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IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 Release 3.1 delivers 8 Gb FICON adapter support, increased capacity, and other system enhancements

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 113-180
October 8, 2013


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IBM® Virtualization Engine TS7700 Release 3.1 introduces support for:



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IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 Release 3.1 is designed to increase the connectivity and maximum throughput of the TS7700 Virtualization Engine servers by adding support for 8 Gb dual-port FICON adapters and doubling the number of logical paths supported per port. Each adapter has one port active by default. An optional feature may be purchased to activate the second port on all installed 8 Gb FICON adapters. A memory upgrade feature must be installed in the TS7700 Virtualization Engine server to support the 8 Gb FICON adapters.

Other enhancements in TS7700 Release 3.1 include:

TS7700 Release 3.1 can only be installed on the TS7720 Model VEB and TS7740 Model V07. Release 3.1 is not supported on the previous generation of TS7700 models, TS7740 Model V06 and TS7720 Model VEA.



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A TS7700 Virtualization Engine Server attaches to FICON channels on select IBM System z® servers with the appropriate levels of System z software. The host FICON channels must be capable of communicating at 2 Gbps, 4 Gbps, or 8 Gbps. A minimum of 32 GB RAM is required in the TS7700 server when 8 Gb FICON adapters are installed.

Four to sixteen 3592 tape drives in a TS3500 Tape Library must be attached to the TS7740 Virtualization Engine through specified Fibre Channel switches. Additional features may be required on the TS7700 Virtualization Engine components or tape library automation frames. Refer to the Technical information section for details.

TS7700 R3.1 machine code can only be installed on a TS7720 Model VEB or TS7740 Model V07. R3.1 machine code is not compatible with older server models.



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December 6, 2013



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IBM TS7700

IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 Release 3.1 is designed to deliver the following enhancements to the TS7700 family:

TS7700 R3.1 is restricted to systems with Model VEB or Model V07 servers. Older generation servers may not upgrade to R3.1. If you have a Model VEA or Model V06 server and you wish to take advantage of the features and functions delivered in R3.1, contact your IBM Sales Representative or your IBM Business Partner about replacing your server.

8 Gb FICON

TS7700 R3.1 introduces support for 8 Gb, dual-port FICON adapters, increasing the potential bandwidth to the System z host. Each adapter has one port active by default. These adapters may be attached to FICON channels supporting speeds of 2 Gbps, 4 Gbps, or 8 Gbps. Two or four 8 Gb FICON adapters may be installed in a TS7700 Server.

Existing configurations with Model V07 or Model VEB servers may replace all 4 Gb FICON adapters with 8 Gb FICON adapters. You may not intermix 4 Gb FICON adapters with 8 Gb FICON adapters in the same server.

All servers with 8 Gb FICON adapters require 32 GB of memory, an increase of 16 GB of memory to the default server configuration. This includes all field upgrades from 4 Gb to 8 Gb FICON . Feature number 3462 may be installed to provide this memory upgrade.

To further increase the available bandwidth to your TS7700 system, the second port on the 8 Gb dual-port adapters may be activated. To activate these ports, install feature number 3401 on your TS7700 server. A single instance of feature number 3401 will activate the second port on all 8 Gb FICON adapters installed. The enablement of the second port is a concurrent runtime upgrade. Once the feature is installed within the management interface, logical paths established down the second ports will be immediately available without a need to go offline.

R3.1 supports additional logical paths when 8 Gb FICON adapters are installed. Each 8 Gb FICON adapter port will support 512 logical paths, doubling the number of logical paths per port supported by the 4 Gb FICON adapters. A TS7700 with four 8 Gb adapters installed and with dual ports enabled will support a total of 4096 logical paths. 4 Gb FICON adapters will continue to be limited to 256 paths per port.

With the additional bandwidth and connectivity offered by 8 Gb FICON adapters, the maximum number of 100 MB/s throughput increments is increased. Up to 25 total throughput increments may be installed on any server with 8 Gb FICON adapters. Host throughput on servers with 25 increments installed will not be limited to 2,500 MB/s. TS7700 servers with 4 Gb FICON adapters installed will continue to be limited to 10 total throughput increments, and their host throughput will be unconstrained with 10 increments installed. The total number of throughput increments is the sum of features number 5268 plus number 9268.

