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IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance firmware V1.1.1 adds IBM z/VM support for Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z environments

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 110-070
March 29, 2010

 
 ENUS110-070.PDF (87KB)

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WebSphere® Cloudburst enables you to easily manage WebSphere products in a cloud environment, providing significant value to your data center or business:

  • Manages IBM® WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor™ Edition for Novell SLES on System z® environments across a pool of virtualized servers
  • Ensures security in a shared environment as the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance serves as a secured, tamper-resistant vault for images and credentials
  • Provides tooling supporting virtual image customization, allowing you to easily modify images to contain applications, monitors, and corporate governance agents
  • Simplifies maintenance and updates to virtual images and patterns to ensure correctness and consistency
  • Provides automated maintenance and updates to virtual images (stored or running) to ensure correctness and consistency in updating images
  • Provides REST APIs to facilitate WebSphere CloudBurst integration into existing data center management environments

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: NE001).


 
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IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance (WebSphere CloudBurst) provisions and manages WebSphere Application Server to virtualized servers and private cloud computing environments. WebSphere CloudBurst dispenses patterns (predefined application environments codified from 10 years of management best practices) of IBM WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition virtual images into a pool of virtualized resources running on a supported hypervisor. For your convenience, WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition is preloaded on WebSphere CloudBurst. Licenses to use WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition must be purchased separately.

WebSphere CloudBurst firmware 1.1.1 now supports IBM z/VM® hypervisor, in addition to IBM PowerVM™ and VMware ESX hypervisors. The new IBM WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition for Novell SLES on System z runs in zVM environments. For additional information, refer to Software Announcement 209-388, dated November 17, 2009.

WebSphere CloudBurst delivers value in several ways.

  • Helps lower costs, as higher hardware utilization rates are reached in virtualized environments, reducing power consumption.
  • Increases agility and reduces time to value.
  • Empowers individual application managers, developers, and testers to manage IT infrastructure in a more autonomous and agile fashion by leveraging a shared self-service, multi-tenant environment. As a result, your company can quickly adapt to changing business needs. WebSphere CloudBurst delivers value by factoring out repetitive, time-consuming manual tasks, such as hardware approvals, operating system installation and configuration, middleware installation and configuration, application installation and configuration, and maintenance applications, and replaces them with a single interaction on the administrative console.
  • Increases repeatability and helps reduce costly errors by allowing you to customize environments once (in the way familiar to WebSphere Application Server users), capture them, and redeploy them at the click of a button. This gives application managers, developers, and testers a standard, known starting point from which to make exploratory changes, evaluate development fixes, apply maintenance, and install applications.
  • Provides a physically secure hardware appliance. It manages a shared, multi-tenant environment, where isolation and security are of utmost importance. The secure nature of the appliance is rooted in a self-disabling switch, triggered if the appliance cover is removed. This physical security allows WebSphere CloudBurst to serve as a secure vault for credentials, which can be tied to virtual images throughout their entire life cycle (in storage, being dispensed, running in the cloud, or being removed from the cloud).
  • Manages users and groups and their access. It tracks and reports usage statistics based on user and group information. These reports can be used for internal chargeback purposes.

WebSphere CloudBurst is targeted for on-premise production, development, and test environments, and can also serve as the foundation for hosted software-as-a-service environments.

Feature exchange

Not applicable.


 
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Server running a supported hypervisor:

  • IBM z/VM
  • IBM PowerVM
  • VMware ESX

 
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March 29, 2010: Firmware V1.1.1 on support site


 
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New function

WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance firmware V1.1.1 extends managed cloud support to z/VM for SUSE z/Linux environments.

Build a managed cloud out of existing hardware

WebSphere CloudBurst requires a set of hardware running a supported hypervisor to serve as its managed cloud. WebSphere CloudBurst supports:

  • System z running z/VM hypervisor
  • Power® series running PowerVM V2.1.1 hypervisor
  • x86 hardware running VMware ESX v4.0, v3.5, v3.0.2, or v3i hypervisor

To build a cloud, you simply enter connection and authentication information for each hypervisor to be included in the cloud. This creates an on-premise managed cloud environment into which WebSphere CloudBurst can dispense WebSphere Application Server-based workloads upon request.

Manage your shared resource pool

To help mitigate some challenges introduced by a shared resource model, WebSphere CloudBurst includes function for managing a shared pool. Users and groups can be used to control what is accessed by each person, team, or organization. WebSphere CloudBurst optionally connects to an external LDAP directory for authentication. User and group information is used to create reports indicating usage, timing, and location. WebSphere CloudBurst uses a proprietary placement algorithm, which considers resource usage, to determine where requested environments are placed in the managed cloud.

To support IBM sub-capacity licensing, WebSphere CloudBurst includes IBM License Metric Tool in each virtual image dispensed into the managed cloud.

Customize your virtual WebSphere Application Server environment

In WebSphere CloudBurst, patterns represent multiserver arrangements or topologies. WebSphere CloudBurst ships with predefined patterns of WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition for Novell SLES on System z images, and allows you to customize environments to suit your needs. WebSphere CloudBurst includes drag-and-drop function for cloning and modifying existing patterns and similar functions for creating new patterns. Tooling is also provided for modifying individual images to include monitoring agents, corporate governance agents, application code, and drivers. Each modification of an image or pattern results in a new version of that resource being created, such that previous states of an image can be recalled at a later time.

Versatile management of a cloud environment

Users may interact with the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance in three different ways:

  • Command line interface (CLI)
  • Web user interface (UI)
  • REST APIs

Both CLI and the Web UI invoke REST APIs. As such, this product is fully programmable and scriptable, and can be manipulated from broader data center automation suites like Tivoli® Provisioning Manager and Tivoli Service Automation Manager. Updates to the appliance are performed as full firmware replacement, which is as simple as pointing the appliance at the update URL and clicking a button.

