IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager for Software Defined Infrastructure reduces complexity in building new clouds on OpenPOWER and PowerVM systems

IBM United States Software Announcement 217-507
October 10, 2017

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Key prerequisitesKey prerequisitesOrdering informationOrdering information
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IBM® Cloud PowerVC Manager for Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI):

  • Enables clients to build a robust cloud without requiring Fibre Channel
  • Reduces infrastructure complexity for simplified administration
  • Utilizes IBM Spectrum Scale™ to build a virtual storage area network (SAN) across the server's local disk storage (2 TB per socket)
  • Allows network virtualization through PowerVC's software-defined networking capabilities
  • Enables unified management of PowerVM® and KVM based hypervisors through one PowerVC instance
  • Supports OpenPOWER and PowerVM systems

Note: PowerVC capabilities for IBM i in Tech Preview mode only.

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Overview
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IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager for Software Defined Infrastructure allows administrators to build SAN-less clouds. This enables clients to build a robust cloud without requiring Fibre Channel and simplifies the infrastructure complexity for the administrator. This solution utilizes IBM Spectrum Scale to build a virtual SAN across the server's local storage. Spectrum Scale provides the redundancy across servers, performance, and support needed for the solution and PowerVC configures, updates, and manages the cloud. PowerVC also provides software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities. Clients can utilize these capabilities on their PowerVM and KVM on Power® infrastructure.



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Key prerequisites
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PowerVC Cloud Manager for SDI includes 2 TB Spectrum Scale per socket.



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Planned availability date
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December 15, 2017



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Description
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IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager for Software Defined Infrastructure provides:

Software-defined networking

  • Supports vxlan overlay networks
  • Supports the OpenStack Neutron API

Software-defined storage

  • PowerVC integrates IBM Spectrum Scale as a new block storage layer.
  • PowerVC provides a simplified storage interface and experience.

Integrated private cloud

  • Out-of-the-box PowerVC management
  • Self-service provisioning
  • Built on OpenStack

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT), containing details about accessibility compliance, can be found on the IBM Accessibility website.

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager for Software Defined Infrastructure is capable as of December 15, 2017, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be found on the IBM Accessibility website.



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Reference information
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For additional information on PowerVM, PowerVC, and Cloud PowerVC Manager enhancements, see Software Announcement 217-494, dated October 10, 2017.



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Program number
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Program number VRM Program name
5765-VCD 1.1.0 IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager for Software Defined Infrastructure

Product identification number

Program number Maintenance 1 year PID number Maintenance 3 year PID number Maintenance ALC PID number
5765-VCD 5771-VCD 5773-VCD 5771-VCA


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Business Partner information
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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 IBMid).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 217-507


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Offering Information
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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.



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Publications
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None



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Services
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Software Services

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, contact your Lab Services Sales or Delivery Leader.



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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Power Systems™ servers with IBM POWER8® processors

  • Compute: 8+ cores, 256+ GB memory
  • Network: 10/40 GigE
  • Storage: 6 disks, at least one SSD
Software requirements
  • For PowerVM, Firmware 860.30, or later
  • NovaLink V1.0.0.8
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. Read about the Electronic Support portfolio of tools on the IBM Electronic Support website.

You can also access the IBM Support Portal page and the online Service requests and PMRs tool for more support.

Planning information

Packaging

My Entitled Systems Support:

  • ESS sign-in site (must have customer number or hardware serial number to get in)
  • ESS help (instructions on how to use)


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Program number Description
5765-VCD IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager for SDI

Program number Feature description OTC feature number
5765-VCD License Per Socket 0001
Program number Feature description Process Option feature number
5765-VCD Electronic Delivery Only 3453

This software license includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.

Extending coverage for a total of three years or five years from the date of acquisition may be elected. Order the program number, feature number, and quantity to extend coverage for your software licenses. If maintenance has expired, specify the after-license feature number.


Maintenance PID Description

Maintenance PID number Description
5771-VCD IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager for SDI R/R 1-Year
5773-VCD IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager for SDI R/R 3-Year
5771-VCA IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager for SDI ALC

Maintenance PID number Feature description OTC feature number
5771-VCD Per Socket 1-Year Registration 2201
5771-VCD Per Socket 1-Year 7x24 2200
Maintenance PID number Feature description Process Option feature number
5771-VCD Electronic Delivery Only 3453
Maintenance PID number Feature description OTC feature number
5773-VCD Per Socket 3-Year Registration 1843
5773-VCD Per Socket 3-Year 7x24 1842
Maintenance PID number Feature description Process Option feature number
5773-VCD Electronic Delivery Only 3453
Maintenance PID number Feature description OTC feature number
5771-VCA Per Socket After License 2203

Charge metric

Program name Part number or PID number Charge metric
IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager for SDI 5765-VCD Per Socket


Socket

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.

System Program Order (SPO)

An order for SPO 5692-A6P is mandatory for shipments of program distribution. The individual licensed program orders are for registration and billing purposes only. No shipment occurs under these orders.

Specify feature number 2333.

Machine-readable materials are available only on CD-ROM. To receive shipment of machine-readable materials the order needs to include SPO 5692-A6P. The individual licensed program order (for example, 5692-A6P) must still be ordered but will be for registration and billing purposes only and will not result in shipment of materials.

Program number Program/Function name Feature number
5692-A6P IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager for SDI 2333


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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 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 number

LI number: C23-5150

See the License Information documents page on the IBM Software License Agreement website for more information.

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, see the IBM Software Support Handbook.

IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).

Program technical support

Technical support of a program product version or release will be available for a minimum of three years from the general availability date, as long as your Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is in effect.

This technical support allows you to obtain assistance (by telephone or electronic means) from IBM for product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of the program product. Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) also provides you with access to updates (modifications or fixes), releases, and versions of the program. You will be notified, through an 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.

For additional information on the IBM Software Support Lifecycle Policy, see the IBM Software Support Lifecycle Policy website.

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

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 three years from date of acquisition may be elected.

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 by 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, go to the IBM Support Handbooks page.

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.

For more information about the Passport Advantage® Agreement, go to the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express® website.

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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Statement of good security practices
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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through intrusion 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 regulatory compliant, comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective.

Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise 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 organizations that have IBM Systems. 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® V7, 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, go to the IBM Electronic Support website.

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 organizations that are Electronic Service Agent tool-enabled 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 24x7 monitoring and reporting mean human intervention is not required to report errors.

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 is designed to securely transmit either through the internet (HTTPS or VPN) or modem to provide organizations a single point of exit from their site. Communication is one way. Activating Electronic Service Agent does not enable IBM to call into an organization's system.

For additional information, go to the IBM Electronic Service Agent website.

More accurate reporting: Because system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support Center in conjunction with the service request, you 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 IBMid entered during activation, you can view system and support information in the My Systems and Premium Search sections of the IBM Electronic Support page.

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 your IBMid. 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, you are able to see search results that apply specifically to your systems.

For more information on how to utilize the power of IBM Electronic Services, contact your IBM Systems Services Representative, or go to the IBM Electronic Support website.



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For all local charges, contact your IBM representative.

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-217-507-LIST_PRICES_2017_10_10.PDF ENUS-217-507-LIST_PRICES_2017_10_10.PDF

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