IBM DS8870 next-generation flash systems deliver high availability and better performance for critical environments

IBM Europe, Middle East, and Africa Hardware Announcement ZG14-0119
May 13, 2014

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(Corrected on May 20, 2014)

The Key prerequisites section has been updated.

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New features for IBM® DS8870 offer a greater choice in price and performance, including:



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IBM DS8870 systems (machine types 2421, 2422, 2423, and 2424) are designed to offer better performance with next-generation flash storage and concurrent code load and warmstart enhancements.

Flash optimization II

This high-performance flash enclosure delivers up to 250,000 IOPS and up to 3.4 GB/s bandwidth in just one EIA (1U) of rack space. It will also help to increase IOPS by up to 4 times as compared to SSDs and up to 30 times as compared to spinning drives.

Support has been added for the IBM DS8870 systems, fulfilling the Statement of Direction in Hardware Announcement ZG12-0163, dated June 04, 2012.

Enhanced Easy Tier capabilities

There are five types of drives managed in up to three different tiers (flash cards and SSDs as tier 0, SAS 15K and 10K rpm drives as tier 1, and nearline drives as tier 2) by IBM Easy Tier within a managed pool.

Flash cards and SSD drives are treated as the same tier. IBM Easy Tier monitors disk activity in real-time, and migrates data across tiers and within a tier to optimize performance automatically. Flash cards and SSD drives are treated as the same tier and IBM Easy Tier intra-tier auto-rebalance will utilize the higher IOPS capability of flash cards.

In addition, Easy Tier Server will manage the data placement across Flash Adapter 90 within Power® 740+ and DS8870 storage tiers by placing a copy of the hottest data on the IBM Flash Adapter 90. For additional information refer to Hardware Announcement ZG13-0293, dated October 07, 2013.

Scalable capacity

DS8870 now offers 200 GB 2.5-inch SSD options for customers who require granularity and improved performance on the storage system and do not need a larger capacity of SSD.

It also now offers up to 800 GB 2.5-inch SSD to provide additional capacity, useful for transaction processing workloads and data warehousing application.

Concurrent code load enhancement

This enhancement will help to improve the average concurrent code load activation time by up to 50%. With this improvement, there will be no need to sacrifice standby manpower for off-hours and weekend shifts to support DS8870 code load strategy.

Warmstart enhancement

This enhancement will help DS8870 reduce the number of warmstarts and eliminate the need to perform a warmstart after certain events to prevent any impact to the attached host.

Multiple Target Peer to Peer Remote Copy (MT-PPRC)

DS8870 now supports MT-PPRC, but only on 7.2.7 microcode. MT-PPRC is supported for the following relationships:

MT-PPRC can be requested trough SCORE.

OpenStack support

DS8870 offers full support for OpenStack releases Havana and Icehouse. Support is provided through the OpenStack Cinder driver currently available for download.



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MT-PPRC is supported on the IBM System Storage® DS8000® series and requires DS8000 Licensed Machine Code (LMC) 7.7.27.xx.xx (bundle version 87.27.xxx.xx).

All the remaining announced features and functions are supported on the IBM System Storage DS8000 series and require DS8000 LMC 7.7.30.xx.xx (bundle version 87.30.xxx.xx), or later.



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Refer to the Description section for further information.

Availability of programs with an encryption algorithm in France is subject to French government approval.



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IBM delivers the next generation of flash for the DS8870. This release offers performance improvements of up to four times with flash implementation, more drive options, and enhanced concurrent code load function.

Flash optimization II

SSD or flash technology has improved the storage system performance by providing much higher IOPS compared to spinning disk drives (HDDs) and can help to reduce I/O-bound batch window times and improve interactive or query response times.

The integration of a new high-performance flash enclosure (feature number 1500) provides a new and even higher standard of flash performance with the DS8870. The high-performance flash enclosure is directly attached to the PCIe fabric, enabling increased bandwidth and transaction processing capability. The 1U enclosure contains a pair of powerful redundant RAID controllers and up to 30 SAS flash cards. The RAID controller is specifically designed to help unleash the performance capabilities of flash-based storage. The RAID controller design combines the technical expertise of IBM research and development resources with the common building blocks from the recently acquired leader in flash integration, Texas Memory Systems®. The flash enclosure (feature number 1500) in the DS8870 provides up to four times the performance of current SSDs.

