IBM Systems Director Network Control for IBM x86, V1.2 offers integrated management of physical and virtual network systemsIBM United States Software Announcement 210-215
July 20, 2010
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|At a glance|
IBM® Systems Director, with its network management component, provides a single, integrated environment for managing both servers and networks. IBM Systems Director Network Control extends the Systems Director product to include the integrated management of both physical and virtual network systems.
The network management component of IBM Systems Director v6.2 includes the following benefits:
- Support for IPv6 standards
- Support for many new models of Ethernet switches and related networking devices
IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 adds the following new benefits:
- Facilitates the management of virtual switches
- Combines views of both physical and virtual network topologies
- Displays systems according to VLAN
- Integrates the configuration of Brocade FCoCEE switches
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 Network Control V1.2 can discover, monitor, manage, and troubleshoot network hardware devices in the computing environment. By enabling network management capabilities along with existing server and storage management capabilities, you can effectively manage a computing environment with a single integrated management tool that can improve the cost of computing. IBM Systems Director Network Control is positioned as a key component of the IBM integrated data center management technologies and services, which are part of the dynamic infrastructure and cloud computing strategy.
Systems Director Network Control is a priced plug-in product that leverages and extends the networking functions of the IBM Systems Director product. It includes a network management component that facilitates the management of Ethernet networks and networking devices. The Network Management component of IBM Systems Director V6.2 adds new support for IPv6 standards, and it adds support for many new models of Ethernet switches and related networking devices.
Licenses can be purchased for IBM Systems Director Network Control for IBM X86, V1.2 with either one or three years of software subscription and support included in the license. Also, software subscription and support renewals for all features is aligned, reducing the administrative burden of keeping your subscription and support up to date.
Eligible software products, offered and selected during the configuration process with each hardware system, are enabled for electronic download for the system unit for which the product was ordered. Optionally, software and license only configurations can be created for these products based on existing supported hardware system units in your business environment. Offerings included in this announcement are available exclusively via electronic download.
IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 virtual networking features include:
- Discovery and inventory of virtual switches for these hypervisor platforms:
- VMware ESXi V4.0 update 1, or later, and ESX V4.0, or later
- PowerVM virtualization
- Ability to view combined network topology, both virtual and physical
- Ability to view systems according to VLAN
To provide special support for Brocade switches, Systems Director Network Control works with the IBM System Storage® Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) application (installed and priced separately).
In addition to launch-in-context links to various DCFM functions, the following new template-based configuration functions have been integrated directly into the user interface of Systems Director Network Control V1.2:
- Convergence Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) quality of service (QoS)
- Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP)
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Refer to the Technical information section.
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|Planned availability date|
July 30, 2010
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IBM Systems Director Network Control software is designed to simplify and automate the management of IBM and non-IBM network environments via integrated server, storage, and network management. IBM Systems Director Network Control leverages network management functionality from existing IBM Systems Director and vendor-based configuration applications.
IBM Systems Director Network Control is designed to provide integrated management of network environments by simplifying network management tasks, which can potentially result in savings and cost reductions. IBM Systems Director Network Control is intended to help you:
- Simplify management of multivendor network devices
- Automate network management tasks
- View both physical and virtual networks and network devices
- View and manage VLANs for networking devices and host systems
- Leverage new converged fabric network technology to reduce IT cost
- Integrate configuration of convergence enhanced Ethernet (CEE) settings for Brocade switches (requires IBM Data Center Fabric Manager)
IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 along with IBM System Director server management and storage management functions provide a single management tool for the computing environment that can help to reduce overall IT management cost. IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 can help protect your IT investment through its open design and support for industry standards, which enable heterogeneous physical and virtual management with support for multiple platforms and operating systems.
Some of the devices supported by IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 are:
- IBM BladeCenter® supported switches and blade NICs
- QLogic FCoCEE adapters
- Brocade FCoCEE switches and Brocade Fibre Channel switches
- Juniper Ethernet switches
- BNT CEE switch modules
- Cisco FCoCEE switches
For an updated list of supported devices, visit
IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 is a fee-based offering. It enhances the network management (no charge) component in IBM Systems Director V6.2 that provides basic network management function to end users, such as the ability to discover, inventory, and monitor network devices. The IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 offering enables enhanced management of network devices via enhanced vendor application integration and provides discovery and topology views of network connectivity.
Accessibility by people with disabilities
A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at
Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act
IBM Systems Director Network Control for IBM x86, V1.2 is capable as of July 30, 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 Network Control V1.2 provides network management integrated into the server and storage management capabilities of IBM Systems Director, which is designed to help reduce the cost of managing physical and virtualized environments by using a single integrated management product.
IBM Systems Director Network Control manages network adapters and switches enhanced with storage fabric management for IBM network switches, both Ethernet and FCoCEE. IBM Systems Director Network Control gives clients the ability to leverage common tools across a single switch or many switches, which can improve productivity and potentially reduce costs.
