IBM GPFS V3.4 offers enhanced Windows cluster support and performance and scalability improvements

IBM United States Software Announcement 210-167
July 27, 2010

 
 ENUS210-167.PDF (118KB)

Table of contents
Overview Overview Publications Publications
Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Technical information Technical information
Planned availability date Planned availability date Ordering information Ordering information
Description Description Terms and conditions Terms and conditions
Product positioning Product positioning Prices Prices
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General Parallel File System™ (GPFS™) V3.4 offers enhanced Windows® support, further improvements to performance, and scalability through extended file attribute support improvements, and a new diagnostic command.

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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IBM GPFS is a cluster file system designed for high-performance parallel file transfers and parallel I/O to single or multiple files. GPFS delivers proven reliability, multicluster support, scalability, and performance with automated failure recovery, and decentralized data management for simplifying administration.

GPFS V3.4 adds support for:

  • Enhanced Windows cluster support:
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 x64.
    • Directly attached disks support higher bandwidth via local I/O: The use of fully SAN-connected Windows clusters may enable much higher bandwidth to Windows systems using GPFS, and SAN connectivity may provide greater flexibility in configuring GPFS clusters.
    • Homogeneous Windows clusters: GPFS clusters can now be formed using only Windows nodes; Linux® or AIX® are no longer required as NSD servers. The Windows nodes can perform most of the required management and administrative operations. The exceptions include:
      • Certain GPFS commands to apply policy, administer quotas and ACLs.
      • The ability to mount DMAPI-enabled file systems.
      • Support for Tivoli® Storage Manager (TSM) Backup Archive client or the native Windows Backup utility

      Refer to the GPFS Concepts, Planning and Installation Guide for a full list of limitations.

  • Further improvements in performance and scalability:
    • Extended attributes for a file can now be stored in the file's i-node. This can improve the performance of applications that use extended attributes and reduce the amount of disk space required to store them. This change enables the high-performance GPFS policy engine to refer to extended attributes with the same scale-out performance as the regular file attributes, providing richer semantics to content managers and middleware.
    • Support for more than 2,147,483,648 files in a file system. For the current maximum tested limit, see the GPFS FAQs at
      http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/clresctr/vxrx/topic/com.ibm.cluster.gpfs.doc/gpfs_faqs/gpfs_faqs.html
  • A new diagnostic command: The new mmdiag command better enables IBM Service to determine the state of your GPFS cluster.

 
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Key prerequisites
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Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.


 
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Planned availability date
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July 30, 2010


 
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Description
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GPFS delivers file system services to parallel and serial applications. It gives parallel applications simultaneous access to the same or different files from any node that has the GPFS file system mounted, while managing a high level of control over all file system operations. GPFS is particularly appropriate in an environment where the aggregate peak need for data bandwidth exceeds the capability of a distributed file system server.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at

http://www.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

GPFS is capable as of June 11, 2010, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be requested at

http://www-03.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html

 
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GPFS is ideal for several different workloads:

  • A multicluster file system providing a global namespace across clusters for parallel processing on compute clusters, featuring extreme scalability and throughput optimized for streaming workloads such as those common in Web 2.0, digital media, scientific, and engineering applications.
  • An information life cycle management file system, enabling multiple tiers of storage, including tape, with powerful policy-driven file placement, migration, archival, and deletion. This makes GPFS the perfect base for a content library or archival system by mixing cost-effective storage of infrequently accessed data with the global namespace for easy accessibility. The unique GPFS policy engine enables file migration scalable to billions of files and multiple petabytes of data.
  • A scalable, shared storage file system for storage consolidation and virtualization. This includes Clustered NFS support, providing a scalable shared namespace, enabling horizontally scalable file serving. Additionally, GPFS includes many storage management features, including storage hardware-agnostic snapshots, and mirroring.
  • A high availability file system for any business application or database that may benefit from active/active data access from multiple nodes and very rapid failover of a consistent application data environment.

 
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Reference information
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Refer to Software Announcement 210-168, dated July 27, 2010.


 
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Program                Program
number         VRM     name
 
5765-G66       3.4     IBM GPFS on POWER
5765-XA3       3.4     IBM GPFS on x86 Architecture
 

Product identification number

                    Maintenance        Maintenance
Program PID number  1-year PID number  3-year PID number
 
5765-G66            5660-SGP           5662-SGP
                    5661-SGP           5663-SGP
                                       5664-SGP
 
5765-XA3            5660-XA3           5662-XA3
                    5661-XA3           5663-XA3
                                       5664-XA3
  

 
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Customers should generally select electronic delivery when ordering via ESU but do have the ability to select physical delivery. Programs ordered for ESD will have the same download images provided as on the CD media shipped for physical orders. Countries requiring physical delivery of License Information documentation will have these documents shipped separately. This physical shipment will not delay the immediate availability of the ESD images for customer download.

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Customers choosing physical delivery will also have the electronic images available for ESD download.


Note: The GPFS on x86 Architecture product is not available for initial delivery via ESS.


