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Hardware Announcement 103-280
October 7, 2003

IBM enhances the IBM eServer zSeries 990 family of servers

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At a glance

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This z990 announcement provides:

  • Availability of Fibre Channel Protocol on z990
  • IPL of operating system from a SCSI disk for z800, z900, and z990
  • On/Off Capacity on Demand for IFLs
  • GDPS/PPRC and Cross Site Parallel Sysplex distance of 100 km

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or the Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: LE001).

Overview

The proliferation of servers to satisfy the business demands over the past several years has created a large investment in applications on older technology, increased complexity in IT management and operations, decreased overall efficiency of resources, and grown the need for larger data centers. Added to this is the need for critical business solutions to support business pressures on demand. This requires an environment that is supportive, adaptive, and responsive to on demand business requirements and one that can consolidate diverse critical business applications onto a single platform.

The IBM zSeries® 990 (z990) is designed to provide solutions to these business pressures:

  • Leverage the current application portfolio with Linux and z/OS®
  • Simplify the operations and management of the diverse business applications by consolidating both Linux and mainframe applications onto the same platform
  • Increase the overall utilization of your IT resources by sharing these resources among your business applications
  • Decrease the sprawling server proliferation by minimizing the required number of servers
  • Support the on demand business requirements by sensing and responding to the business with the platform resources when they are needed

With the availability of the secure key crypto function from the PCIX Cryptographic Coprocessor (PCIXCC) and On/Off Capacity on Demand, and with the October 31 planned availability of the two high-end models and support for two logical channel subsystems and 30 logical partitions, the z990 now allows for easier migration and consolidation of your applications onto a minimal number of z990 servers. Utilizing the z990 along with its support for the increased number of logical partitions and enhancements to one of the industry's best virtualization technologies, z/VM® can help your business to be resilient to the unpredictable on demand world and can deliver the broad range of scalability needed to help support your consolidation and business growth objectives.

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Software requirements and Hardware requirements sections of this announcement.

Planned availability dates

The following feature is planned to be available on October 7, 2003:

  • On/Off CoD Active IFL (#9888)

The following features and functions are planned to be available on October 31, 2003:

  • SCSI IPL Feature Enabler (#9904)
  • Fibre Channel Protocol
  • GDPS™/PPRC and Cross Site Parallel Sysplex® distance of 100 km
  • FCP SAN Management support

Description

Continuing the commitment to Linux and FCP environments

FCP SAN Management support: zSeries 990 hardware is now enabled to support the industry-standard interface for Storage Area Network (SAN) management tools. Now, zSeries FCP hardware may be used with industry-standard SAN management tools which leverage the Common Host Bus Adapter (HBA) Applications Programming Interface (API). The HBA API is used by management application programs to request SAN management services, enabling the management of Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters and the discovery of SAN resources.

SAN management software tool support for exploiting the z990 function of FCP SAN Management is to be delivered by software vendors. Software vendors are now welcome to include Linux on zSeries FCP as an additional platform for SAN management tool development and exploitation.

Linux on zSeries support for accessing the z990 function of FCP SAN Management will be delivered as an Open Source contribution via:

early in 2004. Once available, this contribution will allow z990 users performing their own Linux builds to exploit these functions. IBM is working with its distribution partners to provide these functions in future distribution releases.

SCSI Initial Program Load (IPL): SCSI IPL allows the IPL of an operating system from a SCSI-type disk attached via the zSeries Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) channel.

You may also IPL a standalone dump program from a SCSI-type disk attached via the zSeries FCP channel. The standalone dump program may also store the generated dump data on such a disk. Thus, the Linux LPARs may be started and operated completely from their FCP-attached disks in your hardware configuration.

Delivery of SCSI IPL satisfies the Statement of General Direction ("IPL from FCP-attached disks") in Hardware Announcement 103-142 , dated May 13, 2003.

To use this function, a no-charge orderable platform feature (#9904) is required.

z/VM V4.4 support of SCSI IPL allows Linux and other guest operating systems that support SCSI IPL to be IPLed from FCP-attached SCSI disks. When z/VM is running on a z990, z900, z800, or equivalent server equipped with the SCSI IPL function. Thus, Linux guests may be started and run completely from FCP disks on your hardware configuration. Refer to the z/VM subset of the 2084DEVICE Preventive Service Planning (PSP) bucket for any service required for z/VM support for SCSI IPL. z/VM continues to require ESCON®- or FICON™-attached disk or tape for its own IPL, storing guest dumps, and other functions. Refer to Software Announcement 203-128 , dated May 13, 2003, for additional information on z/VM V4.4.

Linux on zSeries support of SCSI IPL to exploit the z990, z900, z800, or equivalent function was delivered in June 2003 as an Open Source contribution via:

IBM is working with its distribution partners to provide these functions in future distribution releases.

GDPS/PPRC and Cross Site Parallel Sysplex distance extended to 100 km

Customers will now have the capability to configure GDPS/PPRC or a multi-site Parallel Sysplex with up to 100 km between two sites. An immediate advantage of this extended distance is to potentially decrease the risk that the same disaster will affect both sites, thus permitting customers to recover their production applications at another site. Support for ETR (External Time Reference) links and the ISC-3 (Inter System Channel) links operating in Peer mode has been extended from the current capability of 50 km to an extended capability of 100 km. The ETR links attach the 9037 Sysplex Timer® to zSeries, or S/390® 9672 servers. The ISC-3 links, operating in Peer mode and supported on all zSeries servers, connect z/OS or OS/390® systems to a Coupling Facility. The extended distance support for ETR and ISC-3 links is now consistent with other cross site link technologies that already support 100 km, such as FICON, Peer to Peer Remote Copy (PPRC), and Peer to Peer Virtual Tape Server (PtP VTS). It should be noted that the maximum fiber distance between a pair of 9037 Sysplex Timers in an Expanded Availability configuration remains at 40 km. Therefore, to achieve the extended distance of 100 km between sites, one of the options to be considered is locating one of the Sysplex Timers in an intermediary site that is less than 40 km from one of the two sites. Other potential options can be evaluated when the RPQ is ordered. The extended distance support is planned to be available on October 31, 2003. Contact your IBM or Business Partner representative for details.

Updated zSeries software pricing MSUs

The IBM zSeries software pricing MSUs for the z990 as updated on August 22, 2003, can be located at the following Web site:

This IBM zSeries Software Pricing Exhibits Web site contains information extracted from IBM customer agreements and contracts. Certain mainframe hardware information is required to determine software charges for zSeries and S/390 capacity-based software products. This information includes the capacity-based customer software charging data common in all geographies for IBM and our customers. The information includes vendor, machine model, WLC, PSLC, MSU, and other data related to capacity-based software charging.

Sysplex Timer Model 1 reaching end of service

The Sysplex Timer Model 1, 9037-001, has an announced worldwide End Of Service (EOS) date of December 31, 2003. The Sysplex Timer Model 1, a critical component of any multi-CEC sysplex or Parallel Sysplex, will no longer be supported by IBM after December 31, 2003. IBM recommends that you begin the planning to replace all Sysplex Timer Model 1s with Sysplex Timer Model 2s.

