IBM z/VM V5.3 — Additional enhancements available

IBM United States Software Announcement 207-135
June 12, 2007

 

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TOC link Overview TOC link Publications
TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link Technical information
TOC link Planned availability date TOC link Ordering information
TOC link Description TOC link Terms and conditions
TOC link Product positioning TOC link IBM Electronic Services
TOC link Statement of direction TOC link Prices
TOC link Reference information TOC link Order now
TOC link Education support  
 
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(Corrected on August 9, 2007)

The Basic license section was revised and a Terms and conditions section was added.

(Corrected on June 13, 2007)

In the Description section, under z/VM integrated systems management, MCL G40946 was corrected to MCL G40965.
 

At a glance

z/VM V5.3 is designed to provide:

  • Further enhancements for memory utilization to help relieve memory constraints
  • Support for the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller Storage Engine 2145
  • Virtual Switch (VSWITCH) support for IEEE 802.3ad link aggregation
  • Systems management of z/VM guests from the Hardware Management Console (HMC)

For ordering, contact:

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

z/VM® V5.3 offers improvements to scalability, security, and virtualization technology that can help support increased workloads on IBM System z9™ and zSeries® servers, and is designed to enhance security characteristics.

z/VM V5.3 now supports a logical partition that is configured with up to 256 GB of real memory, twice the size supported by the previous release.

z/VM V5.3 supports the IBM System Storage™ SAN Volume Controller (SVC) Storage Engine 2145 and provides Virtual Switch (VSWITCH) support for IEEE 802.3ad link aggregation, including failover support. As well, z/VM V5.3 will support basic z/VM systems-management functions from the Hardware Management Console (HMC) without having to establish additional network connections, thereby reducing the complexity of the system configuration.

The z/VM hypervisor is designed to help clients extend the business value of mainframe technology across the enterprise by integrating applications and data while providing exceptional levels of availability, security, and operational ease. z/VM virtualization technology is designed to allow the capability for clients to run hundreds to thousands of Linux™ servers on a single mainframe running with other System z™ operating systems, such as z/OS®, or as a large-scale Linux-only enterprise server solution. z/VM V5.3 can also help to improve productivity by hosting non-Linux workloads such as z/OS, z/VSE®, and z/TPF.

For the most current information on z/VM, refer to the z/VM Web site at


 
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Key prerequisites

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


 
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Planned availability date
  • June 29, 2007

 
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Description

Support for up to 256 GB of real memory

Changes to page table allocation in z/VM V5.3 allow z/VM images to support significantly more real memory, up to 256 GB, twice the size supported by z/VM V5.2, with the potential of having up to 8 terabytes (TB) of total virtual memory in use by guests. The actual amount of usable real and virtual memory depends on the amount of real memory in the z/VM logical partition, on the hardware server model, firmware level, and configuration, and on the number of guests and their workload characteristics. This enhancement can benefit clients with large amounts of real memory, and may help reduce or eliminate the need to spread large workloads across multiple z/VM images. Enhancements to the management of contiguous page frames may also reduce memory management overhead and improve performance. Better z/VM management of real memory can benefit most clients who experience memory constraints, regardless of the amount of central memory they have configured for z/VM use.

For specific information on the effects of these changes, refer to the z/VM V5.3 Performance Report, planned to be available from the z/VM Web site on June 29, 2007.

Support for the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller

IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller: The SAN Volume Controller can transform the traditional relationship a host has with its volume manager. The SVC can be attached to a storage network to provide a virtualized pool of storage shared by all hosts. For additional information on the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller Storage Engine, refer to Hardware Announcement 106-425 , dated May 23, 2006. For the new IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller Storage Engine 2145 Model 8G4 offering improved performance and scalability for diverse workloads, refer to Hardware Announcement 107-296 , dated May 22, 2007.

IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller Software V4.2: The IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller reduces the cost and complexity of managing storage, enhances business continuity posture by enabling data movement and management without application interruption, enables management of storage capacity as a single pool, and enhances productivity by providing a single, central management point for storage administration. For additional information on the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller, and especially the newest SVC 4.2 release with advanced copy services enhancements, refer to Software Announcement 207-105 , dated May 22, 2007.

