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IBM PowerVM software enhancements help you better manage workloads

IBM United States Software Announcement 210-196
October 7, 2010


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(Corrected on November 16, 2010)

The Overview section was revised.

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IBM® PowerVM™ provides additional flexibility and manageability:

  • Consolidates diverse sets of applications built for multiple operating systems on a single server: AIX®, IBM i, and Linux®
  • Virtualizes processor, memory, and I/O resources to increase asset utilization and reduce infrastructure costs
  • Dynamically adjusts server and storage capability to meet changing workload demands
  • Moves running workloads between servers to maximize availability and avoid planned downtime
  • Scales to support the most demanding workloads that can run on the IBM Power Systems™ hardware

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: RE001).



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Businesses are turning to PowerVM virtualization to consolidate multiple workloads onto fewer systems, increasing server utilization and reducing cost. PowerVM provides a secure and scalable virtualization environment for AIX, IBM i, and Linux applications built upon the advanced reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features and leading performance of the Power Systems platform.

The Power Systems family of servers includes proven server consolidation platforms that help you control costs while improving overall performance, availability, and energy efficiency. With these servers and PowerVM virtualization solutions, your business can consolidate applications and servers, virtualize its system resources, and provide a more flexible, dynamic IT infrastructure.

PowerVM delivers industrial-strength virtualization for AIX, IBM i, and Linux environments on IBM POWER processor-based systems. Power Systems servers coupled with PowerVM technology are designed to help clients build a dynamic infrastructure, reducing costs, managing risk, and improving service levels.

PowerVM offers a secure virtualization environment, built on the advanced RAS features and leadership performance of the Power Systems platform.

IBM PowerVM V2.2 0.11-FP24 SP01 contains the following enhancements:

  • VIOS enhancements to virtual storage, including shared storage pools, thin provisioning, and VIOS storage grouping
  • VIOS enhancements to virtual networking
  • Suspend / Resume

PowerVM Lx86 1.4.1 is an updated release of PowerVM Lx86 1.4.0. PowerVM Lx86 1.4.1 delivers further IBM POWER7™ support. PowerVM Lx86 1.4.1 also provides support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1. PowerVM Lx86 1.4.1 leverages the performance enhancements for POWER7 enabled in PowerVM Lx86 1.4.0.



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Refer to the Technical information section.



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  • October 15, 2010
  • December 10, 2010, for Lx86 V1.4.1 and PowerVM V2.2.0.11-FP24 SP01


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The following IBM PowerVM enhancements include:

  • Suspend / Resume: Using Suspend / Resume, clients can provide long-term suspension (greater than 5-10 seconds) of partitions, saving partition state (memory, NVRAM, and VSP state) on persistent storage, freeing server resources that were in use by that partition, restoring partition state to server resources, and resuming operation of that partition and its applications either on the same server or on a different server.
  • Requirements for Suspend / Resume: All resources must be virtualized prior to suspending a partition. If the partition is to be resumed on a different server, then the shared external I/O (disk and LAN) should remain identical. Suspend / Resume works with AIX and Linux workloads when managed by HMC.
  • Shared storage pools: VIOS 2.2 allows the creation of storage pools that can be accessed by VIOS partitions deployed across multiple Power Systems servers so that an assigned allocation of storage capacity can be efficiently managed and shared.
  • Thin provisioning: VIOS 2.2 supports highly efficient storage provisioning, whereby virtualized workloads in VMs can have storage resources from a shared storage pool dynamically added or released as required.
  • VIOS grouping: Multiple VIOS 2.2 partitions can utilize a common shared storage pool to more efficiently utilize limited storage resources and simplify the management and integration of storage subsystems.


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PowerVM delivers industrial-strength virtualization for AIX, IBM i, and Linux environments on IBM POWER processor-based systems. IBM Power Systems servers coupled with PowerVM technology are designed to help clients build a dynamic infrastructure, reduce costs, manage risk, and improve service levels.



