IBM System Storage DR550 solution gains new file access function with optional IBM System Storage File System Gateway Software

IBM United States Software Announcement 207-091
April 24, 2007

 

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

The IBM System Storage DR550 solution is designed to help businesses address the growing challenge of managing and protecting retention-managed data and other critical information assets with operational efficiency.

The new optional DR550 File System Gateway:

  • Offers file-based archiving with IBM DR550
  • Adds a new way to access the DR550
  • Establishes an NFS/CIFS file system interface to applications
  • Provides enhanced availability with a dual-node configuration
  • Enables DR550 archive access for Network File System (NFS) and Common Internet File System (CIFS) files

The File System Gateway Software enables many additional content management applications to access the DR550 by adding NFS and CIFS network file access.

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).
 
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Overview

Increasingly, many of the files that businesses need to be able to cost-effectively store and efficiently retrieve to meet business legal and corporate governance requirements are transmitted in the NFS or CIFS formats for increased standard accessibility.

The new IBM System Storage™ DR550 File System Gateway offers file-based archiving capabilities for the IBM System Storage DR550 solution and provides a NFS and CIFS file system interface to applications. Optional for new DR550 solution orders, the File System Gateway component comes in single or dual-node high availability configurations.

The DR550 solution offers policy-based, archive data retention capabilities and provides nonerasable, nonrewritable data storage capabilities to help address the needs of industries and businesses with long-term data retention and protection requirements.

The new File System Gateway offers file archiving capability for the DR550 solution, typically without requiring any application enablement. This capability extends DR550 functionality to a broad range of content management ISV applications that support an NFS/CIFS interface for their storage archives.

The DR550 File System Gateway Software requires the File System Gateway hardware (2229-FSG), in the context of a new DR550 V4.0 or DR550 Express V4.0 solution order. The DR550 File System Gateway supports dual-node high availability DR550 configurations with a dual-node File System Gateway; in this File System Gateway configuration, an individual File System Gateway Software license is required for each node of the File System Gateway.

Refer to the announcements listed in the Reference information section.
 
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Key prerequisites

The DR550 File System Gateway operates in conjunction with, and requires, either the IBM System Storage DR550 V4.0 solution or the IBM System Storage DR550 Express V4.0 solution for a complete configuration.

The IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway Software also requires the IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway hardware (2229-FSG) for operation. New DR550 File System Gateway Software orders ship pre-installed on this hardware.

For detailed requirements, refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections, and to announcements listed in the Reference information section.
 
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Planned availability date

June 8, 2007
 
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Description

The IBM System Storage File System Gateway Software enables many additional content management applications to access the DR550 by adding NFS and CIFS network file access support. The File System Gateway Software takes files that are sent using network file protocols and associates these files with an IBM System Storage Archive Manager management policy. This is done by using customer-configurable path and file naming pattern matching rules. The File System Gateway sends these files with their associated policies to the DR550, using the SSAM application program interface. Files can be retrieved using the same name and directory as they were stored under.

The File System Gateway can assign a minimum retention period to files. After this period, files are maintained until deleted by explicit action by the content management application.

The File System Gateway confirms that its file information matches the files on the DR550. This is designed to prevent files from being maintained on the DR550 that have expired per the File System Gateway assigned policy, and to confirm that files that have expired on the DR550 are also expired on the Gateway file listing.

Both the SSAM API and the NFS and CIFS network file protocols are supported concurrently by the File System Gateway Software. This means that multiple content management applications can access the same DR550 solution using any combination of the SSAM API and the NFS and CIFS network file protocols.

The File System Gateway Software runs on the co-required File System Gateway hardware (2229-FSG). The File System Gateway can run in High Availability mode by running on two nodes in an active-passive configuration. In this configuration, if the main or primary File System Gateway fails, the secondary File System Gateway is capable of automatically taking over.

The File System Gateway hardware connects to the customer network using either 1 Gbps SX or 10/100/1000 Mbps TX Ethernet adapters. The 2229-FSG connects to the DR550 using a 10/100/1000 TX Ethernet adapter. An optional 10/100/1000 TX Ethernet connection between Gateway servers is used in the High Availability configuration.