 
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Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site

http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi

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).

https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/sla.jsp?num=210-167

 
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No publications are shipped with this program.

The following publications are available from the Web:

  • IBM GPFS Concepts, Planning, and Installation Guide (GA76-0413)
  • IBM GPFS Administration and Programming Reference (SA23-2221)
  • IBM GPFS Advanced Administration and Programming Reference (SC23-5182)
  • IBM GPFS Problem Determination Guide (GA76-0415)
  • IBM GPFS Data Management API Guide (GA76-0414)

To access the above GPFS documentation, refer to the IBM Cluster Information Center Web site. This Web site contains the most recent GPFS documentation in PDF and HTML formats and is located at

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/clresctr/vxrx/index.jsp

The IBM Publications Center

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

GPFS for POWER is supported on IBM POWER processors with the minimum hardware requirements noted below (unless stated otherwise in the GPFS FAQs):

  • GPFS for AIX on POWER is supported on the IBM POWER processors supported by AIX 5.3 or AIX 6.1, with a minimum of 1 GB of system memory.
  • GPFS for Linux on POWER is supported on IBM POWER3™, or higher, processors, with a minimum of 1 GB of system memory.

GPFS on x86 Architecture is supported on all IBM ServerProven® servers with the minimum hardware requirements that follow (unless stated otherwise in the GPFS FAQs):

  • System x®
  • BladeCenter®
  • xSeries®

See the IBM ServerProven site at

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/

GPFS for Linux on x86 Architecture, minimum hardware requirements:

  • Intel® Pentium® 3, or higher, processor, with a minimum of 1 GB of system memory
  • AMD Opteron processors, with a minimum of 1 GB of system memory

GPFS for Windows on x86 Architecture, minimum hardware requirements:

  • Intel EM64T processors, with a minimum of 1 GB of system memory
  • AMD Opteron processors, with a minimum of 1 GB of system memory

Additionally, see the FAQs for supported connectivity, formally qualified disk subsystems, and use of GPFS on compatible non-IBM hardware.

The GPFS FAQs are available at

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/clresctr/vxrx/topic/com.ibm.cluster.gpfs.doc/gpfs_faqs/gpfs_faqs.html
Software requirements

For GPFS V3.4, service update 3.4.0-1 is required.

It is suggested that you install the latest service update that is available at

http://www-933.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/

GPFS for AIX on POWER V3.4 is supported on:

  • AIX 6.1
  • AIX 5.3

GPFS for Linux on x86 Architecture and GPFS for Linux on POWER are supported on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) distributions.

For currently supported release levels and the latest supported kernel levels, consult the GPFS FAQs at

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/clresctr/vxrx/topic/com.ibm.cluster.gpfs.doc/gpfs_faqs/gpfs_faqs.html

GPFS for Windows on x86 Architecture V3.4 is supported on:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 x64
  • Windows Server 2008 x64 (Service Pack 2)

Required software from Microsoft® includes Utilities and SDK for UNIX-Based Applications. The Utilities and SDK can be obtained from

http://www.msdn.microsoft.com

For heterogeneous clusters, required software from InteropSystems includes the SUA Community version of OpenSSH. OpenSSH can be obtained from

http://www.interopsystems.com/community/

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.

Companion products

Related products to GPFS are:

  • IBM DS and DCS disk arrays
  • Tivoli Storage Manager
  • Tivoli Provisioning Manager
  • HPSS (High Performance Storage System)
  • IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller
Compatibility

Nodes running GPFS V3.4 can coexist and interoperate with nodes running GPFS V3.3.

Limitations

For complete and up-to-date information regarding GPFS specifications and capacities, refer to the GPFS on POWER (5765-G66) or GPFS on x86 Architecture (5765-XA3) Sales Manual, and to the GPFS FAQs available at

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/clresctr/vxrx/topic/com.ibm.cluster.gpfs.doc/gpfs_faqs/gpfs_faqs.html

GPFS on x86 Architecture (5765-XA3) is not available via ESD.

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 at

http://www.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf

Planning information

GPFS V3.4 is the last release to support:

  • AIX 5.3
  • 32-bit Linux kernels

For GPFS V3.3 and later, new file systems must now be created utilizing Network Shared Disks (NSD) only. IBM Virtual Shared Disk will no longer be supported on new file systems. It is suggested that you purchase new disks to migrate from IBM Virtual Shared Disks to Network Shared Disks.

Installability

For installation information, refer to the GPFS Concepts, Planning, and Installation Guide .

Packaging

IBM GPFS for AIX on POWER and GPFS for Linux on POWER are distributed on individual packages containing installation files and GPFS Client and GPFS Server installation code.

IBM GPFS on x86 Architecture is distributed as a single package containing both Linux and Windows installation files and GPFS Client and GPFS Server installation code.

