IBM PowerKVM helps increase business flexibility and overall IT productivity

IBM Asia Pacific Software Announcement AP14-0124
April 28, 2014

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 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
 Program number Program number  AP distribution AP distribution

(Corrected on May 13, 2014)

In the At a glance section fixed acronym TCO.

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IBM® PowerKVM can boost overall system flexibility through virtualization technologies that can reallocate system resources to where they are needed and tap into additional resources on demand. IBM Power Systems™ servers running PowerKVM can help you:

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IBM PowerKVM is an open virtualization solution offered for the Power® scale-out family of Linux only servers built on POWER8™ technology. PowerKVM delivers server virtualization based on open source Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) Linux technology. PowerKVM virtualization technology enables you to share real compute, memory, and I/O resources through server virtualization. These virtual resources are used by virtual machines running on the PowerKVM virtualized server.

PowerKVM-based server virtualization enables optimization and the overcommitment of resources like CPU and memory. This can help you achieve superior resource usage, flexibility, and agility, helping to result in cost reduction through economies of scale. With PowerKVM you can move VMs and workloads using live migration without taking application downtime. This can help increase overall availability and flexibility.

The PowerKVM solution uses existing Linux administration skills for virtualization administration and open administration tools like OpenStack to potentially reduce the overall cost of operation and ownership. The PowerKVM product also includes a local graphical virtualization administration tool called Kimchi, which simplifies initial setup and basic virtualization operation.

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Key prerequisites
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IBM PowerKVM requires Power scale-out System server 8247-21L or 8247-22L.

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Planned availability date
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June 10, 2014

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IBM PowerVC V1.2.1 (Virtualization Center) delivers easy-to-use advanced virtualization management capabilities for Power scale-out Linux only servers that are virtualized by PowerKVM. PowerVC manages PowerKVM VMs within a resource pool and enables the capture, deployment, and inventory of virtual machine images.

IBM Smart Cloud Entry V4.1 is enhanced to also support PowerKVM for clients that are interested in implementing cloud delivery models with a self-service portal and cloud management.

In addition, PowerKVM servers can be managed by open source Linux tools that use the libvirt API or other tools offered by PowerKVM like the Kimchi local administration tool.

PowerKVM includes the following functions:

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Product positioning
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IBM PowerKVM is an open virtualization alternative for scale-out Linux Power systems built on Linux and KVM. This offering delivers a Linux familiar administrator experience that can enable simplified virtualization management and operation.

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Reference information
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Refer to Hardware Announcement AG14-0033, dated April 28, 2014.

Refer to Hardware Announcement AG14-0072, dated April 28, 2014.

Refer to Software Announcement AP14-0123, dated April 28, 2014.

Refer to Software Announcement AP11-0110, dated April 12, 2011.

Refer to Software Announcement AP09-0179, dated June 23, 2009.

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Program                Program
number         VRM     name

5765-KVM      2.1.0    IBM PowerKVM

Product identification number

                    Maintenance        Maintenance
Program PID number  1 year PID number  3 year PID number

5765-KVM            5771-KVM           5773-KVM

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The reliability of the IBM Power Systems starts with components, devices, and subsystems that are designed to be fault-tolerant. IBM Power Systems uses lower voltage technology in the processor SCMs that improves the reliability of stacked latches to reduce soft error (SER) susceptibility. During the design and development process, subsystems go through rigorous verification and integration testing processes. During system manufacturing, systems go through a thorough testing process to help ensure high product quality levels.

The processor and memory subsystem contains a number of features designed to avoid or correct environmentally induced, single-bit, intermittent failures as well as handle solid faults in components, including selective redundancy to tolerate certain faults without requiring an outage or parts replacement.

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Offering Information
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website

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The IBM Publications Center

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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Technical information
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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

IBM PowerKVM requires Power scale-out System servers 8247-21L or 8247-22L.

Software requirements

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.


For additional information, refer to the License Information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement website
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Planning information


Your Proof of Entitlement (PoE) for this program is a copy of a paid sales receipt, purchase order, invoice, or other sales record from IBM or its authorized reseller from whom you acquired the program, provided that it states the license charge unit (the characteristics of intended use of the program, number of processors, number of users) and quantity acquired.

Information about how you may obtain program services will be provided by the party (either IBM or its authorized reseller) from whom you acquired the program.

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 communication facilities.

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Ordering information
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Orders may be placed beginning with configurator availability.

For new orders, select from the following table:

IBM PowerKVM V2.1 (5765-KVM): SWMA PIDs and features support this new offering.
Note: There will be no physical media available for this product. Product is available only via preload or by electronic download. If electronic delivery is required, select the appropriate ESD feature from the tables below.

5765-KVM IBM PowerKVM V2.1
                                            OTC        Supply
                                            feature    feature
    Description                             number     number

    Per 2 Sockets                           C2HE       5809


    Program number   Description                       number
    5765-KVM         ESD only                           3450

Software Maintenance

Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support, is offered for IBM PowerKVM V2.1 (5765-KVM).

One and three year Software Maintenance programs are available.

Order the program number, feature number, and quantity for your software licenses.

Note: Software Maintenance renewals and out-year contracts for IBM PowerKVM V2.1 (5765-KVM) via IBM Global Services contracts will be available for ordering on April 28, 2014.

                                                     Program    feature
        Feature description                          number    number
        SW Maintenance Regist/Renewal Support 1 Year 5771-KVM
        Per 2 Socket Registration 1yr                          2010
        Per 2 Socket Renewal 1yr                               2011
        SW Maintenance Regist/Renewal Support 3 Year 5773-KVM
        Per 2 Socket Registration 3yr                          1704
        Per 2 Socket Renewal 3yr                               1705


Charge metric

                        Part number or
Program name            PID number      Charge metric

IBM PowerKVM V2.1       5765-KVM        Per 2 Sockets
IBM PowerKVM 1 Yr SWMA  5771-KVM        Per 2 Sockets
IBM PowerKVM 3 Yr SWMA  5773-KVM        Per 2 Sockets


Socket is a unit of measure by which the Program can be licensed. A Socket is electronic circuitry that accepts a processor chip. A server is a physical computer that is comprised of processing units, memory, and input/output capabilities 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. A virtual server is either a virtual computer created by partitioning the resources available to a physical server or the unpartitioned physical server. Licensee must obtain entitlements for each Socket on the virtual servers made available to the Program.

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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.


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.

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) and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance, which provide for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. 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


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


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

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 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


Usage restriction


For additional information, refer to the License Information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement website
Software Subscription and Support applies


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 via 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, consult your IBM Software Support Handbook at

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.

System i® Software Maintenance applies


Variable charges apply


Educational allowance available

15% to qualified educational institution customers.

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Statement of good security practices
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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through 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 comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective. IBM does not warrant that systems and products are immune from the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.

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For all local charges, contact your IBM representative.

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

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 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.

For more financing information, visit

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Country/Region             Announced
 ASEAN*                      Yes
 India/South Asia**          Yes
 Australia                   Yes
 People's Republic of China  Yes
 Hong Kong S.A.R of the PRC  Yes
 Macao S.A.R of the PRC      Yes
 Taiwan                      Yes
 Korea                       Yes
 New Zealand                 Yes
Japan IOT
 Japan                       Yes
 * Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic
   Republic, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam
 ** Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal, and

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