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IBM WebSphere Product Center V5.3 delivers a single, reliable product information repository

IBM United States Software Announcement 206-086
April 18, 2006

 

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At a glance

WebSphere Product Center V5.3 includes:

  • Capabilities for managing location master data such as managing multiple location hierarchies and item-location relationships are provided.
  • Java™ API functionality has been provided to read and write selected WebSphere Product Center objects.
  • Improved master data querying capabilities are delivered through a SQL-like query language.
  • Better performance and scalability are achieved through data serialization.
  • Workflow capabilities have been enhanced for more granular security and editing draft items.
  • Eclipse-based script editor is available through IBM AlphaWorks® for editing WebSphere Product Center scripts.
  • Full Compliance with IBM Directory server integration guidelines is achieved. IBM Tivoli®, Novell eDirectory, Sun One, Microsoft™ Active Directory and IBM Domino® directory servers are supported.
  • Several platform improvements are made to the portal solution to enable better trading partner interactions.
  • Migration Tools are provided to upgrade customers from 4.2.x and 5.2.x releases to the 5.3 release.

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).
 
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Overview

Rich, accurate, and actionable product information has become a key strategic asset for companies seeking sustainable competitive advantages. The Internet, e-commerce, and evolving industry standards have radically changed expectations about the accessibility and complexity of product information.

WebSphere® Product Center gives companies a flexible and highly scalable repository for managing and linking information about product, location, trading partner, organization, and terms of trade. Further, it enables synchronizing this information internally with existing enterprise systems and externally with trading partners.

WebSphere Product Center V5.3 builds upon previous releases by offering new functionality to help improve performance and scalability and reduce hardware and implementation costs.
 
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Key prerequisites

IBM WebSphere Product Center V5.3 is supported on multiple platforms. For details, refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.
 
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Planned availability dates
  • April 21, 2006, electronic software delivery
  • April 28, 2006, media and documentation

 
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Description

WebSphere Product Center features

WebSphere Product Center delivers extensive function for managing all aspects of product information, including linking to information regarding products, locations, trading partners, organizations, and terms of trade. Key features of WebSphere Product Center include:

  • Rich data model for all aspects of product information

    Companies must manage various dimensions of product information, including item, location, organization, and trading partner data, and all the linkages among those, including prices and trade terms. With WebSphere Product Center, you can manage item, location, and trading partner information with numerous classification, merchandising, geographic, and operational hierarchies.

    WebSphere Product Center's rich data model supports these functions:

    • Manage items and various relationships among items (packaging, substitution, cross-sell, up-sell, bundles, or prepacks)
    • Manage locations, location hierarchies, and various attributes related to locations
    • Deliver superior category hierarchy support
    • Support specific attributes and attribute values
      • Category
      • Location
      • Trading partner
      • Relationship

  • Organizational modeling with role- and attribute-level security administration

    Product information is often owned and modified by users from multiple departments within a company. With WebSphere Product Center, companies can segment various attributes of product data as per business responsibility (such as logistics, finance, pricing, marketing, and supplier) and control user actions (view-only, edit, approve) based on their roles.

    Pricing analysts can enter and update pricing, while marketing users can work on product description, features, and benefits. Each user sees the relevant product information based on his or her role for the most secure and productive user interface. Organization modeling and security for WebSphere Product Center includes the following functions:

    • Access control groups and selections for segment data as per business responsibility through access control groups and selections
    • Granular security for permitted user actions by user role
    • Attributes for groups (attribute collections) by functional areas
    • Access for users to attribute groups based on functional ownership
    • Attribute views and tabs for the most intuitive and productive user interface by role

  • Extensive business process support

    WebSphere Product Center is designed for supporting and enhancing business processes for product information management in an enterprise. Product information in effective pricing dates can be entered at one or more higher levels in the hierarchy, such as at corporate, region, country, or market level, and inherited at lower levels with an option to override if needed. Companies can manage product information in multiple languages, with robust support for managing the translation process with third-party translation agencies.

