IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller Version 6.2 delivers support for VMware VAAI, real-time performance monitoring, and 10 Gigabit iSCSI connectivityIBM United States Software Announcement 211-175
May 9, 2011
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Are storage requirements growing too fast? Are the costs of managing this growth taking more and more of your IT budget? IBM® System Storage® SAN Volume Controller (SVC) Version 6.2 can help solve these problems and deliver a more flexible, responsive, and efficient storage environment. IBM System Storage SVC is designed to deliver the benefits of storage virtualization in environments from large enterprises to small businesses and midsize companies.
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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IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC) V6.2.0 is designed to provide improved tracking by introducing real-time performance monitoring. Immediate performance information can be received, including CPU utilization and I/O rates, to monitor environmental changes and troubleshoot, and when pairing up the information with historical detailed data from Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center, can be better positioned to develop the best performance solutions.
VMware virtual environments can be improved with SVC by using the vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI). This new API delegates certain VMware functions to SVC to enhance performance. In the vSphere 4.1 release, this offload capability to SVC supports full copy, block zeroing, and hardware-assisted locking. The introduction of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) hardware for the SAN Volume Controller allows customers to continue to focus on cost efficiency with higher network performance by offering 10 Gigabit iSCSI host attachment. SVC is scalable to manage up to 32 PB of storage by allowing managed disks to be as large as 256 TB on select storage systems.
IBM System Storage Easy Tier is designed to automate data placement throughout the SVC managed disk group onto two tiers of storage to intelligently align the system with current workload requirements, and is now available for use with solid-state devices installed on the SVC 2145 models CF8 and CG8.
SVC interoperability now supports additional storage products, including HP StorageWorks P9500 Disk Array, Hitachi Data Systems Virtual Storage Platform, Texas Memory Systems RamSan-620, and EMC VNX models.
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If the IBM System Storage Productivity Center (SSPC) is not yet installed at the customer location, it must be ordered with the SVC V6.2 order. SSPC must be ordered via AAS, whether the SVC Software is ordered via AAS or Passport Advantage®. Refer to the Hardware requirements, Software requirements, and Ordering information sections for more details.
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|Planned availability date|
- June 10, 2011: SAN Volume Controller Software V6.2.0 AAS and Passport Advantage new order shipments begin
- June 30, 2011: Availability of the Plug-In for VMware vCenter
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IBM System Storage SVC V6.2 highlights include support for real-time performance monitoring, VMware VAAI, and 10 Gigabit iSCSI connectivity. The following functions, features, and support options help maximize the benefits of the SAN Volume Controller.
Real-time performance monitoring
IBM System SVC V6.2.0 provides improved tracking by introducing real-time performance monitoring. Real-time performance monitoring gathers the following system level performance statistics:
- CPU utilization
- Port utilization and I/O rates
- Volume and MDisk I/O rates
Real-time performance monitoring can immediately track environmental changes and for performance troubleshooting. The sampling rate can be set as low as five seconds. Historical data is kept for about five minutes, therefore Tivoli Storage Productivity Center can capture more detailed performance information and to analyze trends in order to get a complete picture when developing the best performance solutions.
VMware vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI)
VMware virtual environments can be improved with SVC by using VAAI. This new API delegates certain VMware functions to SVC for performance enhancement. In the vSphere 4.1 release, this offload capability to SVC supports:
- Full copy: Enables the SVC to make full copies of data without requiring the ESX server to read and write the data
- Block zeroing: Enables SVC to zero out large numbers of blocks, shortening the time needed to provision virtual machines
- Hardware-assisted locking: Improves the scalability of large ESX server farms sharing volumes on the SVC by providing an alternate means to protect the metadata for VMFS cluster-file systems
Plug-In for VMware vCenter
The SVC Plug-In for VMware vCenter allows VMware administrators to monitor and manage SVC volumes from the VMware software. This plug-in enables a common set of SVC tasks to be performed from VMware vCenter without needing to switch between user interfaces. This plug-in will initially be certified for use with SVC V6.1.
10 Gigabit iSCSI
The new 10 Gigabit Ethernet hardware for the SVC enables 10 Gigabit iSCSI host attachment.