WebSphere CloudBurst is very simple to learn and use. As a hardware appliance, it is truly plug and play. To get started, simply load the inventory of server, network, and storage resources to be managed, and a cloud environment is formed. WebSphere CloudBurst requires exclusive control over the pool of machines it manages, to prevent problems associated with multiple users performing conflicting optimization actions.

WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition for Novell SLES on System z

WebSphere CloudBurst is shipped with WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition for Novell SLES on System z code included, for convenience. Licenses to use WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition for Novell SLES on System z must be purchased separately via Passport Advantage®. For details on WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition for Novell SLES on System z, refer to Software Announcement 210-071, dated March 29, 2010.

For additional information on WebSphere Cloudburst Appliance, visit

http://www.ibm.com/cloudburst

For additional information on WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition for Novell SLES on System z, visit

http://www.ibm.com/software/webservers/appserv/hypervisor/

Instructions for downloading WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance firmware are provided at

http://www.ibm.com/software/webservers/cloudburst/support/

 
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For information on the initial WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance offering, refer to Hardware Announcement 109-318, dated June 02, 2009.

For information on WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition for Novell SLES on System z, refer to Software Announcement 210-071, dated March 29, 2010.

For information on IBM WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition for AIX®, refer to Software Announcement 209-388, dated November 17, 2009.

For information on WebSphere CloudBurst Support registration, refer to Software Announcement 209-194, dated June 02, 2009.

For information on WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition for Novell SUSE Linux® Enterprise Server for System z environments, refer to Software Announcement 209-145, dated June 02, 2009.

Business Partner information

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

https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/sla.jsp?num=110-070

 
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Existing WebSphere CloudBurst machine models

Description                               Machine   Model  Feature
 
IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance        9235      72X
 
IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Cloud Capacity   9231      200
  Entitlement (in PVU)
 
IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Cloud Capacity   9231      200    1773
  Entitlement (in PVU)   1000 PVUs
  (bundled with initial purchase)
 
IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Cloud Capacity   9231      200    1760
  Entitlement (in PVU)   1 PVU
 
IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Cloud Capacity   9231      200    1761
  Entitlement (in PVU)   100 PVUs
 
IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Cloud Capacity   9231      200    1762
  Entitlement (in PVU)   1000 PVUs

For information, refer to Hardware Announcement 109-318, dated June 02, 2009.

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9231-200 WebSphere CloudBurst feature option 1773 is required and available only with the initial order of each 9235-72X model.

Specify features

There are no changes to this information. For details, refer to Hardware Announcement 109-318, dated June 02, 2009.

Model conversions

Not applicable.


 
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Publications
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WebSphere CloudBurst hardware publications are available on the Documentation CD included with the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance.

Displayable softcopy publications

The product hardware publications are offered in displayable softcopy form. All hardware publications are included. The files are shipped on CD-ROM with the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance.


 
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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

http://www.ibm.com/services/

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

http://www.ibm.com/services/continuity

For details on education offerings related to specific products, visit

http://www.ibm.com/services/learning/index.html

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


 
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Specified operating environment

Software requirements

There are two offerings for WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition for Novell SLES on System z.

  • IBM WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition for Novell SLES on System z - Novell Subscription required (5725-A11)
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition for Novell SLES on System z - Novell Subscription not required (5725-A12)

For information, refer to Software Announcement 210-071, dated March 29, 2010.

z/VM 5.3/ 5.4 (5741-A05) including

  • Directory Manager (DIRM)
  • Resource Access Control Facility (RACF®)

The 9235 Model 72X WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance comes with IBM-supplied firmware.

Security, auditability, and control

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 Global Financing

Yes

Usage plan machine

No

IBM hourly service rate classification

Not applicable.

When a type of service involves the exchange of a machine part, the replacement may not be new, but will be in good working order.

Field-installable features

No

Model conversions

No

Machine installation

Customer setup. Customers are responsible for installation according to the instructions IBM provides with the machine.

Graduated program license charges apply

No

Licensed internal code

The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs 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.

These products are licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA), and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Support, and the Addendum for Support Z125-XXXX which provides for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. These programs have a one-time license charge for use of the program and an ongoing recurring charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours) as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect.

License Information form number

IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance V1.1.1 firmware

L-AJOS-82GMSA

The program License Information will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement Web site

http://www.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf
Educational allowance

Not applicable.


 
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For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

Product charges

There are no changes to this information. For details, refer to Hardware Announcement 109-318, dated June 02, 2009.

Maintenance charges

For additional information on maintenance and pricing, please contact your IBM Sales Representative or your IBM Business Partner, or call 1-800-IBM-CALL (1-800-426-2255).

For ServiceElect (ESA) maintenance service charges, contact IBM Global Services at 888-IBM-4343 (426-4343).

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, from both 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

http://www.ibm.com/financing

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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To order, contact the Americas Call Centers or 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)
For IBM representative: callserv@ca.ibm.com
For IBM Business Partner: pwswna@us.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: NE001

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.

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Hypervisor and PowerVM are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

WebSphere, IBM, System z, z/VM, Power, Tivoli, Passport Advantage, AIX, PartnerWorld, RACF and ibm.com are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

Linux is a registered 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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IBM products and services which are announced and available in your country can be ordered under the applicable standard agreements, terms, conditions, and prices in effect at the time. IBM reserves the right to modify or withdraw this announcement at any time without notice. This announcement is provided for your information only. Additional terms of use are located at

http://www.ibm.com/legal/us/en/

For the most current information regarding IBM products, consult your IBM representative or reseller, or visit the IBM worldwide contacts page

http://www.ibm.com/planetwide/us/

 

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