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IBM Virtual Desktop for Smart Business V2.1.0 - including VERDE from Virtual Bridges - provides an end-to-end desktop management solution for supporting a virtual desktop infrastructure

IBM United States Software Announcement 210-439
December 14, 2010


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Overview Overview Technical information Technical information
Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Ordering information Ordering information
Planned availability date Planned availability date Terms and conditions Terms and conditions
Product positioning Product positioning Prices Prices
Program number Program number Order now Order now
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IBM® Virtual Desktop for Smart Business V2.1.0 brings new life to virtual desktop infrastructure to improve organizational agility, lower business risks, and decrease total cost of ownership.

Virtual Desktop for Smart Business - including Virtual Enterprise Remote Desktop Environment (VERDE) from Virtual Bridges - provides an end-to-end desktop management solution combining virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), integrated offline VDI (for disconnected and mobile use), and remote branch support. It offers availability to personal PC desktops anywhere, anyhow, and includes the capabilities to:

  • Rapidly install and deploy Windows® and Linux® virtual desktops on a single server with the option to expand as required
  • Access the desktop image from a variety of end-user devices such as iPad, thin clients, old desktops, Netbooks, and laptops
  • Deliver integrated offline VDI and branch VDI to remote users
  • Easily configure and manage the virtual desktop environment
  • Monitor and manage the VDI environment autonomically (self-configuring, self-updating, self-protecting, self-diagnosing, self-healing)
  • Back up and recover virtual desktops easily and seamlessly

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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Overview
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IBM Virtual Desktop for Smart Business V2.1.0, with Virtual Enterprise Remote Desktop Environment (VERDE) from Virtual Bridges, allows access to a PC desktop from anywhere, using a wide range of devices.

Virtual Desktop for Smart Business offers a fresh alternative to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) - bringing the power of virtual computing to your desktop, without the hassle. It provides an end-to-end virtual desktop infrastructure and management solution that combines online, offline, and remote branch VDI solutions to remove the complexity and cost traditionally associated with desktop virtualization solutions.

Key features of Virtual Desktop for Smart Business include:

  • Anytime, anywhere access to PC desktop
  • Choice of end-user device and protocols
  • Native PC experience
  • Unified management and reporting through a single console

Key benefits of Virtual Desktop or Smart Business include:

  • For the IT administrator:
    • The solution comes preconfigured and installs quickly.
    • The solution is secure and reliable.
    • The environment is efficient to administer, support, manage, migrate, and upgrade.
  • For the end user:
    • The solution provides their native PC experience anytime, anywhere, accessed via their choice of a wide range of devices.
  • For the CEO and CIO:
    • The solution increases organizational agility and productivity.
    • The solution reduces total cost of ownership, and lower business and IT risk.
    • The solution reduces the management burden from remote branch offices and locations.

Virtual Desktop for Smart Business is built on IBM's Smart Business technology. IBM Solutions for Smart Business are a new family of offerings designed for organizations with limited IT staff that want to take advantage of specialized IT business solutions, without the complexity or hassle of traditional technology packages. Each solution delivers quicker time to value through:

  • A ready-to-run package with usage-based, subscription pricing
  • The ability to stretch existing IT investments with on-premises and cloud options
  • A reduction in the time and skill strain on in-house IT staff
  • Autonomic features for an environment that is self-configuring, self-managing, self-protecting, and self-healing
  • Fully automated backup and recovery to protect against unplanned outages from minor incidents to catastrophic failures


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Key prerequisites
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Refer to the Hardware requirements section for details.



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Planned availability date
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December 17, 2010: Electronic availability

January 14, 2011: Media availability



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Product positioning
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The traditional approach to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) offered by VMware and Citrix is too expensive, too static, and lacks the range of functionality required for today's dynamic desktop.

IBM Virtual Desktop for Smart Business provides an end-to-end desktop management solution combining VDI, integrated offline VDI (using the integrated client-side hypervisor), and remote branch solutions at an aggressive price point. Ideal for companies of all sizes, the solution can be deployed as a single-server configuration, and scale to multiple servers.

The solution combines VDI technology with stateless and personalized dynamic sessions, integrated offline VDI (for disconnected and mobile use) and remote branch support. Its open architecture provides flexibility and choice by supporting virtual Windows XP and Windows 7), Linux (Ubuntu, Red Hat, Novell) desktops, and a variety of storage, directory, peripherals, and remote display protocols.



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Availability of national languages
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Product description            Language        GA date
 
VirtualDesktop SmartBusiness   English         January 14, 2011
V2.1.0


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Program number
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Program    VRM                          Program name
number
 
5725-C19   2.1.0                        IBM Virtual Desktop for
                                        Smart Business


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Offering Information
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website

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

Also, visit the Passport Advantage® website

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage


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Publications
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No publications are shipped with this product.

The IBM Publications Center

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. Payment options for orders are via credit card (in the U.S.) or customer number for 20 countries. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, and they can all be downloaded by all countries.



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Technical information
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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Supported host platforms for IBM Virtual Desktop for Smart Business:

Visit

http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21453733

Supported guest platforms for IBM Virtual Desktop for Smart Business:

  • 32-bit and 64-bit Windows XP1 Professional; any service pack Windows XP Home Edition might install and run but is not explicitly supported for server configurations
  • 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft® Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions
  • 32-bit (i386) Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Hardy Desktop Linux
  • 32-bit (i386) Ubuntu 9.04 LTS Jaunty Desktop Linux
  • 32-bit (i386) Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Desktop Linux
  • 32-bit and 64-bit Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11, any service pack
  • 32-bit (i386) or 64-bit (x86_64) Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 and 5.5 Workstation, any updates
  • 32-bit (i386) or 64-bit (x86_64) CentOS 5.4 and 5.5 any updates

Requirements for processing power, networking, storage, and memory vary by size of installation.