The list of supported hardware, device driver, and firmware levels for the SAN Volume Controller can be found in the interoperability information at

z/VM support for the 2145 SAN Volume Controller: Using the 2145 SAN Volume Controller, z/VM and its guest operating systems that support the SVC can access SCSI FCP storage capacity from multiple vendors as a single reservoir of capacity that can be managed from a central point. z/VM supports the SVC through z/VM's generic SCSI device driver. The SVC is designed to handle the device-specific requirements for whatever collection of storage devices a client has attached to the SVC.

z/VM support for the SVC allows the z/VM control program (CP) to access IBM System Storage disk subsystems, including the DS8000™, DS6000™, DS4000™, and ESS series, as well as disk subsystems from other manufacturers that are supported by the SVC. The SVC can also be used to provide SCSI devices for use as CP-emulated FBA devices by guest operating systems (such as Linux on System z, CMS, and z/VSE) that can use FBA devices.

Use of SCSI devices accessed through the SVC by dedicated FCP subchannels is available to guest operating systems in any release of z/VM V5, without requiring the application of any PTFs. Such guests must provide the necessary device support for the SVC. SVC support is planned to be available in z/VM V5.3 and in z/VM V5.2 with the PTF for APAR VM64128. For Linux on System z guests, SVC V4.1.0 is supported for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 8, SLES 9, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4.

VSWITCH support of IEEE 802.3ad link aggregation

Link aggregation (trunking) is designed to allow clients to combine multiple physical OSA-Express2 ports into a single logical link to provide increased throughput and nondisruptive operation in the event that a port becomes unavailable. Based on network topology, the increased bandwidth available to the virtual switch in a link-aggregated configuration may yield improved performance over existing single-OSA configurations.

The OSA-Express adapters that comprise the link aggregation group must be connected to the same partner switch and LAN segment. If there is a connectivity problem with any of the OSA-Express devices or if a device is manually or dynamically removed from the link-aggregated group, the virtual switch will detect the condition and packet transmission will immediately continue over another device in the group. Thus, this support provides the capability for immediate and automatic backup of devices within the group. A failover OSA-Express adapter can be specified and will be used in the event of a failure in which the entire link aggregation group becomes unavailable. Similar to the existing support in z/VM V5.2, failover devices can be specified when the virtual switch is defined. Only a single failover device is deployed at a time, although multiple devices can be specified for the failover capability. For optimum connectivity, the primary and failover devices should be connected to separate physical switches.

z/VM link aggregation support:

  • Provides only for Layer 2 virtual switches, such as those defined with the ETHERNET option and used by guests that support Layer 2.
  • Supports only z9 EC and z9 BC servers with the required OSA-Express2 dedicate and disable port functions that are available with the May 11, 2007, level of Licensed Internal Code (LIC).
  • Allows up to 8 OSA-Express2 ports to be aggregated per virtual switch. Each aggregated port is used exclusively by the z/VM hypervisor and cannot be shared with another logical partition when active within a link aggregation group.
  • Allows failover to a single OSA-Express adapter in the event of failure of the link aggregation group.

The PTF for APAR PK34867 is required for z/VM V5.2 and V5.1 if z/VM V5.3 is running in another LPAR on the same CEC and is using the VSWITCH support for link aggregation.

This satisfies the statement of direction announced in the z/VM V5.3 Software Announcement 207-019 , dated February 6, 2007.

For additional information on link aggregation for z/VM in Layer 2 mode, refer to Hardware Announcement 107-190 , dated April 18, 2007.

z/VM integrated systems management

z/VM integrated systems management exploits the Hardware Management Console (HMC) on the IBM System z family of servers to provide out-of-the-box, integrated GUI-based basic management of z/VM guests. The HMC automatically detects z/VM images running on System z servers that it is enabled to manage. The z/VM integrated systems management capability supports the following image-management functions: activate guest, deactivate guest, and display guest status. z/VM provides a local management interface to allow these basic z/VM systems-management functions to be performed from the HMC without having to establish additional network connections, thereby reducing the complexity of system configuration.

