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IBM System Storage DS8000 series (machine types 2421, 2422, 2423, and 2424) delivers new functional capabilities

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 107-611
October 23, 2007

 

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TOC link At a glance TOC link Services
TOC link Overview TOC link Technical information
TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link IBM Electronic Services
TOC link Planned availability date TOC link Terms and conditions
TOC link Description TOC link Prices
TOC link Reference information TOC link Order now
TOC link Publications  
 
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At a glance

New functional capabilities for the DS8000 series (machine types 2421, 2422, 2423, and 2424) include:

  • IBM FlashCopy SE
  • Dynamic Volume Expansion
  • Storage Pool Striping (rotate extents)
  • z/OS Global Mirror Multiple Reader
  • DS Storage Manager enhancements
  • System Storage Productivity Center (SSPC)
  • Intermix of DS8000 machine types

For ordering, contact:

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

The IBM System Storage™ DS8000™ series (machine types 2421, 2422, 2423, and 2424) provides new functional capabilities, allowing clients to better choose the combination of price and efficiency that is right for their application needs. New options include:

  • IBM FlashCopy® SE: Today, the DS8000 Point-in-Time Copy (IBM FlashCopy) function requires space to be set aside equal to the size of the volumes that are to be copied. IBM FlashCopy SE (space efficient snapshot capability) is intended to use only the amount of storage needed, which can help lower the amount of storage required by many clients.
  • Dynamic Volume Expansion: This option provides the ability to increase the size of a logical volume while it is online to a host system (available for Open System and IBM System z™ hosts).
  • Storage Pool Striping (rotate extents): This feature stripes new volumes across all ranks of an extent pool, which reduces administration required to balance system loads.
  • z/OS® Global Mirror Multiple Reader (Enhanced Reader): This option can help improve throughput in busy z/OS Global Mirror (XRC) environments.
  • DS Storage Manager (GUI) enhancements: These offer you greater manageability capabilities for your DS8000.
  • Support for the System Storage Productivity Center (SSPC): With this support, you can take advantage of a center-of-the-room management console for the DS8000.
  • Intermix of DS8000 machine types: You can mix DS8000 expansion unit models with different warranty periods with DS8000 base unit models. This will allow clients to better match the warranty on newly purchased expansion unit models with the remaining warranty of their installed base unit models.
  • Enhancement for IBM DS Open API: This offers Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) 1.2 support.

 
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Key prerequisites

All features and functions in this announcement are supported on the IBM System Storage DS8000 series, and require DS8000 Licensed Machine Code (LMC) level 5.3.0xx.xx (bundle version 63.0.xx.xx), or later.
 
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Planned availability date

December 7, 2007

Refer to the Planned availability dates section for more information.
 
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Description

IBM FlashCopy SE offers price and efficiency options

Today, DS8000 Point-in-Time Copy (IBM FlashCopy) function requires space to be set aside equal to the size of the volumes that are to be copied. With this announcement, the IBM System Storage DS8000 series provides support for IBM FlashCopy SE (space efficient snapshot capability), which is intended to use only the amount of storage needed by the copy. This capability can help lower the amount of storage needed by many DS8000 clients today, and lower costs by significantly reducing disk capacity needed for copies. Reducing capacity in the DS8000 can also mean fewer drives and less power required for the overall system.

IBM FlashCopy SE can be managed and configured via the DS Storage Manager, DS CLI, and DS Open API. All host systems supported by the DS8000 today are supported with FlashCopy SE (IBM System z servers require z/OS 1.7, or later, for this support). For more information on implementation of this function, refer to the IBM System Storage DS8000 FlashCopy SE Implementation Considerations and Recommendations document located at

IBM FlashCopy SE is an optional feature on the DS8000 series, available with the SE indicator feature numbers 0730 and 730x-731x (or SE add indicator feature numbers 0733 and 733x-734x) and corresponding DS8000 series function authorization (239x-LFA SE feature numbers 730x-731x or 239x-LFA SE add feature numbers 733x-734x).

Dynamic Volume Expansion supporting application data growth

The IBM System Storage DS8000 series supports Dynamic Volume Expansion, which provides the ability to increase the size of a logical volume while it is online to a host system. This capability can simplify management by enabling easier online volume expansion to support application data growth.

