Announcement Summary - September 04, 2012

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Announcements by Letter Number

ZG12-0243 IBM Parallel Environment Developer Edition for Linux on x86 Architecture, V1.2 simplified (HVEC)

ZG12-0255 IBM 200 GB and 400 GB 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise SSDs for System x use MLC NAND technology and offer affordable, performance-driven solutions for read-write mix applications using 6 Gbps SATA interface

ZG12-0264 Reseller Option Kit for the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 operating system includes Datacenter, Standard, Storage Server, Foundation, and Essentials editions for IBM System x , BladeCenter , and PureFlex System servers

ZG12-0276 IBM System x3100 M4 and x3250 M4: New Intel processors for Configure to Order (CTO)

ZG12-0279 IBM System Storage DCS3700 delivers new performance features for 1818-80C

ZG12-0300 IBM Express Portfolio is updated to include new IBM System x3100 M4 and x3250 M4 models

ZG12-0320 Revised availability: Selected IBM System x RDX Tape Cartridges

ZP12-0337 IBM Rational Programming Patterns V8.5 accelerates and helps secure the transition to the Rational Software Delivery Platform

ZP12-0364 IBM Connections V4.0 enables professional networks and communities to reinvent how people innovate and work together

ZP12-0365 IBM Connections Suite V4.0 and IBM Connections Content Edition V4.0 now incorporate IBM Connections V4.0 to meet your social business needs

ZP12-0379 IBM Content Manager OnDemand for z/OS , V9.0 adds full text search, security, performance, and usability enhancements

ZP12-0380 IBM Parallel Environment Developer Edition V1.2, running on IBM Power Systems , is simplified

ZP12-0381 IBM Case Manager V5.1.1 provides design improvements to extend time to value and enhance case worker experience

ZP12-0389 IBM Sterling B2B Integrator V5.2.4 and IBM Sterling File Gateway V2.2.4 available on Linux for IBM System z

ZP12-0393 IBM Rational Rhapsody V8.0 and Rational Rhapsody Design Manager V4.0 introduce new systems engineering design workflow and ISO 26262 safety standard support

ZP12-0412 IBM Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager helps teams to tackle the rising complexity of product development and to improve project execution

ZP12-0430 IBM Rational Software Architect simplifies team-based software design, collaboration, and lifecycle integration with new and enhanced Jazz-based Design Management capabilities

ZP12-0440 IBM Mobile Foundation V5 and IBM Worklight V5 feature new "Additional Brand Deployment" license components that provide more flexibility in mobile application deployments

ZP12-0449 IBM Rational Insight V1.1.1 provides a comprehensive performance management solution tailored for software and systems delivery

ZP12-0476 Software withdrawal: IBM Rational Software Architect Design Manager selected licenses

ZP12-0507 Revised technical information: IBM Endpoint Manager Starter Kit for Lifecycle Management V8.2

ZP12-0509 Preview and Open Beta Program: IBM QuickFile

ZS12-0092 IBM Post Warranty ServicePac offers parts only service for IBM System x and BladeCenter products

ZS12-0093 IBM ServicePacs offer warranty upgrades for IBM System x and Storage products - 11x5 service level upgrade

ZS12-0094 IBM ServicePac offers committed service warranty and maintenance upgrades for IBM System x

ZS12-0095 IBM ServicePac offers committed service warranty upgrade plus hard drive retention for IBM System x and Storage products

ZS12-0096 IBM ServicePac offer warranty and maintenance upgrades for IBM System x

ZS12-0097 IBM Post Warranty ServicePacs offer maintenance for IBM System x and IBM IntelliStation products

ZS12-0098 IBM ServicePac offers committed service warranty and maintenance upgrades for IBM System x

ZS12-0099 IBM Committed Post Warranty ServicePacs offer committed service maintenance for IBM System x

ZS12-0100 IBM ServicePac offering - Essentials and Virtualized Essentials

Hardware Announcements


ZG12-0276 IBM System x3100 M4 and x3250 M4: New Intel processors for Configure to Order (CTO)

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New Intel™ processors for Configure to Order (CTO) include:

Overview

The System x3100 M4 and x3250 M4 single-socket servers are designed for small businesses and first-time server buyers looking for a solution to improve business efficiency. These servers deliver several innovative features in a compact form factor with a competitive price. The System x3100 M4 and x3250 M4 provide next-generation performance with flexible configuration options and built-in security and systems management capabilities.

Key prerequisites

An IBM System x3100 M4 or x3250 M4 server.

Planned availability date

October 31, 2012


ZG12-0255 IBM 200 GB and 400 GB 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise SSDs for System x use MLC NAND technology and offer affordable, performance-driven solutions for read-write mix applications using 6 Gbps SATA interface

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The IBM 200 GB and 400 GB 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise solid-state drives for System x® provide high-performance, reliable solutions for high-capacity enterprise applications with a moderate read/write mix by employing a 6 Gbps SATA interface and MLC NAND technology. These solid-state drives present an opportunity to simplify your local storage infrastructure to help maintain overall maintenance and cooling cost, while considering remote storage solutions for end-to-end data availability.

Benefits include:

Overview

The new IBM 200 GB and 400 GB 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise solid-state drives for System x employ enterprise MLC NAND technology to bring an affordable, but performance-driven solution for applications requiring enterprise workloads with a read-write mix. The new SSD drives are available in 1.8-inch options.

