IBM Systems Director Network Control for IBM x86 V1.4 product enhancements provide IT professionals with the tools to better manage their virtual and physical networksIBM United States Software Announcement 212-354
October 3, 2012
|Table of contents|
|At a glance|
IBM® Systems Director Network Control V1.4 extends the networking functions of the IBM Systems Director product.
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 V1.4
IBM Systems Director Network Control is a priced plug-in product that leverages and extends the networking functions of the IBM Systems Director product. IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.4 can discover, monitor, manage, and troubleshoot network 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. This plug-in also provides enhanced network provisioning for workloads against virtual and physical switches. IBM Systems Director Network Control is positioned as a key component of IBM's integrated data center management technologies and services, which are part of the dynamic infrastructure and cloud computing strategy.
IBM Systems Director Network Management
Systems Director includes a network management component that facilitates the management of Ethernet networks and networking devices. Systems Director Network Management adds support for several new models of Ethernet switches and related networking devices.
Licenses for offerings in this announcement include Software Subscription and Support. Software Subscription and Support contracts are managed in Passport Advantage® . Refer to the Order handling section of this announcement for further details.
If a new release of the offering in this announcement is made generally available in Passport Advantage after the announcement of the offering in System x® ordering systems, clients with valid Software and Subscription contracts may elect to take electronic delivery of the latest release.
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IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.4
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|Planned availability date|
December 14, 2012
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IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.4
IBM Systems Director Network Control software is designed to simplify and automate the management of IBM and non-IBM network environments through the use of integrated server, storage, and network management. IBM Systems Director Network Control leverages network management functionality from 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 the user:
New in IBM Systems Director Network Control 1.4
IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.4 can help protect the client's IT investment through its open design and support for industry standards. This enables heterogeneous physical and virtual management with support for multiple platforms and operating systems.
Some of the devices supported by IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.4 using Network Management in IBM Systems Director V6.3 are:
IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.4 introduces new pricing tiers. Since it provides support across a wider range of devices, a new set of pricing tiers is used in Version 1.4. The tiers are virtual, physical, and distributed. All switch tiers from Version 1.3 are now contained within the physical tier.
IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.4 is a priced plug-in to IBM Systems Director V6.3. It enhances the no-charge IBM Systems Director Network Management component in IBM Systems Director V6.3 that provides basic network management function to users, such as the ability to discover, inventory, and monitor network devices.
The IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.4 offering enables deeper management of network devices using enhanced vendor application integration and provides discovery and topology views of network connectivity.
Installation of the Network Control includes a 90-day trial license that allows all of the Network Control capabilities to be enabled for test and evaluation. A permanent license can be purchased and installed at any time. After the evaluation period, all Network Control capabilities will be disabled.
Accessibility by people with disabilities
A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at
Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act
IBM Systems Director Network Control for IBM x86 V1.4 is capable as of December 14, 2012, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it.
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IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.4 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 users the ability to leverage common tools across a single switch or many switches, which can improve productivity and potentially reduce costs.
IBM Systems Director Network Control will automatically determine the connectivity between switches and servers that support the LLDP-MIB or are part of an IBM Managed Chassis. The topology will also be available between the virtual switches, virtual machines and the host systems. This topology will automatically detect when a link goes down and update automatically, providing an accurate representation of the network.
IBM Systems Director Network Control also simplifies the network provisioning experience through Automated Logical Network Provisioning. Users may assign a specific Logical Network Profile to a virtual machine (when provisioned by VMControl or vCenter) and Network Control will update the backing physical and virtual networks to reflect the profile. This significantly reduces the back end configuration required by a network administrator when setting up a network.
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Refer to Software Announcement 211-400, dated October 11, 2011 , for IBM Systems Director for x86, V6.3.
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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Program Program number VRM name 5641-NC1 1.4.0 IBM Systems Director Network Control for IBM x86 with 1 year S&S 5641-NC3 1.4.0 IBM Systems Director Network Control for IBM x86 with 3 year S&S
Product identification number
Program PID number 5641-NC1 5641-NC3
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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.
Licenses for offerings in this announcement include one year or three years of Software Subscription and Support. Software Subscription and Support renewals for all features are aligned through Passport Advantage Express® or Passport Advantage , reducing the administrative burden of keeping your Subscription and Support up to date.
If a new release of a given offering in this announcement is made generally available in Passport Advantage after the announcement of the offering in System x ordering systems, you may elect to take delivery of any release generally available for that offering during the product registration process.
Eligible software products, offered and selected during the ordering 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 orders can be created for these products based on existing supported hardware system units in the business environment. Offerings included in this announcement are available exclusively by electronic download.
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.
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Specified operating environment
IBM System x and BladeCenter servers.
IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.4 is dependent on IBM Systems Director V6.3 and required updates and has the same software requirements as IBM Systems Director V6.3 server.
These software requirements are available from the IBM Systems Director V6.3 documentation and from the IBM Systems Director V6.3 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.
IBM System x and BladeCenter servers are listed on the IBM ServerProven® website
Limitations and workarounds are available from the IBM Systems Director V6.3 Information Center
For additional information, refer to Usage restrictions in the Terms and conditions section of this announcement, or to the license information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement website
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 or three years 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 website for the electronic download. The product includes the license and one year of Software Subscription and Support.
