IBM United States
Software Announcement 201-335
November 13, 2001
IBM Cluster Systems Management for Linux Now Available on IBM Cluster 1300 Running Linux OS
At a Glance
IBM Cluster Systems Management (CSM) provides the following functions:
For ordering, contact:
Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: SE001).
Cluster Systems Management (CSM) for Linux provides a distributed system-management solution for machines, or nodes, that are running the Linux operating system. CSM is an integral part of the IBM Cluster 1300 platform for deploying Linux applications requiring a cluster. With this software, an administrator can easily set up and maintain a Linux cluster by using functions like automated set-up, hardware control, monitoring, and configuration file management. Some of the concepts and software are derived from IBM Parallel System Support Programs for AIX® (PSSP). Scaling for the November release is up to 128 managed nodes.
Specifically, within the cluster, you can:
Configuration File Manager is provided for synchronization of files across multiple nodes. A single management server is the control point for the CSM cluster.
Software maintenance for 12 months from date of acquisition is included with the license of the CSM licensed product.
The general availability refresh offers the following functions:
Planned Availability Date
November 26, 2001 (Installation code refresh planned availability is December 21, 2001.)
Cluster Systems Management (CSM) for Linux is a powerful set of software included as part of the IBM Cluster 1300 solution which can perform the following tasks:
The December release includes the following functions:
CSM for Linux provides the capability for you to install nodes with both the Red Hat Linux operating system and CSM code, or just CSM. The full install of CSM nodes uses Kickstart to install the Red Hat Linux operating system. The CSM installation tools are used to install the management server, define the nodes, configure Kickstart, install the nodes, and monitor the progress of the installation.
Distributed Command Execution Manager (DCEM) provides a GUI to allow you
to run a command or script on multiple distributed machines on a network
at the same time. You can specify a collection of individual machines,
or you can create groups of machines and save them to use again. DCEM
provides real-time command execution status on the individual machines
that you specify, showing them in a waiting, working, successful, or
failed state. It helps you to create, save, and edit command
specifications, and it also creates a log of all distributed command
Accessibility by People with Disabilities
For software offerings:
The following features support use by people with disabilities:
This program is not impacted by euro currency.
CSM for Linux provides a way to manage a collection of Linux servers (nodes) from a single point of control. Functions include automated set-up, hardware control, monitoring, and cfm. Administrators can manage individual nodes, run commands across nodes or groups of nodes, monitor system resources, and run automated responses to events. CSM exploits the advanced hardware management features of the supported servers in the Cluster 1300. CSM for Linux includes technology derived from IBM Parallel System Support Programs (PSSP) for AIX and is positioned as a complementary offering to PSSP and AIX-based clusters. It is aimed at customers who want robust CSM on an open, Intel-based server platform, and is targeted at the high performance computing market (Scientific and Technical Computing and Life Sciences), and at Net Generation companies (Web providers) and service providers who will use Linux clusters for Web serving, collaboration, and e-commerce applications.
CSM provides a robust, scalable management platform to ease administration and reduce life cycle costs. Customers can manage their Linux servers from a central location, rather than having to manage each system individually, and can grow their systems incrementally as workload demand increases, without increasing the management complexity. Customers benefit from IBM's established leadership in supercomputing systems, because the production-proven technology and experienced skills from the SP and AIX platforms are being leveraged on Linux. Customers may be more willing to adopt Linux in a production environment when it is backed by superior management software.
Statement of Direction
This product will be made available initially through IBM Sales Specialists, and is planned to be made available to IBM Business Partners worldwide by year end 2001.
Refer to Hardware Announcement 101-339 , dated November 13, 2001.
Software Maintenance Information
IBM Software Maintenance is a one-year or three-year contract offering that enables you to maintain software product version and release currency, with voice support during normal business hours included at no additional charge for the first year, for selected Linux-based software products at a predetermined cost. One year of Software Maintenance is included in the price of the original license. For products participating in IBM Software Maintenance, you can receive all software product version and release upgrades and voice support announced during the contract period. If you allow either the one- or three-year software maintenance offering to expire without renewal, a "Maintenance-After-License" option will enable reinstatement in the IBM Software Maintenance offering, on a product-by-product basis.
The following is general information regarding the Software Maintenance Offering being announced.
Definition of Software Upgrade: An upgrade is either a new version (3.x.x to 4.x.x) or a new release (x.3.x to x.4.x) of an IBM program announced as eligible for which you enrolled under the IBM Software Maintenance. Software Maintenance entitles you to future upgrades from only the latest announced version or release of an available eligible product.