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Reference information

For information on the hardware co-requisite for IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway Software V1 (IBM 2229-FSG), refer to 107-240 , dated April 24, 2007.

For information on IBM System Storage DR550 V4.0 and DR550 Express V4.0, refer to 707-002 , dated April 24, 2007.

For information on IBM System Storage DR550 V3.0 and DR550 Express V3.0, refer to 706-001 , dated February 28, 2006.

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).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 207-091

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Education support

Education offerings for this product are not available.

IBM training provides education to support many IBM offerings. Descriptions of courses for IT professionals and managers are on the IBM training Web site

Call IBM training at 800-IBM-TEACH (426-8322) for catalogs, schedules, and enrollments.
 
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Offering Information

Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site


 
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Publications

The following publications will be provided with the product. These publications will be available in English only. A CD-ROM containing a softcopy (PDF format) of the product documentation, LCD8-0666, is shipped with the hardware product.

Title                                  Order number
 
IBM System Storage(TM) DR550 Express   95P5035
 V4.0 Installation Setup,
 Operations, and Problem
 Determination Guide
IBM System Storage DR550 File          GC27-2123
 System Gateway Software
 Installation Guide
IBM System Storage DR550 File          GC27-2124
 System Gateway Software
 Integration Guide
IBM System Storage DR550 File          GC27-2125
 System Gateway Software
 User Guide
IBM System Storage DR550 File          GC27-2126
 System Gateway Software
 Maintenance Guide
IBM System Storage DR550 File          GC27-2127
 System Gateway Software
 Version 1.x Release Notes

Additional copies of these publications may be ordered from the IBM Publications Center.

The IBM Publications Center

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

For related DR550 solution and DR550 File System Gateway hardware publications, refer to the announcements listed in the Reference information section.
 
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Technical information

Hardware requirements

IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway Software V1 is shipped preloaded on and requires the IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway hardware, co-ordered as IBM 2229-FSG. The optional DR550 File System Gateway is orderable only with new DR550 V4.0 solutions.

Installation on dual-node 2229-FSG processors requires a software license entitlement for the File System Gateway Software for each File System Gateway hardware node — that is, two software licenses are required for dual-node processors.

Additionally, the other hardware and software components of the DR550 solution are required for a functioning configuration. For a complete listing of these components, refer to announcements listed in the Reference information section.

Software requirements

Software and hardware components for a IBM System Storage DR550 V4.0 configuration are required for installation of the IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway running DR550 File System Gateway Software V1.

DR550 File System Gateway Software V1 requires the SuSE Linux™ Enterprise Server Edition 10 (SLES 10) software, which is also preinstalled on the File System Gateway hardware node with this software. SLES 10 upgrades relevant to the DR550 File System Gateway will be identified by IBM on the DR550 support Web site

Supporting software and applications must be obtained separately from IBM, IBM Business Partners, or ISVs.

Fee-based installation and upgrade services are also available from IBM.

For a complete listing of these components, refer to announcements listed in the Reference information section.

Compatibility: DR550 File System Gateway Software V1 is compatible with standard NFS and CIFS file formats and interoperates with the IBM DR550 V4.0.

Limitations: DR550-FSG software is available only with new orders of IBM System Storage DR550 4.0 or DR550 Express 4.0.

IBM 2229-FSG hardware, also orderable only with DR550 V4.0 or DR550 Express 4.0 solutions, is co-requisite.

For additional information, refer to Usage restrictions in the Terms and conditions section of this announcement or to the License Information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement Web site

Planning information

Installation planning requirements for the IBM System Storage 2229-FSG File System Gateway Node (co-required) apply.

Customer responsibilities: All announced requirements for DR550 2229-FSG hardware apply.

Direct customer support: For technical support or assistance, contact your IBM representative or for DR550 information, visit

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Packaging

New order packaging

IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway Software is preloaded on and shipped with the co-required File System Gateway hardware node.

Both software and hardware for the DR550 File System Gateway can only be ordered with a new IBM System Storage DR550 V4.0 solution order, within an ECFGSSG configurator session.

