January 25, 1999
IBM S/390 Parallel Enterprise Servers G5 Models, Plan-Ahead for 1999
(Corrected on March 15, 1999)
Verbiage changed in the end of the Support for S/390 Customer section.
(Corrected on February 11, 1999)
At a Glance
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Refer to Hardware Announcement 198-115 , dated May 7, 1998.
Planned Availability Dates
Upgrades from 9674 C04 & C05
Non-Disruptive Growth: IBM's Plan-Ahead for S/390 G5 Servers
Unprecedented growth in areas such as e-business overlays 1999 the year when Information Technology executives must focus on non-disruptive growth. Assistance to IBM's customers for minimal server disruption to commerce opportunities later in 1999 is addressed by today's announcement of IBM's Plan-Ahead process. Today's announcement also highlights the ongoing updates to S/390 Generation 5 new functions, features, instructions and future direction by IBM's flagship server model.
IBM is announcing Plan-Ahead and Capacity Upgrade on Demand and Concurrent Conditioning on S/390 Generation 5 servers. With this announcement, a S/390 G5 Server may be upgraded from a Uni to 10-way server non-disruptively. This capability exploits new architecture that allows one or more Processing Unit(s) (PUs) to be added non-disruptively. Therefore, the G5 server installed to meet current workload will also accommodate non-disruptive PU upgrades to meet new demands that might have otherwise fallen victim to Y2K planning concerns. Associated with this is the planning process to allow for growth of the memory and channel subsystems; the S/390 G5 server can avoid future outages due to hardware changes.
S/390's Plan-Ahead Process: Plan-Ahead links the use of the Capacity Upgrades on Demand and the Concurrent Conditioning Feature with planning performed between IBM's account team and IBM's customer. IBM's commitment to a planning partnership is underscored by today's announcement. Planning ahead with the use of feature #1999 enables customers to accurately determine a future server configuration. IBM will also support its customers planning effort via capacity planning tools, IBM's order processing configurator and team sessions, with the objective of non-disruptive growth to satisfy essential capacity demand.
IBM is continuing its technology leadership in the area of Parallel Sysplex® clustering, in cryptography with the FIPS 140-1 certification, with Open Systems Adapter improvements, and FICON. FICON again demonstrates S/390 technology leadership of data bandwidth through the entire system. From the OSA connection, to the user, to the FICON connections, to the data, the S/390 G5 Server has end-to-end bandwidth capability.
Customer Value of Generation 5 Servers Cryptographic Coprocessor: According to a leading Business Intelligence consulting firm, the average data warehouse application will increase in size 36X over the next 3 years; windows for system and data maintenance are all but closed. Demand for constant access to intelligence data has become the norm in our global economy. As business relies more on data warehouse to drive decisions and operations, access control to the data becomes even more critical. Web-enabling data warehouses are the latest trend for the ever-increasingly mobile workforce. A secure server that protects corporate intellectual assets from tampering and unauthorized access is vital to competitiveness and economic survival. G5's integrated cryptographic coprocessor meet the most stringent security requirements, as proven by the latest FIPs 140-1 level 4 certification.
S/390 Generation 5: Simply the World's Largest Web Server
System 390 has recently shattered by over 50% the industry record for Specweb throughput on a single server, an incredible 21,591 hits per second using a Turbo 10-way processor G5 and OS/390 Version 2 Release 7. In the industry today, the most explosive growth has come from the movement to the Internet, providing access and most recently real commerce over the Internet. This growth is unprecedented and defies most customer's ability to plan for this phenomena. G5, with this recent achievement, has demonstrated enough capacity to handle any customer's needs, even with this explosive trend. Customers can rest assured that as they enable e-business including real transaction processing over the internet, that their growth can be handled non-disruptively and with no change to their business processes.