The 400 GB flash cards (feature numbers 1506 and 1508) used in the high-performance flash enclosure are packaged as 1.8-inch SAS encryption capable drives, which can be added to or removed concurrently while the enclosure is in use. The flash card can only be configured for RAID 5 arrays in this release.

Each of the two integrated SAS controllers in the high-performance flash enclosure require a connection to a GX++ PCIe2 x4 adapter located in the DS8870 GX++ slot. The DS8870 uses a dual-port GX++ PCIe2 adapter (feature number 3054), and thus one GX++ PCIe2 adapter can support one high-performance flash enclosure.

Each high-performance flash enclosure supports a pair of RAID controllers in an active/active configuration. The pair of controllers are fully redundant and offer complete, nondisruptive maintenance. The DS8870 offers two types of configurations:

  1. A 4U space with up to 48 TB of raw capacity, in addition to the existing standard configuration options
  2. An all-flash, single rack system configured with only flash and up to 96 TB of capacity (73.6 TB of usable capacity) in a 8U of space

The all-flash DS8870 system configuration also provides twice as many I/O enclosures and up to twice as many host adapters as the standard DS8870 single frame configuration.

Refer to the following table for more details on supported flash and adapter counts with the available configuration options:

Per frame maximum configuration table:

Model              Physical  Flash  Processor  Host      Flash
number  Processor  capacity  cards  memory     adapters  enclosures
 
All-flash configuration:
961      8-core    96 TB     240    256 GB     16        8
961     16-core    96 TB     240      1 TB     16        8
 
 
Enterprise/Business class configuration:
961      2-core    24 TB      60     32 GB      4        2
961      4-core    48 TB     120     64 GB      8        4
961      8-core    48 TB     120    256 GB     16        4
961     16-core    48 TB     120      1 TB     16        4

Enhanced IBM Easy Tier capabilities

This new microcode release includes the sixth generation of IBM Easy Tier, adding IBM Easy Tier support for the new flash cards. All previously released IBM Easy Tier functions apply to the new flash cards, including manual volume migration, automated sub-volume data relocation to help optimize price and performance, automated performance rebalancing within drive tiers (in both single tier and multi-tier drive pools), hotspot management, rank depopulation, and Easy Tier Application interfaces.

Beginning with this release, IBM Easy Tier will copy frequently accessed data from the DS8870 storage tier to an IBM Flash Adapter 90 attached to a POWER® 740+ server, in addition to the EXP24/EXP30 Ultra SSD that DS8870 already supports. This enhancement is provided on the Easy Tier Server.

200 GB and 800 GB 2.5-inch FDE SSD drives

IBM DS8870 now offers 200 GB and 800 GB 2.5-inch SSD disk drive sets which support the sixteen drive install group of SSD disk drive sets. DS8870 200 GB and 800 GB 2.5-inch disk drive sets provide additional price, performance, and capacity flexibility to help address specific application and business requirements. 800 GB 2.5-inch SSD disk drives provide more raw capacity than the previously supported 400 GB 2.5-inch drives, increasing the total capacity of high-performance drives supported in a DS8870 system.

Feature conversions are available for 200 GB and 400 GB 2.5-inch SSD drive sets to exchange existing disk drive sets when purchasing new sets with higher capacity. 200 GB and 800 2.5-inch GB SSD disk drive sets are optional to the DS8870 and are available with feature numbers 6058 and 6258, respectively.

Support for 200 GB and 800 GB 2.5-inch SSD drive is an included feature of DS8870 models 961 and 96E.

Concurrent code load enhancement

Concurrent code load has made significant average time reductions of up to 50%, including the amount of time when the system is in single cluster mode , where one processor is taken offline during code update.

In addition to this advantage, the code is able to reduce the risk exposure because of a code update interruption. It is able to automatically recover from these situations and complete the code update without suspending the next level of support.

