IBM eServer zSeries 990 and 890 enhancements, including FICON Express2

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 105-012
January 25, 2005

 

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At a glance

A new generation of FICON features

  • FICON Express2 SX and LX, the ideal channel for your SAN
    • Four channels per feature
    • Exclusive to native FICON/CTC and FCP on z990 and z890

OSA-Express2

  • Previewing OSA-Express2 large send for the z/OS® and z/OS.e environment

GDPS V3.2 enhancements

  • GDPS/PPRC HyperSwap enhancement
  • GDPS/PPRC and GDPS/XRC FlashCopy enhancements

GDPS/Global Mirror preview

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Overview

FICON™ Express2 for SANs

As zSeries® has increased its maximum number of I/O features, so has FICON increased its channel maximums to meet the ever increasing demands of Storage Area Networks (SANs). G5 servers supported up to 24 FICON channels and G6 servers up to 36 FICON channels. With z900, the maximum was 96 FICON channels, growing to 120 FICON channels on z990.

Today, channel connectivity is doubling — up to 240 FICON Express2 channels on z990 and up to 80 FICON Express2 channels on z890.

As zSeries has increased its CPU performance capabilities, FICON has increased its I/O performance capabilities , to continue to deliver a balanced system design. FICON Express2 is designed to deliver up to 270 MegaBytes per second (MBps) of throughput, depending upon application environment. FICON Express was designed to deliver up to 170 MBps of throughput.

Your enterprise may benefit from FICON Express2 with:

  • Increased data transfer rates (bandwidth)
  • Improved performance
  • Increased number of start I/Os
  • Reduced backup windows
  • Channel aggregation to help reduce infrastructure costs

FICON Express2, with double the connectivity in the same amount of physical space, and increased performance, can continue to "go the distance" and satisfy the bandwidth demands of your applications. FICON Express2 supports CHPID types FC (native FICON, including FICON CTC control units) and FCP (Fibre Channel Protocol for attachment to SCSI devices in z/VM® and Linux™ on zSeries environments) exclusively on z990 and z890.

GDPS™ V3.2 enhancements

The HyperSwap™ function has been enhanced to exploit the PPRC Failover/Failback function, reducing the time that applications may be unavailable to users, and reducing the window during which critical data is left without PPRC protection.

GDPS has also been enhanced to exploit two FlashCopy® enhancements. NOCOPY2COPY allows you the option of always selecting the NOCOPY option of FlashCopy and then converting it to the COPY option when you want to create a full copy of the data in the background at a non-peak time. Incremental FlashCopy reduces the time needed to create a third copy thus giving you the option to perform a FlashCopy on a more frequent basis.
 
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Key prerequisites

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


 
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Planned availability dates

January 28, 2005, for:

  • FICON Express2 SX and LX

March 31, 2005, for:

  • GDPS/PPRC HyperSwap enhancement
  • GDPS/PPRC and GDPS/XRC FlashCopy enhancements


 
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Description

Executive summary

FICON Express2 for z990 and z890 offers new packaging with double the number of channels in the same amount of physical space. Increased performance is also possible with FICON Express2. This refresh of technology can help to satisfy your server consolidation channel connectivity requirements, and may help to reduce the number of I/O features required for consolidation. At the same time, you may be able to realize a performance advantage.

OSA-Express2 large send for z/OS is designed to improve performance by offloading outbound TCP segmentation processing from the host to OSA-Express2, by employing a more efficient memory transfer. This can help reduce host processor utilization, returning CPU cycles for application use while increasing network efficiencies.

GDPS V3.2 enhancements, plus a preview: IBM Global Services continues to enhance GDPS, and introduces new offerings — exploitation of PPRC Failover/Failback for GDPS/PPRC HyperSwap, and two FlashCopy enhancements, NOCOPY2COPY and Incremental FlashCopy. GDPS/Global Mirror is being previewed for two-site disaster recovery and backup.

A new generation Fibre Channel for Storage Area Networks

FICON Express2 delivers double the number of channels: The new generation of FICON features, FICON Express2 SX and LX, can go the distance (up to 10 km unrepeated and up to 100 km repeated), offering four ports per feature — a 100% increase in channels per feature in the same amount of physical space. You can now install up to a maximum of 240 channels on z990 and 80 channels on z890 (when all are FICON Express2). The maximum number of FICON features per server (any combination of FICON Express2 and FICON Express) remains at up to 60 on z990 (20 per I/O cage) and up to 20 on z890.

