Statement of Direction: IBM Cluster System Management (CSM) productsIBM United States Software Announcement 209-273
October 20, 2009
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IBM® outlines its future plans for IBM Cluster Systems Management (CSM) products. Since the last functional release of CSM, IBM has stabilized the CSM products and shifted to a dual-prong strategy for system management of clusters.
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IBM is shifting to a dual-prong strategy for the system management of IBM server clusters. The following CSM products have been functionally stable since the last release in November 2007:
5765-F67 IBM CSM for AIX 5765-G16 IBM CSM for Linux® on POWER 5765-E88 IBM CSM for Linux Multiplatform (IBM X-Architecture®)
As we move toward the future of cluster systems management, our strategy and plans are diverging to meet the unique requirements of High Performance Computing (HPC) customers as compared to those of general computing customers as follows:
For High Performance Computing (HPC) customers, the Extreme Cloud Administration Toolkit (xCAT), an open source tool originally developed for IBM System x® clusters, has been enhanced to support all of the HPC capabilities of CSM on all of the platforms that CSM currently supports, as well as unique HPC requirements to integrate with other open source system management tools and the rest of the IBM HPC software stack.
Available now, xCAT 2.3 is designed to meet the requirements of existing HPC CSM customers. These customers can begin planning to transition to this strategic cluster system management tool for HPC. IBM will continue to enhance xCAT to meet the unique requirements of the HPC customer set.
IBM offers technical support for xCAT 2, enabling customers who are interested in using open source technology to have the peace of mind of IBM support being available when needed. IBM Support for xCAT provides two tiers of technical support:
- IBM Enhanced Support for xCAT
- IBM Elite Support for xCAT
Refer to Software Announcement 208-234, dated September 09, 2008.
Today, the CSM for Linux products were announced as being withdrawn from marketing, effective January 29, 2010. Refer to Software withdrawals 909-185, dated October 20, 2009, and 909-184, dated October 20, 2009.
For general computing customers who operate non-HPC clustering infrastructures, IBM Systems Director and its family of products are IBM's strategic cross-platform system management solution.
IBM Systems Director helps you achieve the full benefits of virtualization within your data center by reducing the complexity of systems management. IBM Systems Director streamlines the way physical and virtual systems are managed across multiple servers, operating systems, and virtualization technologies for IBM and non-IBM platforms using a single console.
Today, IBM announced IBM Systems Director VMControl Image Manager V2.2, a plug-in to IBM Systems Director V6.1 that provides support to manage and automate the deployment of virtual appliances from a centralized location. Refer to Software Announcement 209-329, dated October 20, 2009. This release of Systems Director VMControl includes enhancements that deliver comparable function to CSM for deployment of non-HPC clustering environments.
IBM Systems Director V6.1.2 (also announced October 20, 2009), and the Systems Director VMControl 2.2 plug-in together provide many cluster management capabilities found in CSM, such as systems discovery and node inventory, node groups, event monitoring, firmware flashing, and automated responses. These products also provide many cluster management capabilities like CSM's distributed command execution and remote console, the NIM-based AIX® mksysb. installation capability for HMC- and IVM-managed LPARs as well as deployment of one or many AIX and Linux virtual server images. IBM Systems Director includes a command-line interface (CLI) for scripting most cluster management functions.
IBM continues to market the Cluster Systems Management for AIX product and encourages customers with non-HPC clustering requirements to begin evaluating IBM Systems Director 6.1.2 and Systems Director VMControl 2.2. IBM intends to update CSM for AIX to support new AIX technology levels for both AIX 5.3 and AIX 6.1 for the life cycle of those AIX releases, and to extend its supported hardware to IBM POWER® processor-based server models available during this transition period. IBM encourages all IBM Power® server clustering customers to begin evaluating Systems Director and Systems Director VMControl Image Manager to simplify the transition as new clustering features become available. For more information, visit
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Type Model or Order Type Part Program number number name 5765-F67 - - IBM CSM for AIX, V1.7 5765-DRP - - IBM Systems Director 6.1 5724-V63 D04X5LL IBM Enhanced Support for xCAT V2 5724-V64 D04X6LL IBM Elite Support for xCAT V2
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