The Sysplex Timer Model 2 is a full replacement box for the Sysplex Timer Model 1. There is no upgrade path from the Sysplex Timer Model 1 to the Sysplex Timer Model 2. An International Technical Support Organization (ITSO) Redpaper, Migration Planning for the 9037 Model 2 Sysplex Timer, REDP3666, is available. Refer to the following Web site for a link to the Redpaper:

Contact your local IBM support representative for a detailed migration procedures document. Refer to Services Announcement 602-015 , dated June 18, 2002, Declaration of Plan to Discontinue.

On/Off Capacity on Demand now supports IFLs

On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) now supports Integrated Facilities for Linux (IFLs) as well as Central Processor (CP) types of processor units for temporary capacity. Previously uncharacterized processor units (PUs), unassigned CPs, and unassigned IFLs that are available within the current model may be used as temporary IFLs or CPs. On/Off CoD is delivered through the function of Customer Initiated Upgrade (CIU). To participate in this offering, you must have installed CIU Enablement (#9898) and On/Off CoD Enablement (#9896). Subsequently, you may concurrently install temporary capacity by ordering On/Off CoD Active CP (#9897) up to the number of current CPs, and/or On/Off CoD Active IFL (#9888) up to the number of current IFLs, and use it for an indeterminate time.

Update on the OSA-Express family of LAN adapters for z800 and z900

OSA-Express usability enhancement — Port name relief: When configuring an OSA-Express feature in QDIO mode (OSD CHPID type), specification of a PORTNAME is no longer required as part of the operating system configuration and can be omitted if not needed by the operating system. For compatibility purposes, OSA-Express will now permit activation with or without a PORTNAME.

Prior to this change, operating system administrators that wished to share an OSA-Express were required to coordinate the configuration of the PORTNAME (configure matching names). If a mismatch occurred, activation would fail. To avoid the coordination effort when multiple operating systems share an OSA-Express, this usability enhancement has been introduced. This usability enhancement is supported on all of the OSA-Express features offered on z800, z900, and z990.

Operating systems notes:

  1. z/OS

    z/OS Communications Server (z/OS CS) still requires the use of the OSA-Express PORTNAME. The PORTNAME must be the same among all z/OS systems (or any operating system that still uses PORTNAME) sharing the OSA-Express CHPID.

  2. z/VM

    In a z/VM environment when using a Guest LAN with a simulated OSA-Express QDIO feature, the PORTNAME may now be omitted when configuring the device. For example, in z/VM TCPIP the PORTNAME is specified on the OSD DEVICE statement and now may be omitted. If it is a Linux on zSeries guest with the "June 2003 stream," the PORTNAME may now be omitted in the add_parms command of the QETH interface parameters. For z/VM V4.3 corequisites refer to the PSP bucket. This function is integrated in z/VM V4.4.

  3. Linux on zSeries

    Linux on zSeries support for port name relief was delivered in June 2003 as an Open Source contribution via:

    With this contribution, Linux does not require a PORTNAME. Users should ensure that OSA PORTNAME relief is available and installed on their system before activating the interface without specifying a PORTNAME.

This support is applicable to all of the OSA-Express features in QDIO mode (OSD CHPID type).

Full VLAN support for z/OS to increase traffic flow on z800 and z900: Full Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) was announced on May 13, 2003, as supported on z990. This support extended the z/OS V1.2 VLAN priority-tagged frame support to full VLAN as defined by the IEEE 802.1q standard. Now, this support is also being offered for z800 and z900.

VLANs ease the administration of logical groups of users so that they can communicate as if they were on the same LAN. VLANs increase traffic flow and reduce overhead by allowing the organization of networks by traffic patterns rather than by physical location.

This support is offered by z/OS V1.5 Communications Server. For additional information, refer to Software Announcement 203-131 , dated May 13, 2003. Linux on zSeries support is available via SuSE SLES 8, Turbo Linux TLES 8, and Conectiva CLEE.

VLAN support on z800 and z900 applies to the following features in QDIO mode only (OSD CHPID type): Fast Ethernet (#2366) and Gigabit Ethernet (#2364, #2365).

Another usability enhancement — Direct SNMP subagent MIB changes: For z/OS and Linux, an updated Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Management Information Base (MIB) was introduced in May 2003, for the OSA-Express features supported on z990. Refer to Hardware Announcement 103-142 , dated May 13, 2003.

Now, performance data for each image, reflecting OSA-Express utilization, is returned in individual objects without the need to "decode" a larger object that previously contained all of the information. The information returned includes the percentage of time the microprocessor was utilized to transfer data, as well as the number of inbound and outbound packets.

The updated MIB is now available for z800 and z900 also. The updated MIB can be found on Resource Link™ at:

You will need to sign in with your IBM Resource Link user name and password.

OSA-Express Direct SNMP subagent support was first announced in April 2002 on z800 and z900. At that time IBM announced that the query function was supported using the SNMP "get" command. Support was offered for all of the OSA-Express features when configured in QDIO mode (OSD CHPID type). This was supported by z/OS V1.4 with a corequisite. Refer to the PSP bucket. This was also supported by SuSE SLES 8, Turbo Linux TLES 8, and Conectiva CLEE.

In May 2003 support in the z/OS and Linux environments was expanded to include Ethernet data for the dot3StatsTable from the SNMP EtherLike Management Information Base (MIB) module in RFC 2665 (for all of the Ethernet features supported on z800, z900, and z990), and an updated SNMP MIB module was announced (now applicable to all of the OSA-Express features on z800, z900, z990). Refer to Hardware Announcement 103-142 , dated May 13, 2003. For dot3StatsTable and the updated SNMP MIB, z/OS V1.4 with a corequisite is required. Refer to the PSP bucket. For Linux Direct SNMP, required support was delivered in June 2003 as an Open Source contribution via:

For more information on SNMP support as well as the applicable features and modes of operation, refer to the Open Systems Adapter-Express Customer's Guide and Reference (SA22-7935 for z990, SA22-7476 for z800 and z900).

Product positioning

The IBM z990 is the latest member of the zSeries family. The z990 design represents a major change in the direction of the zSeries platform. The implementation of the superscalar microprocessor provides for improvements in the performance of new workloads as well as maintaining excellent performance for traditional workloads. By providing an increase in capacity almost triple that of the z900 Model 216, doubling the number of CHPIDs, doubling the number of LPARs, quadrupling the number of HiperSockets, and increasing the number of FICON channels by 25%, this server will provide you with the ability to improve application performance, increase the number of users supported, support more transactions, increase scalability, and consolidate workloads beyond what is available on the z800 or z900 servers.

Trademarks

 
FICON, GDPS, Resource Link, and eServer are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
zSeries, z/OS, z/VM, Parallel Sysplex, ESCON, S/390, Sysplex Timer and OS/390 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Education support

The following worldwide courses are planned for classroom delivery:

  • Configuring a zSeries® 990 (OZ050)
  • Complex Systems Availability and Recovery for S/390® and zSeries 900 (ES830)
  • z/Architecture™ for IBM zSeries (OZ09T)
  • S/390 Parallel Sysplex® Operation and Recovery (H4057)
  • Advanced Parallel Sysplex Operations and Recovery Workshop (ES900)

OZ050 is available. Updates to the other courses are planned to be made available. Descriptions of courses and training solutions with links to enrollment are on the Web site:

Select category zSeries and S/390.

