IBM PureApplication System W1500, an expert integrated system that can optimally deploy and run applications for rapid time to valueIBM United States Software Announcement 212-117
April 11, 2012
|Table of contents|
(Corrected on November 7, 2013)The Publications section is revised.
(Corrected on November 6, 2013)The Publications section is revised.
(Corrected on July 23, 2012)The Announcement countries and Ordering information sections are revised.
|At a glance|
IBM® PureApplication System W1500 delivers the following function:
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IBM PureApplication System W1500 (PureApplication System) is an expert integrated system. It combines the flexibility of a general-purpose system and the simplicity of an appliance. Integrated expertise throughout the system help fundamentally change the economics of IT. The PureApplication System comes integrated from the IBM factory, designed by IBM experts.
This integration helps remove the need for expensive and time-consuming interaction between multiple teams in a traditional IT organization.
Designing, developing, and deploying a web or database application, or an application environment, often requires expertise to manually architect, install, configure, integrate, optimize, and scale the components of a multi-server deployment. With PureApplication System, this process is as simple as logging into a self-service console. The availability of self-service deployment access raises a challenge for administrators to ensure that resources are used efficiently, responsibly, and fairly. To address this, PureApplication System allows administrators to control user access to hardware, software patterns, and licenses. Administrators can also set limits on usage, track usage for chargeback, and manage licenses through the PureApplication System console.
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|Planned availability date|
July 31, 2012
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IBM PureApplication System W1500 is a member of a new IBM family of products called expert integrated systems. These IBM solutions are designed to greatly simplify the tasks of designing, acquiring, using, and managing IT environments. By adopting one of these systems, the design and implementation of a solution is handled by expert engineers in IBM . This shift in responsibility allows IT managers to task their workers with more strategic and productive assignments.
PureApplication System includes an integrated management system which is purpose built for PureApplication System. A unified console provides the capability to:
Pattern-based deployment is an important component of PureApplication System, providing the deployment and management of a multi-server application environment. Multiple types of patterns are supported in PureApplication System.
Virtual application patterns are application-centric patterns. They require the user to enter only a few inputs, such as application artifacts and policies. Then, the pattern management system maps those inputs into a configured, running application environment. Virtual application patterns require no scripting.
Virtual system patterns are designed for IBM middleware. Based on individual virtual images built on the .ovf standard, these patterns are either shipped pre-assembled by IBM , or created through use of the IBM Image Construction Tool. These patterns require some scripting that allows additional control for situations that demand it.
PureApplication System is shipped a fully assembled, cabled, integrated rack from IBM . It is offered in four distinct configurations:
Users may upgrade from one configuration to the next by buying the appropriate upgrade. Upgrades may be completed without powering down the installed machine.
Each of these offerings comes with 54.4 TB of storage, divided between hard disks (88%) and solid state disks (12%). Technology built into PureApplication System helps to optimize the placement of data across these disks, such that data accessed most frequently and recently is stored on the faster solid state disks. The system monitors disk usage helping to prevent hotspots, resulting in improve performance.
PureApplication System allows consolidation of multiple types of workloads onto a single system. To ease the acquisition of IBM and ISV solutions optimized for use with PureApplication System, IBM created the PureSystems Center. The PureSystems Center is hosted at
The Center allows PureApplication System users to search, browse, and acquire solutions to use in conjunction with PureApplication System.
The following products are delivered as integrated patterns, available for deployment on PureApplication System. A purchase of a particular configuration of PureApplication System includes entitlement to run the following products up to the total capacity of that configuration:
For information on the Transactional Database Pattern and Data Mart Pattern, refer to the IBM Transactional Database Pattern and IBM Data Mart Pattern section.
The following patterns can be used with PureApplication System. These patterns are separately entitled and available on the PureSystems Center:
ISV applications optimized for use in PureApplication System can be found and acquired from PureSystems Center.
Components in the PureApplication System are designed for redundancy, such that the system can recover from any single failure.
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|Statement of direction|
IBM intends to offer IBM PureApplication System configurations based on the POWER® architecture within the IBM PureApplication System family in second half, 2012. Specific configuration details are planned to align closely with the configurations described in this announcement.
IBM intends to provide consistent capabilities and business value across the IBM PureApplication System family, particularly in terms of patterns of expertise, integration by design, and simplified experience.
Additionally, IBM intends to work with IBM partners to offer an ecosystem of partner optimized solutions for IBM PureApplication System configurations based on the POWER architecture.
IBM intends to deliver the following new, separately licensed software patterns for PureApplication System in second half, 2012.
IBM 's statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at IBM 's sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code, or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion.
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Program Program number VRM name 5725-G32 V1.0.0 IBM PureApplication System W1500
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IBM Transactional Database Pattern and IBM Data Mart Pattern
PureApplication Systems deliver built-in database expertise
The PureApplication System lets customers rapidly and consistently deploy production ready databases that are built in with years of optimization best practices.