Warmstart enhancement

Warmstart is a built-in architecture design on the DS8000 storage with the purpose of optimizing data integrity and data protection during hardware or microcode component error recovery. Due to the requirement for faster response time, there are many improvements to help reduce and even help eliminate warmstarts in certain events. The following events are the ones supported in this release:

OpenStack support

OpenStack is a rapidly growing, open cloud infrastructure platform that allows companies to build massively scale-able clouds either for private, hybrid, and public use or to become Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) providers.

OpenStack Cinder support enables:

All new functions in this release require Licensed Machine Code level 7.7.30.xx.xx, or later (feature numbers 1734 and 1834).

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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The current plan and direction of IBM is to release Multiple Target Peer to Peer Remote Copy (MT-PPRC) to support Metro Mirror, Global Mirror, and Global Copy relationships running on IBM DS8870.

IBM intends this release to be available in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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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For more information, refer to the following announcements:

For the IBM statement on compliance with the European Union Directive on Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (2002/95/EC) (RoHS), visit

http://www.ibm.com/ibm/environment/products/rohs.shtml


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                                               Machine
Description                                    type     Model    Feature

DS8870                                         2421     961
 
 
Custom features:
- High-performance all-flash single frame                        0169
 indicator
 
High-performance flash enclosure placement indicators:
- Enclosure position 1                                           0411
- Enclosure position 2                                           0412
- Enclosure position 3                                           0413
- Enclosure position 4                                           0414
- Enclosure position 5                                           0415
- Enclosure position 6                                           0416
- Enclosure position 7                                           0417
- Enclosure position 8                                           0418
- Enclosure position 1 Full                                      0511
- Enclosure position 2 Full                                      0512
- Enclosure position 3 Full                                      0513
- Enclosure position 4 Full                                      0514
- Enclosure position 5 Full                                      0515
- Enclosure position 6 Full                                      0516
- Enclosure position 7 Full                                      0517
- Enclosure position 8 Full                                      0518
 
Disk drive enclosures:
- HD 200 GB SSD enclosure indicator                              1255
- HD 800 GB SSD enclosure indicator                              1256
 
High-performance flash card sets:
- High-performance flash enclosure                               1500
- 400 GB 1.8" flash card set A                                   1506
- 400 GB 1.8" flash card set B                                   1508
- Flash enclosure filler set                                     1599
 
DS8000 Licensed Machine Code:
- DS8000 LMC R7.3                                                1734
 
Device adapters:
- High-performance flash adapter pair                            3054
 
Encryption SSD drive sets:
- 200 GB SSD FDE drive set                                       6058
- 800 GB SSD FDE drive set                                       6258
 
 
                                               Machine
Description                                    type     Model    Feature

DS8870                                         2421     96E
 
Disk drive enclosures:
- HD 200 GB SSD enclosure indicator                              1255
- HD 800 GB SSD enclosure indicator                              1256
 
DS8000 Licensed Machine Code:
- DS8000 LMC R7.3 indicator                                      1834
 
Encryption SSD drive sets:
- 200 GB SSD FDE drive set                                       6058
- 800 GB SSD FDE drive set                                       6258
 

                                               Machine
Description                                    type     Model    Feature

DS8870                                         2422     961
 
 
Custom features:
- High-performance all-flash single frame                        0169
 indicator
 
High-performance flash enclosure placement indicators:
- Enclosure position 1                                           0411
- Enclosure position 2                                           0412
- Enclosure position 3                                           0413
- Enclosure position 4                                           0414
- Enclosure position 5                                           0415
- Enclosure position 6                                           0416
- Enclosure position 7                                           0417
- Enclosure position 8                                           0418
- Enclosure position 1 Full                                      0511
- Enclosure position 2 Full                                      0512
- Enclosure position 3 Full                                      0513
- Enclosure position 4 Full                                      0514
- Enclosure position 5 Full                                      0515
- Enclosure position 6 Full                                      0516
- Enclosure position 7 Full                                      0517
- Enclosure position 8 Full                                      0518
 
Disk drive enclosures:
- HD 200 GB SSD enclosure indicator                              1255
- HD 800 GB SSD enclosure indicator                              1256
 
High-performance flash card sets:
- High-performance flash enclosure                               1500
- 400 GB 1.8" flash card set A                                   1506
- 400 GB 1.8" flash card set B                                   1508
- Flash enclosure filler set                                     1599
 
