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IBM Active Energy Manager for x86 V4.3 helps you monitor and manage the power and thermal usage of your IT environment

IBM United States Software Announcement 210-089
April 13, 2010

 
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IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager™ (AEM) V4.3 software, an IBM® Systems Director plug-in, is available on x86 operating systems to help you monitor and manage the power and thermal usage of your IT environment. AEM is a unique energy management software tool that can provide a single view of the actual power usage across systems in your infrastructure as opposed to the benchmarked power consumption.

The main new features in this release are:

  • IBM x86 technology-based servers can be monitored for energy consumption and can be energy-managed from AEM.
  • PDUs from Server Technologies and Geist can now be monitored. By adding these popular products, AEM continues to increase its scope.
  • APC's InfraStruXure Central V5.1 and V6.0 and Eaton's Power Xpert V2.0 are supported for monitoring power and cooling infrastructure.

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: SE001).


 
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IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager (AEM) V4.3 can effectively manage the energy usage in data centers at the system, chassis, or rack level. Through monitoring of a wide range of equipment, and use of power saving capabilities on IBM equipment, AEM can help in the analysis of data center efficiency, which may result in monetary savings. It can also be used as a tool for implementing data center efficiency changes, through the use of thresholding AEM-monitored data and setting power management policies. Active Energy Manager is positioned as a key component of IBM's energy-efficient technologies and services, as part of the Dynamic Infrastructure® strategy in support of Smarter Planet™. It is also part of the New Enterprise Data Center strategy and is a plug-in to IBM Systems Director V6.2.

A data center energy management solution, AEM is designed to measure, monitor, and manage the energy management components built into IBM servers. It also provides a source of energy management data that can be exploited by Tivoli® enterprise solutions such as IBM Tivoli Monitoring. AEM also retrieves thermal and power information via external sensors and collects alerts, events, and data from facility providers related to power and cooling equipment.

AEM V4.3 builds upon AEM V4.2 and offers the ability to:

  • Monitor energy data through PDUs from Server Technologies and Geist
  • Support monitoring of equipment via an IPv6 connection

APC's InfraStruXure Central V5.1 and V6.0 and Eaton's Power Xpert V2.0 are supported for monitoring power and cooling infrastructure.


 
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IBM Systems Director V6.2 and updates required for IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager V4.3

Refer to the Technical information section for additional information.


 
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Planned availability date
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June 25, 2010


 
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AEM V4.3, an IBM Systems Director plug-in, is designed to simplify the management of energy consumption across multiple IBM and non-IBM systems. AEM tracks energy use over time and can assist you in determining how to reallocate energy to additional servers without adding additional energy or cooling equipment. When energy is constrained, AEM is designed to allow energy to be allocated on a server-to-server basis. AEM is also designed to track and allocate energy consumption in a manner intended not to affect performance. Sensors and alerts can warn you if limiting energy to a server could affect performance.

AEM is designed to increase your capability to control energy consumption and improve energy use efficiency, which can potentially result in savings and cost reductions. AEM is intended to help you:

  • Increase energy use efficiency by controlling energy use across the data center
  • Negotiate competitive utility rates based on accurate energy use trend assessments
  • Limit server energy consumption by capping maximum energy consumption
  • Perform server-to-server energy consumption comparisons

By enabling you to meter energy use and trend historical data, AEM is designed to help reduce energy costs in the data center. AEM is also designed to complement and integrate with higher-level management software such as Tivoli. AEM interfaces with the IBM Tivoli Monitoring products and other Tivoli products.

AEM V4.3 can help protect your IT investment through its open design and support for industry standards, which enables heterogeneous physical and virtual management with support for multiple platforms and operating systems.

AEM V4.3 supports the following endpoints: IBM BladeCenter®, Power Systems™, System x®, and System z® servers. New in this release is support for POWER7™ servers, as well as new System x models.

Non-IBM, legacy IBM, and IBM Storage Systems can be monitored through PDU support. In addition, AEM can collect information from select facility providers including Liebert's SiteScan from Emerson Network Power, InfraStruXure Central from APC, and Power Xpert and Foreseer from Eaton. Sensors from SynapSense, iButton, Sensatronics, SmartWorks, and Arch Rock are also supported, in order to provide a view of data center environmental data, and for equipment that does not have its own built-in sensors. AEM V4.3 can perform monitoring and management functions for all supported systems from a single console.

AEM V4.3 provides no-charge monitoring functions and a set of optional chargeable (fee-based) management functions.

