IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access V1 delivers file services for IBM Cloud Object Storage

IBM Europe Software Announcement ZP19-0023
February 5, 2019

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


At a glance

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IBM Cloud™ Object Storage File Access delivers:

  • Capacity and performance:
    • High-capacity scalability: Both data and metadata are stored in IBM Cloud Object Storage (on premises only)
    • Local caching for low-latency access to frequently used data
  • Availability, resiliency, and load balancing through a single active VM-based solution (support for VMware only):
    • Application load balancing provided by an external gateway
    • Resiliency provided by a cold standby IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access VM in a second site (both IBM Cloud Object Storage FA VMs can be attached to the same IBM Cloud Object Storage vault or container)
  • Data management and security:
    • Support for Active Directory, LDAP, and Kerberos
    • Support for access control list, quotas, and antivirus


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Overview

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IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access delivers file services for Cloud Object Storage. It adds SMB and NFS protocols, and a file system interface on top of the object store for storing an infinite amount of unstructured data.

Together with Cloud Object Storage, Cloud Object Storage File Access creates a complete file storage solution suitable for multiple clients to have access to one or more unified file systems through the SMB and NFS protocols.

IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access is a flexible, scalable solution that is easy to manage.



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Key prerequisites

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IBM® Cloud Object Storage System™ can be deployed on certified hardware servers in a single site or across multiple, geographically dispersed locations connected by public or private networks. See the Hardware requirements section for specific system requirements.



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Planned availability date

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February 15, 2019: Electronic availability

Availability of programs with encryption algorithm in France is subject to French government approval.



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Description

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IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access V1 is a gateway offering that provides SMB and NFS protocol interface to legacy applications to store and retrieve files on Cloud Object Storage. It is deployed on premises or in the cloud as a single virtual machine running IBM Spectrum™ NAS technology.

Clients and applications communicate with the Cloud Object Storage File Access server node through the public network. Using the private network, the cluster keeps itself synchronized with the actual storage delivered by IBM Cloud Object Storage.

Authentication services provide a layer of security by verifying users' credentials before allowing access to read or modify data. Cloud Object Storage File Access supports a variety of protocols including Active Directory, NIS, and Kerberos.

Everything is embedded, simplifying installation and securing reliability and integration between protocols, file system, and IBM Cloud Object Storage.

Multitenancy is a feature that enables multiple file systems within one single storage cluster, and each file system has its own unique domain, shares, users, and groups. This delivers easier administration, reduced overhead, and cost savings on power consumption and hardware.

Quota restricts the use of storage space for a specific domain, file system, folder, or subfolder. The limit is specified in gigabytes, terabytes, or petabytes, and will then apply for all users with access to the folder or share.

File policies can be set up to take automatic actions on files and content for specific file types or when they reach a certain age, whether to add encryption to stored data, to set WORM, or to simply remove old data. Using the management tool, a file policy can be set to a folder at any hierarchical level and then applies to all files in all subfolders.

Encryption is available for data in motion and data at rest.

Cloud Object Storage File Access can connect to antivirus networks and have scanning performed on all or select parts of your file system, in the background or live during reads. Antivirus scanning is controlled by antivirus policies defined in the file system.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be found on the IBM Accessibility website.



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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5641-CF1 1.7.1 IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 1Y
5641-CF2 1.7.1 IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 2Y
5641-CF3 1.7.1 IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 3Y
5641-CF4 1.7.1 IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 4Y
5641-CF5 1.7.1 IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 5Y

Passport Advantage®

Program number VRM Program name
5737-J35 1.7.1 IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access


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Offering Information

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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.

More information is also available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express® website.



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Publications

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Cloud Object Storage documentation can be found in IBM Knowledge Center.



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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

Recommended minimum server hardware configuration for the ESXi hypervisor node that will run IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access VM:

CPU x64 (4+ cores)
RAM 32+ GB
Cache disk 100+ GB NVMe
Network 10/25/40 Gigabit
Network switch At least 2 for redundancy

Preinstalling VMware ESXi hypervisor on this server is not necessary as it will be installed together with IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access software.

In addition to the above server, a Microsoft™ Windows™ computer (64-bit Windows 7, or later, with 100 MB storage space) is required for installing the IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access management tool.

Software requirements

IBM Cloud Object Storage System does not require any additional software for its operation.

Planning information

Client responsibilities

The customer is responsible for planning, provisioning, the power, and environmental support required for IBM Object Storage System.