In the U.S. and Canada call 800-IBM-TEACH (426-8322) to enroll in one or more of these classes.

Publications

The following publication are shipped with the product.

                                                       Order
Title                                                  number
 
Installation Manual                                    G229-9036
Service Guide                                          G229-9039
 
Safety Notices                                         G229-9038
Safety Inspection                                      G229-9037

Publications for the z990 can be obtained via Resource Link™ by accessing the following Web site:

Using the instructions on the Resource Link panels, obtain a user ID and password. Resource Link has been designed for easy access and navigation.

Publications that are available in the Library section of Resource Link are listed below.

  • Application Programming Interfaces (SB10-7030)
  • Capacity Backup Upgrade User's Guide (SC28-6823)
  • CHPID Mapping Tool User's Guide (GC28-6825)
  • ESCON® & FICON™ CTC Reference (SB10-7034)
  • Hardware Management Console Operations Guide (SC28-6837)
  • Installation Manual for Physical Planning (IMPP) (GC28-6824)
  • Installation Manual (G229-9036)
  • IOCP User's Guide (SB10-7037)
  • Maintenance Information for Desktop Consoles (GC38-3115)
  • Maintenance Information for Fiber Optic Links (SY27-2597)
  • Maintenance Information for ThinkPads (GC38-3117)
  • OSA-Express Customer's Guide and Reference (SA22-7935)
  • Parts Catalog (G123-7474)
  • Planning for Fiber Optic Links (GA23-0367)
  • PR/SM™ Planning Guide (SB10-7036)
  • Safety Inspection (G229-9037)
  • Safety Notices (G229-9038)
  • Service Guide (G229-9039)
  • Standalone IOCP User's Guide (SB10-7040)
  • Support Element Operations Guide (SC28-6820)
  • System Overview (SA22-1032)

Technical information

Specified operating environment

Physical specifications

2084 servers: The mechanical package for the IBM eServer zSeries 990 conforms to EIA guidelines for frames. Packaging for new build systems is two frames. Upgrades will be contained within the two frames initially shipped. Note that height reduction for transport is available. Keep in mind that the height of the z990 is equal to the height of a reduced z900. When considering placement of a z990, review clearances for doors to be opened. A new build system at the minimum level will consist of two frames with one I/O cage. The maximum will consist of two frames with three I/O cages. 60-amp service is required.

Environmental specifications — Server models

                                      New build       New build
                                      minimum         maximum
                                      system          system
                                      Model A08       Model D32
                                      with one        with three
                                      I/O cage        I/O cages
 
Power requirements
50/60 Hz, kVA                         5.3 kW          15.8 kW
 
Heat output kBtu/hr                   18.02           53.73
 
Air flow CFM (at 16 degrees C)
Air flow m*3/min                      500 CFM         1450 CFM
 
Floor space
 -- Sq meters                         2.49            2.49
 -- Sq feet                           26.78           26.78
 Including service clearance
 -- Sq meters                         5.45            5.45
 -- Sq feet                           58.69           58.69
 
Approximate weight
System with IBF feature
 -- kg                                1263            2007
 -- lb                                2779            4415
System without IBF feature
 -- kg                                1174            1738
 -- lb                                2582            3824

Dimensions:

                                    Depth      Width      Height
 
System with all covers
  Inches                             62.1       62.1       76.4
  Centimeters                       157.7      157.7      194.1
 
System with covers
 and reduction
  Inches                             62.1       62.1       70.3
  Centimeters                       157.7      157.7      178.5
 
Each frame with one side
 cover and without packaging
  Inches                             46.2       30.7       76.4
  Centimeters                       117.3       78.0      194.1
 
Each frame on casters with one
 side cover and with packaging
  Inches                             47.6       32.4       76.9
  Centimeters                       120.9       82.2      195.3
 
Each frame with one side cover
 and with packaging (ARBO)
  Inches                             51.5       36.5       87.6
  Centimeters                       130.8       92.7      222.5

See your IBM representative for the available width and height reduction transport option for return of z900 or 9672 systems. There is no feature option available for width. There is height reduction on the z990. However, keep in mind that the z990 is equal in height to a height reduced z900. Therefore, one may not automatically assume that a reduction is necessary due to their experience with z900. Check the height and only order as necessary.

Operating environment: Refer to the zSeries Installation Manual — Physical Planning (IMPP) that is available via IBM's Resource Link.

Hardware requirements

Specified operating environment: The functions, features, and model upgrades available on October 31, 2003, require HMC EC #J12846 and a set of required patches. Prior to implementing the functions, features, and model upgrades on the z990, the customer must load Driver Level 53, EC #J12864, and the required patches. These may be loaded concurrently. The code driver specified in ECA 221 and the required patches will be available on October 29, 2003.

z990 supports LPAR mode only.

In a Parallel Sysplex environment with z990 servers, all z900- or z800-based Coupling Facilities must be running CFCC Level 12 with current maintenance including CFCC compatibility code. G5/G6-based Coupling Facilities must be running CFCC Level 11.

Peripheral hardware and device attachments: For the appropriate peripheral hardware and device attachments, contact your IBM representative.

IBM devices previously attached to IBM S/370™ or S/390 systems are supported for attachment to z990 I/O channels, unless noted. The subject I/O devices must meet ESCON or FICON architecture requirements to be supported. I/O devices that meet OEMI architecture requirements are supported only via a parallel channel converter. Prerequisite Engineering Change Levels may be required. For further details, contact IBM service personnel.

Note: IBM cannot confirm the accuracy of performance, compatibility, or any other claims related to non-IBM products. Questions regarding the capabilities of non-IBM products should be addressed to the suppliers of those products.

TKE workstation: Customers with TKE 3.X installed workstations may carry forward the features listed below to control legacy systems only. An update from TKE 3.0 or TKE 3.1 code levels to the TKE 4.0 code level is required to control the z990. Workstations updated to the TKE 4.0 code level may be used to control 7060, 9672 Generation 5 and 6, z800, z900, and z990 servers. To use the TKE function on a z990, the PCIX Cryptographic Coprocessor (PCIXCC) feature, the TKE 4.0 code level, and the CP Assist for Cryptographic Function (CPACF) must be installed.

  • TKE with Token Ring (#0866)
  • TKE with Ethernet (#0869)
  • TKE with Token Ring (#0876)
  • TKE with Ethernet (#0879)
  • TKE with Token Ring (#0886)
  • TKE with Ethernet (#0889)

Software requirements

Mode of operation: The z990 supports LPAR mode only.

Linux on zSeries support: The currently available distributions SuSE SLES 7, SuSE SLES 8, Red Hat 7.1, Red Hat 7.2, Turbo Linux TLES 8, and Conectiva CLEE support compatibility with z990. In addition, the currently available distributions support running Linux in any of the 30 LPARs and either of the two LCSS's. Support to further exploit z990 functions was delivered as an Open Source Contribution in June 2003 via:

IBM is working with its distribution partners to provide these functions in future distribution releases.