AEM monitoring functions (no charge)

AEM V4.3 is designed to provide monitoring functions for devices that can connect to select power distribution units (PDUs). This enables monitoring functions for systems that do not have support for AEM; for example, older servers and low- and mid-range storage devices. When these systems are plugged into an intelligent PDU (a smart power strip), AEM is designed to be able to collect energy information from I/O drawers plugged into the PDU, providing a more complete view of energy used in the data center. Additionally, AEM provides users power management functions for intelligent PDUs. Through AEM, users can turn off individual outlets on the PDUs. This allows administrators to prevent the plugging in of unauthorized equipment in a rack. It also provides a way to quick cut power usage in case of emergencies. New in this release is support for PDUs from Server Technologies and Geist.

Power trending is a monitoring function that displays energy use for individual systems or groups of systems over time (in a graph or table format) to help enable you to understand energy use trends within and across your systems.

Thermal trending is a monitoring function that displays information on the inlet and exhaust temperatures for individual systems one at a time to help you understand thermal characteristics of your systems. Incorporating this data into one centralized software-based energy use offering allows finite and localized temperature adjustments within the IT shop to help reduce energy costs for cooling.

Support for facility providers is a function that retrieves information from Emerson Network Power's SiteScan application, APC's InfraStruXure Central, and Eaton's Power Xpert and Foreseer. Numerous attributes associated with the energy usage of power and cooling equipment can be collected, and made available through AEM. This provides a broader scope of energy information within the data center while including a view of facilities equipment. New in this release is the ability to integrate with the newest releases of these products.

Support for sensors is a function that retrieves temperature and power information via sensors. Supported vendors include SynapSense, iButton, Sensatronics, and Arch Rock. In AEM V4.3, this sensor data can now be associated with Systems Director managed resources. This provides a broader scope of energy information across systems within the data center, while including a view of facilities equipment.

In addition, power and cooling relationships can be configured to servers for all of the above PDUs, sensors, and equipment discovered from the infrastructure management providers. This allows energy data and events to be associated with the servers that use them.

AEM management functions (chargeable)

Power capping is included in the set of optional chargeable (fee-based) management functions. It is designed to allow you to set a maximum energy level per system. If the system starts to consume more than the maximum level set, AEM is designed to throttle the processor to use less energy, which slows down the server. This feature is designed to come into play it if gets too warm in the data center. Setting the cap will ensure that the system will not use more than the cap value, thus allowing the user to allocate less power for that system.

Power saver mode is included in the set of optional chargeable (fee-based) management functions for Power Systems servers. It is designed to allow you to manage your energy use as work activity shifts across various demands. Static power saving mode is enabled via an on/off switch, which you can schedule during times of low utilization, or a script can be written so that it can be switched automatically, based on processor utilization. Users can choose to put systems in this mode when they are not being used heavily, or can do this automatically. This can result in significant energy cost savings.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A U.S. 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

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

IBM Systems Director is capable as of June 25, 2010, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it.


 
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IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager V4.3 is an IBM Systems Director V6.2 plug-in. It is an energy management solution building block that returns control of energy costs to the client. Active Energy Manager is a cornerstone of the IBM energy management framework.

Active Energy Manager advances the IBM initiative to deliver price/performance per square foot. This offering enables monitoring and management of power usage across systems equipment within the IT and facility infrastructures, which can decrease the cost of computing through improved power utilization and reduced labor cost. Active Energy Manager provides a broader scope of energy information across systems within the data center while including a view of facilities equipment.

By enabling you to meter energy use and trend data, AEM is designed to help reduce energy costs in the data center. AEM is also designed to complement and integrate with higher-level management software such as Tivoli. AEM interfaces with the IBM Tivoli Monitoring products and other Tivoli products.

AEM V4.3 is focused on multisystem resource management of energy across IBM servers and provides heterogeneous monitoring support for systems and IT facilities, enabling clients to manage actual energy consumption.

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=210-089

 
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Refer to Software Announcement 210-075, dated April 13, 2010, for IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for POWER®, V4.3.

Refer to Software Announcement 210-090, dated April 13, 2010, for IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for System z, V4.3.


 
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Program
number    VRM    Program name
 
5765-AEX  4.3    IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for x86
5771-AEX         1 Year Subscription Renewal
5772-AEX         1 Year Subscription After License

Note: All program numbers have been previously announced and priced.

