IBM DB2 Alphablox, V8.3 delivers enhanced support and function for your On Demand Business

IBM United States Software Announcement 205-317
November 29, 2005

 

 ENUS205-317.PDF (77KB)

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At a glance

DB2 Alphablox, V8.3 continues to enable rapid customization with a platform of open standards-based components that dramatically decreases the time needed to design, develop, and embed advanced analytics into your particular business processes.

This inline analytics approach allows you to:

  • Develop and deploy user solutions via custom Web-based applications with zero footprint on client PC configurations
  • Deliver the rich analytical functionality of underlying multidimensional databases through the Alphablox platform
  • Deliver the native analytical functionality of underlying relational data through the Alphablox platform, for instance using DB2 Cube Views® or DB2 UDB Data Warehouse Edition (both built on DB2 Universal Database® Universal Database technology)
  • Integrate analytics at the "point of analysis" in ways that are customized to each user's role and context

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Overview

DB2® Alphablox for Linux™, UNIX® and Windows™, V8.3 is optimized for rapid application delivery and deployment of customized analytical applications. It delivers a component-based, comprehensive framework for integrating analytics into existing business processes and systems. It can help you maximize the value of information assets by delivering contextual business insight to the right people at the point of decision.

What's new

Enhanced integration with WebSphere® Portal Server (WPS) V5.1 means that new and existing Alphablox customers can now take advantage of the advanced capabilities found in WPS. These include portlet-to-portlet communication, advanced personalization and profile management, and secure single sign-on.

Enhanced integration with Rational® Application Developer (RAD) V6.0, one of the premier Integrated Development Environments for J2EE-based development via an Alphablox plug-in will allow RAD programmers to incorporate DB2 Alphablox tag libraries with automatic tag completion.

Additional enhancements to the DB2 Alphablox relational cubing engine include support for ragged and unbalanced hierarchies as well as calculated members, default dimension members, named sets, attributes and custom member order specification. It also enables non-empty keyword support (allowing for suppression of missing rows/columns). Expanded support for MDX is also now available to partners and customers, including: order, topcount, toppercent, bottomcount, bottompercent, item, hierarchize, topsum, and bottomsum.

New cross-browser support for Dynamic HTML (DHTML) clients is available with new support for Firefox 1.0 and Mozilla 1.7. These additional browsers will be supported across a number of operating systems, including Windows, Linux, AIX®, Solaris, and HP-UX.

User interfaces are now in compliance with accessibility standards set by the US. Government.

The Calendar Control support Arabic, Hebrew and Japanese calendars in addition to the standard Western (Gregorian) calendar.

Additional localization enhancements include bi-directional languages such as Arabic and Hebrew. More languages, including Italian, Arabic, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish, and Russian, are now added to the supported languages.

SAP-BW customers can now leverage DB2 Alphablox to access and present the multidimensional data from SAP-BW. In addition, the power of DB2 Alphablox relational cubing capabilities are extended to customers of DB2 on z/OS®, Cloudscape™, and Apache Derby.

Improved support for Hyperion Essbase and DB2 OLAP Server™ includes:

  • Single sign-on for Essbase and DB2 OLAP Server.
  • Native Essbase and DB2 OLAP Server ("C" API) bridges on RHEL 3 Linux operating system.

 
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Key prerequisites

For details, refer to Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.
 
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Planned availability dates
  • December 2, 2005 (electronic software delivery)
  • December 9, 2005 (media and documentation)

 
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Description

DB2 Alphablox is an industry-leading platform for the rapid assembly and broad deployment of integrated analytics embedded within applications. It has an open, extensible architecture based on Java™ 2 platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) standards, an industry standard for developing Web-based enterprise applications. It simplifies enterprise application development by automatically handling many details of application behavior without the need for complex programming.

DB2 Alphablox delivers various Blox components, which are modular, reusable components, as well as an application framework, a powerful programming model, and a variety of development tools for assembling analytic applications. For its run-time environment, Alphablox leverages standard J2EE application servers. Alphablox can be installed on leading commercial J2EE application servers such as WebSphere and others.

When developing applications with embedded Alphablox capability, you can take advantage of many features offered by the underlying J2EE application servers, including enhanced performance, security, and personalization. Integration with the application server environment enables application builders to leverage DB2 Alphablox for its base capabilities related to building, deploying, and executing analytic applications, while relying on the application server to deliver robust management and deployment services.