256 TB managed disks and 32 PB managed storage
SVC now allows virtualization of managed disks up to 256 TB in capacity for select storage systems, improved from 2 TB. With the use of 8 GB extent sizes, one SVC cluster can now manage up to 32 PB of storage, up from the 8 PB maximum. For a list of the storage systems supporting managed disks up to 256 TB, visit
Easy Tier with SVC internal solid-state devices
IBM System Storage Easy Tier is now available for use with solid-state devices installed on SVC 2145 models CF8 and CG8. Easy Tier is already available for other solid-state devices managed by SVC as part of Version 6.1. Easy Tier is designed to automate data placement throughout the SVC managed disk group onto two tiers of storage to intelligently align the system with current workload requirements.
Licensing change: Removal of physical site boundary
Prior to this release, SVC standard software (V3, V4, V5, and V6.1) customers were licensed to use this program only to manage storage capacity within a single physical site, and only for the amount of storage capacity within that physical site for which they had received proper authorization from IBM. This held true for all of the following SVC standard software licensed features: the base SVC software license, the FlashCopy® license, and the Metro/Global Mirror license. IBM SAN Volume Controller standard software and its associated features are now licensed to the customer (enterprise), no longer requiring customers to obtain a separate license to deploy SVC standard software at any additional physical sites within a country where SVC is deployed for that customer.
This change applies to new software transactions and new software maintenance renewals and reinstatements only. If customers already have SVC at multiple physical sites with separate licensing at each of those sites, they should contact their sales representative to adjust the licensing to a single customer identity within each applicable country as part of their next transaction. This change does not entitle customers to any refunds for software licensing. Executing this change may also require customers to transfer entitlement records currently in AAS into Passport Advantage.
There will be no conversion or exchange of terabyte values according to the capacity tiers they were originally purchased in. The following is an example:
A customer has 10 TB (all in Tier 1) at physical site A, and 10 TB (all in Tier 1) at physical site B. When these come up for renewal of software maintenance in Passport Advantage, the customer requests of their sales representative to help them move their entitlement into a single customer identity. The new single customer identity will have 20 TB (12 TB in Tier 1, and 8 TB in Tier 2) which will be renewed for software maintenance accordingly.
Note: A customer who has physical sites in multiple countries may consolidate their licenses only within each country. Check with your sales representative and review all necessary conditions prior to making any changes to your licensing.
FlashCopy now licensed on the main source volumes
SVC V6.2 changes the way the FlashCopy is licensed so that SVC now counts as the main source in FlashCopy relationships. Previously, if cascaded FlashCopy was set up, multiple source volumes would have to be licensed. For example, where A is the main source volume, a FlashCopy from A to B, B to C, and C to D, would require licensing FlashCopy on volumes A, B, and C. Starting with V6.2, SVC no longer counts multiple sources in a cascaded FlashCopy relationship. For example, where A is the main source volume, a FlashCopy from A to B, B to C, and C to D, requires a FlashCopy license only for volume A.
This change applies to all SVC software installations. This change may result in an over allocation of FlashCopy licensing for some customers. Those customers may choose to use this additional entitled capacity to provide FlashCopy on other volumes. This change does not entitle customers to any refunds for software licensing.
FlashCopy target as Remote Copy source
Using a FlashCopy target volume as the source volume in a remote copy relationship is now available in SVC V6.2. This complements the current capability for remote copy target volumes to be source volumes in a FlashCopy relationship, and allows administrators greater flexibility in setting up disaster recovery configurations.
SVC for XIV®
Refer to the Reference information section for the previous announcement letter for SVC for XIV (5639-SX1).
