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IBM Software Support account advocate and IBM Hardware Maintenance microcode support analysis are now available in ServicePac

IBM United States Services Announcement 612-043
November 13, 2012

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IBM® Software Support Services - Support Line for System x® ServicePac® - for account advocate, IBM Hardware Maintenance Services - warranty and maintenance option - storage ServicePac - for microcode support analysis only, and IBM Hardware Maintenance Services - warranty and maintenance option - System x ServicePac - for microcode support analysis only are being added to the IBM ServicePac contract.



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IBM Software Support Services - enhanced technical support - account advocate, announced in Services Announcement 607-060, dated October 23, 2007 , and Services Announcement 609-029, dated April 13, 2009 , is being added to our IBM ServicePac contract. The Account Advocate service is an enhancement to base level software support for Linux™ and Microsoft™ operating systems and IBM storage devices when installed on System x , IBM BladeCenter® , PureFlex™ , and Flex systems. Account Advocate is comprised of three service modules:

These service modules include an assigned Account Advocate and premium voice and electronic access to IBM's Priority Support Team. Through the use of an assigned Direct Access Code (DAC), the service provides a single point of entry into IBM's support structure for more efficient problem reporting, shorter response times, and enhanced problem management and resolution.

IBM Hardware Maintenance Services - maintenance enhancement - microcode support, announced in Services Announcement 609-031, dated May 19, 2009 , is being added to our IBM ServicePac contract. Microcode support services are designed to provide you with planned preventative maintenance for your eligible IBM server. You can choose analysis for up to two times a year. Analysis includes all system microcode in your contract and the interaction between those systems as well as dependencies between hardware, microcode, device drivers, and operating systems. The results of the analysis are documented as recommendations in your support plan, which contains service level information. The microcode analysis include:



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You must maintain a base support contract for eligible products installed on your eligible machines. Base support contracts can include:



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Planned availability date
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November 13, 2012



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Description
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The Account Advocate offering provides a highly efficient remote service designed to resolve the problems you encounter with your eligible systems. Its goal is to minimize the costs associated with encountering a problem, wherever possible. It also provides a single point of entry into the IBM product support structure for all IBM product problems associated with an eligible server, base coverage, and coordinated, managed resolution of your problems.

With this service offering, you have remote voice and electronic access to Priority Technical Support teams who:

Your base IBM maintenance and one of the following Software Support Services must remain in effect for all products for which you select Account Advocate coverage:

Account Advocate is available 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, 24x7, 365 days a year coverage for Severity 1 calls is available as an optional uplift.

Account Advocate also includes the following enhanced service modules:

Microcode support services are designed to provide you with planned preventative maintenance for your eligible IBM server. You can choose analysis for up to two times a year. Analysis includes all system microcode in your contract and the interaction between those systems as well as dependencies between hardware, microcode, device drivers, and operating systems. The results of the analysis are documented as recommendations in your support plan, which contains service level information. The microcode analysis include:

ServicePacs are ordered through SAP fulfillment systems. The following ServicePac part numbers and their associated machine types are included in this announcement:

Machine
type                                                      ServicePac
model   Service description                              SEO      MTM
 
ServicePac for Warranty and Maintenance
 
8721    3Yr24x7x4 for Chassis incl.1x/year               00AA680 675686G
         MicrocodeANLYS w/FSM+CNodes+xMods
8721    3Yr24x7x4 for Chassis incl.2x/year               00AA681 675686H
         MicrocodeANLYS w/FSM+CNodes+xMods
 
ServicePac for Maintenance Agreement
 
8721    1Yr24x7x4 for Chassis incl.1x/year               00AA682 675686J
         MicrocodeANLYS w/FSM+CNodes+XMods
8721    1Yr24x7x4 for Chassis incl.2x/year               00AA683 6756F6J
         MicrocodeANLYS w/FSM+CNodes+XMods
 
ServicePac for Remote Technical Support
 
8721    3Yr Account Advocate 24x7 + Remote Technical     00AA676 6756NCZ
         Support w/ Full Chassis
8721    3Yr Account Advocate 24x7 + Remote Technical     00AA677 6756ND0
         Support w/ CNodes+xMods
8721    3Yr Account Advocate 9x5 + Remote Technical      00AA678 6756ND1
         Support w/ Full Chassis
8721    3Yr Account Advocate 9x5 + Remote Technical      00AA679 6756ND2
         Support w/ CNodes+xMods

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=612-043


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IBM Electronic Services
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IBM has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to help you achieve higher system availability. Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that offers an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available for IBM servers. These services are designed to provide the opportunity for greater system availability with faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. Electronic Services comprises two separate, but complementary, elements: Electronic Services news page and Electronic Services Agent.

The Electronic Services news page is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The Electronic Service Agent™ is no-additional-charge software that resides on your server. It monitors events and transmits system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, client-defined timetable. The Electronic Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM . Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to deliver proactive service that may result in higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent is made available to IBM service support representatives when they help answer your questions or diagnose problems. Installation and use of IBM Electronic Service Agent for problem reporting enables IBM to provide better support and service for your IBM server.

To learn how Electronic Services can work for you, visit

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


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Prices
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For pricing information, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.

IBM Global Financing

IBM Global Financing offers competitive financing to credit-qualified customers to assist them in acquiring IT solutions. Offerings include financing for IT acquisition, including hardware, software, and services, from both IBM and other manufacturers or vendors. Offerings (for all customer segments: small, medium, and large enterprise), rates, terms, and availability can vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization or visit

http://www.ibm.com/financing

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 customers. Rates are based on a customer'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 offering and capabilities: For more financing information, visit

http://www.ibm.com/financing
Trademarks

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

IBM, System x, ServicePac, BladeCenter and Passport Advantage are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries, or both.

Microsoft is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

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

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

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