G5 Technology Excellence: Capacity Upgrades on Demand
Capacity Upgrades on Demand: Available on most G5 servers June 30, 1999, Capacity Upgrade on Demand function provides the ability to add one or more Central Processors (CPs) or shared Internal Coupling Facilities (ICFs) non-disruptively. CP(s) can be added to the G5 Server with no system power down and no associated re-IML/IPLs. Initially Capacity Upgrades on Demand will non-disruptively add processing capacity to OS/390 and VM/ESA® native configurations and shared CP PR/SM partitions only. With Capacity Upgrades on Demand it is possible to only add Processor Unit(s) (PUs). Removing a PU is disruptive today and will continue to be disruptive.
The Capacity Upgrades on Demand function is based on new S/390 Configuration Reporting Architecture. Configuration Reporting architecture provides detailed information on system wide changes to the number of configured CPs, system serial number, plant of manufacture, CPU address, and other information. Key to the functioning of Capacity Upgrades on Demand is a new instruction. The Store System Information (STSI) instruction provides the ability for the operating system and the application software to dynamically determine the processing capacity of the S/390 server. The powerful Store System Information instruction can provide reporting of information on the general system, on all CPs, on a single CP, System serial numbers, functional characteristics, quantity and multiprocessor related data, information on LPAR and VM guest support. Disclosure of the STSI Instruction to Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) will commence in 1H 1999.
If a second CRYPTO coprocessor is required, such as models RA6 and R16 (which utilize one CRYPTO coprocessor), an IML is necessary to enable the second CRYPTO coprocessor (if the RA6 has upgraded to a RB6 or an R16 has upgraded to a R26).
Groundrules: Capacity Upgrades on Demand will not be applicable:
Installations must also understand that memory and I/O must be planned in advance to avoid outages associated with installing new memory cards or disruptive-type I/O card installation. The Concurrent Conditioning Feature, #1999, mitigates disruptions caused by memory and I/O, if followed.
Activation of Capacity Upgrades on Demand function is controlled by IBM. IBM software charges that are based on the capacity of the processor(s), on which the software is installed will be adjusted to the maximum capacity of the processor(s) made available to the installation, after activation of the Capacity Upgrades on Demand function.
PR/SM configurations supporting multiple partitions that share a pool of CPs, support concurrent CP upgrades. PR/SM code, once signalled that one or more CPs have been made available to the configuration will vary them online, automatically, into the "shared pool" of CPs, and begin full utilization of the added capacity. For example, a pool of 8 physical CPs are shared between 2 LPARs one LPAR is defined to have 6 logical CPs and the other is defined to have 3 logical CPs (for a total of 9 logical CPs). A physical CP can be added to the active pool of 8 CPs to effectively increase the available sharable pool capacity among the partitions, to 9 CPs.
More G5 Excellence: New Features for 1999
The following features are being announced to support Capacity Upgrade on Demand.
Processor Unit Optimizer (PUO) (Feature 1998): The Processor Unit Optimizer enables a Generation 5 server with spare PUs to be upgraded nondisruptively. The PUO feature includes Licensed Internal Code (LIC) to enable:
Concurrent Conditioning Feature (Feature 1999): Concurrent Conditioning, can also be thought of as the "Plan-Ahead Feature." This feature, together with input of a future target or "TO-BE" configuration, allows G5 upgrades to exploit the "expert systems" decision tree logic of S/390's Order Process Configurator and identify PU's, coupling or I/O option positioning for non-disruptive upgrades at some future time. Feature 1999 may add I/O cages with a full compliment of I/O support cards (FIBB and CHA), as well as memory, ISC-M (adapter) cards, the 12 PU MCM (feature 7990) or ICFs.
The feature identifies content of the TO-BE configuration which can not be hot installed or uninstalled, therefore allowing the proper planning and appropriate installation of the features to eliminate or minimize any down time associated with feature installation besides adding CPs. IBM announced its intent May 7, 1998, to enable non-disruptive I/O removal and/or replacement; beginning second quarter 1999, a new level of Licensed Internal Code (LIC) will be available to allow Parallel, ESCON®, OSA-2, and FICON channel cards to be added or removed from the G5 without causing an outage. Installations at or near the 256 CHPID limit will find this new capability a valuable enabler to maximize their configurations.
