IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 offers integrated management of both physical and virtual network systemsIBM United States Software Announcement 210-087
April 13, 2010
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IBM® Systems Director, with its network management component, provides a single, integrated environment for managing both servers and networks. IBM Systems Director Network Control extends the Systems Director product to include the integrated management of both physical and virtual network systems.
IBM Systems Director Network Management V6.2 adds the following new benefits:
- Support for IPv6 standards
- Support for many new models of Ethernet switches and related networking devices
IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 adds the following new benefits:
- Facilitates the management of virtual switches
- Combines views of both physical and virtual network topologies
- Displays systems according to VLAN
- Integrates the configuration of Brocade FCoCEE switches
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IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 can discover, monitor, manage, and troubleshoot network hardware devices in the computing environment. By enabling network management capabilities along with existing server and storage management capabilities, you can effectively manage a computing environment with a single integrated management tool that can improve the cost of computing. IBM Systems Director Network Control is positioned as a key component of IBM's integrated data center management technologies and services, which are part of the dynamic infrastructure and cloud computing strategy.
Systems Director Network Control is a priced plug-in product that leverages and extends the networking functions of the IBM Systems Director product. Systems Director includes a network management component that facilitates the management of Ethernet networks and networking devices. Systems Director Network Management V6.2 adds new support for IPv6 standards, and it adds support for many new models of Ethernet switches and related networking devices.
IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 adds a number of new features for virtual networking, including:
- Discovery and inventory of virtual switches for these hypervisor platforms:
- VMware ESXi V4.0 update 1, or later, and ESX V4.0, or later
- PowerVM virtualization
- Ability to view combined network topology, both virtual and physical
- Ability to view systems according to VLAN
To provide special support for Brocade switches, Systems Director Network Control works with the IBM System Storage Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) application (installed separately). DCFM is also separately priced. In addition to launch-in-context links to various DCFM functions, the following new template-based configuration functions have been integrated directly into the user interface of Systems Director Network Control V1.2:
- CEE quality of service (QoS)
- Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP)
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IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 requires IBM Systems Director V6.2 and required updates. IBM Systems Director Network Control will be available for AIX®, Linux® on Power®, Windows®, Linux on IBM x86, and Linux on System z® operating environments.
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|Planned availability date|
June 25, 2010
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IBM Systems Director Network Control software is designed to simplify and automate the management of IBM and non-IBM network environments via integrated server, storage, and network management. IBM Systems Director Network Control leverages network management functionality from existing IBM Systems Director and vendor-based configuration applications.
IBM Systems Director Network Control is designed to provide integrated management of network environments by simplifying network management tasks, which can potentially result in savings and cost reductions. IBM Systems Director Network Control is intended to help you:
- Simplify management of multivendor network devices
- Automate network management tasks
- View both physical and virtual networks and network devices
- View and manage VLANs for networking devices and host systems
- Leverage new converged fabric network technology to reduce IT cost
- Integrate configuration of convergence enhanced Ethernet (CEE) settings for Brocade switches (requires IBM Data Center Fabric Manager)
IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 along with IBM System Director server management and storage management provides a single management tool for the computing environment that can help to reduce overall IT management cost. IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 can help protect your IT investment through its open design and support for industry standards, which enable heterogeneous physical and virtual management with support for multiple platforms and operating systems.
Some of the devices supported by IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 are:
- IBM BladeCenter® supported switches and blade NICs
- QLogic FCoCEE adapters
- Brocade FCoCEE switches and Brocade Fibre Channel switches
- Juniper Ethernet switches
- BNT CEE switch modules
- Cisco FCoCEE switches
For an updated list of supported devices, visit
IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 is a fee-based offering. It enhances the network management (no charge) component in IBM Systems Director V6.2 that provides basic network management function to end users, such as the ability to discover, inventory, and monitor network devices. The IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 offering enables deeper management of network devices via enhanced vendor application integration and provides discovery and topology views of network connectivity.
Accessibility by people with disabilities
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Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act
IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 is capable as of June 25, 2010, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it.
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IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 provides network management integrated into the server and storage management capabilities of IBM Systems Director, which is designed to help reduce the cost of managing physical and virtualized environments by using a single integrated management product.
IBM Systems Director Network Control manages network adapters and switches enhanced with storage fabric management for IBM network switches, both Ethernet and FCoCEE. IBM Systems Director Network Control gives clients the ability to leverage common tools across a single switch or many switches, which can improve productivity and potentially reduce costs.
IBM Tivoli® Network Manager and OMNIbus provide additional functions beyond those provided in IBM Systems Director in event management root cause analysis and device discovery. For multivendor networks, the Tivoli Network Manager solution may be a more appropriate offering. Additional benefits of Tivoli Network Manager include:
- Tivoli Common Reporting (if the client has other Tivoli tools)
- Consolidated end-to-end view across the infrastructure (including server, storage, and network)
- Discovery, modelling, and visualization of layer 1-3 networks, including wireline/wireless technologies (LAN, RAN, and WAN)
- Integrated discovery, event and fault, performance, and change management
- Advanced predictive and analytical capabilities to reduce service impact and minimize downtime
- Comprehensive service management portfolio
- Integration to third-party management systems
- Integration supporting workflow automation
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Refer to Software Announcement 210-093, dated April 13, 2010.