SVC now supports many more heterogeneous data center environments with the addition of interoperability support for:
- HP StorageWorks P9500 Disk Array
- Hitachi Data Systems Virtual Storage Platform
- Texas Memory Systems RamSan-620
- EMC VNX models
For all the specific models and host environments supported, visit
45-Day migration allowance
With the benefit of virtualization, SVC allows customers to bring new storage systems into their storage environment and very quickly and easily migrate data from their existing storage systems to the new storage systems. In order to facilitate this migration, IBM allows customers 45 days from the date of installation of the SVC to temporarily exceed their entitled virtualization license for the purpose of migrating data from one system to another. If the managed storage capacity of the destination system is greater than the source of the migration, the customer must purchase or have the appropriate capacity licenses entitled for the post-migration management. Any management of capacity thereafter, and ongoing virtualization of any managed storage systems under SVC, requires the purchase of the appropriate capacity licenses. Migrations performed at later points in time that are to completely replace storage systems managed under SVC, thereby requiring effectively twice the managed capacity to perform that replacement activity, are granted a 45-day period to complete such a migration effort without having to purchase a license. Customers must make their sales representative aware of their intent and when they will be starting this migration so that an end date can be tracked. It is the customer's responsibility to ensure that they are properly licensed for all managed capacity under SVC after those 45 days.
Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act
IBM System Storage SVC Software V6.2.0 is capable, as of June 10, 2011, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be requested on the following website
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For information on the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller Storage Engine 2145-CG8, refer to Hardware Announcement 111-083, dated May 09, 2011.
For information on IBM System Storage Productivity Center, refer to Hardware Announcement 110-255, dated November 23, 2010.
For information on the previous IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller Software V6.1.0, refer to Software Announcement 210-350, dated October 07, 2010.
For information on the previous IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller Storage Engine 2145-CF8, refer to Hardware Announcement 109-536, dated October 20, 2009.
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Program Program number VRM name 5639-VC6 6.2.0 IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller Software V6 5725-B99 6.2.0 IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller Software V6 (for Passport Advantage) 5639-SX1 6.2.0 IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller for XIV Software V6 5725-B95 6.2.0 IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller for XIV Software V6 (for Passport Advantage)
Product identification number
PID numbers for SAN Volume Controller Software V6 are: Maintenance Maintenance Program PID number 1 year PID number 3 year PID number 5639-VC6 5639-SST reg 5639-SSC reg Maintenance Maintenance Maintenance 2 year PID number 4 year PID number 5 year PID number 5639-SSF reg 5639-SSG reg 5639-SSH reg PID numbers for SAN Volume Controller for XIV Software V6 are: Maintenance Maintenance Program PID number 1 year PID number 3 year PID number 5639-SX1 5639-SXA reg 5639-SXC reg Maintenance Maintenance Maintenance 2 year PID number 4 year PID number 5 year PID number 5639-SXF reg 5639-SXG reg 5639-SXH reg
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).
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The following publications can be downloaded in PDF format from the websites that follow this list:
Title Order number IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller GC27-3923 Model 2145-CG8 Hardware Installation Guide IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller GC27-2283 Hardware Maintenance Guide IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller GC27-2284 Troubleshooting Guide IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller GC27-2286 Software Installation and Configuration Guide IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller GC27-2287 and Storwize V7000 Command-Line Interface User's Guide IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller SG27-2288 CIM Agent Developer's Guide IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller GA32-0844 Safety Notices IBM System Storage Multipath Subsystem GC52-1309 Device Driver User's Guide
You can use the following options to order or download additional copies:
- To view online information and link to a download site, visit the IBM SAN Volume Controller Information Center
- To order additional selected hardcopy publications for a fee or download free PDF format publications, visit the IBM Publications Center website
- To directly download publications in PDF format, visit the IBM product support website
- Call the Publications Support Group at 800-879-2755, and select option 1.
- Contact your IBM representative.
The IBM Publications Center
Hardcopies of selected SAN Volume Controller publications are available for a fee from the IBM Publications Center, as well as free softcopy publications. 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 or customer number. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, and they can all be downloaded free of charge.
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Specified operating environment
This program requires at least one pair of IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller 2145-CG8, 2145-CF8, 2145-8A4, 2145-8G4, 2145-8F4, or 2145-8F2 storage engines with dual uninterruptible power supplies, and a System Storage Productivity Center for installation.
As with SVC V5, SVC V6 software cannot be loaded or run on SVC hardware engine model 2145-4F2.
Unless the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center is already being used with the SVC site, all new SAN Volume Controller installations require the System Storage Productivity Center, which comes with Tivoli Storage Productivity Center Basic Edition.