DS8000 Licensed Machine Code:
- DS8000 LMC R7.3                                                1734
 
Device adapters:
- High-performance flash adapter pair                            3054
 
Encryption SSD drive sets:
- 200 GB SSD FDE drive set                                       6058
- 800 GB SSD FDE drive set                                       6258
 

                                               Machine
Description                                    type     Model    Feature

DS8870                                         2422     96E
 
Disk drive enclosures:
- HD 200 GB SSD enclosure indicator                              1255
- HD 800 GB SSD enclosure indicator                              1256
 
DS8000 Licensed Machine Code:
- DS8000 LMC R7.3 indicator                                      1834
 
Encryption SSD drive sets:
- 200 GB SSD FDE drive set                                       6058
- 800 GB SSD FDE drive set                                       6258
 

                                               Machine
Description                                    type     Model    Feature

DS8870                                         2423     961
 
 
Custom features:
- High-performance all-flash single frame                        0169
 indicator
 
High-performance flash enclosure placement indicators:
- Enclosure position 1                                           0411
- Enclosure position 2                                           0412
- Enclosure position 3                                           0413
- Enclosure position 4                                           0414
- Enclosure position 5                                           0415
- Enclosure position 6                                           0416
- Enclosure position 7                                           0417
- Enclosure position 8                                           0418
- Enclosure position 1 Full                                      0511
- Enclosure position 2 Full                                      0512
- Enclosure position 3 Full                                      0513
- Enclosure position 4 Full                                      0514
- Enclosure position 5 Full                                      0515
- Enclosure position 6 Full                                      0516
- Enclosure position 7 Full                                      0517
- Enclosure position 8 Full                                      0518
 
Disk drive enclosures:
- HD 200 GB SSD enclosure indicator                              1255
- HD 800 GB SSD enclosure indicator                              1256
 
High-performance flash card sets:
- High-performance flash enclosure                               1500
- 400 GB 1.8" flash card set A                                   1506
- 400 GB 1.8" flash card set B                                   1508
- Flash enclosure filler set                                     1599
 
DS8000 Licensed Machine Code:
- DS8000 LMC R7.3                                                1734
 
Device adapters:
- High-performance flash adapter pair                            3054
 
Encryption SSD drive sets:
- 200 GB SSD FDE drive set                                       6058
- 800 GB SSD FDE drive set                                       6258
 

                                               Machine
Description                                    type     Model    Feature

DS8870                                         2423     96E
 
Disk drive enclosures:
- HD 200 GB SSD enclosure indicator                              1255
- HD 800 GB SSD enclosure indicator                              1256
 
DS8000 Licensed Machine Code:
- DS8000 LMC R7.3 indicator                                      1834
 
Encryption SSD drive sets:
- 200 GB SSD FDE drive set                                       6058
- 800 GB SSD FDE drive set                                       6258
 

                                               Machine
Description                                    type     Model    Feature

DS8870                                         2424     961
 
 
Custom features:
- High-performance all-flash single frame                        0169
 indicator
 
High-performance flash enclosure placement indicators:
- Enclosure position 1                                           0411
- Enclosure position 2                                           0412
- Enclosure position 3                                           0413
- Enclosure position 4                                           0414
- Enclosure position 5                                           0415
- Enclosure position 6                                           0416
- Enclosure position 7                                           0417
- Enclosure position 8                                           0418
- Enclosure position 1 Full                                      0511
- Enclosure position 2 Full                                      0512
- Enclosure position 3 Full                                      0513
- Enclosure position 4 Full                                      0514
- Enclosure position 5 Full                                      0515
- Enclosure position 6 Full                                      0516
- Enclosure position 7 Full                                      0517
- Enclosure position 8 Full                                      0518
 
Disk drive enclosures:
- HD 200 GB SSD enclosure indicator                              1255
- HD 800 GB SSD enclosure indicator                              1256
 
High-performance flash card sets:
- High-performance flash enclosure                               1500
- 400 GB 1.8" flash card set A                                   1506
- 400 GB 1.8" flash card set B                                   1508
- Flash enclosure filler set                                     1599
 
