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IBM Platform Cluster Manager - Standard Edition V4.1 allows you to manage a complex cluster as a single system

IBM United States Software Announcement 213-014
February 5, 2013

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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  Order now Order now


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IBM® Platform Cluster Manager - Standard Edition V4.1 offers:



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Overview
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IBM Platform Cluster Manager - Standard Edition V4.1 is easy-to-use, powerful, cluster management software for technical computing clusters. It allows system administrators to manage a complex cluster as a single system by automating deployment of the operating system and software components, as well as complex management activities such as provisioning and maintenance of a cluster. It provides centralized monitoring with alerts and customizable alert actions.

Platform Cluster Manager - Standard Edition has the following unique capabilities:

IBM Platform Cluster Manager - Standard Edition delivers the following benefits:

IBM Platform Cluster Manager - Standard Edition V4.1 runs on the latest generation of IBM System x® iDataPlex® , IBM PureSystems™ , and other rack-based and blade servers. It is also supported on industry-standard, non-IBM x86 hardware. By pre-qualifying and certifying these platforms, IBM can help you reduce the risk of deploying and managing the mission-critical compute clusters.

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).



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Key prerequisites
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For additional information, refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.



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Planned availability date
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March 15, 2013



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Description
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IBM Platform Cluster Manager - Standard Edition

Easy-to-use, comprehensive cluster management software

IBM Platform Cluster Manager - Standard Edition makes it easy to deploy and manage a technical computing cluster. It provides a robust set of cluster management capabilities that includes cluster provisioning, cluster monitoring, and node management. All the functions required to operate a cluster are installed at once and are tightly integrated. The next-generation web portal provides a single point of access into the cluster. It makes it easy to manage a complex cluster as a single system.

Flexible and powerful

IBM Platform Cluster Manager - Standard Edition allows administrators to define provisioning templates for ease of software package management on cluster nodes. Adding or removing software components can be done without rebooting the operating system. The kits framework allows third-party users to package multiple software components with the configuration, then deploy them into the cluster nodes. The cluster monitoring data is stored in a relational database for reporting and analysis.

Seamless integration with IBM hardware

IBM Platform Cluster Manager - Standard Edition runs on various types of IBM servers that include the most recent iDataPlex release, IBM PureSystems , rack-based servers, as well as Power® based systems. It provides monitoring capability for IBM server, storage and networking systems for efficient utilization of the overall infrastructure.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at

http://www.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html


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IBM Platform Cluster Manager - Standard Edition V4.1 is easy-to-use, powerful, cluster management software that improves the productivity of Technical Computing users by reducing the cluster management complexity.

Platform Cluster Manager - Standard Edition V4.1 delivers a comprehensive set of cluster provisioning, monitoring and reporting capabilities for technical computing users. It automates the deployment of the operating system and software components, as well as complex activities such as provisioning and maintenance of a cluster. The centralized, user friendly, user interface allows system administrators to manage complex clusters as a single system from anywhere.

IBM Platform Cluster Manager - Standard Edition delivers the following benefits:



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Program number
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Program                Program
number         VRM     name

5725-G88      4.1.0    Platform Cluster Manager
 


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Offering Information
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website

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

Also, visit the Passport Advantage® website

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage


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Publications
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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

The IBM Platform Cluster Manager - Standard Edition requires the following hardware:

Software requirements

One of the following operating systems is required:

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 , Oracle Grid Engine, PBS, Maui/Moab, and Hadoop.

Compatibility

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

Limitations

Refer 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.

Read about the Electronic Support portfolio of tools

http://ibm.com/electronicsupport

Access the IBM Support Portal

http://ibm.com/support

Access the online Service Request tool

http://ibm.com/support/servicerequest

Planning information

You must provide at least the minimum hardware and software environments in which the IBM Platform Cluster Manager - Standard Edition will operate. It is recommended to assign a systems administrator who has responsibility for planning, installation, maintaining, and administering the program.

While the installation procedures for Platform Cluster Manager are easy, fast, and have been tested carefully, as with any installation, it is prudent to ensure that backups exist and you prepare for the installation in advance.

Customer responsibilities

After receipt of an order, the IBM Business Partner or client will be required to register and accept Passport Advantage or Passport Express® terms and conditions. Upon registration, the end customer will be provided with a website for the electronic download. The product includes the license and one year or three years of Software Subscription and Support.

Your Proof of Entitlement for these programs 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; for example, number of processors, number of users) and quantity acquired.

The 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.

Installability

IBM Platform Cluster Manager - Standard Edition V4.1 requires the head node to have a fresh install of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 x86 64-bit in basic server mode or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 POWER .

Packaging

For software products in this announcement, physical media and hardcopy documentation are not included in the deliverable package. The software code is delivered only through electronic download.

Platform Cluster Manager - Standard Edition V4.1 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 - Standard 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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Ordering information
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This product is only available via Passport Advantage . It is not available as shrinkwrap.

Product group: IBM Platform Computing
  Product Identifier Description (PID)
  IBM Platform Cluster Manager 5725G88
 
Product category: Other Software
Charge metric
                  Part number or
Program name      PID number         Charge metric

IBM Platform
 Cluster Manager   5725-G88           Managed server
 

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

Passport Advantage

                                                                  Part
Program name/Description                                          number

IBM Cluster Manager - Standard Edition v4.1 Multiplatform
   English Media Pack                                             AJ010EN
 

Passport Advantage customer: Media pack entitlement details

Customers with active maintenance or subscription for the products listed are entitled to receive the corresponding media pack.

Entitled maintenance offerings description                        Part number
IBM PLAT CLUSTER MGR STD MANAGED SVR LIC + SW S&S 12 MONTHS       D0UX7LL
IBM PLAT CLUSTER MGR STD MANAGED SVR SW S&S REINSTATE 12 MONTHS   D0UX8LL
IBM PLAT CLUSTER MGR STD MANAGED SVR ANNUAL SW S&S RNWL           E0F1HLL 
IBM PLAT CLUS MGR STD MANAGED SVR INITL FT LIC+S&S 12 MO          D0V6DLL
IBM PLAT CLUS MGR STD MANAGED SVR SUBSQ FT LIC+S&S 12 MO          E0F50LL
 
IBM Cluster Manager - Standard Edition v3.2
Multiplatform English Media Pack                                  AJ00KEN


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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.

This product is only available via Passport Advantage . It is not available as shrinkwrap.

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.

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. 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 form number

L-ACHG-8ZBK4F

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. 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 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 with each program license acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.

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, 7 days a week. For additional details, consult your IBM Software Support Handbook at

http://www.ibm.com/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 the applicable agreements.

For additional information about the International Passport Advantage Agreement and the IBM International Passport Advantage Express Agreement, visit the Passport Advantage website at

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage
IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel

No

System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Not applicable.



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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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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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Information on charges is available at website

http://www.ibm.com/support

In the Electronic tools category, select the option for Purchase/upgrade tools.

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

Passport Advantage

For Passport Advantage and charges, contact your IBM representative or your authorized IBM Business Partner. Additional information is also available at

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage

Business Partner information

If you are an IBM Business Partner -- Distributor for Workstation Software acquiring products from IBM , you may link to Passport Advantage Online for resellers where you can obtain Business Partner pricing information. An IBM ID and password are required.

https://www.ibm.com/software/howtobuy/passportadvantage/paoreseller

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 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

http://www.ibm.com/financing


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To order, contact the Americas Call Centers or your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner.

To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

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Mail:       IBM Teleweb Customer Support
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            3500 Steeles Ave. East, Tower 3/4
            Markham, Ontario
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            L3R 2Z1

Reference: YE001

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.
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