IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) extends modern mainframe capabilities for enterprises of all sizes to help cut costs, improve service, and fuel innovation for business growthIBM Europe, Middle East, and Africa Hardware Announcement ZG13-0195
July 23, 2013
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(Corrected on October 15, 2013)Revisions were made in the "Description" and "Software requirements" sections.
(Corrected on August 15, 2013)Revisions were made in the "Statement of general direction" and "Standards" sections.
(Corrected on July 29, 2013)In the Prices section, the "Init/MES" entry for feature 9001 was changed.
|At a glance|
As the newest member of the zEnterprise family, the IBM® zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) is designed to help enterprises of all sizes improve customer service by exploiting the latest capabilities of the zEnterprise System. These include an efficient and flexible cloud delivery model, real-time data analytics, and enterprise mobility, all helping you leverage a highly secure and resilient infrastructure.
As an entry point for Enterprise Systems computing, the zBC12 is designed to enable new business capabilities while delivering increased performance and granular growth options in a smaller, more cost-effective footprint.
The zBC12 is also designed to provide continued investment protection to allow you to start small and rapidly expand. You can upgrade from the IBM System z10® Business Class ( z10 BC) or the IBM zEnterprise 114 (z114) to the zBC12, as well as from the zBC12 to the IBM zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12) for maximum capacity to support your continued business growth.
Combined with the newly enhanced IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter® Extension (zBX) Model 003 and IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager (zManager), the zBC12 offers a proven hybrid computing design that can help you manage and integrate workloads across multiple architectures ( System z® , UNIX , and Intel ) with the simplicity of a single system.
The zBC12 is designed to provide an optimized infrastructure that allows you to:
Energize your applications with more performance, flexibility, and scalability
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Organizations around the world are recognizing the increasing role that technology plays in driving change as they shift investments from infrastructure maintenance toward new projects that drive business innovation. The explosive growth of new mobile devices, big data, cloud, and social media represents a clear opportunity to reshape business models, create competitive advantage, and help to deliver significant business value. In order to capitalize on these emerging opportunities, IBM recognizes there is a need to respond with increased agility to deliver new services, while addressing cost, complexity, and risk. This requires an optimized infrastructure that is integrated, flexible, and secure.
The IBM zEnterprise System is a modern mainframe that is uniquely suited to deliver industry-leading innovation and value. It allows your organization to exploit new technologies to help improve efficiency and speed time-to-market. It is designed to unlock the power of big data with the integration of business intelligence and transactional processing to help deliver competitive advantages through actionable insights gained from real-time analytics. Advanced virtualization features like multisystem virtualization and Live Guest Relocation with System z , z/VM® , and Linux on System z help to provide an efficient infrastructure for deploying private clouds for workloads that scale both horizontally and vertically at a low total cost of ownership. And, with its high level of security, you can put your trust in the IBM zEnterprise System to protect your most valuable information, helping to reduce organizational and reputational risk.
The IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) is the newest member of the IBM zEnterprise System family. It is designed as an affordable entry point for enterprise computing, and embraces all the same flexible growth options, industry-leading virtualization, and innovative capabilities of the massively scalable IBM zEnterprise EC12. The zBC12 continues the heritage of mainframe qualities of service with a lower and more granular cost structure, with significant improvements in packaging, performance, and total system scalability over prior generations.
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September 20, 2013
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December 31, 2013
Fourth quarter 2013
Availability of programs with an encryption algorithm in France is subject to French government approval.
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The IBM zEnterprise System is designed to offer a total systems approach for enabling fit-for-purpose application deployment and advanced heterogeneous systems management capabilities that is unmatched in the industry. The zBC12 is designed to allow enterprises of all sizes to leverage the strengths of the IBM mainframe to help you grow your business.
Inherent in the design of the zBC12:
New features and functions:
The performance advantage
IBM Large Systems Performance Reference (LSPR) method is designed to provide comprehensive z/Architecture® processor capacity ratios for different configurations of Central Processors (CPs) across a wide variety of system control programs and workload environments. For zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12, machine type 2828), the z/Architecture processor capacity indicator is defined with three characters, one alphabetical and two numerical. The alphabetical character corresponds to the "effective" cycle time of the processor and the numerical characters indicate the number of installed CPs. For example, the 2828-Z06 implies the base cycle time with the maximum of 6 CPs while the 2828-A01 represents the slowest "effective" cycle time with a single CP.
In addition to the general information provided for z/OS V1.13, the LSPR also contains performance relationships for z/VM and Linux on System z operating environments.
The performance of a zBC12 (2828) processor is expected to be up to 1.36 times the performance of a z114 (2818) based on workload and model. The largest zBC12 (2828-Z06) is expected to provide up to 1.58 times the capacity of the largest z114 (2818-Z05).
The LSPR contains the Internal Throughput Rate Ratios (ITRRs) for the zEnterprise BC12 and the previous-generation zSeries® and System z processor families based upon measurements and projections using standard IBM benchmarks in a controlled environment. The actual throughput that any user may experience will vary depending upon considerations such as the amount of multiprogramming in the user's job stream, the I/O configuration, and the workload processed. Therefore, no assurance can be given that an individual user will achieve throughput improvements equivalent to the performance ratios stated.
For more detailed performance information, consult the Large Systems Performance Reference (LSPR) available at
LPAR enhancement to provide physical capacity limit enforcement
Processor Resource/Systems Manager ( PR/SM ) and the Hardware Management Console (HMC) tool have been enhanced to support an option to limit the amount of physical processor capacity consumed by an individual logical partition (LPAR) when a processor unit (PU) is defined as a general purpose processor (CP) or an Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) shared across a set of LPARs.
This enhancement is designed to provide a physical capacity limit enforced as an absolute (versus relative) limit; it is not affected by changes to the logical or physical configuration of the system. This physical capacity limit can be specified in units of CPs or IFLs. The "Change LPAR Controls" and "Customize Activation Profiles" tasks on the Hardware Management Console have been enhanced in support of this new function. Refer to the Publications section for the document Hardware Management Console Web Services API (Version 2.12.1), SC27-2626. Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.
Support of 2 GB pages for middleware performance improvements
zBC12, zEC12, and z/OS 2 GB page support is designed to reduce memory management overhead and improve overall system performance by enabling middleware to use 2 GB pages. These improvements are expected due to improved effective translation lookaside buffer (TLB) coverage and a reduction in the number of steps the system must perform to translate a 2 GB page virtual address.
Exploitation is provided for the IBM 31-bit SDK for z/OS , Java Technology Edition, V7.0.0 (5655-W43) and SDK7 IBM 64-bit SDK for z/OS , Java Technology Edition, V7.0.0 (5655-W44). Also, along with this support, z/OS is designed to make the pageable link pack area (PLPA) and common page data sets optional, used only for quick and warm start IPLs. For z/OS support refer to the Software requirements section.
IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager (zManager) enhancements
Enhancements to the Automate Firmware Suite (#0020)
These enhancements to the Automate Firmware Suite (#0020) are exclusive to the zBC12 and zEC12. The latest driver is required. Refer to the Hardware requirements section.
Updated hypervisor levels for PS701 ( PowerVM ) and HX5 (KVM-based) blades in the zBX Model 003 are implemented, along with additional Microsoft Windows and Linux Guest Operating Systems on HX5 blades in the zBX Model 003.
For details on hypervisor levels and supported operating systems on the zBX Model 003, refer to
Extending zBX connectivity options to Layer-2: Customer experience with the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX) has led IBM to depart from its original requirement to exclusively support Layer-3 connectivity between the external data network and the intraensemble data network (IEDN) top-of-rack (TOR) switches in the zBX. A Redpaper is now available, illustrating a set of pre-tested configuration examples in support of both Layer-2 and Layer-3 connectivity. The Redpaper, IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension: Network Connectivity Options (REDP-5036), includes a description of limitations and trade-offs when deploying Layer-2 versus Layer-3 connectivity.
The Redpaper can be accessed at the following website
zManager, z/VM V6.3, and OpenStack: IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager (zManager) is designed to provide systems management capabilities across the multi-architecture environment of zEnterprise . Many of you are planning to exploit these system management capabilities to deploy a framework for a heterogeneous cloud environment, thereby providing an effective means to help deliver IT services. To accelerate the delivery of its cloud offerings, IBM recently announced plans to base all of its cloud services and software on open architecture and standards, including OpenStack.
OpenStack is an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud computing open source project. IBM joined the project in 2012 and in support of System z is making contributions to the OpenStack project that are designed to enable z/VM V6.3 to be the first System z operating environment that can be managed with these open cloud architecture-based interfaces.
The management of z/VM environments in zManager is now stabilized as part of the evolution of the IBM cloud strategy and adoption of OpenStack. Accordingly, zManager does not provide systems management support for z/VM V6.3. However, zManager will continue to play a distinct and significant role in the management of virtualized environments created by zEnterprise integrated firmware hypervisors - PR/SM , PowerVM , and x hypervisor based on Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM).
Looking ahead, IBM will continue to enable OpenStack to provide heterogeneous systems management across zEnterprise , z/VM , and distributed platforms, which in turn can be exploited by subsequent IBM SmartCloud offerings. These offerings are designed to provide you enablement for enterprise-wide cloud deployments and greater flexibility by removing the need to develop specific interfaces for different cloud services.
GDPS automated multisite recovery for zBX
GDPS products currently support the start, stop, and switching of applications executing on virtual servers in a zBX; however, this requires that the target virtual servers be active. For example, when a planned site switch from site 1 to site 2 is performed, GDPS will stop the applications executing on virtual servers in a site 1 zBX, reverse disk replication and online the disk to the target active virtual servers in site 2 zBX, and start the workloads on the target virtual servers. With this announcement, GDPS/PPRC will exploit zManager APIs and no longer require the target virtual servers be active. For example, when a planned site switch from site 1 to site 2 is performed, GDPS will stop the applications executing on virtual servers in a site 1 zBX, deactivate the virtual servers in site 1, reverse disk replication, activate the target virtual servers in site 2 zBX, and start the workloads.