DS8000 Licensed Machine Code:
- DS8000 LMC R7.3                                                1734
 
Device adapters:
- High-performance flash adapter pair                            3054
 
Encryption SSD drive sets:
- 200 GB SSD FDE drive set                                       6058
- 800 GB SSD FDE drive set                                       6258
 

                                               Machine
Description                                    type     Model    Feature

DS8870                                         2424     96E
 
Disk drive enclosures:
- HD 200 GB SSD enclosure indicator                              1255
- HD 800 GB SSD enclosure indicator                              1256
 
DS8000 Licensed Machine Code:
- DS8000 LMC R7.3 indicator                                      1834
 
Encryption SSD drive sets:
- 200 GB SSD FDE drive set                                       6058
- 800 GB SSD FDE drive set                                       6258

Feature conversions

Feature conversions (machine types 2421, 2422, 2423, and 2424
for Model 961 and 96E):
 
Disk enclosures:
 
Feature    Returned
From  To   Parts *     Description
 
1255  1245  No         HD 200 GB SSD enclosure indicator
                       to 400 GB SSD enclosure indicator
 
1255  1256  No         HD 200 GB SSD enclosure indicator
                       to 800 GB SSD enclosure indicator
 
1245  1256  No         HD 400 GB SSD enclosure indicator
                       to 800 GB SSD enclosure indicator
  
Encryption SSD drive sets:
 
Feature     Returned
From  To    Parts *    Description
 
6058  6158  Yes        Encryption SSD drive conversion
6058  6258  Yes        Encryption SSD drive conversion
 
6156  6258  Yes        Encryption SSD drive conversion
 
6158  6258  Yes        Encryption SSD drive conversion

 * Parts removed or replaced become the property of IBM and must
   be returned.


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The following publication has been updated to reflect this announcement and will be available by May 13, 2014.

Title                                        Order number
 
IBM DS8870 Introduction and Planning Guide   GC27-4209
 

The following publications are shipped with the DS8000 series:

Title                                        Order number
 
IBM DS8000 Series Publications               98Y6559
 CDROM
 
IBM DS8000 Series License Documentation      98Y6557
 CDROM
 

The publications CD contains the following documents:

Title                                        Order number
 
License Agreement for Machine Code           SC28-6872
 
IBM DS8870 Introduction and Planning         GC27-4209
 Guide
 
IBM DS8000 Host Systems Attachment           GC27-4210
 Guide
 
IBM DS Command-Line Interface User's         GC53-4212
 for DS8000 series
 
IBM System Storage Multipath Subsystem       GC52-1309
 Device Driver User's Guide
 
IBM DS Open Application Programming          GC27-4211
 Interface Installation and Reference
 
IBM DS8000 series                            GA32-2204
 Non-IBM_Licenses_and_Notices-Rel
 5.x-6.0, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3
 
IBM Warranty Information                     GC26-7919
 
READ ME FIRST for IBM Products               GA32-1061
 
IBM System Storage Notice Regarding          45W6389
 Storage Encryption
 

The license CD contains the following documentation:

Title                                        Order number
 
IBM System Storage DS® Storage Mgr R7.3       GC27-3907
 & CIM Agent for DS Open Application
 Programming Interface 5.7.3
 
IBM International License Agreement for      98Y2827
 Non-Warranted Programs (ILAN)
 
Global Mirroring Utilities for ICKDSF Users  GC26-7644
 and Open Systems Environments License
 Information

DS8000 publications are available at

http://www.ibm.com/shop/publications/order/

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Homologation

This product is certified for connection to interfaces of public telecommunications networks in all countries except in the following:

And the embargoed countries:

Hardware requirements

Licensed Machine Code

MT-PPRC is supported on the IBM System Storage DS8000 series and requires DS8000 Licensed Machine Code (LMC) 7.7.27.xx.xx (bundle version 87.27.xxx.xx).

All features and functions in this announcement are supported on the IBM DS8870 and require DS8000 Licensed Machine Code - level 7.7.30.xx.xx (bundle version 87.30.xxx.xx), or later.