Check if Intel® VT/AMD V is enabled on the server

Make sure that virtualization has been enabled in the BIOS. If you cannot access the BIOS and what to verify that the CPU is VT capable, follow the steps below.

Note that the installation process checks that virtualization is enabled.

First and easiest test - for Intel processors: egrep flags.*(vmx)* /proc/cpuinfo

If there are no output results, then the CPU is not VT or AMD-V capable; you cannot run IBM Virtual Desktop for Smart Business on this server.

Note: Even if the chip is capable of running virtualization, that does not mean that functionality has been enabled in the BIOS. To do this, you need to actually load the appropriate KVM module and, if it fails, check the dmesg output. The easiest thing to do is to just install IBM Virtual Desktop for Smart Business, run dmesg, and check for "kvm: disables in bios " as one of the last messages in the elog. If that happens, reboot the system, enter the BIOS setup, and enable virtualization support.

The IBM programs are warranted when used as defined in the specified operating environment. The program and the applicable software accompanying the program are designed to be installed and used in a dedicated system, as specified in the product documentation (or below). Adding any additional software on the server running the program is considered to be outside the specified operating environment. The VERDE and Linux software included in this package are delivered pursuant to the terms of the Virtual Bridges and Novell Licenses.

Software requirements

None.

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.

Planning information

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 (also referred to as 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 (also referred to as Software Maintenance) can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.

Packaging

IBM Virtual Desktop for Smart Business will be distributed via a media package and electronic software distribution (ESD).

IBM Virtual Desktop for Smart Business media package is distributed in one package with the following:

  • IBM Virtual Desktop for Smart Business product CDs.
  • Soft copy product documentation including README files are included on the product CDs.
The License Information form number for IBM Virtual Desktop for Smart Business is L-JCOK-8AE5B9 .

Security, auditability, and control

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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Ordering information
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This product is only available via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

Product information

Licensed function title             Product group   Product
                                                    category
 
IBM Virtual Desktop for Smart       IBM Foundation  IBM Virtual
Business                            for Smart       Desktop for
                                    Business        Smart Business
Program name                          PID        Charge unit
                                      number     description
 
IBM Virtual Desktop for Smart         5725-C19   Per Concurrent
Business                                         User

Charge metrics definitions

Concurrent User

Concurrent User is the unit of measure by which this program is licensed. A Concurrent User is a shared user access to the program within or outside of your enterprise. The program may be installed only on one computer or one server. The total number of Concurrent Users simultaneously accessing the program at any moment in time may not exceed the highest number of Concurrent Users authorized by the Proof of Entitlement (PoE). You must have an entitlement for each Concurrent User simultaneously accessing the program or any program component in any manner directly or indirectly (for example, via a multiplexing program, device, or application server) through any means.

Passport Advantage program licenses

IBM Virtual Desktop for Smart Business

Part description                                         Part
                                                         number
 
IBM Virtual Desktop for Smart Business
Virtual Desktop Smart Business Concurrent Usr Initl      D0HASLL
 Fixed Term Lic+S&S 12Mo
Virtual Desktop Smart Business Concurrent Usr Subsq      E0B10LL
 Fixed Term Lic+S&S 12Mo

Passport Advantage supply

Program name/description                                 Part
                                                         number
 
VirtualDesktop SmartBusiness V2.1.0
IBM Virtual Desktop for Smart Business 2.1 DVD English   AH14YEN
 Media Pack

Passport Advantage customer: Media pack entitlement details

Customers with active maintenance or subscription for the products listed are entitled to receive the corresponding media pack.

VirtualDesktop SmartBusiness V2.1.0

Entitled maintenance        Media packs description     Part
offerings description                                   number
 
IBM Virtual Desktop for     IBM Virtual Desktop for     AH14YEN
Smart Business Concurrent   Smart Business 2.1 DVD
User                        English Media Pack


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Terms and conditions
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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 Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance, and applicable license agreements from Virtual Bridges and Novell.

Licensing

IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE), plus the applicable Virtual Bridges and Novell license terms, govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use.

Part number products only, offered outside of Passport Advantage, where applicable, are license only and do not include Software Maintenance.

This software license includes Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance).

License Information form number
Program name                              Program    Form number
                                          number
 
IBM Virtual Desktop for Smart Business    5725-C19   L-JCOK-8AE5B9

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

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

Yes

Limited warranty

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IBM provides you with access to IBM databases containing information on known program defects, defect corrections, restrictions, and bypasses at no additional charge. For further information, consult the IBM Software Support Handbook found at

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

IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).

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Money-back guarantee

For clarification, note that 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 the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement, this term applies only to your first acquisition of the program.

Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

Yes, and through the Passport Advantage website at

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage

This product is only available via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

Usage restriction

Yes.

For additional information, refer to the License Information Document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement website

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

Yes. 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 (also referred to as 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 (also referred to as Software Maintenance) can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.

While your Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short duration installation and usage (how-to) questions, and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance via telephone and, if available, electronic access, to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your end users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For additional details, consult your IBM Software Support Handbook at

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

Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under the applicable agreements.

For additional information about the International Passport Advantage Agreement and the IBM International Passport Advantage Express Agreement, visit the Passport Advantage website at

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage
Other terms
System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Educational allowance available

Not applicable.



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IBM Electronic Services
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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.



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Passport Advantage

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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.

Financial benefit

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: YE001

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