Packaging

IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access is delivered through the internet. Media packs and documentation packs are available only to Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express customers. Additional information, ordering information, and charges can be found on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, which 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.

Direct client support

Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is included with licenses purchased through Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express. Product upgrades and technical support are provided by the Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) offering as described in the Agreements. Product upgrades provide the latest versions and releases to entitled software, and technical support provides voice and electronic access to IBM support organizations, worldwide.

IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) with each program license acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.



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Ordering information

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Products announced as dual-pipe are available for ordering by program number and feature number or by part number. Products can be obtained by part number through Passport Advantage.

For more information, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.


Passport Advantage

Program name/Description Part number
IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 5737-J35
IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access per Terabyte License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months D21XGLL
IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access per Terabyte SW Subscription & Support Reinstatement 12 Months D21XHLL
IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access per Terabyte Monthly License D21XILL
IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access per Terabyte Annual SW S&S Renewal E0PRFLL

5641-CF1 - IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 1Y

Use-based OTC with One-year Software Maintenance

Feature description OTC feature number
IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 1Y - Per Terabyte with 1 Year SW Maintenance M2CKQE
IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 1Y - Per Terabyte with 1 Year SW Maintenance Qty 250 X2CKZE

5641-CF2 - IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 2Y

Use-based OTC with Two-year Software Maintenance

Feature description OTC feature number
IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 2Y - Per Terabyte with 2 Year SW Maintenance P2CLUE
IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 2Y - Per Terabyte with 2 Year SW Maintenance Qty 250 X2CL97

5641-CF3 - IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 3Y

Use-based OTC with Three-year Software Maintenance

Feature description OTC feature number
IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 3Y - Per Terabyte with 3 Year SW Maintenance P2CMC1
IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 3Y - Per Terabyte with 3 Year SW Maintenance Qty 250 Q2CMAE

5641-CF4 - IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 4Y

Use-based OTC with Four-year Software Maintenance

Feature description OTC feature number
IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 4Y - Per Terabyte with 4 Year SW Maintenance P2CNUD
IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 4Y - Per Terabyte with 4 Year SW Maintenance Qty 250 X2CN96

5641-CF5 - IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 5Y

Use-based OTC with Five-year Software Maintenance

Feature description OTC feature number
IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 5Y - Per Terabyte with 5 Year SW Maintenance N2CPB5
IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 5Y - Per Terabyte with 5 Year SW Maintenance Qty 250 Y2CPBB

This software license includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.

Charge metric

Program name Part number or PID number Charge metric
IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 1Y 5641-CF1 Per terabyte
IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 2Y 5641-CF2 Per terabyte
IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 3Y 5641-CF3 Per terabyte
IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 4Y 5641-CF4 Per terabyte
IBM Cloud Object Storage File Access 5Y 5641-CF5 Per terabyte


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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 International Passport Advantage Express Agreement.

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. Part number products only, offered outside of Passport Advantage, where applicable, are license only and do not include Software Maintenance.

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

These programs are licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA). IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) with the initial license acquisition of each program acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available. These programs have 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

LC27891909

See the License Information documents 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).

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)

Yes. Contact your IBM representative.

Passport Advantage applies

Yes, information is available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. Software Subscription and Support, also referred to as Software Maintenance, is now included in the Passport Advantage Agreement. Installation and technical support for the products announced in this announcement is provided by the Software Subscription and Support offering of the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement. This fee service enhances customer productivity by providing voice or electronic access into the IBM support organizations.

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.

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, see the IBM Software Support Handbook. 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.

For additional information about the Passport Advantage Agreement, go to the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

All distributed software licenses include Software Subscription and Support 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.

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

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

Education software allowance program applies when ordering through the program number process.

For the part number ordering process, special education prices are available for qualified customers through Passport Advantage.

ESAP available

Yes, to qualified customers.



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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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Prices

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Business Partner information

If you are an IBM Business Partner acquiring products from IBM, you may link to Passport Advantage Online for resellers where you can obtain Business Partner pricing information. An IBMid and password are required to access the IBM Passport Advantage website.


Passport Advantage

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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.

Financing from IBM Global Financing helps you preserve cash and credit lines, enables more technology acquisition within current budget limits, permits accelerated implementation of economically attractive new technologies, offers payment and term flexibility, and can help match project costs to projected benefits. Financing is available worldwide for credit-qualified customers.



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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.

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