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IBM Power Systems I/O improves performance, virtualization, and physical footprint efficiency

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 112-230
November 20, 2012

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Overview Overview Publications Publications
Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Technical information Technical information
Planned availability date Planned availability date Terms and conditions Terms and conditions
Product number Product number Prices Prices


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At a glance
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Several I/O enhancements to the Power Systems™ product line improve performance, virtualization, price/performance ratio, and physical footprint efficiency:



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Overview
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The Power® 755 model E8C high performance computing (HPC) is adding support for the previously announced RDX 160 GB, 320 GB, 500 GB, and 1 TB removable disk drives used in the EU04 external RDX docking stations. RDX offers an excellent entry tape alternative to tapes such as the DAT80/160. In addition to price and performance advantages, it is an extremely durable media and can typically be used far longer than entry tape alternatives.

The PowerLinux™ 7R1 model L1C supports the RDX USB External Docking Station for Removable Disk Cartridge



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Key prerequisites
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Refer to the Sales Manual for individual feature requirements.



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Planned availability date
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November 30, 2012



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Reference information
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Refer to Hardware Announcements:



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The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM® Power Systems 8236, 8246, and 8406 machine type:

Planned availability date: November 30, 2012

New feature
Description                                        MT  Model Feature

RDX USB External Docking Station for Removable
Disk Cartridge                                    8246  L1S     EU04

The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM Power Systems 8236, 8246, and 8406 machine type:

Planned availability date: November 27, 2012

New feature
Description                                        MT  Model Feature

USB 160 GB Removable Disk Drive                   8236  E8C     1106
USB 500 GB Removable Disk Drive                   8236  E8C     1107
1TB Removable Disk Drive Cartridge                8236  E8C     EU01
RDX 320 GB Removable Disk Drive                   8236  E8C     EU08

The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM Power Systems 8236, 8246, and 8406 machine type:

Planned availability date: November 30, 2012

New feature
Description                                        MT  Model Feature


USB 160 GB Removable Disk Drive                   8246  L1C     1106
                                                  8246  L1S
RDX USB External Docking Station for Removable
Disk Cartridge                                    8246  L1C     EU04

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/sla.jsp?num=112-230


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Publications
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No publications are shipped with these features.



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Services
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Global Technology Services

IBM services include business consulting, outsourcing, hosting services, applications, and other technology management.

These services help you learn about, plan, install, manage, or optimize your IT infrastructure to be an On Demand Business. They can help you integrate your high-speed networks, storage systems, application servers, wireless protocols, and an array of platforms, middleware, and communications software for IBM and many non-IBM offerings. IBM is your one-stop shop for IT support needs.

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or visit

http://www.ibm.com/services/

For details on available IBM Business Continuity and Recovery Services, contact your IBM representative or visit

http://www.ibm.com/services/continuity

For details on education offerings related to specific products, visit

http://www.ibm.com/services/learning/index.html

Select your country, and then select the product as the category.



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Technical information
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Specified operating environment

Physical specifications

Refer to the Sales Manual.

Security, auditability, and control

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



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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 IBM Systems customers. 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® 5.3, AIX 6.1, and AIX 7.1, 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 , refer to

http://www.ibm.com/support/electronic

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 Electronic Service Agent tool-enabled customers 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 no more dependence on human intervention or off-hours customer personnel when errors are encountered in the middle of the night.

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 securely transmits either via the Internet (HTTPS or VPN) or modem, and can be configured to communicate securely through gateways to provide customers a single point of exit from their site. Communication is one way. Activating Electronic Service Agent does not enable IBM to call into a customer's system. System inventory information is stored in a secure database, which is protected behind IBM firewalls. It is viewable only by the customer and IBM . The customer's business applications or business data is never transmitted to IBM .

More accurate reporting: Since system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support center in conjunction with the service request, customers 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 IBM ID entered during activation, customers can view system and support information in the "My Systems" and "Premium Search" sections of the Electronic Support Web site at

http://www.ibm.com/support/electronic

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 the customer's IBM ID. 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, customers are able to see search results that apply specifically to their systems.

For more information on how to utilize the power of IBM Electronic Services, contact your IBM Systems Services Representative, or visit

http://www.ibm.com/support/electronic


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Terms and conditions
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MES discount applicable

Yes

Equal to the volume commitment discount

Field installable feature

Yes

Warranty period

These features assume the same warranty or maintenance terms as the machine in which they are installed for the full warranty or maintenance period announced for such machine.

Customer setup

Yes, except for feature code EQ77 under machine type 9119

Machine code

Same license terms and conditions as base machine



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The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM Power Systems 8236, 8246, and 8406 machine type:

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Description          Model  Feature Both/        RP
Machine Type 8236    Number Numbers Support  CSU MES

USB 160 GB Removable Disk Dr
                       E8C     1106 Support  Yes No
USB 500 GB Removable Disk Dr
                       E8C     1107 Both     Yes No
1TB Removable Disk Cartridge
                       E8C     EU01 Both     Yes No
RDX 320 GB Removable Disk Driv
                       E8C     EU08 Both     Yes No
USB 160 GB Removable Disk Dr
                       L1C     1106 Support  Yes No
                       L1S          Support  Yes No
RDX USB External Docking
                       L1C     EU04 Both     Yes No
                       L1S          Both     Yes No

Pricing terms

Prices in the following PDF prices link are suggested list prices on day of announcement for the U.S. only. They are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. IBM list price does not include tax or shipping and is subject to change without notice.

ENUS-112-230-LIST_PRICES_2012_11_20.PDF ENUS-112-230-LIST_PRICES_2012_11_20.PDF

Trademarks

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

Power, IBM and AIX are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Terms of use

IBM products and services which are announced and available in your country can be ordered under the applicable standard agreements, terms, conditions, and prices in effect at the time. IBM reserves the right to modify or withdraw this announcement at any time without notice. This announcement is provided for your information only. Additional terms of use are located at:

http://www.ibm.com/legal/us/en/

For the most current information regarding IBM products, consult your IBM representative or reseller, or visit the IBM worldwide contacts page

http://www.ibm.com/planetwide/us/

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