Current support summaries, including specific software, hardware, and firmware levels supported, are maintained at the SAN Volume Controller Support website
For information on how to order System Storage Productivity Center, refer to Hardware Announcement 110-255, dated November 23, 2010.
For further hardware requirements with new 2145-CG8 clusters, refer to Hardware Announcement 111-083, dated May 09, 2011.
Installation of SVC V6.2 software requires the current upgrade for SVC Software V5.1. Clusters with SVC V184.108.40.206 or later, or any level of V6.1 can be upgraded directly to SVC V6.2. Previous levels of SVC V5.1 must be upgraded to the most recent 5.1 level before being upgraded to V6.2.
Customers running SVC V1 and V2 clusters must first acquire and install the SVC V3 code to enable installation of V4. V4.3.1 is prerequisite to performing a concurrent code load to SVC V5.
For current hardware and software interoperability dependencies and other product environment and configuration information, refer to the SAN Volume Controller product support website at
Software maintenance is included with licenses purchased through Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express®, as well as through AAS. Product upgrades and technical support are provided by the 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 maintenance with each program license acquired. The initial period of software maintenance can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available. The customer is responsible for ensuring they renew their SWMA coverage for all licensed features and capacities before expiration. Restarting SWMA after expiration will incur a higher charge for that renewal. Note that the AAS ordering system does not provide notification of expiring SWMA contracts. The Passport Advantage system does provide automated renewal capability for SWMA.
Refer to the Description section for new storage system and host environment support added by this announcement. For all current storage systems and host environments supported refer to the support website
The programs 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.
For further information regarding currently supported environments and operating guidelines, visit the SAN Volume Controller Support website at
This program operates on specified storage engine hardware only, currently defined by IBM 2145-CG8, 2145-CF8, 2145-8A4, 2145-8G4, 2145-8F4, and 2145-8F2 storage engines. Because SAN Volume Controller Software V6 requires 64-bit hardware, SVC V6 cannot run on the IBM 2145-4F2. Customers who want to migrate from currently installed 2145-4F2 models to the newer 2145-CF8 models that ship with SVC V6 software, will need to follow specific migration instructions available at the SAN Volume Controller Support website at
For hardware-associated limitations, refer to Hardware Announcement 111-083, dated May 09, 2011.
For additional information, refer to "Usage restriction" in the Terms and conditions section of this announcement, and to the License Information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement website
Additional information on configuration limitations and configuration guidelines is further documented in the README file accompanying the SAN Volume Controller Software Edition V6, in furnished publications for this product, or under the Plan/Upgrade tab in the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller Restrictions document at
Planning for and provision of the power and environmental support of the required IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller, including its storage engines, is a customer responsibility.
Refer to the announcements listed in the Reference information section.
Planning considerations for IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller are listed in the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller information center, which is available at:
Service support for the IBM System Storage Productivity Center and its operating system, on which the SVC Console software runs, is a customer responsibility (and is separately ordered).
Customers with 5639-VC6, 5639-SX1, or both licenses are responsible to combine the total terabytes managed for each function from individual SAN Volume Controller License Manager (cluster) reports, to ensure they are within license entitlement for each function.
Refer to the Software requirements section.
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For ordering information about SVC software 5639-VC6 in AAS and Passport Advantage, and SVC for XIV software 5639-SX1 in AAS, see the V6.1 announcement listed in the Reference information section.
Passport Advantage customer: Media pack entitlement details
A Passport Advantage media pack will not be generated. Read first information previously found in the media pack, will be available with downloaded code updates from Passport Advantage.
Media pack information can be found on the Passport Advantage website
Passport Advantage (PPA) allows greater flexibility to help you manage software licenses and Subscription and Support renewals. You can now have a common anniversary date for Subscription and Support renewals for all IBM software, under a PPA agreement, including IBM Storage software.
