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IBM Platform LSF V9.1 family of products delivers excellent performance, scalability, and utilization

IBM United States Software Announcement 213-018
February 5, 2013

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Overview Overview Publications Publications
Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Technical information Technical information
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Realize excellent performance, scalability, and utilization with the IBM® Platform LSF® family of products.

For ordering, contact your IBM representative or an IBM Business Partner.
For more information contact the Americas Call Centers at
800-IBM-CALL (426-2255).
 
Reference: YE001


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IBM Platform LSF V9.1.1 includes notable scheduling, usability, manageability, and scalability enhancements. This includes an enhanced integration with IBM Parallel Environment Runtime Edition for Linux , which provides additional performance for larger high performance computing (HPC) workloads. Enhancements to the LSF Family add-on products provide additional value including improved resource management and reporting as well as new HPC cloud capabilities such as extended support for 3D visualization and an enhanced web services interface.

Refer to the Description section for information about the following products:



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Key prerequisites to run the IBM Platform LSF product family include:

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



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Introduction to the IBM Platform LSF product family

The IBM Platform LSF product family provides powerful workload management for demanding, distributed, and mission-critical technical computing environments. It includes a complete set of workload management capabilities, all designed to work together to address high performance computing needs. V9.1.1 includes notable scheduling, usability, manageability, and scalability enhancements.

Relative to other workload management offerings, the IBM Platform LSF product family provides the following unique advantages:

IBM Platform LSF V9.1.1: Workload Management

Platform LSF manages and accelerates workload processing for compute-intensive or data-intensive applications across distributed compute environments. With support for heterogeneous compute environments, IBM Platform LSF can fully utilize all the infrastructure resources needed for policy-driven, prioritized service levels for always-on access to resources.

This latest release builds on these capabilities with new scheduling features that ensure efficient processor core and non-uniform memory access (NUMA) memory allocation. Due to the NUMA nature of today's multicore hosts, internal processor memory bandwidth can be saturated well before all the cores are allocated. Prior versions of Platform LSF include support for complex core and memory placement on large systems. This latest release extends this functionality to dual socket nodes with an enhanced Platform LSF core scheduler that supports CPU and memory affinity scheduling for all jobs (single hosts and multiple hosts). The scheduler includes cross platform support and a new Platform LSF job resource requirement option to allow users to express per slot and task binding options.

IBM Platform LSF V9.1.1 is available in three editions in order to ensure that users have the right set of capabilities to meet their needs:

Platform LSF V9.1.1 also includes enhanced integration with IBM Parallel Environment Runtime Edition for Linux on x86 Architecture, V1.3, which provides additional performance for larger high performance computing (HPC) workloads. Pre-existing integration is significantly simplified and streamlined so that it involves fewer components and moving parts. Platform LSF also supports key IBM Parallel Environment Runtime Edition functionality including enabling multiple jobs to share the same nodes, support for CPU affinity, and network scheduling options (for example, sn_single or sn_all, dedicated).

IBM Platform Process Manager V9.1: Workflow design and scheduling

By reducing or removing the need for operator intervention to trigger computational workflows, IBM Platform Process Manager compresses end-to-end cycle time. Using an intuitive web-based interface, designers can describe workflow steps and dependencies so that lengthy, repetitive tasks, that are prone to human error, are automated. The result is a more cost-effective, logical, self-documenting solution for workflow design and scheduling.

With Platform Process Manager V9.1, these capabilities can be leveraged in IBM Platform Symphony grids as well as in environments using non-LSF batch systems. Additional enhancements include consistent use of spooler and working directory definition and use between Platform LSF , Platform Application Center, and Platform Process Manager as well as support for user variables when running flows spanning multiple clusters.

IBM Platform RTM V9.1: Resource utilization reporting and monitoring

IBM Platform RTM is an operational dashboard for IBM Platform LSF environments, which provides comprehensive workload monitoring, reporting, and management. It makes cluster administrators more efficient in their day-to-day activities, and provides the information and tools needed to improve cluster efficiency, enable better user productivity, and contain or reduce costs.

V9.1 includes the following enhancements:

IBM Platform License Scheduler V9.1: License management and reporting

By allocating a virtualized pool of licenses based on an organization's own distribution policies, IBM Platform License Scheduler enables license sharing of FlexLM licenses between global project teams. It prioritizes license availability by workload, user, and project, such that licenses are optimally utilized. Whether the application software environment is simple or complex, IBM Platform License Scheduler helps organizations optimize their use of enterprise software licenses, improving productivity and containing cost.