Some DS8000 series features and functions may not be available or supported in all environments. Current information on supported environments, prerequisites, and minimum operating system levels is available at

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/config/ssic

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

Physical configuration planning

Physical configuration planning is a customer responsibility. A marketing specialist can help plan and select the DS8000 series physical configuration and features. Introductory information, including required and optional features, can be found in the IBM DS8870 Introduction and Planning Guide (GC27-4209).

Capacity and performance planning assistance is also available. Through the use of Disk Magic, a disk marketing specialist can help plan and anticipate performance characteristics for specific workloads by modeling proposed configurations.

Installation planning

Installation planning is a customer responsibility. Information about planning the installation of a DS8000 series, including equipment, site, and power requirements, can be found in the IBM DS8870 Introduction and Planning Guide (GC27-4209).

Logical configuration planning and application

Logical configuration planning is a customer responsibility. Logical configuration refers to the creation of RAID ranks, volumes, and LUNs, and the assignment of the configured capacity to servers.

Application of the initial logical configuration and all subsequent modifications to the logical configuration is a customer responsibility. The logical configuration can be created, applied, and modified using the DS Storage Manager, DS CLI, or DS Open API.

IBM Global Services will also apply or modify the logical configuration (fee-based service).

Licensed Machine Code planning and application

IBM may release changes to the DS8000 series Licensed Machine Code. IBM plans to make the most current DS8000 series Licensed Machine Code changes available for download by the DS8000 series system from the IBM System Storage technical support website. Not all Licensed Machine Code changes may be available through the support website. If the machine does not function as warranted and a problem can be resolved through the application of downloadable Licensed Machine Code, the customer is responsible for downloading and installing these designated Licensed Machine Code changes as IBM specifies. IBM has responsibility for installing changes that IBM does not make available for you to download. The DS8000 series includes many enhancements to make the Licensed Machine Code change process simpler, quicker, and more automated. A request can be made for IBM to install downloadable Licensed Machine Code changes, however there may be a charge for that service.

Calculating physical and effective capacity

Refer to the IBM DS8870 Introduction and Planning Guide (GC27-4209) for capacity calculation guidelines.

Encryption planning

Encryption planning is a customer responsibility. There are three major planning components to the implementation of an encryption environment. Review all planning requirements and include them in the installation considerations.

Key server planning

Key server planning is a customer responsibility. Introductory information, including required and optional features, can be found in the IBM DS8870 Introduction and Planning Guide (GC27-4209).

DS8870 requires at least two key servers and associated software for each site which has one or more encryption-enabled DS8000 systems, according to encryption best practices. One server must be isolated and the others can be of any supported key server configuration. Any site that operates independently of other sites must have key servers for the encryption-enabled DS8000 systems at that site.

Dual platform key server planning

DS8000 supports the ability to configure two independent key labels for each encryption-enabled DS8000. This capability allows the use of two independent key server platforms when one or both key server platforms are using secure-key mode key stores, allowing the isolated key server platform to be used in conjunction with a second key server platform that is operating with a secure-key mode key store.

For customers desiring NIST 800-131a compliance, IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager (formerly named IBM Tivoli® Key Lifecycle Manager (TKLM)) V2.5, or higher is required.

For customers needing dual platform key server support on the DS8000 system, the installation of TKLM IFIX 2 (TKLM Version 1.0.0.2, or later) is recommended to support displaying both key labels in the GUI. Additionally, for customers who intend to replicate keys between separate z Series Sysplexes using ICSF with the JCECCARACFKS key store in secure key mode and with the secure key configuration flag set in TKLM, TKLM Fix Pack 3 (TKLM Version 1.0.0.3, or later) is required.

Security Key Lifecycle Manager planning

The DS8000 series supports IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager V2.5 and IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager V1.1.

Program
number      VRM     Program name
 
5724-T60    2.5.0   IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager
 
5608-A99    2.5.0   IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager
 
Program
number       VRM    Program name
 
5698-B35    1.0.0   IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager for z/OS
5698-B42    1.1.0   IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager for Storage
 

To support enterprise-wide encryption-key management, a new set of pricing metrics is now available. These pricing metrics are simpler and more comprehensive for devices, users, and server capacity.

For self-encrypting disk drives, the metric is per client device with the disk drive feature number.