IBM Tivoli® Network Manager and OMNIbus provide additional functions beyond those provided in IBM Systems Director in event management root cause analysis and device discovery. For multivendor networks, the Tivoli Network Manager solution may be a more appropriate offering. Additional benefits of Tivoli Network Manager include:
- Tivoli Common Reporting (if the client has other Tivoli tools)
- Consolidated end-to-end view across the infrastructure (including server, storage, and network)
- Discovery, modelling, and visualization of layer 1-3 networks, including wireline/wireless technologies (LAN, RAN, and WAN)
- Integrated discovery, event and fault, performance, and change management
- Advanced predictive and analytical capabilities to reduce service impact and minimize downtime
- Comprehensive service management portfolio
- Integration to third-party management systems
- Integration supporting workflow automation
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Refer to Software Announcement 210-110, dated April 13, 2010.
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Program Program number VRM name 5641-NC1 1.2.0 IBM Systems Director Network Control for IBM x86 with 1 year S&S 5641-NC3 1.2.0 IBM Systems Director Network Control for IBM x86 with 3 year S&S
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If you download IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 from the Web, you can evaluate the product 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 license will be offered. If a license is purchased, a keyfile will be shipped on a CD-ROM to enable IBM Systems Director Network Control to remain active and continue to work as it did, under the terms of the IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA). Otherwise, your evaluation of IBM Systems Director Network Control will be disabled 60 days following installation.
To allow for ease of order submission, the offerings in this announcement can be configured in conjunction with eligible System x® hardware, software, and license-only configurations that can be created for this product based on existing supported System x hardware system units in a given business environment.
Orders placed for the eligible offerings in this announcement will be routed and fulfilled through Passport Advantage® Express®. Invoicing for the initial license orders will occur through the System x order management systems. Subscription and Support renewals will be managed through Passport Advantage.
Passport Advantage allows you to have a common anniversary date for Software Subscription and Support renewals. The anniversary date, established at the order ship date for the initial product acquisition, will remain unchanged while your Passport Advantage Agreement remains in effect. New software purchases initially include 12 or 36 full months of Subscription and Support coverage. Subscription and Support in the second year (the first year of renewal) can be prorated to be coterminous with your common anniversary date but managed and invoiced through Passport Advantage. Thereafter, all Software Subscription and Support will renew at the common anniversary date and include 12 full months of Subscription and Support.
IBM Systems Director V6.2 Information Center availability
The IBM Systems Director V6.2 Information Center Web site is available at
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No licensed hardcopy publications are shipped with this program.
Publications are available in U.S. English 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 Director and its associated plug-ins. The IBM Systems Director Information Center is available at
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
For the latest list of systems supported, visit
System configuration requirements are available online in the IBM Systems Director Information Center at
IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 is dependent on IBM Systems Director V6.2 and required updates and has the same software requirements as IBM Systems Director V6.2 server.
These software requirements are available from the IBM Systems Director V6.2 documentation and from the IBM Systems Director V6.2 Information Center at
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.
The following products could be purchased with the System x product offerings:
- IBM System x servers
- IBM BladeCenter servers
- IBM BladeCenter Chassis
- IBM TotalStorage® DS4000 Series
- IBM System x options
System x and BladeCenter server compatibility listings are updated on the Web. For detailed information relative to IBM and non-IBM vendor devices, adapters, software, and network operating systems, visit
Limitations and work-arounds are available from the IBM Systems Director Information Center
Performance considerations are available from the IBM Systems Director Information Center
Customer responsibilities: Detailed planning information for IBM Systems Director is available from the Web in the IBM Systems Director Information Center at
You can also access an interactive, dynamic planning advisor for use when building your IBM Systems Director solution. Direct customer support: For technical support or assistance, contact your IBM representative or visit
Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is included with licenses purchased through Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express. Product upgrades and technical support are provided by the Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) offering as described in the Agreements. Product upgrades provide the latest versions and releases to entitled software, and technical support provides voice and electronic access to IBM support organizations, worldwide.
IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) with each program license acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.
For software products in this announcement, physical media and hardcopy documentation are not included in the deliverable package. The software code is delivered only via electronic download.
After receipt of an order, the Business Partner or end-user customer will be required to register and accept Passport Advantage or Passport Advantage Express terms and conditions. Upon registration, the end-user customer will be provided with a Web site for the electronic download. The product includes the license and one year of Software Subscription and Support.
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Security, auditability, and control
IBM Systems Director Network Control for IBM x86, V1.2 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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PID Charge Program Name Number Metric IBM Systems Director Network Control 5641-NC1 for IBM for x86 with 1 Yr S&S with 1 Year Subscription & Support Per Server with 1 Year Subscription & Support Per Switch Small with 1 Year Subscription & Support Per Switch Medium with 1 Year Subscription & Support Per Switch Large electronic delivery only IBM Systems Director Network Control 5641-NC3 for IBM for x86 with 3 Yr S&S with 3 Year Subscription & Support Per Server with 3 Year Subscription & Support Per Switch Small with 3 Year Subscription & Support Per Switch Medium with 3 Year Subscription & Support Per Switch Large electronic delivery only
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 on which the program runs. Where blade technology is employed, each blade is considered a separate server.
