IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for x86 V3.1 enables systems platform management and monitoring across IBM System x servers

IBM United States Software Announcement 207-287
November 13, 2007

 

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TOC link At a glance TOC link Offering Information
TOC link Overview TOC link Publications
TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link Technical information
TOC link Planned availability date TOC link Ordering information
TOC link Description TOC link Terms and conditions
TOC link Product positioning TOC link Prices
TOC link Statement of direction TOC link Order now
TOC link Reference information  
 
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At a glance

IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager (AEM) V3.1 software, an extension of IBM Systems Director, will be available on Linux on POWER, Linux on x86, and Microsoft Windows to help you monitor and manage the power and thermal usage of systems in your IT environments. Originally designed to support IBM BladeCenter and System x, this enhanced energy management technology now supports additional IBM servers, including POWER systems, as well as storage devices. This is the only energy management software tool that can provide a single view of the actual power usage across multiple platforms in the infrastructure as opposed to the benchmarked power consumption. Active Energy Manager can effectively allocate, match, and cap power limits in the datacenter at the system, chassis, or rack level. By enabling these power management technologies, users can effectively manage their systems while improving their cost of computing.

Benefits of IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager V3.1 include:

  • Potentially reduced IT costs
  • More efficient planning of new datacenter construction or modification
  • Proper power input sizing based on physical systems
  • Justification of incremental hardware purchases based on available input power capacity
  • Better utilization of existing resources

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: SE001).
 
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Overview

IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager measures, monitors, and manages the energy management components built into IBM systems while enabling a cross-platform management solution. It also provides a source of energy management data that can be exploited by IBM Tivoli® enterprise solutions such as IBM Tivoli Monitoring and IBM Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager.

IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager V3.1 is the next generation product of IBM PowerExecutive™ which was previously available from IBM for x86 systems only. IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager now supports multiple IBM platforms and provides new capabilities that build upon the functions previously available with IBM PowerExecutive V2.1.

New features of IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager V3.1 include:

  • Support for System x™ servers:
    • x3550, x3650, x3655, x3755, x3850, x3950, and the new x3350, x3850 M2, and x3950 M2
  • Support for System x blade servers:
    • HS20 8843, HS21 8853, LS20 8850, LS21 7971, LS41 7972, HS21 XM 7995, and HC10 7996
  • Support for BladeCenter® chassis (BC):
    • BC-H 8852, BC-E 8677, BC-T 8730/8720, BC-HT 8750/8740, and the new BC-S 8886
  • Enhancements to existing function (Microsoft® Windows®, Linux™ on x86):
    • Cross-system monitoring and management support
    • Dynamic Polling Rate
    • Discovery and monitoring of intelligent PDUs
  • Expanded application support. The Active Energy Manager server runs on Windows, Linux on x86, and Linux on POWER™.

Active Energy Manager is a key component of IBM's Cool Blue portfolio within Project Big Green. It is also part of the IT Optimization strategy and is delivered as part of the IBM Systems Director family.
 
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Key prerequisites

IBM Director 5.20.2
 
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Planned availability date

December 14, 2007
 
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Description

IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager V3.1, an extension of IBM Director 5.20.2, offers a solution that helps determine the proper power allocation for each server. It can assist a customer in determining how to reallocate power to additional servers without additional power and cooling equipment. IBM Active Energy Manager adds power draw up for each server or blade and tracks that usage over time. When power is constrained, separately priced optional features of IBM Active Energy Manager allow power to be allocated on a server-by-server basis. Care is taken that limiting power consumption does not affect performance. Sensors and alerts can warn the user if limiting power to this server could affect performance.

The key advantage of Active Energy Manager V3.1 to a client is the ability to monitor energy consumption and improve energy efficiency, which can result in substantial savings and cost reductions. IBM Active Energy Manager enables clients to:

  • Increase energy efficiency by monitoring power use across the datacenter (capping available as an optional, separately priced feature)
  • Negotiate the best utility rates based on accurate trend assessments
  • Limit server power consumption by capping maximum power consumption

This solution is valuable to users who want to optimize resource usage to measure, monitor, and control (optional, extra charge) energy consumption to help reduce IT costs and provide more efficient planning for their datacenter. By enabling you to monitor power usage and trend data, IBM Active Energy Manager can reduce energy costs in the datacenter.

