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Advanced POWER Virtualization supported on IBM BladeCenter JS21; AIX 5L offers new processor group support

IBM United States Software Announcement 206-026
February 9, 2006

 

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TOC link At a glance TOC link Reference information
TOC link Overview TOC link Terms and conditions
TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link Ordering information
TOC link Planned availability date TOC link Prices
TOC link Description TOC link Order now
 
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At a glance

Advanced POWER Virtualization on the JS21 includes:

  • Micro-Partitioning™ support for a single processor being shared by up to 10 logical partitions
  • Virtual I/O Server (VIOS), a single-function appliance that resides in an IBM POWER5™ partition and facilitates the sharing of physical I/O resources between client partitions (AIX or Linux) within the server
  • Automated CPU and memory reconfiguration
  • Real-time partition configuration and load statistics
  • Support for dedicated and shared processor LPAR groups
  • Support for manual provisioning of resources

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

AIX 5L™ V5.2, AIX® 5L V5.3, and the Advanced POWER™ Virtualization feature (enabled through the order of VIOS) will support the new IBM POWER processor-based IBM BladeCenter® JS21, effective March 10, 2006. Advanced POWER Virtualization enables you to consolidate and integrate both AIX 5L and Linux™ applications such as database, IT infrastructure, e-mail, and Web serving onto the BladeCenter platform.

Support of Advanced POWER Virtualization on the BladeCenter JS21 brings the power of virtualization to IBM's entry-level POWER processor-based product. Advanced POWER Virtualization on the BladeCenter JS21 is distinct from Advanced POWER Virtualization on eServer® p5 and System p5™ servers. On the BladeCenter JS21, Advanced POWER Virtualization is available as an option by ordering VIOS and is managed through the Integrated Virtualization Manager Interface, a component of VIOS.

The BladeCenter JS21 does not support Partition Load Manager, nor can it be managed by a Hardware Management Console (HMC).

New processor group support

The BladeCenter JS21 types 8844 and 8842 and BladeCenter JS20 type 8842 are in the AIX 5L and Advanced POWER Virtualization processor group classification C5. The quantity of AIX 5L or Virtual I/O Server licenses (ordered to enable Advanced POWER Virtualization) ordered for use on either single or multiple BladeCenter JS21 or JS20 systems must be equal to the number of processors on which the programs are intended to be used at a single end-user customer (single IBM customer number) location.

Additionally, ordering AIX 5L and Virtual I/O Server (needed to enable Advanced POWER Virtualization) processor group C5 licenses for BladeCenter JS21 or JS20 systems requires order placement of a 90-day, one-year, or three-year Software Maintenance Agreement (SWMA) for AIX 5L or VIOS at the same time as the order placement for program licenses. Neither program licenses nor SWMA for AIX 5L or VIOS prices are included in the BladeCenter JS21 or JS20 system offering price.

Statement of direction

Withdrawal of support for 32-bit kernel in AIX

Future releases of AIX following AIX 5L V5.3 will only support the 64-bit kernel. The 64-bit kernel in these future releases will continue to support 32-bit applications, but will not support 32-bit kernel extensions or device drivers.

All statements regarding IBM's future direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice, and represent goals and objectives only. Contact your local IBM office or IBM authorized reseller for the full text of a specific Statement of General Direction.
 
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Key prerequisites
  • Hardware requirements: Advanced POWER Virtualization in the C5 processor group is supported on BladeCenter JS21 models 8844-31x and 8844-51x.
  • Software requirements: The Advanced POWER Virtualization program requires a one-year or three-year SWMA contract or Advanced POWER Virtualization contract at the time of order placement.

 
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Planned availability date

March 10, 2006
 
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Description

Terminology changes

AIX 5L Recommended Maintenance Packages, formerly referred to as Maintenance Levels, have been renamed to Technology Levels. Like the past Maintenance Levels, Technology Levels can include fixes for AIX 5L problems, support for new hardware, and new AIX 5L functionality.

The term interim fix replaces the previously used term emergency fix or efix and refers to fixes other than program temporary fixes (PTFs) that are provided to solve a specific problem for a single customer. While the term emergency fix is still applicable in some situations (for example, a fix given in the middle of the night with minimal testing), the term interim fix is more descriptive in that it implies a temporary state until an update can be applied that has been through more extensive testing.