    WebSphere Product Center powers business processes for an enterprise with the following functions:

    • Reduces redundant data entry through inheritance
    • Manages data in multiple languages with localized attribute names and values
    • Delivers superior attribute-level workflow
    • Enables collaboration area for internal and external collaboration

  • High performance, scalability, and reliability

    WebSphere Product Center is built for managing millions of products with translated and localized product data for several geographies. Companies can deploy WebSphere Product Center with hundreds of users, managing product data for thousands of stores. It is deployed to process numerous data synchronization messages and product information queries per day. Key features that power the high performance, scalability, and reliability of the WebSphere Product Center include:

    • Combination of Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) architecture advantages with best design practices
    • Support for application server clustering
    • High user concurrency
    • Large data and batch processing capacity
    • GUI optimized for power user

  • Open and interoperable

    WebSphere Product Center operates in heterogeneous IT environments. It integrates with industry-leading message bus tools, such as WebSphere MQ, and supports multiple protocols, such as HTTP, FTP, and Web Services for ease of integration. WebSphere Product Center provides:

    • Support for various data formats and communication protocols
    • Data mapping console for mapping from and to any external data model
    • Easy integration with leading enterprise application integration tools, including WebSphere Business Integration, through messaging infrastructure

  • Flexible deployment and manageability

    WebSphere Product Center provides various tools for fast deployment and ease of management for system administrators. WebSphere Product Center comes with:

    • Web-based user interface
    • Scheduler for time-based or event-driven scheduling
    • System administration tools for database administration and application server performance tuning
    • Complete audit trail

WebSphere Product Center benefits

Its features translate into valuable benefits for clients. Clients can address industry mandates and regulations, creating opportunities for increased revenues and reduced costs. Early adopter industries, which include retailers, consumer products manufacturers, and consumer electronics manufacturers, have recognized a number of benefits from implementing WebSphere Product Center. These benefits can extend to clients in a wide range of industries to meet their product information management needs. Clients using WebSphere Product Center can:

  • Synchronize product data between suppliers and retailers to leverage efficiencies and savings with global data synchronization
  • Publish new and updated product data to multiple internal systems, including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), procurement, order management, merchandising, transportation, warehouse, store operations, and point-of-sale in a timely manner
  • Publish product information to a variety of different client and trading partner touch points, including Web sites, e-commerce sites, portals, kiosks, paper catalog publishing systems, and other internal and external systems
  • Feed rich product, location, trading partner, organization, and terms of trade information to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems
  • Accelerate time-to-market for new products
  • Provide consistent client experience across multiple sales channels (Web, mail catalog, in-store kiosk, or point-of-sale)
  • Help improve accuracy in ordering, shipment handling, and invoicing resulting in lower cost of doing business for retailer and their suppliers
  • Reduce product information errors, automated workflow, and contextual information sharing
  • Fuel e-commerce initiatives with rich and interlinked product information containing event-specific marketing messages, cross-sell, up-sell, and bundle or outfit relationships
  • Provide enhanced and consistent product information across all internal and external constituents, creating a true multi-enterprise environment
  • Manage trade conditions, including base cost and promotional information at the corporate, market, and store levels, as needed

Java API

In WebSphere Product Center V5.3, a Java API is included to accelerate integration with other applications in the enterprise. This standard Java API exposes commonly-used business objects and supports query functions, thus allowing external parties to search for products or entities maintained within WebSphere Product Center.

Enhanced support for Location-specific data

V5.3 offers support for thousands of separate locations and their associated product information. This function is critical for companies that maintain product information specific to a location such a pricing, terms and conditions, promotions, and so on.

Enhanced control over workflow security

V5.3 enhances workflow capabilities with more granular security controls. New attribute-level security allows a workflow administrator to control which attributes workflow participants can view and/or edit, as well as which attributes are required for a given participant, using user control groups. This version also allows workflow participants to save items in a "draft" state so that they can create/update a subset of item attributes and save to the item (in draft state) even if some required attributes are blank. These features significantly increase the usability of the workflow tool and the productivity of workflow participants.

Performance and benchmarking

The improved performance of WebSphere Product Center V5.3 is demonstrated in benchmarking tests published with this release. The results for typical implementation scenarios include:

  • Integration with WebSphere Portal
  • Integration with WebSphere Commerce
  • Integration through Java API
  • Item-location processing

Improved search capabilities

V5.3 includes enhanced search capabilities over prior releases. Searches for both item and location-specific information are now supported. Searches are also simplified with support for SQL-like declarative language.

Data serialization

This release includes performance enhancements through more efficient data storage and retrieval "serialization and deserialization."