These SSDs use a single-chip controller with a SATA interface on the system side and n-channels of NAND Flash internally. Packaged in an HDD replacement enclosure, these SSDs are designed to integrate easily in existing storage infrastructures. They are targeted at databases that require high I/O performance in random read and random write operations including applications caching and tiering. These SSDs can also be configured into the IBM eXFlash solution for maximum capacity and performance.

Providing additional peace of mind, the 200 GB and 400 GB 1.8-inch MLC SSDs are covered under IBM warranty. These drives carry a 1-year limited warranty; or when installed in a System x server, these drives assume your system's base warranty. Solid-state devices do have finite write or P/E cycles and are listed as Total Bytes Written (TBW). Refer to the Limitations section and the device specifications for details.

Features and functions:

Warranty

200 GB and 400 GB SATA 1.8-inch MLC Enterprise SSDs offer a 1-year limited warranty1 .

1 For information on IBM's Statement of Limited Warranty, contact your local IBM representative. Copies are available upon request.

Key prerequisites

IBM System x or BladeCenter® system with SATA capability.

Planned availability date

October 16, 2012


ZG12-0243 IBM Parallel Environment Developer Edition for Linux on x86 Architecture, V1.2 simplified (HVEC)

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IBM Parallel Environment (PE) Developer Edition V1.2 provides an Eclipse-based integrated development environment (IDE).

Overview

IBM PE Developer Edition for Linux™ on x86 Architecture, V1.2 provides an integrated development environment, combining open source tools and IBM proprietary tools. It consists of two major integrated components:

Version 1.2 enhancements include:

Licenses for offerings in this announcement include one 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, customers 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 your business environment. Offerings included in this announcement are available exclusively by electronic download.

Key prerequisites

Planned availability date

September 7, 2012

Availability of programs with an encryption algorithm in France is subject to French government approval.


ZG12-0264 Reseller Option Kit for the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 operating system includes Datacenter, Standard, Storage Server, Foundation, and Essentials editions for IBM System x , BladeCenter , and PureFlex System servers

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IBM is announcing additional IBM OEM licenses of Microsoft™ Windows Server products to the IBM Reseller Option Kit (ROK) program for qualifying IBM Distributor participation.

Overview

IBM is adding IBM OEM licenses of Microsoft Windows Server products to the IBM Reseller Option Kit (ROK) program for qualifying IBM Distributor participation. This addition to the IBM ROK program authorizes qualifying IBM Distributors to buy IBM OEM licenses of selected Windows Server 2012 operating systems for sale to IBM Business Partners (Resellers) for installation on IBM System x , BladeCenter , and PureFlex System servers.

Distributors can also install the ROK themselves if requested by the Reseller or if they want to act as a Reseller in order to sell IBM System x , BladeCenter , and PureFlex System servers installed with the ROK directly to customers. (If a Distributor wants to act as a Reseller, they must agree and adhere to all the applicable Reseller ROK licensing terms.) This program delivers one-stop shopping and flexibility to our Distributors, allowing them to buy selected Windows Server operating systems and IBM System x , BladeCenter , and PureFlex System servers from one source.

The Windows Server 2012 product line-up has been streamlined and simplified, making it easier for customers to choose the edition that is right for their needs. The Windows Server 2012 product family will now include Windows Server 2012 Essentials (formerly branded as Small Business Server Essentials) which is ideal for a cloud-connected first server. Windows Server Enterprise, Windows Server Web, and Windows Storage Server Enterprise editions will not be offered as Windows Server 2012 editions.

Windows Server 2012 Datacenter and Standard editions will have a consistent licensing model (per processor based + CALs) and each license grants rights to run on up to two processors.

Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard edition will have a per processor based licensing model (similar to Windows Server 2012 Standard and Datacenter editions), with each license granting the rights to run on up to two processors; however, CALs are not required and unlimited external connections are allowed.

Windows Server 2012 Essentials edition licensing and Windows Server 2012 Foundation edition licensing remain unchanged and have the following licensing model:

IBM OEM licenses are available for the following Windows Server 2012 operating system editions at a competitive price:

Key prerequisites

The Reseller Option Kit (ROK) for Microsoft Windows Server Operating Systems has the following prerequisites:

Planned availability date

September 14, 2012


ZG12-0279 IBM System Storage DCS3700 delivers new performance features for 1818-80C

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At a glance

IBM Storage offers new technology controller updates for IBM Storage DCS3700, 1818-80C, disk controller systems. The new Performance Module feature offers increased processor speeds, very large memory capacities, and double the scalability of disk drive expansion and premium feature functions. The DCS37000 with the Performance Modules takes advantage of the capabilities of the enhanced disk drive technologies such as Dynamic Disk Pooling, to offer exceptional processing abilities to high performance computing (HPC) industries such as oil and gas, life sciences, and media applications in large corporate and government labs.

Overview

The new IBM Performance Module features provide new controller canisters for the DCS3700 with increased processor speeds, larger cache memory capacities, and double the scalability of the original offering. Designed for use with HPC computing environments, the DCS3700 with Performance Modules increases the processing capability and storage capacity for HPC uses in the oil and gas industries, media applications, and life sciences with installation in large corporate data centers and government labs.

Each performance module brings four 8Gb Fibre Channel (FC) host ports, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, and a 6Gb SAS expansion connection to the DCS3700. A slot is available for additional host interface cards, such as a new 4 port 8Gb FC host interface card (HIC). There are three slots for DDR3 memory DIMMs in 2, 4, and 8 GB capacities, for a total of up to 6, 12, or 24 GB of memory for the canister, for a total of up to 12, 24, or 48 GB for the DCS3700 system with Performance Modules.