FICON Express2 SX (short wavelength) (#3320) and FICON Express2 LX (long wavelength) (#3319) occupy a single I/O slot, utilizing one CHPID per channel (four CHPIDs per feature) while continuing to support 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) and 2 Gbps link data rates. All four channels of a FICON Express2 LX (#3319) are LX and all four channels of a FICON Express2 SX (#3320) are SX. The link speed is auto-negotiated, point-to-point, and is transparent to users and applications. Not all switches and devices support 2 Gbps link data rates.

The FICON Express2 LX feature supports the use of MCP cables for the reuse of multimode fiber optic cables, with 1 Gbps links only (100 MB/sec) at reduced distances, 550 meters (1,804 feet). A pair of MCP cables is required for each link.

Performance increase: FICON Express2 offers significant performance improvements over the FICON Express channel. For example, with a z990 server running z/OS V1.6, over 270 MegaBytes/sec (MB/sec) was measured on a FICON Express2 channel for full duplex large sequential reads and writes to disk, which is more than a 50% improvement over the FICON Express channel. Similar results are expected to be achieved with a z890 server.

The number of start I/Os per second have also increased with FICON Express2. When running an I/O driver benchmark on a z990 server with 4K byte data transfer sizes and 100% disk subsystem cache hits, the FICON Express2 channel can process a maximum of 13,000 to 15,000 I/Os per second, which represents a 40% to 50% improvement over a z990 FICON Express channel and an 80% to 100% improvement over a z900 FICON Express channel. Similar results are expected to be achieved with a z890 server.

The FCP mode on FICON Express2 also delivers better performance than the FCP mode on FICON Express. For example, on a z990 server running Linux on zSeries in an LPAR, better than 2x throughput was measured with a FICON Express2 channel as compared with the FICON Express channel, using a raw I/O benchmark with a 50/50 read/write mix of 64K byte blocks of data.

The performance data contained in this document was determined in a controlled environment. The results obtained in other operating environments, using different configurations, workloads, and benchmarks, may vary.

More detailed FICON performance information is planned to be available in a FICON Express2 Performance whitepaper targeted to be published in March 2005. For further information, refer to

Concurrent update: The FICON Express2 SX and LX features are designed to be added to an existing z990 or z890 concurrently. This concurrent update capability allows you to continue to run workloads through other channels while the new FICON Express2 features are being added. This applies to CHPID types FC and FCP.

Continued support of spanned channels and LPARs: FICON Express2 (CHPID types FC and FCP) can be defined as a spanned channel and can be shared among LPARs within and across LCSSs.

Modes of operation: There are two modes of operation supported by FICON Express2 SX and LX. These modes are configured on a channel-by-channel basis — each of the four channels can be configured in either of two supported modes.

  1. Fibre Channel (CHPID type FC), which is native FICON in addition to FICON Channel-To-Channel (CTC) (server-to-server)
  2. Fibre Channel Protocol (CHPID type FCP), which supports attachment to SCSI devices via Fibre Channel switches and directors in z/VM and Linux on zSeries environments

Cascading: The FICON Express2 features also support cascading (the connection of two FICON Directors in succession) to minimize the number of cross-site connections and help reduce implementation costs for disaster recovery, business continuity, GDPS, and remote copy solutions.

FICON Express2 replaces FICON Express on z990 and z890: FICON Express2 SX and LX (#3320, #3319) replace the FICON Express SX and LX features (#2320, #2319) currently offered on z990 and z890. When the FICON Express2 features become available, the FICON Express features will no longer be orderable. Refer to Withdrawal Announcement 905-009 , dated January 25, 2005.

The FICON Express2 features bring greater I/O port density and I/O performance to the platform.

CHPID type FCV not supported on FICON Express2: FICON Bridge (CHPID type FCV) is not supported on FICON Express2. CHPID type FCV was designed to be used with the bridge feature in the ESCON® Director Model 5, which was withdrawn from marketing December 31, 2004. For existing infrastructures using FCV, FICON Express will continue to be supported on the z990 and z890. For more information refer to Withdrawal Announcement 905-009 , dated January 25, 2005.