Upgrades do not include programs sold separately from the enrolled program, but enhance the performance of that program, or are considered add-ons or utilities. Programs that perform the same functions as the enrolled program but are installed on a non-Linux platform are not considered upgrades.
Note: Software preventative-maintenance releases x.x.1 to x.x.2 (modification level changes, updates, or refreshes) are released under the one-year or three-year maintenance program numbers but only when a supply feature has been announced. Supply features are only announced under the one-year and three-year options when there is an announced version/release change against the original program product. NC preventive-maintenance releases should be obtained by Software Maintenance customers in the same manner as non-Software Maintenance customers.
Example: Product A is offered under IBM Software Maintenance for pSeries and three months later PTFs are incorporated into the program package. This is considered an update that would not be obtained under the one-year or three-year maintenance program numbers under the IBM Software Maintenance offering. Using the same example above, three months after the PTFs were incorporated into the program package, IBM announces a new version of product A. At that time, a supply feature is announced for product A under the one-year and three-year maintenance program numbers. This allows customers who are entitled by purchase or when the first year of maintenance is included with the license, of either the one-year or three-year maintenance offering for product A to order the upgrade under the one-year or three-year offering.
IBM may announce a product that can be substituted for an enrolled product. This product is neither a new version, a new release, nor a preventative maintenance release of that enrolled product. In most cases, this product has a different architecture, more function, and a higher license charge than the enrolled product. IBM may provide those customers enrolled in the IBM Software Maintenance offering access to this product at a discounted rate. The terms of this transaction will be included in the new product announcement.
Note: IBM will not offer standalone upgrades as a standard product offering. Standalone upgrades to this product/release, and its future versions and releases, will be considered only on a special request basis by IBM.
Contract Duration: The IBM Software Maintenance contracts are on a product by product basis and are offered for one or three years. One year of Software Maintenance is included with the purchase of a new license for the product. The three year prepay option covers two additional years of coverage since the first year is included in the product license. The three year prepay option can be purchased at the same time a license for an eligible product is purchased. Refunds do not apply if cancellation occurs during a one- or three-year contract period. Customers are not required to renew under either the one- or three-year offering when the contract expires but will need to use the "Maintenance-After-License" option if the contract expires and they want to acquire a new version or release of an eligible product. If the one- or three-year contracts aren't renewed, the one- or three-year contracts will be removed from IBM administrative systems. Contract transfer within an enterprise is allowed.
Payment Options: Customers enroll in the plan at a reduced "Initial" price at the same time a new license for an eligible program product is purchased. Customers can also enroll in the plan after purchase of a new license for an eligible program product is purchased but must purchase the "Maintenance-After-License" option.
Notification of Upgrade Availability and Ordering: Changes are currently underway to the Web-server where customers will register for e-mail notifications when Software Maintenance products are upgraded. Availability of this service is expected in first quarter 2002. The Software Maintenance component of the Web-server will be found at:
The following agreements apply for maintenance and do not require customer signatures.
A customer ordering a new license for Cluster Systems Management (CSM) for Linux, LP product number 5765-E88, must include a one-year (5771-CSM) or a three-year (5773-CSM) maintenance order to be entitled to future version or release updates of the licensed program. Customers will be entitled to future version or release updates, as well as a year of voice support at no additional cost. Customers entering a one-year or three-year Software Maintenance offering for CSM for Linux should specify program number 5771-CSM or 5773-CSM. After selecting the one-year or three-year program number, customers should add the applicable billing features with quantity equal to the number of licenses in the contract.
Product information will be available on day of announcement through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:
Publications Available from the Web
The following publications are available from the Web for download at the following site:
Specified Operating Environment
The following software is installed as part of the Cluster 1300 offering. IBM CSM for Linux has requirements for non-IBM as well as for IBM-developed software. As a convenience, the required software that is not part of the Red Hat distribution may be included on the CSM CD-ROM. Unless otherwise specified, the software is required on the management server and on the managed nodes. The following non-IBM software is required:
The following IBM software packages are required:
Note: For remote control security reasons, IBM suggests that a private virtual LAN (VLAN) for the management server be configured to which only the management server, the console servers, and the internal service processors are attached.
Memory and Disk Space
Planning information can be found on the Internet at:
IBM CSM Program Package is distributed in one package with the following:
Security, Auditability, and Control
IBM CSM uses the security and auditability features of the Red Hat, Version 7.1 of the Linux operating system.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
IBM CSM is a product which has one charge unit: installs. There is one install for each instance of the Linux operating system. There is one instance of the Linux operating system for each managed node and for each management node. CSM is available in variable order quantities based upon the number of installs.