For more information on the licensing requirements and pricing of the metric, refer to Software Announcement ZP11-0376, dated August 30, 2011,

Isolated key server ordering options:


Note: Regardless of the ordering method, customers will need to acquire a SKLM license for use of the SKLM software ordered separately from the stand-alone server hardware.
Note: The licensing for SKLM includes both an install license for the SKLM management software as well as licensing for the encrypting drives.

Refer to the following publications:

FDE activation review planning

FDE activation is a customer responsibility. IBM FDE offerings must be activated prior to use. This activation is part of the installation and configuration steps required for use of the technology. This installation and activation review is performed by the IBM Systems and Technology Lab Services group.

Send email to

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The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.

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Electronic Service Agent™ and the IBM Electronic Support web portal are dedicated to providing fast, exceptional support to IBM Systems customers. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tool is a no-additional-charge tool that proactively monitors and reports hardware events, such as system errors, performance issues, and inventory. The Electronic Service Agent tool can help you stay focused on your company's strategic business initiatives, save time, and spend less effort managing day-to-day IT maintenance issues. Servers enabled with this tool can be monitored remotely around the clock by IBM Support all at no additional cost to you.

Now integrated into the base operating system of AIX® 5.3, AIX 6.1, and AIX 7.1, Electronic Service Agent is designed to automatically and electronically report system failures and utilization issues to IBM, which can result in faster problem resolution and increased availability. System configuration and inventory information collected by the Electronic Service Agent tool also can be viewed on the secure Electronic Support web portal, and used to improve problem determination and resolution by you and the IBM support team. To access the tool main menu, simply type "smitty esa_main", and select "Configure Electronic Service Agent." In addition, ESA now includes a powerful Web user interface, giving the administrator easy access to status, tool settings, problem information, and filters. For more information and documentation on how to configure and use Electronic Service Agent, refer to

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

The IBM Electronic Support portal is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. This portal enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems. The My Systems and Premium Search functions make it even easier for Electronic Service Agent tool-enabled customers to track system inventory and find pertinent fixes.

Benefits

Increased uptime: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to enhance the Warranty or Maintenance Agreement by providing faster hardware error reporting and uploading system information to IBM Support. This can translate to less wasted time monitoring the symptoms, diagnosing the error, and manually calling IBM Support to open a problem record. Its 24 x 7 monitoring and reporting mean no more dependence on human intervention or off-hours customer personnel when errors are encountered in the middle of the night.

Security: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to be secure in monitoring, reporting, and storing the data at IBM. The Electronic Service Agent tool securely transmits either via the Internet (HTTPS or VPN) or modem, and can be configured to communicate securely through gateways to provide customers a single point of exit from their site. Communication is one way. Activating Electronic Service Agent does not enable IBM to call into a customer's system. System inventory information is stored in a secure database, which is protected behind IBM firewalls. It is viewable only by the customer and IBM. The customer's business applications or business data is never transmitted to IBM.

More accurate reporting: Since system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support center in conjunction with the service request, customers are not required to find and send system information, decreasing the risk of misreported or misdiagnosed errors. Once inside IBM, problem error data is run through a data knowledge management system and knowledge articles are appended to the problem record.

Customized support: Using the IBM ID entered during activation, customers can view system and support information in the "My Systems" and "Premium Search" sections of the Electronic Support Web site at

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

My Systems provides valuable reports of installed hardware and software using information collected from the systems by Electronic Service Agent. Reports are available for any system associated with the customer's IBM ID. Premium Search combines the function of search and the value of Electronic Service Agent information, providing advanced search of the technical support knowledge base. 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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Field Installable Feature

Yes

Warranty period

Machine type 2421: One year

Machine type 2422: Two years

Machine type 2423: Three years

Machine type 2424: Four years

This product is provided with 1 year of standard warranty and additional years of extended warranty services to make these offerings.

Customers should consult with their financial personnel on the appropriate financial treatment for this offering.

Customer setup

No

Licensed Internal Code

Same license terms and conditions as designated machine.



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All European, Middle Eastern, and African countries except Iran, Sudan, and Syria.

Trademarks

Electronic Service Agent is a trademark of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

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

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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/

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