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Announcement Summary - November 20, 2012

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Announcements by Letter Number

112-226 Revised availability: Effective withdrawal date for IBM Information Archive (2231) - Feature #7115

112-230 IBM Power Systems I/O improves performance, virtualization, and physical footprint efficiency

112-231 Discontinuance of support: Selected IBM System x features

212-313 IBM Mobile Connect V6.1.5 provides enhanced platform support and integration with IBM Connections Mobile, IBM Sametime Mobile, and IBM Lotus Traveler

212-428 IBM WebSphere Message Broker V8.0.0.1 extends entitlement for licensed users to install and use WebSphere MQ V7.0.1, V7.1, or V7.5

212-432 IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation V8.2 simplifies server management and helps reduce costs for IT operations

212-441 IBM i2 Intelligence Analysis portfolio extended with new and enhanced products

212-448 IBM DemandTec for Retail V12.4 portfolio provides a complete end-to-end solution for retail companies for price, promotion, assortment, markdown, and deal management to help make better decisions

212-452 IBM Enterprise Records V5.1.1 adds support for IBM Cognos reports, IBM Content Navigator, and enhances IBM Global Retention Policy and Schedule Management integration

212-521 Revised availability: IBM Storwize V7000 Unified upgrade option

612-037 Implementation Services for IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller and Implementation Services for IBM Storwize V7000 have been updated by adding an option for RtC implementation to help you speed your return on investment

612-044 IBM Implementation Services for Tivoli Storage Productivity Center has been updated to help you speed your return on investment using the latest software features

912-247 Hardware withdrawal: Select features for IBM System Storage 3958-DD1 and 3958-DE2 - No replacements available

Promotions and Price Changes


Most recent US Promotion and Price Change announcement letters

Hardware Announcements


112-230 IBM Power Systems I/O improves performance, virtualization, and physical footprint efficiency

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At a glance

Several I/O enhancements to the Power Systems™ product line improve performance, virtualization, price/performance ratio, and physical footprint efficiency:

Overview

The Power® 755 model E8C high performance computing (HPC) is adding support for the previously announced RDX 160 GB, 320 GB, 500 GB, and 1 TB removable disk drives used in the EU04 external RDX docking stations. RDX offers an excellent entry tape alternative to tapes such as the DAT80/160. In addition to price and performance advantages, it is an extremely durable media and can typically be used far longer than entry tape alternatives.

The PowerLinux™ 7R1 model L1C supports the RDX USB External Docking Station for Removable Disk Cartridge

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Sales Manual for individual feature requirements.

Planned availability date

November 30, 2012


112-226 Revised availability: Effective withdrawal date for IBM Information Archive (2231) - Feature #7115

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Overview

The previously announced effective withdrawal date of IBM information archive (2231-D1A and 2231-D1B) has changed for feature number 7115 - 8 pack of 1TB HDDs.

Refer to Withdrawal Announcement 912-123, dated July 10, 2012 , for original withdrawal information.

On or after the effective date of withdrawal, you can no longer order this feature directly from IBM .

Features associated with the 2231-D1A and 2231-D1B not listed in the original withdrawal announcement continue to be available.

There is no change to the withdrawn status of the other features from the original withdrawal announcement.


112-231 Discontinuance of support: Selected IBM System x features

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Planned availability date

November 20, 2012

Software Announcements


212-432 IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation V8.2 simplifies server management and helps reduce costs for IT operations

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At a glance

IBM® Endpoint Manager for Server Automation V8.2, an add-on to other Tivoli® Endpoint Manager solutions, offers advanced server automation capabilities to help you lower your costs and improve efficiency. IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation V8.2 capabilities include:

All of this allows you to:

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: SE001

Overview

Businesses are continuously challenged with increasing levels of complexity around both the number and type of systems they have to manage. They struggle with too many tools and teams to provide what should be simple and easy automation of routine tasks that would deliver significant improvements in productivity and allow their resources to focus on more critical business operations. They must manage multiple endpoints including laptops, desktops, branch office servers, and data center servers, encompassing both physical and virtual machines. This is made even more challenging by expectations that administrators will respond quickly to any changes in their business, while also reducing costs and increasing efficiency. As a result, truly integrated toolsets that help businesses to better manage everything from mobile devices to servers are in high demand.