IBM Active Energy Manager also complements and integrates with higher-level management software such as Tivoli. Active Energy Manager interfaces with the IBM Tivoli Monitoring products.

Active Energy Manager V3.1's open design and support for industry standards enable heterogeneous physical management with support for multiple platforms and operating systems, helping to protect your IT investment.

IBM Active Energy Manager V3.1 enables systems platform management and monitoring across IBM systems and non-IBM systems.

Active Energy Manager V3.1 enhancements

The Active Energy Manager product has been enhanced with the following functions:

Support for POWER6™ servers

The POWER6 blade servers have the capability of being monitored for power and temperature. Input power, output power, inlet temperature, exhaust temperature, and the effective CPU value can be viewed over time on a graph. Power control comes in the form of optional, separately priced power capping and power savings. Power capping allows a user to be able to set the maximum number of watts that a server will consume. If the server approaches that cap, Active Energy Manager will throttle the CPU of the system in order to guarantee that this threshold is not exceeded. The other power control is the ability to set a power savings mode. Through Active Energy Manager, a user can set this mode to save significantly on power consumption. Typically, a user would choose to do this in times of low utilization. This can also be automated, via use of the IBM Director scheduler, or by setting a policy that sets/resets the power saver mode when CPU utilizations reach a specific level. The power savings mode control is also available on System p™ 9117-MMA and System i™ 9406-MMA.

Discovery and monitoring of intelligent PDUs

PDUs (power distribution units) are available with a variety of IBM racks, including those that are available with System i, System p, System x, and some storage controllers. Servers and other equipment that exist in a rack get their power by plugging into these intelligent power strips. The IBM DPI® C13+ and IBM DPI C19 PDU+ units contain a network connection so that power consumption can be monitored remotely. Active Energy Manager supports these units, and will show power trending data on a graph for any equipment that is plugged into the individual load groups. In addition, Active Energy Manager allows a user to associate any IBM Director-managed server with a PDU outlet, allowing the power consumption to be displayed for those servers. In cases where there are multiple power supplies for a server and each is plugged into a different PDU in the rack, Active Energy Manager will add these together to display a graph of total power being consumed by that server. Through this PDU support, Active Energy Manager can monitor power usage on older servers that do not have power metering built in.

Additionally, Active Energy Manager monitors how many amps are being consumed by a PDU overall and how this compares to the maximum current that the PDU can support. Users will be alerted when a PDU approaches its capacity.

Note: IBM DPI C13+ and IBM DPI C19 PDU+ PDUs have been previously available. Any existing PDUs in the field will need to be upgraded to the November 2007 version of the PDU firmware in order for Active Energy Manager to support them.

Active Energy Manager monitoring support for storage

The DS3000, DS4000™, DS6000™, and N series storage controllers will ship with racks supported by the IBM DPI C13+ unit. Through the use of this PDU, Active Energy Manager will support power monitoring of these devices.

Support for System x servers

IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager V3.1 supports the following System x server models:

  • Support for System x servers:
    • x3550, x3650, x3655, x3755, x3850, x3950, and the new x3350, x3850 M2, and x3950 M2
  • Support for System x blade servers:
    • HS20 8843, HS21 8853, LS20 8850, LS21 7971, LS41 7972, HS21 XM 7995, and HC10 7996
  • Support for BladeCenter chassis (BC):
    • BC-H 8852, BC-E 8677, BC-T 8730/8720, BC-HT 8750/8740, and the new BC-S 8886

Other enhancements

IBM PowerExecutive required that all supported systems be polled at the same frequency (defaulted to once per minute). With Active Energy Manager V3.1, users can set a different polling rate for different systems. Systems that need to be monitored more closely can be polled frequently, whereas lower priority systems can be polled less often. This targeted approach improves performance for the most important systems.

With IBM PowerExecutive, the manager server was supported on Windows and Linux on x86. New for Active Energy Manager V3.1 is support to run on Linux on POWER systems.

