IBM AIXlink/X.25 V2.1 offers enhancements for migration from X.25 specific adapters that allow APIs to remain the same

IBM United States Software Announcement 204-160
July 13, 2004

 ENUS204-160.PDF (34KB)

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At a glance Publications
Overview Technical information
Key prerequisites Ordering information
Planned availability date Terms and conditions
Description IBM Electronic Services
Reference information Prices
Offering information Order now
 
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At a glance

The AIXlink/X.25 V2.1 program adds support for XOT and XOL to allow connection to IP networks.

  • XOT (RFC 1613: X.25 over TCP)
  • XOL — Logical Link Control, Type 2 (LLC2) (ISO 8881)

Other features:

  • 64-bit enabled
  • Enhanced problem determination capability for Network Provider Interface (NPI)

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: RE001).
 
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Overview

The AIXlink/X.25 V2.1 program is enhanced to allow the use of Ethernet based LAN adapters. XOT allows X.25 communications over TCP/IP networks. XOL allows X.25 communications over Ethernet LAN adapters using the IEEE 802.2 interface. These enhancements allow the migration from X.25 specific adapters and the existing user interfaces are retained. The enhancements replace the X.25 frame layer, which is equivalent to the data link layer in the seven-layer OSI model.

To enable connection to IP networks, AIXlink/X.25 V2.1 adds support for:

  • XOT (RFC 1613: X.25 over TCP). XOT replaces the X.25 frame layer with TCP/IP based sockets.
  • Logical Link Control, Type 2 (LLC2), known as XOL within this product, replaces the X.25 frame layer with LLC2 over Ethernet (ISO 8881). LLC2 already exists in AIX® and is implemented in the AIX kernel with DLPI primitives.

XOL is supported on AIX network adapters that can be configured with an Ethernet (en#) network interface. XOT is supported on any AIX TCP/IP supported network adapter.

In some configurations, X.25 to IP bridging hardware is required.

AIXlink/X.25 continues the existing support of connection to public or private X.25 packet-switched data networks. The addition of support for XOT and XOL allows X.25 communication over existing IP networks or Ethernet LANs, respectively.
 
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Key prerequisites
  • Selected PowerPC® systems
  • POWER3™ systems
  • POWER4™ systems
  • POWER5™ systems

 
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Planned availability date

July 23, 2004
 
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Description

AIXlink/X.25 V2.1 is the functional equivalent of AIXlink/X.25 V2.0 and provides direct support for:

  • Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
  • X.3, X.28, and X.29 Packet Assembler Disassembler (PAD) attachment of asynchronous terminals
  • Network Provider Interface API to the packet layer
  • Data Link Program Interface API to the frame
  • Common Input/Output Emulation for application compatibility

AIXlink/X.25 V2.1 supports up to:

  • 512 virtual circuits per port
  • 1024 virtual circuits per adapter
  • 4096 virtual circuits per system

The adapter limit per system is 16, except the ARTIC960Hx adapter limit is 14 and the ARTIC960 MCA limit remains eight.

AIXlink/X.25 V2.1 supports 32-bit applications only. User applications need to be compiled for a 32-bit application environment. 32-bit applications are supported on a 64-bit kernel.

AIXlink/X.25 V2.1 delivers support for the CCITT 1980, 1984, and 1988 X.25 recommendations.

All functions and features in AIXlink/X.25 V2.0 are still available and supported in V2.1. AIXlink/X.25 V2.1 continues support for six existing adapters:

  • 2-port Multiprotocol PCI Adapter (#2962): Supported in a 32-bit and 64-bit kernel environment.
  • IBM ARTIC960Hx 4-port Selectable PCI Adapter (#2947): Supported in a 32-bit and 64-bit kernel environment.
  • IBM CoProcessor/1 Adapter for ISA (#2961): Supported on AIX 5L V5.1 only; supported in a 32-bit kernel environment only.
  • IBM ARTIC960 Microchannel Adapter (#2929, #2935, #2938): Supported on AIX 5L V5.1 only; supported in a 32-bit kernel environment only.
  • ARTIC Portmaster® Adapter/A for Microchannel (#7006, #7008): Supported on AIX 5L V5.1 only; supported in a 32-bit kernel environment only.
  • IBM CoProcessor/2 Adapter for Microchannel (#2960): Supported on AIX 5L V5.1 only; supported in a 32-bit kernel environment only.

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

AIXlink/X.25 V2.1 is capable as of July 23, 2004, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it.
 
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Reference information

Refer to Software Announcement 204-155 , dated July 13, 2004, for AIX 5L V5.3.

Refer to Software Announcement 204-159 , dated July 13, 2004, for IBM eServer pSeries® Software Maintenance product offerings for 24 x 7 support.

Refer to Software Announcement 204-156 , dated July 13, 2004, for Machine Control Program Remote Support Agreement for HMC.

Refer to Software Withdrawal 904-139 , dated July 13, 2004, for selected Software Maintenance features.