Product identification number

      Program       Subscription
      PID number    1 year PID number
      
      5765-AEX       5771-AEX
                     5772-AEX

 
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If you download from the Web, you are offered the product to evaluate the AEM management functions for up to 60 days under the terms of the IBM International License Agreement for Evaluation of Programs (ILAE). During the evaluation period, an option to purchase a permanent license will be offered. If a permanent license is purchased, a keyfile will be shipped on a CD-ROM to enable AEM management functions to remain active. When installing the keyfile, no changes are made to AEM and everything will continue to work as it did. If a permanent license is not purchased and installed, then the AEM management functions will be disabled when the evaluation period ends; however, AEM monitoring functions will continue to work after the evaluation period ends. Otherwise, the AEM management functions will be disabled. AEM monitoring functions do not require the keyfile to remain enabled. AEM monitoring functions and the key-enabled management functions are licensed under the terms of the IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA).

The IBM Systems Director V6.2 Information Center Web site at

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/director/v6r2x/index.jsp

is planned to be updated with information pertinent to IBM Systems Director V6.2 and its associated plug-ins on or before June 25, 2010.


 
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Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site

http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi

 
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Publications
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No licensed hardcopy publications are shipped with this program.

Publications are available in U.S. English versions from the IBM Systems Director Information Center.

The IBM Systems Director Information Center provides you with a single information center where you can access product documentation for IBM systems hardware, operating systems, and server software. Through a consistent framework, you can efficiently find information and personalize your access. The IBM Systems Director Information Center is at

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/director/v6r2x/index.jsp

To find information, you can search, browse the contents, follow links from one topic to related topics, and print the topics you want to read offline.


 
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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

For the latest list of systems supported, visit

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/director/v6r2x/topic/ com.ibm.director.plan.helps.doc/fqm0_r_hardware_requirements.html
Software requirements

IBM Active Energy Manager for x86 V4.3 is dependent on IBM Systems Director and has the same software requirements as the IBM Systems Director server. These software requirements are available from the IBM Systems Director documentation and from the IBM Systems Director Information Center at

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/director/v6r2x/topic/ com.ibm.director.plan.helps.doc/ fqm0_r_operating_system_and_software_requirements.html

The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a README file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.

Limitations

AEM can monitor but not manage power data on servers that do not have native support.

Platform or OS-specific capabilities:

  • System z servers are supported for monitoring functions only.
  • Power Systems servers are supported for monitoring, power saving, and capping.
  • System x servers are supported for monitoring and capping but not power saving.
  • Storage devices are enabled for monitoring only when utilizing PDUs.

Limitations and workarounds are available from the IBM Systems Director V6.2 Information Center

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/director/v6r2x/index.jsp
Performance considerations

Performance considerations are available from the IBM Systems Director Information Center

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/director/v6r2x/index.jsp

Planning information

Customer responsibilities: Detailed planning information for IBM Systems Director is available from the Web in the IBM Systems Director Information Center at

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/director/v6r2x/index.jsp

You can also access an interactive, dynamic planning advisor for use when building your IBM Systems Director solution.

http://www.ibm.com/support
Direct customer support

For technical support or assistance, contact your IBM representative or visit

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

The IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager package contains one CD-ROM that includes product installation documentation and files.

Your Proof of Entitlement for this program is a copy of a paid sales receipt, purchase order, invoice, or other sales record from IBM or its authorized reseller from whom you acquired the program, provided that it states the license charge unit (the characteristics of intended use of the program; for example, number of processors, number of users) and quantity acquired.

Information about how you may obtain program services will be provided by the party (either IBM or its authorized reseller) from whom you acquired the program.

AEM will be available on or before June 25, 2010, for electronic download from

http://www.ibm.com/systems/management/director/plugins/actengmgr/

This program, when downloaded from a Web site, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, which will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. For future reference, the license and License Information will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT.

Security, auditability, and control

IBM Active Energy Manager for x86 V4.3 uses the security and auditability features of the system in which it is installed. The customer 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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IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based Software Services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Also, we extend our IBM Software Services reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.