The z/VM integrated systems management function requires a z9 EC, a z9 BC, or an IBM eServer® zSeries 990 (z990), 890 (z890), 900 (z900), or 800 (z800). The HMC must be at level 2.9.2, and the Support Element (SE) must be at the following levels:

  • 2.9.2 for the z9 EC and z9 BC
  • 1.8.2 for the z990 and z890
  • 1.7.3 for the z900 and z800

In order to use the integrated systems management support, MCL G40965 and the PTFs for APARs VM64233 and VM64234 are required.

Refer to the z/VM subsets of the Preventive Service Planning (PSP) buckets for a specific server to identify any additional applicable APARs or MCLs that are required.

Withdrawal from marketing extended for RSCS V3.2.0

IBM announced its intention to withdraw the stand-alone Remote Spooling Communications Subsystem (RSCS) V3.2.0 (5684-096) product from marketing to be effective September 30, 2007, in Software Announcement 207-019 , dated February 6, 2007.

This date for the withdrawal from marketing of RSCS V3.2.0 (5684-096) has been extended to September 30, 2008, for z/VM V5.2. The date remains September 30, 2007, for the Common Criteria Certification feature, formerly known as z/VM V5.1.

Discontinuation of service support extended for RACF® for VM V1.10

IBM announced its intention to discontinue service support for the stand-alone RACF for VM V1.10.0 (5740-XXH) product to be effective May 5, 2008, in Withdrawal Announcement 907-023 , dated February 6, 2007.

This date for discontinuing service support for RACF for VM V1.10.0 (5740-XXH) has been extended to April 30, 2009, for z/VM V5.2 and this extension applies only to z/VM V5.2. The date remains May 5, 2008, for the Common Criteria Certification feature.

IBM has withdrawn the stand-alone RACF for VM V1.10.0 (5740-XXH) product from marketing effective March 5, 2007, as announced in Withdrawal Announcement 906-254 , dated December 5, 2006.

Withdrawal of Callup V1.3 from the z/VM SDO

IBM has withdrawn Callup V1.3 (5684-160) from marketing effective March 5, 2007, as announced in Withdrawal Announcement 906-254 , dated December 5, 2006. Therefore, Callup V1.3 is no longer provided and is not orderable with the z/VM V5.3 System Delivery Offering (SDO). As announced, there is no replacement product for Callup V1.3.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

The following features support use by people with disabilities:

  • Operation by keyboard alone
  • Optional font enlargement and high-contrast display settings
  • Screen readers and screen magnifiers tested for use by people with visual impairment

 
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Product positioning

For product positioning of z/VM V5.3, refer to z/VM V5.3 Software Announcement 207-019 , dated February 6, 2007.
 
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Statement of direction

3592 distribution medium

IBM intends to support 3592 tape as a distribution medium by third quarter 2007. IBM continues to distribute z/VM on 3480 and 3590 tape, on DVD, and via electronic delivery from ShopzSeries.

All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice.
 
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Reference information

For information on the z9 EC, refer to:

  • Hardware Announcement 107-190 , dated April 18, 2007
  • Hardware Announcement 106-715 , dated October 10, 2006
  • Hardware Announcement 106-293 , dated April 27, 2006
  • Hardware Announcement 105-241 , dated July 27, 2005

For information on the z9 BC, refer to:

  • Hardware Announcement 107-190 , dated April 18, 2007
  • Hardware Announcement 106-715 , dated October 10, 2006
  • Hardware Announcement 106-287 , dated April 27, 2006

For information on the zSeries 990 (z990), zSeries 890 (z890), zSeries 900 (z900), and zSeries 800 (z800), refer to z/VM V5.3 Software Announcement 207-019 , dated February 6, 2007.

For z/VM V5.3 capabilities, refer to z/VM V5.3 Software Announcement 207-019 , dated February 6, 2007.