TS7720 Capacity

Before compression, R3.1 supports over 1 PB of TS7720 capacity. The additional capacity is provided through the support of a second expansion frame in a TS7720 system. Traditionally, TS7720 configurations supported one expansion frame. R3.1 supports two expansion frames in a TS7720 system. The following configurations are supported in R3.1:

TS7720 systems with the second expansion frame RPQ installed may not attach a TS7720 Encryption Capable Expansion Frame.

FlashCopy for Disaster Recovery Testing

The most effective tests of disaster recovery (DR) procedures emulate true disaster scenarios as closely as possible. One major characteristic of a disaster is the unpredictable disruption that prevents volume consistency. The space efficient flash copy function included in TS7700 R3.1 is designed to allow customers to mimic the consistency, or inconsistency, of the DR site at time zero of a simulated disaster. Only data consistent within the DR site at time zero should be accessible to a DR test host. At the same time, most customers require their production data to continue to replicate during the DR test so that in the event of a true disaster, all data is replicated as designed.

To facilitate TS7700 flash copy, the user defines a "DR family" of one or more TS7700 clusters. DR families are independent of Cluster families used in some copy policies used prior to R3.1.

One step to establish the DR test environment is to enable write protection across all clusters in the DR family. This allows all DR family clusters to concurrently move to the write protected state at the same time. The clusters must have their write protection exclusion categories setup ahead of time and must be in agreement with each other.

Another step to establish the test environment is to perform a Volume Flash of the volume repository within all TS7720 clusters in a DR family. Volume Flash against a TS7740 is not supported in R3.1, although a TS7740 can still be a member of a DR family. When a Volume Flash occurs, all content in the TS7720 cache repositories receive a file system snapshot, providing an instant cloned point of isolation of the state of all files in the file system. Any changes to volumes from that point forward will be updated in the production file system, while the time zero view of the files remain unchanged and read only in the snapshot. This function is carried out among all TS7720 clusters in a DR family at the same time and is referred to as time zero. With these two steps complete, users may test their DR procedures using the snapshot, without interrupting the replication of production data to the clusters in the DR family. Once the DR test completes, the Volume Flash and all flashed tokens may be dissolved through a single command.

In a previous TS7700 release, Write Protect for DR Testing was introduced as a means to allow users to isolate volumes to be write protected during a DR test from volumes with full read-write access. Prior to R3.1, up to 16 categories defined to a DR TS7700 cluster could be excluded from write protection. Together with the FlashCopy function, the TS7700 DR test capabilities in R3.1 have been enhanced by doubling the maximum number of write protect exclusion categories to 32.

Managing Data in the grid

A new copy policy is introduced in R3.1 that defers replication until a specified number of hours has elapsed since volume creation. The specified elapsed time can be up to 65,535 hours. The new copy policy, referred to as 'T', for Time Delayed Copy, joins the existing copy policies 'S', 'R/I', 'D', and 'N'. One expected use for this copy policy is to a allow users with aggressive expire times on their volumes to avoid replication of nonessential volumes. By creating these volumes in a management class with the 'T' copy mode, many volumes can expire before the delayed replication interval is reached. Only the small subset of volumes that do not expire before the defined interval will be replicated. This can greatly reduce the copy traffic on the grid network, as well as reduce excessive reclamation activity on TS7740 target clusters.

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

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 Release 3.1 is available as of December 6, 2013, when used in accordance with the associated IBM 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 requested via

http://www.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html


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The TS7700 virtual tape solution is well-suited for:

The TS7700 is designed to provide the following benefits:

The TS7700 incorporates extensive self-management capabilities consistent with IBM On Demand initiatives. These capabilities are designed to help reduce the cost of a TS7700 solution and avoid the potential impact of human errors. A TS7700 can help improve the efficiency of mainframe tape operations by efficiently using disk storage, tape capacity, and tape speed, and by providing a large number of tape addresses. These benefits help make the TS7700 a suitable repository for local and remote backups, and archival data with near continuous data protection with automated failover and recovery.

The TS7740 model uses disk storage with the performance and capacity of TS1140 tape drives to help reduce the total cost of ownership of tape solutions for System z environments. The TS7720 model uses large capacity disk drives to deliver high-capacity repositories for customers with rapid recall requirements.

