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IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node delivers integrated, innovative storage for IBM PureSystems

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 112-093
November 13, 2012


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IBM® PureFlex™ System is a new category of systems that integrates multiple server architectures, networking, storage, and system management capability into a single system.

IBM Flex System™ V7000 Storage Node is a powerful block storage system designed to integrate into the IBM PureFlex System and IBM Flex System infrastructure for extremely rapid storage deployment and breakthrough management simplicity.

Flex System V7000:

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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IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node is an integrated storage system for IBM PureFlex System and IBM Flex System , designed to deliver high performance, advanced function, high availability, and modular and scalable storage capacity.

IBM PureFlex System and IBM Flex System represent a new category of computing that integrates multiple server architectures, networking, storage, and system management capability into a single system that is easy to deploy and manage.

IBM PureFlex System and IBM Flex System have built-in virtualization support of servers, storage, and networking to speed provisioning and increase resiliency. In addition, it supports multiple open industry standards, operating systems, networking and storage fabrics, virtualization, and system management protocols, to easily fit within existing and future datacenter environments. IBM PureFlex System and IBM Flex System are scalable and extendable with multigeneration upgrades to protect and maximize IT investments.

The new IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node is a powerful block storage system designed to integrate into the IBM PureFlex System or IBM Flex System to enable extremely rapid storage deployment and breakthrough management simplicity. By enabling virtualization, consolidation, and tiering in businesses of all sizes, it is designed to improve application availability and resource utilization. Flex System V7000 offers easy-to-use, efficient and cost-effective management capabilities for both new and existing storage resources in your IT infrastructure. This new class of storage system combines no compromise design along with virtualization, efficiency, and performance capabilities.

IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node is built on the industry-leading storage virtualization and efficiency capabilities of IBM Storwize V7000 including

While also being physically and logically integrated into IBM PureFlex System or IBM Flex System .

IBM Flex System V7000 helps simplify and speed IBM PureFlex System deployment, providing superior integration of server and storage management to automate and streamline provisioning for greater responsiveness to business needs and lower overall cost.

Speed Time to Value with:



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Key prerequisites
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Flex System V7000 Storage Node requires:



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Planned availability date
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December 10, 2012



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Description
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Integrated, innovative storage for IBM PureSystems™

IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node is a powerful block storage system designed to enable rapid storage deployment and breakthrough management simplicity through integration with IBM compute, storage, networking, virtualization and management infrastructures. It helps simplify and speed PureFlex System and IBM Flex System infrastructure deployment with superior server and storage management integration to automate and streamline provisioning and to help organizations achieve greater responsiveness to business needs while reducing costs.

Integrating IBM Storwize V7000 capabilities: Integrated into PureFlex System or IBM Flex System solutions, Flex System V7000 can become part of a highly efficient, highly capable, next-generation information infrastructure.

Flex System V7000 is derived from the same base technology as the successful Storwize V7000. It supports unmatched performance and flexibility through internal virtualization and built-in SSD optimization technologies. Nondisruptive migration of data from existing storage translates to simplified implementation, which minimizes user disruption. Sophisticated storage technologies, including IBM Real-time Compression , thin provisioning, automated tiering, external storage virtualization, clustering, replication and a next-generation graphical user interface (GUI) are designed to help you obtain efficiency from your PureFlex or IBM Flex System infrastructure.

Simplified management with automated deployment: The PureFlex System and IBM Flex System have been designed to solve such major IT challenges as storage and network deployment and integrated management, systems security management, virtual systems monitoring and management, and performance tracking.

Flex System V7000 automatically configures into the PureFlex System or IBM Flex System infrastructure. When placed into the Flex System Enterprise Chassis, Flex System V7000 is immediately recognized and added to IBM Flex System Manager™ and its Chassis Map, helping reduce the time required for setup and configuration management. IBM Flex System Manager provides physical and logical storage topology views and shows relationships between storage and server resources, enabling you to track key resources based on business use. Provisioning capabilities include image management for simple virtual machine creation, deployment and cloning. You can manage storage system pools for data lifecycle management and storage placement based on business policies.