Alternate Support Element Feature (Feature 0071): This feature enables a second Support Element (SE) to be installed in the G5 Server frame, as a backup to the primary SE. In the event of a hardware malfunction, the mirrored alternate will take over for the failing SE when a switch located on the server's Emergency Power Off (EPO) panel is manually set. The G5 will continually verify that the alternate SE is functional during use of the primary SE, with status displayed at the primary SE. Hardware maintenance can be performed on the Primary SE (in Service Mode).
Additional New Functions for G5:
Non-disruptive I/O Removal and/or Replacement: Identified as a Statement of Direction in May 1998, new LIC available by second quarter 1999, will enable G5s to allow Parallel, ESCON, OSA-2, and FICON channel cards to be added or removed non-disruptively. Installations near the 256 CHPID limit may maximize configuration. While this enhancement is not presently extended to CHA, FIBB, or ISC adapter (mother) cards, with the proper use of feature 1999, installations may minimize disruption due to I/O addition.
Family Upgrade Preparation: I/O Configuration Definitions (IOCDS): In preparation for upgrading to a G5, IOCP can write a G5 IOCDS to the G4 or earlier CMOS system with the new CHECKCPC IOCP execution parameter. This function is available on MVS, OS/390, VM and VSE versions of IOCP. It eliminates the running of a stand-alone IOCP during the upgrade, thereby reducing the install time. The IOCDS is unusable until the CPC has been upgraded. This parameter is unnecessary when upgrading from a G5 (except the R06) to the next generation of CMOS processor.
Use of Last Processing Unit (PU) Spare: Beginning March 31, 1999, G5 will allow use of the last spare PU. For most models, this capability increases the quantity of ICF features or additional SAP features. CPs, ICFs and SAPs use a common PU. Ten way processors (RX6 and YX6) will continue to have no spare, ICF or additional SAPS as all PUs are used for 10 CPs and 2 standard SAPs. Models that can now have an ICF or an additional SAP that could not previously are the RD6, R96 and Y96. NOTE: As of June 30, 1999, all models that can be ordered with feature 1998 and feature 7990 (12 PU MCM) will be configured with 2 SAPs as standard, to assist non-disruptive upgrades from models R36, R46, R56, R66, to models R76, R86, R96, or RX6.
Special Configuration Fast Activation (CBU Fast Activate): For customers with a valid attachment for S/390 Emergency Backup Upgrade in place and the appropriate Capacity Backup features identified (engines are identified by features 7994, 7995 or 7996 depending on model) starting March 31, 1999, an option to electronically activate their Capacity Backup Configuration will continue to be available. Note: Activation of CBU by a test diskette or by a CE with a diskette from IBM Poughkeepsie Product Engineering will continue to be a valid activation option.
Note: Secure accounts will require an IBM service representative on site for activation of the CBU function.
Remote Control of the G5 via the Web Server: Occasional monitoring and control of supporting elements connected to a single G5 Hardware Management Console has been enabled by a Web Server that is now integral with current G5 Hardware Management Consoles (HMCs). A systems programmer or operator may monitor and/or control defined CPCs, CPC images, or groups from a remote site with a subset of task lists and tasks that are available on the HMC. For more information, refer to S/390 Hardware Management Console Operations Guide (GC38-0470).
Connectivity Enabler: SAP Capacity: G5 Systems have been designed to provide enough SAP capacity for TPF and non TPF workloads. The SAP capacity of G5s will vary with workload environments and the model of G5. It is possible to have up to 3 additional SAPs for a total of 5 SAPs on some G5 models. The SAP performance on G5 is characterized in the following ways.