Web services security

With V5.3 Web services security has been enhanced. Now when calls are made from WebSphere Product Center to an existing Web service, user authentication is executed before the Web service can be accessed.

LDAP compliance

WebSphere Product Center V5.3 has been tested against five directory servers: IBM Tivoli, IBM Domino, Sun One, Novell eDirectory, Microsoft Active Directory.

Platform support

  • AIX 5L™ 5.2
  • AIX 5L 5.3
  • Solaris 9
  • HP-UX 11i
  • Linux™ RedHat AS 3.0.

Availability of national languages

Product description   Language                 GA date
 
WebSphere Product     Multilingual (French     April 28, 2006
 Center V5.3.0         Korean, Chinese --
                       Simplified, Spanish,
                       Portuguese-Brazilian,
                       German, Japanese,
                       Chinese Traditional,
                       English U.S., Italian)

Trademarks

 
AIX 5L is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
WebSphere, AlphaWorks, Tivoli, and Domino are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Microsoft is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries or both.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

 
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Education support

The following educational offerings are available as listed below:

                       Course
Course title           number       Course type
 
Advanced Scripting     BI222        Classroom
Implementation         BI223        Classroom
 Workshop
Implementing
 WebSphere Product
 Center                BI221        Classroom
Using
 WebSphere Product     BI220        Classroom
 Center

IBM Global Services, IT Education Services, provides education to support many IBM offerings. Descriptions of courses for IT professionals and managers are on the IBM IT Education Services Web site

Refer to the IBM IT Education Services Web site for information on course locations and availability dates.

Call IBM IT Education Services at 800-IBM-TEACH (426-8322) for catalogs, schedules, and enrollments.
 
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Offering Information

Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site

Also, visit the Passport Advantage® Web site


 
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Publications

No publications are shipped with this product.

The following softcopy publications are available:

  • WebSphere® Product Center: Architecture Brief
  • WebSphere Product Center: User Guide
  • WebSphere Product Center: Overview
  • WebSphere Product Center: Installation Guide
  • WebSphere Product Center: Release Notes® for V5.3
  • WebSphere Product Center: Scripting Reference Guide
  • WebSphere Product Center: Support Guide
  • WebSphere Product Center: Portal Enablement
  • WebSphere Product Center: WebSphere Commerce Integration

Publications are provided on IBM InfoCenter at


 
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Technical information

Hardware requirements

Recommendations for hardware requirements are supplied for guidance only. This section lists the minimum hardware requirements for IBM WebSphere Product Center. However, the actual requirements for your system may be greater, depending on the complexity of your specific WebSphere Product Center environment, throughput, and data object size. The following information is for the WebSphere Product Center system only. If you run other applications on the same system, make appropriate adjustments. Additional server requirements include:

  • Additional CPUs may be required based on capacity requirements
  • Additional memory may be required based on capacity requirements
  • Additional servers for added capacity and/or redundancy
  • Multiserver installations require network attached shared storage

AIX®

Application server

  • Processor: An IBM eServer pSeries® system with at least two-way symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) and a minimum processor speed of 2.2 GHz
  • Ram: 8 GB
  • Disk space: 72 GB; for high availability, a minimum of four hard disks, each with 72 GB capacity per system

Database server

  • Processor: An pSeries system with at least two-way symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) and a minimum processor speed of 2.2 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Disk Space: Minimum 100-200GB (spread over 20-40 spindles) RAID5 or RAID10 disk array, exact recommended size to be determined by WebSphere Product Center Database Sizing Spreadsheet

Note: : pSeries 550 has a maximum of four CPUs. For large environments, or if the client desires more expandability, the pSeries 570 is recommended

Linux™ on IA32

Application server

  • Processor: An IBM xSeries® and Intel®-based system (or equivalent) with at least 2-way SMP and a minimum processor speed of 3.6 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Disk: 72 GB; for high availability, a minimum of 4 hard disks, each with 72 GB capacity per system

Database server

  • Processor: An xSeries and Intel-based system (or equivalent) with at least 2-way SMP and a minimum processor speed of 3.6 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Disk Space: Minimum 100-200GB (spread over 20-40 spindles) RAID5 or RAID10 disk array, exact recommended size to be determined by WebSphere Product Center Database Sizing Spreadsheet