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 207-135

Trademarks

 
System z9, System Storage, System z, DS8000, DS4000, and DS6000 are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
z/VM, zSeries, z/OS, z/VSE, eServer, and RACF are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
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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Education support

IBM Training offers classroom training, e-learning, conferences, certification, course roadmaps, and more. These publicly held or privately available courses are focused on z/VM® and Linux™ for System z™. IBM Training also provides on-site training with customized content and course materials for small or large groups.

The z/VM and Linux course catalog includes:

  • ZV02 — z/VM Introduction and Concepts (3 days)
  • ZV10 — z/VM and Linux Connectivity and Management (3.5 days)
  • ZV06 — Installing, Configuring and Servicing z/VM for Linux Guests (5 days)
  • ZV20 — z/VM RACF® and DirMaint™ Implementation (4.5 days)

The Linux course catalog includes:

  • ZL12 — Linux Basics — A zSeries® Perspective (2 days)
  • ZL10 — Linux Implementation for zSeries (3 days)
  • ZL15 — Advanced Solutions for Linux on zSeries (4 days)

For information on these courses or additional VM education, contact your local IBM Education Services or call IBM Training at 800-IBM-TEACH (426-8322) for catalogs, schedules, and enrollments.

You may also visit the IBM Training Web site at

For z/VM and Linux education, select "Training Finder — U.S.," then under "Technology area," select "Mainframe servers," then under "Mainframe servers," select "z/VM and Linux."

For Linux education, select "Training Finder — U.S.," then under "Technology area," select "Linux."

IBM IT Training offers various savings programs on IBM education. For more information on the savings programs available in your country, visit the IBM Training Web site at

Select "Training in other countries," then select "IBM Education Pack — Save on Training," then select a country to view the various options.

Technical conferences

IBM Training offers public and private z/VM classes and annual technical conferences in Europe (in the first half of the year) and in the United States (in the second half of the year).

The following System z technical conference featuring z/OS®, z/VM, z/VSE®, and Linux on System z is scheduled for 2007:

  • IBM System z Expo, September 17-21, San Antonio, Texas

For more information about IBM technical conferences, visit

Additional VM educational resources can be found on the z/VM Web site at


 
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Offering Information

Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site


 
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Publications

For publications information, refer to z/VM V5.3 Software Announcement 207-019 , dated February 6, 2007.
 
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Technical information

Hardware requirements

z/VM V5.3 will operate on:

  • System z9™ Enterprise Class

    Refer to the Preventive Service Planning (PSP) bucket for the minimum MCL level and any required updates.

  • System z9 Business Class

    Refer to the Preventive Service Planning (PSP) bucket for the minimum MCL level and any required updates.

  • IBM eServer zSeries 990 and 890
    • At a minimum, MCL009 in the J13479 (SE-FCS 3X) stream must be installed.
    • At a minimum, MCL112 in the J13484 stream must be installed prior to IPLing z/VM V5.3 to avoid system outages.

      For additional information on this required update, refer to Resource Link™ at

      You must have a Resource Link user ID and password. Select "Fixes," then select "Hiper Alerts" under "Alerts," then select "zSeries — z990" or "zSeries — z890," then select "051205 HIPER MCL for 2084, 2086."

  • IBM eServer zSeries 900
  • IBM eServer zSeries 800

Refer to the PSP bucket for your System z server for any additional updates. The PSP buckets can be found on Resource Link at

  • For the z9 EC, refer to the "Upgrade 2094DEVICE, Subset 2094/ZVM" bucket
  • For the z9 BC, refer to the "Upgrade 2096DEVICE, Subset 2096/ZVM" bucket
  • For the z990, refer to the "Upgrade 2084DEVICE, Subset 2084/ZVM" bucket
  • For the z890, refer to the "Upgrade 2086DEVICE, Subset 2086/ZVM" bucket
  • For the z900, refer to the "Upgrade 2064DEVICE, Subset 2064/ZVM" bucket
  • For the z800, refer to the "Upgrade 2066DEVICE, Subset 2066/ZVM" bucket

Specific processor facilities required by z/VM V5.3 can be found on the z/VM Web site at

Refer to the appendix of the z/VM General Information manual for more information.