DB2 Alphablox enhances the user analytics functionality, including support for DHTML drag-and-drop, histogram charts, 80/20 analysis, textual traffic lights. DB2 Alphablox V8.3 offers connectivity to DB2 Cube Views via a metadata bridge and enhancements in the relational cubing engine. Finally, the number of supported operating systems is also expanded to deliver additional choice when integrating inline analytics into your enterprise business processes.

When doing analysis, you can take advantage of drag-and-drop support in the DHTML client to intuitively move dimensions across row, column, page, and other areas. There is also drag-and-drop support in the underlying user interface model.

Additional V8.3 enhancements to the DB2 Alphablox relational cubing engine include:

  • Support for ragged and unbalanced hierarchies
  • Calculated members (with member support in MDX queries, not global definitions)
  • Default dimension member and default measure support
  • Named sets (with set support in MDX, not global definitions)
  • Custom order specification for members (for instance: January, February, and then March, versus alphabetical order).
  • Non-empty keyword support (allowing for suppression of missing rows/columns)
  • Support for attributes (using member.properties() in MDX)

Relational cubing engine in DB2 Alphablox can take advantage of DB2 Cube Views via a metadata bridge that will read DB2 Cube Views metadata and construct a RDB Cube definition. These Relational cubes enable multidimensional analysis against a Cube Views-enabled DB2 database with minimal setup. In addition, the Relational cubing engine supports Derived and Semi-additive measures by using calculated members. It now also offers support for additional MDX functions such as: Order, Topcount, Toppercent, Bottomcount, Bottompercent, item, hierarchize, topsum, bottomsum, name, uniquename, and defaultmember. The cubing engine now supports MDX aggregation functions sum, count, min, max, avg, and median. DB2 Alphablox APIs also allow developers in customer and partner organizations to programmatically define and refresh cubes.

DB2 Alphablox V8.3 continues to expand the number of operating systems supported, most notably with the addition of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9, and the addition of support for 64-bit Solaris. Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections of this announcement for specific version support.

Additional native support has been added: Italian, Arabic, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish, and Russian, in addition to English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.

Components

DB2 Alphablox delivers an extensive library of Blox components to meet integrated analytic application design requirements for maximum usability. These components include Data access Blox which manage data access.

Because DB2 Alphablox directly accesses the data from your databases, applications leveraging its capabilities will abide by any security features or constraints built into your database. DB2 Alphablox exposes all of the analytic function supplied by the multidimensional database engines (that is, ranking, derived calculations, ordering, sophisticated filtering, percentiles, deciles, variances, standard deviations, correlations, trending, statistical functions, and other sophisticated calculations). In addition, DB2 Alphablox allows you and your application developers to create custom calculated members.

The data Blox also offers APIs to return data in an XML format; this opens the door to extensibility. It also enables delivery of data to XML-enabled clients including cell phones, pagers, and PDAs. Application developers also can expose the data in a Web service and build custom user interfaces.

  • User interface Blox, offered by DB2 Alphablox, is highly functional, interactive, and completely customizable to improve your application usability. These user interface elements employ DHTML technology to deliver a rich user experience, including menu bars, right-click menus, and custom layouts in a thin client (no need for Java, ActiveX, or other browser plug-ins).
  • Form elements Blox, offers elements that are extremely useful in developing custom analytic applications. All the form elements Blox not only maintain the form elements' current state, freeing up developers from writing the extra code, but also link with other components such as JavaBeans, including data access Blox and user interface Blox, to deliver most commonly required function with minimal coding. Multidimensional database-specific HTML form elements Blox are specialized variations of HTML form elements Blox that know how to work with MDB metadata. For example, DataSourceSelectFormBlox shows a list of all the available data sources in a drop-down list and DimensionSelectFormBlox shows a list of available dimensions for a given data source.
  • Business logic Blox offers business logic to facilitate incorporating dynamic, complex business logic into integrated analytic applications.
  • Analytic infrastructure Blox packs a tremendous amount of customization, personalization, and collaboration capability. Application developers can customize their line-of-business applications and personalize the interfaces to each individual user through Blox properties, Blox JavaScript/Java API, and application and user custom properties.

DB2 Alphablox programming model

DB2 Alphablox supports a standard J2EE application development model, offering a complete development paradigm for application delivery. Within this paradigm, you typically find HTML pages used for static content, JavaServer Pages (JSPs) for dynamic content, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for formatting, and JavaBeans for application and business logic.