GDPS/PPRC is designed to provide a metro distance continuous availability/disaster recover capability. For greater system resiliency GDPS/PPRC is adding failover support for zManager, or Hardware Management Console (HMC). If the primary HMC becomes unreachable from the GDPS/PPRC controlling system then GDPS will communicate with the alternate HMC to request that it takes over as the primary. After the alternate HMC assumes the primary role, GDPS will begin communicating with it. GDPS/PPRC supports starting and stopping zBX virtual servers that boot from IBM System Storage® DS8000® series.
This is designed to extend GDPS/PPRC continuous availability and disaster recover capabilities to virtual servers in a zBX for planned and unplanned outages. The planned availability is fourth quarter 2013 with GDPS/PPRC v3.10 SPE.
IBM zAware enhancement
Ignore Messages support: When a new workload is added to a system being monitored by IBM zAware, or moved to a different system, it often generates messages that are not recognized by IBM System z Advanced Workload Analysis Reporter (IBM zAware). These messages are subsequently flagged as irregular and cause orange bars to appear on the IBM zAware analysis panel. This enhancement will allow the user, using a graphical user interface (GUI) panel, to mark the desired messages as "ignore." An ignored message is not be a part of the IBM zAware analysis and scoring.
IBM zAware, first introduced on the zEC12, is designed to use near real-time continuous learning algorithms, providing a diagnostics capability intended to help you quickly pinpoint problems, which in turn, can help you to more rapidly address service disruptions. Refer to Hardware Announcement ZG12-0262, dated August 28, 2012 , IBM zEnterprise EC12 - proven hybrid computing designed to manage multiple workloads, with the simplicity of a single system.
This IBM zAware (#0011, #0138, #0139, #0140, #0141, #0142, #0143, #0150, #0151) enhancement is exclusive to the zBC12 and zEC12 and is supported by z/OS . Refer to the Software requirements section.
Flash Express for improved availability and responsiveness
The Flash Express feature, with exploitation by z/OS , is designed to help improve system availability and responsiveness by using Flash Express across transitional workload events such as market openings, and diagnostic data collection. Together they are also designed to help improve processor performance by supporting middleware such as IMS , with its exploitation of pageable large (1 MB) pages. For more details regarding z/OS support, refer to Software Announcement ZP13-0371, dated July 23, 2013 .
The Flash Express feature (#0402) is exclusive to the zBC12 and zEC12 and is for use exclusively in the PCIe I/O drawer (#4009). Refer to the Software requirements section.
Compression acceleration for resource optimization with zEDC Express
IBM zEnterprise Data Compression (zEDC) for z/OS V2.1 and the zEDC Express feature are designed to support a new data compression function to help provide high-performance, low-latency compression without significant CPU overhead. This may help to reduce disk usage, provide optimized cross-platform exchange of data, and provide higher write rates for SMF data. Initially, z/OS is designed to allow you to specify compression for SMF data written to log streams. Further support is planned. Refer to Statement of general direction section. For more details regarding z/OS support, refer to Software Announcement ZP13-0371, dated July 23, 2013 .
The zEDC Express feature (#0420) is exclusive to the zBC12 and zEC12 and is for use exclusively in the PCIe I/O drawer (#4009). It is supported by z/OS . Refer to the Software requirements section. Refer to the Planned availability date section for exploitation by z/OS .
10GbE RoCE Express - helping to optimize network communications
The term RoCE refers to Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) over Converged Ethernet. The 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) RoCE Express feature is designed to help provide System z with access to the low latency, increased network bandwidth and efficient host CPU utilization benefits of RDMA technology. Utilizing the 10GbE RoCE Express feature along with the new Shared Memory Communications - Remote Direct Memory Access (SMC-R) communication protocol in z/OS V2.1 helps to facilitate:
Exploitation of SMC-R is transparent to applications and can be used for z/OS LPAR-to-LPAR communications on a single system or z/OS server-to-server communication in a multiple CPC environment.
The 10GbE RoCE Express feature (#0411) is exclusive to the zBC12 and zEC12 and is for use exclusively in the PCIe I/O drawer (#4009). It is supported by z/OS . Refer to the Software requirements section.
Cryptographic enhancements for security-rich protection
System z offers standard and optional hardware-based encryption features and functions to help satisfy application encryption requirements. In addition, System z hardware and software is designed to deliver greater physical security as well as the features and functions essential to help you easily manage the cryptographic configuration in a manner that is integrated with other System z management capabilities.
The cryptographic hardware available on the zBC12 includes the following features and functions:
Common Cryptographic Architecture (CCA) enhancements
When the Crypto Express4S PCIe adapter is configured as a CCA coprocessor, the following cryptographic enhancements are supported:
Export Triple Data Encryption Standard (TDES) key under Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) transport keys: The AES encryption algorithm has greater security than the TDES encryption algorithm. CCA has added the ability to use AES key-encrypting keys (KEKs) to wrap your TDES keys to help begin moving to AES for key management. All of the TDES key wrapping functions are still available, but a parallel set of AES wrapping functions are now available for use.
Diversified Key Generation Cipher Block Chaining (CBC) support: During the Europay, Mastercard and Visa (EMV) smart card personalization process, session keys are derived and then used to secure messages to the EMV cards. Some EMV card personalization specifications require the use of TDES CBC mode to derive these session keys. This enhancement adds that capability to the existing key derivation options in CCA.
Initial PIN Encrypting Key (IPEK) support: The IPEK is the initial key that is loaded into a point-of-sale (POS) terminal before it is deployed for use, when that terminal will use the Derived Unique Key Per Transaction (DUKPT) key protocol. CCA has added a function that allows the Hardware Security Module (HSM) to securely derive an IPEK and return it to the application program in an encrypted key token, which can then be securely installed in a POS terminal.
Remote Key Export (RKX) key wrapping method support: In a previous release, CCA added the capability to wrap keys using a proprietary enhanced mode algorithm. This included the ability to set a default preference for the wrapping method to be used, as well as options to override that default in most CCA functions. The RKX function now supports that ability as well.
Integration of User Defined Extensions (UDX) into CCA: A UDX is designed to allow you to add custom functions to the CCA application programming interface (API) running in the Hardware Security Module (HSM). CCA has included the following three UDXs in the standard CCA APIs avoiding the requirement for a UDX: Recover PIN from Offset, Symmetric Key Export with Data, and Authentication Parameter Generate.
These CCA enhancements are available on zBC12 and select zEC12, z196, and z114 servers. They are supported by z/OS and z/VM for guest exploitation. Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.
IBM Enterprise PKCS #11 (EP11) enhancements
A configuration option for the Crypto Express4S feature supports IBM Enterprise Public-Key Cryptography Standards (PKCS) #11 (EP11), which is designed to provide open, industry-standard cryptographic services.
When the Crypto Express4S PCIe adapter is configured as an EP11 coprocessor, the following cryptographic enhancements are supported:
PKCS #11 v2.1 Probabilistic Signature Scheme (PSS) : EP11 now supports the latest algorithm that is used in digital signature applications, offering enhanced security characteristics over prior digital signature algorithms.
EP11 Key agreement algorithms supported:
Offload Generation of Domain Parameters are necessary inputs for the creation of Digital Signature Algorithm (DSA) and Diffie-Hellman key pairs. This enhancement is designed to provide the ability to offload the task of generating domain parameters to EP11, helping to reduce consumption of CPU resources. These domain parameters can then be used to create key pairs.
These EP11 enhancements are exclusive to the Crypto Express4S feature and are available on zBC12 and select zEC12 servers. They are supported by z/OS and by z/VM for guest exploitation. Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.
Trusted Key Entry (TKE) 7.3 Licensed Internal Code (LIC)
The following functions are supported in the TKE 7.3 level of LIC:
The TKE 7.3 LIC (#0872) is supported on zBC12, zEC12, z196, and z114.
Previously announced zEC12 security enhancements that also apply to the zBC12 can be found at:
Channel subsystem enhancement
Increased addressing with up to 24k subchannels per channel (port) for the FICON Express features: To help facilitate growth as well as continuing to enable server consolidation, we are now supporting up to 24k subchannels per FICON Express channel (channel path identifier - CHPID). Now you will be able to define more devices per FICON channel, which includes primary, secondary, and alias devices. The maximum number of subchannels across all device types addressable within an LPAR remains at 63.75k for subchannel set 0 and 64k-1 for subchannel sets 1 and higher.
This support is exclusive to the zBC12 and zEC12. It applies to the FICON Express8S, FICON Express8, and the FICON Express4 features when defined as CHPID type FC. This is supported by z/OS , z/VM , and Linux on System z . Refer to the Software requirements section.
FCP channels support T10-DIF for Linux on System z
Recognizing that high reliability is important to maintaining the availability of business-critical applications, the System z Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) implemented support of the American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) T10 Data Integrity Field (DIF) standard in September of 2011. This support is now available for Linux on System z environments as well as z/VM for guest exploitation.
Data integrity protection fields are generated by the operating system and propagated through the storage area network (SAN). System z helps to provide added end-to-end data protection between the operating system and the storage device.
An extension to the standard, Data Integrity Extensions (DIX), provides checksum protection from the application layer through the host bus adapter (HBA), where cyclical redundancy checking (CRC) protection is implemented.
T10-DIF support by the FICON Express8S and FICON Express8 features, when defined as CHPID type FCP, is supported on the zBC12, zEC12, z196, and z114. Exploitation of the T10-DIF standard is supported by z/VM for guest exploitation and by Linux on System z . Exploitation is also required by the storage device. Refer to the Software requirements section.
OSA-Express5S - an Ethernet technology refresh
A new generation of Ethernet features is being introduced for use in the PCIe I/O drawer and continues to be supported by the 8 GBps PCIe Gen2 host bus. This is an introduction of the full family of features - 1000BASE-T Ethernet for copper environments, in addition to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) and Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) for single-mode and multimode fiber optic environments.