For additional hardware requirements, refer to z/VM V5.3 Software Announcement 207-019 , dated February 6, 2007.

Software requirements

Additional prerequisite requirements

OSA and Open Systems Adapter/Support Facility (OSA/SF) program requirements: OSA/SF is provided with and supported on z/VM and can be accessed by a CMS user ID, a REXX EXEC, or a Java™-based Graphical User Interface (GUI). The GUI needs access to the Java 1.4 runtime and help on the workstation.

Access at the OSA/SF GUI requires the following communications protocols:

  • For TCP/IP communication:
    • TCP/IP for z/VM on the host
    • TCP/IP on the workstation

OSA/SF 4.4.0 is also provided in the OSA/SF facility for z/VM V5.3.

  • The PTF for APAR OA20105 provides status information on an OSA port — its "shared" or "exclusive use" state in support of the z/VM VSWITCH support for link aggregation and displaying the Layer 3 Virtual Media Access Control (MAC) in the OSA Address Table (OAT).
  • To support an OSA in TCP/IP Passthru mode in a z/VM V5.3 environment, OSA/SF requires TCP/IP for z/VM V5.3. OSA/SF support is required in this mode only if access to one of the OSA's ports is being shared by more than one host program or if an ATM OSA-2 is being used as a LAN Emulation Client (LEC).

For additional information on OSA/SF, refer to Hardware Announcement 103-142 , dated May 13, 2003.

For a complete list of prerequisite software requirements, refer to z/VM V5.3 Software Announcement 207-019 , dated February 6, 2007.

Limitations

  • z/VM V5 will operate only on hardware servers that support z/Architecture™ (64-bit), including z9 EC, z9 BC, z990, z890, z900, and z800.
  • Linux is the only guest operating system z/VM will support on IFL processors (other than z/VM V4 or z/VM V5 themselves).
  • Use of IFL processors on z800 and z900 servers requires LPAR mode. Customers who choose to add IFL processors to a z800 or z900 server running in basic mode will also have to change to run the server in LPAR mode to make use of the IFL processors. This is not a consideration for z9 EC, z9 BC, z990, and z890 servers, which do not have basic mode.
  • z/VM V5 does not provide support for V=R or V=F guest, even on servers that provide basic mode. Customers using basic mode to run V=R and V=F guests should consider this when migrating to z/VM V5. The increase in processor requirements to run a V=V guest that was previously run as V=R may be significant due to the loss of various hardware assists.

Performance considerations

System performance depends on the hardware resources allocated to z/VM V5.3 and on the level of activity within each Linux image. The results of the performance evaluation of z/VM V5.3 are planned to be available on June 29, 2007, in the z/VM Performance Report on the z/VM Web site at

Additional z/VM performance information is available on the z/VM Web site at

For assistance in understanding the performance implications for a particular situation, contact your IBM representative or your IBM Business Partner.

User group requirements

This announcement satisfies or partially satisfies requirements from one or more of the worldwide user group communities. Groups include zSeries Business Leaders' Council (z/BLC), World Alliance of VSE and VM (WAVV), COMMON, COMMON Europe, GUIDE/SHARE EUROPE, Interaction (Australia/NZ, includes the former ASG and COMMON Australia), Japan GUIDE/SHARE (JGS), and SHARE Inc.

User group requirements satisfied with this announcement:

Requirement
number        Requirement description
 
MR1229065142  Allow the definition a RACF user ID which
               cannot be revoked due to excessive invalid
               password attempts
 
MR1117064811  Ability for StandAlone Dump to dynamically
               determine the IPL tape device and write the
               dump to that device

For the complete list of other requirements satisfied in z/VM V5.3, refer to z/VM V5.3 Software Announcement 207-019 , dated February 6, 2007.

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

z/VM V5.3 Subscription and Support (S&S): To order z/VM V5.3, you must use the SDO, program number 5741-A06. The z/VM base system, any ordered optional z/VM features, and any ordered SDO licensed products will be delivered as part of the z/VM SDO.

