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IBM Platform Cluster Manager V4.1 Advanced Edition can consolidate your cluster and grid environments

IBM United States Software Announcement 212-462
November 13, 2012

Table of contents
Overview Overview Publications Publications
Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Technical information Technical information
Planned availability date Planned availability date Ordering information Ordering information
Description Description Terms and conditions Terms and conditions
Product positioning Product positioning Prices Prices
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IBM® Platform Cluster Manager V4.1 Advanced Edition:



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IBM Platform Cluster Manager V4.1 Advanced Edition automates the self-service assembly of multiple heterogeneous HPC and analytics clusters on shared compute infrastructure. The cluster manager creates a secure multi-tenant analytics and HPC cloud for users running technical computing and analytics workloads to dynamically create clusters and grids on demand, consolidate a scattered cluster infrastructure, increase hardware utilization, gain access to larger cluster infrastructures, and rapidly deploy multiple heterogeneous HPC environments.

Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition can deliver:

IBM Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition has the following advanced capabilities over IBM Platform Cluster Manager Standard Edition:

Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition runs on the latest generation of IBM System x® iDataPlex® , Intelligent Cluster™ , and other rack-based servers and is also supported on non-IBM industry standard x86_64 hardware. By prequalifying and certifying these platforms at scale, IBM can help you take the risk out of deploying mission-critical grid computing deployments.



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Planned availability date
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December 14, 2012



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Description
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Typical HPC and analytics clusters are built for a specific purpose. The applications running in these clusters are varied and may require differences in the hardware and software environment. In addition, separate projects may build their own separate clusters, and separate user groups may need to securely separate themselves from each other. If you have multiple clusters, you can benefit by consolidating these clusters. You need a dynamic and flexible infrastructure to support the performance required by these compute-intensive workloads.

By offering self-service capability, Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition enables timelier provisioning of HPC and analytics clusters, and enhances user productivity. It creates an analytics and HPC cloud for users running technical computing and analytics workloads to consolidate their disparate cluster infrastructure. This delivers increased hardware utilization and the ability to meet or exceed your service level agreements (SLAs) while lowering operational expenditures (OPEX). It also enables you to rapidly deploy HPC and analytics clusters, and supports multiple heterogeneous HPC and analytics clusters such as IBM Platform LSF® , IBM Platform Symphony® , or Grid Engine. With integrated management capabilities, Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition can deliver a single pane to monitor and manage your entire infrastructure.

With Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition, you can deploy multiple heterogeneous HPC and analytics clusters and grids through self service. Resources are shared across clusters by rapidly re-provisioning to meet the cluster needs. Once deployed, the size of the HPC and analytics clusters can grow and shrink (flex) based on demand and to meet SLAs. Flexing maximizes utilization and reduces performance bottlenecks by allocating the resources where they are needed.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

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Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition is part of a family of cluster and grid workload management solutions. Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition is an enabling technology that is used to provision the cluster and grid workload managers. More specifically, it is used to provision multiple cluster and grid workload managers on a shared set of hardware resources. Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition first provisions the HPC and analytics clusters, and then you connect to the provisioned HPC or analytics cluster to run your workload. The cluster manager is also used to manage the running HPC and analytics clusters, and to shut them down when they are no longer needed.

Among the HPC and analytics products that Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition can deploy are:

Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition is required when customers need:



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Reference information
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Refer to Preview Announcement 212-392, dated October 03, 2012 .



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Program                Program
number        VRM      name

5641-CM6      4.1.0    Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition
                        with 1 Yr SW S&S
5641-CM7      4.1.0    Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition
                        with 3 Yr SW S&S
5641-CM8      4.1.0    Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition
                        with 5 Yr SW S&S
 
 

Product identification number

 
Program PID number

  5641-CM6
  5641-CM7
  5641-CM8
 


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Product information is available via the Offering Information website

http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi

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=212-462


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The following publications and documentation are shipped with the product and available on the web:

The IBM Publications Center

http://www.ibm.com/shop/publications/order

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. Payment options for orders are via credit card (in the US) or customer number for 50 countries. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, and they can all be downloaded by all countries, free of charge.