The maximum volume size is limited to the currently supported maximum sizes for DS8000:

  • Open Systems (Fixed Block — FB) volumes — 2 TB
  • System z (CKD) volumes — 65,520 cylinders

Volumes that are expanded can be online during and after the execution of the function. Volumes may not be in Copy Services relationships (Point-in-Time Copy, FlashCopy SE, Metro Mirror, Global Mirror, Metro/Global Mirror, and z/OS Global Mirror functions) while expansion is taking place. The function can be managed and configured via the DS Storage Manager, DS CLI, and DS Open API. IBM System z and System p™ servers support and recognize the expanded volumes within the DS8000 (refer to the IBM System Storage DS8000 series Interoperability Matrix for more information). All other host servers may require additional steps in order to support and recognize the expanded volumes within the DS8000. The Dynamic Volume Expansion capability is provided with the DS8000 series at no additional charge.

Today's IBM FlashCopy SE and Dynamic Volume Expansion announcement fulfills the "dynamic provisioning technology within the DS8000 series to support LUN/volume: dynamic expansion, and space efficient FlashCopy requiring minimal reserved target capacity" Statement of General Direction in Hardware Announcement 104-382 , dated October 12, 2004, IBM TotalStorage® DS8000 Series — Setting new standards for on demand enterprise disk storage.

Improved performance with Storage Pool Striping (rotate extents)

The Storage Pool Striping (rotate extents) function optionally stripes new volumes across all ranks of an extent pool, which can help reduce administration required to balance system loads. With multiple rank allocation support, the system is designed to automatically perform close to the highest efficiency, requiring little or no performance administration. The effectiveness of performance management is enhanced since imbalances tend to occur as isolated problems. The Storage Pool Striping function can help automate hotspot avoidance to enable improved performance and response time without special tuning.

The Storage Pool Striping function can be managed and configured via the DS Storage Manager, DS CLI, and DS Open API, and all host systems supported by the DS8000 today are supported. The Storage Pool Striping function is provided with the DS8000 series at no additional charge.

Z/OS Global Mirror Multiple Reader innovation for System z environments

z/OS Global Mirror Multiple Reader (Enhanced Reader) allows automatic load balancing over multiple readers in a z/OS Global Mirror (XRC) environment.

The function can provide increased parallelism through multiple SDM readers and improved throughput for z/OS remote mirroring configurations. z/OS Global Mirror can also help maintain constant data consistency between mirrored sites and enable achievement of lower recovery point objectives. The function is supported on DS8000 series running on IBM System z servers with z/OS 1.7, or later. z/OS Global Mirror Multiple Reader is provided with the DS8000 series at no additional charge.

Enhancements to IBM System Storage DS Storage Manager

The DS Storage Manager is a single integrated Web-based (HTML) graphical user interface (GUI) that offers offline configuration, online configuration, and copy services configuration support. With this announcement, the DS Storage Manger has been enhanced to provide greater manageability capabilities within the DS8000 system. The GUI enhancements are intended to increase the ease-of-use by allowing selected online administrative configuration operations to be performed in fewer steps.

The online configuration and copy services configuration are available via a Web browser interface installed on the DS8000 management console or the System Storage Productivity Center (SSPC). The DS Storage Manager is provided with the DS8000 series at no additional charge.

Support for System Storage Productivity Center

The System Storage Productivity Center (SSPC) provides the capability to consolidate your storage management infrastructure with a center-of-the-room management console. With this announcement the DS8000 will support the SSPC, allowing clients to simply and quickly configure their systems as well as manage multiple DS8000 systems within a datacenter. The SSPC provides preloaded software including IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center Basic Edition and the enhanced DS Storage Manager. The enterprise edition of the SSPC also supports the option to install the IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center for Replication.

The SSPC is a separately purchased product (using machine type 2805) for the DS8000 and is required for all new DS8000 machine orders, except for clients who already have TotalStorage Productivity Center (Version 3.3.1, or later) installed in their datacenter. Clients with currently installed DS8000 machines are not required to purchase the SSPC, including those machines that are upgraded to Licensed Machine Code (LMC) level 5.3.0xx.xx. Clients with currently installed DS8000 machines can continue to utilize the DS Storage Manager on the DS8000 management console for management and configuration activities.