In addition to the increased memory scalability, the DCS37000 outfitted with performance modules will have increased scalability in drive capacity, with two 6Gb SAS ports to redundantly connect to up to five EXP3700 expansion enclosures, doubling the current number of attached disks to 360. Using the 3 TB NL SAS drive options yields over 1 PB of raw disk capacity.

Increased scalability applies as well to the premium features that bring exceptional functionality. Loaded with the latest code, the base DCS3700 with the Performance Modules uses Dynamic Disk Pooling to provide thin provisioning and larger volumes. Disk pooling brings more efficient FlashCopies, roll back FlashCopies, and consistency groups. The Performance Modules allow double the number of FlashCopy® instances, up to 2048. With the Performance Module, a special bundle of FlashCopy and VolumeCopy offers up to 2048 FlashCopies and up to 511 Volume copies per array.

Key prerequisites

The DCS3700 with the Performance Module is supported for attachment to selected:

Refer to the IBM System Storage® Interoperation Center (SSIC) for additional details

http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/config/ssic

Planned availability date

September 14, 2012


ZG12-0300 IBM Express Portfolio is updated to include new IBM System x3100 M4 and x3250 M4 models

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Overview

The information for these models is based on standard models but is not an exact match.

Review the specifications included in this announcement and in the IBM announcements listed below for specific information regarding technical specifications, warranty, and terms and conditions applicable to these models.

New           Standard        IBM
part            part      announcement  Announcement
number         number        number        date
 
2582KBG       258232G      ZG11-0029    Sept 13, 2011
2583KBG       2583C2G      ZG12-0103    May 14, 2012
2583KGG       2583F2G      ZG12-0103    May 14, 2012

Key prerequisites

None

Planned availability date

September 4, 2012


ZG12-0320 Revised availability: Selected IBM System x RDX Tape Cartridges

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Planned availability date

September 4, 2012

Software Announcements


ZP12-0381 IBM Case Manager V5.1.1 provides design improvements to extend time to value and enhance case worker experience

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At a glance

IBM® Case Manager V5.1.1 delivers:

Overview

IBM Case Manager V5.1.1 has:

Key prerequisites

For details, refer to the Technical information section.

Planned availability date

September 7, 2012: Electronic availability

October 5, 2012: Media availability


ZP12-0379 IBM Content Manager OnDemand for z/OS , V9.0 adds full text search, security, performance, and usability enhancements

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IBM Content Manager OnDemand for z/OS® , V9.0 includes:

Overview

IBM Content Manager OnDemand for z/OS , V9.0 is high-performance solution for enterprise report management. It is designed to help companies gain significant return on investment by enabling them to transform costly high-volume print output to electronic information capture and presentation in support of customer service.

Content Manager OnDemand for z/OS , V9.0 includes these enhancements:

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.

In addition to Content Manager OnDemand for z/OS server licenses, you must obtain an appropriate number and type (Authorized, Employee, and External) of user licenses (AUVU, EUVU and XUVU) from Passport Advantage®

Planned availability date

September 7, 2012


ZP12-0337 IBM Rational Programming Patterns V8.5 accelerates and helps secure the transition to the Rational Software Delivery Platform

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At a glance

Rational Programming Patterns V8.5 uses Pacbase customer investment by modernizing the pattern-driven, development-paradigm and the Enterprise Wide Repository services within the latest IBM strategic delivery platform. It provides tools to migrate at low cost, by limiting the non-regression tests and the re-training of the Pacbase developers.

Overview

Rational Programming Patterns V8.5 provides significant features that help secure the migration from VisualAge® Pacbase to the adoption of the Software Delivery Platform.

Version 8.5

Migration process industrialization can now be enhanced by improving removal of COBOL source code differences. This automates controls and clarifies messages.

Adoption by users is facilitated by ergonomics improvements of design entity editors and source code editors, as well as enhancements to impact analysis tooling.

Source Code Quality Control capabilities are enhanced by providing user rules for creation facility for design entities, and COBOL source code.

Key prerequisites

For details, refer to the Hardware requirements and the Software requirements sections.

Planned availability date

Refer to the complete letter for national language availability.


ZP12-0364 IBM Connections V4.0 enables professional networks and communities to reinvent how people innovate and work together

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At a glance

IBM Connections V4.0 is designed to help you:

Overview

IBM Connections V4.0 is social software for business that provides an exceptional social platform that helps enable you to access the right people and internal and external content in your professional networks and communities.

Benefits

New capabilities

Take action faster

From within your activity stream, you can view and act on an aggregated list of updates from across your network and from third-party applications. With IBM Connections V4, you can now open a view that allows you to take action immediately on the content in your activity stream. Each update in the activity stream has an associated view powered by OpenSocial gadgets, which provides an embedded experience. This embedded experience provides a user interface from which you can, for example, comment on, follow, or "Like" an item, as well as download files, share content, and view tags from within your activity stream.

Foster community growth and participation on projects

The activity stream is now available to communities, allowing community members to visualize what other members are doing. You can share status with members of your community. You can also integrate third-party applications into the community activity stream to provide visibility and easy action from within the activity stream using the embedded experience. New metrics capabilities allow community owners to monitor the adoption and vitality of their community. Insights gained from the metrics can help a community owner take actions that can make the community more useful for members, which can lead to increased community membership and participation. A new calendar provides a central place to plan and coordinate community team events.

Collaborate more effectively with teammates

New features help you work more effectively with teammates. Owners and editors can lock and unlock a file. The redesigned files summary page and tabs provide more information such as in which folders the file resides and whether the file is referenced by status updates. Team discussions in forums are enhanced with new features such as adding content from a web page or IBM Connections source to a forum topic with the click of a button. Project management is facilitated with new Activity capabilities such as converting an entry into a to-do item.