The FICON Express2 features are exclusive to z990 and z890, and are supported by z/OS, z/OS.e, z/VM, VSE/ESA™, TPF, and Linux on zSeries. The FICON Express2 features support all of the functions previously announced for FICON Express (with the exception of support for CHPID type FCV). Refer to the Standards section and to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections. Refer also to the Sales Manual on the Web for further information.

FCP LUN Access Control preview: Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) Logical Unit Number (LUN) Access Control, which is designed to provide host-based control of access to storage controllers and their devices as identified by their LUNs.

If a host channel is shared among multiple operating system images, the access control mechanism would provide for either none or all of these images to have access to a particular storage controller or device (logical unit).

FCP LUN Access Control will allow you to define, via an access control table, individual access rights to storage controller ports and devices for each operating system image. A system configuration using FCP LUN Access Control may significantly reduce the number of FCP channels (FICON Express features) that are needed to provide controlled access to the data on FCP SCSI devices. FCP LUN Access Control complements the zoning and LUN masking schemes that exist in open storage environments. All of these types of access control can be used together.

FCP LUN Access Control will also allow read-only sharing of FCP SCSI devices among multiple operating system images via a shared FCP channel. A device to be used in shared read-only mode must be defined accordingly in the access control table. Linux on zSeries support for read-only sharing of SCSI devices is planned to be delivered in early 2005 as an open source contribution via

IBM is working with its distribution partners to provide this function in their distributions.

Configuration Utility: The Configuration Utility for FCP LUN Access Control is designed to be a Linux user space application which may be used to configure the FCP LUN Access Control.

To define and activate LUN Access Control, you would create an access control table that describes the access rights in XML format. In this table, you would define access rights to storage controllers and devices in the SAN and identify devices to be shared in read-only mode.

The Configuration Utility for FCP LUN Access Control is required to process the access control table, verify proper specification of the rules, and activate the access control functions in the FCP channel.

The Configuration Utility for FCP LUN Access Control is designed to be a package consisting of user documentation and sample files with a skeleton to help you generate an XML-format access control table, and the utility program itself. The program is intended to provide a command line interface (CLI) and be supported by Linux on zSeries.

The Configuration Utility will be provided for download by registered users via Resource Link™

A user's guide for this function is available, and is named Configuration Utility for FCP LUN Access Control User's Guide, publication SC33-8280-00.

FCP LUN Access Control will be supported by the FICON Express2 and FICON Express features when configured as CHPID type FCP, will be exclusive to z990 and z890, and is planned to be available in the z/VM and Linux on zSeries environments. Refer to the Software requirements section for further information. This statement represents IBM's current intentions. IBM development plans are subject to change or withdrawal without further notice.

To obtain the authorization code for downloading both the configuration tool and the user's manual via Resource Link, contact via e-mail: FCPLUN@us.ibm.com. You must include your Resource Link ID, the customer name, the z990/z890 machine serial number, and a short description of intended usage. In the subject line, place "Requesting access to FCP LUN Access Configuration Utility." Once approved, you will be given access to download the tool.

OSA-Express2 large send for the z/OS environment

Previewing large send for TCP/IP traffic: z/OS Communications Server plans to exploit OSA-Express2 large send (also referred to as TCP segmentation offload). Large send is designed to improve performance by offloading outbound TCP segmentation processing from the host to OSA-Express2 by employing a more efficient memory transfer into OSA-Express2. The z/OS Communications Server support is planned for TCP/IP IPv4 traffic only and z/OS and z/OS.e V1.7. In addition, a z/OS and z/OS.e V1.6 PTF is planned to be provided. Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.

Large send support applies to the OSA-Express2 features (Gigabit Ethernet SX and LX, 10 Gigabit Ethernet LR), supports QDIO mode only (CHPID type OSD), and is exclusive to z990 and z890. Large send support was previously announced for the Linux on zSeries environment. Refer to Hardware Announcement 104-346 , dated October 7, 2004.