By conforming to this paradigm, a typical application leveraging DB2 Alphablox capabilities consists of a collection of JSP pages, with each page containing a combination of Blox, HTML, graphics, and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). JavaScript and Java can be optionally used to enhance the application's capabilities. The DB2 Alphablox component programming model consists of the following facilities:

  • An extensive set of JSP custom tag libraries
  • Server-side APIs to the JavaBeans underlying the Blox
  • Server-side access to the Blox UI model
  • Ability to remotely invoke server-side APIs from browser through JavaScript

DB2 Alphablox gives application developers the ultimate flexibility in customizing the user interface and adding their own business and application logic by exposing every Blox as a JavaBeans component and allowing programmatic access to those beans through a rich set of Java APIs.

With the DB2 Alphablox tag libraries, JSP authors don't have to know the low-level technical details behind the Blox components; they simply need to know the syntax and function for each Blox. This enables page authors, with no Java experience, to incorporate analytics seamlessly on an intranet or extranet using best-of-breed authoring tools. Each Blox has a comprehensive set of properties that could be easily set using the tags to custom values in the JSP pages. For example, setting the width property in the Blox present tag to "50%" will make this PresentBlox occupy only half of the available horizontal space in the browser.

Development tools

With DB2 Alphablox V8.3 comes enhanced integration with Rational Application Developer (RAD) V6.0, one of the premier integrated development environments for J2EE-based development. Now when developing with RAD, programmers will be able to easily install an DB2 Alphablox plug-in that will allow for:

  • Automatic inclusion of DB2 Alphablox tag libraries
  • Automatic tag completion
  • Property sheets
  • Debugging in the test environment

In addition to the various Blox components and the DB2 Alphablox programming model, DB2 Alphablox also delivers a library of development tools and examples to accelerate the application development process. DB2 Alphablox examples are reusable and modifiable, and include pre-built sample queries for many of the data sources that DB2 Alphablox supports. And now the DB2 Alphablox plug-in makes programming with DB2 Alphablox even easier through the Rational Application Developer IDE.

Blox sampler is a rich set of real-world examples that illustrate essential blox configuration and common Blox manipulation techniques. These examples will guide developers through building DB2 Alphablox applications. The primary goals of the blox sampler are to:

  • Help application developers understand the various user interface Blox and their behavior
  • Deliver tips and techniques for solving real-world issues application developers are likely to encounter
  • Offer sample code for use in building applications

The DB2 Alphablox Workbench includes the DB2 Alphablox query builder, which can be used to manipulate the grid options, layout, queries, and chart type. When application developers get to the view they like, they can generate the JSP tags for the PresentBlox by clicking the Generate Blox Tag button. Those tags can then be easily copied and pasted into their button. Those tags can then be easily copied and pasted into their application. A full set of documentation, including the Javadoc, reference guides, and developer's guides, will be available online in HTML and PDF formats.

Because DB2 Alphablox applications are created using open standards-based technologies (that is, JavaServer Pages), DB2 Alphablox customers can use many of the extensive selection of Web design tools and source code control systems available in the market today to develop and manage DB2 Alphablox application code. Thus, a wide variety of developer tools, such as Rational Application Developer, Rational Web Developer, Visual SlickEdit or jEdit, can be used in the DB2 Alphablox development process.

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

IBM DB2 Alphablox for Linux, UNIX and Windows is capable as of December 9, 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 US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be requested via IBM's Web site at the following


 
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Product positioning

DB2 Alphablox, V8.3 continues to enhance the IBM Business Intelligence platform with expansion in support for supported software, hardware and operating system platforms. Within the DB2 Information Management family, Alphablox is part of the Business Intelligence segment that includes other products such as DB2 UDB Data Warehouse Edition (DWE) and DB2 Cube Views.

DB2 Alphablox leverages the full analytical capabilities of DB2 Cube Views and DB2 UDB Data Warehouse Edition to deliver sophisticated analytics to users in an easy-to-use format. This allows for partners and customers to build custom solutions on top of DB2 UDB DWE, using Alphablox. DB2 Cube Views enhances the value of that proposition via a metadata bridge that delivers metadata information to Alphablox via the bridge.

Finally, DB2 Alphablox is also able to access information through WebSphere Information Integrator (II), allowing partners and customers to build customized analytics into their solutions, while leveraging the tremendous variety of information that is made accessible through WebSphere II.