Product group: IBM Systems and Technology Group, System Storage Division Product Identifier Description (PID) IBM System Storage SAN Volume 5639-SX1 Controller for XIV Storage Software V6 per Storage Device IBM System Storage SAN Volume 5725-B95 Controller for XIV Storage Software V6 (for Passport Advantage) per Storage Device Product category: Storage Virtualization Program name: IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller for XIV Storage Software V6 PID: 5639-SX1 Part Description number IBM SVC for XIV Software 1TB, D0JWXLL per Storage Device License and SW S&S 12 Months IBM SVC for XIV Software 1TB, E0C9ELL per Storage Device Annual SW S&S Renewal IBM SVC for XIV Software 1TB, D0JWYLL per Storage Device SW S&S Reinstate 12 Months IBM SVC for XIV Software 2TB, D0JWZLL per Storage Device License and SW S&S 12 Months IBM SVC for XIV Software 2TB, E0C9FLL per Storage Device Annual SW S&S Renewal IBM SVC for XIV Software 2TB, D0JX0LL per Storage Device SW S&S Reinstate 12 Months
Part number or Program name PID number Charge metric IBM System Storage 5639-VC6 Per terabyte SAN Volume Controller Storage Software V6 IBM System Storage 5725-B99 Per terabyte SAN Volume Controller Storage Software V6 (for Passport Advantage) IBM System Storage 5639-SX1 Per Storage Device SAN Volume Controller for XIV Software V6 IBM System Storage 5725-B95 Per Storage Device SAN Volume Controller for XIV Software V6 (for Passport Advantage)
New orders for 5639-VC6 and 5639-SX1
For new SVC Software V6 orders made via AAS, first order the cluster 2145-CG8 hardware for the initial cluster, then order the SVC Software 5639-VC6 and/or 5639-SX1 software license.
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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.
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. 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).
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.
License Information form number
- LC23-5059 License Information for IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller 6.2.0 & IBM Storwize V7000 6.2.0
- LC23-5098 License Information for IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller & IBM Storwize V7000 Information Center 6.2.0
On or near the planned availability date, the current License Information documents will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement website
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For clarification, note that (1) for programs acquired under the IBM International Passport Advantage offering, this term applies only to your first acquisition of the program and (2) 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.
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Passport Advantage applies
Yes, and through the Passport Advantage website at
SVC standard software (5639-VC6)
This program (5639-VC6) is licensed on a per-terabyte (with cumulative tiers) capacity basis. (Refer to the Ordering information section for information on charges for this program.) Users may only install this program on IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller 2145-CG8, 2145-CF8, 2145-8G4, 2145-8A4, 2145-8F4, and 2145-8F2 Storage Engines, or subsequent IBM replacements of these.
A customer's right to use the IBM FlashCopy for SAN Volume Controller and Metro/Global Mirror for SAN Volume Controller features of this program is also limited to the amount of authorizations obtained from IBM. The authorizations for FlashCopy and for Metro/Global Mirror cannot exceed the total capacity authorization for the amount of managed storage on all clusters. Use of FlashCopy features requires license authorizations for only the FlashCopy sources, not the targets.
Use of Metro/Global Mirror features requires license authorizations for both the Metro/Global Mirror source and target capacities in use.
This program is only supported for use with host servers, storage sub-systems, and SAN configurations identified by IBM as being supported for attachment to the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller. This program is provided together with code provided under separate license agreements, including, but not limited to, open source license agreements.
SVC for XIV software (5639-SX1)
This program (5639-SX1) is licensed on a per Storage Device basis. (Refer to the Ordering information section for information on charges for this program.) Users may only install this program on IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller 2145-CG8, 2145-CF8, 2145-8G4, 2145-8A4, 2145-8F4, and 2145-8F2 Storage Engines, or subsequent IBM replacements of these, and only for use to manage capacity from the IBM XIV Storage System, machine types 2810 and 2812 and 5639-XXA software, or subsequent versions of XIV hardware and software.
For additional information, refer to the License Information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement website
Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) applies
Yes. Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance), is now included in the Passport Advantage Agreement. Installation and technical support for the products announced in this announcement is provided by the Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) offering of the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement. This fee service enhances customer productivity by providing voice or electronic access into the IBM support organizations.
IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) with the initial license acquisition of each program acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option.
While your Software Subscription and Support (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, only 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, every day of the year. For additional details, consult your IBM Software Support Handbook at
Software Subscription and Support (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 this agreement.
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Variable charges apply
Educational allowance available
Yes. A 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.
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