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Announcement Summary - July 16, 2013

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Announcements by Letter Number

113-134 Revised technical information: IBM Power Systems I/O enhancements

113-139 Updated effective date for Revised terms and order process: IBM Machine Code License Acceptance Agreement

213-287 New VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite editions and VMware vSphere with Operations Management offerings improve virtual and cloud environment administration

213-291 IBM InfoSphere Optim Database Management Solutions for z/OS offers improved productivity, performance, and availability

213-350 Revised availability: IBM WebSphere DataPower Appliances firmware V6.0 factory shipments

913-131 Hardware withdrawal: IBM 2810 XIV Storage System Gen3 Model 114 and IBM 2812 XIV Storage System Gen3 Model 114 - Replacements available

913-150 Hardware withdrawal: Selected IBM System x systems

Promotions and Price Changes


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Hardware Announcements


113-134 Revised technical information: IBM Power Systems I/O enhancements

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Overview

Hardware Announcement 113-087, dated May 28, 2013 , included an incorrect statement in the At a glance section. Integrated Multifunction Card enhancements are not expanded to the Power® 770/780 "C" model as was stated.

Planned availability date

July 16, 2013


113-139 Updated effective date for Revised terms and order process: IBM Machine Code License Acceptance Agreement

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Overview

Today we are announcing a change to the effective date originally announced for Revised terms and order process for IBM Machine Code License Acceptance Agreement, contained in Hardware Announcement 113-027, dated February 19, 2013 .

The effective date has been moved from August 1, 2013 to April 1, 2014.

Starting April 1, 2014, IBM will require that customers sign an agreement to document their acceptance of the Machine Code (including Licensed Internal Code) license terms for orders of certain IBM Machines. To support this requirement, IBM has made available the new " IBM Agreement for Acceptance of the IBM License Agreement for Machine Code" and the " IBM Customer Agreement, Attachment for Acceptance of the IBM License Agreement for Machine Code" (either is also referred to as the "License Acceptance Agreement"). Execution of the License Acceptance Agreement by the Machine user and IBM will constitute the user's acceptance of the IBM License Agreement for Machine Code (also referred to as the "License Agreement") for all IBM Machines on a going-forward basis, regardless of how or from whom the IBM Machine is acquired.

On April 2, 2012, IBM updated the terms of the License Agreement. The License Agreement governs use of Machine Code (including Licensed Internal Code). The updated License Agreement applies for all IBM Machines and MES orders which shipped starting April 2, 2012. Most updates to the License Agreement were made to clarify the terms regarding use of Machine Code. The updated license terms now clarify that while a Machine and its Machine Code may be transferred (only IBM can grant the subsequent user of the Machine a license to Machine Code), IBM will now require that a new user document its acceptance of the License Agreement in writing for certain IBM Machines for such user to have a valid license to the Machine Code.

As a result, when a Machine is acquired, either directly from IBM , through an IBM Business Partner, or as a used machine on the open market, the new user of the Machine will obtain, directly from IBM , a license for use of Machine Code on the Machine provided that such user accepts the License Agreement. For many IBM Machines, the user conveys its acceptance of the license simply through the use of the Machine ( IBM designates such IBM Machines as "Acceptance-By-Use Machines"); for all other IBM Machines, after April 1, 2014 (as specified below), the new user must document its acceptance (in writing with IBM ) of the terms of the License Agreement. (Prior to April 1, 2014 all Machines are designated Acceptance-By-Use Machines.)

The list of Machines requiring acceptance of the License Agreement by means of written documentation is as follows:

IBM System z® : 2097, 2098, 2458, 2817, 2818, and 2827
IBM Power Systems : 9109, 9117, 9119, and 9179
IBM Storage Systems: 2421, 2422, 2423, 2424, 3592, 3952, 3956, and 3957

Starting April 1, 2014, the License Acceptance Agreement must be executed and returned to IBM before IBM will ship any Machine requiring express written acceptance of the License Agreement's terms.

The latest IBM License Agreement for Machine Code is available for review:

http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/machine_warranties/machine_code.html

IBM specifies, through this website, which Machines are Acceptance by Use Machines and which require signature of the License Acceptance Agreement:

http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/machine_warranties/support_by_product.html

The License Acceptance Agreement is available for review and signature today, and will be required for certain Machine orders effective April 1, 2014.