Intermix of DS8000 machine types offers additional flexibility

Intermix of DS8000 machine types provides the ability to intermix DS8000 expansion unit models bearing different warranty periods with DS8000 base unit models. This is intended to allow clients to better match the warranty on newly purchased expansion unit models with the remaining warranty of their installed base unit models. The support includes intermix with the 2107 and 242x machine types. This capability is provided with the DS8000 series at no additional charge.

Enhancement for IBM System Storage DS Open API

Today, the DS Open API supports routine LUN management activities, such as LUN creation, mapping and masking, and the management of point-in-time copy and remote mirroring. It supports these activities through the use of a standard interface as defined by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S). The DS Open API is implemented through the IBM System Storage Common Information Model Agent (CIM Agent) for the DS Open API, a middleware application designed to provide a CIM-compliant interface. Today's announcement provides DS CIM Agent V5.3.0 compliance with SNIA SMI-S 1.2 support. This can allow interoperability support capabilities for storage provisioning, performance management, and data protection within the DS8000. The DS Open API and CIM Agent are provided with the DS8000 at no additional charge. The CIM Agent is available for the AIX®, Linux™, Red Hat, and Microsoft® Windows® operating system environments.

Planned availability dates

December 7, 2007

Plant and field installation:

  • IBM FlashCopy SE
  • Storage Pool Striping (rotate extents)
  • z/OS Global Mirror Multiple Reader
  • DS Storage Manager enhancements
  • System Storage Productivity Center (SSPC)

Field installation only:

  • Intermix of DS8000 machine types

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

The IBM System Storage DS8100, IBM System Storage DS8300, and IBM System Storage DS8000 Expansion Unit are capable, as of December 3, 2004, when used in accordance with IBM's associated 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 U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be requested via IBM's Web site at


 
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Reference information

For details, refer to the following announcements:

  • Hardware Announcement 107-672 , dated October 23, 2007 (IBM System Storage DS8000 series — Function Authorization for Machine type 239x IBM FlashCopy SE features)
  • Hardware Announcement 107-609 , dated October 23, 2007 (IBM System Storage Productivity Center [machine type 2805] offers consolidated storage management
  • Software Announcement 207-263 , dated October 23, 2007 (IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center Basic Edition V3.3.1 pre-installed on a new server that manages your IBM storage devices)
  • Hardware Announcement 106-809 , dated October 31, 2006 (IBM System Storage DS8000 series offers a one-year "Enterprise Choice" length of warranty)
  • Hardware Announcement 106-813 , dated October 31, 2006 (IBM System Storage DS8000 series offers a two-year "Enterprise Choice" length of warranty)
  • Hardware Announcement 106-808 , dated October 31, 2006 (IBM System Storage DS8000 series offers a three-year "Enterprise Choice" length of warranty)
  • Hardware Announcement 106-814 , dated October 31, 2006 (IBM System Storage DS8000 series offers a four-year "Enterprise Choice" length of warranty)

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).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 107-611

Trademarks

 
DS8000, System Storage, System z, and System p are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
FlashCopy, z/OS, TotalStorage, and AIX are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
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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Publications

The following publication has been updated to reflect this announcement:

Title                                                 Order number
 
IBM System Storage(TM) DS8000(TM) Introduction        GC35-0515
 and Planning Guide

DS8000 publications are available at

Publications can be ordered from your IBM representative, by direct order, or through the Publications Center Web site at

The DS8000 information center is designed to provide comprehensive, browser-based information. It can help provide easy access to tasks, concepts, reference information, tutorials, code samples, scenarios, and other product information. It contains assistance for the tasks that users must perform and links to additional information.

To find information, users can search, browse the contents, use the index, follow links from one topic to related topics, and print the topics they want to read offline. The information center is available at


 
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Services

Global Technology Services

IBM services include business consulting, outsourcing, hosting services, applications, and other technology management.

These services help you learn about, plan, install, manage, or optimize your IT infrastructure to be an On Demand Business. They can help you integrate your high-speed networks, storage systems, application servers, wireless protocols, and an array of platforms, middleware, and communications software for IBM and many non-IBM offerings. IBM is your one-stop shop for IT support needs.