New service options

IBM will provide additional service options for AIX 5L. These new options are in addition to the service options that have been available in the past.

Service Pack

In addition to releasing individual PTFs to address critical customer issues, IBM will periodically release groups of PTFs in a new service delivery package called a Service Pack. The Service Pack concept will allow fixes that are released between Technology Levels to be tested, ordered, and installed as a group. Service Packs will include fixes for highly pervasive, critical, or security-related issues. Service Packs will be provided for the N and N-1 releases (for example, 5.3 and 5.2) on the latest Technology Level for each release (for example, 5300-04 and 5200-08), and they will be released approximately every four to six weeks. Each Service Pack is cumulative with previous Service Packs, and Service Packs are intended to only contain fixes for AIX 5L, not new hardware support or new AIX 5L functionality. Applying and rejecting an individual service update (PTF) will continue to be supported.

Concluding Service Pack

Concluding Service Pack (CSP) is a new term that will identify the last Service Pack for a particular Technology Level and will provide a base to allow IBM to provide extended support for a Technology Level. Concluding Service Packs will be released for the preceding Technology Level, a few weeks after the succeeding Technology Level is released. For example, Concluding Service Pack 4 (the last Service Pack for Technology Level 5300-04) will be released a few weeks after Technology Level 5300-05 is released.

Like a Service Pack, the Concluding Service Pack will contain fixes for highly pervasive, critical, or security-related issues, but it may also contain fixes from the newly released Technology Level that fall into these categories. So, in some cases, a Concluding Service Pack may contain a very small subset of fixes that were included in the newest Technology Level. Concluding Service Packs will cumulatively include all fixes that were released in previous Service Packs.

Extended support for technology levels

In the past, customers were sometimes compelled to update to the latest Recommended Maintenance Package/Maintenance Level to get fixes for AIX 5L problems. IBM is providing a new option for customers to continue to get service on the previous Technology Level for up to six months after the succeeding Technology Level is released.

To get this extended support, the customer will have to install the Concluding Service Pack for their current release. Once the customer's system is at the Concluding Service Pack level, IBM AIX 5L support will then provide customers with interim fixes to fix their specific issues.

Note: IBM can provide customers with PTFs or interim fixes on the most current Technology Level, but can only provide interim fixes for customers who are using the Concluding Service Pack to extend the service life of a particular Technology Level.

Customers who are unable to use interim fixes to correct AIX 5L problems between Technology Level updates will have to use the standard approach of upgrading to the latest Technology Level before IBM can provide a PTF for the customer problem. IBM cannot provide PTFs for the previous Technology Level after a new Technology Level is released. For example, IBM cannot provide a PTF for level 5300-04 after level 5300-05 has been released.

Although it is IBM's intent to provide customers with interim fixes for up to six months after the release of the latest Technology Level, there may be cases where a customer would be required to update to the latest Technology Level to address specific problems.
 
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Reference information

For additional information, refer to:

  • Software Announcement 205-145 , dated June 14, 2005, for G5 Processor Group for AIX 5L
  • Software Announcement 205-012 , dated January 25, 2005, for D5 Processor Group for AIX 5L
  • Software Announcement 204-251 , dated October 15, 2004, for H5 Processor Group for VIO and PLM

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).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 206-026

Trademarks

 
AIX 5L, POWER, System p5, POWER5, and Micro-Partitioning are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
The e-business logo, AIX, BladeCenter, 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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Terms and conditions

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

This software license does not 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 Software Maintenance (Z125-6011)
  • Addendum for Support (Software Maintenance) for Select iSeries™ and pSeries® Programs (Z125-6495)

 
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Ordering information

For new orders of AIX 5L™ V5.2 on the IBM BladeCenter® JS21, select from the following table:

                                                 OTC
                             Program  Processor  feature
Description                  number   group      number
 
AIX 5L for POWER(TM) V5.2    5765-E62
 Per processor               5765-E62  C5         0066
 Per 250 processors          5765-E62  C5         0067
 Per processor (upgrade)     5765-E62  C5 to D5   0068
 Per processor (upgrade)     5765-E62  C5 to E5   0069
 Per processor (upgrade)     5765-E62  C5 to F5   0070
 Per processor (upgrade)     5765-E62  C5 to G5   0071
 Per processor (upgrade)     5765-E62  C5 to H5   0072
 Per processor day OOCoD     5765-E62  C5         0073
  temp use charge
 Per 250 processor day       5765-E62  C5         0074
  OOCoD temp use charge