Trademarks

 
POWER3, POWER4, and POWER5 are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
AIX, PowerPC, Portmaster, the e-business logo, and pSeries are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

 
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Offering information

Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site


 
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Publications

No hardcopy publications are shipped with this program. All publications are supplied on the CD-ROM.

Publications can be viewed using the Documentation Library Service, which offers easier access to online documentation with a single integrated GUI. This user interface allows users to read, navigate, and search online HTML documentation. The Documentation Library Service also contains a Print Tool button. When you click this button, you see a list of books that can be downloaded in a single printable file for printing on your local printer. You have the option of customizing this list to include your own book for printing. This serves customers who want to view books online and read documents in hardcopy format.
 
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Technical information

Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

  • RS/6000® or pSeries® system with a minimum of 64 MB memory
  • Six supported X.25 adapters:
    • Two PCI adapters are supported on AIX® 5L V5.1, V5.2, and V5.3.
    • Four non-PCI adapters are supported on AIX 5L V5.1 only.

XOL is supported on AIX network adapters that can be configured with an Ethernet (en#) network interface. XOT is supported on any AIX TCP/IP network adapter.

Software requirements

AIX 5L V5.1 with recommended maintenance package 5100-04, V5.2, or V5.3, or later, are supported.

Compatibility: AIXlink/X.25 V2.1 is functionally compatible with V2.0.

Planning information

Packaging: The AIXlink/X.25 V2.1 package contains the following items:

  • IBM International Program License Agreement and License Information in multilanguage in electronic copy on the CD-ROM
  • One CD-ROM that includes documentation

Your Proof of Entitlement for this program is a copy of a paid sales receipt, purchase order, invoice, or other sales record from IBM or its authorized reseller from whom you acquired the program, provided that it states the license charge unit (the characteristics of intended use of the program — for example, number of processors, number of users) and quantity acquired.

Information about how you may obtain program services will be provided by the party (either IBM or its authorized reseller) from whom you acquired the program.

Security, auditability, and control

AIXlink/X.25 V2.1 uses the security and auditability features of the AIX 5L operating system software.

Customer responsibilities: The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
 
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Ordering information

AIXlink/X.25 is a stand-alone product with one charge unit: per machine, including Software Maintenance. Separate convenience features for customers who wish to purchase AIXlink/X.25 in blocks of 250 are available.

There are separate billing features for an upgrade to 24 x 7 support. The 24 x 7 support features will be added in addition to the Registration/After License feature for customers who choose this option.

New licenses: For new orders for AIXlink/X.25 V2.1 customers should select from the following table:

                                                       OTC
                                        Program        feature
Description                             number         number
 
AIXlink/X.25 V2.1                       5765-E85
 Per machine with Software                             0013
  Maintenance, 1 year
 Per 250 machines with Software                        0014
  Maintenance, 1 year

OTC = One-time charge

Software Maintenance

For each AIXlink/X.25 V2.1 (5765-E85) license ordered, an order for either the one-year (5771-LNK) or three-year (5773-LNK) Software Maintenance must also be submitted. Software Maintenance for AIXlink/X.25 V2.1 is priced based on per machine, unlimited connections.

Customers should select from the following table for their Software Maintenance coverage:

                                                  OTC
                                                  feature
Description                                       number
 
Software Maintenance for AIXlink/X.25 (5771-LNK)
 
 1-year Registration                              0608
 1-year 250 Registration                          0609
 1-year ALC                                       0580
 1-year 250 ALC                                   0581
 1-year 24 x 7 Support                            0578
 1-year 250 24 x 7 Support                        0579
 
Software Maintenance for AIXlink/X.25 (5773-LNK)
 
 3-year Registration                              0565
 3-year 250 Registration                          0566
 3-year ALC                                       0547
 3-year 250 ALC                                   0548
 3-year 24 x 7 Support                            0545
 3-year 250 24 x 7 Support                        0546

Upgrades

Upgrades are done through an existing Software Maintenance contract. Customers who have Software Maintenance and wish to get an upgrade should place a System Program Order (SPO) for delivery of media and hardcopy entitled publications for AIXlink/X.25 V2.1 (5765-E85). Customers who have existing Software Maintenance contracts will be able to continue until their contract expires. Upon renewal, customers will automatically be moved to the new billing.

Customization options: Select the appropriate feature number to customize your order with delivery option desired. This feature can be specified on the initial or MES orders.

Expedite shipments

Feature                  Description
 
3445                     Local IBM Office Expedite
                          (for IBM use only)

Expedite shipments will be processed to receive 72-hour delivery from the time IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment (SDF) receives the order. SDF will then ship the order via overnight air transportation.

SPO (5692-A5L): A 5692-A5L SPO is mandatory for shipments of program distribution and publications. The individual licensed program orders (for example, 5765-E85) are for registration and billing purposes only. No shipment occurs under these orders.

To receive shipment of machine-readable materials on a CD-ROM requires an SPO (5692-A5L). To prevent additional billing expenses, place only one SPO order per machine.

Select the following SPO (5692-A5L) feature number for the licensed program to be delivered on a CD-ROM.