CMOS Cryptographic Feature: On January 19, 1998, IBM announced that a key product for enabling secure e-business transactions earned the highest certification for commercial security ever awarded by the U.S. government. The product, an IBM CMOS coprocessor chip, is the second of two IBM Cryptographic products to ever achieve this level of certification, known the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-1 Level 4. The first being the IBM 4758 PCI Cryptographic Coprocessor Card which was developed using the same design philosophy as the IBM CMOS Cryptographic Coprocessor Chip. This achievement is the proof point that S/390 is the leader in Enterprise security from both functional and throughput perspectives.
The G5's CMOS Cryptographic Coprocessor is physically secure. The IBM CMOS Cryptographic Coprocessor Chip provides a tamper-sensing and tamper-responding environment in which to run sensitive applications. Upon detection of physical attack, including penetration, radiation, voltage, excessive cold or heat, the device is "zeroized" and the sensitive information erased.
The type of data that the IBM CMOS CRYPTO chips protect is often priceless to IBM's customers; the highest level of security is absolutely imperative for these sensitive processes. Two Cryptographic Coprocessors are standard on most G5 models.
The coprocessor, a highly secure CMOS chip, offloads computationally-intensive cryptographic processes from the multiple CPUs that make up the hosting server, and performs sensitive tasks unsuitable for less secure general purpose computers. Each chip contains multiple hardware cryptographic engines for cryptographic operations that are driven by cryptographic APIs. The supporting software API, ICSF, is imbedded into IBM's OS/390 Operating System, all releases. G5 has dual twin tailed (for availability) CRYPTO Coprocessors. United States Government FIPS 140-1 standard is used to qualify cryptographic module security. FIPS certification is recognized and supported by both the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Canadian Communications Security Establishment (CSE). To date, no other companies' product has achieved an overall Level 4 validation. At Level 4, an independent laboratory is permitted to attempt virtually any physical attack on the product and must also verify a formal mathematical analysis of the software. Only a few devices have received even an overall rating of Level 3, in which the attack are limited, and the software is not formally analyzed.
The IBM CMOS Cryptographic Coprocessor was thoroughly evaluated by InfoGard Laboratories, a government-accredited independent laboratory in San LuiObispo, CA. FIPS 140-1 evaluation consists of a rigorous battery of tests in 11 different areas of security. In receiving a Level 4 validation, the IBM CMOS hardware and its security configuration software received the highest possible rating in every one of the 11 criteria areas.
For more information refer to:
G5 Functional Enhancements for Parallel Sysplex
Internal Coupling Channel (IC): The G5 Server introduces support for the Internal Coupling channel (IC), which is a micro coded "linkless" coupling channel between CF LPARs and OS/390 LPARs on the same CEC. This enhancement eliminates the overhead associated with LPAR-simulation of CF coupling links previously supported via the Internal Coupling Migration Facility (ICMF) enabling a potential performance benefit. Additionally, the IC has significant value beyond the performance characteristics. That is, LPARs using ICs to communicate internally within a CEC (either CF LPARs or OS/390 partitions) can simultaneously use HiPerLinks or ICBs to communicate with CFs or OS/390 systems external to the CEC. This flexibility eliminates the need to "wrap" a coupling link to the same CEC to communicate internally if external communication from the same partition is also required. Hence, the restrictions associated with ICMF are eliminated and internal communication performance to the CFCC LPAR ICF is greatly improved. The IC offers a performance benefit over the use of ICBs when OS/390 and the CF partition that it communicates with reside within the same CEC (and is therefore the channel of choice for this type of configuration). OS/390 support for this function was delivered via APAR OW28460 (and above).
Enhanced Parallel Sysplex Clock Function: A 128 bit TIME OF DAY (TOD) clock, to enable sufficient clock resolution for future servers; without this facility, future S/390 servers would be constrained in how fast they are allowed to process instructions which return a unique TOD clock value. Another benefit of the 128-bit TOD is that it returns a Sysplex unique store clock, useful to applications requiring a unique value, such as a time stamp, across the sysplex.