Trademarks

 
Cloudscape and DB2 OLAP Server are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
DB2, WebSphere, Rational, AIX, z/OS, Cube Views, and DB2 Universal Database are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
UNIX is a registered trademark of the Open Company in the United States and other countries.
 
Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries or both.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

 
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Publications

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The PNS site is available in English and Canadian French.

Publication title           Language      Form number
 
IBM DB2(R) Alphablox        English       SC18-9606
 V8.3 Release Overview
IBM DB2 Alphablox           English       GC18-9607
 V8.3 Getting Started
IBM DB2 Alphablox           English       SC18-9432
 V8.3 Administrator's
 Guide
IBM DB2 Alphablox           English       SC18-9433
 V8.3 Cube Server
 Administrator's Guide
IBM DB2 Alphablox           English       SC18-9434
 V8.3 Developer's
 Guide
IBM DB2 Alphablox           English       SC18-9435
 V8.3 Developer's
 Reference
IBM DB2 Alphablox           English       GC18-9436
 V8.3 Installation
 
 Guide
IBM DB2 Alphablox           English       SC18-9437
 V8.3 Relational
 Reporting Developer's
 Guide
 
Publication title           Language      Form number
 
IBM DB2 Alphablox           English       GC18-9608
 V8.3 Troubleshooting
 and Support

 
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Technical information

Hardware requirements

Supported platforms

  • POWER™: pSeries® servers, iSeries™ servers, BladeCenter® JS20 and eServer® OpenPower™ systems
  • IBM xSeries® and other OEM Intel™ based servers
  • The Integrated xSeries Server for iSeries (IXS) and Integrated xSeries Adapter for iSeries (IXA)
  • Sun SPARC

Software requirements

Server operating systems

  • Windows™ 2000 Server (Standard, Advanced, Data Center) with SP4
  • Windows 2003 Server (Standard, Enterprise and Data Center editions) on x86 (32-bit) with SP1®
  • Sun Solaris 8,9,10 (32- and 64-bit)
  • AIX® 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux™ 3 on x86 (32-bit)
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux 4 on x86 (32-bit), AMD64 (64-bit), EM64T (64-bit), and POWER (64-bit)
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 on x86 (32-bit), AMD64 (64-bit), EM64T (64-bit), and POWER (64-bit)

Portal server

  • WebSphere® Portal Server V5.1 (WAS V5.1) and WebSphere Portal V5.1.0.1 (WAS V5.1 and WAS V6.0)

Application server

  • WebSphere V5.1.1, WebSphere Express V5.1.1 — clustered on AIX, Linux, Windows and Solaris (32-bit JVM on all platforms except Redhat Enterprise Linux 4 on AMD64 and EM64T)
  • WebSphere V6.0, V6.0.1, WebSphere Express V6.0, V6.0.1 — clustered on AIX, Linux, Windows and Solaris (64-bit JVM on AIX, 64-bit JVM on Redhat Enterprise Linux 4 on AMD64, EM64T and POWER, 64-bit JVM on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 on AMD64, EM64T and POWER, 32-bit JVM on all platforms except Redhat Enterprise Linux 4 on AMD64 and EM64T)
  • Apache Tomcat 3.2.4 (64-bit JDK on AIX V5.3, with 32-bit JDK on all platforms including AIX V5.3. ) — Clustering not supported
  • BEA WebLogic 8.1.4 — Clustered on Solaris, Windows and AIX. WebLogic is not supported on Linux operating systems

Web server

  • SunOne (iPlanet) 4.1.6.0 or later on Windows, Solaris and AIX only
  • Microsoft™ IIS 5.0.1, 6.0 on Windows only
  • Apache HTTP Server 2.0 (Supported only with WebSphere and WebLogic application servers)

Multidimensional data sources (32-bit versions unless specified)

  • DB2 OLAP Server™ V8.1 Fix Pack 5, V8.2
  • DB2 OLAP Server — Hybrid Analysis V8.1 Fix Pack 5, V8.2
  • DB2 OLAP Integration Server V8.1 Fix Pack 5, V8.2
  • DB2 OLAP Server Deployment Server V8.1 Fix Pack 5, V8.2
  • DB2 OLAP server V8.1 for iSeries
  • DB2 Cube Views® V8.1 Fix Pack 3, DB2 Cube Views V8.2
  • Hyperion Essbase 6.5.7, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3
  • Hyperion Essbase — Hybrid Analysis 6.5.7, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3
  • Hyperion Essbase Deployment Services (EDS) 6.5.7,7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3
  • Hyperion Essbase Integration Services (EIS) 6.5.7, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3
  • Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services 2000 SP3
  • SAP-BW 3.5