GDPS V3.2 enhancements

GDPS/PPRC HyperSwap now exploits the PPRC Failover/Failback function: The GDPS/PPRC HyperSwap function is designed to broaden the continuous availability attributes of GDPS/PPRC by extending the Parallel Sysplex® redundancy to disk subsystems using PPRC as the disk mirroring technology. The HyperSwap function transparently switches all primary PPRC disk subsystems with the secondary PPRC disk subsystems for both planned and unplanned reconfigurations.

With the release of GDPS/PPRC V3.2, the HyperSwap function has been enhanced to exploit the PPRC Failover/Failback function. For planned reconfigurations, PPRC Failover/Failback may reduce the overall elapsed time to switch the disk subsystems, thereby reducing the time that applications may be unavailable to users. For unplanned reconfigurations, PPRC Failover/Failback allows the secondary disks to be configured in the suspended state after the switch, thus eliminating the need to perform a full copy of the data when reestablishing the PPRC mirror in the reverse direction. The window during which critical data is left without PPRC protection following an unplanned reconfiguration is thereby minimized.

GDPS/PPRC and GDPS/XRC FlashCopy enhancements

  • NOCOPY2COPY: FlashCopy is a point-in-time copy technology that allows point-in-time copies of disk volumes to be made very quickly, with the copies immediately available for read or write access. FlashCopy can operate in either of two modes, the COPY mode which runs a background copy process and the NOCOPY mode that suppresses the background copy. Previously GDPS/PPRC and GDPS/XRC have provided support for both COPY and NOCOPY. With the release of GDPS/PPRC V3.2 and GDPS/XRC V3.2, an enhancement now available, called NOCOPY2COPY, allows changing an existing FlashCopy relationship from NOCOPY to COPY. This allows you the option of always selecting the NOCOPY option of FlashCopy and then converting it to the COPY option when you want to create a full copy of the data in the background at a non-peak time.
  • Incremental FlashCopy: Another enhancement now available with GDPS V3.2 is support for Incremental FlashCopy. Incremental FlashCopy provides the capability to refresh a volume in a FlashCopy relationship and reduce background copy time when only a subset of the data has changed. With Incremental FlashCopy, the initial relationship between a source and target is maintained after the background copy is complete. When a subsequent FlashCopy establish is initiated, only the data updated on the source since the last FlashCopy is copied to the target. This reduces the time needed to create a third copy, thus giving you the option to perform a FlashCopy on a more frequent basis.

GDPS V3.2 enhancements are offered on z900, z800, z990, and z890 and will be generally available March 31, 2005. For a complete list of other supported hardware platforms and software prerequisites, refer to the GDPS executive summary white paper, available at

GDPS/Global Mirror preview

IBM Global Services plans to make available a new service, GDPS/Global Mirror, to support the recently announced IBM TotalStorage® Enterprise Storage Server™ (ESS) remote copy function called IBM TotalStorage Global Mirror. Global Mirror is included in Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy (PPRC) Version 2, and is designed to enable a two-site disaster recovery and backup solution for the zSeries and open systems environments. Using asynchronous technology, Global Mirror operates over high-speed communication links and is designed to maintain a consistent and restartable copy of the data at a recovery site, which can be located at virtually unlimited distance from the application site. Refer to Hardware Announcement 104-132 , dated April 20, 2004, for more details.

GDPS/Global Mirror executes in both the application and the recovery sites. It manages the Global Mirror remote copy function and automates the restart of the workload in the recovery site in case of a disaster in the application site. GDPS/Global Mirror has the capability of managing multiple Global Mirror sessions. The multiple sessions could be the data mirroring of multiple sysplexes or open systems or even single-image z/OS systems.

The initial delivery of GDPS/Global Mirror is planned to support zSeries data. A future release is expected to provide support for open systems data.

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Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

IBM z990 and z890 are capable on delivery, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. Section 794d, as implemented by 36 C.F.R. Part 1194, provided that any assistive technology used with the products properly interoperates with them.
 
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Product positioning

FICON Express2 is designed to satisfy the requirements of bandwidth-hungry applications. FICON Express2 offers increased connectivity (double the number of channels in the same amount of physical space). If your servers are channel-constrained, FICON Express2 may be the answer, providing up to 240 FICON Express2 channels on z990 and up to 80 channels on z890. FICON Express2 also offers an increased number of start I/Os over FICON Express as well as increased throughput.