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Program Program number VRM name 5765-NCP 1.2 IBM Systems Director Network Control 5660-NCP SW Maintenance Regist/Renewal 1 Year 5661-NCP SW Maintenance After License 1 Year 5662-NCP SW Maintenance Registration 3 Year 5663-NCP SW Maintenance Renewal 3 Year 5664-NCP SW Maintenance After License 3 Year
Product identification number
Maintenance Maintenance Program PID number 1-year PID number 3-year PID number 5765-NCP 5660-NCP 5662-NCP 5661-NCP 5663-NCP 5664-NCP
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If you download IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 from the Web, you can evaluate the product for up to 60 days under the terms of the IBM International License Agreement for Evaluation of Programs (ILAE). During the evaluation period, an option to purchase a license will be offered. If a license is purchased, a keyfile will be shipped on a CD-ROM to enable IBM Systems Director Network Control to remain active and continue to work as it did, under the terms of the IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA). Otherwise, your evaluation of IBM Systems Director Network Control will be disabled 60 days following installation.
IBM Systems Director V6.2 Information Center availability
The IBM Systems Director V6.2 Information Center Web site is planned to be updated with information pertinent to IBM Systems Director V6.2 and its associated plug-ins on or before June 25, 2010. Visit
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Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site
Business Partner information
If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld® ID and password are required (use IBM ID).
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Publications are available in U.S. English from the IBM Systems Director V6.2 Information Center.
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Specified operating environment
IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 is dependent on IBM Systems Director V6.2 and has the same hardware requirements as IBM Systems Director V6.2. These hardware requirements are available from the IBM Systems Director V6.2 software announcement and from the IBM Systems Director V6.2 Information Center at
- http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/director/v6r2x/topic/ com.ibm.director.plan.helps.doc/fqm0_r_hardware_requirements.html
Refer to Software Announcement 210-093, dated April 13, 2010.
IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 is dependent on IBM Systems Director V6.2 and required updates and has the same software requirements as IBM Systems Director V6.2 server.
These software requirements are available from the IBM Systems Director V6.2 documentation and from the IBM Systems Director V6.2 Information Center at
- http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/director/v6r2x/topic/ com.ibm.director.plan.helps.doc/fqm0_r_operating_system_and_ software_requirements.html
The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a readme file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.
Limitations and workarounds are available from the IBM Systems Director V6.2 Information Center
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
The IBM Systems Director Network Control package contains one CD-ROM that includes product installation documentation and files.
Your Proof of Entitlement for this program is a copy of a paid sales receipt, purchase order, invoice, or other sales record from IBM or its authorized reseller from whom you acquired the program, provided that it states the license charge unit (the characteristics of intended use of the program; for example, number of processors, number of users) and quantity acquired.
Information about how you may obtain program services will be provided by the party (either IBM or its authorized reseller) from whom you acquired the program.
IBM Systems Director Network Control will be available on or before June 25, 2010, for electronic download from
IBM Systems Director Network Control will be available for AIX, Linux on Power, Linux on IBM x86, Linux on System z, and Windows operating environments.
This program, when downloaded from a Web site, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, and will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. For future reference, the license and License Information will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT.
Security, auditability, and control
IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 uses the security and auditability features of the host 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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Program name PID number Charge metric IBM Systems Director Network 5765-NCP Per server and switch Control V1.2 SW Maintenance Regist/Renewal 1 Year 5660-NCP Per server and switch SW Maintenance After License 1 Year 5661-NCP Per server and switch SW Maintenance Registration 3 Year 5662-NCP Per server and switch SW Maintenance Renewal 3 Year 5663-NCP Per server and switch SW Maintenance After License 3 Year 5664-NCP Per server and switch
Server is a unit of measure by which the program can be licensed. A server is a physical computer that is comprised of processing units, memory, and input/output capabilities and that executes requested procedures, commands, or applications for one or more users or client devices. Where racks, blade enclosures, or other similar equipment is being employed, each separable physical device (for example, a blade or a rack-mounted device) that has the required components is considered itself a separate server.
A Proof of Entitlement (PoE) must be obtained for each server regardless of the number of processor cores or partitions in the server on which the program runs.
A switch is the unit of measure by which a portion of this program is licensed. A switch is a networking device that processes and routes information between different connections on the ports of the switch. A PoE must be obtained for each switch being managed by the program regardless of the number of line cards or ports in the switch.