Note: 64 bit TOD continues to be supported (existing applications will not be impacted by this improvement).
Dynamic ICF Expansion Across ICFs (1 Partition with Dedicated and Shared ICFs): This new function, available June 30, 1999, is an enhancement to the Dynamic ICF Expansion item available on G4/G5 processors. With this enhancement, customers will be able to both dedicate ICF(s) to a partition and share ICF(s) across this and other CF partitions in order to more efficiently utilize ICF resources across production, test and backup CF partitions. Changes are required in LPAR and the service element to support the ability to define shared and dedicated ICFs to the same partition. Enhanced Dynamic ICF expansion builds on the support required for 2 shared pools (CPs and ICFs): Shared ICF Processors on a 9672-Rn6 or Yn6. As the uni- and single system performance have increased, it is more desirable for customers to run more workloads from additional images on the same server. IBM has already provided this capability with shared CPs; customer feedback has driven the requirement for like function with shared ICFs.
Shared ICF Processors on a 9672-Rn6, Yn6: This new function allows ICFs to be defined as shared processors in an LPAR partition on the same server that has the potential for an OS/390 partition. Currently, CPs may be shared between any partitions, and ICFs may be shared in 9672-R06 partitions, but ICFs may not be shared when an OS/390 partition may also be defined. Given IBM's strategy towards all CF partitions using ICFs, it is necessary to support shared ICFs in this configuration to allow the same functions as when CPs are defined.
A significant number of installations define both a production and a test CF partition on the same machine, with processors shared between the two (with the production CF having a higher weight). As more workloads are enabled for full availability using ICF partitions on a CPC (with one or more OS/390 partitions) more installations may be constrained to one CF partition.
RMF supports multiple CP types, reported via Diagnose 204 and 224; SPEs will be available June 1999. An upcoming architecture will define 1-byte codes for CP types (general purpose and ICF) so that the partition data report can separate out the two shared pools of processors (physical and logical).
Shared ICFs on G5 servers will be available starting March 31, 1999. Shared ICFs are required in order to nondisruptively add ICFs to future configurations with Capacity Upgrades on Demand. Adding ICFs nondisruptively to a shared pool of ICFs is enabled with code beginning June 30, 1999.
Using the Concurrent Conditioning Feature 1999 Available on new build or upgrades to models R*6, T*6, or Y*6; not applicable to model R06:
The Concurrent Conditioning Feature assists customers wishing to exploit the Capacity Upgrade on Demand function by conditioning a G5 for concurrent I/O installation and planning in advance the installation of disruptive additions (for example memory) that would prevent a concurrent upgrade. This involves:
The Concurrent Conditioning Feature allows the S/390 order process to code a server configuration so that it is properly configured for a future concurrent capacity upgrade. The general rules for this feature follow:
Planned Availability: February 26, 1999
Significant New S/390 Architecture Instructions
This product is Year 2000 ready. When used in accordance with its associated documentation, it is capable of correctly processing, providing, and/or receiving date data within and between the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, provided that all products (for example, hardware, software, and firmware) used with the product properly exchange accurate date data with it.
S/390 Platform Update: Positioning for the Future
Euro Support: IBM's S/390 Division has successfully enabled all its affected S/390 software products to handle the euro currency this milestone was achieved on January 1, 1999. None of the current range of S/390 servers are affected by the euro currency. S/390 is ideally positioned to help your business meet the challenge of 1999 and the introduction of the euro:
Progress Update: OS/390, VM/ESA, VSE/ESA
OS/390: Supplementary Information to the Latest Preview
September 1998's preview announcement of OS/390 Version 7 detailed important features of the forthcoming product announcement. Refer to Software Announcement 298-278 , dated August 18, 1998.
The upcoming OS/390 announcement will also include support for FICON.