If you desire the level of service provided under the IBM ICA license agreement with S/390® and z/VM licensed products, you are strongly encouraged to order the program number for z/VM S&S (5741-SNS). This program number provides enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours) and access to updates, releases, and versions of the program for as long as support is in effect. z/VM S&S will be automatically added to your order. If you do not desire the S&S license for z/VM and/or the optional features of DirMaint, RSCS, RACF Security Server, or the Performance Toolkit for VM, you must take specific action to decline this support.

To host Linux guests of z/VM V5, you must also obtain a Linux for System z distribution. Information on those Linux distribution partners that have a marketing relationship with IBM can be found at

Licensed products packaged with z/VM V5.3: With the availability of z/VM V5, the following priced, optional products or features are automatically shipped and preinstalled on the z/VM V5 base product media:

  • DirMaint FL530 feature
  • RSCS FL530 feature
  • RACF Security Server FL530 feature
  • Performance Toolkit for VM FL530 feature

For more information on these products or features, refer to z/VM V5.3 Software Announcement 207-019 , dated February 6, 2007.

These products or features must be enabled before using. If you choose to enable them, you must have a license for the product or the feature.

If you do not have a license for DirMaint, RSCS, RACF, or the Performance Toolkit for VM, you may establish one by placing an order for the optional features. You will receive the program directory for the optional feature or program product. The program directories include instructions for enabling use of the products.

For other IBM licensed products or products from Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), you should review the following support documents:

Running 370-mode applications: To simplify the migration of older applications and facilitate the running of 370-mode-only CMS applications in XA-, ESA-, or XC-mode virtual machines, IBM provides the 370 Accommodation function. This function originally shipped with VM/ESA® V1.2.1 (available July 1993) and has since been enhanced as the result of customer experience and input. 370 Accommodation handles the vast majority of inconsistencies between 370 mode and XA, ESA, or XC mode, eliminating the need to change these applications to exploit the new architectures.

z/VM V5 supports only XA-, ESA-, and XC-mode virtual machines. z/VM V5 does not support 370-mode virtual machines. 370-mode virtual machines are converted to XA mode during logon processing. The 370 Accommodation function is still supported for applications. If you find your applications cannot run under the current level of CMS, you should use the 370 Accommodation function or modify your applications, if possible. If problems persist, call IBM Service for assistance.

Direct customer support: Direct customer support is provided by IBM Operational Support Services — SoftwareXcel. This fee service enhances your productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organization. IBM Operational Support Services — SoftwareXcel helps answer questions pertaining to usage and suspected software defects for eligible products.

Installation and technical support is provided by Global Services. For more information call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

For technical support or assistance, go to the Web site below or contact your IBM representative for additional assistance.

Packaging

z/VM V5.3: The z/VM V5.3 product package is distributed with the following:

  • International Program License Agreement (IPLA) (Z125-3301).
  • License Information Document (LID) (GC24-6102).
  • If ordering to install using 3480 tape:
    • Basic machine-readable material on 3480 tape cartridges for installation to a 3390 DASD.
    • Stacked Recommended Service Update (RSU) 3480 tape cartridges containing required service.
    • Summary for Automated Installation and Service (Tape Installation), GA76-0407
  • If ordering to install using 3590 tape:
    • Basic machine-readable material on a 3590 tape cartridge for installation to a 3390 DASD.
    • Stacked RSU 3590 tape cartridge(s) containing required service.
    • Summary for Automated Installation and Service (Tape Installation), GA76-0407
  • If ordering to install using DVD:
    • Basic machine-readable material on one DVD for installation to a SCSI disk.
    • Basic machine-readable material on one DVD for installation to a 3390 DASD.
    • RSU DVD containing required service.
    • Summary for Automated Installation and Service (DVD Installation), GA76-0406

    Note: The DVD format is a binary image, not in z/VM DDR format.