Virtualization: Flex System V7000 virtualizes internal and third-party storage for rapid, flexible provisioning and investment protection. Combining storage and server virtualization can build a more powerful virtualized infrastructure than either virtualization solution deployed alone. By integrating and virtualizing all of your storage, you get a single user interface with a management console that is integrated into the comprehensive management system.

Flex System V7000 is a virtualized storage system that enables rapid third-party external storage virtualization to manage capacity in other disk systems. When Flex System V7000 virtualizes a disk system, capacity in the external system inherits the functional richness and ease of use of Flex System V7000, including advanced replication, thin provisioning, Real-time Compression , and Easy Tier .

Performance optimization: Storage tiering helps optimize storage use with data location to improve system performance, reduce costs and simplify management. Easy Tier technology built into Flex System V7000 automatically and dynamically moves only the appropriate data to SSDs in the system, so you get SSD performance without manually creating and managing storage tier policies.

A hybrid storage pool is created containing two tiers, SSD and hard disk drive (HDD). The busiest volume portions are identified and automatically relocated to high-performance SSDs, and the remaining data can take advantage of higher capacity HDDs for the best value.

Compression for enterprise-class storage efficiency: Real-time Compression can improve efficiency by compressing data as much as 80 percent, enabling you to store up to five times as much data in the same physical disk space. It is designed for use with active primary data such as production databases and email applications, dramatically expanding the range of data that can benefit from compression.

Real-time Compression , together with other efficiency technologies, can reduce acquisition costs, reduce rack space, and lower power and cooling costs. When combined with external storage virtualization, it can significantly enhance the usable capacity of your system.

Flex System V7000 Storage Node components

Flex System V7000 Storage Node is comprised of the following:

All functional capabilities for the Flex System V7000 Storage Node are provided through the Flex System V7000 software. The Flex System V7000 software is preloaded by IBM on the Flex System V7000 control enclosure. Use of the software is entitled through the acquisition of Flex System V7000 software licenses.

For additional information on the Flex System V7000 software, refer to Software Announcement 212-385, dated November 13, 2012 , IBM Flex System V7000 Software V6.4 delivers integrated, innovative storage for IBM PureSystems .

Flex System V7000 hardware models

Flex System V7000 hardware models are designed for use in the Flex System Enterprise Chassis.

The Flex System V7000 control enclosure features:

The Flex System V7000 expansion enclosure features:

Host connectivity: Host connectivity to compute nodes is provided through optional Flex System V7000 control enclosure network cards that connect to the Flex System Enterprise Chassis midplane and its switch modules. Available options are:

Both cards must be installed in pairs (one card per node canister) and the following configurations are supported:

Drive options: Both the Flex System V7000 control and expansion enclosures support high-capacity nearline disk drives, high-performance disk drives, and solid state drives. Drive types can be intermixed within an enclosure. The following 6Gb SAS drives are supported:

Scalability: The Flex System V7000 control enclosure supports the attachment of Flex System V7000 expansion enclosures (maximum of two) and Storwize V7000 expansion enclosures (maximum of nine). Flex System V7000 and Storwize V7000 expansion enclosures can even be intermixed behind a single Flex System V7000 control enclosure, although the total number of expansion enclosures cannot exceed nine.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

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

http://www.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html


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For additional information on the Flex System V7000 software, refer to Software Announcement 212-385, dated November 13, 2012 , IBM Flex System V7000 Software V6.4 delivers integrated, innovative storage for IBM PureSystems .