FICON Express2 supports CHPID types FC (native FICON/CTC) and FCP (Fibre Channel Protocol for attachment to SCSI devices in z/VM and Linux on zSeries environments) exclusively on z990 and z890. If you continue to have a requirement for CHPID type FCV (a FICON Express LX channel communicating with a FICON Bridge feature in an ESCON Director Model 5), then you may wish to add FICON Express2 for growth supporting CHPID types FC and FCP, and use FICON Express, supporting CHPID type FCV, for connectivity to ESCON control units.

When the FICON Express2 features become available, the FICON Express features are no longer orderable. If you have a requirement to purchase additional FICON Express features to support CHPID type FCV, contact your IBM representative. Refer to Withdrawal Announcement 905-009 , dated January 25, 2005.

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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Trademarks

 
FICON, GDPS, HyperSwap, VSE/ESA, developerWorks, Resource Link, and Enterprise Storage Server are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
zSeries, z/VM, FlashCopy, z/OS, Cross-Site, ESCON, Parallel Sysplex, TotalStorage, and eServer are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries or both
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

 
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Publications

Publications for z990 and z890 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.

The following updated publication is available now:

  • zSeries® Connectivity Handbook (SG24-5444), a Redbook

zSeries 990 publications

The following updated publication is available in the Library section of Resource Link:

  • System Overview (SA22-1032)

The following z990 updated publications will be available at planned availability in the Library section of Resource Link:

  • Installation Manual for Physical Planning (IMPP) (GC28-6824)
  • Installation Manual (G229-9036)
  • IOCP User's Guide (SB10-7037)
  • PR/SM™ Planning Guide (SB10-7036)
  • Service Guide (G229-9039)

zSeries 890 publications

The following updated publication is available in the Library section of Resource Link:

  • System Overview (SA22-6832)

The following z890 updated publications will be available at planned availability in the Library section of Resource Link:

  • Installation Manual for Physical Planning (GC28-6828)
  • Installation Manual (GC28-6826)
  • IOCP User's Guide (SB10-7037)
  • PR/SM™ Planning Guide (SB10-7036)
  • Service Guide (GC28-6827)

 
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Technical information

Specified operating environment

Physical specifications

Standards: The FICON™ Express2 features conform to the following standards:

  • Fibre Channel Single-Byte Command Code Sets-3 (FC-SB-3)

    The INCITS 374-2003, Information Technology — Fibre Channel Single-Byte Command Code Sets-3 (FC-SB-3) standard describes the channel mapping protocol associated with the Single-Byte Command Code Sets.

    This standard was developed by Task Group T11 of Accredited Standards Committee INCITS during 2002-2003. The standards approval process started in 2002.

    SB-3 is a mapping protocol, referred to as an FC-4. An FC-4 is a mapping protocol that maps a particular Upper Level Protocol (ULP) instance to Fibre Channel. The SB-3 ULP is based on the SB-2 ULP, which is based on the Single-Byte Command Code Set.

  • Fibre Channel — Framing and Signaling (FC-FS)

    The INCITS 373, Information Technology — Fibre Channel — Framing and Signaling (FC-FS) standard provides a general transport vehicle for Upper Level Protocols (ULPs), for example, Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) command sets, Internet Protocol (IP), and others.

  • FCP — Fibre Channel Protocol

    The ANSI INCITS Project 1144D "Fibre Channel Protocol for SCSI, Second Version (FCP-2)" is the FCP analogy to FC-SB-3 and describes the mapping of SCSI onto Fibre Channel.