Note: Conectiva CLEE is Conectiva Linux Enterprise Edition Powered by UnitedLinux for zSeries.

z/OS®, z/VM®, VSE/ESA™, and TPF support and availability by date: Today, the IBM eServer zSeries 990 is supported by the following operating systems and levels:

  • TPF V4R1 is compatible with z990.
  • z/OS
    • z/OS V1R4 z990 Compatibility Support: This orderable, unpriced, and optional feature is required to allow z/OS V1R4 to run on a z990 server. It is required on all systems in a Parallel Sysplex when a z/OS or CF image in that same Parallel Sysplex is running on a z990 and the LPAR ID of the operating system or CF image is greater than 15 (x"F"). With regards to cryptography, it provides support for the PCICA feature and the CP Assist for Cryptographic Function for z/OS V1R4.
    • z990 Compatibility for Selected Releases: This Web deliverable provides support to allow OS/390® V2.10, z/OS V1.2, and z/OS 1.3 to run on a z990. It is required on all OS/390 V2.10, z/OS V1.2, z/OS 1.3, and z/OS.e V1.3 systems in a Parallel Sysplex when a z/OS or CF image in that same Parallel Sysplex is running on a z990 and the LPAR ID of the operating system or CF is greater than 15 (x"F").
    • z990 Cryptographic CP Assist Support for z/OS V1R3: This Web deliverable provides support in z/OS V1.3 for the PCICA adapter and CP Assist for Cryptographic Function (#3863).
    • z/OS.e V1.4 z990 Coexistence: This orderable, unpriced, and optional feature is required on all z/OS.e V1.4 systems in a Parallel Sysplex when a z/OS or CF image in that same Parallel Sysplex is running on a z990 and the LPAR ID of the operating system or CF is greater than 15 (x"F"). z/OS.e cannot execute on a z990 server.
    • z990 Cryptographic Support: This Web deliverable will provide exploitation support for z/OS 1.4 for PCIXCC (#0868) and extends exploitation support for the CP Assist for Cryptographic Function (#3863), PCICA, and PCIXCC features to z/OS 1.2.
  • VSE/ESA compatibility is provided on VSE/ESA V2R5, VSE/ESA V2R6, and VSE/ESA V2R7. For the latest information on compatibility support requirements refer to the VSE subset of the 2084DEVICE Preventative Service Planning (PSP) bucket prior to installing the z990 server.
  • z/VM
    • z/VM compatibility support for V3.1, V4.2, and V4.3 and limited exploitation for two LCSS's when running on a z990 server. Dynamic-I/O configuration is supported when only LCSS0 is defined. Refer to the z/VM subset of the 2084DEVICE Preventive Service Planning (PSP) bucket prior to installing a z990.
    • z/VM V4.4 and later releases will provide additional exploitation support for the following functions:
      • Two logical channel subsystems
        — Dynamic-I/O Configuration only in LCSS0
      • Adapter interruptions for OSA-Express and FCP Channels
      • Performance Assist for V=V guests in z/VM environment

The IBM eServer zSeries 990 is planned to be supported by the following operating system levels by the dates indicated:

  • October 17, 2003
    • z990 Cryptographic Support: This Web deliverable extends exploitation support for the CP Assist for Cryptographic Function (#3863), PCICA, and PCIXCC features to z/OS V1.3.
  • October 31, 2003
    • z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support: This orderable, unpriced, and optional feature provides exploitation support for two Logical Channel SubSystems and 30 LPARs.
    • z/OS.e V1.4 Coexistence Update: This orderable, unpriced, and optional feature allows customers to maintain a consistent code base for z/OS and z/OS.e. It contains the z/OS.e Coexistence feature. Note that z/OS.e cannot execute on a z990 server.
    • z/VM V4.4 and later releases will provide further exploitation support for the following functions:
      • 30 LPARs
      • Dynamic I/O Support for LCSS0 and LCSS1
      • Internal Spanned Channels (ICs and HiperSockets)
    • VSE/ESA V2R5 and later releases will provide further exploitation support for the following functions:
      • 30 LPARs
      • Two logical channel subsystems
      • HiperSockets (IQD CHPID type) Spanned Channels (VSE/ESA V2R7 and later releases)
  • October 17, 2003
    • z990 Cryptographic Support: This Web deliverable extends exploitation support for the CP Assist for Cryptographic Function (#3863), PCICA, and PCIXCC features to z/OS V1.3.
  • December 31, 2003
    • VSE/ESA V2R7 and later releases will provide exploitation for adapter interruptions for OSA-Express (OSD CHPID Type).
  • Fourth Quarter 2003
    • z990 Cryptographic Support: This Web deliverable extends exploitation support for the CP Assist for Cryptographic Function (#3863), PCICA, and PCIXCC features to OS/390 V2.10.
  • Note that z/OS.e cannot execute on a z990 server. z/OS.e releases are provided to permit coexistence within a Parallel Sysplex and maintain consistent code levels with z/OS.

Software support availability by operating system and level: The new models of IBM eServer zSeries 990 are planned to be supported by operating system releases on the schedules indicated below for each release.

z/OS V1.4

  • Available Today
    • z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support Feature: This orderable, unpriced, and optional feature is required to allow z/OS V1.4 to run on a z990 server. It is also required on all systems in a Parallel Sysplex when a z/OS or CF image in that same Parallel Sysplex is running on a z990 and the LPAR ID of the operating system or CF image is greater than 15 (x"F"). With regards to cryptography, it provides support for the PCICA feature and the CP Assist for Cryptographic Function for z/OS V1.4.
    • z990 Cryptographic Support: This Web deliverable will provide exploitation support for z/OS V1.4 for PCIXCC (#0868).
  • October 31, 2003
    • z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support: This orderable, unpriced, and optional feature provides exploitation support for two logical channel subsystems and 30 LPARs.

z/OS V1.3

  • Available Today
    • z990 Compatibility for Selected Releases: This Web deliverable provides support to allow OS/390 V2.10, z/OS V1.2, and z/OS 1.3 to run on a z990. It is required on all OS/390 V2.10, z/OS V1.2, z/OS 1.3, and z/OS.e V1.3 systems in a Parallel Sysplex when a z/OS or CF image in that same Parallel Sysplex is running on a z990 and the LPAR ID of the operating system or CF is greater than 15 (x"F").
    • z990 Cryptographic Assist Support for z/OS V1.3: This Web deliverable provides support on z/OS V1.3 for the PCICA adapter and CP Assist for Cryptographic Function (#3863).
  • October 17, 2003
    • z990 Cryptographic Support: This Web deliverable will provide exploitation support for z/OS V1.3 for PCIXCC (#0868).

z/OS V1.2

  • Available Today
    • z990 Compatibility for Selected Releases: This Web deliverable provides support to allow OS/390 V2.10, z/OS V1.2, and z/OS 1.3 to run on a z990. It is required on all OS/390 V2.10, z/OS V1.2, z/OS 1.3, and z/OS.e V1.3 systems in a Parallel Sysplex when a z/OS or CF image in that same Parallel Sysplex is running on a z990 and the LPAR ID of the operating system or CF is greater than 15 (x"F").
    • z990 Cryptographic Support: This Web deliverable will extend exploitation support for the CP Assist for Cryptographic Function (#3863), PCICA, and PCIXCC features to z/OS V1.2.