IBM Systems Director Network Control uses per server and per switch charging metrics. A server license is required for the machine running the IBM Systems Director Network Control program. A license is also required for each switch and router being managed, based on its size and type. Switches and routers are categorized as small, medium, or large, based on the following categories:
- Small: Small switches are machines with a fixed number of ports that require 1U or 2U of rack space. This includes the IBM Ethernet Switch B48C, B48G, B50C, B50G, and J48E.
- Medium: Medium switches are modular machines that can support up to eight optional interface or controller modules. This includes the IBM Ethernet Router B04M, B08M, J02M, and J06M, and IBM Ethernet Switch B08S and J08E.
- Large: Large switches are modular machines that can support more than eight optional interface or controller modules. This includes the IBM Ethernet Router B16M and J11M, and IBM Ethernet Switch B16S.
The IBM Ethernet Switches and Ethernet Routers listed above are provided for information purposes and licensing guidance. A more complete list of supported IBM Ethernet switches is available at
- http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/director/v6r2x/topic/ com.ibm.director.plan.helps.doc/fqm0_r_support_for_network_devices.html
Licensing example: A customer running IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 on a Power 595 to manage a network consisting of 16 B48C Ethernet switches (small), two B08S Ethernet switches (medium), and one B16M Ethernet router (large) requires one server license for IBM Systems Director Network Control, 16 small switch licenses, two medium switch licenses, and one large switch license.
IBM Systems Director Network Control requires a keyfile to make the product operational after the 60-day evaluation period. This keyfile is sent on a CD-ROM after placing an order for the 5765-NCP product. This software license includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.
Orders may be placed beginning with configurator availability.
For new orders for IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2, select from the following table:
5765-NCP IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 OTC feature Description number Per Server with 1 Year SW Maintenance 0001 Per Switch Small with 1 Year SW Maintenance 0002 Per Switch Medium with 1 Year SW Maintenance 0003 Per Switch Large with 1 Year SW Maintenance 0004
Software Maintenance (SWMA) is included with the product license for IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2. The scope of IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 SWMA also includes support for the IBM Systems Director V6.2 management server on which the IBM Systems Director Network Control application is running. With this extended coverage, clients gain greater value from their IBM Systems Director Network Control software environment and are assured that they have support for IBM Systems Director Network Control and the prerequisite IBM Systems Director management server environment. This offering does not include support for IBM Systems Director V6.2 on servers being managed by Systems Director. Software Maintenance for IBM Systems Director is available for IBM Power Systems via 5765-DRP. SWMA for IBM Systems Director Network Control may be obtained by ordering the following:
OTC Program feature Feature description number number SW Maintenance Registration/Renewal 1 Year 5660-NCP Per Server 1 Year No-Charge Regist 1457 Per Server 1 Year Renewal 1458 Per Switch Small 1 Year No-Charge Regist 1459 Per Switch Small 1 Year Renewal 1460 Per Switch Medium 1 Year No-Charge Regist 1461 Per Switch Medium 1 Year Renewal 1462 Per Switch Large 1 Year No-Charge Regist 1463 Per Switch Large 1 Year Renewal 1464 SW Maintenance After License 1 Year 5661-NCP Per Server 1 Year After License 0485 Per Switch Small 1 Year After License 0486 Per Switch Medium 1 Year After License 0487 Per Switch Large 1 Year After License 0488 SW Maintenance Registration 3 Year 5662-NCP Per Server 3 Year Registration 0722 Per Switch Small 3 Year Registration 0723 Per Switch Medium 3 Year Registration 0724 Per Switch Large 3 Year Registration 0725 SW Maintenance Renewal 3 Year 5663-NCP Per Server 3 Year Renewal 0130 Per Switch Small 3 Year Renewal 0131 Per Switch Medium 3 Year Renewal 0132 Per Switch Large 3 Year Renewal 0133 SW Maintenance After License 3 Year 5664-NCP Per Server 3 Year After License 0001 Per Switch Small 3 Year After License 0002 Per Switch Medium 3 Year After License 0003 Per Switch Large 3 Year After License 0004
Note: IBM Systems Director Network Control 1 Year and 3 Year Software Maintenance renewals in the U.S. are orderable via 5660-NCP and 5663-NCP, respectively.
System Program Order (SPO): An order for SPO 5692-A5L, 5692-A6P, or 5692-LOP is mandatory for delivery of program media and publications. The individual licensed program orders are for registration and billing purposes only. No physical deliveries occur as a result of those orders.
The System Program Order must also contain the following features to deliver a machine-readable copy of the product using the currently available media.
Program Feature number Program/Function name number 5692-A5L IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 2261 5692-A6P IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 2261 5692-LOP IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.2 2262
Expedite feature for licensed programs and SWMA programs:
Program Feature number Description number 5765-NCP Branch Office Expedite 3445 5660-NCP Branch Office Expedite 3445 5661-NCP Branch Office Expedite 3445 5662-NCP Branch Office Expedite 3445 5663-NCP Branch Office Expedite 3445 5664-NCP Branch Office Expedite 3445
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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.
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