The FICON Express2 features have the following characteristics:

FICON Express2 LX (#3319)

  • Data rate: 1 Gbps or 2 Gbps, auto-negotiated
  • Operating mode: Full duplex
  • Channel type: CHPID types FC, FCP
  • Connector type: LC Duplex
  • Channel count: Four channels per feature
  • Cable type: Single mode fiber optic cabling (9 micron)
  • Unrepeated distance at 1 or 2 Gbps: 10 km (6.2 miles)
  • Unrepeated distance if using MCP cables at 1 Gbps: 550 meters (1,804 feet)

FICON Express2 SX (#3320)

  • CHPID types: FC, FCP
  • Data rate: 1 Gbps or 2 Gbps, auto-negotiated
  • Operating mode: Full duplex
  • Channel type: CHPID types FC, FCP
  • Connector type: LC Duplex
  • Channel count: Four channels per feature
  • Cable type: Multimode fiber optic cabling (50 or 62.5 micron)
  • Unrepeated distance:
    • 1 Gbps with 50 micron fiber at 500 MHz-km: 500 meters (1,640 feet)
    • 2 Gbps with 50 micron fiber at 500 MHz-km: 300 meters (984 feet)
    • 1 Gbps with 62.5 micron fiber at 200 MHz-km: 300 meters (984 feet)
    • 2 Gbps with 62.5 micron fiber at 200 MHz-km: 150 meters (492 feet)
    • 1 Gbps with 62.5 micron fiber at 160 MHz-km: 250 meters (820 feet)
    • 2 Gbps with 62.5 micron fiber at 160 MHz-km: 120 meters (394 feet)

Hardware requirements

The hardware requirements for the features and functions contained in this announcement are identified. Support Element (SE) drivers and Hardware Management Console/Support Element (HMC/SE) versions are identified. Machine Change Levels (MCLs) are required. Descriptions of the MCLs are available now via Resource Link.

Access Resource Link at

MCLs are designed to be applied concurrently. Contact IBM service personnel for further information.

SE            HMC/SE
driver        version        Servers           Description
 
55            1.8.2          z990, z890        January 28, 2005,
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FICON Express2 LX and SX, FCP LUN Access and Configuration Utility, OSA-Express2 large send

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

IBM devices previously attached to IBM S/390® and zSeries servers are supported for attachment to z990 and z890 FICON and FCP channels, unless otherwise noted. The subject I/O devices must meet FICON and FCP architecture requirements to be supported. I/O devices that meet OEMI architecture requirements are supported only via an external converter. Prerequisite Engineering Change Levels may be required. For further detail, contact IBM service personnel.

While z990 and z890 support devices as described above, IBM does not commit to provide support or service for an IBM device that has reached its End of Service effective date as announced by IBM.

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.

For a list of the current supported FICON devices, refer to the following Web site

Software requirements

Listed are the operating systems and the minimum versions and releases supported by the features and functions identified in this announcement. Select the releases appropriate to your operating system environments.

Note: z/OS®.e is a specially priced offering of z/OS exclusive to z890 and z800.

FICON Express2 (CHPID type FC) , on z990 and z890 including Channel-To-Channel (CTC), requires at a minimum:

  • z.OS and z/OS.e V1.3, and later.
    • HCD with enabling PTF for APAR OA09114.
    • HCM (optional feature) with enabling PTF for APAR IR54497.
    • For FICON purge path extended: z/OS and z/OS.e V1.4, and later, with enabling PTF for APAR OA06846 and EREP with enabling PTF for APAR IR51695.

    (Refer to the 2084/2086 PSP buckets for any required z/OS service.)

  • z/VM® V3.1, and V4.3, V4.4, V5.1 and later.
    • HCD with enabling PTF for APAR VM63610.

    (Refer to the 2084/2086 PSP buckets for any required z/VM service.)

  • VSE/ESA™ V2.6, and later.
  • TPF V4.1 at PUT 16, and later.
  • Linux™ on zSeries — the currently available distributions, SUSE SLES 8 and SLES 9, Red Hat RHEL 3.

FICON Express2 (CHPID type FCP) on z990 and z890 for support of SCSI disks requires at a minimum:

  • z/VM V5.1 (for z/VM install, IPL, and operation from SCSI disks).
  • z/VM V4.4, V5.1 and later, for:
    • Performance Assist for Adapter Interruptions
    • Performance Assist for V=V Guests
    • Guest IPL from SCSI devices
    • FCP LUN Access Control
      • With enabling PTF for APAR VM63328
  • z/VM V4.3, V4.4, V5.1 and later for Linux as a guest under z/VM. (Refer to the 2084/2086 PSP buckets for any required z/VM service.)
  • Linux on zSeries — the currently available distributions, SUSE SLES 8 and SLES 9, Red Hat RHEL 3.