The performance characteristics are comparable to the OSA-Express4S features. They also retain the same form factor and port granularity - two ports per feature for the 1000BASE-T Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet features, and one port per feature for the 10 Gigabit Ethernet features. And, the first time offered for networking, the OSA-Express5S features have small form factor pluggable+ (SFP+) transceivers.
The OSA-Express5S family of features (#0413, #0414, #0415, #0416, #0417) is exclusive to the zBC12 and zEC12. They are for use exclusively in the PCIe I/O drawer (#4009) and are supported by z/OS , z/VM , z/VSE® , z/TPF, and Linux on System z . Refer to the Software requirements section.
OSA/SF now available on the HMC: OSA Advanced Facilities on the Hardware Management Console (HMC) has been enhanced to provide configuration, validation, activation, and display support exclusively for the OSA-Express5S and OSA-Express4S features. For these features, the Advanced Facilities function on the HMC is used instead of the Open Systems Adapter Support Facility (OSA/SF) - a component of z/OS , z/VM , and z/VSE .
OSA/SF on the HMC is exclusive to the zBC12 and zEC12. The latest driver level is required. OSA/SF on the HMC is required for the OSA-Express5S features. Either OSA/SF on the HMC or the OSA/SF operating system component can be used for the OSA-Express4S features. The OSA/SF operating system component must be used for the OSA-Express3 features. OSA/SF on the HMC can be used to configure channel path identifier (CHPID) type OSE. It can be used to manage (query/display) CHPID types OSD, OSE, and OSN. Refer to the Hardware requirements and Publications sections.
Investment protection for Coupling environments
Improved performance with CFCC Level 19: Coupling Facility Control Code (CFCC) Level 19 now supports Coupling Thin Interrupts for improved performance in environments which are sharing Coupling Facility engines. Further support is planned. Refer to Statement of general direction section.
Coupling Thin Interrupts is designed to improve the efficiency of environments where shared engines are used as Coupling Facilities. While dedicated engines continue to be recommended to obtain the best Coupling Facility performance, Coupling Thin Interrupts may help to facilitate the use of a shared pool of engines, helping to lower hardware acquisition costs.
You may now experience CF response time improvements or more consistent CF response times when using Coupling Facilities with shared engines. This may also allow more environments with multiple CF images to coexist in a server, and share CF engines with reasonably good performance. The response time for asynchronous CF requests may also be improved as a result of using Coupling Thin Interrupts on the z/OS host system, regardless of whether the CF is using shared or dedicated engines.
Coupling Thin Interrupts is exclusive to the zBC12, zEC12, and to z/OS . Refer to the Software requirements section.
Enhancements to Advanced Entry Workload License Charges
Enhancements to Advanced Entry Workload License Charges and Technology Transition Offerings: Coinciding with the announcement of the zBC12 server, IBM is making available a new Technology Transition Offering (TTO) called Technology Update Pricing for Advanced Entry Workload License Charges (AEWLC). Technology Update Pricing for AEWLC offers price-performance advantages for zBC12 servers. IBM is also updating the Technology Update Pricing for Advanced Workload License Charges (AWLC) offering and two Transition Charges for Sysplexes offerings to add the zBC12. In addition, zSeries Entry License Charge (zELC) pricing applies to the zBC12 capacity setting A01, the entry zBC12 server.
Technology Update Pricing for AEWLC extends the software price-performance provided by AEWLC for stand-alone zBC12 servers, and applies to eligible z/OS , z/TPF, and z/VSE operating systems and their associated middleware programs. AEWLC and Tiered Workload License Charges (TWLC) are the only pricing metrics available on a stand-alone zBC12 server, with the exception of the zBC12 capacity setting A01.
When a zBC12 server is in an actively coupled Parallel Sysplex® , you may choose either stand-alone AEWLC, aggregated AWLC pricing, or aggregated Parallel Sysplex License Charges (PSLC) pricing, subject to all applicable terms and conditions.
For additional information about software pricing for the zBC12 server, refer to Software Announcement ZP13-0385, dated July 23, 2013 .
For more information about AWLC, PSLC, or the Transition Charges for Sysplexes TTO offerings, refer to
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The IBM zEnterprise System offers a total systems approach for enabling fit-for-purpose application deployment and advanced heterogeneous systems management capabilities that are unmatched in the industry.
The zBC12 is best viewed as a money-saving platform, facilitating consolidation of Linux on System z , as well as an efficient, agile, and scalable cloud delivery model.
The zBC12 has been designed to allow you to consolidate hundreds of distributed workloads onto a single system to help improve efficiency, reduce costs, and reinvest savings into new growth opportunities. Its enhanced Enterprise Linux Server solution has 62% more virtual server capacity and a 27% price and performance improvement compared to the previous generation (z114). Using z/VM V6.3, you have support for more virtual servers than any other platform in a single footprint.
The zBC12 also has a unique hybrid design that is designed to allow for the optimal deployment of workloads on best-fit technology with a single point of control. It supports multiarchitecture platform requirements with the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX) Model 003 coupled with enhancements to IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager (zManager). These allow the zBC12 to extend management strengths to other systems and workloads running on AIX® , POWER7® , Linux on System x® , and Microsoft Windows on System x .
Support of select IBM System x blades in the zBX is designed to allow the zEnterprise to access a whole new application portfolio. Front-end applications that need access to centralized data serving would be a good fit for running on the blades, as well as applications that are a front end to core CICS® or IMS transaction processing such as IBM WebSphere .
From the microprocessor to the software that exploits it, the zBC12 is designed for analytics to help efficiently store, manage, retrieve, and analyze vast amounts of data. Complementing your zEnterprise environment, the IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator is designed as a workload-optimized appliance that tightly integrates into the DB2 for z/OS database. This appliance is designed to help enable businesses to derive fast, compelling insights in a secure and highly available environment, without unnecessary cost or complexity.
The zBC12 continues our concentrated focus on security and encryption, seeking to protect data that is at rest or in transit across the network.
New zEnterprise innovations are extended to the zBC12, making it a cost-effective choice without the need to compromise functionality. IBM zAware and Flash Express are designed to help deliver new creative availability solutions. zEDC Express introduces a compression accelerator designed to allow higher write rates for SMF data when hardware compression is enabled. The 10GbE RoCE Express feature is designed to provide the networking fabric for z/OS LPAR-to-LPAR or server-to-server communications, helping to reduce latency with lower processor overhead than traditional TCP/IP communications.
With improved processor performance, increased capacity, more granular growth options, new hybrid computing capabilities, and new zEnterprise innovations, the zBC12 is a perfect fit for infrastructure simplification, efficient cloud delivery, real-time data analytics, and secure mobile applications to help enterprises of all sizes improve customer service.
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|Statement of general direction|
IBM WebSphere DataPower® Integration Appliance XI52 Virtual Edition for use within the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension provides flexible deployment options: IBM intends to introduce a version of the WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance XI52 Virtual Edition for use within the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX). IBM intends for this virtual appliance to run on System x blades installed within a zBX and it is designed to provide industry-leading security, integration, and optimization capabilities for System z similar to the physical WebSphere DataPower appliance models. Refer to Software Announcement ZP13-0421, dated July 23, 2013 .
CFCC Level 19 exploitation of Flash Express : IBM intends to provide exploitation of the Flash Express feature (#0402) on zEC12 and zBC12 servers with Coupling Facility Control Code (CFCC) Level 19 for certain Coupling Facility list structures in the first half of 2014. This new function is designed to allow list structure data to be migrated to Flash Express memory as needed when the consumers of data do not keep pace with its creators for some reason, and migrate it back to real memory to be processed. When using WebSphere MQ for z/OS Version 7 (5655-R36), this new capability is expected to provide significant buffering against enterprise messaging workload spikes and provide support for storing very large amounts of data in shared queue structures, potentially allowing several hours' data to be stored without causing interruptions in processing.
z/VM guest exploitation of zEDC Express feature: In a future z/VM deliverable IBM plans to offer z/VM support for guest exploitation of the zEDC Express feature (#0420) on the IBM zEnterprise EC12 and IBM zEnterprise BC12 systems.
zEDC Express exploitation by z/OS for BSAM and QSAM access methods: IBM intends to provide additional exploitation of the zEDC Express feature with support in z/OS for the BSAM and QSAM access methods. This support is planned to be made available by the end of first quarter 2014.
zEDC Express exploitation by z/OS for DFSMSdss and DFSMShsm: IBM intends to provide exploitation of the zEDC Express feature for DFSMSdss and DFSMShsm by the end of third quarter 2014.
z/VM support of 10GbE RoCE Express : In a future z/VM deliverable IBM plans to offer support for guest exploitation of the 10GbE RoCE Express feature (#0411) on the IBM zEnterprise EC12 and IBM zEnterprise BC12 systems. This support is designed to allow guests to utilize Remote Direct Memory Access over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) for optimized networking.
IBM Java exploitation of zEC12 and zBC12 features and functions: IBM plans for future updates of IBM 31-bit and 64-bit SDK7 for z/OS Java Technology Edition, Version 7 (5655-W43 and 5655-W44) ( IBM SDK for z/OS Java ) to provide exploitation of the following: the zEDC Express feature and Shared Memory Communications-Remote Direct Memory Access (SMC-R) which is utilized by the 10GbE RoCE Express feature.
Removal of support for 3-in-1 Bolt Down Kits: The IBM zEnterprise EC12 and IBM zEnterprise BC12 are planned to be the last System z servers to offer ordering of the 3-in-1 Bolt Down Kits for raised-floor and non-raised-floor environments. This applies to the zEC12 features #8000, #8001, and #8002 and to the zBC12 features #8016 and #8017. Alternate solutions are available.
Removal of support for the HCA2-O fanouts for 12x IFB and 1x IFB InfiniBand coupling links: The IBM zEnterprise EC12 and the IBM zEnterprise BC12 are planned to be the last System z servers to support the following features as carry forward on an upgrade: HCA2-O fanout for 12x IFB coupling links (#0163) and HCA2-O LR fanout for 1x IFB coupling links (#0168). Enterprises should continue migrating to the HCA3-O fanout for 12x IFB (#0171) and the HCA3-O LR fanout for 1x IFB (#0170).