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                                           Machine
Description                                type      Model    Feature
 
IBM Flex System V7000 Control              4939      A49
 Enclosure
IBM Flex System V7000 Expansion            4939      A29
 Enclosure
 
Drives:
500 GB 7.2K 2.5 inch HDD                   4939      A49,A29  AD11
1 TB 7.2K 2.5 inch HDD                     4939      A49,A29  AD12
300 GB 10K 2.5 inch HDD                    4939      A49,A29  AD21
600 GB 10K 2.5 inch HDD                    4939      A49,A29  AD23
900 GB 10K 2.5 inch HDD                    4939      A49,A29  AD24
146 GB 15K 2.5 inch HDD                    4939      A49,A29  AD31
300 GB 15K 2.5 inch HDD                    4939      A49,A29  AD32
200 GB 2.5 inch SSD                        4939      A49,A29  AD41
400 GB 2.5 inch SSD                        4939      A49,A29  AD43
 
Cables:
External Expansion Cable                   4939      A49,A29  ADA6
Internal Expansion Cable                   4939      A29      ADA1
 
Interconnects:
10Gb CNA 2 Port Card                       4939      A49      ADB1
8Gb FC 4 Port Card                         4939      A49      ADB2
 
Miscellaneous:
Flex System V7000 Drive Filler             4939      A49,A29  AD0Z
RFID Tag For Servers/Compute Nodes/        4939      A49,A29  ERF1
 Chassis/Rack For Flex

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=112-093


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Flex System V7000 base system models consist of the following items:

The following items are optionally are available. Refer to the Product number section for feature numbers:



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Publications
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The following Flex System V7000 publications are available:

The most up-to-date product documentation, including the Flex System V7000 information center, is available and downloadable at

http://www.ibm.com/support

IBM Publications Center Portal

http://www.ibm.com/shop/publications/order

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided, as well as payment options via credit card. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, which can currently be downloaded free of charge.



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Services
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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.

IBM Implementation Services for Flex System - enablement and configuration IBM services can assist you with the planning, implementation, configuration and testing of Flex System compute nodes, storage node, software and management. Additionally, we provide basic skills instruction on the IBM Flex System to your key in-house personnel. Some of the tasks that we perform as part of the implementation service are:

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

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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

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Recommended core technical support

When you buy IBM System x® technology, include the support services you need -- to help keep both your hardware and software working for you, day after day, at peak performance. It's your first step toward helping to protect your investment and sustain high levels of system availability. We offer service-level and response-time options to fit your business needs. And we'll help you get started with a core support package that includes:

For more information, visit

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Specified operating environment

Physical specifications
Operating environment

Air temperature:

Relative humidity:

Electrical power:

Heat dissipation (BTU per hour):

Hardware requirements

The Flex System V7000 requires a Flex System Enterprise Chassis (machine types 7893 and 8721). The chassis must contain the necessary components to support the Flex System V7000 as a node and the appropriate switch module supporting the connectivity option configured with the Flex System V7000.

Refer to Flex System V7000 product documentation and the IBM Systems Support site for information on additional requirements

http://www.ibm.com/support
Software requirements

The Flex System V7000 Storage Node requires the Flex System V7000 software, version 6.4 or later, for operation.

The Flex System V7000 software is preloaded by IBM on the Flex System V7000 control enclosure. Use of the software is entitled through the acquisition of a Flex System V7000 Base Software license. This license is required for the Flex System V7000 control enclosure and for each Flex System V7000 expansion enclosure.

A Storwize V7000 Base Software license is required for each Storwize V7000 expansion enclosure directly connected to a Flex System V7000 control enclosure.

Use of optional licensed products offered with the Flex System V7000 software is entitled through the acquisition of their respective licenses.

For additional information on the Flex System V7000 software, refer to Software Announcement 212-385, dated November 13, 2012 , IBM Flex System V7000 Software V6.4 delivers integrated, innovative storage for IBM PureSystems .

Compatibility

Refer to the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC) for a comprehensive list of supported environments, devices, and configurations

http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic
Limitations

The Flex System V7000 Storage Node is only supported in the Flex System Enterprise Chassis (machine types 7893 and 8721).