OS/390 V2.10

  • Available Today
    • z990 Compatibility for Selected Releases: This Web deliverable provides support to allow OS/390 V2.10, z/OS V1.2, and z/OS 1.3 to run on a z990. It is required on all OS/390 V2.10, z/OS V1.2, z/OS 1.3, and z/OS.e V1.3 systems in a Parallel Sysplex when a z/OS or CF image in that same Parallel Sysplex is running on a z990 and the LPAR ID of the operating system or CF is greater than 15 (x"F").
  • Fourth Quarter 2003
    • z990 Cryptographic Support: This Web deliverable will provide exploitation support for the CP Assist for Cryptographic Function (#3863), PCICA, and PCIXCC features on OS/390 V2.10.

z/OS.e V1.3

  • Available Today
    • z990 Compatibility for Selected Releases: This Web deliverable provides support to allow OS/390 V2.10, z/OS V1.2, and z/OS 1.3 to run on a z990. It is required on all OS/390 V2.10, z/OS V1.2, z/OS 1.3, and z/OS.e V1.3 systems in a Parallel Sysplex when a z/OS or CF image in that same Parallel Sysplex is running on a z990 and the LPAR ID of the operating system or CF is greater than 15 (x"F"). z/OS.e cannot execute on a z990 server.

z/OS.e V1.4

  • Available Today
    • z/OS.e V1.4 z990 Coexistence Feature: This orderable, unpriced, and optional feature is required on all z/OS.e V1.4 systems in a Parallel Sysplex when a z/OS or CF image in that same Parallel Sysplex is running on a z990 and the LPAR ID of the operating system or CF is greater than 15 (x"F").
  • October 31, 2003
    • z/OS.e V1.4 Coexistence Update: This Web deliverable allows customers to maintain a consistent code base for z/OS and z/OS.e. It contains the z/OS.e Coexistence feature. Note that z/OS.e cannot execute on a z990 processor.

z/VM

  • Available Today
    • z/VM compatibility support for V3.1, z/VM V4.2, and z/VM V4.3 and limited exploitation for two LCSS's when running on a z990 server. Dynamic-I/O configuration is supported when only LCSS0 is defined. Refer to the z/VM subset for the 2084DEVICE Preventative Service Planning (PSP) bucket prior to installing a z990.
    • z/VM V4.4 and later releases will provide additional exploitation support for the following functions:
      • Two logical channel subsystems
        — Dynamic-I/O configuration only in LCSS0
      • Adapter interruptions for OSA-Express and FCP channels
      • Performance Assist for V=V guests in z/VM environment
  • October 31, 2003
    • z/VM V4.4 and later releases will provide further exploitation support for the following functions:
      • 30 LPARs
      • Dynamic I/O support for LCSS0 and LCSS1
      • Internal spanned channels (ICs and HiperSockets)

VSE/ESA

  • Available Today
    • VSE/ESA compatibility is provided on VSE/ESA V2R5, VSE/ESA V2R6, and VSE/ESA V2R7. For the latest information on compatibility support requirements, refer to the VSE subset of the 2084DEVICE Preventative Service Planning (PSP) bucket prior to installing the z990 server.
  • October 31, 2003
    • VSE/ESA V2R5 and later releases will provide further exploitation support for the following functions:
      • 30 LPARs
      • Two logical channel subsystems
      • HiperSockets (IQD CHPID type) Spanned Channels (VSE/ESA V2R7 and later releases)
  • December 31, 2003
    • VSE/ESA V2R7 and later releases will provide exploitation for adapter interruptions for OSA-Express (OSD CHPID Type).

Software requirements for the FICON Express features: The minimum software requirements for the FICON Express features installed in a z990 are identified.

FICON Express (FCV CHPID type) attachment to the ESCON Director Model 5 FICON Bridge feature requires at a minimum:

  • OS/390 V2.10
  • z/VM V3.1, z/VM V4.2
  • VSE/ESA V2.5
  • TPF V4.1 at PUT 16

FICON Express (FC CHPID type) , including Channel-To-Channel (CTC), requires at a minimum:

  • OS/390 V2.10
  • z/VM V3.1, z/VM V4.2
  • VSE/ESA V2.5
  • Linux on zSeries: Red Hat 7.1 and 7.2, SuSE SLES 7, Turbo Linux TLES 8, or Conectiva CLEE.
  • TPF V4.1 at PUT 16

FICON Express (FCP CHPID type) , for support of Linux environments, requires at a minimum:

  • z/VM V4.3 (for Linux as a guest under z/VM)
  • z/VM V4.4 for
    • Performance Assist for Adapter Interruptions
    • Performance Assist for V=V Guests
  • Linux on zSeries: SuSE SLES 7, Turbo Linux TLES 8, or Conectiva CLEE.

Cascaded FICON Directors (FC CHPID type) , including CTC with Cascading, require at a minimum:

Note: OS/390 V2.10 can support a cascaded configuration. z/OS V1.3 is required in an LPAR to dynamically define a cascaded director, for dynamic I/O changes, and to use the enhanced display functions. Refer to the 9032/9042 PSP buckets.

Software requirements for Cryptographic Functions: The following are required as indicated to support cryptographic function on z990:

  • z990 Cryptographic Assist Support for z/OS V1.3: This Web deliverable will provide support for the CP Assist for Cryptographic Function (#3863) and the PCICA (#0862) feature on z/OS V1.3.
  • z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support: This orderable, unpriced, and optional feature provides the CP Assist for Cryptographic Function (#3863) and the PCICA (#0862) feature on z/OS V1R4.
  • z990 Cryptographic Support: This Web deliverable provides support for the CP Assist for Cryptographic Function (#3863), PCICA (#0862), and PCIXCC (#0868) features for z/OS V1.4, z/OS V1.3, z/OS V1.2, and OS/390 V2.10. A staged rollout is planned. Review "Software support availability by operating system and level" under "Software requirements" for specific plans for each software level.