Customers identify their database requirements and the PureApplication System automatically builds and tailors the underlying database to meet those requirements. The PureApplication System comes with two database patterns installed and ready-to-use with patterns representing two of the most common workload types found today:
These patterns can help IT organizations cost-effectively deploy and manage database infrastructure, and enable self-service for application groups. This helps reduce the time and costs associated with database administration.
IBM Transactional Database Pattern is a set of integrated capabilities that specifically support the creation and management of databases for online transaction processing applications. These types of applications typically support hundreds of users running short query and update requests (for example, order-processing systems, shopping cart applications, and package tracking systems). The most important service level metrics for these applications are availability, performance, and cost.
Key functions enabled by the Transactional Database Pattern are:
Using Transactional Database Pattern, databases can be created that are optimized for transactional processing. Pattern use can:
The Transactional Database Pattern consists of:
This built-in expertise makes it possible to create and deploy workload-optimized test and production-ready databases in minutes1 providing greater business flexibility while helping to lower costs and risks.
IBM Data Mart Pattern - Most customers need one or more data marts, which contain a subset of online operational data. These data marts typically exist to serve a particular user population and are used for specialized analysis and reporting such as Online Analytical Processing (OLAP). Data marts have unique operational demands stemming from ad-hoc business analysis.
The IBM Data Mart Pattern provides a set of capabilities essential to the provisioning and management of data mart infrastructure in a security-enhanced, private cloud. Tuned for the unique I/O throughput requirements of data mart workloads, the Data Mart Pattern includes data compression capabilities and data movement tools, designed to help businesses gain insight quickly and efficiently.
Key functions enabled by the Data Mart Pattern include:
The nature of Data Mart queries is generally different from those that run in transaction processing environments. For example, a data mart user might run a monthly sales analysis query that examines 50 gigabytes of data. Rather than having to manually tune the underlying database to handle this type of I/O intensive processing, the Data Mart Pattern can be used to automatically configure the data mart.
For example, use of the pattern will:
The Data Mart pattern consists of:
Both the patterns support:
For additional information about IBM Transactional Database Pattern and IBM Data Mart Pattern, refer to Software Announcement 211-474, dated November 1, 2011.
PureApplication Systems deliver database integration by design
A key characteristic of an expert integrated system is integration by design - that is, the hardware and software components of the system are deeply integrated and tuned at the factory to provide optimal performance and resource efficiency. An example of this integration by design found in the IBM PureApplication System is the DB2 Workload setting. This feature of DB2 can be viewed as a special knob that configures DB2 databases specifically for the workload selected.
Currently DB2 can be easily optimized for the following types of workloads:
PureApplication System - deep integration of DB2 and WebSphere Application Server
The PureApplication System captures years of IBM experience in helping clients design, build, and deploy new web applications. The core middleware components of this system are WebSphere Application Server and DB2 , two technologies essential to running mission-critical applications.
In the PureApplication System, these two components are deeply integrated and tuned so IT staffs no longer need to understand the interdependencies and connections between the two subsystems. Using the PureApplication System, organizations can take advantage of the benefits of this deep integration right out of the box.
Some examples of the deep integration between WebSphere Application Server and DB2 include:
- Any performance data contained herein was determined in a controlled environment. Therefore, the results obtained in other operating environments may vary significantly. Some measurements may have been made on development-level systems and there is no guarantee that these measurements will be the same on generally available systems. Furthermore, some measurements may have been estimated through extrapolation. Actual results may vary. Users of this document should verify the applicable data for their specific environment.
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The IBM PureApplication System Information Roadmap is included with the IBM PureApplication System W1500 software.
The IBM PureApplication System Information Center will be available on online July 31, 2012, at:
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Specified operating environment
IBM PureApplication System W1500
Electrical and power requirements
The following data represents the maximum label rated power requirements based on the hardware configuration in the PureApplication System rack. The actual power consumption will vary depending upon the workloads running on the system and the typical power consumption values are expected to be lower than the maximum rated power. When planning the electrical system, it is important to use maximum values to account for internal or environmental conditions that result in power consumption increasing beyond typical values.
200 to 240 (nominal) volts AC; 50 Hz or 60 Hz
The IBM PureApplication System W1500 supports or complies to the following standards:
Equipment approvals and safety equipment approval and safety
The IBM PureApplication System W1500 is designed to operate in the chassis and nodes are designed to meet ASHRAE Class A2.
Power on 2
Power off 3
Shipment (non-operating) 8
- Chassis is powered on.
- Chassis is removed from original shipping container and is installed but not in use, for example, during repair, maintenance, or upgrade.
- A - Derate maximum allowable temperature 1 C/175 m above 950 m.
- 5 C/hr for data centers employing tape drives and 20 C/hr for data centers employing disk drives.
- The minimum humidity level for class A3 is the higher (more moisture) of the -12 C dew point and the 8% relative humidity. These intersect at approximately 25 C. Below this intersection (25 C) the dew point (-12 C) represents the minimum moisture level, while above it relative humidity (8%) is the minimum.