Sun

Application server

  • Processor: A Sun Microsystems UltraSPARC IIIi four-processor system with a minimum processor speed of 1.0 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Disk space: 72 GB; for high availability, a minimum of four hard disks, each with 72 GB capacity per system

Database server

  • Processor: A Sun Microsystems UltraSPARC IIIi four-processor system with a minimum processor speed of 1.062 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Disk space: Minimum 100-200GB (spread over 20-40 spindles) RAID5 or RAID10 disk array, exact recommended size to be determined by WebSphere Product Center Database Sizing Spreadsheet

HP

Application server

  • Server Type — HP RP 4440
  • Processor — 4 CPUs
  • Memory — 8 GB
  • Disk subsystem — 100-200GB

Database server

  • Server Type — HP RP 4440
  • Processor — 4 CPUs
  • Memory — 8 GB
  • Disk subsystem — 100-200GB (spread over 20-40 spindles)

Hardware requirements for client access to WebSphere Product Center

The following are the minimum system requirements recommended for client access to WebSphere Product Center:

  • Processor: Intel-based system with a Pentium® 4 with minimum processor speed of 1.6 Mhz
  • Memory: 512 MB

Software requirements

The software requirements for WebSphere Product Center depend on which of the elements of the product components are being used and whether they are used singularly or in combination on a particular server. Dedicated servers are recommended for the database.

Note: To use the spell checker feature in WebSphere Product Center, Wintertree Sentry Spelling Checker Engine Java™ SDK 5.10 is a prerequisite.

AIX 5L™ 5.2

WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V6.0.2/WebSphere Information Integrator Advanced Edition 8.2.2

Application server

  • WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V6.0.2
  • AIX 5L 5.2
  • IBM HTTP Server 2.0.47
  • IBM JDK bundled with WebSphere Application Server ND 6.0.2 (will be a flavor of JDK 1.4.2)

Database server

  • WebSphere Information Integrator 8.2.2 Advanced Edition
  • AIX 5L 5.2

WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V6.0.2/Oracle 9.2.0.6 Enterprise Edition

Application server

  • WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V6.0.2
  • IBM HTTP Server 2.0.47
  • AIX 5L 5.2
  • IBM JDK bundled with WebSphere Application Server V6.0.2 (will be a flavor of JDK 1.4.2)

Database server

  • Oracle 9.2.0.6 Enterprise Edition
  • AIX 5L 5.2

AIX 5L 5.3

WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V6.0.2/WebSphere Information Integrator Advanced Edition 8.2.2

Application server

  • WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V6.0.2
  • AIX 5L 5.3
  • IBM HTTP Server 2.0.47
  • IBM JDK bundled with WebSphere Application Server ND V6.0.2 (will be a flavor of JDK1.4.2)

Database server

  • WebSphere Information Integrator 8.2.2 Advanced Edition
  • AIX 5L 5.3

WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V6.0.2/Oracle 9.2.0.6 Enterprise Edition

Application server

  • WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V6.0.2
  • IBM HTTP Server 2.0.47
  • AIX 5L 5.3
  • IBM JDK bundled with WebSphere Application Server V6.0.2 (will be a flavor of JDK 1.4.2)

Database server

  • Oracle 9.2.0.6 Enterprise Edition
  • AIX 5L 5.3

Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 3.0 Update 5

WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V6.0.2/WebSphere Information Integrator Advanced Edition 8.2.2

Application server

  • WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V6.0.2
  • IBM HTTP Server 2.0.47
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 3.0 Update 5
  • IBM JDK bundled with WebSphere Application Server (will be a flavor of JDK 1.4.2)

Database server

  • WebSphere Information Integrator Advanced Edition 8.2.2
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 3.0 Update 5

WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V6.0.2/Oracle 9.2.0.6

Application server

  • WebSphere Application Server ND V6.0.2
  • IBM HTTP Server 2.0.47
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 3.0 Update 5
  • IBM JDK bundled with WebSphere Application Server V6.0.2 (will be a flavor of JDK 1.4.2)

Database server

  • Oracle 9.2.0.6 Enterprise Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 3.0 Update 5

BEA WebLogic Server 8.1 SP2®/ Oracle 9.2.0.6 Enterprise Edition

Application server

  • WebLogic Server 8.1 SP2
  • Apache HTTP Server 2.0.47
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 3.0 Update 5
  • WebLogic JDK bundled with WebLogic Server 8.1 SP2 (will be a flavor of JDK 1.4.2)