Planning Guide for Multisystem Customers is now Available: Customers running OS/390 in a multisystem configuration (both Parallel Sysplex and non-Parallel Sysplex) need to ensure they are appropriately positioned for supported software migrations. IBM is aware that some customers may have elected to freeze their software due to Year 2000 considerations. Since each OS/390 release, with few exceptions, is available to order for a six month window only, it is very important that OS/390 users be positioned for a supported migration path in the Year 2000 and beyond.
The Planning Guide for Multisystem Customers: Migrating Considerations Through the Year 2000 is available on the Internet to help customers make informed decisions about their software levels with complete understanding of IBM's supported coexistence and migration scenarios. The URL is:
This planning guide contains information that is vitally important for every OS/390 customer, whether freezing systems for Year 2000 or not.
OS/390 Year 2000 Support: The Runtime Analyzer for MVS and OS/390 (RAMO) is a runtime tool, presently being well received by installations to both "find" and "fix" applications suspected of Y2K exposure. RAMO operates on a load module rather than source code, and will create a new Year 2000 ready load module without any need for recompilation. RAMO is also a recognized valuable tool for use in the integrated testing process.
OS/390 V2R7 is Euro Ready and includes support for the euro sign. Where applicable, this support is now available via PTFs. This support is provided for MVS/ESA SP 5.2 and 5.2.2 and all OS/390 releases. The euro support is now available via maintenance from the Euro PSP buckets.
VM/ESA supports Capacity Upgrades on Demand. VM/ESA Version 2 Releases 2 and 3 will provide initial support for the new Store System Information instruction via APAR VM62075, to be generally available when the new instruction is generally available on the G5 servers. This support will not include the return of the architected VM-hypervisor information at this time, but will provide basic-machine and PR/SM-hypervisor information to guests.
Family Upgrade Preparation: I/O Configuration Definition (IOCDS)
VM/ESA support for this function was delivered via APAR VM61752.
Euro Support: VM/ESA Version 2 Releases 2 and 3 are now Euro Ready with the application of euro support PTFs. Customers should refer to Euro Ready information on the VM/ESA home page for a complete list of required PTFs. The URL address for this site is:
Included at this site are the required PTFs for VM TCP/IP Version 2 Release 4 and the TCP/IP FL310 feature of VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3, RSCS Version 3 Release 2.0, Language Environment Version 1 Releases 6 and 8, LANRES/VM Version 1 Release 3 and LFS/ESA for VM Version 1 Release 1.2.
Links to other important euro Web sites will also be found at this site.
VM/ESA Version 2 Release 2 support for the Year 2000 transition focused on ensuring that the VM/ESA system operates correctly in the Year 2000 and beyond. VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3 enhancements provide services that will help ease the transition to the Year 2000 and improve the usability of the system. VM/ESA Year 2000 support:
e-business: The network computing paradigm is not new to VM. Facilities such as Web serving, Web browsers for CMS, TCP/IP, and Distributed Relational Database Architecture (DRDA®) have been available for years. VM/ESA Version 2 Release 3 includes an integrated TCP/IP product suite as a priced optional feature. This provides the communication and key enablers required to access the Internet and build a functionally rich network computing environment that exploits the strengths of S/390 architecture. In addition, IBM Business Partners provide secure Web servers for enabling e-business with VM/ESA. The Message Queuing (MQ) Interface is a popular network computing technology that enables applications on different systems and architectures to work together. VM/ESA support for MQ enables client or server applications in the network to connect to applications on VM that have implemented the MQ communication protocol. Deploying key enterprise applications is now easier in VM/ESA with support for the Sun Microsystems Inc. Java Development Kit (JDK), Version 1.1.4. Also, IBM has implemented the code changes necessary to fix the "February 29, 2000", date format bug found in Sun's Java Development Kit version 1.1.4 and 1.1.5 and is, therefore, able to confirm that the IBM Java Port for VM/ESA is Year 2000 ready.