Removal of support for connections to an STP Mixed CTN: The IBM zEnterprise EC12 and the IBM zEnterprise BC12 are the last System z servers to support connections to an STP Mixed CTN. This includes the Sysplex Timer® (9037). After the zEC12 and the zBC12, servers that require time synchronization, such as to support a base or Parallel Sysplex , will require Server Time Protocol (STP), and all servers in that network must be configured in STP-only mode.
Removal of ISC-3 support on System z : The IBM zEnterprise EC12 and the IBM zEnterprise BC12 are planned to be the last System z servers to offer support of the InterSystem Channel-3 (ISC-3) for Parallel Sysplex environments at extended distances. ISC-3 will not be supported on future System z servers as carry forward on an upgrade. Previously we announced that the IBM zEnterprise 196 (z196) and IBM zEnterprise 114 (z114) servers were the last to offer ordering of ISC-3. Enterprises should continue migrating from ISC-3 features (#0217, #0218, #0219) to 12x InfiniBand (#0171 - HCA3-O fanout) or 1x InfiniBand (#0170 - HCA3-O LR fanout) coupling links.
Removal of OSA-Express3 support on System z : The IBM zEnterprise EC12 and the IBM zEnterprise BC12 are planned to be the last System z servers to offer support of the Open System Adapter-Express3 (OSA-Express3 #3362, #3363, #3367, #3370, #3371) family of features. OSA-Express3 will not be supported on future System z servers as carry forward on an upgrade. Enterprises should continue migrating from the OSA-Express3 features to the OSA-Express4S (#0404, #0405, #0406, #0407, #0408) and OSA-Express5S (#0413, #0414, #0415, #0416, #0417) features.
Removal of support for IEEE 802.3 Ethernet frame types: The IBM zEnterprise EC12 and IBM zEnterprise BC12 are planned to be the last System z servers to support IEEE 802.3 Ethernet frame types on OSA-Express QDIO interfaces in Layer 3 mode. This statement applies to CHPID types OSD and OSX when they are used in Layer 3 mode. These OSA-Express CHPID types in Layer 3 mode are planned to support Ethernet DIX Version 2 (DIX V2) exclusively on future System z servers. OSA-Express non-QDIO (CHPID type OSE) supporting SNA/APPN/HPR with Link Station Architecture (LSA), TCP/IP passthru environments with LAN Channel Station (LCS), and QDIO CHPID types OSD and OSX running in Layer 2 mode are not affected by this change.
Removal of FICON Express4 support on System z : The IBM zEnterprise EC12 and the IBM zEnterprise BC12 are planned to be the last System z servers to offer support of the FICON Express4 features (#3318, #3321, #3322). FICON Express4 will not be supported on future System z servers as carry forward on an upgrade. Enterprises should continue migrating from the FICON Express4 features to the FICON Express8S features (#0409, #0410).
Removal of Crypto Express3 support on System z : The IBM zEnterprise EC12 and the IBM zEnterprise BC12 are planned to be the last System z servers to offer support of the Crypto Express3 features (#0864 and #0871 - zBC12 only). Crypto Express3 will not be supported on future System z servers as carry forward on an upgrade. Enterprises should continue migrating from the Crypto Express3 features to the Crypto Express4S feature (#0865).
IBM System z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) and IBM System z Application Assist Processor (zAAP) simplification: The IBM zEnterprise EC12 and the IBM zEnterprise BC12 are planned to be the last System z servers to offer support for zAAP specialty engine processors. IBM intends to continue support for running zAAP workloads on zIIP processors ("zAAP on zIIP"). This is intended to help simplify capacity planning and performance management, while still supporting all the currently eligible workloads.
Stabilization of z/VM V5.4 support: The IBM zEnterprise EC12 and IBM zEnterprise BC12 are planned to be the last System z servers supported by z/VM V5.4 and the last System z servers that will support z/VM V5.4 running as a guest (second level). z/VM V5.4 will continue to be supported until December 31, 2014, or until the IBM System z9® EC and IBM System z9 BC are withdrawn from support, whichever is later. Refer to Withdrawal Announcement ZP12-0335, dated August 07, 2012 , Software withdrawal/discontinuance of service: IBM System z selected products.
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Refer to the following associated announcements:
- Hardware Announcement ZG13-0192, dated July 23, 2013
- Software Announcement ZP13-0371, dated July 23, 2013
- Software Announcement ZP13-0376, dated July 23, 2013
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Machine Description type Model Feature IBM zEnterprise BC12 2828 H06 H13 MTU 1 - D 0001 MTU 100 - D 0002 MTU 1 - V 0003 MTU 100 - V 0004 GTU 1 - D 0005 GTU 100 - D 0006 GTU 1 - V 0007 GTU 100 - V 0008 GTU 1000 - D 0009 GTU 1000 - V 0010 HMC 0092 I/O Cage ISC-D Airflow 0113 I/O Cage Full Card Airflow 0114 1 CPE Capacity Unit 0116 100 CPE Capacity Unit 0117 10000 CPE Capacity Unit 0118 1 CPE Capacity Unit-IFL 0119 100 CPE Capacity Unit-IFL 0120 1 CPE Capacity Unit-ICF 0121 100 CPE Capacity Unit-ICF 0122 1 CPE Capacity Unit-zAAP 0123 100 CPE Capacity Unit-zAAP 0124 1 CPE Capacity Unit-zIIP 0125 100 CPE Capacity Unit-zIIP 0126 1 CPE Capacity Unit-SAP 0127 100 CPE Capacity Unit-SAP 0128 Fanout Airflow 0165 PCIe Fanout 0169 HCA3-O LR fanout for 1x IFB 0170 HCA3-O fanout for 12x IFB 0171 Manage FW Suite 0019 Automate FW Suite 0020 Ensemble membership 0025 zBX Detach 0030 zBX Attach 0031 Automate FW IFL 0060 Manage FW DP 0064 Manage FW Pwr Blade 0065 Manage FW IBM System x Bl 0066 Automate FW DP 0067 Automate FW Pwr Blade 0068 Automate FW IBM System x Bl 0069 IBM zAware 0011 IBM zAware CP 2pack 0138 IBM zAware CP 4pack 0140 IBM zAware CP 6pack 0142 IBM zAware CP 10pack 0150 IBM zAware DR CP 2pack 0139 IBM zAware DR CP 4pack 0141 IBM zAware DR CP 6pack 0143 IBM zAware DR CP 10pack 0151 PCIe Interconnect Card 0400 Flash Express 0402 FICON Express8S 10Km LX 0409 FICON Express8S SX 0410 10GbE RoCE Express 0411 OSA-Express5S GbE LX 0413 OSA-Express5S GbE SX 0414 OSA-Express5S 10 GbE LR 0415 OSA-Express5S 10 GbE SR 0416 OSA-Express5S 1000BASE-T 0417 zEDC Express 0420 Month Indicator 0660 Day Indicator 0661 Hour Indicator 0662 Minute Indicator 0663 TKE workstation 0842 TKE 7.3 LIC 0872 Crypto Express4S 0865 Addl smart cards 0884 TKE Smart Card Reader 0885 UID Label for DoD 0998 STP Enablement 1021 EMEA Special Operations 1022 4 GB Mem DIMM(10/feat) 1600 8 GB Mem DIMM(10/feat) 1601 16 GB Mem DIMM(10/feat) 1603 32 GB Mem DIMM(10/feat) 1609 LICCC Ship Via Net Ind 1750 8GB Memory Capacity Incr 1903 8GB FTR Converted memory 1904 Preplanned memory 1993 16 GB Memory 3610 24 GB Memory 3611 32 GB Memory 3612 40 GB Memory 3613 48 GB Memory 3614 56 GB Memory 3615 64 GB Memory 3616 72 GB Memory 3617 80 GB Memory 3618 88 GB Memory 3619 96 GB Memory 3620 104 GB Memory 3621 112 GB Memory 3622 144 GB Memory 3628 176 GB Memory 3629 208 GB Memory 3630 240 GB Memory 3631 US English 2924 France 2928 German 2929 Spanish - Non Spain 2930 Spain 2931 Italian 2932 Canadian French 2935 Portuguese 2978 Brazilian Portuguese 2979 UK English 2980 Norwegian 2983 Sweden Finland 2987 Netherlands 2988 Belgian French 2989 Denmark 2993 Swiss French & German 2997 Luxembourg-Belgium ordered 5560 Iceland-Ordered in Denmark 5561 China-Ordered in Hong Kong 5562 Flat Panel Display 6096 Balanced Power Plan Ahead 3003 BPR Pair Air Model 3004 BPD Pair Air Model 3008 Internal Battery IBF-E 3213 Universal Lift Tool/Ladder 3759 Serv Docs Optional Print 0033 CPACF Enablement 3863 PCIe I/O Drawer 4009 Top Exit w/Power 7901 FQC Bracket & Mounting Hdw 7907 LC Duplex 6.6ft Harnesses 7909 LC Duplex 8.5ft Harnesses 7911 Top Exit Cabling 7920 Side Covers 7921 Non Raised Floor Support 7998 3-in-1 Bolt Down Kit 8016 Bolt Down Kit NRF 8017 14ft 380-520V DC cut cord 8964 14ft HiLoV 3Ph cut TE 8970 14ft HiLoV 1Ph cut TE 8972 14ft 380-520V DC cut TE 8974 14ft HiLoV 3Ph cut cord 8988 14ft HiLoV 1Ph cut cord 8991 14ft HiV 3Ph cut line LSZH 8998 Multi Order Ship Flag 9000 Multi Order Rec Only-NB 9001 Multi Order Rec Only-MES 9002 RPO Action Flag 9003 Downgraded PUs Per Request 9004 