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections for details.

Planned availability date

September 7, 2012: Electronic availability

October 2, 2012: Media availability

Refer to the complete letter for national language availability.


ZP12-0380 IBM Parallel Environment Developer Edition V1.2, running on IBM Power Systems , is simplified

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At a glance

IBM Parallel Environment (PE) Developer Edition V1.2 provides an Eclipse-based integrated development environment (IDE).

Overview

IBM PE Developer Edition V1.2 provides an integrated development environment, combining open source tools and IBM proprietary tools. It consists of two major integrated components:

Version 1.2 enhancements include:

Key prerequisites

Planned availability date

September 7, 2012


ZP12-0449 IBM Rational Insight V1.1.1 provides a comprehensive performance management solution tailored for software and systems delivery

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At a glance

IBM Rational Insight V1.1.1

Overview

Rational Insight provides a comprehensive performance management solution tailored for Software and Systems Delivery (SSD). It includes Cognos® 10 BI Reporting in-the-box and pre-built, customizable data model, extract, transform, and load, reports, and dashboards. Rational Insight can be used to measure current process efficiency and process improvement effectiveness through out-of-the-box reports and dashboards based on many Rational Method Composer best practices and out-of-the-box reports and dashboards grouped by capability maturity model integration process area and level.

Rational Insight analytics help users quickly locate root causes, prescribe corrections, and predict outcomes using out-of-the-box, scorecard framework for weighted KPI indicators and alerts. It also integrates with additional Cognos analytic applications (such as analysis studio, SPSS® , and so on).

Rational Insight is intended for CIOs, delivery executives, and managers of software and systems delivery firms who require visibility into artifacts generated across complex application lifecycle management environments including a mixture of Rational and third-party application lifecycle management tools for identifying and measuring software development and delivery performance and improvements.

Rational Insight is the only product that provides a performance management solution with out-of-the-box integrations with IBM and third-party products for transparency and analytics across the entire SSD domain.

Key prerequisites

For details, refer to the Hardware requirements and the Software requirements sections.

Planned availability date

September 4, 2012

Refer to the complete letter for national language availability.


ZP12-0393 IBM Rational Rhapsody V8.0 and Rational Rhapsody Design Manager V4.0 introduce new systems engineering design workflow and ISO 26262 safety standard support

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Rhapsody® and Rhapsody Design Manager offer:

Overview

Rational Rhapsody supports a broad range of technologies and can be applied to applications such as:

Rational Rhapsody V8.0 offers the new Guide Me feature that can assist users to configure and use Rhapsody for a particular application. Guidance is provided in the form of tutorials, videos, and documentation that helps users perform the tasks required.

Systems engineers strive to improve their processes to develop, communicate, and specify overall systems design. They often make tradeoffs between different systems aspects while still ensuring consistency across domains and disciplines. Rational Rhapsody Design Manager assists cross-discipline teams in sharing, collaborating, and reviewing engineering information in an efficient, intuitive manner. Rhapsody Design Manager takes a further step in integrating with the Jazz™ platform by enabling systems engineers to work with version, variant, configuration, and change management. They can work directly on a Rhapsody model stored in a Jazz-based repository. This enables finer-grain access and change control that gives systems engineers a more flexible workflow for parallel development tightly coupled with lifecycle artifacts for better response to changes.

A common location on a Jazz repository for storage of the Rational Rhapsody design artifacts with other lifecycle artifacts, such as requirements and work items, enables a tighter workflow with the broader systems and software engineering lifecycle. Because they are stored in a common location, requirements can be traced and referenced with the design information without duplications since they are stored in a shared, server-side, repository.

A single source of truth is enabled between requirements from requirements management databases, Rational DOORS® , Rational Requirements Composer, and the Rhapsody model. Using Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) links, you can establish and analyze traceability between the requirements and the design to help ensure delivery of high-quality designs that meet project objectives.

The new Rational Rhapsody Contributor role offers access to change management, report customization, and planning, design management, software configuration management, automation (build system), requirements management, and test management.

Safety-critical complex systems such as avionics, automobiles, trains, and medical devices are becoming more and more software intensive. Companies developing these systems need to work within the guidelines of industry standards to market their products and certify their applications to comply with the standard. Rational Rhapsody V8.0 includes a Rational Rhapsody Kit for ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 that provides a documented reference workflow, test cases and other artifacts including a TuV SuD certificate for ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 for using Rational Rhapsody TestConductor Add On to assist you in trying to meet the automotive or general functional safety standards. The contents can also be used for other industries such as DO-178B or DO-178C for avionics, IEC 62304 for medical devices, or other safety standards.

Rhapsody is a highly flexible and customizable solution that can be tailored to help automate delivery of designs compliant with many industry standards. Rational Rhapsody includes updates for SysML 1.3, OMG Unified Profile for DoDAF and MODAF (UPDM) 2.0, and AUTOSAR 3.2 and 4.0 for systems engineering and automotive engineers to develop solutions using the latest standards.

Rational Rhapsody and Rational Rhapsody Design Manager add a number of improvements to usability and performance, including:

Key prerequisites

For details, refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.

Planned availability date

September 21, 2012: Electronic availability

September 28, 2012: Media availability

Refer to the complete letter for national language availability.