Switch: A switch is the unit of measure by which a portion of this program is licensed. A switch is a networking device that processes and routes information between different connections on the ports of the switch. A Proof of Entitlement (PoE) must be obtained for each switch being managed by the program regardless of the number of line cards or ports in the switch.
IBM Systems Director Network Control uses per server and per switch charging metrics. A server license is required for the machine running the IBM Systems Director Network Control program. A license is also required for each switch and router being managed, based on its size and type. Switches and routers are categorized as small, medium, or large, based on the following categories:
- Small: Small switches are machines with a fixed number of ports that require 1U or 2U of rack space. This includes the IBM Ethernet Switch B48C, B48G, B50C, B50G, and J48E.
- Medium: Medium switches are modular machines that can support up to eight optional interface or controller modules. This includes the IBM Ethernet Router B04M, B08M, J02M, and J06M, and IBM Ethernet Switch B08S and J08E.
- Large: Large switches are modular machines that can support more than eight optional interface or controller modules. This includes the IBM Ethernet Router B16M and J11M, and IBM Ethernet Switch B16S.
The IBM Ethernet Switches and Ethernet Routers listed above are provided for information purposes and licensing guidance. A more complete list of supported IBM Ethernet switches is available at
Orders for new licenses will be accepted now. Electronic download ability begins on the planned availability date.
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 listed in the tables below. 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 b
Single entity offering (SEO) numbers in the table below can be ordered through ibm.com®. The SEO numbers in the table below are equivalent to the type model number, description, supply feature, and OTC billing feature numbers as designated in the table. 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.
OTC Supply Billing Program number and feature feature SEO feature description number number number 5641-NC1 IBM Systems Director Network Control for IBM x86, V1.x with 1 Year S&S (electronic) Per Server with 1 Year S&S 5809 0168 60Y0131 Per Switch Small with 1 Year S&S 5809 0169 60Y0132 Per Switch Medium with 1 Year S&S 5809 0170 60Y0133 Per Switch Large with 1 Year S&S 5809 0171 60Y0134 5641-NC3 IBM Systems Director Network Control for IBM x86, V1.x with 3 Year S&S (electronic) Per Server with 3 Year S&S 5809 0172 60Y0135 Per Switch Small with 3 Year S&S 5809 0173 60Y0136 Per Switch Medium with 3 Year S&S 5809 0174 60Y0127 Per Switch Large with 3 Year S&S 5809 0175 81Y2026
Select the appropriate feature number to customize your order with delivery options desired. These features can be specified on the initial or MES orders.
Feature Description 3445 Expedite
Expedite shipments will be processed to receive 72-hour delivery from the time IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment (SDF) receives the order.
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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 the IBM International Passport Advantage Express Agreement.
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.
This software license includes Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance).
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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.
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License information form number LC23-5079
The program's License Information will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement Web site
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You may not copy and use this program on another computer without paying additional license fees.
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Passport Advantage applies
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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
Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) applies
Yes. The offerings in this announcement include one year or three years of Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) in the price of the license.
Program Technical Support
Technical support of a program product will be available for a minimum of three years from the general availability date, as long as your Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is in effect. This technical support allows you to obtain assistance (via telephone or electronic means) from IBM for product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of the program product. Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) also provides you with access to updates, releases, and versions of the program. You will be notified, via announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice. If you require additional technical support from IBM, including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.
IBM Electronic Services
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.
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System i Software Maintenance applies
Variable charges apply
Educational allowance available
Yes. A 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.
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You can order the programs described in this announcements by either:
- Specifying the type model number, order type description, and quantity of desired licenses for the appropriate one-time charge (OTC) listed in the tables below.
- Using the Single Entity Offering (SEO) number, specify the SEO number and quantity of desired licenses for the appropriate one-time charge (OTC) listed in the tables below.
OTC Billing Program number and feature SEO feature description number number 5641-NC1 IBM Systems Director Network Control for IBM x86, V1.x with 1 Year S&S (electronic) Per Server with 1 Year S&S 0168 60Y0131 Per Switch Small with 1 Year S&S 0169 60Y0132 Per Switch Medium with 1 Year S&S 0170 60Y0133 Per Switch Large with 1 Year S&S 0171 60Y0134 5641-NC3 IBM Systems Director Network Control for IBM x86, V1.x with 3 Year S&S (electronic) Per Server with 3 Year S&S 0172 60Y0135 Per Switch Small with 3 Year S&S 0173 60Y0136 Per Switch Medium with 3 Year S&S 0174 60Y0127 Per Switch Large with 3 Year S&S 0175 81Y2026
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