Database server

  • Oracle 9.2.0.6 Enterprise Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 3.0 Update 5

HP-UX

BEA WebLogic Server 8.1 SP2/ Oracle 9.2.0.6 Enterprise Edition

Application server

  • WebLogic Server 8.1 SP2
  • Apache HTTP Server 2.0.47
  • HP/UX 11i
  • WebLogic JDK bundled with WebLogic Server 8.1 SP2 (will be a flavor of JDK 1.4.2)

Database server

  • Oracle 9.2.0.6 Enterprise Edition
  • HP/UX 11i

Sun Solaris

BEA WebLogic Server 8.1 SP2/ Oracle 9.2.0.6 Enterprise Edition

Application server

  • WebLogic Server 8.1 SP2
  • Apache HTTP Server 2.0.47
  • Solaris 9
  • WebLogic JDK bundled with WebLogic Server 8.1 SP2 (will be a flavor of JDK 1.4.2)

Database server

  • Oracle 9.2.0.6 Enterprise Edition
  • Solaris 9

WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V6.0.2/Oracle 9.2.0.6

Application server

  • WebSphere Application Server ND V6.0.2
  • IBM HTTP Server 2.0.47
  • Solaris 9
  • IBM JDK bundled with WebSphere Application Server (will be a flavor of JDK 1.4.2)

Database server

  • Oracle 9.2.0.6 Enterprise Edition
  • Solaris 9

Software requirements for client access to WebSphere Product Center

The following are the minimum system requirements recommended for client access to WebSphere Product Center:

  • Microsoft™ Windows™ 2000 Professional or Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 6.0 Service Pack 1

Performance considerations

WebSphere Product Center V5.3 operating environment

For the best performance, run WebSphere Product Center on a dedicated system. The system should have restricted access to maintain security. The rest of the performance related calibrations can be done during the implementation phase based on the usage of WebSphere Product Center.

Planning information

Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support, is included in the Passport Advantage Agreement. Installation and technical support is provided by the Software Maintenance offering of the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement. This fee service enhances client productivity, with voice and electronic access into IBM support organizations.

Packaging: IBM WebSphere Product Center consists of the following components:

  • WebSphere Product Center V5.3
  • WebSphere Information Integrator V8.2
  • WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V6.0.2
  • DB2® UDB V8.2
  • WebSphere MQ V6.0.1
  • WebSphere Portal Enable V5.1.0.1*

* WebSphere Portal Enable V5.1.0.1 requires the client to apply the 5.1.0.2 FP to run on WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V6.0.2 supplied with WebSphere Product Center.

Security, auditability, and control

WebSphere Product Center uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware or software.

The client 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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Ordering information

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

Product information

                                            Product
Licensed function title     Product group   category
 
WebSphere Product Center    Enterprise      WebSphere
                             Master Data     Product Center
                             Solutions
 
                            PID             Charge unit
Program name                number          description
 
WebSphere Product Center    5724-I68        Processor with
                                             single staging
WebSphere Product Center    5724-I68        Processor(s)
WebSphere Product Center    5724-I68        Processor with
                                             dual staging
WebSphere Product Center    5724-I68        Concurrent
                                             user
WebSphere Product Center    5724-I68        Limited use
                                             concurrent user

Charge metrics definitions

Processor

A processor (commonly called a "core") is a functional unit in a computer that interprets and executes instructions. A processor consists of at least an instruction control unit and one or more arithmetic and logic unit. In full capacity, a proof of entitlement (PoE) must be acquired for all activated (available for use) processors that are on the machine where the program or a component of the program is run.

  • IBM defines a physical processor in a computer as a functional unit that interprets and executes instructions. A physical processor consists of at least an instruction control unit and one or more arithmetic and logic units.
  • Multicore technology allows two or more processors (commonly called "cores") to be active on a single silicon chip. With multicore technology, IBM considers each "core" to be a physical processor. For example, in a dualcore chip, there are two physical processors residing on the single silicon chip.
  • Threading, a technique which makes a single processor seem to perform as two or more, does not affect the count of physical processors.
  • Where "blade" technology is employed, each "blade" is considered a separate server and charging is based upon the total number of processors on the blade on which the program is run.
  • When a server is shipped with six processors, but two of them are "inactive," four processors are active.