For new orders of AIX 5L V5.3 on the IBM BladeCenter JS21, select from the following table:

                                                 OTC
                             Program  Processor  feature
Description                  number   group      number
 
AIX 5L for POWER V5.3        5765-G03
 Per processor               5765-G03  C5         0060
 Per 250 processors          5765-G03  C5         0061
 Per processor (upgrade)     5765-G03  C5 to D5   0062
 Per processor (upgrade)     5765-G03  C5 to E5   0063
 Per processor (upgrade)     5765-G03  C5 to F5   0064
 Per processor (upgrade)     5765-G03  C5 to G5   0065
 Per processor (upgrade)     5765-G03  C5 to H5   0066
 Per processor day OOCoD     5765-G03  C5         0067
  temp use charge
 Per 250 processor day       5765-G03  C5         0068
  OOCoD temp use charge

For new orders of the Virtual I/O Server V1.2 (ordered to enable Advanced POWER Virtualization) on the IBM BladeCenter JS21, select from the following table:

                                                 OTC
                             Program  Processor  feature
Description                  number   group      number
 
Virtual I/O Server V1.2
 Per processor               5765-G34  C5         0017
 Per processor day OOCoD     5765-G34  C5         0018
 temp use charge

Software Maintenance

                                                    OTC
                                 Program  Processor Feature
Description                      number   group     number
 
AIX 5L 1-yr SWMA
 Per processor, registration     5771-SWM  C5       0955
 Per 250 procs, registration     5771-SWM  C5       0956
 Per processor, 24 x 7           5771-SWM  C5       0957
 Per 250 procs, 24 x 7           5771-SWM  C5       0958
AIX 5L 3-yr SWMA
 Per processor, registration     5773-SM3  C5       0890
 Per 250 procs, registration     5773-SM3  C5       0891
 Per processor, 24 x 7           5773-SM3  C5       0892
 Per 250 procs, 24 x 7           5773-SM3  C5       0893
AIX 5L After License
 Per processor                   5771-ALC  C5       0959
 Per 250 processor               5771-ALC  C5       0960
Virtual I/O Server 1-yr SWMA
 Per processor, registration     5771-VIO  C5       0961
 Per processor, 24 x 7           5771-VIO  C5       0962
Virtual I/O Server 3-yr SWMA
 Per processor, registration     5773-VIO  C5       0894
 Per processor, 24 x 7           5773-VIO  C5       0895
90-day SWMA for AIX®
 Per processor                   5771-SW9  C5       0964

System program order (SPO) (5692-A5L): A new supply feature number 5809 is added to the following Software Maintenance (SWMA) PIDs to deliver the hardcopy Software Maintenance agreements:

5771 SW9     5661 CSA     5771 GPF     5664 LLV
5771 CSA     5662 CSA     5773 GPF     5660 PAE
5773 CSA     5663 CSA     5771 GLP     5661 PAE
5771 CSL     5664 CSA     5773 GLP     5662 PAE
5773 CSL     5660 CSL     5660 HMP     5663 PAE
5773 SM3     5661 CSL     5661 HMP     5664 PAE
5771 SWM     5662 CSL     5662 HMP     5771 PES
5773 SWM     5663 CSL     5663 HMP     5773 PES
5771 VIO     5664 CSL     5664 HMP     5771 PEL
5773 VIO     5660 DR1     5771 HGO     5773 PEL
5773 VI3     5662 DR1     5773 HGO     5771 PDE
5771 PLM     5771 ESL     5771 LLV     5773 PDE
5773 PLM     5773 ESL     5773 LLV     5771 PTB
5773 PL3     5771 ELL     5660 LLV     5773 PTB
5771 LNK     5773 ELL     5661 LLV     5771 PSP
5773 LNK     5771 FCN     5662 LLV     5773 PSP
5660 CSA     5773 FCN     5663 LLV

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, nondiscountable charge per SPO order when media is selected.

