773-PVE 1

1 Maintenance PIDs are already announced. They are listed here for reference only.



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Offering Information

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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.



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Publications

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None



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Services

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Global Technology Services

Contact your IBM representative for the list of selected services available in your country, either as standard or customized offerings for the efficient installation, implementation, or integration of this product.



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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements
  • For PowerVM Linux Edition (5765-VL3): POWER 7+, POWER8, or POWER9 technology-based server
  • For PowerVM Standard Edition (5765-VS3): POWER 7+ or POWER8 technology-based server
  • For PowerVM Enterprise Edition (5765-VE3): POWER 7+, POWER8, or POWER9 technology-based server
Software requirements

Not applicable

Planning information

Packaging

This offering is delivered through the internet as an electronic download at IBM's My Entitled Systems Support website.

Security, auditability, and control

IBM PowerVM uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware or software.

The client is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.



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Ordering information

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Consult your IBM representative.


Program description

Program number Description
5765-VL3 IBM PowerVM Linux Edition
5765-VS3 IBM PowerVM Standard Edition
5765-VE3 IBM PowerVM Enterprise Edition

Program number Feature description OTC feature number
5765-VL3 Per Processor Core Medium System V8KBBG
5765-VL3 Per Processor Core Small System V8KCBG

Program number Feature description OTC feature number
5765-VS3 Per Processor on Small System V8J7BG
5765-VS3 Per Processor on Medium System V8J8BG
5765-VS3 Per Processor on Large System V8J9BG

Program number Feature description OTC feature number
5765-VE3 Per Processor Core Medium No Charge T8J5GB
5765-VE3 Per Processor Core Small No Charge T8J6GB
5765-VE3 Upgrade from 5765-VS3 Per Processor Core Medium SIQ2BG
5765-VE3 Upgrade from 5765-VS3 Per Processor Core Small SIQ3BG
5765-VE3 Per Processor Core Medium POWER8 T8K2GB
5765-VE3 Per Processor Core Small POWER8 T8K3GB

Charge metric

Program name Part number or PID number Charge metric
PowerVM Linux Edition 5765-VL3 Per Processor Core
PowerVM Standard Edition 5765-VS3 Per Processor Core
PowerVM Enterprise Edition 5765-VE3 Per Processor Core

Processor Core (or Processor)

Processor Core (or Processor) is a unit of measure by which the program can be licensed. Processor Core (or Processor) is a functional unit within a computing device that interprets and executes instructions. A Processor Core consists of at least an instruction control unit and one or more arithmetic or logic unit. With multicore technology, each core is considered a Processor Core. Entitlements must be acquired for all activated Processor Cores available for use on the server.

Notes:

  • Some programs may require licenses for the program and what is being managed. In that case, the following applies. In addition to the entitlements required for the program directly, licensee must obtain entitlements for this program sufficient to cover the processor cores managed by the program.
  • Some programs may be licensed on a managed basis only. In that case, the following applies. Instead of the entitlements required for the program directly, licensee must obtain entitlements for this program sufficient to cover the processor cores managed by program.

System Program Order (SPO)

An order for SPO 5692-A6P is mandatory for shipments of program distribution. The individual licensed program orders are for registration and billing purposes only. No shipment occurs under these orders.

Program number Program/Function name Feature number
5692-A6P IBM PowerVM V3 / VIOS 2344
5692-A6P IBM PowerVM V3 Expansion Pack 2345


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Terms and conditions

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The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage® Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

Licensing

IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use.

This software license includes Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance).

Software Maintenance

The IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011) applies for Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) and does not require client signatures.

Licenses under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA) provide for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support with the initial license acquisition of each program acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available. Two charges apply: a one-time license charge for use of the program and an annual renewable charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours), as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect.

License Information number

See the License Information documents web page on the IBM Software License Agreement website for more information.

Limited warranty applies

Yes

Limited warranty

IBM warrants that when the program is used in the specified operating environment, it will conform to its specifications. The warranty applies only to the unmodified portion of the program. IBM does not warrant uninterrupted or error-free operation of the program or that IBM will correct all program defects. You are responsible for the results obtained from the use of the program.

IBM provides you with access to IBM databases containing information on known program defects, defect corrections, restrictions, and bypasses at no additional charge. For further information, see the IBM Software Support Handbook.

IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).

Program technical support

Technical support of a program product version or release will be available for a minimum of three years from the general availability date, as long as your Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is in effect.

This technical support allows you to obtain assistance (by telephone or electronic means) from IBM for product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of the program product. Software Subscription and Support also provides you with access to updates (modifications or fixes), releases, and versions of the program. You will be notified, through an announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice. If you require additional technical support from IBM, including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative. This extension may be available for a fee.

For additional information on the IBM Software Support Lifecycle Policy, see the IBM Software Support Lifecycle Policy website.