IBM license documents are included in the IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway Software V1 CD that ships with the File System Gateway hardware node on which they are preloaded, and in hardcopy, for all shipments. Preload feature number 5005 must be specified on all new orders of DR550 File System Gateway Software ordered in conjunction with each File System Gateway hardware node order included in the DR550 V4.0 order sequence.

The following are shipped with each new DR550 File System Gateway order:

  • License Information for IBM System Storage File System Gateway, LC23-5013
  • IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway Software CD, LCD8-0664
  • Bycast Enablement Layer for IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway CD, LCD8-0665
  • IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway Software Documentation CD, LCD8-0666
  • IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Support and Addendum for Support, GI19-0246

A paid invoice acts as Proof of Entitlement (POE) for all orders of IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway Software.

All associated media and publications listed are shipped with the new hardware order. One media set per DR550 V4.0/File System Gateway order will be shipped.

Refer to the hardware and software announcements listed in the Reference information section for correlated order features.

Media feature number 5809 under 5639-DR1 includes:

Media Title                                      Form number
 
License Information for IBM System Storage       LC23-5013
 DR550 File System Gateway
Bycast Enablement Layer for IBM System           LCD8-0665
 Storage File System Gateway CD
IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway     LCD8-0664
 Software CD

Media feature number 5819 under 5639-DR1 includes:

Media Title                                      Form number
 
IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway     LCD8-0666
 Software Documentation CD

It is not necessary to include feature numbers 5809 or 5819 on new orders that are preloaded on and shipped with 2229-FSG hardware; their contents will be automatically shipped with new orders. Feature numbers 5809 and 5819 may be optionally included on Software Maintenance orders.

CD-ROMs are ISO 9660 standard.

Publications are in English.

Security, auditability, and control

IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway Software uses the security and auditability features of the host server and operating system. 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
 
IBM System Storage   5639-DR1        per Server install
 DR550
 File System Gateway
 Software

Server

A server is a computer system that executes requested procedures, commands, or applications to one or more user or client devices. A PoE must be obtained for each server regardless of the number of processors and partitions in the server on which the program runs or for each server managed by the program. Where blade technology is employed, each blade is considered a separate server.

Order one IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway Software V1 license for each File System Gateway hardware node in the File System Gateway hardware order. Order the 2229-FSG hardware first — an option under either the DR550 V4.0 or DR550 Express V4.0 solution. The File System Gateway Software order options will be presented by the configurator in this context. If the DR550 solution order context is DR550 Express, use the Express Gateway Software features.

Program number: 5639-DR1
 
Program name: IBM System Storage DR550
File System Gateway Software V1
 
Basic license one-time charge
features
 
Feature                               Feature
description                           number
 
DR550 Gateway Software                0001
 Program Package
 per Server
 with 1 Year SW Maintenance
DR550 Express Gateway SW              0002
 Program Package
 per Express Server™
 with 1 Year SW Maintenance
 
No-charge features:
 
Media features are the same for
 DR550 File System Gateway Software
 ordered with either DR550 4.0 or
 with DR550 4.0 Express orders.
 
No-Charge Preload                     5005**
 
DR550 File System Gateway             5809
 Software Media
 
DR550 File System Gateway             5819
 Software Documentation
 
** Required for all new orders

This software license includes one year of Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support. Software Maintenance is required, and for new DR550 solution orders is ordered in the same configurator process as the product order, in context of the optional File System Gateway hardware order, under either the DR550 V4.0 or DR550 Express V4.0 solution order.

Extending coverage for a total of three years from the date of acquisition may be elected. Order the program number, feature number, and quantity to extend coverage for your software licenses. If maintenance has expired, specify the after-license feature number.

Order 1-Year Software Registration with all new orders.

Order Express Gateway (per Express Server) Software Maintenance features consistently, when the File System Gateway is configured under the DR550 Express V4 solution.