                                       Media(1)
                                       process
                    Media              charges
                    feature            feature
Media type          number             number
 
CD-ROM(2)            3410               1004
CD-ROM(3)            3410               1005
DVD(2)               3435               1100
DVD(3)               3435               1101
1
For SPO orders that already have feature number 1004 or 1100, no-charge feature numbers 1005 (CD-ROM) or 1101 (DVD) will be added to prevent subsequent media charges on the SPO order.
2
Media process charge (1004 and 1100).
3
No-charge media feature (1005 and 1101).


 
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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.

For new orders of AIX 5L V5.2 on the IBM BladeCenter JS21, select from the following table:

                                                 OTC
                             Program  Processor  feature
Description                  number   group      number   OTC
 
AIX 5L for POWER V5.2        5765-E62
 Per processor               5765-E62  C5         0066    $   120
 Per 250 processors          5765-E62  C5         0067     30,000
 Per processor (upgrade)     5765-E62  C5 to D5   0068         50
 Per processor (upgrade)     5765-E62  C5 to E5   0069        310
 Per processor (upgrade)     5765-E62  C5 to F5   0070      1,105
 Per processor (upgrade)     5765-E62  C5 to G5   0071      1,775
 Per processor (upgrade)     5765-E62  C5 to H5   0072      2,375
 Per processor day OOCoD     5765-E62  C5         0073          1
  temp use charge
 Per 250 processor day       5765-E62  C5         0074        250
  OOCoD temp use charge

For new orders of AIX 5L V5.3 on the IBM BladeCenter JS21, select from the following table:

                                                 OTC
                             Program  Processor  feature
Description                  number   group      number   OTC
 
AIX 5L for POWER V5.3        5765-G03
 Per processor               5765-G03  C5         0060    $   120
 Per 250 processors          5765-G03  C5         0061     30,000
 Per processor (upgrade)     5765-G03  C5 to D5   0062         50
 Per processor (upgrade)     5765-G03  C5 to E5   0063        310
 Per processor (upgrade)     5765-G03  C5 to F5   0064      1,105
 Per processor (upgrade)     5765-G03  C5 to G5   0065      1,775
 Per processor (upgrade)     5765-G03  C5 to H5   0066      2,375
 Per processor day OOCoD     5765-G03  C5         0067          1
  temp use charge
 Per 250 processor day       5765-G03  C5         0068        250
  OOCoD temp use charge

For new orders of the Virtual I/O Server V1.2 (ordered to enable Advanced POWER Virtualization) on the IBM BladeCenter JS21, select from the following table:

                                                 OTC
                             Program  Processor  feature
Description                  number   group      number   OTC
 
Virtual I/O Server V1.2
 Per processor               5765-G34  C5         0017    $  0
 Per processor day OOCoD     5765-G34  C5         0018       0
  temp use charge

Software Maintenance

                                                    OTC
                                 Program  Processor Feature
Description                      number   group     number   OTC
 
AIX 5L 1-yr SWMA
 Per processor, registration     5771-SWM  C5       0955    $    299
 Per 250 procs, registration     5771-SWM  C5       0956      74,750
 Per processor, 24 x 7           5771-SWM  C5       0957         104
 Per 250 procs, 24 x 7           5771-SWM  C5       0958      26,000
AIX 5L 3-yr SWMA
 Per processor, registration     5773-SM3  C5       0890         807
 Per 250 procs, registration     5773-SM3  C5       0891     201,750
 Per processor, 24 x 7           5773-SM3  C5       0892         281
 Per 250 procs, 24 x 7           5773-SM3  C5       0893      70,250
AIX 5L After License
 Per processor                   5771-ALC  C5       0959         150
 Per 250 processor               5771-ALC  C5       0960      37,500
Virtual I/O Server 1-yr SWMA
 Per processor, registration     5771-VIO  C5       0961          90
 Per processor, 24 x 7           5771-VIO  C5       0962          24
Virtual I/O Server 3-yr SWMA
 Per processor, registration     5773-VIO  C5       0894         245
 Per processor, 24 x 7           5773-VIO  C5       0895          64
90-day SWMA for AIX
 Per processor                   5771-SW9  C5       0964          99

 
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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:  callserv@ca.ibm.com
 Mail:      IBM Americas Call Centers
            Dept. Teleweb Customer Support, 9th floor
            105 Moatfield Drive
            North York, Ontario
            Canada M3B 3R1
 
 Reference: RE001

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Trademarks

 
iSeries, AIX 5L, and POWER are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
pSeries, BladeCenter, and AIX 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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