Processor with single staging

A Processor with single staging (single staging) entitles you to run the program in one production environment and one staging environment. A PoE must be acquired for all activated (available for use) processors that are in the production and staging environments. The single staging processor may only be used for no-production activities such as development, testing, performance tuning, fault diagnosis, benchmarking, problem solving and QA activities. This includes all forms of test and development activities related to "system" and "unit" testing.

Important: The processor with single staging must be ordered in quantities of two. That is, you must order a minimum of two processors with single staging, one for the production environment and one for the staging environment. For example, if you require four production processors and four staging processors, you must purchase eight processors with single staging so four cover the production environment and four cover the staging environment.

Processor with dual staging

A Processor with dual staging (dual staging) entitles you to run the program in one production environment and two staging environments. A PoE must be acquired for all activated (available for use) processors that are in the production and staging environments. The processors with dual staging may only be used for nonproduction activities such as development, testing, performance tuning, fault diagnosis, benchmarking, problem solving and QA activities. This includes all forms of test and development activities related to "system" and "unit" testing.

Important: The processor with dual staging must be ordered in quantities of three. That is, a client must order a minimum of three processors with dual staging, one for the production environment and two for the staging environment. For example, if you require four production processors and eight staging processors they must purchase twelve processors with dual staging so four cover the production environment and eight cover the staging environment.

Concurrent user

A concurrent user is one and only one individual within or outside your enterprise. The number of PoEs required is for the highest number of users simultaneously accessing the program or any program components either directly or indirectly (via a multiplexing program, device, or application server) through any means on behalf of the user.

Limited use concurrent user

A limited use concurrent user is one and only one individual within or outside your enterprise. The number of PoEs required is for the highest number of users simultaneously accessing the program or any program components either directly or indirectly (via a multiplexing program, device, or application server) through any means on behalf of the user. A limited use concurrent user is restricted from conducting administrative activities in the program. Following are functions that a limited use concurrent user may not perform:

  • Add a new user, delete an existing user, or modify role for an existing user

  • Add, delete, or modify an organization

  • Add, delete, or modify a workflow (workflow modifications include changing user/role for a step, adding a new step, removing an existing step, changing attributes worked on in a given step)

  • Add a new role, delete an existing role, or modify privileges for a role. Role privileges include ability to access collaboration areas, permission to view and modify items, category hierarchies.

    Refer to WebSphere Product Center user guide for a comprehensive list of role privileges.

  • Add or delete a catalog

  • Add a new specification (spec) for attributes of any WebSphere Product Center data model, also modify an existing specification to add, delete or modify an attribute for the data model

  • Add new views or modify existing views for a catalogue, also add new tabs or modify existing tabs (including adding or removing attribute groups) for a view.

Full-capacity processor

In full capacity charging, PoEs must be acquired for all activated "processors" (available for use) that are on the server where the program or a component of the program is run.

  • If there are program components included in the offering whose function is not to be included in the charge metric, these must be listed in the program-unique terms of the license information.
  • IBM defines a physical processor in a computer as a functional unit that interprets and executes instructions. A physical processor consists of at least an instruction control unit and one or more arithmetic and logic units.
  • Multicore technology allows two or more processors (commonly called "cores") to be active on a single silicon chip. Unless otherwise announced, with multicore technology, IBM considers each "core" to be a physical processor. For example, in a dual-core chip, there are two physical processors residing on the single silicon chip.
  • In the zSeries' Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) environment, each IFL engine is considered a single "physical processor."
  • Threading, a technique which makes a single processor seem to perform as two or more, does not affect the count of physical processors.
  • Where "blade" technology is employed, each "blade" is considered a separate server and charging is based upon the total number of processors on the blade on which the program is run.

Concurrent user:

A concurrent user also known as a floating user (user) is one individual, machine, program, or device within or outside of your enterprise.

A PoE is required for the highest number of users simultaneously accessing the program or any program component either directly or indirectly through any means on behalf of the user. An example of "indirect" access would be through a multiplexing program, device, or application server.

A user can establish one or more connections and count as a single user.

