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IBM Fabric Manager enables fast deployment and high availability through dynamic provisioning of IT resources in a production environment

IBM United States Software Announcement 212-105
April 11, 2012

Table of contents
Overview Overview Publications Publications
Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Technical information Technical information
Planned availability date Planned availability date Ordering information Ordering information
Description Description Terms and conditions Terms and conditions
Product positioning Product positioning Prices Prices
Program number Program number Order now Order now


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Fabric Manager allows address virtualization, server pre-provisioning, and automatic failover of compute nodes to enable speed of deployment and high availability through dynamic provisioning of IT resources in a production environment.

Features of Fabric Manager include:

For ordering, contact your IBM® representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: SE001).



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Fabric Manager software is designed to easily manage I/O and network interconnects by virtualizing network parameters such as the World Wide Name (WWN) and Media Access Control (MAC) addresses. When a compute node is replaced or failover occurs from one compute node to another, the LAN and SAN configurations are not affected.

After the Fabric Manager is installed, you can preconfigure LAN and SAN connections; I/O connections are made automatically when compute nodes are plugged into the chassis slots. No special tools or training are required; you just manage the program with an easy-to-use web-based user interface.

Fabric Manager offers these benefits:

Licenses for offerings in this announcement include Software Subscription and Support. Software Subscription and Support contracts are managed in Passport Advantage®. Refer to the Order Handling section of this announcement for further details.



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Key prerequisites
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Refer to the Hardware requirements section.



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Planned availability date
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May 21, 2012



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Description
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Fabric Manager enables your IT staff to:

Using an enhanced GUI, you can create addresses for compute nodes, save the address profiles, and deploy the addresses to the slots in the same chassis or in up to 256 different chassis. This can be done without any compute nodes installed in the chassis.

Additionally, you can create profiles for chassis that have not been installed in the environment by simply associating an IP address to the future chassis.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at

http://www.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

Fabric Manager is capable as of May 21, 2012, 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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Product positioning
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IBM's flexible and dynamic infrastructure offers a broad set of virtualization technologies to help improve service and management, mask complexities, reduce operational costs, and maximize asset utilization.



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Program number
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5641-F13  V1.0 IBM Fabric Manager with 1 year S&S
5641-F14  V1.0 IBM Fabric Manager with 3 year S&S


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Order Handling
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To allow for ease of order submission, the offerings in this announcement can be configured in conjunction with eligible System x® hardware, software, and license-only configurations that can be created for this product based on existing supported System x hardware system units in a given business environment.

Licenses for offerings in this announcement include one year or three years of Software Subscription and Support. Software Subscription and Support renewals for all features are aligned through Passport Advantage Express® or Passport Advantage, reducing the administrative burden of keeping your Subscription and Support up to date.

If a new release of a given offering in this announcement is made generally available in Passport Advantage after the announcement of the offering in System x ordering systems, you may elect to take delivery of any release generally available for that offering during the product registration process.

Eligible software products, offered and selected during the ordering process with each hardware system, are enabled for electronic download for the system unit for which the product was ordered. Optionally, software and license-only orders can be created for these products based on existing supported hardware system units in the business environment. Offerings included in this announcement are available exclusively by electronic download.

Orders placed for the eligible offerings in this announcement will be routed and fulfilled through Passport Advantage Express. Invoicing for the initial license orders will occur through the System x order management systems. Subscription and Support renewals will be managed through Passport Advantage.

Passport Advantage allows you to have a common anniversary date for Software Subscription and Support renewals. The anniversary date, established at the order ship date for the initial product acquisition, will remain unchanged while your Passport Advantage Agreement remains in effect. New software purchases initially include 12 or 36 full months of Subscription and Support coverage. Subscription and Support in the second year (the first year of renewal) can be prorated to be coterminous with your common anniversary date but managed and invoiced through Passport Advantage. Thereafter, all Software Subscription and Support will renew at the common anniversary date and include 12 full months of Subscription and Support.



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Offering Information
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website

http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi


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Publications
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No hardcopy publications are shipped with this program.

The IBM Publications Center

http://www.ibm.com/shop/publications/order

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. Payment options for orders are via credit card (in the US) or customer number for 20 countries. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, and they can all be downloaded by all countries, free of charge.

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).

https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/sla.jsp?num=212-105


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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

This application has the following hardware requirements on the server in which it runs:

IBM System x and BladeCenter® servers are listed on the IBM ServerProven® website

http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/
Software requirements

Operating systems:


Note: Minimum 1 GB RAM and 300 MB free disk space during installation. Sun Java™ SE 1.6, or later, is required

The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a README file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.

For information on additional support, certification, version information, or network operating systems, visit

http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/

The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a README file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.

Compatibility

The following IBM platforms with supported operating system:


Note: For a list of supported systems refer to Hardware requirements section.
Limitations

For operating system limitations, refer to the Software requirements section.

Performance considerations

For information on additional support, certification, version information, or network operating systems, visit

http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is included with licenses purchased through Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express. Product upgrades and technical support are provided by the Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) offering as described in the Agreements. Product upgrades provide the latest versions and releases to entitled software, and technical support provides voice and electronic access to IBM support organizations, worldwide.

IBM includes one year or three years of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) with each program license acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.

Packaging

For software products in this announcement, physical media and hardcopy documentation are not included in the deliverable package. The software code is delivered only via electronic download.

After receipt of an order, the Business Partner or end-user customer will be required to register and accept Passport Advantage or Passport Advantage Express terms and conditions. The product includes the license and one year or three years of Software Subscription and Support.

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. This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, and 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

Fabric Manager 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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Software Services
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IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based, software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Also, we extend our IBM Software Services reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.