Installation

Active Energy Manager for x86 V3.1 is available as a stand-alone version or as an extension to IBM Director 5.20.2. The Active Energy Manager V3.1 extension has separate installers for Windows and Linux. InstallShield is used for Windows, and RPM is used for Linux. Windows installation is a traditional, dialog-based installation. Linux installation is a test-mode, unattended installation.

The stand-alone version of Active Energy Manager V3.1 has separate installers for Windows and Linux. InstallShield 11 Premier Edition is used for Windows, and RPM is used for Linux. The stand-alone installer wrappers an installation of (or upgrade to) Embedded Director 5.20.2, followed by an installation of (or upgrade to) the AEM V3.1 extension. The SNMP, HMC, and BladeCenter management extensions are installed as part of the wrappered installation.

The stand-alone version will be restricted from installing on System p or System z™ machines. It will install on any System x platforms, and will contain all of the function that the Director extension contains. None of the installers install onto System i machines (i5/OS™).

If you order a CD-ROM, the license key will be on the CD-ROM. If you download from the Web, you are offered the product to evaluate for up to 60 days under the terms of the IBM International License Agreement for Evaluation of Programs (ILAE). During the evaluation period, an option to purchase a permanent license will be offered. If a permanent license is purchased, a keyfile will be shipped on a CD-ROM to enable AEM management functions to remain active. No changes will be made to AEM, and everything will continue to work as it did. Otherwise, the AEM management functions will be disabled. AEM monitor functions do not require the keyfile to remain enabled.

Technical information

For operating environment information, including hardware and software requirements, supported operating systems, and supported virtualization software versions, visit

Download

IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for x86 V3.1 is available as an electronic download from

The planned availability of the download of the Systems Director Active Energy Manager for x86 V3.1 is on or before December 7, 2007.
 
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Product positioning

IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager V3.1 is an extension to IBM Director 5.20.2. It is an energy management solution building block that returns true control of energy costs to the client. Active Energy Manager is an industry-leading cornerstone of the IBM energy management framework. In tandem with chip vendors Intel® and AMD and consortiums like the Green Grid, Active Energy Manager advances the IBM initiative to deliver price performance per square foot. This offering enables monitoring and management of power usage across systems within the IT infrastructure, which enhances the cost of computing through improved power utilization and reduced labor cost.

Called "Project Big Green," IBM's initiative targets corporate datacenters where energy constraints and costs can limit their ability to grow. IBM plans to double computing capacity in its own datacenters and will use new technologies to avoid five billion kilowatt hours of new energy use. IBM is redirecting $1 billion per year across its businesses, mobilizing the company's resources to dramatically increase the level of energy efficiency in IT. The plan includes new products, such as Active Energy Manager, and services for IBM and its clients to sharply reduce datacenter energy consumption, transforming the world's business and public technology infrastructures into "green" datacenters.

IBM is using its expertise and energy-smart technology innovations to outline a five-step approach for clients designed to dramatically improve energy efficiency for "Project Big Green." IBM's "green" solutions are formidable because of the strength of IBM's hardware, software, services, research, and financing teams.

What "green" solutions can mean for clients: For the typical 25,000 square foot datacenter that spends $2.6 million in power annually, energy costs can potentially be cut in half. Based on the energy mix in the US, this savings is roughly equal to a reduction in carbon emissions of 7,439 tons per year, which is approximately equal to taking 1,300 automobiles off the road or reducing the amount of coal burned for energy generation by 3.5 million pounds.

Active Energy Manager is one of the System Components in the IBM Cool Blue portfolio of products.

Active Energy Manager V3.1 is focused on multisystem resource management of power across IBM servers and provides heterogeneous monitoring support which enables you to manage actual power consumption.
 
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Statement of direction

IBM intends to support the IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager running on Linux on System z.

Future System z servers are planned to support the monitoring functions of IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager.

All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice.
 
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Reference information

Refer to Software Announcement 207-289 , dated November 13, 2007, for IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for POWER V3.1.