To learn more about IBM Software Services or to contact a Software Services sales specialist, visit

http://www.ibm.com/software/sw-services/

 
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Charge metric
                                               PID       Charge
Program name                                   number    metric
 
IBM Systems Director Active Energy             5765-AEX  Per Server
 Manager for x86, V4.3
  1 Year Subscription Renewal                  5771-AEX  Per Server
  1 Year Subscription Renewal after License    5772-AEX  Per Server

Server is a unit of measure by which the Program can be licensed. A Server is a physical computer that is comprised of processing units, memory, and input/output capabilities and that executes requested procedures, commands, or applications for one or more users or client devices. Where racks, blade enclosures, or other similar equipment is being employed, each separable physical device (for example, a blade or a rack-mounted device) that has the required components is considered itself a separate Server. A Proof of Entitlement (PoE) must be obtained for each server regardless of the number of processor cores or partitions in the server on which the program runs and each server managed by the program.

Active Energy Manager entitlements for managing IBM System x servers, IBM Blade Center blades, and IBM Power Systems servers, in the small server tier, are available by ordering IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for IBM x86. Active Energy Manager entitlements for managing medium and large IBM servers are not available with IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for IBM x86. Entitlements for managing medium or large IBM servers are available by ordering IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for Power Systems (5765-AEP), or IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for Linux® on System z (5648-AEZ). Further information is available in the Reference Information section of this announcement.

Server

Server is the unit of measure by which this program is licensed. A server is a computer system that executes requested procedures, commands, or applications to one or more user or client devices. A Proof of Entitlement (PoE) must be obtained for each server regardless of the number of processor cores or partitions in the server on which the program runs or each server managed by the program. Where blade technology is employed, each blade is considered a separate server.

New license

Orders for new licenses will be accepted now. Electronic download ability begins on the planned availability date.

Basic license

To order the programs described in this announcement, specify the type model number, order type description, supply feature, and quantity of desired licenses for the appropriate one-time charge (OTC) features. After receipt of your order, you will be requested to register through Passport Advantage® Express® to allow for entitlement for support and notification of upgrades. Upon registration completion you will be provided with a Web site for the electronic download. The one-time charge for the product includes the license and one year or three years of Software Subscription and Support.

Single entity offering (SEO) numbers can be ordered through ibm.com®. The SEO numbers are equivalent to the type model number, description, supply feature, and OTC billing feature numbers. After receipt of your order, you will be requested to register through Passport Advantage Express to allow for entitlement for support and notification of upgrades. Upon registration completion, you will be provided with a Web site for the electronic download. The one-time charge for the product includes the license and one year or three years of Software Subscription and Support.


Note: All program numbers have been previously announced and priced.


 
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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 IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

Licensing

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.

Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance

The IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011) agreement applies for Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) and does not require customer signatures. These programs are licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA). IBM includes one year or three years of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) with the initial license acquisition of each program acquired.

IBM will provide Software Maintenance, which may also be referred to as Subscription and Support, for the free monitoring functions of Active Energy Manager if you have acquired an entitlement to receive Software Maintenance for Systems Director Express Edition for IBM x86, V6.2.

License Information form number

The License information form number is GC52-1262.

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

http://www.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf
Limited warranty applies

Yes

Money-back guarantee

If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, you may obtain a refund of the amount you paid for it, if within 30 days of your invoice date you return the program and its PoE to the party from whom you obtained it. If you downloaded the program, you may contact the party from whom you acquired it for instructions on how to obtain the refund.

For clarification, note that for programs acquired under any of IBM's On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) software offerings, this term does not apply since these offerings apply to programs already acquired and in use by you.

Authorization for use on home/portable computer

You may not copy and use this program on another computer without paying additional license fees.

Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

No

Usage restriction

Yes. Usage is limited to the quantity of Servers licensed.

For additional information, refer to the License Information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement Web site

http://www.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf
Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) applies

No. For operating system software, the revised IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel offering will provide support for those operating systems and associated products that are not available with the Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) offering.

This will ensure total support coverage for your enterprise needs, including IBM and selected non-IBM products. For complete lists of products supported under both the current and revised offering, visit

http://www.ibm.com/services/sl/products
System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Yes. A 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.


 
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For current prices, contact IBM at 888-Shop-IBM (746-7426) or visit

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/x/


Note: All program numbers have been previously announced and priced.

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.

Financing from IBM Global Financing helps you preserve cash and credit lines, enables more technology acquisition within current budget limits, permits accelerated implementation of economically attractive new technologies, offers payment and term flexibility, and can help match project costs to projected benefits. Financing is available worldwide for credit-qualified customers.


 
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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)
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: SE001

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

IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager, Smarter Planet, Power Systems and POWER7 are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

IBM, Dynamic Infrastructure, Tivoli, BladeCenter, System x, System z, PartnerWorld, POWER, Passport Advantage, Express 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.

Terms of use

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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