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5765-PVX         IBM PowerVM Express® Edition V2.2
5765-PVS         IBM PowerVM Standard Edition V2.2
5765-PVE         IBM PowerVM Enterprise Edition V2.2

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=210-196


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Software requirements

AIX Technology Level Support for Power® 710, 720, 730, 740, and 795:

OS level required:

  • AIX V7.1, or later
  • AIX V6.1 with the 6100-06 Technology Level, or later
  • AIX V6.1 with the 6100-05 Technology Level and Service Pack 3, or later (planned availability: October 27, 2010)
  • AIX V6.1 with the 6100-04 Technology Level and Service Pack 7, or later (planned availability: October 27, 2010)
  • AIX V6.1 with the 6100-03 Technology Level and Service Pack 7, or later (planned availability: October 27, 2010)
  • AIX V5.3 with the 5300-12 Technology Level and Service Pack 2, or later
  • AIX V5.3 with the 5300-11 Technology Level and Service Pack 5, or later
  • AIX V5.3 with the 5300-10 Technology Level and Service Pack 5, or later
  • IBM i 7.1, or later
  • IBM i 6.1 with i 6.1.1 machine code, or later

For more information on the hardware, refer to Hardware Announcement 110-199, dated October 07, 2010.



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PowerVM ordering information

PowerVM must be licensed for all active cores on a Power Systems server. When additional cores are activated, clients must purchase the same number of additional PowerVM licenses.

Note. The Power 710 and 720 (1- and 2-socket) allow for sub-chip licensing (that is, fewer than four cores) of PowerVM Editions.

PowerVM is built into system firmware, and hence, licenses cannot be transferred between Power Systems servers.

Purchasing additional cores and upgrading PowerVM Editions must be done as two separate transactions.

IBM Management Edition for AIX upgrade to IBM AIX Enterprise Edition

IBM is releasing upgrade features to the existing offering AIX Enterprise Edition (5765-AEZ) from IBM Management Edition for AIX (5765-AME). This is a license upgrade only; the corresponding 1- or 3-year Software Maintenance for AIX Enterprise Edition will need to be selected with this upgrade.

Upgrade to 5765-AEZ from 5765-AME
                                                  5765-AEZ
                                                  Upgrade
                                                  to
                                                  Feature
Description                                       number

Per processor small system                        0078
Per processor small system POWER7                 0079
Per processor medium system                       0080
Per processor medium system POWER7                0081
Per processor large system                        0082
Per processor large system POWER7                 0083

IBM is announcing a Charged with Hardware feature for PowerVM Express Edition for bundling with Blades i Editions only.

5765-PVX  IBM PowerVM Express
                                                  Processor
                                                  based
                                                  OTC
                                                  feature
Description                                       number

Per processor charged with hardware               0002

Software Maintenance

Adding country support for SWMA Auto Renewal Registration feature number 9000 allows for the automatic annual renewal of software maintenance.

                                         Program      Feature
Description                              number       number



Feature number 9000 for SWMA Renewal Registration is adding availability in the following countries:

  • Austria
  • Switzerland
  • Poland
  • Czech Republic
  • Turkey
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Russia
  • Brunei
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • Sri Lanka
  • Australia
  • New Zealand


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For all local charges, contact your IBM representative.

Upgrade to 5765-AEZ from 5765-AME
                                                  5765-AEZ
                                                  Upgrade
                                                  to
                                                  Feature
Description                                       number   

Per processor small system                        0078     
Per processor small system POWER7                 0079      
Per processor medium system                       0080      
Per processor medium system POWER7                0081      
Per processor large system                        0082      
Per processor large system POWER7                 0083  
    
5765-PVX  IBM PowerVM Express
                                                  Processor-
                                                  based
                                                  OTC
                                                  feature
Description                                       number   

Per processor charged with hardware               0002     

Upgrade from AME 5765-AME to AIX Enterprise Edition 5765-AEZ
Feature number Description One-time charge
5765AEZ 0078 Upg per proc core on Small $290
5765AEZ 0079 Upg per proc core on Small Pwr7 $290
5765AEZ 0080 Upg per proc core on Medium $545
5765AEZ 0081 Upg per proc core on Medium Pwr7 $545
5765AEZ 0082 Upg per proc core on Large $920
5765AEZ 0083 Upg per proc core on Large Pwr7 $920
5765-PVX IBM PowerVM Express
Feature number Description One-time charge
5765-PVX 0002 Per processor charged with hardware $0


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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: RE001

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.
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