Server Consolidation: IBM continues to enable the capability to consolidate workloads on VM/ESA. ADSM provides the capability to utilize S/390 resources for the storage/retrieval of data. On September 1, 1998, IBM announced the intent to provide a new ADSM for VM/ESA product that will provide ADSM Version 3 function, including powerful new enterprise management enhancements. The Network File System (NFS) server support on VM enables access to files stored on S/390 DASD including VM minidisks and the VM Shared File System from any platform with an NFS Client. The most recent enhancement to NFS in Version 2 Release 3 allows access to files stored in VM's native UNIX® file system (the Byte File System).
Business Intelligence: A new version of DB2® Server for VSE & VM, Version 6 Release 1 was made generally available on December 11, 1998, with key new functions. With this new release of DB2, VM customers can:
Technology Leadership: VM/ESA supports OS/390 running as a guest operating system. This guest environment supports OS/390 exploitation of new hardware function not supported by VM natively. These functions include:
VSE/ESA Version 2 Release 4: The next release of VSE/ESA, VSE/ESA Version 2 Release 4, will be available on June 25, 1999. This new release of VSE/ESA is an important step forward in the growing affinity between VSE and OS/390. Application portability between VSE and OS/390 is greatly increased with the introduction of the CICS® Transaction Server for VSE/ESA (CICS TS VSE/ESA).
CICS TS VSE/ESA provides fundamental new growth opportunities for VSE customers by providing many new functions which result in advantages like:
Doing e-business with VSE/ESA V2.4: TCP/IP for VSE/ESA (available with VSE/ESA 2.3 and VSE/ESA 2.4) extends the connectivity and interoperability of VSE/ESA. It provides the foundation for VSE's participation in new exciting e-business solutions. The TCP/IP for VSE/ESA "Application Pak" feature includes a basic Web server that will allow you to use your VSE system as a server providing applications and data to a Web browser client. This allows you to leverage your investment in S/390 data, applications, skills, and hardware.
Together with the CICS Transaction Server for VSE/ESA, VSE/ESA Version 2 Release 4 is perfectly positioned to help you with the implementation of your e-business.
Euro Support: Euro support for VSE/ESA is available for VSE/ESA 1.4 and VSE/ESA 2. The latest information concerning euro readiness of VSE/ESA and related products is available on the VSE home page at:
Year 2000 Readiness: VSE/ESA Version 1 Release 4.3 and later releases, and VSE/ESA Version 2 and later releases are Year 2000 ready. For more details on VSE/ESA Year 2000 support, refer to the VSE home page at:
In addition, IBM offers a selection of tools and services to help address Year 2000 issues in your own applications.
Support for S/390 Customers: As we enter the last lap in our efforts to achieve readiness for the Year 2000 challenge, S/390 leads the industry with ready hardware and software offerings. The Parallel Enterprise Server Generation 5 has been enhanced this year to optionally provide Capacity Upgrades on Demand to non-disruptively add capacity to an installed processor. This process enables installations to increase server capacity for the requirements such as Year 2000 testing, new application workloads and increased transaction workloads. Also offered in the S/390 tool bag is the S/390 Integrated Server, which is available with any of the Year 2000 ready IBM Operating Systems. Additionally, a wide array of application remediation tools are also available to our customers.
S/390's Year 2000 Test Laboratory Commitment
IBM's S/390 Hardware Lab has assembled a state-of-art Year 2000 test floor. This installation contains every S/390 hardware product certified by IBM as "Year 2000 ready". Our objective is to enable immediate access to any S/390 hardware configuration in response to any Year 2000 incident. Lab experts have hands-on equipment to reproduce any reported anomalies real time.