The trusted and proven IBM Endpoint Manager portfolio has expanded to include server automation. IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation enables users to easily create and reuse their own automation flows across groups of related servers, desktops, or laptops without the need for programming skills. In addition to facilitating custom automation flows, IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation offers a rich set of standard automation capabilities that provides rapid time-to-value and can help reduce operating costs. This solution provides enterprise application scalability with minimal infrastructure investment, enforces real-time endpoint configuration policies, and automates feature and content updates. In short, IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation can help businesses optimize their IT efficiency through standardization and consolidation of their tools, teams, and processes.

IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation highlights:

Key prerequisites

IBM Endpoint Manager for Server Automation V8.2 can only be installed on top of an existing IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager solution:

Planned availability date


212-313 IBM Mobile Connect V6.1.5 provides enhanced platform support and integration with IBM Connections Mobile, IBM Sametime Mobile, and IBM Lotus Traveler

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At a glance

IBM Mobile Connect V6.1.5 helps make it easier for mobile users to:

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL.

Reference: YE001

Overview

IBM Mobile Connect V6.1.5 is a distributed, scalable, multipurpose communications software platform. IBM Mobile Connect is designed to help:

New features

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.

Planned availability date

November 26, 2012: Electronic availability

December 4, 2012: Media availability


212-441 IBM i2 Intelligence Analysis portfolio extended with new and enhanced products

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At a glance

The IBM i2® Intelligence Analysis product portfolio comprises a suite of products specifically designed to bring clarity through the analysis of the mass of information available to complex investigations and scenarios to help enable analysts, investigators, and the wider operational team to identify, investigate, and uncover connections, patterns, and relationships hidden within high-volume, multi-source data to create and disseminate intelligence products in real time.

The new offerings in this release are:

Overview

The IBM i2 Intelligence Analysis product portfolio helps assist law enforcement, defense, government agencies, and commercial private sector businesses to maximize the value of the mass of information that they collect to discover and disseminate actionable intelligence. The portfolio can help identify, investigate, predict, prevent, and disrupt criminal, terrorist, and fraudulent activities.

Comprising a suite of products specifically designed to help bring clarity to complex investigations and operations, the IBM i2 Intelligence Analysis product portfolio helps enable analysts, investigators, and the wider operational team to uncover connections, patterns, and relationships hidden within high-volume, all-source data, and to create and disseminate intelligence products in real time.

New products

These additional IBM i2 Intelligence Analysis products are now available through IBM Passport Advantage® :

These products add the following capabilities to the portfolio:

Enhanced products

The following previously announced products are enhanced in this release:

Key enhancements include:

For details about previously announced products not affected by this announcement, refer to Software Announcement 212-110, dated May 1, 2012.

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: SE001

Key prerequisites

IBM i2 Intelligence Analysis products run on the various hardware and software platforms detailed in the Specified operating enviroment section.

Planned availability date


212-452 IBM Enterprise Records V5.1.1 adds support for IBM Cognos reports, IBM Content Navigator, and enhances IBM Global Retention Policy and Schedule Management integration

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Overview

The IBM Information Lifecycle Governance (ILG) portfolio delivers capabilities that legal, IT, records, and business users can use to help manage legal risk and reduce data management and discovery costs. The ILG portfolio includes solutions for:

The ILG solution suite is designed to help organizations manage enterprise information based on its business value, comply more efficiently with litigation and regulatory duties, and dispose of information when it is no longer needed.

IBM Enterprise Records V5.1.1 is a Department of Defense (DoD) 5015.02 certified records repository, and part of the IBM ILG records and retention management solution.

New in IBM Enterprise Records V5.1.1:

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL.

Reference: YE001

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Technical information section for information about hardware and software requirements.