For additional information on IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager, refer to

For documentation, refer to

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 207-287

Trademarks

 
PowerExecutive, System x, POWER, POWER6, System p, System i, DS4000, DS6000, System z, and i5/OS are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Tivoli, BladeCenter, and DPI are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation.
 
Windows and Microsoft are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
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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Offering Information

Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site


 
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Publications

No publications are shipped with these programs.

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Technical information

Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

For the latest list of systems supported, visit

System configuration requirements are available online in the IBM Director V5.20 Information Center at

Software requirements

IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager V3.1 requires IBM Director 5.20.2 with the SNMP, HMC, and BladeCenter® management extensions.

IBM DPI® iPDUs require firmware updates. The firmware version can be found on the Active Energy Manager Web site

Operating systems supported by IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for x86 V3.1:

  • Windows® Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
  • Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition x64
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux™ AS, version 4.0, for Intel® x86-64
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS, version 4.0, for Intel x86
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES, version 4.0, for Intel x86-64
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES, version 4.0, for Intel x86
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES, version 5.0 & 5.1, for Intel x86-64
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES, version 5.0 & 5.1, for Intel x86
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 for x86-64
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 for x86
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 for x86-64
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 for x86

Limitations: Active Energy Manager can monitor but not manage power data on legacy systems that do not support power metering.

Performance considerations: Active Energy Manager has the same performance considerations as IBM Director.

Planning information

For planning information, visit

Packaging: Active Energy Manager V3.1 will be available as a Web download. A CD with authorization key will be made available upon ordering. If the customer orders the CD, then the license key will be on the CD. If the customer downloads from the Web, the customer is given the product to evaluate for up to 60 days. During the trial period, an option of purchasing a permanent license will be offered. If a permanent license is purchased, a keyfile will be shipped on a CD-ROM to enable AEM management functions to remain active. No changes will be made to Active Energy Manager, and everything will continue to work as it did. Otherwise, the Active Energy Manager management functions will be disabled. AEM monitor functions do not require the keyfile to remain enabled.

This program, when downloaded from a Web site, contains the applicable IBM license agreement, and License Information, if appropriate, which will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. For future reference, the license and License Information will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT

Security, auditability, and control

IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for x86 V3.1 uses the security and auditability features of the system in which it is installed. 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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To learn more about IBM Software Services or to contact a Software Services sales specialist, visit


 
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Ordering information

Charge metric

 
Program name                    PID number  Charge metric
 
IBM Systems Director            5765-PEX    Per managed server
 Active Energy Manager for x86              Media OTC
 
1 Year Subscription Renewal     5771-PEX    Per managed server
                                            Media OTC
 
1 Year Subscription After       5772-PEX    Per managed server
 License                                    Media OTC
 
OTC = One-time charge

Server

A server is a computer system that executes requested procedures, commands, or applications to one or more user and/or client devices. A PoE must be obtained for each server regardless of the number of processors and partitions in the server on which the program runs or for each server managed by the program. Where blade technology is employed, each blade is considered a separate server.

To order the programs described in this announcement, specify the type model number, order type description, and quantity of desired licenses for the appropriate one-time charge (OTC) features listed in the tables below. A "media package" is a separately priced option offered at initial acquisition of program licenses. The maximum quantity allowed for a feature associated with a media package is one per type model order no matter how many licenses are requested on that same type model order.

Active Energy Manager requires a keyfile to make the management component of the product operational after the 60-day evaluation period. This keyfile is sent on a CD-ROM after placing an order for the 5765-PEX product. Active Energy Manager monitor functions do not require the keyfile.

                                               OTC
                                               bill  Supp
Type model number                              feat  feat  SEO
feature description                            num   num   num
 
5765-PEX  IBM Systems Director Active
          Energy Manager for x86
Per Server with 1 Year Subscription V3.1       0001  N/A  46C0219
Media OTC                                      0002  5809 44W3911

Customization options

Select the appropriate feature numbers to customize your order with delivery options desired. These features can be specified on the initial or MES orders.

 Expedite shipments
 
   Feature       Description
 
    3445         Expedite

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

Software subscription

Refer to Agreement for eServer® xSeries® Subscription Services (Z125-7063).