Server operating systems for Essbase "C" API bridge (bridges will only run in 32-bit mode even on 64-bit operating systems)

  • Windows 2000 Server (Standard, Advanced, Data Center) with SP2®
  • Windows 2003 Server (Standard, Enterprise and Data Center editions) on x86 (32-bit)
  • Sun Solaris 8 (32-bit and 64-bit), Sun Solaris 9 (32-bit and 64-bit), Sun Solaris 10 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • AIX 5.1 (32-bit)
  • AIX 5.2 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • AIX 5.3 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 on x86 (32-bit)

Relational data sources

  • DB2 Universal Database® V7.2 (32-bit), V8.1 Fix Pack 2 (32-bit), or V8.2 (32- and 64-bit) on Linux, UNIX® and Windows (except Linux on zSeries®)
  • Oracle 9i (32-bit) or 10g (32- and 64-bit)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 SP3 (32-bit)
  • Sybase Adaptive Server 12.0 (32-bit), or 12.5 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Informix™ IDS V9.4, V10.0 (32- and 64-bit)
  • IBM Cloudscape™ 10.0 (32-bit)
  • Apache Derby 10.0 (32-bit)
  • WebSphere Information Integrator V8.1 Fix Pack 2 or V8.2
  • IBM Red Brick™ Warehouse 6.3
  • DB2 Universal Database for iSeries V5R3 (64-bit)
  • DB2 for z/OS® V8.1
  • Informix XPS 8.5 (32- and 64-bit)

Integrated Development Environments

  • IBM Rational® Application Developer 6.0
  • IBM Rational Web Developer 6.0

Relational databases for Alphablox repository

  • DB2 Universal Database V8.1 Fix Pack 2 (32-bit), or V8.2 (32-bit) on Linux, UNIX and Windows (except Linux on zSeries)
  • Oracle 9i (32-bit) or 10g (32-bit )
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 SP3 (32-bit)
  • Informix IDS 9.4, 10.0 (32-bit)
  • IBM Cloudscape 10.0 (32-bit)
  • Apache Derby 10.0 (32-bit)

Browser

  • Microsoft IE 5.5, 6.0 SP1 (DHTML client and Java™ client)
  • Mozilla 1.7 (DHTML client only)
  • FireFox 1.0.4 and later (DHTML client only)
  • Netscape Navigator 7.1 (Java client only — requires Sun Java Plugin 1.4.2)
  • Mozilla 1.4 (Java client only — requires Sun Java Plugin 1.4.2)

Browser operating systems

  • Windows XP Professional SP1
  • Windows 2000 Professional SP2
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4 (DHTML client only)
  • SUSE Linux 8,9 (DHTML client only)
  • AIX 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 (DHTML client only)
  • HP-UX 11.x (DHTML client only)
  • Solaris 7,8,9,10 (DHTML client only)

Planning information

Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support, is included in the Passport Advantage Agreement. Installation and technical support is provided by the Software Maintenance offering of the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement. This fee service enhances customer productivity, with voice and electronic access into IBM support organizations.

Packaging

DB2 Alphablox V8.3

  • DB2 Alphablox Windows CD
  • DB2 Alphablox AIX CD
  • DB2 Alphablox Linux CD
  • DB2 Alphablox Solaris CD
  • DB2 Alphablox Documentation CD

Security, auditability, and control

IBM DB2 Alphablox for Linux, UNIX, and Windows uses the security and auditability features of the underlying J2EE application server.

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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IBM DB2 Alphablox for Linux, UNIX and Windows

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IBM DB2 Alphablox for Linux,
 UNIX, and Windows
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DB2 Alphablox V8.3.0
Media Pack Multilingual (French, Russian,              BB0PBML
 Hebrew, Arabic, Korean, Chinese --
 Simplified, Spanish, Portuguese-
 Brazilian, German, Japanese, Chinese --
 Traditional, Hungarian, English U.S., Greek,
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Agreement: IBM International Program License Agreement. Proofs of Entitlement are required for all authorized use.

Part number products only, offered outside of Passport Advantage, where applicable, are license only and do not include Software Maintenance.

This software license includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.