On/Off CoD Act IFL Day 9888 On/Off CoD Act ICF Day 9889 On/Off CoD Act zAAP Day 9893 On/Off CoD authorization 9896 On/Off CoD Act Cap CP Day 9897 Perm upgr authorization 9898 CIU Activation (Flag) 9899 On Line CoD Buying (Flag) 9900 On/Off CoD Act zIIP Day 9908 On/Off CoD Act SAP Day 9909 CBU authorization 9910 CPE authorization 9912 OPO sales authorization 9913 1 MSU day 9917 100 MSU days 9918 10000 MSU days 9919 1 IFL day 9920 100 IFL days 9921 1 ICF day 9922 100 ICF days 9923 1 zIIP day 9924 100 zIIP days 9925 1 zAAP day 9926 100 zAAP days 9927 1 SAP day 9928 100 SAP days 9929 Site Tool Kit 9969 Height Reduce Ship 9975 Height Reduce for Return 9976 CP-A 5765 CP-B 5766 CP-C 5768 CP-D 5769 CP-E 5770 CP-F 5771 CP-G 5772 CP-H 5773 CP-I 5774 CP-J 5775 CP-K 5776 CP-L 5777 CP-M 5778 CP-N 5779 CP-O 5780 CP-P 5781 CP-Q 5782 CP-R 5783 CP-S 5784 CP-T 5785 CP-U 5786 CP-V 5787 CP-W 5788 CP-X 5789 CP-Y 5790 CP-Z 5791 IFL 5794 ICF 5795 SAP (optional) 5796 zAAP 5797 zIIP 5798 Unassigned IFL 5799 Additional CBU Test 6805 Total CBU Years Ordered 6817 CBU Records Ordered 6818 Single CBU CP-Year 6820 25 CBU CP-Year 6821 Single CBU IFL-Year 6822 25 CBU IFL-Year 6823 Single CBU ICF-Year 6824 25 CBU ICF-Year 6825 Single CBU zAAP-Year 6826 25 CBU zAAP-Year 6827 Single CBU zIIP-Year 6828 25 CBU zIIP-Year 6829 Single CBU SAP-Year 6830 25 CBU SAP-Year 6831 CBU Replenishment 6832 Capacity for Planned Event 6833 OPO Sales Flag 6835 OPO Sales Flag Alteration 6836 0-Way Processor A00 5905 1-Way Processor A01 5906 1-Way Processor B01 5907 1-Way Processor C01 5908 1-Way Processor D01 5909 1-Way Processor E01 5910 1-Way Processor F01 5911 1-Way Processor G01 5912 1-Way Processor H01 5913 1-Way Processor I01 5914 1-Way Processor J01 5915 1-Way Processor K01 5916 1-Way Processor L01 5917 1-Way Processor M01 5918 1-Way Processor N01 5920 1-Way Processor O01 5921 1-Way Processor P01 5922 1-Way Processor Q01 5923 1-Way Processor R01 5924 1-Way Processor S01 5925 1-Way Processor T01 5926 1-Way Processor U01 5927 1-Way Processor V01 5928 1-Way Processor W01 5929 1-Way Processor X01 5930 1-Way Processor Y01 5931 1-Way Processor Z01 5932 2-Way Processor A02 5933 2-Way Processor B02 5934 2-Way Processor C02 5935 2-Way Processor D02 5936 2-Way Processor E02 5937 2-Way Processor F02 5938 2-Way Processor G02 5939 2-Way Processor H02 5940 2-Way Processor I02 5941 2-Way Processor J02 5942 2-Way Processor K02 5943 2-Way Processor L02 5944 2-Way Processor M02 5945 2-Way Processor N02 5946 2-Way Processor O02 5947 2-Way Processor P02 5948 2-Way Processor Q02 5949 2-Way Processor R02 5950 2-Way Processor S02 5951 2-Way Processor T02 5952 2-Way Processor U02 5953 2-Way Processor V02 5954 2-Way Processor W02 5955 2-Way Processor X02 5956 2-Way Processor Y02 5957 2-Way Processor Z02 5958 3-Way Processor A03 5959 3-Way Processor B03 5960 3-Way Processor C03 5961 3-Way Processor D03 5962 3-Way Processor E03 5963 3-Way Processor F03 5964 3-Way Processor G03 5965 3-Way Processor H03 5966 3-Way Processor I03 5967 3-Way Processor J03 5968 3-Way Processor K03 5969 3-Way Processor L03 5970 3-Way Processor M03 5971 3-Way Processor N03 5972 3-Way Processor O03 5973 3-Way Processor P03 5974 3-Way Processor Q03 5975 3-Way Processor R03 5976 3-Way Processor S03 5977 3-Way Processor T03 5978 3-Way Processor U03 5979 3-Way Processor V03 5980 3-Way Processor W03 5981 3-Way Processor X03 5982 3-Way Processor Y03 5983 3-Way Processor Z03 5984 4-Way Processor A04 5985 4-Way Processor B04 5986 4-Way Processor C04 5987 4-Way Processor D04 5988 4-Way Processor E04 5989 4-Way Processor F04 5990 4-Way Processor G04 5991 4-Way Processor H04 5992 4-Way Processor I04 5993 4-Way Processor J04 5994 4-Way Processor K04 5995 4-Way Processor L04 5996 4-Way Processor M04 5997 4-Way Processor N04 5998 4-Way Processor O04 5999 4-Way Processor P04 6000 4-Way Processor Q04 6001 4-Way Processor R04 6002 4-Way Processor S04 6003 4-Way Processor T04 6004 4-Way Processor U04 6005 4-Way Processor V04 6006 4-Way Processor W04 6007 4-Way Processor X04 6008 4-Way Processor Y04 6009 4-Way Processor Z04 6010 5-Way Processor A05 6011 5-Way Processor B05 6012 5-Way Processor C05 6013 5-Way Processor D05 6014 5-Way Processor E05 6015 5-Way Processor F05 6016 5-Way Processor G05 6017 5-Way Processor H05 6018 5-Way Processor I05 6019 5-Way Processor J05 6020 5-Way Processor K05 6021 5-Way Processor L05 6022 5-Way Processor M05 6023 5-Way Processor N05 6024 5-Way Processor O05 6025 5-Way Processor P05 6026 5-Way Processor Q05 6027 5-Way Processor R05 6028 5-Way Processor S05 6029 5-Way Processor T05 6030 5-Way Processor U05 6031 5-Way Processor V05 6032 5-Way Processor W05 6033 5-Way Processor X05 6034 5-Way Processor Y05 6035 5-Way Processor Z05 6036 6-Way Processor A06 6037 6-Way Processor B06 6038 6-Way Processor C06 6039 6-Way Processor D06 6040 6-Way Processor E06 6041 6-Way Processor F06 6042 6-Way Processor G06 6043 6-Way Processor H06 6044 6-Way Processor I06 6045 6-Way Processor J06 6046 6-Way Processor K06 6047 6-Way Processor L06 6048 6-Way Processor M06 6049 6-Way Processor N06 6050 6-Way Processor O06 6051 6-Way Processor P06 6052 6-Way Processor Q06 6053 6-Way Processor R06 6054 6-Way Processor S06 6055 6-Way Processor T06 6056 6-Way Processor U06 6057 6-Way Processor V06 6058 6-Way Processor W06 6059 6-Way Processor X06 6060 6-Way Processor Y06 6061 6-Way Processor Z06 6062 A00 Capacity Marker 9069 A01 Capacity Marker 9070 B01 Capacity Marker 9071 C01 Capacity Marker 9072 D01 Capacity Marker 9073 E01 Capacity Marker 9074 F01 Capacity Marker 9075 G01 Capacity Marker 9076 H01 Capacity Marker 9077 I01 Capacity Marker 9078 J01 Capacity Marker 9079 K01 Capacity Marker 9080 L01 Capacity Marker 9081 M01 Capacity Marker 9082 N01 Capacity Marker 9083 O01 Capacity Marker 9084 P01 Capacity Marker 9085 Q01 Capacity Marker 9086 R01 Capacity Marker 9087 S01 Capacity Marker 9088 T01 Capacity Marker 9089 U01 Capacity Marker 9090 V01 Capacity Marker 9091 W01 Capacity Marker 9092 X01 Capacity Marker 9093 Y01 Capacity Marker 9094 Z01 Capacity Marker 9095 A02 Capacity Marker 9096 B02 Capacity Marker 9097 C02 Capacity Marker 9098 D02 Capacity Marker 9099 E02 Capacity Marker 9100 F02 Capacity Marker 9101 G02 Capacity Marker 9102 H02 Capacity Marker 9103 I02 Capacity Marker 9104 J02 Capacity Marker 9105 K02 Capacity Marker 9106 L02 Capacity Marker 9107 M02 Capacity Marker 9108 N02 Capacity Marker 9109 O02 Capacity Marker 9110 P02 Capacity Marker 9111 Q02 Capacity Marker 9112 R02 Capacity Marker 9113 S02 Capacity Marker 9114 T02 Capacity Marker 9116 U02 Capacity Marker 9117 V02 Capacity Marker 9118 W02 Capacity Marker 9119 X02 Capacity Marker 9120 Y02 Capacity Marker 9121 Z02 Capacity Marker 9122 A03 Capacity Marker 9123 B03 Capacity Marker 9124 C03 Capacity Marker 9125 D03 Capacity Marker 9126 E03 Capacity Marker 9127 F03 Capacity Marker 9128 G03 Capacity Marker 9129 H03 Capacity Marker 9130 I03 Capacity Marker 9131 J03 Capacity Marker 9132 K03 Capacity Marker 9133 L03 Capacity Marker 9134 M03 Capacity Marker 9135 N03 Capacity Marker 9136 O03 Capacity Marker 9137 P03 Capacity Marker 9138 Q03 Capacity Marker 9139 R03 Capacity Marker 9140 S03 Capacity Marker 9141 T03 Capacity Marker 9142 U03 Capacity Marker 9143 V03 Capacity Marker 9144 W03 Capacity Marker 9145 X03 Capacity Marker 9146 Y03 Capacity Marker 9147 Z03 Capacity Marker 9148 A04 Capacity Marker 9149 B04 Capacity Marker 9150 C04 Capacity Marker 9151 D04 Capacity Marker 9152 E04 Capacity Marker 9153 F04 Capacity Marker 9154 G04 Capacity Marker 9155 H04 Capacity Marker 9156 I04 Capacity Marker 9157 J04 Capacity Marker 9158 K04 Capacity Marker 9159 L04 Capacity Marker 9160 M04 Capacity Marker 9161 N04 Capacity Marker 9162 O04 Capacity Marker 9163 P04 Capacity Marker 9164 Q04 Capacity Marker 9165 R04 Capacity Marker 9166 S04 Capacity Marker 9167 T04 Capacity Marker 9168 U04 Capacity Marker 9169 V04 Capacity Marker 9170 W04 Capacity Marker 9171 X04 Capacity Marker 9172 Y04 Capacity Marker 9173 Z04 Capacity Marker 9174 A05 Capacity Marker 9175 B05 Capacity Marker 9176 C05 Capacity Marker 9177 D05 Capacity Marker 9178 E05 Capacity Marker 9179 F05 Capacity Marker 9180 G05 Capacity Marker 9181 H05 Capacity Marker 9182 I05 Capacity Marker 