IBM Operations Manager for z/VM R1 delivers scheduling and automation capabilities for z/VM systems

IBM United States Software Announcement 205-195
August 23, 2005

 

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TOC link At a glance TOC link Technical information
TOC link Overview TOC link Ordering information
TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link Terms and conditions
TOC link Planned availability date TOC link IBM Electronic Services
TOC link Description TOC link Prices
TOC link Offering Information TOC link Order now
TOC link Publications  
 
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At a glance

Operations Manager for z/VM R1:

  • Helps you automate the monitoring and management of your z/VM system
  • Enables a system administrator to define routine tasks and appropriate responses
  • Frees system administrators and programmers for higher-level tasks
  • Improves debugging capabilities by allowing multiple administrators to interact with a user's console

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Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: LE001).
 
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Overview

Operations Manager for z/VM® helps improve the monitoring and management of z/VM virtual machines. By automating routine maintenance tasks and automatically responding to predictable situations that require intervention, Operations Manager allows z/VM system programmers and administrators to devote their time and focus on more critical tasks.

Operations Manager for z/VM R1 delivers:

  • Control and configuration commands
    • Define rules to use when scanning messages on a virtual machine console
    • Define actions to execute when a generated message matches a message in a rule
    • Define timers to determine when or how often an action should be executed
    • Make configuration changes dynamically, eliminating the need to stop and start to make a change
  • Automated routine maintenance and responses
    • Reduce computer operator errors by automating routine tasks with timers or scheduled events and actions
    • Improve operations accuracy by automating the response to situations that normally require manual intervention
    • Provide real-time notification to key personnel about problems with critical services or components
    • Reduce administrator and user error by scripting a specific set of command/response pairs for routine tasks
  • Access to a user's console
    • Improve debugging capabilities with user problems by accessing and interacting with a user's console
    • Support multiple administrators accessing the console simultaneously

Operations Manager for z/VM helps you manage z/VM systems and virtual machines more effectively and efficiently through scheduling and automation.

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Key prerequisites

z/VM V4.4, or later
 
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Planned availability date

August 26, 2005
 
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Description

Operations Manager for z/VM R1 supports automated monitoring and management of virtual machines to help you keep control of your z/VM system. Operations Manager for z/VM uses monitoring settings to examine the z/VM environment and address various concerns before they impact your Service Level Agreements. Automated monitoring of resources can help you maximize productivity and reduce costs by leveraging existing resources and freeing your IT experts to address the most critical problems.

Operations Manager for z/VM helps to solve resource problems by automating system administration processes. This allows you to concentrate on your business objectives rather than dealing with daily administration tasks and predictable situations. By providing automatic monitoring of critical z/VM resources and unattended problem identification, Operations Manager can help you implement automated corrective actions.

Automated z/VM management

Administrators set up rules, actions, and timers to proactively manage z/VM resources. While Operations Manager manages z/VM resources automatically, administrators and computer operators are free to address other critical problems.

Administrative features include:

  • A set of commands that allow administrators to define automation tasks, define events that require automated responses, and interface with users' consoles
  • Ability for administrators to define when an action, composed of routine commands, should be executed, such as daily, monthly, yearly, or just once
  • Support for administrators to define rules for determining which messages should be acted upon, and the associated action that should be executed
  • Ability for multiple administrators to interact with a user's console simultaneously
  • Support for task automation. By providing specific logic in the form of command/response pairs, administrators can use Operations Manager to logon to a userid, perform a set of routine tasks, and disconnect or logoff. This can help eliminate administrator errors caused by manually logging on and entering commands. It can also help administrators perform tasks at specific times or off-shift without requiring manual intervention.

Automated responses assist operations personnel

When a problem arises, the computer operator may not know how to interpret some messages that are sent to the console and may not know the commands that are required to solve the problem. Operations Manager for z/VM addresses these and other issues, providing support to operations personnel.

Operational features include:

  • Reduced operator errors by automating routine tasks with "timers" or scheduled actions. This eliminates the need to issue routine commands repeatedly and at a specified time.
  • Improved operations accuracy by automating the reply to situations that normally require intervention. This eliminates the need for operators to correctly interpret messages, determine corrective actions, and correctly respond to the situation.
  • Interaction with a variety of external methods, such as e-mail, pager, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) alerts, and other methods to notify key personnel about an event. This process ensures that personnel receive real-time notification about problems with critical services or components.

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

Operations Manager for z/VM R1 is capable as of August 26, 2005, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be requested via IBM's Web site at

Engine-based Value Unit pricing

Engine-based Value Unit pricing for Operations Manager for z/VM is designed to provide a decreasing price curve as hardware capacities and workload grow, which may help improve price/performance.

There may also be a price benefit when you grow your capacity. Additional capacity is not priced starting at the base with a higher price per unit. Instead, additional capacity is priced starting at the capacity (engines) on which Operations Manager has already been installed.

Note: Value Units of a given product cannot be exchanged, interchanged, or aggregated with Value Units of another product.