License information form number(s)

Program name           Program number    Form number
 
IBM DB2 Alphablox      5724-L14          L-KGRD-6F7NTX
 for Linux, UNIX,
 and Windows

On or near the planned availability date, the LI will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement Web site

Limited warranty: Yes

Program services

Warranty: This Program includes a warranty for one year from acquisition from IBM or an authorized IBM Business Partner. For one year from acquisition of the program, this warranty provides the customer with access to databases containing Program information and FAQ?s, including any known fixes to defects, which the customer can download or otherwise obtain and install.

Program technical support: Technical support of a program product will be available for a minimum of three years from the general availability date, as long as your Software Maintenance is in effect. This technical support allows you to obtain assistance (via telephone or electronic means) from IBM for product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of the program product. Software Maintenance also provides you with access to updates, releases, and versions of the program. Customers will be notified, via announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice. If you require additional technical support from IBM, including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.

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 Programs acquired under the IBM International Passport Advantage offering, this term applies only to your first acquisition of the Program.
  • 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: Yes, and through the Passport Advantage Web site at

Usage restriction: Yes

The program is comprised of various components which are licensed for use solely in combination with the program. None of the included components may be used, transferred, sublicensed, or redistributed individually or in any combination other than as a complete package.

Use-based charges — Resources

Charges for the program are based on a server install using a processor metric for the base product. The program is defined as a single image across a single SMP (regardless of the number of virtual partitions) or multiple server configuration. The total number of processors may not exceed the number authorized by the applicable PoEs or authorized by each program authorization acquired under Passport Advantage. If the total number exceeds the quantity in your PoEs or exceeds your program authorizations acquired under Passport Advantage, you must notify IBM or its reseller as stated in the IPLA.

In a machine configuration where multiple copies of the program are installed, each installed copy must be licensed separately. For instance, customers may install development and production instances of DB2 Alphablox on the same machine, but these copies may be separately licensed.

Single server only

All components delivered with the program can only be installed and used with the DB2 Alphablox server for which the program is licensed, unless otherwise authorized in the license for the individual components.

Limited platform support

If the program is acquired under the terms of an IBM offering for limited platform support (for instance, the program is acquired for use on a single platform or less than all available platforms), then that program is licensed only for installation and use on the specific platforms or operating systems as designated by the offering terms and conditions.

High availability/failover licensing

In idle standby or active standby, you must acquire the correct number of program authorizations.

An active standby server has an independent, operational DB2 Alphablox server that services user transactions and queries. Because the active standby machine is used for user transactions and queries before or after a failure, it must be fully licensed. In active standby, you must license the program for the server.

An idle standby server has DB2 Alphablox server installed on it, but that DB2 Alphablox server is not processing any user transactions or query workloads. The DB2 Alphablox server is considered "idle" if it is used exclusively for administrative actions that assist in failover scenarios. In idle standby, you must license the program for one processor.

DB2 Universal Database (UDB) Components

The program includes DB2 UDB JDBC drivers. You are authorized to use these JDBC drivers only in association with your licensed use of DB2 Alphablox for connecting to DB2 UDB databases. These JDBC drivers may not be used for any other purpose. If your needs exceed your authorized use under this License, please contact Your IBM sales representative or IBM Business Partner.

Software Maintenance applies: Yes

Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support, is included in the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement. Installation and technical support is delivered by the Software Maintenance offering of the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement. This fee service allows voice and electronic access to IBM support organizations.

IBM includes one year of Software Maintenance with the initial license acquisition of each Program acquired. The initial period of Software Maintenance can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.

While your Software Maintenance is in effect, IBM gives you assistance for your routine, short duration installation and usage (how-to) questions; and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance via telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your end users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. For additional details, consult your IBM Software Support Guide at

Software Maintenance does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under this agreement.

For more information about the Passport Advantage Agreement, visit the Passport Advantage Web site at

iSeries Software Maintenance applies: No

Educational allowance available: Not applicable

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 — Z125-6907, Amendment for iSeries and pSeries Temporary 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 available on the IBM eServer platform. These services provide the opportunity for 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 gives you 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 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 deliver proactive service that may result in 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.

To learn how IBM Electronic Services can work for you, visit


 
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Prices

The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. 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.

Passport Advantage

For Passport Advantage information and charges, contact your IBM representative or authorized IBM Business Partner. Additional information is also available at

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, both from 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.
 
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To order, contact the Americas Call Centers or your local IBM representative.

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

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 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)
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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Trademarks

 
iSeries, POWER, OpenPower, DB2 OLAP Server, Cloudscape, Informix, Red Brick, Database 2, AIX 5L, and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
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