Software license under 5639-DR1 includes 1 year Software Maintenance
 
Program name: IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway Software
 
              Software Maintenance — one-time charge
 
Program                                              Feature
number    Description                                number
 
5639-RR1  DR550 Gateway Software
           Software Maintenance
          No-charge 1 Yr Registration                0001
           per Server
          1 Year Renewal                             0002
           per Server
5639-RR1  DR550 Express Gateway SW
           Software Maintenance
          No-charge 1 Yr Registration                0003
           per Express Server
          1 Year Renewal                             0004
           per Express Server
5639-RR2  DR550 Gateway Software
           Software Maintenance
          1 Year After License                       0001
           per Server
5639-RR2  DR550 Express Gateway SW
           Software Maintenance
          1 Year After License                       0002
           per Express Server
5639-RR3  DR550 Gateway Software
           Software Maintenance
          3 Year Registration                        0001
           per Server
5639-RR3  DR550 Express Gateway SW
           Software Maintenance
          3 Year Registration                        0002
           per Express Server
5639-RR4  DR550 Gateway Software
           Software Maintenance
          3 Year Renewal                             0001
           per Server
5639-RR4  DR550 Express Gateway SW
           Software Maintenance
          3 Year Renewal                             0002
           per Express Server
5639-RR5  DR550 Gateway Software
           Software Maintenance
          3 Year After License                       0001
           per Server
5639-RR5  DR550 Express Gateway SW
           Software Maintenance
          3 Year After License                       0002
           per Express Server
 
No-charge features:
 
DR550 File System Gateway                            5809
 Software Media
DR550 File System Gateway                            5819
 Software Documentation

 
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Terms and conditions

The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage® Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

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

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

Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance: The IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011) agreement applies for maintenance and does not require customer signatures.

Limited warranty: Yes

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

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

IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program ("Warranty Period").

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 subscription 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. You will be notified, via announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice. If you require additional technical support from IBM, including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.

Money-back guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, you may obtain a refund of the amount you paid for it, if within 30 days of your invoice date you return the program and its PoE to the party from whom you obtained it. If you downloaded the program, you may contact the party from whom you acquired it for instructions on how to obtain the refund.

For clarification, note that for programs acquired under any of IBM's On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) software offerings, this term does not apply since these offerings apply to programs already acquired and in use by you.

Authorization for use on home/portable computer: You may not copy and use this program on another computer without paying additional license fees.

Other terms

Volume orders (IVO): No

Passport Advantage applies: No

Usage restrictions: Yes. IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway Software V1 may only be installed and operated on the IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway hardware, or its IBM-designated replacements, and within either an IBM System Storage DR550 V4.0 solution or an IBM System Storage DR550 Express V4.0 solution configuration, in compliance with hardware and software requirements in this announcement and the cross-referenced announcements for the DR550 V4.0.

Dual-node IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway hardware configurations require a File System Gateway Software license for each processor or node.

Supporting software and applications must be obtained separately from IBM, IBM Business Partners, or ISVs.

For additional information, refer to the License Information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement Web site

Software Maintenance applies: Yes

All distributed software licenses include Software Maintenance (Software Subscription and Technical Support) for a period of 12 months from the date of acquisition, providing a streamlined way to acquire IBM software and assure technical support coverage for all licenses. Extending coverage for a total of three years from date of acquisition may be elected.

Support communication is offered in English only.

Non-Severity-1 Support will be provided only during U.S. Eastern time normal business hours. While your Software Maintenance is in effect, IBM provides 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 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.

IBM Operational Support Services — SoftwareXcel: No

System i™ Software Maintenance applies: No

Variable charges apply: No

Educational allowance available

Yes. A 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.
 
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IBM Electronic Services

IBM has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to help put you on the road to higher system availability. Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that offers a no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available for IBM servers. These services provide the opportunity for greater system availability with faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. Electronic Services comprises two separate, but complementary, elements: Electronic Services news page and Electronic Services Agent.

The Electronic Services news page is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used 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 Electronic Service Agent™ is no-additional-charge software that resides on your server. It monitors events and transmits system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, client-defined timetable. The Electronic 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 is made available to IBM service support representatives when they help answer your questions or diagnose problems.

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Prices

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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:   callserv@ca.ibm.com
 Mail:       IBM Americas Call Centers
             Dept. Teleweb Customer Support, 9th floor
             105 Moatfield Drive
             North York, Ontario
             Canada M3B 3R1
 
 Reference:  YE001

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

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