IPLA and subscription and support considerations

IPLA licenses can be transferred from one machine to another within, but not limited to an enterprise. The customer may aggregate the capacity for all the processors the product is operated on to achieve a more economic price. This will result in a single Proof of Entitlement. It is the customer's responsibility to manage the distribution of Value Units within the limits of the entitlement of the product license.

Subscription and Support must cover the same capacity as the product license entitlement. Subscription and Support will be available in the country in which the agreement is made.

A no-charge Subscription and Support registration record will be established for each designated machine where Operations Manager for z/VM is running. These no-charge Subscription and Support registration records will be linked to the billable Subscription and Support and all billable Subscription and Support within the scope of the engine-based Value Units aggregation will be linked together.

Subscription and Support is an annual charge and should be kept at an annual term.

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

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Trademarks

 
z/VM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

 
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Offering Information

Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site


 
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Publications

Other than the Program Directory, no hardcopy publications are shipped with this program.

Displayable softcopy publications: Operations Manager for z/VM® R1 manuals are offered in displayable softcopy form as PDF files. The displayable manuals are available on the product Web site

and via the IBM Publications Center


 
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Technical information

Hardware requirements

Operations Manager for z/VM R1 will operate on any hardware that supports the prerequisite software.

Software requirements

All prerequisites and corequisites for these products apply.

The products listed here are supported only while service is available for those products.

Operations Manager R1 requires:

  • One of the following:
    • z/VM V4 (5739-A03) R4, or later
    • z/VM V5 (5741-A05) R1, or later
  • One of the following:

Planning information

Packaging: Operations Manager R1 is delivered on one VMSES/E installable tape. A Program Directory and one copy of the License Information (LI) document is also included in the package. All other publications are provided in softcopy format on the product Web site

and via the IBM Publications Center

Security, auditability, and control

Operations Manager for z/VM uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware and software. The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
 
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Ordering information

Charge metric

                      Part number or
Program name          PID number       Charge metric
 
Operations Manager    5697-J10         Value Units

The programs in this announcement all have Value Unit-Based pricing.

Program
number     Program name          Value Unit exhibit
 
5697-J10   Operations Manager    VUE021

For each zSeries IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, the quantity of that program needed to satisfy applicable IBM terms and conditions is referred to as the "required license capacity." Your required license capacity is based upon the following factors:

  • The zSeries IPLA program you select
  • The applicable Value Unit Exhibit
  • The applicable terms

Value Unit exhibit VUE021

Engine-based Value Units for a specified number of engines are determined by the following table.

           Engines   Engines   Value Units
Level      minimum   maximum   per engine
 
Base          1         3          10
Tier A        4         6           9
Tier B        7         9           8
Tier C       10        12           7
Tier D       13        16           6
Tier E       17        20           5
Tier F       21        25           4
Tier G       26         +           3

Order z/VM SDO through the Internet

ShopzSeries provides an easy way to plan and order zSeries software upgrades. This now includes z/VM. Using ShopzSeries, customers can quickly generate orders for z/VM SDOs. Additionally, ShopzSeries will ensure your order is technically correct (that is, ensure any corequisite or prerequisite or incompatibility conditions are resolved to ensure timely order placement and processing). ShopzSeries is available in the United States and several countries in Europe. In countries where ShopzSeries is not available yet, contact your IBM representative (or IBM Business Partner) to handle your order via the traditional IBM ordering process. For more details and availability, visit the ShopzSeries Web site at

Internet delivery of z/VM SDO licensed products through ShopzSeries

z/VM SDO licensed products for z/VM V4.4 and z/VM V5.1 are now eligible for Internet delivery using the ShopzSeries Web site. The z/VM base operating system cannot be delivered using Internet delivery of ShopzSeries.

Orders for Operations Manager must use one of the z/VM SDO packaged offerings:

  • Program number 5739-A04, for z/VM V4.4, or
  • Program number 5741-A06, for z/VM V5.1

To order, specify the SDO program number, the Operations Manager program number, and the feature of the desired distribution medium. Also, specify the one-time charge (OTC) feature and the quantity desired. To suppress shipment of media, select the license-only option.

Basic license: To order, specify the program product number and the appropriate license or charge option. Also, specify the desired distribution medium. To suppress shipment of media, select the license-only option in CFSW.

Program Name: Operations Manager for z/VM, OTC
Program PID:  5697-J10
 
Entitlement                       License option/
identifier   Description          pricing metric
 
S0120Z3      Operations Manager   Use-based OTC per Value Unit
 
 
Orderable supply ID:   Language   Distribution medium
 
S0120XV                English    3480 or 3590 Tape
 
Subscription and Support PID: 5697-J15
 
Entitlement                           License option/
identifier   Description              pricing metric
 
S0120Z5      Operations Manager S&S   1 Value Unit
 
Orderable supply ID:   Language   Distribution Medium
 
S0120Z0                English    Hardcopy memo

Subscription and Support

To receive voice technical support via telephone during normal business hours, and future releases and versions at no additional charge, Subscription and Support must be ordered. The capacity of Subscription and Support (Value Units) must be the same as the capacity ordered for the product licenses.