The minimum software requirements for the CP Assist for Cryptographic Function (CPACF), PCI Cryptographic Accelerator (PCICA), and PCIX Cryptographic Coprocessor (PCIXCC) are as follows:

For CPACF:

  • The SHA-1 hash function is shipped enabled. However, DES and TDES functions require enablement of the CPACF function (#3863) for export control.
  • z/OS 1.4 with z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support feature.
  • z/OS V1.3 with z990 Cryptographic Assist Support Web deliverable.
  • z/OS V1.2 with z990 Cryptographic Support Web deliverable.
  • OS/390 V2.10 with z990 Cryptographic Support Web deliverable (available fourth quarter 2003).
  • z/VM V3.1, V4.2 and later.
  • Linux distributions picking up the right combination of newest crypto libraries at:

For PCICA:

  • z/OS 1.4 with z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support feature
  • z/OS V1.3 with z990 Cryptographic Assist Support Web deliverable
  • z/OS V1.2 with z990 Cryptographic Support Web deliverable
  • OS/390 V2.10 with z990 Cryptographic Support Web deliverable (available fourth quarter 2003)
  • z/VM V4.2 with PTFs and later releases (for Linux Guests only)
  • VSE/ESA V2.7 and IBM TCP/IP for VSE/ESA V1.5
  • Linux on zSeries: Red Hat 7.1 and 7.2 with crypto modules, SuSE SLES 7, Turbo Linux TLES 8, or Conectiva CLEE

For PCIXCC:

  • z/OS 1.4 with z990 Cryptographic Support Web deliverable
  • z/OS V1.3 with z990 Cryptographic Support Web deliverable (available fourth quarter 2003)
  • z/OS V1.2 with z990 Cryptographic Support Web deliverable
  • OS/390 V2.10 with z990 Cryptographic Support Web deliverable (available fourth quarter 2003)
  • z/OS V1.4
  • z/OS V1.2, V1.3, OS/390 V2.10 (available by year end 2003)

The following is required for User-Defined Extensions (UDX) support:

  • One or more PCIXCC features
  • An HMC
  • A TKE workstation at 4.0 code level, if the UDX requires access control point
  • z/OS V1.4
  • z990 Cryptographic Support, a Web deliverable feature

Software requirements for the OSA-Express features: The minimum software requirements for the OSA-Express features available on a z990 are identified. Other functions, not identified in this announcement, may also have unique software prerequisites. For further details, including the QDIO and non-QDIO modes of operation, consult the Open Systems Adapter-Express Customer's Guide and Reference (SA22-7935) or refer to the Preventive Service Planning (PSP) bucket for OSA.

  • OS/390 V2.10, all features and modes
  • z/VM V3.1, all features and modes with exception noted below
  • z/VM V4.2 (required for OSA-Express Token Ring in QDIO mode)
  • VSE/ESA V2.6, all features and modes
  • Linux on zSeries: Red Hat 7.1 and 7.2, SuSE SLES 7, Conectiva CLEE, or Turbo Linux TLES 8 (QDIO mode [QETH] for all OSA-Express features, non-QDIO mode [LCS] for OSA-Express Fast Ethernet and Token Ring)
  • TPF 4.1 at PUT 13 (supports Gigabit Ethernet only)

Checksum offload for IPv4 Packets applies to OSA-Express Gigabit Ethernet (#1364, #1365) and 1000BASE-T Ethernet (#1366) when in QDIO mode (OSD CHPID type). The minimum software requirements are:

  • z/OS V1.5.
  • Linux on zSeries. Support was delivered in June 2003 as an Open Source contribution via:

Port name relief applies to all of the OSA-Express features in QDIO mode (OSD CHPID type). The minimum software requirements are:

VLAN (802.1q) support applies to OSA-Express 1000BASE-T Ethernet (#1366), Fast Ethernet (#2366), and Gigabit Ethernet (#2364, #2365, #1364, #1365) when in QDIO mode (OSD CHPID type). The minimum software requirements are:

  • z/OS V1.5 Communications Server (refer to Software Announcement 203-131 , dated May 13, 2003)
  • z/VM V4.4
  • SuSE SLES 8, Turbo Linux TLES 8, or Conectiva CLEE

Intrusion Detection Services applies to all of the OSA-Express features supported on z990 when in QDIO mode (OSD CHPID type). The minimum software requirements are:

  • z/OS V1.5 Communications Server (refer to Software Announcement 203-131 , dated May 13, 2003)

160 TCP/IP stacks per OSA-Express port applies to all of the OSA-Express features supported on z990 when in QDIO mode (OSD CHPID type).

There are no prerequisite software requirements.

New version of OSA/SF and Java™ GUI . A new version of the Open Systems Adapter Support Facility (OSA/SF) is available. This deliverable is a complete replacement of OSA/SF Version 2 Release 1 (5655-B57), is integrated in the operating systems, and will be shipped as a PTF where applicable. Refer to the appropriate PSP bucket. This support applies to all of the OSA-Express and OSA-2 features and to all servers that support them. The new version of OSA/SF with the Java GUI is integrated in the operating systems and is available as follows:

  • z/OS V1.4 z990 Compatibility Support feature
  • z990 Compatibility for Selected Releases Web deliverables
    • OS/390 V2.10, z/OS V1.2, z/OS V1.3
  • Integrated in z/VM V4.4
    • Overlays OSA/SF V2.1
  • z/VM V3.1, z/VM V4.2, z/VM V4.3 delivered as a PTF
    • Overlays OSA/SF V2.1
  • VSE/ESA V2.5 delivered as a PTF

OSA-Express Direct SNMP subagent support for dot3StatsTable and updated SNMP MIB applies to all of the OSA-Express Ethernet features when in QDIO mode (OSD CHPID type). The minimum software requirements are:

Software requirements for HiperSockets enhancements

HiperSockets support in a VSE/ESA environment

  • VSE/ESA V2.7

HiperSockets VLAN (802.1q) support is supported by the following operating system:

  • Linux on zSeries. Support was delivered in June 2003 as an Open Source contribution via:

HiperSockets support — 16 Internal LANs and 4096 TCP/IP stacks is new for HiperSockets (IQD CHPID type), and is exclusive to z990.

There are no prerequisite software requirements.

HiperSockets support of Broadcast for IPv4 packets is supported by the following operating systems:

  • z/OS V1.5.
  • z/VM V4.4.
  • Linux on zSeries. Support was delivered in June 2003 as an Open Source contribution via:

HiperSockets (IQD CHPID type) Spanned Channels is supported by the following operating systems:

  • z/OS support is available via the following PTFs:
    • OA02212/UA01784 for z/OS V1.2 and z/OS V1.3
    • UA01785 for z/OS V1.4
  • z/VM V3.1, z/VM V4.2, z/VM V4.3, and z/VM V4.4
  • VSE/ESA V2.7 and later releases

HiperSockets — transparently bridging traffic (Linux Layer 2 Switch support)

Linux on zSeries will be delivered as an Open Source contribution via:

This is aligned with the delivery of hardware support which is planned for October 31, 2003.

Software requirements for Performance Assists

Adapter Interruptions are applicable to the FICON Express features (FCP CHPID type) and OSA-Express features (OSD CHPID type) and are supported by the following operating systems:

  • z/VM V4.4.
  • VSE/ESA V2.7 and later releases (for OSD CHPID type only).
  • Linux on zSeries. Support was delivered in June 2003 as an Open Source contribution via:

The Performance Assist for V=V Guests is applicable to the FICON Express features (FCP CHPID type), HiperSockets (IQD CHPID type), and OSA-Express features (OSD CHPID type) and is supported by the following operating system:

  • z/VM V4.4

Compatibility: zSeries 800 may not be upgraded to a zSeries 990.

