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IBM Real-time Compression Software Version 4.1 provides Random Access Compression Engine (RACE) function for the IBM Real-time Compression Appliance

IBM United States Software Announcement 213-016
February 5, 2013

Table of contents
Overview Overview Technical information Technical information
Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Ordering information Ordering information
Planned availability date Planned availability date Terms and conditions Terms and conditions
Description Description Prices Prices
Program number Program number  Order now Order now
Publications Publications


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Are storage requirements growing too fast? IBM® Real-time Compression™ Software version 4.1 is designed to compress CIFS/NFS data up to 80% when used in conjunction with the IBM Real-time Compression Appliance™ (2452 Model 780).

Version 4.1 adds the following functionality to IBM Real-time Compression Software:

For more information, refer to Hardware Announcement 113-012, dated February 05, 2013 .

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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Overview
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Version 4.1 introduces the following:

Support for the IBM Real-time Compression Appliance STN7800

Version 4.1 takes advantage of the new STN7800 hardware, making use of Intel's new Sandy-Bridge architecture. The software stack was tuned to use a higher number of cores and take advantage of larger CPU cache memory. This version adds support for Intel's new 10GbE network interface cards (NICs) for increased performance in 10GbE networks.

Improved performance

Software version 4.1 introduces a change in the networking layer. This change enables the appliance to deliver throughput performance of more than 2 GB/sec. Since this is a software change, existing users of STN6500 and STN6800 models can also gain throughput improvements.

Simplified pricing

Real-time Compression Software Version 4.1 introduces new pricing by capping the number of terabytes per appliance to 50. Once this number is reached, the customer is free to compress as much data as they desire.



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Key prerequisites
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IBM Real-time Compression Software V4.1 requires one or more of the following:

Machine type/model       Description
 
2452-650                 IBM Real-time Compression Appliance STN6500
2452-680                 IBM Real-time Compression Appliance STN6800
2452-780                 IBM Real-time Compression Appliance STN7800


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Planned availability date
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February 15, 2013



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Description
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IBM Real-time Compression Software Version 4.1 provides the following:

IBM Real-time Compression Appliance is a configured Intel-based server to be installed between a network and either a CIFS or NFS NAS system. It provides NAS storage optimization via Real-time Compression Software running on the appliance. This combination of hardware and software is designed to compress the data sent to the NAS by up to 80% using patented IBM RACE technology. The software is built around industry standard Lempel-Ziv (LZ) compression. RACE is designed to improve the reading and writing of data with data compression, and is designed to achieve zero performance impact while delivering increased of storage efficiency in the NAS system, depending on the data type. The resulting appliance appears as a smart cable in the network, and does not require any configuration changes, software, or drivers on any client, server, or NAS system.

Auto renewal registration of software maintenance for IBM Real-time Compression Appliance software (Feature number 9000) .

Software maintenance renewals in the AAS ordering system for IBM Real-time Compression Appliance software are available via a services contract. Selecting feature number 9000 with the software maintenance registration ordered with the IBM Real-time Compression Appliance software indicates the desire to continue software maintenance on a services contract at the end of the initial software maintenance term. Feature number 9000 is available on:

5639-RC1   IBM Real-time Compression Appliance Software - 1 Year
 Registration
5639-RC2   IBM Real-time Compression Appliance Software - 2 Year
 Registration
5639-RC3   IBM Real-time Compression Appliance Software - 3 Year
 Registration

Note: Auto renewal services are not available in all countries or for all initial software maintenance contract terms.

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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Reference information
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For information on IBM Real-time Compression Appliance hardware, refer to Hardware Announcement 113-012, dated February 05, 2013 .