ZP12-0412 IBM Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager helps teams to tackle the rising complexity of product development and to improve project execution

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Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager helps engineering teams to:

Overview

The products and systems that surround us and influence our lives are becoming smarter: more intelligent, instrumented, and interconnected. These products are increasingly complex as software delivers larger portions of the value of these innovative products and systems. Product development organizations are creating and managing larger, more complex, and more interrelated sets of engineering data. Old tools and processes for managing product development are strained by this complexity.

Additional and deeper dependencies across engineering domains create challenges for hardware and software co-design and other kinds of multi-disciplinary collaboration. Project development cycles lengthen. Staff costs increase. Too many defects escape notice until customer acceptance or field deployment. Opportunities for reuse may be missed.

At the same time, many organizations face pressure to get to market faster and drive cost out of the development process.

Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager enhances the Rational solution for systems and software engineering by providing the capability to visualize, analyze, and organize systems product engineering data coming from many tools. It enables engineering teams to get a better understanding of the relationships in that data, so they can make more effective and timely engineering decisions.

Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager uses Rational Jazz integration services to increase the visibility and value of engineering data.

Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager indexes engineering data and makes the data available through custom role, product, process, and project views while honoring the security access settings on the data that it indexes.

Compared to alternative integration techniques, this federated, indexed approach has the potential to simplify deployment time and effort as well as reduce the run-time impact on engineering tools and the teams using them.

Key prerequisites

For details, refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.

Planned availability date


ZP12-0365 IBM Connections Suite V4.0 and IBM Connections Content Edition V4.0 now incorporate IBM Connections V4.0 to meet your social business needs

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IBM Connections Content Edition V4 and IBM Connections Suite V4.0 now integrate with IBM Connections V4.0:

Overview

Market-leading organizations are becoming social businesses by cultivating social networks and communities, and reinventing the way people work together. IBM Connections Suite V4.0 and IBM Connections Content Edition V4.0 provide starting points for building an exceptional social platform depending on your business needs and requirements.

IBM Connections Suite V4.0 and IBM Connections Content Edition V4.0 allow you to take advantage of the new capabilities of IBM Connections V4 such as activity streams, enhanced microblogging, and network and community metrics.

This combined set of capabilities is designed to help you engage with colleagues, partners, and customers more easily, make better decisions more quickly, take action faster, and collaborate on information more effectively as well as more easily develop innovative products and services.

With IBM Connections Suite V4.0, you can collaborate any time, any where and access the social networks of partners, suppliers, and customers, in addition to employees.

IBM Connections Content Edition V4 integrates IBM Connections V4 with IBM FileNet Content Manager V5.1 in a single affordable offering. This offering enables a broad audience of business professionals to view, access, and manage corporate content and associated metadata using social software to help achieve their business goals.

For additional information about IBM Connections, visit

http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/products/connections/

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements section for details.

Planned availability date

September 7, 2012: Electronic availability

October 2, 2012: Media availability

Refer to the complete letter for national language availability.


ZP12-0430 IBM Rational Software Architect simplifies team-based software design, collaboration, and lifecycle integration with new and enhanced Jazz-based Design Management capabilities

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This release integrates Rational Software Architect into the Rational Solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) through enhanced Design Management capabilities. This allows teams to easily:

Overview

Rational Software Architect Design Management capability makes it easy for teams to manage their designs, collaborate on designs with peers and stakeholders, and integrate software design into their Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution.

This announcement covers an update to Rational Software Architect (Software Announcement ZP12-0270, dated June 4, 2012 ) to add new Jazz-based Design Management V4.0 capabilities that complement the extensive design capability in the Rational Software Architect client.

These new and enhanced design management capabilities work with both Version 8.5 and Version 8.0.4.1 of the Rational Software Architect client and enable teams to:

This update to Rational Software Architect adds new role-based offerings: Rational Software Architect Designer and Rational Software Architect Designer for WebSphere® Software. It provides a complete design solution that includes the client authoring, validation, and transformation capabilities and the Jazz-based server design management capabilities.

Existing users of Rational Software Architect can add the Design Management capability through the Rational Software Architect Extensions for Design Management (previously named Rational Software Architect Design Manager).

A new Contributor role is added to Rational Software Architect that allows extended team members to collaborate on the software designs. This Contributor role also provides full access to work items, planning, reporting, and read access (view and comment) to requirements and test artifacts from Rational Requirements Composer and Rational Quality Manager.

The Rational Software Architect Design Reviewer role is withdrawn from market (Software Announcement ZP12-0476, dated September 4, 2012 ) . Existing Rational Software Architect Design Reviewer users can continue to use these licenses with the new Design Management V4.0 server. New users should use the Rational Software Architect Contributor role for extended team members who need to collaborate on software designs.

Key prerequisites

For details, refer to the Hardware requirements and the Software requirements sections in Software Announcement ZP12-0270, dated June 4, 2012. .

Planned availability date

Refer to the complete letter for national language availability.


ZP12-0389 IBM Sterling B2B Integrator V5.2.4 and IBM Sterling File Gateway V2.2.4 available on Linux for IBM System z

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At a glance

IBM Sterling B2B Integrator V5.2.4 and IBM Sterling File Gateway V2.2.4 are available on IBM System z running Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.5 or 6.1 with DB2 9.7 support.

Overview

Organizations are looking for ways to create more intelligent networks of business partners, customers, and suppliers in order to enhance efficiency and profitability. However, business-to-business (B2B) interactions do not exist in isolation, and must be integrated with your internal systems and processes.