IBM Platform License Scheduler V9.1 includes an enhanced project mode for faster scheduling and improved utilization. Additional enhancements include:

IBM Platform Application Center V9.1: Portal management and application support

IBM Platform Application Center V9.1 provides a flexible application-centric portal for users and administrators to interact with their cluster, grid, or HPC cloud in a natural and powerful way. The web-based interface simplifies workload management with remote job monitoring, easy access to job related data, and the capability to manage jobs, such as stopping, suspending, resuming, or requeuing jobs. Intuitive, self-documenting scripting guidelines provide standardized access to applications, enabling administrators to better enforce site policies as well as simplify the creation of job submission templates, resulting in reduced setup time while minimizing user errors during job submissions.

This latest release includes extended support for 3D visualization technologies including DCV and Exceed on Demand as well as an enhanced web services interface. Additional capabilities are available in the dashboard including badmin perfmon metrics and new columns, including job runtime information (-WF, -WL, and -WP), job description (-Jd), and custom column content. The application integration capabilities are further simplified with a custom help capability within each template and improved handling of include files when they are uploaded.

IBM Platform Application Center is also tightly integrated with IBM Platform Analytics, which is part of the IBM Platform LSF product family. The integration makes it more efficient to access the capabilities of Platform Analytics using a single integrated interface.

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 LSF V9.1.1 and the accompanying V9.1 add-on products are part of the IBM Platform Computing portfolio of products, which include:

IBM Platform Analytics V9.1 is an advanced analysis and visualization tool for analyzing massive amounts of workload data. It enables managers, planners, and administrators to easily correlate job, resource, and license data from one or multiple Platform LSF and Platform Symphony clusters, grids, or clouds for data-driven decision making. With better insight into technical and high performance computing (HPC) data center environments, organizations can identify and quickly remove bottlenecks, spot emerging trends, and plan capacity more effectively.

Platform MPI is often purchased in conjunction with Platform LSF . Platform MPI is a high-performance, production-ready quality implementation of the Message Passing Interface (MPI). It is widely used in the high performance computing (HPC) industry and is considered one of the standards for developing scalable, parallel applications.

Platform Cluster Manager - Advanced Edition V4.1 complements the Platform LSF product family by providing the capability to assemble multiple high-performance technical computing environments on a shared compute infrastructure for use by multiple teams. In addition to support for Platform LSF , IBM Platform Cluster Manager - Advanced Edition includes support for multitenant HPC cloud and multiple workload managers including Grid Engine and TIBCO DataSynapse GridServer (formerly DataSynapse GridServer). It creates an agile environment for running technical computing and analysis workloads to consolidate disparate cluster infrastructure, resulting in increased hardware utilization and the ability to meet or exceed service level agreements while lowering costs. If you have a single HPC cluster and more static application requirements, then Platform Cluster Manager - Standard Edition V3.2 helps provision, run, manage, and monitor an HPC cluster with unprecedented ease.

Platform Symphony typically runs different types of workloads than Platform LSF , and is, therefore, a complementary product. Platform LSF is optimized for scheduling batch jobs where each job is discrete and the application is typically parallelized using Platform MPI. However, workloads that require very fast scheduling, low latency, high throughput and scalability, and fast, agile resource sharing are likely to be best served by Platform Symphony . As a result, LSF is typically beneficial to HPC clients in manufacturing, oil and gas, life sciences, electronics, government, and media and entertainment, whereas Platform Symphony is more appropriate to clients in financial services.



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Refer to Software Announcement 212-423, dated November 13, 2012 .



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Program                Program
number         VRM     name

5725-G82       9.1.1   IBM Platform LSF
5725-G82       9.1.0   IBM Platform Process Manager
5725-G82       9.1.0   IBM Platform RTM
5725-G82       9.1.0   IBM Platform License Scheduler
5725-G85       9.1.0   IBM Platform Application Center 


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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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The following publications are shipped with the product and available on the web for the IBM Platform LSF V9.1 product family.