Your Proof of Entitlement for this program is a copy of a paid sales receipt, purchase order, invoice, or other sales record from IBM or its authorized reseller from whom you acquired the program, provided that it states the license charge unit (the characteristics of intended use of the program; for example, number of processors, number of users) and quantity acquired. This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, and will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. For future reference, the license and License Information will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT.
Security, auditability, and control
The products in this announcement use the security and auditability features of the operating system software. 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 Per install and V1.x with 1 Year S&S managed switch IBM Systems Director Network Control 5641-NC3 Per install and V1.x with 3 Year S&S managed switch
Per install and managed switch
IBM Systems Director Network Control uses per Install and per Managed Switch charging metrics. An Installation license is required for the machine running the IBM Systems Director Network Control program. A Managed Switch license is also required for each switch and router being managed.
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 website for the electronic download. The one-time charge for the product includes the license and one year or three years of Software Subscription and Support.
Single entity offering (SEO) numbers 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 website 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 5809 0380 00Y6229 Network Control x86 V1.x per Install with 1-year SW S&S 5641-NC1 IBM Systems Director 5809 0379 00Y6230 Network Control x86 V1.x Per Virtual Managed Switch with 1-year SW S&S 5641-NC1 IBM Systems Director 5809 0381 00Y6231 Network Control x86 V1.x Per Physical Managed Switch with 1-year SW S&S 5641-NC1 IBM Systems Director 5809 0378 00Y6232 Network Control x86 V1.x Per Distributed Managed Switch with 1-year SW S&S 5641-NC3 IBM Systems Director 5809 0384 00Y6233 Network Control x86 V1.x per Install with 3-year SW S&S 5641-NC3 IBM Systems Director 5809 0385 00Y6234 Network Control x86 V1.x Per Virtual Managed Switch with 3-year SW S&S 5641-NC3 IBM Systems Director 5809 0383 00Y6235 Network Control x86 V1.x Per Physical Managed Switch with 3-year SW S&S 5641-NC3 IBM Systems Director 5809 0382 00Y6236 Network Control x86 V1.x Per Distributed Managed Switch with 3-year SW S&S
Select the appropriate feature numbers to customize your order with delivery options desired. These features can be specified on the initial order.
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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|Terms and conditions|
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 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).
Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance
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.
License Information form number
The program's License Information will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement website
Limited warranty applies
IBM warrants that when the program is used in the specified operating environment, it will conform to its specifications. The warranty applies only to the unmodified portion of the program. IBM does not warrant uninterrupted or error-free operation of the program or that IBM will correct all program defects. You are responsible for the results obtained from the use of the program.
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
IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).
Volume orders (IVO)
IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement
Passport Advantage applies
Yes, and through the Passport Advantage website at
Software Subscription and Support 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.
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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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered destroyed or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective. IBM does not warrant that systems and products are immune from the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.
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|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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OTC billing Program number and feature SEO feature description number number 5641-NC1 IBM Systems Director 0380 00Y6229 Network Control x86 V1.x per Install with 1-year SW S&S 5641-NC1 IBM Systems Director 0379 00Y6230 Network Control x86 V1.x Per Virtual Managed Switch with 1-year SW S&S 5641-NC1 IBM Systems Director 0381 00Y6231 Network Control x86 V1.x Per Physical Managed Switch with 1-year SW S&S 5641-NC1 IBM Systems Director 0378 00Y6232 Network Control x86 V1.x Per Distributed Managed Switch with 1-year SW S&S 5641-NC3 IBM Systems Director 0384 00Y6233 Network Control x86 V1.x per Install with 3-year SW S&S 5641-NC3 IBM Systems Director 0385 00Y6234 Network Control x86 V1.x Per Virtual Managed Switch with 3-year SW S&S 5641-NC3 IBM Systems Director 0383 00Y6235 Network Control x86 V1.x Per Physical Managed Switch with 3-year SW S&S 5641-NC3 IBM Systems Director 0382 00Y6236 Network Control x86 V1.x Per Distributed Managed Switch with 3-year SW S&S
IBM Global Financing
IBM Global Financing offers competitive financing to credit-qualified customers to assist them in acquiring IT solutions. Offerings include financing for IT acquisition, including hardware, software, and services, from both IBM and other manufacturers or vendors. Offerings (for all customer segments: small, medium, and large enterprise), rates, terms, and availability can vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization or visit
IBM Global Financing offerings are provided through IBM Credit LLC in the United States, and other IBM subsidiaries and divisions worldwide to qualified commercial and government customers. Rates are based on a customer's credit rating, financing terms, offering type, equipment type, and options, and may vary by country. Other restrictions may apply. Rates and offerings are subject to change, extension, or withdrawal without notice.
Financing from IBM Global Financing helps you preserve cash and credit lines, enables more technology acquisition within current budget limits, permits accelerated implementation of economically attractive new technologies, offers payment and term flexibility, and can help match project costs to projected benefits. Financing is available worldwide for credit-qualified customers.
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