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

Physical configuration and installation planning, along with machine installation and configuration, are customer responsibilities.

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 website 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

Cables are required to attach an expansion enclosure into a Flex System V7000 system. The following expansion enclosure cables are offered with the Flex System V7000:

Security, auditability, and control

This product uses the security and auditability features of host hardware, host software, and application software.

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 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

http://www.ibm.com/support/electronic


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IBM Global Financing

Yes

Warranty period

An IBM part or feature installed during the initial installation of an IBM machine is subject to a full warranty effective on the date of installation of the machine. An IBM part or feature that replaces a previously installed part or feature assumes the remainder of the warranty period for the replaced part or feature. An IBM part or feature added to a machine without replacing a previously installed part or feature is subject to a full warranty effective on its date of installation. Unless specified otherwise, the warranty period, type of warranty service, and service level of a part or feature are the same as those for the machine in which it is installed.

Warranty service

If required, IBM provides repair or exchange service depending on the types of warranty service specified for the machine. IBM will attempt to resolve your problem over the telephone, or electronically via an IBM website. Certain machines contain remote support capabilities for direct problem reporting, remote problem determination, and resolution with IBM . You must follow the problem determination and resolution procedures that IBM specifies. Following problem determination, if IBM determines on-site service is required, scheduling of service will depend upon the time of your call, machine technology and redundancy, and availability of parts. If applicable to your product, parts considered Customer Replaceable Units (CRUs) will be provided as part of the machine's standard warranty service.

Service levels are response-time objectives and are not guaranteed. The specified level of warranty service may not be available in all worldwide locations. Additional charges may apply outside IBM's normal service area. Contact your local IBM representative or your reseller for country and location-specific information.

The type of service is Customer Replaceable Unit (for example, keyboard, mouse, speaker, memory, or hard disk drive) Service and On-site Service.

Customer Replaceable Unit (CRU) Service: IBM provides a replacement CRU to you for you to install. CRU information and replacement instructions are shipped with your machine and are available from IBM at any time on your request. A CRU is designated as being either a Tier 1 (mandatory) or a Tier 2 (optional) CRU. Installation of Tier 1 CRUs, as specified in this announcement, is your responsibility. If IBM installs a Tier 1 CRU at your request, you will be charged for the installation. You may install a Tier 2 CRU yourself or request IBM to install it, at no additional charge, under the type of warranty service designated for your Machine.

Based upon availability, a CRU will be shipped for next business day (NBD) delivery. IBM specifies in the materials shipped with a replacement CRU whether a defective CRU must be returned to IBM . When return is required, return instructions and a container are shipped with the replacement CRU, and you may be charged for the replacement CRU if IBM does not receive the defective CRU within 15 days of your receipt of the replacement.

The following parts or features have been designated as Tier 1 CRUs:

On-Site Service: At IBM's discretion you will receive CRU service or IBM will repair the failing machine at your location and verify its operation. You must provide a suitable working area to allow disassembly and reassembly of the IBM machine. The area must be clean, well lit, and suitable for the purpose.

Service level is 9 hours per day, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, next business day response. Calls must be received by 5:00 p.m. local time in order to qualify for next business day response.

On-site Service is not available in all countries, and some countries have kilometer or mileage limitations from an IBM service center. In those locations where On-site Service is not available, the normal in-country service delivery is used.

Non-IBM parts support

Warranty service: IBM is now shipping machines with selected non-IBM parts that contain an IBM field replaceable unit (FRU) part number label. These parts are to be serviced during the IBM machine warranty period. IBM is covering the service on these selected non-IBM parts as an accommodation to its customers, and normal warranty service procedures for the IBM machine apply.

Warranty service upgrades

Usage plan machine

No

IBM hourly service rate classification

Two

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

Yes

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 and licensed machine code

These products do not contain Licensed Internal Code or Licensed Machine Code.