Planned availability date

IBM has made the License Acceptance Agreement available for customer signature. Orders for Machines requiring signed acceptance will require signature of the License Acceptance Agreement starting April 1, 2014.

Software Announcements


213-291 IBM InfoSphere Optim Database Management Solutions for z/OS offers improved productivity, performance, and availability

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At a glance

New releases of the products within the IBM InfoSphere Optim Database Management solutions for z/OS offer the following:

Overview

The InfoSphere Optim Database Management Solutions include a number of products that work together to improve the productivity of database designers, administrators, and application developers. These solutions work with the IBM DB2 11 for z/OS Early Support Program.

InfoSphere Optim Query Workload Tuner for DB2 for z/OS V4.1 includes web integration with InfoSphere Optim Performance Manager, a new feature for detailed information comparison and improved configuration.

InfoSphere Optim pureQuery Runtime for z/OS V3.3 includes enhancements to SQL management and improved error reporting.

InfoSphere Optim Configuration Manager for DB2 for z/OS V3.1 helps organizations gain a good understanding of their environment in the following ways:

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements section.

Planned availability date

July 26, 2013: Media availability


213-287 New VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite editions and VMware vSphere with Operations Management offerings improve virtual and cloud environment administration

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Overview

VMware vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM)

Combines VMware's virtualization platform with operational insight into virtual environments for monitoring, performance, and capacity management. Monitoring the environment provides a simple, visual, and holistic view of the entire virtualization environment. vSOM provides the ability to diagnose performance data across VMs, clusters, and farms to form intelligent trends and insights. Also proactively manage performance and improve availability for vSphere. Capacity management allows unused VMs to be reclaimed and right-size over provisioned VMs. There are three new offerings: VMware vSphere Operations Management Standard, Enterprise, and Enterprise Plus. Each edition of vSphere Standard, Enterprise, and Enterprise Plus is combined with vCenter Operations Management Standard Edition. A new group of three vSOM Acceleration Kits (AK) are included as well. Each kit supports up to six CPUs and has one instance of vCenter Server Standard included. vSOM Standard AK includes vSOM Standard and vCenter Standard, vSOM Enterprise AK includes an upgrade to vSOM Enterprise and VDP (vSphere Data Protection) Advanced. vSOM Enterprise Plus AK upgrades to vSOM Enterprise Plus and also includes VDP Advanced.

Each edition is licensed on a CPU basis as VMware vSphere and comes with 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year subscription options. As with all VMware, software support must be sold at the time of purchase with the license and subscription. IBM has a full suite of ServicePacs that can be purchased to support the customer.

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Technical information section.

Planned availability date

July 26, 2013


213-350 Revised availability: IBM WebSphere DataPower Appliances firmware V6.0 factory shipments

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Overview

The planned availability date for WebSphere DataPower Appliances firmware V6.0 factory shipments, as announced in Software Announcement 213-172, dated April 23, 2013 , is revised to August 23, 2013.

Electronic availability of WebSphere DataPower Appliances firmware V6.0 was available on June 28, 2013, as announced.

Planned availability date

WebSphere DataPower Appliances firmware V6.0 dates:

Withdrawal Announcements


913-131 Hardware withdrawal: IBM 2810 XIV Storage System Gen3 Model 114 and IBM 2812 XIV Storage System Gen3 Model 114 - Replacements available

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Overview

Effective October 25, 2013, 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 .

MES offering and support are still available for withdrawn products.

For new orders, the customer requested arrival date (CRAD) can be no later than November 29, 2013. You can obtain the products on an as-available basis through IBM Business Partners.


913-150 Hardware withdrawal: Selected IBM System x systems

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Overview

Effective July 31, 2013, IBM will withdraw from marketing the following IBM System x products.

After this date, you can no longer obtain these products directly from IBM .

You can obtain these products on an as-available basis through IBM Business Partners, resellers, or distributors.

If you have a continuing need for these machine types/models, visit the IBM Certified Used Equipment™ website to check on availability or utilize request a quote to communicate your specific requirements. IBM Certified Used Equipment has the largest inventory of used IBM systems that are refurbished, tested, and warranted for a minimum of 90 days. For further information, visit

http://www.ibm.com/shop/used