Passport Advantage program licenses

WebSphere Product Center

                                                        Part
Part description                                        number
 
IBM WebSphere Product Center
 
WebSphere Product Center Concurrent                     D558VLL
 User(s) License and SW Maintenance 12 Mo
WebSphere Product Center Concurrent                     E01V8LL
 User(s) SW Maintenance Annual Renewal
WebSphere Product Center Concurrent                     D558WLL
 User(s) SW Maintenance Reinstatement 1
WebSphere Product Center Limited Use                    D56PWLL
 Concurrent User License and SW Maintenance
WebSphere Product Center Limited Use                    E02B3LL
 Concurrent User SW Maintenance Annual
WebSphere Product Center Limited Use                    D56PXLL
 Concurrent User SW Maintenance Reinst
WebSphere Product Center Processor                      D56PGLL
 with Dual Staging License and SW Maintenance
WebSphere Product Center                                E02AWLL
 Processor with Dual Staging SW
 Maintenance Annual
WebSphere Product Center Processor                      D56PHLL
 with Dual Staging SW Maintenance Reinst
WebSphere Product Center Processor                      D56PULL
 with Single Staging License and SW Mainte
WebSphere Product Center Processor                      E02B2LL
 with Single Staging SW Maintenance Annu
WebSphere Product Center Processor                      D56PVLL
 with Single Staging SW Maintenance Rein
WebSphere Product Center Processor(s)                   D53TLLL
 License and SW Maintenance 12 Months
WebSphere Product Center Processor(s)                   E01AILL
 SW Maintenance Annual Renewal
WebSphere Product Center Processor                      D53TMLL
 SW Maintenance Reinstatement 12 Mont

Passport Advantage supply

                                                        Part
Program name/description                                number
 
WebSphere Product Center V5.3.0
 
Media Pack Multilingual (French, Korean,                AF0AVML
 Chinese Simplified, Spanish, Portuguese-Brazilian,
 German, Japanese, Chinese Traditional,
 English U.S., Italian) Solaris (Sun Microsystems),
 AIX 5L, V5, Red Hat Linux, HP-UX 11.x CD ROM
 Digital Disk -- ISO 9660 Standard V5.3.0

Passport Advantage customer: Media pack entitlement details

Clients with active maintenance or subscription for the products listed are entitled to receive the corresponding media pack.

WebSphere Product Center V5.3.0

Entitled maintenance                                    Part
offerings description      Media packs description      number
 
WebSphere Product          WebSphere Product Center     AF0AVML
 Center per Limited         Multilingual (French,
 Use Concurrent User        Korean, Chinese
                            Simplified, Spanish,
                            Portuguese-Brazilian,
                            German, Japanese, Chinese
                            Traditional, English U.S.,
                            Italian) Solaris (Sun
                            Microsystems), AIX 5L, V5,
                            Red Hat Linux, HP-UX 11.x
                            CD ROM Digital Disk --
                            ISO 9660 Standard
WebSphere Product          WebSphere Product Center     AF0AVML
 Center per Processor       Multilingual (French,
 with Single Staging        Korean, Chinese
                            Simplified, Spanish,
                            Portuguese-Brazilian,
                            German, Japanese, Chinese
                            Traditional, English U.S.,
                            Italian) Solaris (Sun
                            Microsystems), AIX 5L, V5,
                            Red Hat Linux, HP-UX 11.x
                            CD ROM Digital Disk
                            ISO 9660 Standard
WebSphere Product          WebSphere Product Center     AF0AVML
 Center per Processor       Multilingual(French,
 with Dual Staging          Korean, Chinese
                            Simplified, Spanish,
                            Portuguese-Brazilian,
                            German, Japanese, Chinese
                            Traditional, English U.S.,
                            Italian) Solaris (Sun
                            Microsystems), AIX 5L, V5,
                            Red Hat Linux, HP-UX 11.x
                            CD ROM Digital Disk --
                            ISO 9660 Standard
WebSphere Product Center   WebSphere Product Center     AF0AVML
 Concurrent User            Multilingual (French,
                            Korean, Chinese
                            Simplified, Spanish,
                            Portuguese-Brazilian,
                            German, Japanese, Chinese
                            Traditional, English U.S.,
                            Italian) Solaris (Sun
                            Microsystems), AIX 5L, V5,
                            Red Hat Linux, HP-UX 11.x
                            CD ROM Digital Disk
                            ISO 9660 Standard
WebSphere Product          WebSphere Product Center     AF0AVML
 Center Processor           Multilingual (French,
                            Korean, Chinese
                            Simplified, Spanish,
                            Portuguese-Brazilian,
                            German, Japanese, Chinese
                            Traditional, English U.S.,
                            Italian) Solaris (Sun
                            Microsystems), AIX 5L, V5,
                            Red Hat Linux, HP-UX 11.x
                            CD ROM Digital Disk --
                            ISO 9660 Standard

 
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Terms and conditions

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

Licensing: IBM International Program License Agreement. PoE are required for all authorized use.