IBM Sterling B2B Integrator V5.2.4 and IBM Sterling File Gateway V2.2.4 expand their platform coverage by adding Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM System z . You can now install and run IBM Sterling B2B Integrator V5.2.4 and IBM Sterling File Gateway V2.2.4 on IBM System z running Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.5 or 6.1 with DB2 9.7 support.

IBM Sterling B2B Integrator V5.2.4

Sterling B2B Integrator enables the secure integration of complex B2B processes with diverse partner communities. As organizations are increasingly faced with even more complex B2B integration challenges across even more diverse partner communities, Sterling B2B Integrator provides a single, flexible B2B gateway that enables companies to solve all of their B2B integration needs.

IBM Sterling File Gateway V2.2.4

File transfer is usually a step in a larger business process. Leading organizations are moving to manage the business process across multiple applications, workflows, and events such as file transfer.

IBM Sterling File Gateway consolidates disparate centers of file transfer activity, and facilitates the exchange of file-based information securely, in virtually any format, protocol, and file size. With its advanced on-boarding features, extensive communication-channel support, and improved business process management, Sterling File Gateway helps improve operational execution and time to revenue through a centralized and secure B2B-enabled managed file gateway.

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.

Planned availability date

September 14, 2012: Electronic availability

October 5, 2012: Media availability

Refer to the complete letter for national language availability.


ZP12-0440 IBM Mobile Foundation V5 and IBM Worklight V5 feature new "Additional Brand Deployment" license components that provide more flexibility in mobile application deployments

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IBM Worklight V5.0 helps simplify the development of mobile web, hybrid, and native applications across multiple mobile platforms, including iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone.

New license components provide more flexibility in mobile application deployment:

IBM Mobile Foundation V5.0 provides the essential elements needed for mobile development, deployment, and management within a business. IBM Mobile Foundation consists of capabilities that enable:

IBM Worklight V5.0 helps you:

Overview

IBM Mobile Foundation V5.0 is a family of products which includes IBM Worklight V5.0 and delivers an open, comprehensive, and advanced mobile application platform for smartphones and tablets. In order to give customers more flexibility when deploying their mobile applications under multiple brands, two new "Additional Brand Deployment" chargeable components are now offered: one for IBM Worklight Consumer Edition and one for IBM Mobile Foundation Consumer Edition.

IBM Mobile Foundation V5.0 is designed to enable organizations of all sizes to efficiently develop, run, and manage HTML5, hybrid, and native applications while helping to reduce time-to-market, development costs, and ongoing maintenance efforts. As part of IBM's mobile platform, Worklight can be integrated with application lifecycle, security, management, and analytics capabilities to help you address the unique mobile needs of your business.

As customers build mobile applications in a Business to Consumer (B2C) environment, incremental revenue opportunities may often be realized, and efficiencies gained, by developing a single mobile application that is deployed under different brands.

For complete Mobile Foundation V5 details, refer to Software Announcement ZP12-0203, dated April 24, 2012 .

Key prerequisites

AIX , HP-UX, Linux , Mac OS, Solaris, Windows , and mobile operating systems including iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone.

Planned availability date


ZP12-0509 Preview and Open Beta Program: IBM QuickFile

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At a glance

IBM QuickFile is designed to deliver an enterprise grade software appliance for person-centric managed file transfer, allowing business users to easily and securely send and receive files within the enterprise and outside, as part of an impromptu but completely governed and managed business workflow.

Designed to help companies address the person-to-person file transfer challenge by offering real value to your business:

Open Beta Program (available on September 4, 2012)

Overview

IBM QuickFile, a highly secure new software appliance for the person-centric managed file transfer market, is designed to enable nontechnical business users to securely and reliably exchange files inside or outside their organization without software limits on file size. It is intended to be simple to install and use in a virtualized environment. A Web 2.0 user interface will provide a simplified yet powerful user experience that will allow business users to self-register and initiate file transfers without traditional IT support.

No longer constrained by email clients or basic web browser limitations, users will be able to exchange very large files with visibility over their transfers. If file uploads or downloads are interrupted, transfers can be resumed at the point of failure, helping assure that precious time is not wasted. IBM QuickFile will also gives IT comprehensive visibility over person-to-person file transfers by integrating with the central managing and monitoring tools that are part of the IBM Managed File Transfer suite.

Your investment in the leading Managed File Transfer suite from IBM and person-centric capabilities will be preserved and extended with the addition of IBM QuickFile. You will be able to quickly deploy secure person-centric file transfer capabilities within a comprehensive Managed File Transfer solution, which includes the integration of enterprise systems and applications. This is accomplished with the confidence that these types of file transfers are no longer an isolated and unmanaged use-case.

You are invited to participate in an Open Beta Program, which provides an opportunity to test the product's capabilities for real-world use cases. To participate in the program, download your copy of IBM QuickFile from

http://www-01.ibm.com/software/commerce/managed-file-transfer/

Planned availability date

Fourth quarter, 2012

Previews provide insight into IBM plans and direction. Availability, prices, ordering information, and terms and conditions will be provided when the product is announced.


ZP12-0507 Revised technical information: IBM Endpoint Manager Starter Kit for Lifecycle Management V8.2

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Overview

Software Announcement ZP12-0297, dated June 12, 2012 , incorrectly included support for the following IBM Tivoli® Endpoint Manager Agent operating systems:

All other terms and conditions remain the same.

Planned availability date

September 04, 2012

Services Announcements


ZS12-0098 IBM ServicePac offers committed service warranty and maintenance upgrades for IBM System x

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Overview

This range of IBM ServicePac® products delivers hardware maintenance or maintenance upgrade coverage in an electronic format.