Limitations

Code load required to implement features, functions, and upgrades: The functions, features, and model upgrades available on October 31, 2003, require HMC EC #J12846 and a set of required patches. Prior to implementing the functions, features, and model upgrades on the z990, the customer must load Driver Level 53, EC #J12864, and the required patches. These may be loaded concurrently. The code driver specified in ECA 221 and the required patches will be available on October 29, 2003.

Mode of operation: The z990 supports LPAR mode only. Basic mode will not be supported.

OS/390 2.10 and z/OS limited to LCCS0: OS/390 V2.10, z/OS V1.2, z/OS V1.3, and z/OS V1.4, with z990 compatibility code installed, can only be IPLed using LCSS0 when running in LPAR mode. However, these releases may run as a guest under z/VM 4.4, where z/VM 4.4 is using any channel subsystem. Therefore, you may run z/OS (or OS/390 V2.10) in LCSS0, and z/VM in LCSS1 where one or more z/OS images are running as guests.

Note the z/OS V1.4 with the z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation feature installed a z990 can be IPLed using any LCSS.

Dynamic I/O: Support for dynamic I/O configuration, with z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support and z/VM V4.4, is planned to be extended to allow channel paths, control units, and devices to be dynamically added, changed, and deleted in multiple LCSS's. However, dynamic I/O configuration is only supported in LCSS0 until October 2003.

Until z/OS V1.4 z990 Exploitation Support is available, z/OS can run only in a single LCSS. Therefore, z/OS may only execute in LCSS0. z/VM V4.4 may execute in LCSS0 and LCSS1.

z/VM is providing compatibility support for V3.1, V4.2, and V4.3 and limited exploitation of two LCSS's when running on a z990 server. Dynamic-I/O configuration is supported when only LCSS0 is defined. z/VM V4.4 may execute in LCSS0 and LCSS1. However, until October 2003, dynamic-I/O is supported in only LCSS0.

Refer to the Software requirements section for more information on availability dates for z/OS and z/VM.

When z/VM is the controlling LPAR, z/VM's dynamic I/O support is designed to handle all of the new elements of the multiple channel subsystem facility for dynamic I/O configuration changes. To dynamically change the I/O configuration, one of two techniques can be employed:

  • z/VM Control Program (CP) suite of interactive dynamic I/O commands
  • HCM/HCD — New configuration management tools

TKE limitations: Customers with TKE 3.X installed workstations may carry forward the features listed below to control legacy systems only. An update from TKE 3.0 or TKE 3.1 code levels to the TKE 4.0 code level is required to control the z990. Workstations updated to the TKE 4.0 code level may be used to control 7060, 9672 Generation 5 and 6, z800, z900, and z990 servers. To use the TKE function on a z990, the PCIX Cryptographic Coprocessor (PCIXCC) feature, the TKE 4.0 code level, and the CP Assist for Cryptographic Function (CPACF) must be installed. Refer to the Software requirements section for availability dates.

  • TKE with Token Ring (#0866)
  • TKE with Ethernet (#0869)
  • TKE with Token Ring (#0876)
  • TKE with Ethernet (#0879)
  • TKE with Token Ring (#0886)
  • TKE with Ethernet (#0889)

Cryptographic limitations on the z990: The maximum number of PCIXCC features (#0868) is limited to four per system (one processor per feature). The total number of PCICAs (#0862) and PCIXCCs (#0868) cannot exceed eight per system. The number of PCICA features cannot exceed six (12 accelerator features). To enable any cryptographic function on the z990, the CP Assist for Cryptographic Function (#3863) must be installed and enabled to use PCIXCC, TKE 4.0 code level hardware, and/or PCICA. Review Hardware and Software requirements, and Planned availability.

SNA Operations Management: With the industry move to TCP/IP networks, Systems Network Architecture (SNA) Operations Management commands will no longer be supported on z990 servers. These commands were previously used by the System Automation for OS/390 product as well as NetView®. It is recommended that you now use the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for your automation needs.

  • If you previously used the System Automation for OS/390 product, you must now use Version 2.2 or later. This will allow you to define an automation policy for SNMP APIs rather than a policy for SNA Operations Management commands.
  • If you directly used the SNA Operations Management commands on NetView, you must now use an SNMP agent and the SNMP APIs for systems automation management.

For detailed information on the SNMP API commands and environment requirements, refer to zSeries Application Programming Interfaces (SB10-7030). For more information on the SNA Operations Management command support that is not offered on z990, refer to Managing Your Processors (GC38-0452). Both publications are available on Resource Link.

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

Customer responsibilities for site preparation: Information on customer responsibilities for site preparation can be found in the following publications, which are available in the Library section of Resource Link at:

  • System Overview (SA22-1032)
  • Systems Assurance Product Review (SAPR) Guide (SA02-018)
  • Planning for Fiber Optic Links (GA23-0367)
  • zSeries 990 Installation Manual — Physical Planning (GC28-6824)

This document contains information necessary for planning the physical installation of a zSeries 990 system. It includes physical specifications, power and cooling data, cabling, and additional details required for physical installation planning. The intended audience for this document includes all customer personnel who are responsible for providing the necessary and appropriate environment for the successful installation and operation of a zSeries 990 system.

Cable orders

Fiber optic cable orders: Fiber optic cables for z800, z900, and z990 are available via IBM Networking Services.

IBM Networking Services is enhancing its fiber cabling services to ensure that IBM has a comprehensive set of scalable solutions to address all cabling requirements, from product-level to enterprise-level. IBM Network Integration and Deployment Services for zSeries fiber cabling provides planning and installation services for individual fiber optic connections. IBM Network Integration and Deployment Services for enterprise fiber cabling provides planning, IBM Fiber Transport System trunking components, and installation services for small, medium, and large enterprises.

IGS has the expertise and personnel available to effectively plan and deploy the appropriate cabling with the future in mind. These services may include planning, consultation, cable selection, installation, and documentation, depending upon the services selected.

These services are designed to be right-sized for your products or the end-to-end enterprise, and to take into consideration the requirements for all of the protocols/media types supported on zSeries (for example, ESCON, FICON, Coupling Links, OSA), whether the focus is the data center, the Storage Area Network (SAN), the Local Area Network (LAN), or the end-to-end enterprise.

IBM Networking Services is designed to deliver convenient, packaged services to help reduce the complexity of planning, ordering, and installing fiber optic cables. The appropriate fiber cabling is selected based upon the product requirements and the installed fiber plant.

The services are packaged as follows:

Under the zSeries fiber cabling services umbrella there are three options to provide individual fiber optic cables (jumper cables, conversion kits, MCP cables) for connecting to the z800, z900, or z990, each option incorporating a specific set of services.

  • Option 1 — Fiber optic jumper cabling package (available today for z800 and z900). IBM does the detailed planning. This option includes planning, new cables, installation, and documentation. An analysis of the zSeries channel configuration, I/O devices, and any existing fiber optic cabling is required to determine the appropriate fiber optic cables.
  • Option 2 — Fiber optic jumper cable migration and reuse for a zSeries upgrade (new option). IBM organizes the existing fiber optic cables based upon the new z990 connection details. Relabeling, rerouting, and reconnection to the appropriate z990 channels is performed. New cables are not offered as a part of this option.
  • Option 3 — Fiber optic jumper cables and installation (new option). The customer tells us what they need. They do the detailed planning. The service includes new cables, installation, and documentation. Planning and providing the list of required cables are customer responsibilities.