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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Platform Cluster Manager V4.1 Advanced Edition is supported on IBM System x iDataPlex , Intelligent Cluster , and other rack-based servers and is also supported on non-IBM x86_64 servers.

The installations are typically large and involve a significant amount of hardware. Because of this, rack-based solutions tend to be the most practical. The choice of hardware is typically dictated by the type of workload that you expect to run in this environment.

Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition installations involve a predefined management node and a large number of compute hosts.

Software requirements

Platform Cluster Manager V4.1 Advanced Edition supports the following operating environments:

The web console requires Adobe™ Flash Player 10, or later, and is supported on:

Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition supports most workload managers, and supports the following:

The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a readme file, or other information published by IBM , such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.

Companion products

Typical use of this product is in conjunction with HPC workload managers such as IBM Platform LSF , IBM Platform Symphony , Grid Engine, PBS, and Hadoop.

Compatibility

Platform Cluster Manager V4.1 Advanced Edition is compatible with most cluster and grid technologies. Compatibility is limited by the operating systems supported.

Limitations

Refer to usage restrictions in the Terms and conditions section of this announcement, or to the License Information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement website

http://www.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf
Performance considerations

The performance of this product depends upon many factors, including the number of nodes in the cluster, the number of users querying the system, and the frequency of queries. As these increase, the scheduling cycle and user response time will increase.

IBM Electronic Support

The IBM Support Portal is your gateway to technical support. This includes IBM Electronic Support tools and resources, for software and hardware, to help save time and simplify support. The Electronic Support tools can help you find answers to questions, download fixes, troubleshoot, automate data collection, submit and track problems through the Service Request online tool, and build skills. All these tools are made available through your IBM support agreement, at no additional charge.

Planning information

Because Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition is designed to support various HPC and analytics environments, the requirements of these environments need to be considered when procuring new hardware. HPC and analytics environments benefit greatly from fast interconnects, such as InfiniBand, and should be considered in procurement. The best system should be selected in consultation with IBM System x and IBM Platform product specialists. The optimal configuration will depend on the scale of the HPC and analytics environments and the nature of anticipated application workloads.

Customer responsibilities

Support for xCAT is not covered by the Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition software subscription and support. For production installations, it is recommended that IBM Support for xCAT be purchased (5724-V63 or 5724-V64).

Installability

When installing Platform Cluster Manager V4.1 Advanced Edition, you must follow the instructions in the documents named Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition, Quick Up and Running Guide or Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition, Installation Guide . These documents provide a thorough explanation of the steps involved in installing the program.

You will need to obtain the software and licenses needed to provision your HPC and analytics environments. For example, if you want to provision multiple Platform LSF clusters, you will need to acquire the Platform LSF software and the licenses suitable for your environment.

Packaging

Platform Cluster Manager V4.1 Advanced Edition is distributed on multiple DVD media options and available for electronic download with multiple eAssemblies. Included are:

This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, and will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. For future reference, the license and License Information will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT.

Security, auditability, and control

Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition uses the security and auditability features of the system in which it is installed. The customer 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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IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based, software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Also, we extend our IBM Software Services reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.

To learn more about IBM Software Services or to contact a Software Services sales specialist, visit

http://www.ibm.com/software/sw-services/


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Charge metric
 
                   Part number or
Program name       PID number        Charge metric

IBM Platform
 Cluster Manager   5641-CM6          Managed server
                                      with 1-year S&S
IBM Platform
 Cluster Manager   5641-CM7          Managed server
                                      with 3-year S&S
IBM Platform
 Cluster Manager   5641-CM8          Managed server
                                      with 5-year S&S
 

Server

Server is a unit of measure by which the program can be licensed. A server is a physical computer that is comprised of processing units, memory, and input/output capabilities and that executes requested procedures, commands, or applications for one or more users or client devices. Where racks, blade enclosures, or other similar equipment is being employed, each separable physical device (for example, a blade or a rack-mounted device) that has the required components is considered itself a separate server. For the purpose of server-based licensing, licensee must obtain entitlements for each server that is made available to the program, regardless of the number of processor cores and partitions in the server or the number of copies of the program on the server.