ServicePac offerings are available through the same IBM Business Partners who sell the related IBM hardware. With this ServicePac offer, you get an off-the-shelf upgrade solution at the same time that you purchase the IBM machine. The number of unique ServicePac offerings is kept to a minimum with each part number supporting a range of machine types.

To select the correct ServicePac for a particular machine type, you can use a selection guide that includes a complete list of machine types with cross-references. Alternatively, ServicePac details can be found at

https://www-304.ibm.com/sales/gss/download/spst/servicepac

You can order ServicePac offerings by part number through SAP in the same way you order IBM products. The simple registration process ensures that you receive fast and efficient coverage. To be eligible for service, you must purchase a ServicePac within 30 days of the purchase of the machine type to which it applies. You must also register a ServicePac offering within 15 days of purchase by completing the ServicePac online registration at

http://www.ibm.com/servicepac

Planned availability date

September 4, 2012


ZS12-0100 IBM ServicePac offering - Essentials and Virtualized Essentials

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Overview

The Essentials ServicePac offering provides three-year, 24x7x4 hour response or 24x7x24 hour committed service hardware warranty upgrade (dependant on country), including three-year Remote Technical Software Support for clients running Microsoft Windows and Linux (Red Hat and SUSE) operating systems. IBM Systems Director support is also included.

The Virtualized Essentials ServicePac offering provides three-year, 24x7x4 hour response or 24x7x24 hour committed service hardware warranty upgrade (dependant on country), including three-year Remote Technical Software Support for clients running in a Virtualized Environment. VMware, Microsoft Windows , Microsoft Applications, Red Hat Enterprise Linux , SUSE Enterprise Linux , and IBM Systems Director are all supported. Other Virtualization products are also included. For more information on the full list of supported products, refer to the IBM Supported Products list relating to this offering.

These Warranty Upgrade and Support Line combination offerings are offered within a single part number for ease of purchasing with IBM System x servers.

ServicePac offerings are available through the same IBM Business Partners who sell the related IBM hardware. With this ServicePac offer, you get an upgrade solution and Software Support at the same time you purchase the IBM machine. The number of unique ServicePac offerings are kept to a minimum, and each part number supports a range of machine types. To select the correct ServicePac offering for a particular machine type, a Selection Guide is available with a complete list of machine types for cross-reference. Alternatively, additional ServicePac offerings information and prices can be found at

https://www-304.ibm.com/sales/gss/download/spst/servicepac/extProductSelectorWWW.do

ServicePac offerings can be ordered by part number through SAP in the same way other IBM products are ordered. The simple registration process ensures fast and efficient coverage. To be eligible for service, a ServicePac offering must be purchased within 30 days of the purchase of the machine type to which it applies. A ServicePac offering must be registered within 15 days of purchase by completing the ServicePac online registration at

http://www.ibm.com/servicepac

Planned availability date

September 4, 2012


ZS12-0097 IBM Post Warranty ServicePacs offer maintenance for IBM System x and IBM IntelliStation products

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Overview

These IBM Post Warranty ServicePac offerings for IBM System x and IBM IntelliStation® products deliver hardware maintenance in an electronic format.

ServicePac is available through the same IBM Business Partners who sell the related IBM hardware. The number of unique ServicePac offerings is kept to a minimum with each part number supporting a range of machine types. To select the correct ServicePac for a particular machine type, you can use a selection guide that includes a complete list of machine types with cross-references. Alternatively, ServicePac details can be found at

https://www-304.ibm.com/sales/gss/download/spst/servicepac

You can order ServicePac offerings by part number through SAP in the same way you order IBM products. The simple registration process ensures that you receive fast and efficient coverage. You must register a ServicePac offering within 15 days of purchase by completing the ServicePac online registration at

http://www.ibm.com/servicepac

Planned availability date

September 4, 2012


ZS12-0099 IBM Committed Post Warranty ServicePacs offer committed service maintenance for IBM System x

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Overview

This range of IBM ServicePac products delivers hardware maintenance or maintenance upgrade coverage in an electronic format. ServicePac is available through the same IBM Business Partners who sell the related IBM hardware. With these ServicePac offerings, you get an off-the-shelf upgrade solution the same time that you purchase the IBM machine. The number of unique ServicePac offerings is kept to a minimum with each part number supporting a range of machine types.

To select the correct ServicePac for a particular machine type, you can use a selection guide that includes a complete list of machine types with cross-references. Alternatively, ServicePac details can be found at

http://www-304.ibm.com/sales/gss/download/spst/servicepac/extProductSelectorWWW.do

You can order ServicePac offerings by part number through SAP in the same way you order IBM products. The simple registration process ensures that you receive fast and efficient coverage. To be eligible for service, you must purchase a ServicePac within 30 days of the purchase of the machine type to which it applies. You must also register a ServicePac offering within 15 days of purchase by completing the ServicePac online registration at

http://www.ibm.com/servicepac

Planned availability date

September 4, 2012


ZS12-0092 IBM Post Warranty ServicePac offers parts only service for IBM System x and BladeCenter products

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Overview

These IBM ServicePac offerings cover IBM System x and BladeCenter products and deliver IBM Parts Services for IBM hardware no longer covered by warranty.

ServicePac is available through the same IBM Business Partners who sell the related IBM hardware. With these ServicePac offerings, you get an off-the-shelf upgrade solution at the same time that you purchase the IBM machine. The number of unique ServicePac offerings is kept to a minimum with each part number supporting a range of machine types.