IBM Global Services: Update for 1999
The following new services are offered in support of S/390. Contact your IBM representative for details:
IBM Installation Services for Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex
A Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex is a multi-site management facility spread across two or more sites, up to 20 kilometers apart or up to 40 kilometers apart, via an RPQ. This system uses automation technology to help manage databases, processors, network resources and storage subsystem mirroring; it automatically mirrors critical data and efficiently balances workload between the sites.
Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex offers you flexibility and supports all transaction and database managers, such as:
With this technology, IBM offers you continuous availability, efficient workload management, system resource management and prompt data recovery for your business-critical S/390 applications and data.
This service can offer you the solution that best fits your business needs. You can choose from the following:
Full Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex, which includes:
Remote Copy Management Facility (RCMF)
A White Paper, "Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex: The S/390 Multi-site Application Availability Solution" details IBM's approach to satisfy continuous availability solutions. This document is available from your IBM representative, or can be downloaded from the Internet URL:
This service provides a services specialist at the customer's site to plan, configure, customize, and activate the cryptographic components (called CRYPTO ) associated with a single IBM CMOS machine. These components include
Statement of General Direction
The following publications are available to be ordered prior to shipment of a G5 model:
Order Title Number S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server(TM) and G326-3070 OS/390(R) Reference Guide S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server -- GA22-7158 Generation 5 Pre-Installation Configuration Workbook GC38-3120 (G5 models) IBM Parallel Enterprise Server -- SA98-0062 Generation 5 SAPR Guide Learning to Use the S/390(R) CMOS SK2T-2512 Console Introduction to IBM S/390 FICON SG24-5176 IBM S/390 FICON Migration Guide SG24-5169
The following publications reflect the announced product and are shipped with the product:
Order Title Number PR/SM(TM) Planning Guide GA22-7236 IOCP User's Guide GC38-0401 Managing Your Processors GC38-0460 Hardware Management Console Guide GC38-0470 Operations Guide GC38-3119 Standalone IOCP User's Guide GC38-0458 Pre-Installation Configuration Workbook GC38-3120 (G5 Models) HWMCA Programming Interfaces SC28-8143 Problem Analysis (PA) Guide SY22-9876
Specified Operating Environment
Physical Specifications: Refer to Hardware Announcement 198-115 , dated May 7, 1998.
Customer Responsibilities: Refer to Hardware Announcement 198-115 , dated May 7, 1998.
Cable Orders: Refer to Hardware Announcement 198-162 , dated June 23, 1998.
Installability: Refer to Hardware Announcement 198-115 , dated May 7, 1998.
Packaging: Refer to Hardware Announcement 198-115 , dated May 7, 1998.
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.
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, or new and used parts. In some cases, the hardware product may have been previously installed.
Regardless, IBM warranty terms apply.
Eligible Discount Type Three-Year Five-Year 9672 12% 17%
Discount Three-Year Five-Year System 14% 19%
When a type of service involves the exchange of a machine part, the replacement may not be new, but will be in good working order.
Licensed Internal Code: The IBM Machine or Feature/MES is provided with Licensed Internal Code for use by a customer on a specific machine, designated by serial number. The Licensed Internal Code is an integral part of the machine. It is licensed only under the terms and conditions of the IBM Customer Agreement and the IBM Agreement for Licensed Internal Code. It is a valuable intellectual property of the IBM Corporation.
Section 3 of the IBM Customer Agreement authorizes the customer to execute the Licensed Internal Code to enable the specific machine to function according to its specifications. The customer is authorized to execute the Licensed Internal Code only for the model listed in the Purchase Supplement (or other Transaction Document) relating to the IBM Customer Agreement.
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IBM North America Sales Centers, our national direct marketing organization, can add your name to the mailing list for catalogs of IBM products.
Phone: 800-IBM-CALL Fax: 800-2IBM-FAX Internet: email@example.com Mail: IBM North America Sales Centers Dept. YE001 P.O. Box 2690 Atlanta, GA 30301-2690 Reference: YE001
To identify your local IBM Business Partner or IBM representative, call 800-IBM-4YOU.
Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.