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or visit

For details on available IBM Business Continuity and Recovery Services, contact your IBM representative or visit

For details on education offerings related to specific products, visit

Select your country, and then select the product as the category.
 
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Technical information

Hardware requirements

Licensed Machine Code

All features and functions in this announcement are supported on the IBM System Storage DS8000 series and require DS8000 Licensed Machine Code (LMC) level 5.3.0xx.xx (bundle version 63.0.xx.xx), or later.

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

Limitations

  • For the Dynamic Volume Expansion function, volumes may not be in Copy Services relationships (Point-in-Time Copy, FlashCopy® SE, Metro Mirror, Global Mirror, Metro/Global Mirror, and z/OS® Global Mirror) while expansion is taking place.
  • The IBM FlashCopy SE function is not supported in DS8000 machines that have third and fourth expansion units attached. For more information on implementation of IBM FlashCopy SE, refer to the IBM System Storage DS8000 FlashCopy SE Implementation Considerations and Recommendations document available at

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

Physical configuration planning

Physical configuration planning is a customer responsibility. Your disk marketing specialist can help you plan and select the DS8000 series physical configuration and features. Introductory information, including required and optional features, can be found in the IBM System Storage DS8000 Introduction and Planning Guide (GC35-0515).

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

Installation planning

Installation planning is a customer responsibility. Information about planning the installation of your DS8000 series, including equipment, site, and power requirements, can be found in the IBM System Storage DS8000 Introduction and Planning Guide (GC35-0515).

Logical configuration planning and application

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

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

IBM Global Services will also apply and/or modify your logical configuration (fee-based services).

Licensed Machine Code planning and application

IBM may release changes to the DS8000 series Licensed Machine Code. IBM plans to make most DS8000 series LMC changes available for download by the DS8000 series system from the IBM System Storage technical support worldwide Web. Please note that not all LMC changes may be available via the support Web site. If the machine does not function as warranted and your problem can be resolved through your application of downloadable LMC, you are responsible for downloading and installing these designated LMC changes as IBM specifies. IBM has responsibility for installing changes that IBM does not make available for you to download. The DS8000 series includes many enhancements to make the LMC change process simpler, quicker, and more automated. If you would prefer, you may request IBM to install downloadable LMC changes; however, you may be charged for that service.

Calculating physical and effective capacity

Refer to the IBM System Storage DS8000 Introduction and Planning Guide (GC35-0515) for capacity calculation guidelines.

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 Web site 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: No cables are required.

Direct customer support: Direct customer support for the DS8000 series is provided by IBM Operational Support Services — Support Line. This fee service can enhance your productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organization. IBM Operational Support Services — Support Line will help answer questions pertaining to product and feature usage ("how to"), configuration, and product compatibility for eligible products. For a list of the products supported via Support Line, visit the following Web site

For more information on services, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

Security, auditability, and control

This product uses the security and auditability features of the host 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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IBM Electronic Services

IBM has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to help you achieve higher system availability. Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that offers an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available for IBM servers. These services are designed to provide the opportunity for greater system availability with faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. Electronic Services comprises two separate, but complementary, elements: Electronic Services news page and Electronic Services Agent.

The Electronic Services news page is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used 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 Electronic Service Agent™ is no-additional-charge software that resides on your server. It monitors events and transmits system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, client-defined timetable. The Electronic Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to deliver proactive service that may result in higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent is made available to IBM service support representatives when they help answer your questions or diagnose problems. Installation and use of IBM Electronic Service Agent for problem reporting enables IBM to provide better support and service for your IBM server.

To learn how Electronic Services can work for you, visit


 
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Terms and conditions

MES discount applicable: No

Field-installable feature: Yes

Warranty period

  • Machine type 2421: One year
  • Machine type 2422: Two years
  • Machine type 2423: Three years
  • Machine type 2424: Four years

Customer setup: No

Licensed internal code: Same license terms and conditions as designated machine
 
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Prices

Contact your IBM representative for charges information for this announcement.
 
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Order now

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

To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, 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 Teleweb Customer Support
             ibm.com Sales Execution Center, Americas North
             3500 Steeles Ave. East, Tower 3/4
             Markham, Ontario
             Canada
             L3R 2Z1
 
 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

 
System Storage, DS8000, IBMLink, and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
FlashCopy and z/OS are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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