9183 J05 Capacity Marker 9184 K05 Capacity Marker 9185 L05 Capacity Marker 9186 M05 Capacity Marker 9187 N05 Capacity Marker 9188 O05 Capacity Marker 9189 P05 Capacity Marker 9190 Q05 Capacity Marker 9191 R05 Capacity Marker 9192 S05 Capacity Marker 9193 T05 Capacity Marker 9194 U05 Capacity Marker 9195 V05 Capacity Marker 9196 W05 Capacity Marker 9197 X05 Capacity Marker 9198 Y05 Capacity Marker 9199 Z05 Capacity Marker 9200 A06 Capacity Marker 9201 B06 Capacity Marker 9202 C06 Capacity Marker 9203 D06 Capacity Marker 9204 E06 Capacity Marker 9205 F06 Capacity Marker 9206 G06 Capacity Marker 9207 H06 Capacity Marker 9208 I06 Capacity Marker 9209 J06 Capacity Marker 9210 K06 Capacity Marker 9211 L06 Capacity Marker 9212 M06 Capacity Marker 9213 N06 Capacity Marker 9214 O06 Capacity Marker 9215 P06 Capacity Marker 9216 Q06 Capacity Marker 9217 R06 Capacity Marker 9218 S06 Capacity Marker 9219 T06 Capacity Marker 9220 U06 Capacity Marker 9221 V06 Capacity Marker 9222 W06 Capacity Marker 9223 X06 Capacity Marker 9224 Y06 Capacity Marker 9225 Z06 Capacity Marker 9226 Machine Description type Model Feature IBM zEnterprise BC12 2828 H06 Model H06 1147 8 GB Memory 3609 IBM zEnterprise BC12 2828 H13 Model H13 1148 272 GB Memory 3632 304 GB Memory 3633 336 GB Memory 3634 368 GB Memory 3635 400 GB Memory 3636 432 GB Memory 3637 464 GB Memory 3638 496 GB Memory 3639
Features that may carry forward on an upgrade:
The following features cannot be ordered on the IBM zEnterprise BC12. If they are installed at the time of an upgrade to the IBM zEnterprise BC12 they may be retained.
Machine Description type Model Feature IBM zEnterprise BC12 2828 H06 H13 Ethernet switch 0070 HMC 0091 HCA2-C Fanout 0162 HCA2-O fanout for 12x IFB 0163 HCA2-O LR fanout 0168 ISC-Mother Card 0217 ISC-Daughter Card 0218 ISC-3 link on F/C 0218 0219 IFB-MP Daughter Card 0326 STI-A8 Mother Card 0327 OSA-Express4S 1 GbE LX 0404 OSA-Express4S 1 GbE SX 0405 OSA-Express4S 10 GbE LR 0406 OSA-Express4S 10 GbE SR 0407 TKE workstation 0841 Crypto Express3 0864 Crypto Express3-1P 0871 FICON Express4 - 2C SX 3318 FICON Express4 10KM LX 3321 FICON Express4 SX 3322 FICON Express8 10KM LX 3325 FICON Express8 SX 3326 OSA-Express3 GbE LX 3362 OSA-Express3 GbE SX 3363 OSA-Express3 1000BASET-EN 3367 OSA-Express3-2P1000BASETEN 3369 OSA-Express3 10 GbE LR 3370 OSA-Express3 10 GbE SR 3371 OSA-Express3-2P GbE SX 3373 I/O Drawer 4000 14ft HiV 1Ph cut LSZH 8999
- Memory DIMMs do NOT carry forward.
- Support Elements do NOT carry forward.
From To M/T Model M/T Model Description 2098 E10 2828 H06 (*) E10 to H06 2098 E10 2828 H13 (*) E10 to H13 From To M/T Model M/T Model Description 2818 M05 2828 H06 (*) M05 to H06 2818 M05 2828 H13 (*) M05 to H13 2818 M10 2828 H06 (*) M10 to H06 2818 M10 2828 H13 (*) M10 to H13 From To M/T Model M/T Model Description 2828 H06 2828 H13 (*) H06 to H13 From To M/T Model M/T Model Description 2828 H13 2827 H20 (*) H13 to H20r
(*) Parts removed or replaced become the property of IBM and must be returned.
The feature conversion list for IBM zEnterprise BC12 is available now in the Library section of Resource Link . This list can be obtained at Resource Link by accessing the following website
- https://www.ibm.com/servers/resourcelink/lib03011.nsf/pages/2098to2828featureconversion s?OpenDocument
Using the instructions on the Resource Link panels, obtain a user ID and password. Resource Link has been designed for easy access and navigation.
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The following publications are available now in the Library section of Resource Link :
Title Order number zBX Installation Manual for Physical GC27-2619 Planning (2458-003) zEnterprise BC12 Installation Manual - GC28-6923 Physical Planning (IMPP) zEnterprise BC12 System Overview SA22-1089 IOCP User's Guide SB10-7037 PR/SM Planning Guide SB10-7156 Functional Matrix ZSW0-1335
The following publications are shipped with the product and will be available at planned availability in the Library section of Resource Link :
Title Order number Systems Safety Notices G229-9054 License Agreement for Machine Code Addendum GC27-2612 for Elliptic Curve Cryptography zBX Installation Manual (2458-003) GC27-2618 System z Statement of Limited Warranty GC28-6883 zBX Service Guide GC28-6884 Service Guide for TKE Workstations GC28-6901 zEnterprise BC12 Safety Inspection GC28-6921 zEnterprise BC12 Installation Manual GC28-6922 zEnterprise BC12 Service Guide GC28-6924 License Agreement for Machine Code SC28-6872 zBX Safety Inspection GC28-6889 Systems Environmental Notices and User Guide Z125-5823
The following publications will be available at planned availability in the Library section of Resource Link :
Title Order number Application Programming Interfaces for Java API-JAVA Planning for Fiber Optic Links GA23-1406 Ensemble Planning and Configuring Guide GC27-2608 Introduction to Ensembles GC27-2609 Ensemble Workload Resource Group GC27-2621 Management Guide Service Guide for HMCs and SEs GC28-6861 CHPID Mapping Tool User's Guide GC28-6900 zBC12 Parts Catalog GC28-6925 OSA-Express Customer Guide and Reference SA22-7935 Application Programming Interfaces SB10-7030 Common Information Model (CIM) Management SB10-7154 Interface Stand-Alone IOCP User's Guide SB10-7152 FICON CTC Reference SB10-7157 OSA/SF on the Hardware Management Console SC14-7580 Advanced Workload Analysis Reporter SC27-2623 (IBM zAware) Guide Hardware Management Console Web Services SC27-2626 API (Version 2.12.1) Capacity On Demand User's Guide SC28-2605 SCSI IPL - Machine Loader Messages SC28-6839 Maintenance Information for Fiber Optic Links SY27-7693
Publications for zEnterprise BC12 can be obtained at Resource Link by accessing the following website
Using the instructions on the Resource Link panels, obtain a user ID and password. Resource Link has been designed for easy access and navigation.
HMC and SE documentation
At planned availability, the Hardware Management Console (HMC) and Support Element (SE) documentation will be available from the System z HMC and SE (Version 2.12.1) Information Center
The following Redbooks publications are available now:
Title Order number IBM System z Connectivity Handbook SG24-5444 IBM zEnterprise EC12 Technical Guide SG24-8049 IBM zEnterprise EC12 and IBM zEnterprise BC12 SG24-8050 Technical Introduction IBM zEnterprise BC12 Technical Guide SG24-8138
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IBM Systems Lab Services and Training has the intellectual and technical leverage of the IBM System z development lab, which can assist clients in taking advantage of emerging technologies on the IBM System z platform.
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Global Technology Services (GTS)
IBM Global Technology Services can leverage business, industry, and IT insights and assess your infrastructure end-to-end to improve time to value and optimize your resources. These services can be delivered in a modular approach, giving clients flexibility to buy what they need when they need it, to help reduce risk and complexity.
For a zEnterprise BC12 environment, Global Technology Services helps you assess and design your IT architecture and align your IT strategy and business priority. This includes developing the business case and high-level transition plan, and a roadmap for an optimized infrastructure. Global Technology Services also enables the client to build and run a smarter zBC12 environment. With these services, you can migrate effectively and efficiently to a current System z environment, and create a more cost-effective and manageable computing environment with server, storage, and network integration and implementation services. Moreover, GTS provides managed services and cloud services for ongoing management to effectively run, utilize, and manage the zBC12.
The following is a list of Global Technology Services services available for the zBC12:
These services can help you integrate, manage, and maintain your server, storage, networks application servers, wireless protocols, and an array of platforms, middleware, and communications software for IBM and many non-IBM offerings. IBM is your one-stop shop for IT support needs.