Multiple interconnected TS7700 systems (called clusters) use the Grid Communication feature for business continuance through metro and global volume replication. With the Grid Communication feature, a TS7700 system operates in a grid configuration by interconnecting up to six TS7700s, automatically maintaining one to six volume replicas within the grid and delivering a flexible set of options for business continuance and hierarchal storage management. The redundant components of the TS7700 grid configuration can be separated, making it an excellent option for replication and disaster recovery, as well as local and metro availability. If you have, or plan to have, a GDPS operation, a TS7700 cluster is compatible with GDPS and is well-suited for the tape workload because of its remote replication capability. Alternatively, the entire TS7700 cluster can be used in a local environment to help improve data availability and recoverability.



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                                Machine                     Plant or
Description                     type      Model   Feature   Field
 
Ship with R3.1 Machine Code     3952      F05     9114      Plant
  
                                Machine                     Plant or
Description                     type      Model   Feature   Field
 
Enable 8Gb FICON second port    3957      V07     3401      Both
8Gb FICON Short Wavelength                        3438      Both
 Attachment
8Gb FICON Long Wavelength                         3439      Both
 Attachment
Memory Upgrade                                    3462      Both
Ship with R3.1 Machine Code                       9114      Plant
 
                                Machine                     Plant or
Description                     type      Model   Feature   Field
 
Enable 8Gb FICON second port    3957      VEB     3401      Both
8Gb FICON Short Wavelength                        3438      Both
 Attachment
8Gb FICON Long Wavelength                         3439      Both
 Attachment
Memory Upgrade                                    3462      Both
Ship with R3.1 Machine Code                       9114      Plant
 

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM , you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld® ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/sla.jsp?num=113-180


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The following TS7700 Virtualization Engine publication is now available:

                                           Order
Title                                      number
 
IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 Series    GA32-0567
 Introduction and Planning Guide

To order, contact your IBM representative or access it on the web at

http://publibfp.dhe.ibm.com/epubs/pdf/a320567g.pdf

The following publications are now available. To order, contact your IBM representative.

Title                              Part number
 
IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700   12X4661
 Customer Information Center
 
IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700   12X4660
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Homologation

This product is not certified for direct connection by any means whatsoever to interfaces of public telecommunications networks. Certification may be required by law prior to making any such connection. Contact an IBM representative or reseller for any questions.

Hardware requirements
TS7720 Minimum configuration with R3.1 Machine Code

Refer to Hardware Announcement 111-054, dated May 09, 2011 , for the minimum configuration requirements for Machine Code R2.0/R2.1.

TS7720 upgrades

The following options may be installed to modify the minimum TS7720 Encryption capable configuration:

Refer to Hardware Announcement 111-054, dated May 09, 2011 , for the upgrade options on systems running Machine Code R2.0/R2.1.

TS7720 Encryption Capable Expansion frame

One or two TS7720 Encryption Capable Expansion frames may be attached to a TS7720 base frame running R3.1 machine code, using the following configurations:

TS7740 minimum configuration with R3.1 machine code

Refer to Hardware Announcement 111-054, dated May 09, 2011 , for the minimum configuration requirements for Machine Code R2.0/R2.1.

TS7740 upgrades

The following options may be installed to modify the minimum TS7740 Encryption capable configuration:

Refer to Hardware Announcement 111-054, dated May 09, 2011 , for the minimum configuration requirements for Machine Code R2.0/R2.1.

Cables

Refer to the IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 Introduction and Planning Guide (GA32-0568) for cable planning information.

Software requirements

Software support is available for System z FICON channel attachment to the TS7740 and TS7720 servers. Operating system software support is available for the following release levels:

Operating
system      Release level
 
z/OS        V1R12, or later
z/VM        z/VM® 5.4.0, or later
z/VSE       V4.3, or later
z/TPF       V1.1, or later

No new host software support is being provided for Release 3.1 of the TS7700.

In general, the recommendation is to install the host software support. Refer to the "VTS", "PTP", and "3957" PSP buckets for the latest information on Software Maintenance.

With z/VM , the TS7740 and TS7720 are transparent to host software.

With z/VSE® , the TS7740 and TS7720 are transparent to host software. z/VSE supports the TS7740 and the TS7720 as a standalone system in transparency mode. z/VSE 5.1 or later supports COPY EXPORT and Multi Cluster GRID.