IBM Platform LSF :

IBM Platform Application Center:

IBM Platform Process Manager:

IBM Platform RTM:

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

Platform LSF V9.1 and Platform Application Center V9.1 are supported on IBM System x® iDataPlex® and other rack-based servers. They are also fully certified to run on clusters comprised of IBM Power Systems™ servers running AIX® or Linux .

LSF installations are typically large and involve a significant amount of hardware. Because of this, rack-based solutions tend to be the most practical.

The hardware requirements for the IBM Platform LSF scheduler are as follows:

A secondary master host is recommended in large clusters.
Note: The hardware requirements for the product options vary based on the HPC environment. Refer to the product publications for additional details.

Software requirements

IBM Platform LSF is supported on any of the following operating environments:


Note: For Linux installations, precompiled binaries facilitate easy installation on different Linux kernels. The distribution to install will depend more on the version of Linux (specifically the Linux kernel version) rather than the actual distribution (RHEL, CentOS, SLES). The version to install will also depend on the version of glibc.

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

The following products can be used in conjunction with Platform LSF :

Other considerations:

Compatibility

IBM Platform LSF V9.1.1 is fully compatible with Platform LSF V7 and Platform LSF V8.

Limitations

Users deploying IBM Platform LSF - Advanced Edition should be aware of the following limitation:

Users deploying IBM Platform LSF - Standard Edition should be aware of the following limitations:

Users deploying IBM Platform LSF - Express Edition should be aware of the following limitations:

Users deploying IBM Platform License Scheduler should be aware of the following limitations:

Users deploying IBM Platform Application Center should be aware of the following limitations:

Users deploying IBM Platform Process Manager should be aware of the following limitations:

Users deploying IBM Platform RTM should be aware of the following limitations:

Performance considerations

The performance of Platform LSF depends upon many factors, including the number of nodes in the cluster, the number of concurrently executing jobs, the number of pending jobs, the number of users querying the system, and the frequency of queries. As these increase, the scheduling cycle and user response time will increase.

For a high-throughput workload, such as the workloads found in the semiconductor design market, clusters of 5,000 nodes with 40,000 cores and concurrently executing jobs are not uncommon. In traditional HPC environments, where the concurrent job volume is significantly lower, LSF has been used on substantially larger clusters (for example, 75,000 to 100,000 cores).

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

Customer responsibilities

You must provide at least the minimum hardware and software environments in which the IBM Platform LSF product family will operate. It is recommended to assign a systems administrator who has responsibility for planning, installing, maintaining, and administering the IBM Platform LSF product family.

While the installation and upgrade procedures for Platform LSF V9.1 have been tested carefully, as with any installation or upgrade, it is prudent to ensure that backups exist and you prepare for the installation or upgrade in advance.

Installability

IBM Platform LSF V9.1 is functionally the same as prior versions. However, it will now be available in three product editions:

Existing Platform LSF users will map to the Standard Edition. However, IBM Platform LSF - Standard Edition is a new product; it is more than just Platform LSF . It includes additional capabilities previously provided by Platform MultiCluster, Platform Make, and Platform LSF Client.

The Platform LSF licensing model changed between Platform LSF V7 and V8. Therefore, customers who are currently using Platform LSF V7 update 6, or earlier will require new licenses. In addition, IBM Platform LSF V8.3 no longer uses FLEXlm for licensing. For assistance on configurations or licensing, contact your local Platform Computing representative.

Packaging

Platform LSF V9.1 is distributed on optional DVD media or available for electronic download in multiple eAssemblies. Included are:

Platform Application Center V9.1 is distributed as a single DVD media option or available for electronic download in 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 LSF and Platform Application Center use the security and auditability features of the system in which they are 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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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 LSF            5725G82
  IBM Platform Application
     Center                   5725G85
 
Product category: Other Software
Charge metric
 
                    Part number or
Program name        PID number        Charge metric

IBM Platform LSF    5725-G82
 
-Express Edition                      Managed core RVU (1)
-Standard Edition                     Managed core RVU
-Advanced Edition                     Managed core RVU
-License Scheduler                    Managed core RVU
-Process Manager                      Concurrent user
-RTM                                  Install
-RTM Data
  Collectors                          Managed core RVU
 
IBM Platform        5725-G85          Concurrent user
 Application
 Center
 
 (1) Resource Value Unit

Each license includes 12 months' subscription and support.