  • One CD-ROM containing the IBM Online Library: z/VM Collection.
  • One DVD containing the IBM Online Library: z/VM Collection on DVD.
  • One tape containing the z/VM SDO Optional Products Enabling Aid labeled "z/VM Licensed Program Products." If any SDO optional products are ordered, the Enabling Aid will be stacked on the tape labeled "z/VM Licensed Program Products." Refer to the media report included with your shipment from IBM.
  • Publications:
    • z/VM: Guide for Automated Installation and Service (GC24-6099).
    • z/VM: Getting Started with Linux on System z (SC24-6096).
  • Program directories for z/VM V5.3, z/VM V5.3 SDO, and the preinstalled products.
  • Program directories for DirMaint, RSCS, RACF, and the Performance Toolkit for VM if these optional features are ordered.

Security, auditability, and control

The announced program uses the security and auditability features inherent in the virtual machine and the System/370™, ESA/370, and ESA/390 architectures, and z/Architecture. The security and auditability of z/VM V5 are the same for ESA/390 and z/Architecture. The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

Software Services

IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based Software Services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Also, we extend our IBM Software Services reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an unmatched portfolio of capabilities. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support any critical business need.

To learn more about IBM Software Services or to contact a Software Services sales specialist, visit


 
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Ordering information

Order z/VM SDO through the Internet

ShopzSeries provides an easy way to plan and order System z software upgrades, including z/VM. Using ShopzSeries, customers can quickly generate orders for z/VM SDOs. Additionally, ShopzSeries will ensure your order is technically correct (that is, ensures 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

The z/VM V5.3 SDO licensed products are eligible for Internet delivery using the ShopzSeries Web site and are planned to be available after the general availability of z/VM V5.3. The z/VM base operating system cannot be delivered using Internet delivery of ShopzSeries.

Basic license

Licensing for z/VM V5.3: The following z/VM V5 base and optional features and their associated Subscription and Support (S&S) are affected by the metric change from "flat price per engine" on z/VM V4 to "Value Units" based on the number of processors with z/VM V5:

IPLA      SDO       S&S
program   program   program   Program
number    number    number    description
 
5741-A05  5741-A06  5741-SNS  z/VM V5
5741-A05  5741-A06  5741-SNS  RSCS Feature
5741-A05  5741-A06  5741-SNS  RACF Security Server Feature
5741-A05  5741-A06  5741-SNS  DirMaint Feature
5741-A05  5741-A06  5741-SNS  Performance Toolkit for VM Feature

The program number 5741-A05 is used for licensing z/VM V5. You must specify the number of engine-based Value Units for the number of processors required as calculated by the Value Unit pricer.

Customers who purchased a Subscription and Support (S&S) contract for z/VM V4 will be entitled to a no-charge upgrade to z/VM V5.

Only Linux workloads in a logical partition (LPAR) or Linux guests of z/VM V5.3 may operate on IFL processors.

When ordering z/VM V5.3 or the optional features to operate on standard processors (CPs) for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the number of standard processors (CPs) on your z9 EC, z9 BC, z990, z900, z890, or z800 server.

For a single server in an enterprise, the number of Value Units ordered for any optional feature to operate on standard processors must be equal to the number of Value Units ordered for the base z/VM V5 product operating on standard processors.

When ordering z/VM V5.3 or the optional features to operate on IFL processors for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the number of IFL processors on your z9 EC, z9 BC, z990, z900, z890, or z800 server.

For a single server in an enterprise, the number of Value Units ordered for any optional feature to operate on IFL processors must be equal to the number of Value Units ordered for the base z/VM V5 product operating on IFL processors.

The quantity ordered cannot exceed the maximum number of processors per server. The number of processors for a single server to be used to calculate Value Units should not be more than:

Quantity
 
IFL        Standard   Maximum
processors processors processors Processor For each Server
 
    54         54         54     System z9 EC (2094)
     6          3          7     System z9 BC (2096 R07)
     7          4          7     System z9 BC (2096 S07)
    32         32         32     zSeries 990 (2084)
     4          4          4     zSeries 890 (2086)
    15         16         16     zSeries 900 (2064)
     3          4          4     zSeries 800 (2066)
     4          0          4     zSeries Offering for Linux
                                  (2066-0FL)

The optional features DirMaint, RSCS, RACF, and the Performance Toolkit for VM are preinstalled on the base system media. Ordering these features establishes a license for entitlement purposes and you will also receive a program directory for the optional features ordered. If you intend to use DirMaint, RSCS, RACF, or the Performance Toolkit for VM, now or at a later date, you must establish a license for billing and shipment of publications.