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Program number
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Program           Program
number     VR     name

5639-RCA   4.1    IBM Real-time Compression Software
 
Software Maintenance
 
5639-RC1          Real-time Compression Registration 1 year
5639-RC2          Real-time Compression Registration 2 year
5639-RC3          Real-time Compression Registration 3 year
5639-RC4          Real-time Compression Registration 4 year
5639-RC5          Real-time Compression Registration 5 year

Product identification number

PID numbers for IBM Real-time Compression Software are:
 
                        Maintenance        Maintenance
    Program PID number  1-year PID number  2-year PID number

    5639-RCA            5639-RC1  reg      5639-RC2 reg
 
    Maintenance         Maintenance        Maintenance
    3-year PID number   4-year PID number  5-year PID number

    5639-RC3  reg       5639-RC4 reg       5639-RC5 reg

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=213-016


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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


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Publications
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Publications are shipped with the IBM Real-time Compression Appliance hardware. For a list of publications shipped with the hardware, refer to Hardware Announcement 113-012, dated February 05, 2013 .



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Technical information
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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

This program requires IBM Real-time Compression Appliance (2452-780, 2452-680, or 2452-650) for installation.

Current support summaries, including specific software, hardware, and firmware levels supported, are maintained at the IBM Real-time Compression Appliance support website

http://www.ibm.com/storage/support/rtc

For information on the IBM Real-time Compression Appliance hardware, refer to Hardware Announcement 113-012, dated February 05, 2013 .

Software requirements

For all current storage systems and host environments supported, refer to the support website

http://www.ibm.com/storage/support/rtc

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.

Compatibility

For information regarding currently supported environments and operating guidelines, visit the IBM Real-time Compression Appliance Support website

http://www.ibm.com/storage/support/rtc
Limitations

This program operates on specified IBM Real-time Compression Appliance hardware only, currently defined by IBM 2452-780, 2452-680, and 2452-650.

For hardware-associated limitations, refer respectively to Hardware Announcement 113-012, dated February 05, 2013 .

For additional information, 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

Additional information on configuration limitations and configuration guidelines is further documented in the README file accompanying the IBM Compression Software, in furnished publications for this product, or under the Plan/Upgrade tab in the IBM Real-time Compression Appliance restrictions document at

http://www.ibm.com/storage/support/rtc

Planning information

Direct customer support

The IBM Real-time Compression Appliance is a customer install machine but requires that a minimum of two days of Implementation Services be ordered with each system ordered. IBM Real-time Compression Appliance Implementation Services are available from GTS. Contact your IBM sales representative to verify that this requirement is met.

For additional technical support or assistance, contact your IBM representative or visit

http://www.ibm.com/storage/support/rtc
Packaging

New order packaging

IBM Compression Software, (5639-RCA) is preinstalled on and shipped with the required IBM Real-time Compression Appliance . For code updates, refer to the IBM Compression Software product support website

http://www.ibm.com/storage/support/rtc

License Information documents for IBM Compression Software programs ship with the hardware on which they are preloaded. IBM Compression Software must be ordered in conjunction with hardware orders.

All publications, including license agreements, are shipped with the associated hardware.

The paid invoice acts as Proof of Entitlement (PoE) for all orders of IBM Compression Software. One media set per IBM Real-time Compression Appliance will be shipped with the hardware. Refer to the hardware announcement listed in the Reference information section for correlated hardware order features.

Subsequent media orders

For additional available publications, refer to the Publications section.

For assistance in placing orders with or without media features, contact your IBM representative.

Publications are in English. 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

Use of supplementary antivirus software is recommended, but not required. The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities. 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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Software Services
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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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Charge metric
                         Part number or
Program name             PID number       Charge metric

IBM Real-time            5639-RCA         Per Decimal Terabyte
Compression Software 

Order handling

The IBM storage software for products under this announcement will continue to be ordered through existing channels using the existing configurator and ordering tools. However, the fulfillment processes have been modified to improve customer records management associated with "Subscription and Support," often referred to as "Software Maintenance."

Starting with this announcement, the announced products selected during configuration process with each hardware system, will be enabled for electronic download for the system unit for which the product was ordered. Optionally, software and license only configurations can be created for products under this announcement based on existing supported hardware system units in your business environment. Offerings in this announcement are available exclusively via electronic download.

 Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software V4
PID: 5639-RCA
 
Use-based OTC
with One-year
Software Maintenance
  
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number

IBM Real-time Compression       5639-RCA    0001
Appliance Software V4
Per Decimal Terabyte
with 1 Year SW Maintenance

 
 Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software Maintenance
 
One-year Registration
 
PID: 5639-RC1
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number

IBM Real-time Compression       5639-RC1    0001
1Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
One-year Registration
No charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number

Auto Renewal Registration       5639-RC1    9000
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Two-year Registration
 
PID: 5639-RC2
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number

IBM Real-time Compression       5639-RC2    0001
2Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Two-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number

Auto Renewal Registration       5639-RC2    9000
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Three-year Registration
 
PID: 5639-RC3
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number

IBM Real-time Compression       5639-RC3    0001
3Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Three-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number

Auto Renewal Registration       5639-RC3    9000
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Four-year Registration
 
PID: 5639-RC4
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number

IBM Real-time Compression       5639-RC4    0001
4Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Four-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Five-year Registration
 
PID: 5639-RC5
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number

IBM Real-time Compression       5639-RC5    0001
5Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Five-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal 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 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) 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
GC27-3908 License Information for IBM Real-time Compression Software

On or near the planned availability date, the current License Information documents 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 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.

Other terms
Volume orders (IVO)

Yes. Contact your IBM representative.

Passport Advantage applies

No

Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. All distributed software licenses include Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) 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 five years from date of acquisition may be elected.

While your Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) 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

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

Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) 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 more information about the Passport Advantage 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

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



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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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Prices
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Information on charges is available at

http://www.ibm.com/support

Choose the option entitled Purchase/upgrade tools.

 Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software V4
PID: 5639-RCA
 
Use-based OTC
with One-year
Software Maintenance
 
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   

IBM Real-time Compression       5639-RCA    0001     
BSW+1YRSWM/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Per Decimal Terabyte
with 1 Year SW Maintenance

  
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software Maintenance
 
One-year Registration
 
PID: 5639-RC1
 
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   

IBM Real-time Compression       5639-RC1    0001     
1Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
One-year Registration
No charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 

Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Two-year Registration
 
PID: 5639-RC2
 
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   

IBM Real-time Compression       5639-RC2    0001     
2Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Two-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Three-year Registration
 
PID: 5639-RC3
                                                      
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   

IBM Real-time Compression       5639-RC3    0001                     
3Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Three-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Four-year Registration
 
PID: 5639-RC4
 
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   

IBM Real-time Compression       5639-RC4    0001                     
4Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Four-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Five-year Registration
 
PID: 5639-RC5
 
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   

IBM Real-time Compression       5639-RC5    0001                     
5Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Five-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte 

 

Passport Advantage

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

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

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-213-016-LIST_PRICES_2013_02_05.PDF ENUS-213-016-LIST_PRICES_2013_02_05.PDF

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).

Phone:      800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)
Fax:        800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)
Internet:   callserv@ca.ibm.com
Mail:       IBM Teleweb Customer Support
            ibm.com® Sales Execution Center, Americas North
            3500 Steeles Ave. East, Tower 3/4
            Markham, Ontario
            Canada
            L3R 2Z1

Reference: YE001

The Americas Call Centers, our national direct marketing organization, can add your name to the mailing list for catalogs of IBM products.


Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

IBM Software Value Plus

These products are available under IBM Software Value Plus, either directly from IBM or through authorized Business Partners who invest in skills and high-value solutions. IBM customers may benefit from the industry-specific or horizontal solutions, skills, and expertise provided by these Business Partners.

Additions to Software Value Plus will be communicated through standard product announcements. For a current list of IBM software available under Software Value Plus, visit

http://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/page/svp_authorized_portfolio_criteria

For questions regarding Software Value Plus, visit

http://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/page/svp_authorized_portfolio_contacts
Trademarks

Real-time Compression and Real-time Compression Appliance are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

IBM, PartnerWorld, Passport Advantage and ibm.com are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

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

Terms of use

IBM products and services which are announced and available in your country can be ordered under the applicable standard agreements, terms, conditions, and prices in effect at the time. IBM reserves the right to modify or withdraw this announcement at any time without notice. This announcement is provided for your information only. Additional terms of use are located at:

http://www.ibm.com/legal/us/en/

For the most current information regarding IBM products, consult your IBM representative or reseller, or visit the IBM worldwide contacts page

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

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