- Moisture levels lower than 0.5 C DP, but not lower than -10 C DP or 8% relative humidity, can be accepted if appropriate control measures are implemented to limit the generation of static electricity on personnel and equipment in the data center. All personnel and mobile furnishings and equipment must be connected to ground via an appropriate static control system. The following items are considered the minimum requirements:
- The equipment acclimation period is 1 hour per 20 C of temperature change from the shipping environment to the operating environment.
- Condensation is acceptable, but not rain.
Solid-state memory cells have an intrinsic, finite number of cell write cycles. The maximum number of write cycles for these devices is defined as total bytes written (TBW).
IBM is not responsible for replacement of hardware that has reached TBW. Device failure indications may include:
IBM Official Specifications for IBM PureApplication System hardware
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Program name PID number Charge metric IBM PureApplication System W1500 5725-G32 Per appliance Install
Appliance Install is a unit of measure by which the program can be licensed. An Appliance Install is an installed copy of the program that is included on a single unit of supporting hardware. Licensee must obtain an entitlement for each Appliance Install of the program.
Entitled maintenance offerings
Part Program name/Description number IBM PureApplication System W1500-96 Appliance Install Appliance Install, maintenance + S&S 12 Mo D0NYKLL Appliance maintenance + S&S renewal 12 Mo E0DJILL Appliance maintenance + S&S reinstatement 12 Mo D0NYJLL Business Critical Service upgrade per Appliance Install Initial upgrade 12 Months D0NYELL Subsequent upgrade 12 Months E0DJDLL
Hard Drive Retention Service upgrade per Appliance Install Initial 12 Months D0NYILL Subsequent 12 Months E0DJHLL
IBM PureApplication System W1500-192 Appliance Install Appliance Install, maintenance + S&S 12 Mo D0NYMLL Appliance maintenance + S&S renewal 12 Mo E0DJJLL Appliance maintenance + S&S reinstatement 12 Mo D0NYLLL Appliance Upgrade - IBM PureApplication System W1500-192 with install, maintenance + S&S 12 Mo Upgrade from IBM PureApplication System W1500-96 D0NYTLL Business Critical Service upgrade per Appliance Install Initial upgrade 12 Months D0NYBLL Subsequent upgrade 12 Months E0DJALL
Hard Drive Retention Service upgrade per Appliance Install Initial 12 Months D0NYGLL Subsequent 12 Months E0DJFLL
IBM PureApplication System W1500-384 Appliance Install Appliance Install, maintenance + S&S 12 Mo D0NYPLL Appliance maintenance + S&S renewal 12 Mo E0DJKLL Appliance maintenance + S&S reinstatement 12 Mo D0NYNLL Appliance Upgrade - IBM PureApplication System W1500-384 with install, maintenance + S&S 12 Mo Upgrade from IBM PureApplication System W1500-192 D0NYULL Business Critical Service upgrade per Appliance Install Initial upgrade 12 Months D0NYDLL Subsequent upgrade 12 Months E0DJCLL
Hard Drive Retention Service upgrade per Appliance Install Initial 12 Months D0NYFLL Subsequent 12 Months E0DJELL
IBM PureApplication System W1500-608 Appliance Install Appliance Install, maintenance + S&S 12 Mo D0NYRLL Appliance maintenance + S&S renewal 12 Mo E0DJLLL Appliance maintenance + S&S reinstatement 12 Mo D0NYQLL Appliance Upgrade - IBM PureApplication System W1500-608 with install, maintenance + S&S 12 Mo Upgrade from IBM PureApplication System W1500-384 D0NYSLL Business Critical Service upgrade per Appliance Install Initial upgrade 12 Months D0NYCLL Subsequent upgrade 12 Months E0DJBLL
Hard Drive Retention Service upgrade per Appliance Install Initial 12 Months D0NYHLL Subsequent 12 Months E0DJGLL
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License Information form number
IBM PureApplication System W1500 License - L-DDAC-8QWMN3
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Limited warranty applies
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This technical support allows you to obtain assistance (via telephone or electronic means) from IBM for product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of the program product. Appliance Subscription and Support (Appliance Maintenance) also provides you with access to updates (modifications or fixes), releases, and versions of the program. You will be notified, via announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice. If you require additional technical support from IBM , including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.
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Passport Advantage applies
Yes, and through the Passport Advantage website at
Yes. IBM has the sole right to replace the software components within IBM PureApplication System with alternative software components during the support term of IBM PureApplication System.
Adding, removing, or replacing hardware components of PureApplication System must be performed by IBM .
Appliance Maintenance, Software Subscription and Support applies
Yes. For additional information on appliance services, consult the Appliance Services Attachment to Passport Advantage at
Consult the IBM Appliance Support Handbook for further details on Appliance Warranty Service Upgrade options:
No. For operating system software, the revised IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel offering will provide support for those operating systems and associated products that are not available with the Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) offering.
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Variable charges apply
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