Note: The names of the PSP buckets are 2084DEVICE and 2086DEVICE.

OSA-Express2 large send support for the OSA-Express2 Gigabit Ethernet SX and LX and 10 Gigabit Ethernet LR features on z990 and z890 applies to IPv4 outbound traffic only and QDIO mode (CHPID type OSD) and requires at a minimum:

  • z/OS and z/OS.e V1.7.
  • z/OS and z/OS.e V1.6 with enabling PTF. (Refer to the 2084/2086 PSP buckets.)

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

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

Cable orders

Fiber optic cable orders: Fiber optic cables for z900, z800, z990, and z890 are available via IBM Networking Services.

IBM Networking Services has a comprehensive set of scalable solutions to address IBM 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 and 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 are 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, and MCP cables) for connecting to z900, z800, z990, and z890, each option incorporating a specific set of services.

  • Option 1 — Fiber optic jumper cabling package. 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. IBM organizes the existing fiber optic cables based upon the z990 and z890 connection details. Relabeling, rerouting, and reconnection to the appropriate z990 and z890 channels is performed. New cables are not offered as a part of this option.
  • Option 3 — Fiber optic jumper cables and installation. 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 comprehensive 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, and panel-mount boxes) for connecting to the z900, z800, z990 and z890.

  • Option 1 — zSeries fiber optic trunk cabling package. IBM reduces the cable clutter under the floor. An analysis of the zSeries (z900, z800, z990, z890) channel configuration and any existing fiber optic cabling is performed to determine the required FTS fiber optic trunking commodities (trunk cables, harnesses, and 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 IBM's 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 and z890. 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 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 on z990 and z890.

Feature                             Connector
number         Feature name         type             Cable type
 
2319           FICON                LC Duplex        9 micron SM
                Express LX
 
2320           FICON                LC Duplex        50, 62.5
                Express SX                            micron MM
 
3319           FICON                LC Duplex        9 micron SM
                Express2 LX
 
3320           FICON                LC Duplex        50, 62.5
                Express2 SX                           micron MM

"MM" is multimode fiber. "SM" is single mode fiber.

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 links continue to be available as features. Refer to the Special features section of the Sales Manual on the Web for a list of these features and cables for ICB links.

For further details also refer to z990 and z890 Installation Manual for Physical Planning (IMPP), available on Resource Link.

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

Security, auditability, and control

This product uses the security and auditability features of, for example, host hardware, host software, and application software.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.
 
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IBM Electronic Services

IBM Global Services has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to put you on the road to higher systems availability. IBM Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that provides you with an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support on the IBM eServer. You should benefit from greater system availability due to faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. IBM Electronic Services is comprised of two separate, but complementary, elements: IBM Electronic Services news page and IBM Electronic Service Agent™.

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. It 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.

To learn how IBM Electronic Services can work for you, visit


 
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Terms and conditions

MES discount applicable: No

Field-installable feature: Yes

Warranty period: One year

Customer setup: No

Machine code: Same license terms and conditions as base machine.
 
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Prices

Prices are available upon request.

                   Machine           Feature   MMMC        Init/
Description        type      Model   number    indicator   MES
 
IBM eServer        2084      A08
 zSeries 990                 B16
                             C24
                             D32
 
FICON Express2 LX                    3319      N           Both
FICON Express2 SX                    3320      N           Both
 
IBM eServer        2086      A04
 zSeries 890
 
FICON Express2 LX                    3319      N           Both
FICON Express2 SX                    3320      N           Both

 
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Order now

To order, contact the Americas Call Centers, your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner.

To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

 Phone:     800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)
 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)
 Internet:  ibm_direct@vnet.ibm.com
 Mail:      IBM Americas Call Centers
            Dept:  IBM CALL, 11th Floor
            105 Moatfield Drive
            North York, Ontario
            Canada M3B 3R1
 
 Reference: YE001

The Americas Call Centers, our national direct marketing organization, can add your name to the mailing list for catalogs of IBM products.

Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Trademarks

 
Resource Link, PR/SM, PR/SM, FICON, VSE/ESA, and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
zSeries, S/390, eServer, z/OS, z/VM, and ESCON are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
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