To order, specify the Subscription and Support program number (PID) referenced above and the appropriate license or charge option.

IBM is providing Subscription and Support for this product via a separately purchased offering under the terms of the IBM International Agreement for Acquisition of Support (IAAS). This offering:

  • Includes and extends the support services provided in the base support to include technical support via telephone during normal business hours.
  • Entitles customers to future releases and versions at no additional charge. Note that customer is not entitled to new products.

When Subscription and Support is ordered, the charges will renew automatically annually unless cancelled by the customer.

To decline Subscription and Support, specify the program number and the Decline (no-charge) option.

On/Off Capacity on Demand

Operations Manager for z/VM is eligible for On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) with a Temporary Use Charge (TUC) calculated based on processor engines per day usage.

Program Name:  Operations Manager for z/VM
Program PID:  5697-J10
 
Entitlement                      License option/
identifier  Description          pricing metric
 
S0120Z3     Operations Manager   Basic OTC, Per
                                  Processor-day TUC

Single version charging: To elect single version charging, the customer must notify and identify to IBM the prior program and replacement program and the machine the programs are operating on.
 
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Terms and conditions

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

This product is licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA), and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Support, which provides for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. This program has a one-time license charge for use of the program and an annual renewable charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours) as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect.

Limited warranty: Yes

Program services

Warranty: This program has warranty for a minimum of one year from acquisition from IBM or authorized IBM Business Partner. The warranty provided to the customer, for at least one year from acquisition, is access to databases (read Web sites) for program information and FAQs, including any known fixes to defects, which the customer can download or obtain otherwise and install at leisure.

Program support: Enhanced Support, called Subscription and Support, includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours) as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect. The customer will be notified of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice.

Money-back guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, return it within 30 days from the invoice date to the party (either IBM or its reseller) from whom you acquired it for a refund. For clarification, note that for programs acquired under any of IBM's On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) software offerings, this term does not apply since these offerings apply to programs already acquired and in use by the customer.

Copy and use on home/portable computer: No

Volume orders (IVO): No

Passport Advantage® applies: No

Usage restriction: Yes

  • Your entitlement is for only the quantity of engine-based Value Units licensed. These engine-based Value Units can be for either standard or IFL engines.
  • When ordering Operations Manager to operate on standard engines (CPs) for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the number of standard engines (CPs) on your zSeries 990, 900, 890, 800, or S/390® server.
  • When ordering Operations Manager to operate on IFL engines for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the number of IFL engines on your zSeries 990, 900, 890, 800, or S/390 server.
  • When ordering Operations Manager to operate on standard engines (CPs) and IFL engines for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the total number of engines (standard plus IFL) on your zSeries 990, 900, 890, 800, or S/390 server.

Software Maintenance applies: No

IBM Operational Support Services — SoftwareXcel: No

iSeries™ Software Maintenance applies: No

Variable charges apply: No

Educational allowance available: Yes, 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.

On/Off Capacity on Demand

To be eligible for On/Off Capacity on Demand pricing, customers must be enabled for temporary capacity on the corresponding hardware, and the required contract (Z125-6611), Attachment for Customer Initiated Upgrade and IBM eServer® On/Off Capacity on Demand — Software — must be signed prior to use.
 
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IBM Electronic Services

IBM Global Services has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to put you on the road to higher systems availability. IBM Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that provides you with an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support on the IBM eServer. You should benefit from greater system availability due to faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. IBM Electronic Services is comprised of two separate, but complementary, elements: IBM Electronic Services news page and IBM Electronic Service Agent™.

IBM Electronic Services news page provides you with a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used by customers to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The IBM Electronic Service Agent is a no-additional-charge software that resides on your IBM eServer system. It is designed to proactively monitor events and transmit system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, customer-defined timetable. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tracks system inventory, hardware error logs, and performance information. If the server is under a current IBM maintenance service agreement or within the IBM warranty period, the Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM.

Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to provide proactive service that maintains higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent will be made available to IBM service support representatives when they are helping answer your questions or diagnosing problems.

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Prices

The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

Information on charges is available at

Choose the option entitled purchase/upgrade tools.
 
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Order now

To order, contact the Americas Call Centers, your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner.

To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

 Phone:     800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)
 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)
 Internet:  ibm_direct@vnet.ibm.com
 Mail:      IBM Americas Call Centers
            Dept:  IBM CALL, 11th Floor
            105 Moatfield Drive
            North York, Ontario
            Canada M3B 3R1
 
 Reference: LE001

The Americas Call Centers, our national direct marketing organization, can add your name to the mailing list for catalogs of IBM products.

Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Trademarks

 
iSeries and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
z/VM, zSeries, Passport Advantage, S/390, and eServer are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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