With z/TPF the TS7740 and TS7720 are supported in both a single node and a grid environment with the appropriate software maintenance. The category reserve and release functions are not supported by the TS7700.

Limitations

Each TS7700 node must be located within 100 feet of the TSSC.

Clusters running R3.1 machine code can only be joined in a grid with clusters running either R2.1 or R3.0 machine code. No more than two machine code levels can be active across all clusters of a grid at any time.

Disk-based encryption requires 3956-CC9 or 3956-CS9 disk cache models to be installed as the exclusive disk cache models in the TS7700 system. Previous generation disk cache models do not support disk-based encryption.

TS7700 Release 3.1 machine code is not supported on TS7740 systems using the TS7740 Server Model V06, nor on TS7720 systems using the TS7720 Server Model VEA.

4 Gb FICON adapters and 8 Gb FICON adapters may not be intermixed on the same TS7700 server.

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

The customer is responsible for:

To utilize the remote support facility, phone lines need to be installed close to the TS3500 Tape Library or TS7700 Server.

This product may not be certified in your country for connection by any means whatsoever to interfaces of public telecommunications networks. Further certification may be required by law prior to making any such connection.

Contact IBM for further information.

You are responsible for downloading or obtaining from IBM , and installing designated Machine Code (microcode, basic input/output system code (called BIOS), utility programs, device drivers, and diagnostics delivered with an IBM machine) and other software updates in a timely manner from an IBM Internet website or from other electronic media, and following the instructions that IBM provides. You may request IBM to install Machine Code changes; however, you may be charged for that service.

Cable orders

FICON cables for host attachment are available with features on the TS7720 Server (3957 Model VEB) and TS7740 Server (3957 V07).

Refer to the IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 Introduction and Planning Guide (GA32-0568) for cable planning information.

Direct customer support

Eligible customers can obtain installation and usage assistance through ASK Support using the search word TS7700, TS7740, TS7720, 3956, or 3957.

Security, auditability, and control

This product uses the security and auditability features of hardware, host software, and/or application software to which it is attached.

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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MES discount applicable

No

Field installable feature

Yes

Warranty period

One year

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Customer setup

No

Machine code

Same license terms and conditions as base machine.



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                                       Field   Plant
               Machine        Feature  install install
Description    type    Model  number   only    only
 
Ship with R3.1 3952    F05    9114     N       Y
 Controller
  
Enable 8Gb     3957    V07    3401     N       N
 FICON second port
8Gb FICON      3957    V07    3438     N       N
 Short Wavelength Attachment
8Gb FICON      3957    V07    3439     N       N
 Long Wavelength Attachment
Memory Upgrade 3957    V07    3462     N       N
Ship with R3.1 3957    V07    9114     N       Y
 Controller
   
Enable 8Gb     3957    VEB    3401     N       N
 FICON second port
8Gb FICON      3957    VEB    3438     N       N
 Short Wavelength Attachment
8Gb FICON      3957    VEB    3439     N       N
 Long Wavelength Attachment
Memory Upgrade 3957    VEB    3462     N       N
Ship with R3.1 3957    VEB    9114     N       Y
 Controller
 
                                                             MES
               Machine          Feature  Install  MES       Removal
Description    type     Model   number   Type     Removal   Charge

Ship with R3.1 3952      F05     9114    Plant     No       No
 Machine Code
 
Enable 8Gb     3957      V07     3401     Both     No        No
 FICON second port
8Gb FICON      3957      V07     3438     Both     No        No
 Short Wavelength Attachment
8Gb FICON      3957      V07     3439     Both     No        No
 Long Wavelength Attachment
Memory Upgrade 3957      V07     3462     Both     No        No
Ship with R3.1 3957      V07     9114     Plant    No        No
 Machine Code
                                                             
Enable 8Gb     3957      VEB     3401     Both     No        No
 FICON second port
8Gb FICON      3957      VEB     3438     Both     No        No
 Short Wavelength Attachment
8Gb FICON      3957      VEB     3439     Both     No        No
 Long Wavelength Attachment
Memory Upgrade 3957      VEB     3462     Both     No        No
Ship with R3.1 3957      VEB     9114     Plant    No        No
 Machine Code

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