For details on available services for System z , contact your IBM representative or visit:
IBM Global Technology Services - IBM Facilities Cabling Services
IBM Global Technology Services offers a set of solutions that can help with the setup of a high-availability, resilient cabling network for your data center. IBM Facilities Cabling Services (Service Offering ID: 6950-94D) provides the IBM Fiber Transport System (Service Product ID: 6948-83G) and the ESCON® to FICON migration (Service Product ID: 6948-97D) to facilitate a seamless integration of your System z in a new or existing data center infrastructure:
IBM Facilities Cabling Services offers solutions in addition to the IBM Fiber Transport System and the ESCON to FICON migration such as Smarter Enterprise Connectivity, Passive Optical LAN and Cabling Infrastructure Audit, and Health Checks.
Additional information about IBM Facilities Cabling Services offerings and capabilities is available by contacting email@example.com. Refer also to:
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Global Technology Services
IBM services include business consulting, outsourcing, hosting services, applications, and other technology management.
These services help you learn about, plan, install, manage, or optimize your IT infrastructure to be an on-demand business. They can help you integrate your high-speed networks, storage systems, application servers, wireless protocols, and an array of platforms, middleware, and communications software for IBM and many non-IBM offerings. IBM is your one-stop shop for IT support needs.
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Specified operating environment
Dimensions (rounded to the nearest 0.1 inch or 0.1 centimeter): Depth Width Height Without Top Exit I/O - Inches 62.0 30.9 79.3 - Centimeter 157.5 78.4 201.3 With Top Exit I/O - Inches (O/H IO cable exit) 62.0 36.9 84.8 - Centimeter (O/H IO cable exit) 157.5 93.6 215.3
Approximate weight: Maximum Maximum System System Model H06 Model H13 System without IBF Feature - kg 865.0 946.0 - lb 1946.0 2086.0 System with IBF Feature - kg 965.0 1049.0 - lb 2172.0 2312.0
To ensure installability and serviceability in non-IBM industry-standard racks, review the installation planning information for any product-specific installation requirements.
The DC Power feature has no effect on the machine dimensions and weight.
Towers for the Top Exit I/O feature add approximately 43 kg (95 lb) to the total system weight.
The 10GbE RoCE Express feature (#0411) is designed to conform to the following standards:
The 10GbE RoCE Express feature (#0411) has the following characteristics:
The OSA-Express5S features are designed to conform to the following standards:
The OSA-Express5S features have the following characteristics:
OSA-Express5S 10 Gigabit Ethernet LR (long reach) (#0415)
OSA-Express5S 10 Gigabit Ethernet SR (short reach) (#0416)
OSA-Express5S Gigabit Ethernet LX (long wavelength) (#0413)
OSA-Express5S Gigabit Ethernet SX (short wavelength) (#0414)
OSA-Express5S 1000BASE-T Ethernet (#0417)
For more information on cable types and supported distances, refer to the document Planning for Fiber Optic Links, GA23-1406, which can be found in the Library section of Resource Link at
Capacity of exhaust
Ambient > 28°C or altitude > 3000 feet
Acoustical noise level (nominal conditions):
Principal Configuration: Model H06
Maximum Configuration: Model H13
Leakage and Starting Current : 60 mA / 170A (less than on millisecond)
This product is not certified for direct connection by any means whatsoever to interfaces of public telecommunications networks. Certification may be required by law prior to making any such connection. Contact an IBM representative or reseller for any questions.
The hardware requirements for the zBC12 and its features and functions are identified.
You should review the PSP buckets for minimum Machine Change Levels (MCLs) and software PTF levels before IPLing operating systems.
The Hardware Management Console (HMC) version 2.12.1 supports the features and functions described in this announcement. The HMC version 2.12.1 also supports the systems listed in the table below.
Machine Firmware SE Family type driver version zBC12 2828 15 2.12.1 zEC12 2827 15 2.12.1 zEC12 2827 12 2.12.0 z196 2817 93 2.11.1 z114 2818 93 2.11.1 z10 EC 2097 79 2.10.2 z10 BC 2098 79 2.10.2 z9® EC 2094 67 2.9.2 z9 BC 2096 67 2.9.2 z990 2084 55 1.8.2 z890 2086 55 1.8.2 z900 2064 3G 1.7.3 z800 2066 3G 1.7.3
Common Cryptographic Architecture (CCA) enhancements: When the Crypto Express PCIe adapter is configured as a CCA coprocessor, the cryptographic enhancements identified in this announcement apply to the following:
Machine Firmware SE Family type driver version zBC12 2828 15 2.12.1 zEC12 2827 15 2.12.1 z196 2817 93 MCL 2.11.1 z114 2818 93 MCL 2.11.1
IBM Enterprise PKCS #11 (EP11) enhancements: When the Crypto Express4S PCIe adapter is configured as an EP11 coprocessor, the cryptographic enhancements identified in this announcement apply to the following:
Machine Firmware SE Family type driver version zBC12 2828 15 2.12.1 zEC12 2827 15 2.12.1
Machine Change Levels (MCLs) may be required.
Descriptions of the MCLs are available now on Resource Link .
Access Resource Link at
MCLs are designed to be applied concurrently. Contact IBM service personnel for further information.
Peripheral hardware and device attachments
IBM devices previously attached to zEC12, z196, z114, z10 , and z9 servers are supported for attachment to zBC12 channels, unless otherwise noted. The subject I/O devices must meet the FICON and Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) architectures to be supported. I/O devices that meet OEMI architecture requirements are supported only using an external converter. Prerequisite Engineering Change Levels may be required. For further detail, contact IBM service personnel.
While the zBC12 supports devices as described above, IBM does not commit to provide support or service for an IBM device that has reached its End of Service effective date as announced by IBM .
Note: IBM cannot confirm the accuracy of performance, compatibility, or any other claims related to non-IBM products. Questions regarding the capabilities of non-IBM products should be addressed to the suppliers of those products.
Information on switches and directors qualified for IBM System z FICON and FCP channels can be found in the Library, Hardware products for servers, Switches and directors qualified for IBM System z FICON and FCP channels section of Resource Link .
IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) requires at a minimum:
For z/OS :
- z/OS V1.11 supports zBC12. However, z/OS V1.11 support was withdrawn September 30, 2012. With the z/OS Lifecycle Extension (5657-A01), z/OS V1.11 supports the zBC12. Speak with your IBM representative for details. No exploitation of new zBC12 functions is available with z/OS V1.11. Certain functions and features of the zBC12 require later releases of z/OS . For the complete list of software support, see the PSP buckets and the software requirements listed. For more information on the IBM Lifecycle Extension for z/OS V1.11, refer to Software Announcement ZP12-0032, dated April 11, 2012 .
- z/OS V1.10 supports zBC12. However, z/OS V1.10 support was withdrawn September 30, 2011. With the z/OS Lifecycle Extension (5656-A01), z/OS V1.10 supports the zBC12. Speak with your IBM representative for details. No exploitation of new zBC12 functions is available with z/OS V1.10. Certain functions and features of the zBC12 require later releases of z/OS . For the complete list of software support, see the PSP buckets and the software requirements listed. For more information on the IBM Lifecycle Extension for z/OS V1.10, refer to Software Announcement ZP11-0006, dated February 15, 2011 . After September 30, 2013, an extended support contract for z/OS V1.10 will be required. Contact your IBM representative for details.
LPAR enhancement to provide physical capacity limit enforcement requires at a minimum:
Exploitation of 2 GB pages requires at a minimum:
IBM zAware (#0011) requires at a minimum:
Flash Express (#0402) requires at a minimum:
zEDC Express (#0420) for compression acceleration requires at a minimum:
For availability of support for SMF log data refer to the Planned availability date section.
10GbE RoCE Express (#0411) requires at a minimum:
Crypto Express CCA enhancements when the PCIe adapter is configured as CCA coprocessor (supported on zBC12 and select zEC12, z196, and z114 servers): Export TDES key under AES transport key, Diversified Key Generation CBC, IPEK, RKX key wrapping method, and Integration of UDX into CCA require at a minimum:
Crypto Express4S (#0865) EP11 enhancements when the Crypto Express4S PCIe adapter is configured as an EP11 coprocessor (supported on zBC12 and select zEC12 servers) PKCS #11 v2.1 PSS, EP11 Key agreement algorithms, and Offload Generation of Domain Parameters require at a minimum:
Crypto Express4S (#0865) exploitation including Enterprise Security PKCS #11-Hardware Security Module (HSM), DUKPT for MAC and Data Encryption, Cipher Text Translate CCA Verb, PKDS/TKDS Constraint Relief, Random Number Cache, FIPS on Demand, and Wrapping Keys with Strong Keys requires at a minimum:
Crypto Express4S (#0865) toleration, which treats Crypto Express4S cryptographic coprocessors and accelerators as Crypto Express3 coprocessors and accelerators, requires at a minimum:
Crypto Express3 (#0864, #0871) toleration, if carried forward, requires at a minimum:
24k subchannel support for FICON Express8S, FICON Express8, and FICON Express4 features when defined as CHPID type FC requires at a minimum:
T10-DIF support by the FICON Express8S and FICON Express8 features when defined as CHPID type FCP on zEC12, zBC12, z196, and z114 requires at a minimum:
FICON Express8S (CHPID type FC) (#0409, #0410) when utilizing FICON or Channel-To-Channel (CTC), requires at a minimum:
GRS FICON CTC toleration requires at a minimum:
FICON Express8S (CHPID type FC) (#0409, #0410) for support of zHPF single-track operations requires at a minimum:
FICON Express8S (CHPID type FC) (#0409, #0410) for support of zHPF multitrack operations requires at a minimum:
FICON Express8S (CHPID type FCP) (#0409, #0410) for support of SCSI devices requires at a minimum:
FICON Express8S (CHPID type FCP) (#0409, #0410) support of hardware data router requires at a minimum:
OSA-Express5S GbE LX (#0413) and GbE SX (#0414) require at minimum:
CHPID type OSD with exploitation of two ports per CHPID:
CHPID type OSD without maximum port exploitation (one port on the PCIe adapter is available for use):
OSA-Express5S 10 GbE LR (#0415) and 10 GbE SR (#0416) require at a minimum:
CHPID type OSD:
CHPID type OSX for access control to the intraensemble data network (IEDN) from zBC12 to Unified Resource Manager functions:
OSA-Express5S 1000BASE-T Ethernet (#0417) requires at minimum:
CHPID type OSC supporting TN3270E and non-SNA DFT with exploitation of two ports per CHPID:
CHPID type OSD with exploitation of two ports per CHPID requires at minimum:
CHPID type OSD without maximum port exploitation (one port on the PCIe adapter is available for use) requires at minimum:
CHPID type OSE supporting 4 or 2 ports per feature requires at minimum:
CHPID type OSM for intranode management network (INMN) requires at minimum:
CHPID type OSN for OSA-Express for NCP (does not use ports; all communication is LPAR-to-LPAR) requires at minimum:
12x InfiniBand (12x IFB) coupling links (#0171, #0163) and 1x InfiniBand (1x IFB) coupling links (#0170, #0168) require at a minimum:
Exploitation of CFCC Level 19 requires at a minimum:
CFCC Level 19 Coupling Thin Interrupts requires at a minimum:
Runtime Instrumentation requires at a minimum:
Transactional Execution requires at a minimum:
Java exploitation of Transactional Execution requires at a minimum:
z/OS XL C/C++ exploitation of zBC12 or zEC12 machine instructions using ARCH (10) or TUNE (10) parameters requires at a minimum:
Exploitation of zBC12 or zEC12 machine instructions using High Level Assembler requires at a minimum:
CPU Measurement Facility requires at a minimum:
Fiber optic cables, cable planning, labeling, and placement are all customer responsibilities for new installations and upgrades. Fiber optic cables cannot be ordered as features. Installation Planning Representatives (IPRs) and System Service Representatives (SSRs) will not perform the fiber optic cabling tasks without a services contract.