Concurrent User

Concurrent User is a unit of measure by which the program can be licensed. A Concurrent User is a person who is accessing the program at any particular point in time. Regardless of whether the person is simultaneously accessing the program multiple times, the person counts only as a single Concurrent User. The program may be installed on any number of computers or servers, but licensee must obtain entitlements for the maximum number of Concurrent Users simultaneously accessing the program. Licensee must obtain an entitlement for each simultaneous Concurrent User accessing the program in any manner directly or indirectly (for example, via a multiplexing program, device, or application server) through any means.

Note: Some programs may be licensed where devices are considered users. In that case, the following applies. Any computing device that requests the execution of or receives for execution a set of commands, procedures, or applications from the program or that is otherwise managed by the program is considered a separate user of the program and requires an entitlement as if that device were a person.

Install

Install is a unit of measure by which the program can be licensed. An install is an installed copy of the program on a physical or virtual disk made available to be executed on a computer. Licensee must obtain an entitlement for each install of the program.

Resource Value Unit (RVU)

RVU is a unit of measure by which the program can be licensed. RVU Proofs of Entitlement (PoEs) are based on the number of units of a specific resource used or managed by the program. Licensee must obtain sufficient entitlements for the number of RVUs required for licensee's environment for the specific resources as specified in the program specific table. RVU entitlements are specific to the program and the type of resource and may not be exchanged, interchanged, or aggregated with RVU entitlements of another program or resource. Refer to the program specific RVU table.

Notes :

The following components of the Platform LSF program are licensed based on Value Unit-Based pricing:

Program                               Value Unit
number      Program name              exhibit
 
5725-G82    Platform LSF -            VUE139
             Express Edition
             Standard Edition
             Advanced Edition
             License Scheduler
             RTM Data Collectors 

For these components, the resource for the purpose of the RVU calculation are Activated Processor Cores managed by the program. An Activated Processor Core is a processor core that is available for use in a physical or virtual server, regardless of whether the capacity of the processor core can be or is limited through virtualization technologies, operating system commands, BIOS settings, or similar restrictions. Licensee can deploy the program using either full capacity licensing or virtualization capacity (sub-capacity) licensing according to the Passport Advantage Sub-Capacity Licensing Terms (see webpage below). If using full capacity licensing, each Activated Processor Core in the physical hardware environment managed by the program must be counted, except for those servers from which the program permanently no longer manages. If using virtualization capacity licensing, the Virtualization Capacity License Counting Rules define how many Activated Processor Cores must be counted. The rules can be found at

http://www.ibm.com/software/lotus/passportadvantage/Counting_Software_licenses_using_sp ecific_virtualization_technologies.html

Resource Value Unit conversion table:

Passport Advantage

 
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Program name/Description                                   number
English Media Pack:
 
IBM Platform License Scheduler V9.1 Multiplatform          AJ011EN
IBM Platform Process Manager V9.1 Multiplatform            AJ012EN
IBM Platform RTM V9.1 Multiplatform                        AJ013EN
IBM Platform RTM Data Collectors V9.1 Multiplatform        AJ014EN
IBM Platform Application Center Standard Edition V9.1
   Multiplatform English Media Pack                        AJ015EN 
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IBM Platform LSF Express Edition v9.1.1 Multiplatform      AJ00UEN
IBM Platform LSF Standard Edition v9.1.1 Multiplatform     AJ00VEN
IBM Platform LSF Advanced Edition v9.1.1 Multiplatform     AJ00WEN
IBM Platform LSF Dynamic Cluster v9.1.1 Multiplatform      AJ00YEN

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                              Part
description                                                 number

IBM PLATFORM LSF EXPRESS ED RVU INITL FT LIC+S&S 12 MO      D0Q0GLL
IBM PLATFORM LSF EXPRESS ED RVU LIC + SW S&S 12 MO          D0Q1DLL
IBM PLATFORM LSF EXPRESS ED RVU SW S&S REINSTATE 12 MO      D0Q1ELL
IBM PLATFORM LSF EXPRESS ED RVU SUBSQ FT LIC+S&S 12 MO      E0DX4LL
IBM PLATFORM LSF EXPRESS ED RVU ANNUAL SW S&S RNWL          E0DXLLL
 