To select the correct ServicePac for a particular machine type, you can use a selection guide that includes a complete list of machine types with cross-references. Alternatively, ServicePac details can be found at

https://www-304.ibm.com/sales/gss/download/spst/servicepac/extProductSelectorWWW.do

You can order ServicePac offerings by part number through SAP in the same way you order IBM products. The simple registration process ensures that you receive fast and efficient coverage. You must also register a ServicePac offering within 15 days of purchase by completing the ServicePac online registration at

http://www.ibm.com/servicepac

Planned availability date

September 4, 2012


ZS12-0095 IBM ServicePac offers committed service warranty upgrade plus hard drive retention for IBM System x and Storage products

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Overview

This range of IBM ServicePac products delivers committed service warranty upgrade plus hard drive retention option in an electronic format.

ServicePac offerings are available through the same IBM Business Partners who sell the related IBM hardware. With this ServicePac offer, you get an off-the-shelf upgrade solution at the same time that you purchase the IBM machine. The number of unique ServicePac offerings is kept to a minimum with each part number supporting a range of machine types.

To select the correct ServicePac for a particular machine type, you can use a selection guide that includes a complete list of machine types with cross-references. Alternatively, ServicePac details can be found at

https://www-304.ibm.com/sales/gss/download/spst/servicepac

You can order ServicePac offerings by part number through SAP in the same way you order IBM products. The simple registration process ensures that you receive fast and efficient coverage. To be eligible for service, you must purchase a ServicePac within 30 days of the purchase of the machine type to which it applies. You must also register a ServicePac offering within 15 days of purchase by completing the ServicePac online registration at

http://www.ibm.com/servicepac

Planned availability date

September 4, 2012


ZS12-0093 IBM ServicePacs offer warranty upgrades for IBM System x and Storage products - 11x5 service level upgrade

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At a glance

IBM ServicePac portfolio is updated to include new machine types into the existing offering.

Overview

ServicePac are available through the same IBM Business Partners who sell the related IBM hardware. With these ServicePac , you get an upgrade solution at the same time you purchase the IBM machine. The number of unique ServicePac is kept to a minimum and each part number supports a range of machine types.

To select the correct ServicePac for a particular machine type, a selection guide is available with a complete list of machine types for cross-reference. Alternatively, additional ServicePac information and prices can be found at

https://www-304.ibm.com/sales/gss/download/spst/servicepac

ServicePacs can be ordered by part number through SAP in the same way other IBM products are ordered. The simple registration process ensures fast and efficient coverage. To be eligible for service, a ServicePac must be purchased within 30 days of the purchase of the machine type to which it applies. A ServicePac must be registered within 15 days of purchase by completing the ServicePac online registration at

http://www.ibm.com/servicepac

Planned availability date

September 4, 2012


ZS12-0096 IBM ServicePac offer warranty and maintenance upgrades for IBM System x

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At a glance

IBM System x ServicePac portfolio is updated to include new machine types 7382 and 7917 into the existing committed parts offering.

Overview

IBM ServicePac products offer a range of hardware maintenance or maintenance upgrade coverage in an electronic format. ServicePacs are available through the same IBM Business Partners who sell the related IBM hardware. With these ServicePacs, you get an upgrade solution at the same time you purchase the IBM machine. The number of unique ServicePacs is kept to a minimum and each part number supports a range of machine types.

To select the correct ServicePac for a particular machine type, a selection guide is available with a complete list of machine types for cross-reference. Alternatively, additional ServicePac information and prices can be found at

http://www-01.ibm.com/sales/gss/spst/servicepac/extProductSelectorWWW.do

ServicePacs can be ordered by part number through SAP in the same way other IBM products are ordered. The simple registration process ensures fast and efficient coverage. To be eligible for service, a ServicePac must be purchased within 30 days of the purchase of the machine type to which it applies. A ServicePac must be registered within 15 days of purchase by completing the ServicePac online registration at

http://www.ibm.com/servicepac

Planned availability date

September 4, 2012


ZS12-0094 IBM ServicePac offers committed service warranty and maintenance upgrades for IBM System x

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At a glance

IBM System x ServicePac portfolio is updated to include machine types 7382 and 7917 into existing part numbers.

Overview

This range of IBM ServicePac products delivers hardware maintenance or maintenance upgrade coverage in an electronic format.

ServicePac offerings are available through the same IBM Business Partners who sell the related IBM hardware. With this ServicePac offer, you get an off-the-shelf upgrade solution at the same time that you purchase the IBM machine. The number of unique ServicePac offerings is kept to a minimum with each part number supporting a range of machine types.

To select the correct ServicePac for a particular machine type, you can use a selection guide that includes a complete list of machine types with cross-references. Alternatively, ServicePac details can be found at

https://www-304.ibm.com/sales/gss/download/spst/servicepac/extProductSelectorWWW.do

You can order ServicePac offerings by part number through SAP in the same way you order IBM products. The simple registration process ensures that you receive fast and efficient coverage. To be eligible for service, you must purchase a ServicePac within 30 days of the purchase of the machine type to which it applies. You must also register a ServicePac offering within 15 days of purchase by completing the ServicePac online registration at

http://www.ibm.com/servicepac

Planned availability date

September 4, 2012

Withdrawal Announcements


ZP12-0476 Software withdrawal: IBM Rational Software Architect Design Manager selected licenses

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Overview

Effective on the dates listed below, IBM will withdraw from marketing, part numbers from the following product release licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement:

Program           Withdrawal from 
number   VRM      marketing date  Program release name
 
5725-D79 N/A          12/04/12    Rational® Software Architect Design
                                   Manager

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