Educational allowance

A reduced charge is available to qualified education customers. The educational allowance may not be added to any other discount or allowance.

The educational allowance is 15% for the products in this announcement.



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Product charges
                                Feature  Machine  Model      
Description                     number   type     number     
 
IBM Flex System V7000 Control            4939     A49                     
IBM Flex System V7000 Expansion          4939     A29                     
 
Drives:
500 GB 7.2K 2.5 inch HDD        AD11     4939     A49,A29                 
1 TB 7.2K 2.5 inch HDD          AD12     4939     A49,A29                 
300 GB 10K 2.5 inch HDD         AD21     4939     A49,A29                 
600 GB 10K 2.5 inch HDD         AD23     4939     A49,A29                 
900 GB 10K 2.5 inch HDD         AD24     4939     A49,A29                 
146 GB 15K 2.5 inch HDD         AD31     4939     A49,A29                 
300 GB 15K 2.5 inch HDD         AD32     4939     A49,A29                 
200 GB 2.5 inch SSD             AD41     4939     A49,A29                 
400 GB 2.5 inch SSD             AD43     4939     A49,A29                 
 
Cables:
Internal Expansion Cable        ADA1     4939     A29        
External Expansion Cable        ADA6     4939     A49,A29                 
 
Interconnects:
10Gb CNA 2 Port Card            ADB1     4939     A49                     
8Gb FC 4 Port Card              ADB2     4939     A49                     
 
Miscellaneous:
Flex System V7000 Drive Filler  AD0Z     4939     A49,A29                 
RFID Tag For Servers/           ERF1     4939     A49,A29                 
 Compute Nodes/Chassis/
 Rack For Flex
 
                                                 Feature  Install
Description                                      number   type*

Drives:
500 GB 7.2K 2.5 inch HDD                         AD11     Both
1 TB 7.2K 2.5 inch HDD                           AD12     Both
300 GB 10K 2.5 inch HDD                          AD21     Both
600 GB 10K 2.5 inch HDD                          AD23     Both
900 GB 10K 2.5 inch HDD                          AD24     Both
146 GB 15K 2.5 inch HDD                          AD31     Both
300 GB 15K 2.5 inch HDD                          AD32     Both
200 GB 2.5 inch SSD                              AD41     Both
400 GB 2.5 inch SSD                              AD43     Both
 
Cables:
Internal Expansion Cable                         ADA1     Plant
External Expansion Cable                         ADA6     Both
 
Interconnects:
10Gb CNA 2 Port Card                             ADB1     Both
8Gb FC 4 Port Card                               ADB2     Both
 
Miscellaneous:
Flex System V7000 Drive Filler                   AD0Z     Both
RFID Tag For Servers/                            ERF1     Plant
 Compute Nodes/Chassis/
 Rack For Flex
 
* Install type:
  - "Plant" denotes plant installation only.
  - "Field" denotes field installation only.
  - "Both" denotes both plant and field installation.

Pricing terms

Prices in the following PDF prices link are suggested list prices on day of announcement for the U.S. only. They are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. IBM list price does not include tax or shipping and is subject to change without notice.

ENUS-112-093-LIST_PRICES_2012_11_13.PDF ENUS-112-093-LIST_PRICES_2012_11_13.PDF

ServicePac prices

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

IBM Global Financing

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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.

Financing solutions from IBM Global Financing can help you stretch your budget and affordably acquire the new product. But beyond the initial acquisition, our end-to-end approach to IT management can also help keep your technologies current, reduce costs, minimize risk, and preserve your ability to make flexible equipment decisions throughout the entire technology life cycle.



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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)
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Mail:       IBM Teleweb Customer Support
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            L3R 2Z1

Reference: YE001

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.
Trademarks

PureFlex, IBM Flex System, Real-time Compression, PureSystems, IBM Flex System Manager and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

IBM, Storwize, System Storage, Easy Tier, PartnerWorld, System x and ibm.com are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

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