The following tasks are required to be performed by the customer prior to machine installation:
Additional service charges may be incurred during the server installation if the above cabling tasks are not accomplished as required.
For further details, refer to the Installation Manual for Physical Planning (IMPP), available on Resource Link .
Refer also to Planning for Fiber Optic Links, GA23-1406, available on Resource Link .
The average installation time for a zBC12 is approximately 11 installer hours. This does not include planning hours. This assumes the Pre-Installation Configuration Service, a full System Assurance Product Review, and implementation of the cable services have been performed. See your IBM representative for details on these services.
Security, auditability, and control
The zBC12 uses the security and auditability features and functions of host hardware, host software, and application software.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.
Global Technology Services
Contact your IBM representative for the list of selected services available in your country, either as standard or customized offerings, for the efficient installation, implementation, and/or integration of this product.
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|IBM Electronic Services|
Electronic Service Agent and the IBM Electronic Support web portal are dedicated to providing fast, exceptional support to IBM Systems customers. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tool is a no-additional-charge tool that proactively monitors and reports hardware events, such as system errors, performance issues, and inventory. The Electronic Service Agent tool can help you stay focused on your company's strategic business initiatives, save time, and spend less effort managing day-to-day IT maintenance issues. Servers enabled with this tool can be monitored remotely around the clock by IBM Support all at no additional cost to you.
Now integrated into the base operating system of AIX 5.3, AIX 6.1, and AIX 7.1, Electronic Service Agent is designed to automatically and electronically report system failures and utilization issues to IBM , which can result in faster problem resolution and increased availability. System configuration and inventory information collected by the Electronic Service Agent tool also can be viewed on the secure Electronic Support web portal, and used to improve problem determination and resolution by you and the IBM support team. To access the tool main menu, simply type "smitty esa_main", and select "Configure Electronic Service Agent ." In addition, ESA now includes a powerful web user interface, giving the administrator easy access to status, tool settings, problem information, and filters. For more information and documentation on how to configure and use Electronic Service Agent , refer to
The IBM Electronic Support portal is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. This portal enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems. The My Systems and Premium Search functions make it even easier for Electronic Service Agent tool-enabled customers to track system inventory and find pertinent fixes.
Increased uptime: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to enhance the Warranty or Maintenance Agreement by providing faster hardware error reporting and uploading system information to IBM Support. This can translate to less wasted time monitoring the "symptoms," diagnosing the error, and manually calling IBM Support to open a problem record. Its 24x7 monitoring and reporting mean no more dependence on human intervention or off-hours customer personnel when errors are encountered in the middle of the night.
Security: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to be secure in monitoring, reporting, and storing the data at IBM . The Electronic Service Agent tool securely transmits via either the Internet (HTTPS or VPN) or modem, and can be configured to communicate securely through gateways to provide customers a single point of exit from their site. Communication is one way. Activating Electronic Service Agent does not enable IBM to call into a customer's system. System inventory information is stored in a secure database, which is protected behind IBM firewalls. It is viewable only by the customer and IBM . The customer's business applications or business data is never transmitted to IBM .
More accurate reporting: Since system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support center in conjunction with the service request, customers are not required to find and send system information, decreasing the risk of misreported or misdiagnosed errors. Once inside IBM , problem error data is run through a data knowledge management system and knowledge articles are appended to the problem record.
Customized support: Using the IBM ID entered during activation, customers can view system and support information in the "My Systems" and "Premium Search" sections of the Electronic Support website at
My Systems provides valuable reports of installed hardware and software using information collected from the systems by Electronic Service Agent . Reports are available for any system associated with the customer's IBM ID. Premium Search combines the function of search and the value of Electronic Service Agent information, providing advanced search of the technical support knowledgebase. Using Premium Search and the Electronic Service Agent information that has been collected from their system, customers are able to see search results that apply specifically to their systems.
For more information on how to utilize the power of IBM Electronic Services, contact your IBM Systems Services Representative, or visit
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|Terms and conditions|
An IBM part or feature installed during the initial installation of an IBM machine is subject to a full warranty effective on the date of installation of the machine. An IBM part or feature that replaces a previously installed part or feature assumes the remainder of the warranty period for the replaced part or feature. An IBM part or feature added to a machine without replacing a previously installed part or feature is subject to a full warranty effective on its date of installation. Unless specified otherwise, the warranty period, type of warranty service, and service level of a part or feature are the same as those for the machine in which it is installed.
Extended Warranty Service
If required, IBM provides repair or exchange service depending on the types of warranty service specified for the machine. IBM will attempt to resolve your problem over the telephone, or electronically via an IBM website. Certain machines contain remote support capabilities for direct problem reporting, remote problem determination, and resolution with IBM . You must follow the problem determination and resolution procedures that IBM specifies. Following problem determination, if IBM determines on-site service is required, scheduling of service will depend the time of your call, machine technology and redundancy, and availability of parts. If applicable to your product, parts considered Customer Replaceable Units (CRUs) will be provided as part of the machine's standard warranty service.
CRU and On-site Service
At IBM's discretion, you will receive specified CRU service, or IBM will repair the failing machine at your location and verify its operation. You must provide a suitable working area to allow disassembly and reassembly of the IBM machine. The area must be clean, well lit, and suitable for the purpose.
The specified level of maintenance service may not be available in all worldwide locations. Additional charges may apply outside IBM's normal service area. Contact your local IBM representative or your reseller for country- and location-specific information.
IBM will repair the failing machine at your location and verify its operation. You must provide a suitable working area to allow disassembly and reassembly of the IBM machine. The area must be clean, well lit, and suitable for the purpose.
The following service is available as warranty for your machine type.
Warranty service upgrades
The specified level of maintenance service may not be available in all worldwide locations. Additional charges may apply outside IBM's normal service area. Contact your local IBM representative or your reseller for country- and location-specific information.
IBM On-site Service: IBM will repair the failing machine at your location and verify its operation. You must provide a suitable working area to allow disassembly and reassembly of the IBM machine. The area must be clean, well lit, and suitable for the purpose.
There are no warranty service upgrades.
Warranty service upgrades
Usage plan machine
IBM hourly service rate classification
When a type of service involves the exchange of a machine part, the replacement may not be new, but will be in good working order.
Maintenance service offerings
This machine is eligible under Terms and Conditions of the IBM ServiceSuite® (SSU) or the IBM Enterprise Service Agreement (ESA), or under the IBM Maintenance Agreement. Consult your IBM representative for details.
The maintenance service offerings are as follows:
Committed Services (CS) For service options with a committed level of service or any other special service option, contact your IBM representative. Refer to the following European documents:
Installation is performed by IBM . IBM will install the machine in accordance with the IBM installation procedures for the Machine. Contact the local IBM office.
Graduated program license charges apply
Licensed Internal Code
IBM Licensed Internal Code (LIC) is licensed for use by a customer on a specific machine, designated by serial number, under the terms and conditions of the IBM License Agreement for Machine Code, to enable a specific machine to function in accordance with its specifications, and only for the capacity authorized by IBM and acquired by the customer. You can obtain the agreement by contacting your IBM representative or visiting
Specific Machine LIC Type Model
Terms for use of IBM zAware: The terms for use of IBM zAware are specified in the IBM Customer Agreement, Attachment for the IBM zAware Offering (in the US, form number Z125-8993-US). Each enterprise is required to sign this contract one time within a given country before IBM will accept an order for its first-ever instance of the IBM zAware enablement feature (feature #0011).
Elliptical Curve Cryptography technology (ECC) is included with the zEnterprise BC12 cryptography features. This technology is delivered through the machine's Licensed Internal Code, and requires license terms in addition to the standard IBM License Agreement for Machine Code (LMC) referenced above. These additional terms are delivered through the LMC's Addendum for Elliptical Curve Cryptography, which is available at
The terms of this ECC Addendum are included with the LMC when a cryptography feature is included in the zEnterprise BC12 order, or when a cryptography feature is carried forward as part of an MES order into zEnterprise BC12.
Acceptance-By-Use Machine: No
Machine Code License Acceptance Requirement
The Machine Code license requires signed acceptance by the machine's end user directly with IBM , applicable to orders for a new machine, machine type conversion MES, and machines transferred to another user.
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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
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 solutions from IBM Global Financing can help you stretch your budget and affordably acquire the new product. But beyond the initial acquisition, our end-to-end approach to IT management can also help keep your technologies current, reduce costs, minimize risk, and preserve your ability to make flexible equipment decisions throughout the entire technology lifecycle.
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