The Performance Toolkit for VM feature is considered a program update for the RTM and PRF features as defined in the IBM International Agreement for Acquisition of Support (Z125-6011). Therefore, any existing z/VM V4 customers, with licenses for the RTM or PRF features, who have also purchased S&S for either the RTM or PRF feature, are entitled to receive a no-charge upgrade for the Performance Toolkit for VM feature when ordering z/VM V5.

For complete ordering information of z/VM V5.3, refer to z/VM V5.3 Software Announcement 207-019 , dated February 6, 2007.

Note: On June 29, 2007, distribution on 3480, 3590, and DVD, and availability from ShopzSeries will begin.

On/Off Capacity on Demand (CoD)

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

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

Agreement for acquisition of Software Maintenance: The following agreement applies for maintenance and does not require customer signatures:

  • IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011)

These programs are licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA) and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance, which provides for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. These programs have 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.

Usage restriction

  • z/VM V5 supports the z9 EC, z9 BC, z990, z900, z890, and z800. For information about specific z/VM machine requirements and programming requirements, refer to the z/VM: General Information (GC24-6095).
  • 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 processors.
  • Only Linux workloads in an LPAR or Linux guests of z/VM V5.3 may operate on IFL processors.
  • When ordering z/VM V5.3 or the optional features to operate on standard processors (CPs) for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the number of standard processors (CPs) on your z9 EC, z9 BC, z990, z900, z890, or z800 server.
  • For a single server in an enterprise, the number of Value Units ordered for any optional feature to operate on standard processors must be equal to the number of Value Units ordered for the base z/VM V5 product operating on standard processors.
  • When ordering z/VM V5.3 or the optional features to operate on IFL processors for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the number of IFL processors on your z9 EC, z9 BC, z990, z900, z890, or z800 server.
  • For a single server in an enterprise, the number of Value Units ordered for any optional feature to operate on IFL processors must be equal to the number of Value Units ordered for the base z/VM V5 product operating on IFL processors.
  • z/VM V5.3 operates on the z9 EC, z9 BC, z990, z890, z900, and z800.

    The program requires hardware that implements the IBM 64-bit z/Architecture in order to execute properly and therefore you are not authorized to install or use this program on any machine that does not properly implement 64-bit z/Architecture. For information about specific z/VM machine requirements and programming requirements, refer to the z/VM: General Information manual (GC24-6095).

  • You may only transfer the program to another party, in connection with your transfer of the machine on which you are entitled to operate the program (referred to as a "Limited Transfer"), provided that any such Limited Transfer of the program requires you to transfer your rights and obligations under the Agreement to the transferee and therefore terminates your authorization to continue to use the program. When the machine and the program are transferred, you must either provide a printed copy of the Agreement or, if electronic licensing is used for the program, take the necessary actions that will require electronic acceptance of the Agreement by the transferee prior to the transferee's first use of the program.

For additional terms and conditions, refer to z/VM V5.3 Software announcement 207-019 , dated February 6, 2007.
 
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IBM Electronic Services

IBM has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to help you achieve higher system availability. Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that offers an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available for IBM servers. These services are designed to 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. Installation and use of IBM Electronic Service Agent for problem reporting enables IBM to provide better support and service for your IBM server.

To learn how Electronic Services can work for you, visit


 
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Prices

Refer to z/VM V5.3 Software Announcement 207-019 , dated February 6, 2007, for information on charges and pricing.

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.
 
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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:   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:  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

 
System z, DirMaint, System z9, Resource Link, z/Architecture, System/370, and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
z/VM, RACF, zSeries, z/OS, z/VSE, eServer, S/390, and VM/ESA are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
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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