Planned availability date

November 23, 2012: Electronic availability

December 14, 2012: Media availability


212-448 IBM DemandTec for Retail V12.4 portfolio provides a complete end-to-end solution for retail companies for price, promotion, assortment, markdown, and deal management to help make better decisions

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At a glance

IBM DemandTec for Retail V12.4 portfolio contains improvements in workflow and execution tasks as well as expansion of core capabilities. You get:

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

Overview

IBM DemandTec for Retail V12.4 provides key enhancements based on your needs across the entire portfolio with an emphasis on franchise and express pricing for more extensive price management, better rules management for improved price optimization, and significant improvements of the handling of product groups and product categories for better assortment optimization.

IBM DemandTec for Retail V12.4 portfolio has made a number of improvements. Highlights include:

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Technical information section.

Planned availability date

November 20, 2012: Electronic software delivery


212-428 IBM WebSphere Message Broker V8.0.0.1 extends entitlement for licensed users to install and use WebSphere MQ V7.0.1, V7.1, or V7.5

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Overview

Effective immediately, as a licensed user of WebSphere® Message Broker V8.0.0.1 software, you are entitled to install and use one of the following versions of WebSphere MQ to support your use of WebSphere Message Broker V8.0.0.1:

This usage is subject to the terms and conditions of the WebSphere Message Broker V8.0.0.1 product license, which is updated and can be found at

http://www-03.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf/displaylis/1B2807045AC2E15885257AB4007A3FD E?OpenDocument

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

Planned availability date

November 20, 2012


212-521 Revised availability: IBM Storwize V7000 Unified upgrade option

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Overview

IBM Storwize V7000 Unified V1.4 includes Real-time compression, local authentication server support, four-way clustering, and FCoE support, and is available to clients for use with block workloads as of November 9, 2012.

The previously announced availability of customer-installable file modules to upgrade a block IBM Storwize V7000 to IBM Storwize V7000 Unified is being delayed. It was originally to be available for ordering on November 20, 2012, but ordering will now begin January 14, 2013. Until then, orders for upgrades can be placed using RPQ 8S1236 and engaging an experienced servicer to perform the installation.

Planned availability date

January 14, 2013: Customer installable IBM Storwize V7000 upgrade to Storwize V7000 Unified

Services Announcements


612-037 Implementation Services for IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller and Implementation Services for IBM Storwize V7000 have been updated by adding an option for RtC implementation to help you speed your return on investment

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At a glance

Implementation Services for IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller and Implementation Services for IBM Storwize® V7000 have been updated to include the option to implement Real-time Compression™ (RtC) when implementing your SAN Volume Controller (SVC) or V7000.

Overview

Implementation Services for IBM Storwize V7000 and Implementation Services for IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller now have Real-time Compression (RtC) implementation available. RtC is the innovative, easy-to-use, inline compression which supports active primary workloads and can build on the storage efficiency advantages of Storwize V7000. By including the RtC implementation option in your IBM Storwize V7000 or SVC implementation service, you can reduce costs by potentially saving on storage purchase costs, rack space, and power and cooling.

Key prerequisites

Hardware: IBM Storwize V7000 disk system

Software: IBM SAN Volume Controller


612-044 IBM Implementation Services for Tivoli Storage Productivity Center has been updated to help you speed your return on investment using the latest software features

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At a glance

IBM Implementation Services for storage software offers multiple services designed to implement IBM storage software, including Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (TPC). IBM can complete the implementation quickly and efficiently to enable you to rapidly realize the benefits of this software while reducing the risk of business disruption.

Overview

IBM Implementation Services for TotalStorage Productivity Center, announced in Services Announcement 606-014, dated July 18, 2006 , has been enhanced and renamed. The new name is " IBM Implementation Services for Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (TPC)."

This update to IBM Implementation Services for Tivoli Storage Productivity Center enables you to take advantage of the latest software features of TPC 5.1. Two service options are available to meet your needs:

Key prerequisites

Software: Tivoli Storage Productivity Center

Withdrawal Announcements


912-247 Hardware withdrawal: Select features for IBM System Storage 3958-DD1 and 3958-DE2 - No replacements available

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Overview

Effective November 20, 2012, IBM will withdraw from marketing the following products. On or after the effective date of withdrawal, you can no longer order these products directly from IBM . You can obtain the products on an as-available basis through IBM Business Partners.