Part number products only, offered outside of Passport Advantage, where applicable, are license only and do not include Software Maintenance.

This software license includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.

License information form number

                             Program
Program name                 number       Form number
 
WebSphere Product Center     5724-I68     L-NABA-6JPTM

On or near the planned availability date, the LI will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement Web site

Limited warranty applies: Yes

Warranty: This program includes a warranty for one year from acquisition from IBM or an authorized IBM Business Partner. For one year from acquisition of the program, this warranty provides the customer with access to databases containing program information and FAQs, including any known fixes to defects, which the customer can download or otherwise obtain and install.

Program technical support: Technical support of a program product will be available for a minimum of three years from the general availability date, as long as your Software Maintenance is in effect. This technical support allows you to obtain assistance (via telephone or electronic means) from IBM for product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of the program product. Software Maintenance also provides you with access to updates, releases, and versions of the program. Customers will be notified, via announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice. If you require additional technical support from IBM, including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.

Money-back guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, return it within 30 days from the invoice date, to the party (either IBM or its reseller) from whom you acquired it, for a refund.

For programs acquired under the IBM International Passport Advantage offering, this term applies only to your first acquisition of the program.

Copy and use on home/portable computer: No

Volume orders (IVO): No

Passport Advantage applies: Yes, and through the Passport Advantage Web site at

Software maintenance applies: Yes

Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support, is included in the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement. Installation and technical support is provided by the Software Maintenance offering of the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement. This fee service provides voice and electronic access to IBM support organizations.

IBM includes one year of Software Maintenance with the initial license acquisition of each Program acquired. The initial period of Software Maintenance can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.

While your Software Maintenance is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short duration installation and usage (how-to) questions; and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance via telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your end users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. For additional details, consult your IBM Software Support Guide at

Software Maintenance does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under this agreement.

For more information about the Passport Advantage Agreement, visit the Passport Advantage Web site at

iSeries™ Software Maintenance applies: No

Educational allowance available: Not applicable
 
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IBM Electronic Services

IBM Global Services has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to put you on the road to higher systems availability. IBM Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that provides you with an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available on the IBM eServer® platform. These services provide the opportunity for greater system availability due to faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. IBM Electronic Services is comprised of two separate but complementary elements: IBM Electronic Services news page and IBM Electronic Service Agent™.

IBM Electronic Services news page provides you with a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used by customers to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The IBM Electronic Service Agent is no-additional charge software that resides on your IBM eServer system. It is designed to proactively monitor events and transmit system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, customer-defined timetable. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tracks system inventory, hardware error logs, and performance information. If the server is under a current IBM maintenance service agreement or within the IBM warranty period, the Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM.

Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to provide proactive service that may result in higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent will be made available to IBM service support representatives when they are helping answer your questions or diagnosing problems.

To learn how IBM Electronic Services can work for you, visit


 
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Prices

The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

Passport Advantage

For Passport Advantage information and charges, contact your IBM representative or authorized IBM Business Partner. Additional information is also available at

Business Partner information

If you are an IBM Business Partner — Distributor for Workstation Software acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner pricing information. An ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

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, both from 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

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.
 
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Order now

To order, contact the Americas Call Centers or your local IBM representative.

To identify your local IBM representative, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

 Phone:     800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)
 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)
 Internet:  callserv@ca.ibm.com
 Mail:      IBM Americas Call Centers
            Dept. Teleweb Customer Support, 9th floor
            105 Moatfield Drive
            North York, Ontario
            Canada M3B 3R1
 
 Reference: YE001

The Americas Call Centers, our national direct marketing organization, can add your name to the mailing list for catalogs of IBM products.

Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Trademarks

 
AIX 5L, iSeries, and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
The e-business logo, Passport Advantage, WebSphere, Notes, AIX, pSeries, xSeries, SP2, DB2, eServer, and PartnerWorld are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation.
 
Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries or both.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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