Program Name: IBM CSM Version 1.1
New users of IBM CSM Version 1.1 should specify Machine Type 5765, Model E88, asset feature number 9001, and the feature number equal to the total number of desired licenses to be installed times the quantity of installs. An install is defined as an instance of the CSM code running on each member of an IBM Cluster 1300 system. For example, if ordering 17 CSM licenses, order the single feature number for Order-Type Description 8 32 installs with a quantity of 17. Each tier does not have to be stepped through. Only the single feature number multiplied by the actual number of licenses required should be ordered.
If a customer orders additional licenses after the initial order then the feature number for the total number of installs should be used. For example, if ordering 20 additional CSM licenses in the example above, use the tier for 33 to 64 installs since the total number of licenses in the cluster will be 37.
OTC Medium Order-Type Machine Feature Feature Description Type/Model Number(1) Number Medium 1 to 16 Installs 5765-E88 0001 5809 CD-ROM 17 to 32 Installs 5765-E88 0002 33 to 64 Installs 5765-E88 0003 65 to 128 Installs 5765-E88 0004
Ordering Information for CSM Software Maintenance
The software license for CSM (5765-E88) includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support (SupportLine) for one year. Even though the three-year option is the configurator default, this option configures the price for the second and third year of the contract only.
The following matrix includes feature numbers for one and three years Software Maintenance for CSM. Note the following:
Software Maintenance 5771-CSM One-Year Offering
Maint. After- Registration Renewal License (NC) Billing Billing Feature Feature Feature LPP Program Name Number Number Number CSM for Linux (5765-E88) 1 to 16 Installs 0002 0006 0010 17 to 32 Installs 0003 0007 0011 33 to 64 Installs 0004 0008 0012 65 to 128 Installs 0005 0009 0013 Software Maintenance 5773-CSM Three-Year Offering Maint. After- Renewal License Registration Billing Billing Feature Feature Feature LPP Program Name Number(2) Number Number CSM for Linux (5765-E88) 1 to 16 Installs 0001 0005 0009 17 to 32 Installs 0002 0006 0010 33 to 64 Installs 0003 0007 0011 65 to 128 Installs 0004 0008 0012
Feature Description Number Initial Shipments Ship Media Only (suppresses initial 3470 shipment of documentation) Expedite Shipments Local IBM Office Expedite 3445 (for IBM use only) Customer Expedite Process Charge 3446 ($30 charge for each product)
Terms and Conditions
The following agreements apply for maintenance and to not require customer signatures:
The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.
OTC Order Type/ Program Feature Description Number Number OTC 1 to 16 Installs 5765-E88 0001 $410 17 to 32 Installs 5765-E88 0002 390 33 to 64 Installs 5765-E88 0003 370 65 to 128 Installs 5765-E88 0004 350
This software license includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.
Software Maintenance One-Year Offering
OTC One-Year Software Maintenance Program 5771-CSM
Maint. Registra- After- tion Renewal License (NC) Billing Billing Feature Feature Feature LPP Program Name Number OTC Number OTC Number OTC CSM for Linux (5765-E88) 1 to 16 Installs 0002 NC 0006 $95 0010 $190 17 to 32 Installs 0003 NC 0007 90 0011 180 33 to 64 Installs 0004 NC 0008 85 0012 170 65 to 128 0005 NC 0009 80 0013 160 Installs
Software Maintenance Three-Year Offering
OTC Three-Year Software Maintenance Program 5773-CSM
Maint. After- Registra- Renewal License tion Billing Billing Feature Feature Feature LPP Program Name Number OTC Number OTC Number OTC CSM for Linux (5765-E88) 1 to 16 Installs 0001 $190 0005 $285 0009 $380 17 to 32 Installs 0002 180 0006 270 0010 360 33 to 64 Installs 0003 170 0007 255 0011 340 65 to 128 0004 160 0008 240 0012 320 Installs
Customer Financing: IBM Global Financing offers attractive financing to credit-qualified commercial and government customers and Business Partners in more than 40 countries around the world. IBM Global Financing is provided by the IBM Credit Corporation in the United States. Offerings, rates, terms, and availability may vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization. Country organizations are listed on the Web at:
Use Priority/Reference Code: SE001 Phone: 800-IBM-CALL Fax: 800-2IBM-FAX Internet: email@example.com Mail: IBM Atlanta Sales Center Dept. SE001 P.O. Box 2690 Atlanta, GA 30301-2690
You can also contact your local IBM Business Partner or IBM representative. To identify them, call 800-IBM-4YOU.
Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.