To learn more about IBM Software Services or to contact a Software Services sales specialist, visit

http://www.ibm.com/software/sw-services/


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Ordering information
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Charge metric
                                        PID       Charge
Program name                            number    metric

IBM Fabric Manager                      5641-F13   Per Managed Chassis
  with 1 Year SW S&S
 
IBM Fabric Manager                      5641-F14   Per Managed Chassis
  with 3 Year SW S&S

Managed Chassis:

Managed Chassis is a unit of measure by which the Program can be licensed. A Chassis is a physical enclosure structure that provides services such as power, cooling, networking, various interconnects, and management to IT elements which dock inside the enclosure. Licensee must obtain Managed Chassis entitlements for each Chassis managed by the Program.

New license

Orders for new licenses will be accepted now.

Basic license

The following license offerings can be ordered with initial purchase of the Flex chassis hardware. The software is enabled to the level of entitlement that is purchased.

To order the programs listed below with Flex chassis hardware, specify the type model number, order type description, one-time charge (OTC) feature, and serialization feature as indicated and listed in the tables below.

                                               OTC       Serial-
                                               Billing   ization
Type model number                              feature   feature
feature description                            number    number

5641-F13  IBM Fabric Manager with 1 Year SW S&S
  Per Managed Chassis with 1 Year SW S&S        0288      3444
 
5641-F14  IBM Fabric Manager with 3 Year SW S&S
  Per Managed Chassis with 3 Year SW S&S        0287      3444


The license offerings below are available for stand-alone purchase. To order these programs, specify the type model number, order type description, one-time charge (OTC) feature number with quantity, and supply feature, or the SEO (single entity offering) number as indicated and listed in the tables below. After receipt of your order, you will be requested to register through Passport Advantage Express to allow for entitlement of support. Upon registration completion you will be provided with a pdf document with instructions to receive updates. The one-time charge for the product includes the license and one or three years of Software Subscription and Support.

                                            OTC
                                            billing   Supply
Type model number                           feature   feature   SEO
feature description                         number    number    number

5641-F13  IBM Fabric Manager with 1 Year SW S&S
  Per Managed Chassis with 1 Year SW S&S     0288      N/A      00D7550
 
5641-F14  IBM Fabric Manager with 3 Year SW S&S
  Per Managed Chassis with 3 Year SW S&S     0287      N/A      00D7551



Note: Feature code information is included for IBM internal use only, external customers must use the SEO numbers for ordering
Customization options

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

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.



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Terms and conditions
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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, IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

Licensing

IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use.

This software license includes Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance).

Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance

The IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011) agreement applies for Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) and does not require customer signatures. These programs are licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA). IBM includes one year or three years of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) with the initial license acquisition of each program acquired.

License Information form number

LC23-5133

The program's License Information will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement website

http://www.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf

Access to IBM Flex System™ fix downloads will be granted upon entitlement validation. The terms and conditions for fixes will be covered under the License Agreement for Machine Code, International Program License Agreement, International License Agreement for Non-Warranted Programs and/or other terms provided with the fix, as applicable.

Limited warranty applies

Yes

Limited warranty

IBM warrants that when the program is used in the specified operating environment, it will conform to its specifications. The warranty applies only to the unmodified portion of the program. IBM does not warrant uninterrupted or error-free operation of the program or that IBM will correct all program defects. You are responsible for the results obtained from the use of the program.

IBM provides you with access to IBM databases containing information on known program defects, defect corrections, restrictions, and bypasses at no additional charge. For further information, consult the IBM Software Support Handbook found at

http://www.ibm.com/support/handbook

IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).

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 (1) for programs acquired under the IBM International Passport Advantage offering, this term applies only to your first acquisition of the program and (2) 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.

Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

Yes, and through the Passport Advantage website at

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage
Usage restriction

Yes

Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes

The offerings in this announcement include one year or three years of Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) in the price of the license.

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 Subscription and Support (also referred to as 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 Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) also provides you with access to updates, releases, and versions of the program. You 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.

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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Business Partner information

If you are an IBM Business Partner -- Distributor for Workstation Software acquiring products from IBM, you may link to Passport Advantage Online for resellers where you can obtain Business Partner pricing information. An IBM ID and password are required.

https://www.ibm.com/software/howtobuy/passportadvantage/paoreseller
                                                OTC
                                                billing
Type model number                               feature
feature description                             number    


5641-F13  IBM Fabric Manager with 1 Year SW S&S
  Per Managed Chassis with 1 Year SW S&S        0288     
 
5641-F14  IBM Fabric Manager with 3 Year SW S&S
  Per Managed Chassis with 3 Year SW S&S        0287      


 

IBM Global Financing

IBM Global Financing offers competitive financing to credit-qualified customers to assist them in acquiring IT solutions. Offerings include financing for IT acquisition, including hardware, software, and services, from both IBM and other manufacturers or vendors. Offerings (for all customer segments: small, medium, and large enterprise), rates, terms, and availability can vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization or visit

http://www.ibm.com/financing

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.

Financing from IBM Global Financing helps you preserve cash and credit lines, enables more technology acquisition within current budget limits, permits accelerated implementation of economically attractive new technologies, offers payment and term flexibility, and can help match project costs to projected benefits. Financing is available worldwide for credit-qualified customers.

For more financing information, visit

http://www.ibm.com/financing


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To order, contact the Americas Call Centers or 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 Teleweb Customer Support
            ibm.com® Sales Execution Center, Americas North
            3500 Steeles Ave. East, Tower 3/4
            Markham, Ontario
            Canada
            L3R 2Z1

Reference: SE001

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.
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