Notes :

New License

Orders for new licenses will be accepted now. Electronic download ability begins on the planned availability date.

Basic License

To order the programs described in this announcement, specify the type model number, order type description, supply feature, and quantity of desired licenses for the appropriate one-time charge (OTC) features listed in the tables below. After receipt of your order, you will be requested to register through Passport Advantage® Express® to allow for entitlement for support and notification of upgrades. Upon registration completion you will be provided with a website for the electronic download. The one-time charge for the product includes the license and one year or three years of Software Subscription and Support.

Single entity offering (SEO) numbers in the table below can be ordered through ibm.com® . The SEO numbers in the table below are equivalent to the type model number, description, supply feature, and OTC billing feature numbers as designated in the table. After receipt of your order, you will be requested to register through Passport Advantage Express to allow for entitlement for support and notification of upgrades. Upon registration completion, you will be provided with a website for the electronic download. The one-time charge for the product includes the license and one year or three years of Software Subscription and Support.

                                                     OTC
                                             Supply  billing
Program number and                           feature feature  SEO
feature description                          number  number   number

5641-CM6 IBM Platform Cluster Manager V4.x   5809    0436    00Y4498
         Advanced Edition Per Managed
         Server with 1 Year SW S&S
 
5641-CM7 IBM Platform Cluster Manager V4.x   5809    0437    00Y4499
         Advanced Edition Per Managed
         Server with 3 Year SW S&S
 
5641-CM8 IBM Platform Cluster Manager V4.x   5809    0438    00Y4500
         Advanced Edition Per Managed
         Server with 5 Year SW S&S

 
                                                    

Customization options

Select the appropriate feature numbers to customize your order with delivery options desired. These features can be specified on the initial order.

Expedite shipments

 Feature        Description 
 

 3445           Expedite
 
 3444           Serial number only
 

Expedite shipments will be processed to receive 72-hour delivery from the time IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment (SDF) receives the order.



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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).

Agreement for Acquisition of 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 customer signatures.

These programs are licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA). IBM includes one, three, or five years of Software Subscription and Support with the initial license acquisition of each program acquired.

License Information form number

L-ACHG-8YGLBV

The program's License Information will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement website

http://www.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf
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, consult the IBM Software Support Handbook found at

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

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

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 (1) for programs acquired under the IBM International Passport Advantage offering, this term applies only to your first acquisition of the program and (2) 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)

No

Passport Advantage applies

Yes, and through the Passport Advantage website at

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage
Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. The offerings in this announcement include one year, three years, or five years of Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) in the price of the license.

Program Technical Support

Technical support of a program product 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 (via 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, releases, and versions of the program. You will be notified, via 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 or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.

System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Yes. A 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.



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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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For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

Information on charges is available at

http://www.ibm.com/support

Choose the option entitled Purchase/upgrade tools.

 
                                            OTC
                                            billing
Program number and                          feature   SEO
feature description                         number    number  OTC

5641-CM6 IBM Platform Cluster Manager V4.x  0436      00Y4498
         Advanced Edition Per Managed
         Server with 1 Year SW S&S
 
5641-CM7 IBM Platform Cluster Manager V4.x  0437      00Y4499
         Advanced Edition Per Managed
         Server with 3 Year SW S&S
 
5641-CM8 IBM Platform Cluster Manager V4.x  0438      00Y4500
         Advanced Edition Per Managed
         Server with 5 Year SW S&S
 

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-212-462-LIST_PRICES_2012_11_13.PDF ENUS-212-462-LIST_PRICES_2012_11_13.PDF

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