Options 1 and 2 can be combined within one statement of work to provide complete upgrade coverage.

Under the enterprise fiber cabling services umbrella there are two options to provide IBM Fiber Transport System (FTS) trunking commodities (fiber optic trunk cables, fiber harnesses, panel-mount boxes) for connecting to the z800, z900, and z990.

  • Option 1 — zSeries fiber optic trunk cabling package (new option). IBM reduces the cable clutter under the floor. An analysis of the zSeries (z800, z900, z990) channel configuration and any existing fiber optic cabling is performed to determine the required FTS fiber optic trunking commodities (trunk cables, harnesses, panel-mount boxes). This option includes zSeries planning, FTS fiber optic trunking commodities, installation, and documentation. This option does not include enterprise-level planning.
  • Option 2 — Enterprise fiber cabling services. IBM organizes the entire enterprise. This option includes enterprise planning, new cables, fiber optic trunking commodities, installation, and documentation. This is the most comprehensive set of services.

Refer to the services section of Resource Link for further details. Access Resource Link at:

Cabling responsibilities: Fiber optic cables, cable planning, labeling, and placement are all customer responsibilities for new installations and upgrades. Fiber optic conversion kits and Mode Conditioning Patch (MCP) cables are not orderable as features on z990. Installation Planning Representatives (IPRs) and System Service Representatives (SSRs) will not perform the fiber optic cabling tasks without a services contract.

The following tasks are required to be performed by the customer prior to machine installation:

  • All fiber optic cable planning.
  • All purchasing of correct, qualified fiber optic cables.
  • All installation of any required Mode Conditioning Patch (MCP) cables.
  • All installation of any required Conversion Kits.
  • All routing of fiber optic cables to correct floor cutouts for proper installation to server.
    • Use the Physical CHannel IDentifier (PCHID) report or the report from the CHannel Path IDentifier (CHPID) Mapping Tool to accurately route all cables.
  • All labeling of fiber optic cables with PCHID numbers for proper installation to server.
    • Use the PCHID report or the report from the CHPID Mapping Tool to accurately label all cables.

Additional service charges may be incurred during the server installation if the above cabling tasks are not accomplished as required.

The table lists the connectors and cabling supported for each of the features available for ordering on the z990. For convenience, those features brought forward on an upgrade from a z900 are also listed.

Feature                          Connector
number      Feature name         type              Cable type
 
0219        ISC-3 link           LC Duplex         9 micron SM
 
6154        ETR                  MTRJ              62.5 micron MM
 
2324        ESCON channel        MTRJ              62.5 micron MM(1)
 
2319        FICON Express        LC Duplex         9 micron SM(2)
             LX
 
2320        FICON Express        LC Duplex         50, 62.5
             SX                                     micron MM
 
1364        OSA-E GbE LX(3)      LC Duplex         9 micron SM
 
2364(4)     OSA-E GbE LX         SC Duplex(5)      9 micron SM
 
1365        OSA-E GbE SX         LC Duplex         50, 62.5
                                                    micron MM
 
2365(4)     OSA-E GbE SX         SC Duplex(5)      50, 62.5
                                                    micron MM
 
1366        OSA-E                RJ-45             Category 5 UTP(7)
             1000BASE-T(6)
 
2366(4)     OSA-E Fast           RJ-45             Category 5 UTP
             Ethernet(6)
 
2367        OSA-E Token          RJ-45             UTP or STP(8)
             Ring
1
MM is multimode fiber.
2
SM is single mode fiber.
3
OSA-E refers to OSA-Express.
4
Brought forward to z990 on an upgrade from z900.
5
The OSA-Express GbE features brought forward from z900 have a different connector (SC Duplex) than the new OSA-E GbE features (LC Duplex).
6
1000BASE-T is the new Ethernet feature.
7
UTP is Unshielded Twisted Pair.
8
STP is Shielded Twisted Pair.

Fiber Quick Connect (FQC), a fiber harness integrated in the zSeries frame for "quick" connect, is offered as a feature on zSeries for connection to ESCON channels.

Cables for ICB (Integrated Cluster Bus) links continue to be available as features. Refer to the Sales Manual for a list of these cables and their feature numbers.

For further details regarding the features, refer to the Sales Manual, the Physical Planning Manual, or the General Information Manual (GIM) available on Resource Link.

Note: IBM Networking Services can satisfy your fiber optic as well as your copper cabling requirements.

Installability: Average Installation time for a zSeries 990 is approximately eight hours. This does not include planning hours. This assumes the Pre-Installation Configuration Service, a full System Assurance Product Review, and implementation of the cable services have been performed. See your IBM representative for details on these services.

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 communications facilities.

IBM Electronic Services

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IBM Electronic Services news page provides you with a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used by customers 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 IBM Electronic Service Agent is no-additional-charge software that resides on your IBM eServer system that is designed to proactively monitor events and transmit system inventory information to IBM on a periodic customer-defined timetable. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tracks system inventory, hardware error logs, and performance information. If the server is under a current IBM maintenance service agreement or within the IBM warranty period, the Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about

potential problems enables IBM to provide proactive service that maintains higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent will be made available to IBM service support representatives when they are helping answer your questions or diagnosing problems.

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Terms and conditions

This product is available for purchase under the terms of the IBM Customer Agreement.

IBM hardware products are manufactured from new parts and used parts. In some cases, the hardware product may have been previously installed. Regardless, IBM's warranty terms apply.

Field-installable feature: Yes

Warranty period: One year

Customer setup: No

Licensed Internal Code: Same license terms and conditions as designated machine.

Prices

Prices are available upon request.

                            Machine         Feature  MMMC       Init/
Description                 type     Model  number   indicator  MES
 
IBM eServer(TM)             2084     A08
zSeries 990                          B16
                                     C24
                                     D32
 
SCSI IPL Feature Enabler                    9904     N          Both
On/Off CoD Active IFL                       9888     N          MES
 
IBM eServer                 2064     101
zSeries 900                          102
                                     103
                                     104
                                     105
                                     106
                                     107
                                     108
                                     109
                                     110
                                     111
                                     112
                                     113
                                     114
                                     115
                                     116
                                     1C1
                                     1C2
                                     1C3
                                     1C4
                                     1C5
                                     1C6
                                     1C7
                                     1C8
 
                            Machine         Feature  MMMC       Init/
Description                 type     Model  number   indicator  MES
 
                                     1C9
                                     210
                                     211
                                     212
                                     213
                                     214
                                     215
                                     216
                                     2C1
                                     2C2
                                     2C3
                                     2C4
                                     2C5
                                     2C6
                                     2C7
                                     2C8
                                     2C9
SCSI IPL Feature Enabler                    9904     N          Both
 
IBM eServer                 2066     001
zSeries z800                         002
                                     003
                                     004
                                     0A1
                                     0B1
                                     0C1
                                     0E1
                                     0A2
                                     0X2
                                     0LF
SCSI IPL Feature Enabler                    9904     N          Both

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