Money-back guarantee

If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, you may obtain a refund of the amount you paid for it, if within 30 days of your invoice date you return the program and its PoE to the party from whom you obtained it. If you downloaded the program, you may contact the party from whom you acquired it for instructions on how to obtain the refund.

For clarification, note that for programs acquired under any of IBM's On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) software offerings, this term does not apply since these offerings apply to programs already acquired and in use by you.

Volume orders (IVO)

Yes. Contact your IBM representative.

Passport Advantage applies

No

Usage restrictions

See the License Information documents website for any new or revised restrictions.

Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. All distributed software licenses have Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) for a period of 12 months from the date of acquisition, providing a streamlined way to acquire IBM software and assure technical support coverage for all licenses. Extending coverage for a total of three years from date of acquisition may be elected.

While your Software Subscription and Support is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short duration installation and usage (how-to) questions, and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance by telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your end users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. For additional details, go to the IBM Support Handbooks page.

Software Subscription and Support does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under this agreement.

IBM Operational Support Services - Support Line

No

System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Yes. When ordering through the program number process, a 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution clients.

Education Software Allowance Program applies when ordering through the program number process.

ESAP available

Yes, to qualified clients.



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Statement of good security practices

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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through intrusion prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered, destroyed, or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a regulatory compliant, comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective.

Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.



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IBM Electronic Services

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Electronic Service Agent™ and the IBM Electronic Support web portal are dedicated to providing fast, exceptional support to organizations that have IBM Systems. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tool is a no-additional-charge tool that proactively monitors and reports hardware events, such as system errors, performance issues, and inventory. The Electronic Service Agent tool can help you stay focused on your company's strategic business initiatives, save time, and spend less effort managing day-to-day IT maintenance issues. Servers enabled with this tool can be monitored remotely around the clock by IBM Support, all at no additional cost to you.

Now integrated into the base operating system of AIX V7, Electronic Service Agent is designed to automatically and electronically report system failures and utilization issues to IBM, which can result in faster problem resolution and increased availability. System configuration and inventory information collected by the Electronic Service Agent tool also can be viewed on the secure Electronic Support web portal, and used to improve problem determination and resolution by you and the IBM support team. To access the tool main menu, simply type smitty esa_main, and select Configure Electronic Service Agent. In addition, ESA now includes a powerful web user interface, giving the administrator easy access to status, tool settings, problem information, and filters. For more information and documentation on how to configure and use Electronic Service Agent, go to the IBM Electronic Support website.

The IBM Electronic Support portal is a single internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM internet services and support. This portal enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems. The My Systems and Premium Search functions make it even easier for organizations that are Electronic Service Agent tool-enabled to track system inventory and find pertinent fixes.

Benefits

Increased uptime: The Electronic Service Agent™ tool is designed to enhance the Warranty or Maintenance Agreement by providing faster hardware error reporting and uploading system information to IBM Support. This can translate to less wasted time monitoring the symptoms, diagnosing the error, and manually calling IBM Support to open a problem record. Its 24 x 7 monitoring and reporting mean human intervention is not required to report errors.

Security: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to be secure in monitoring, reporting, and storing the data at IBM. The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to securely transmit either through the internet (HTTPS or VPN) or modem to provide organizations a single point of exit from their site. Communication is one way. Activating Electronic Service Agent does not enable IBM to call into an organization's system.

For additional information, go to the IBM Electronic Service Agent website.

More accurate reporting: Because system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support Center in conjunction with the service request, you are not required to find and send system information, decreasing the risk of misreported or misdiagnosed errors. Once inside IBM, problem error data is run through a data knowledge management system and knowledge articles are appended to the problem record.

Customized support: Using the IBMid entered during activation, you can view system and support information in the My Systems and Premium Search sections of the IBM Electronic Support page.

My Systems provides valuable reports of installed hardware and software using information collected from the systems by Electronic Service Agent. Reports are available for any system associated with your IBMid. Premium Search combines the function of search and the value of Electronic Service Agent information, providing advanced search of the technical support knowledgebase. Using Premium Search and the Electronic Service Agent information that has been collected from your system, you are able to see search results that apply specifically to your systems.

For more information on how to utilize the power of IBM Electronic Services, contact your IBM Systems Services Representative, or go to the IBM Electronic Support website.



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Prices

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For all local charges, contact your IBM representative.

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IBM Global Financing offerings are provided through IBM Credit LLC in the United States, and other IBM subsidiaries and divisions worldwide to qualified commercial and government clients. Rates are based on a client's credit rating, financing terms, offering type, equipment type, and options, and may vary by country. Other restrictions may apply. Rates and offerings are subject to change, extension, or withdrawal without notice.



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Announcement countries

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All European, Middle Eastern, and African countries, except Islamic Republic of Iran, Sudan, and Syrian Arab Republic.

Trademarks

POWER9, PowerVP, Power Systems, IBM Cloud and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

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