                              Feature        Program
Program name                  number         number
 
AIXlink/X.25 V2.1             0931           5765-E85

Preinstall: The preinstall option is only valid if accompanied by a hardware system order for the preinstalled AIX 5L V5.1, V5.2, or V5.3 operating system specifying the preinstall option.

It is recommended that backup media be chosen with preinstalled orders. Not all of the software offered under the licensed program will be preinstalled on the system disk. To take delivery of backup media, media feature 3410 must be specified. Software preinstalled on the hard disk does not include all of the function included on the media.

The 5765-E85 order and SPO 5692-A5L must be for the same system type/system number and must have the same scheduled shipment date.

Feature number 5005 must be specified under the SPO 5692-A5L to facilitate preinstall of the licensed program on the system disk.

For Authorized Assemblers, feature number 7305 must be specified under the SPO 5692-A5L to facilitate preinstall of the licensed program on the system disk.

The preinstall option is available at no additional charge.

Basic machine-readable material: Select one of the following priced feature numbers for media type under 5692-A5L. The media process charge is a one-time, non-discountable charge per SPO order when media is selected.

                                             Media
                                             process
                         Media               charges
                         feature             feature
Media                    number              number
 
CD-ROM                   3410                1004
CD-ROM                   3410                1005

 
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Terms and conditions

Agreement: IBM International Program License Agreement. Proofs of Entitlement (PoE) are required for all authorized use.

This software license includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.

The following agreements apply for maintenance and do not require customer signatures:

  • IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Support (Z125-6011)
  • Addendum for Support (Software Maintenance) for Select iSeries™ and pSeries Programs (Z125-6495)

Limited warranty applies: Yes

Warranty: This program has warranty for a minimum of one year from acquisition from IBM or authorized IBM Business Partner. The warranty provided to the customer, for at least one year from acquisition, is access to databases (read Web sites) for program information and FAQs, including any known fixes to defects, which the customer can download or obtain otherwise and install at leisure.

Program technical support: Technical support of a program product will be available for a minimum of three years from the general availability date, as long as your Software Maintenance is in effect. This technical support allows you to obtain assistance (via telephone or electronic means) from IBM for product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of the program product. Software Maintenance also provides you with access to updates, releases, and versions of the program. Customers will be notified, via announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice. If you require additional technical support from IBM, including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.

Money-back guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program, return it within 30 days from the invoice date, to the party (either IBM or its reseller) from whom you acquired it, for a refund. This applies only to your first acquisition of the program.

Copy and use on home/portable computer: No

Volume orders (IVO): Yes, contact your IBM representative.

Passport Advantage® applies: No

Software Maintenance applies: Yes. All distributed software licenses include Software Maintenance (Software Subscription and Technical Support) for a period of 12 months from the date of acquisition, providing a streamlined way to acquire IBM software and assure technical support coverage for all licenses. Extending coverage for a total of three years from date of acquisition may be elected.

While your Software Maintenance is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short duration installation and usage (how-to) questions; and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance via telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your end users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. For additional details, consult your IBM Software Support Guide at

Software Maintenance does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under this agreement.

IBM operational support services — SoftwareXcel: No

AIX/UNIX® upgrade protection applies: No

Entitled upgrade for current AIX/UNIX upgrade protection licensees: No

iSeries Software Subscription applies: No

Variable charges apply: No

Educational allowance available: Yes, 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.
 
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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. By using the news page, it enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The IBM Electronic Service Agent is a 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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Prices

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
                                                  feature
Description                                       number    OTC
 
AIXlink/X.25 V2.1 (5765-E85)
 
 Per machine with Software                        0013      $  2,500
  Maintenance, 1 year
 Per 250 machines with Software                   0014       625,000
  Maintenance, 1 year

Software Maintenance

For each AIXlink/X.25 V2.1 (5765-E85) license ordered, an order for either the one-year (5771-LNK) or three-year (5773-LNK) Software Maintenance must also be submitted. Software Maintenance for AIXlink/X.25 V2.1 is priced based on per machine, unlimited connections.

Customers should select from the following table for their Software Maintenance coverage:

                                                  OTC
                                                  feature
Description                                       number    OTC
 
Software Maintenance for AIXlink/X.25 (5771-LNK)
 
  1-year Registration                             0608      $      0
  1-year 250 Registration                         0609             0
  1-year ALC                                      0580           750
  1-year 250 ALC                                  0581       187,500
  1-year 24 x 7 Support                           0578            35
  1-year 250 24 x 7 Support                       0579         8,750
 
Software Maintenance for AIXlink/X.25 (5773-LNK)
 
  3-year Registration                             0565           850
  3-year 250 Registration                         0566       212,500
  3-year ALC                                      0547         1,600
  3-year 250 ALC                                  0548       400,000
  3-year 24 x 7 Support                           0545            95
  3-year 250 24 x 7 Support                       0546        23,750

 
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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: RE001

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

 
iSeries and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
pSeries, RS/6000, AIX, Passport Advantage, and eServer are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
UNIX is a registered trademark of the Open Company in the United States and other countries.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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