IBM PLATFORM LSF STANDARD ED RVU INITL FT LIC+S&S 12 MO     D0Q0FLL
IBM PLATFORM LSF STANDARD ED RVU LIC + SW S&S 12 MO         D0Q0KLL
IBM PLATFORM LSF STANDARD ED RVU SW S&S REINSTATE 12 MO     D0Q0LLL
IBM PLATFORM LSF STANDARD ED RVU SUBSQ FT LIC+S&S 12 MO     E0DX3LL
IBM PLATFORM LSF STANDARD ED RVU ANNUAL SW S&S RNWL         E0DX7LL
 
IBM PLATFORM LSF ADVANCED ED RVU INITL FT LIC+S&S 12 MO     D0VBRLL
IBM PLATFORM LSF ADVANCED ED RVU LIC + SW S&S 12 MO         D0VBULL
IBM PLATFORM LSF ADVANCED ED RVU SW S&S REINSTATE 12 MO     D0VBVLL
IBM PLATFORM LSF ADVANCED ED RVU SUBSQ FT LIC+S&S 12 MO     E0F6NLL
IBM PLATFORM LSF ADVANCED ED RVU ANNUAL SW S&S RNWL         E0F6RLL
 
PLAT LSF STD ED FROM PLAT LSF EX ED TRDUP LIC+SW S&S 12MO   D0Q1PLL
 
Platform LSF Ad Ed RVU fr Platform LSF Std Ed RVU Trdup Lic D0VBWLL
Platform LSF Ad Ed RVU fr Platform LSF Exp Ed RVU Trdup Lic D0VBXLL
 
IBM Platform LSF Session Scheduler RVU Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo   D0VC2LL
IBM Platform LSF Session Scheduler RVU Annual SW S&S Rnwl   E0F6TLL
IBM Platform LSF Session Scheduler RVU SW S&S Reinste 12 Mo D0VC3LL
IBM Platform LSF Sessn Sched RVU FTL Initl FT Lic+S&S 12 Mo D0VBTLL
IBM Platform LSF Sessn Sched RVU FTL SubSq FT Lic+S&S 12 Mo E0F6QLL
 
IBM Platform LSF Dynamic Cluster RVU Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo     D0VBZLL
IBM Platform LSF Dynamic Cluster RVU Annual SW S&S Rnwl     E0F6SLL
IBM Platform LSF Dynamic Cluster RVU SW S&S Reinstate 12 Mo D0VC0LL
IBM Platform LSF Dynam Clust RVU FTL Initl FT Lic+S&S 12 Mo D0VBSLL
IBM Platform LSF Dynam Clust RVU FTL SubSq FT Lic+S&S 12 Mo E0F6PLL
 
IBM PLAT APPL CTR STD ED CONC USR INITL FT LIC+S&S 12MO     D0Q06LL
IBM PLATFORM APPL CTR STD ED CONC USR LIC + SW S&S 12 MO    D0Q11LL
IBM PLAT APPL CTR STD ED CONC USR SW S&S REINSTATE 12MO     D0Q12LL
IBM PLAT APPL CTR STD ED CONC USR SUBSQ FT LIC+S&S 12MO     E0DWULL
IBM PLATFORM APPL CTR STD ED CONC USR ANNUAL SW S&S RNWL    E0DXFLL 
 
Media packs                                                 Part
description                                                 number

IBM Platform LSF Express Edition V8.3 Multiplatform         AJ000EN
IBM Platform LSF Standard Edition V8.3 Multiplatform        AJ001EN
IBM Platform Process Manager V8.3 Multiplatform             AJ002EN
IBM Platform License Scheduler V8.3 Multiplatform           AJ003EN
IBM Platform RTM V8.3 Multiplatform                         AJ004EN
IBM Platform RTM Data Collectors V8.3 Multiplatform         AJ005EN
IBM Platform Application Center Standard Edition V8.3
   Multiplatform English Media Pack                         AJ007EN
IBM Platform LSF Session Scheduler v9.1 Multiplatform       AJ00XEN 


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

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License Information form number
 
License number  Product ID  Program name

L-YCHW-8YGPMP   5725-G85    Platform Appl Ctr
L-YCHW-8XWTHK   5725-G82    Platform LSF
L-YCHW-8YSQUZ   5725-G82    Platform RTM

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

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Limited warranty applies

Yes

Limited warranty

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Volume orders (IVO)

No

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Passport Advantage applies

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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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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 V5.3, AIX V6.1, and AIX V7.1, 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 website 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

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

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 clients 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 client 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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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

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