One year of Software Subscription for IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager and associated programs is included with the licenses of those products. A separate order for subscription registration must be placed at the time of initial order of the applicable license program.

Select the appropriate program number and applicable feature number(s) based on first time acquisition (registration) of an eligible offering or subscription contract renewal.

                                              OTC
 
 
                                              bill  Supp
Type model number                             feat  feat  SEO
feature description                           num   num   num
 
5771-PEX    IBM Systems Director Active
            Energy Manager for x86
            1 Year Subscription Renewal
 
  Per Server 1 Year Subscription Registration 1130  6235  N/A
  Per Server 1 Year Subscription Renewal      1131  6235  44W3913
  Media OTC                                   1132  5809  N/A
 
 
5772-PEX    IBM Systems Director Active
            Energy Manager for x86
            1 Year Subscription After License
 
  Per Server 1 Year Subscription After License 0066  6016  44W3914
  Media OTC                                    0067  5809  N/A

Acquiring program upgrades under software subscription

Program upgrades for eligible offerings can only be acquired under a current/active subscription contract.
 
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Terms and conditions

The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA) and the IBM Agreement for eServer xSeries Subscription Services.

Licensing: IPLA including the License Information (LI) document and proof of entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use. The initial 60-day evaluation period for these extensions is licensed under the terms of the IBM International License Agreement for Evaluation of Programs (ILAE).

Limited warranty applies: Yes

Money-back guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, you may obtain a refund of the amount you paid for it, if within 30 days of your invoice date you return the program and its PoE to the party from whom you obtained it. If you downloaded the program, you may contact the party from whom you acquired it for instructions on how to obtain the refund.

For clarification, note that for programs acquired under any of IBM's On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) software offerings, this term does not apply since these offerings apply to programs already acquired and in use by you.

Authorization for use on home/portable computer: You may not copy and use this program on another computer without paying additional license fees.

Volume orders (IVO): No

Passport Advantage® applies: No

Software Maintenance applies: No

IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for x86 V3.1 and associated offerings in this announcement do not include Software Maintenance (SWMA). Only subscription is included in the license price.

System i™ Software Maintenance applies: No

Variable charges apply: No

Educational allowance available

Yes. A 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.
 
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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.

To order the programs described in this announcement, specify the type model number, order type description, and quantity of desired licenses for the appropriate OTC features listed in the tables below. A "media package" is a separately priced option offered at initial acquisition of program licenses. The maximum quantity allowed for a feature associated with a media package is one per type model order no matter how many licenses are requested on that same type model order.

                                                     OTC
                                                     Billing
Type model number                                    feature
feature description                                  number   OTC
 
5765-PEX  IBM Systems Director Active
           Energy Manager for x86
Per Server with 1 Year Subscription V3.1             0001     $99
Media OTC                                            0002      49
 
5771-PEX  IBM Systems Director Active
              Energy Manager for x86
              1 Year Subscription Renewal
 
 Per Server 1 Year Subscription Registration         1130     $ 0
 Per Server 1 Year Subscription Renewal              1131      19
 Media OTC                                           1132      49
 
5772-PEX  IBM Systems Director Active
              Energy Manager for x86
              1 Year Subscription After License
 
 Per Server 1 Year Subscription After License        0066      49
 Media OTC                                           0067      49

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IBM Global Financing offerings are provided through IBM Credit LLC in the United States, and other IBM subsidiaries and divisions worldwide to qualified commercial and government customers. Rates are based on a customer's credit rating, financing terms, offering type, equipment type, and options, and may vary by country. Other restrictions may apply. Rates and offerings are subject to change, extension, or withdrawal without notice.
 
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To order, contact the Americas Call Centers or your local IBM representative.

To identify your local IBM representative, 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 Teleweb Customer Support
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             3500 Steeles Ave. East, Tower 3/4
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             Canada
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 Reference:  SE001

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Trademarks

 
System i is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
BladeCenter, DPI, xSeries, eServer, and Passport Advantage are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation.
 
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Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries or both.
 
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