Installation files include:

  • IBM International Program License Agreement in multilanguage booklet (LC23-5091-00) and its License Information in multiple languages (L-LMUY-84AR4T)
  • Proof of Entitlement (POE)
  • Product readme file that describes the program's specified operating environment and program specifications

GPFS V3.4 program filesets:

AIX:

  • .toc
  • gpfs.base
  • gpfs.docs.data
  • gpfs.msg.en_US

Linux on POWER:

  • gpfs_install-3.4.0-0_ppc64

Linux on x86 Architecture:

  • gpfs_install_3.4.0-0_i386
  • gpfs_install_3.4.0-0_x86_64

Windows:

  • gpfs-3.4.0.0-WindowsServer2008-x64.msi

Publications are available at

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/clresctr/vxrx/index.jsp

Security, auditability, and control

GPFS uses the security and auditability features of the operating system on which it is installed.

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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Charge metric
                          Part number or
Program name              PID number     Charge metric
 
GPFS for POWER            5765-G66       per processor - small,
                                         medium, or large processor tier
 
1-year SWMA:              5660-SGP       per processor - small,
Registration                             medium, or large processor tier
and Renewal
 
1-year SWMA:              5661-SGP       per processor - small,
After-license                            medium, or large processor tier
 
3-year SWMA:              5662-SGP       per processor - small,
Registration                             medium, or large processor tier
 
 
3-year SWMA:              5663-SGP       per processor - small,
Renewal                                  medium, or large processor tier
 
3-year SWMA:              5664-SGP       per processor - small,
After-license                            medium, or large processor tier
 
 
 
GPFS on x86 Architecture  5765-XA3       per processor core - small,
                                         medium, or large processor tier
 
1-year SWMA:              5660-XA3       per processor core - small,
Registration                             medium, or large processor tier
and Renewal
 
1-year SWMA:              5661-XA3       per processor core - small,
 After-license                           medium, or large processor tier
 
3-year SWMA:              5662-XA3       per processor core - small,
 Registration                            medium, or large processor tier
 
3-year SWMA:              5663-XA3       per processor core - small,
 Renewal                                 medium, or large processor tier
 
3-year SWMA:              5664-XA3       per processor core - small,
 After-license                           medium, or large processor tier
 
Withdrawn program features

The following features are withdrawn effective October 29, 2010:

5765-G66  -  General Parallel File System for AIX
             General Parallel File System for Linux on POWER
 
Basic license one-time charge
 
Feature                                                 Feature
description                                             number
 
Client
Small per block of 250 processors                       0026
Medium per block of 250 processors                      0028
Large per block of 250 processors                       0030
 
Server
Small per block of 250 processors                       0032
Medium per block of 250 processors                      0034
Large per block of 250 processors                       0036
 
 
 
 
 
Feature                                                 Feature
description                                             number
 
5660-SGP   Maintenance no-charge 1-year registration
 
Client
Small per block of 250 processors                       1418
Medium per block of 250 processors                      1422
Large per block of 250 processors                       1426
 
Server
Small per block of 250 processors                       1394
Medium per block of 250 processors                      1399
Large per block of 250 processors                       1404
 
5660-SGP   Maintenance 1-year 24 x 7 support
 
Client
Small per block of 250 processors                       1420
Medium per block of 250 processors                      1424
Large per block of 250 processors                       1428
 
Server
Small per block of 250 processors                       1397
Medium per block of 250 processors                      1402
Large per block of 250 processors                       1407
 
5662-SGP   Maintenance 3-year registration (2-year uplift)
 
Client
Small per block of 250 processors                       0685
Medium per block of 250 processors                      0690
Large per block of 250 processors                       0695
 
Server
Small per block of 250 processors                       0661
Medium per block of 250 processors                      0666
Large per block of 250 processors                       0671
 
5662-SGP   Maintenance 3-year 24 x 7 support
 
Client
Small per block of 250 processors                       0687
Medium per block of 250 processors                      0693
Large per block of 250 processors                       0698
 
Server
Small per block of 250 processors                       0664
Medium per block of 250 processors                      0669
Large per block of 250 processors                       0674
 
5661-SGP   1-year Software Maintenance after-license
 
Client
Small per block of 250 processors                       0448
Medium per block of 250 processors                      0452
Large per block of 250 processors                       0456
 
Server
Small per block of 250 processors                       0424
Medium per block of 250 processors                      0429
Large per block of 250 processors                       0434
 
5661-SGP   After-license 1-year 24 x 7 support
 
Client
Small per block of 250 processors                       0450
Medium per block of 250 processors                      0454
Large per block of 250 processors                       0458
 
Server
Small per block of 250 processors                       0427
Medium per block of 250 processors                      0432
Large per block of 250 processors                       0437
 
5664-SGP   3-year Software Maintenance after-license
 
Client
Small per block of 250 processors                       0017
Medium per block of 250 processors                      0022
Large per block of 250 processors                       0027
 
Server
Small per block of 250 processors                       0002
Medium per block of 250 processors                      0007
Large per block of 250 processors                       0012
 
5664-SGP   After-license 3-year 24 x 7 support
 
Client
Small per block of 250 processors                       0020
Medium per block of 250 processors                      0025
Large per block of 250 processors                       0030
 
Server
Small per block of 250 processors                       0005
Medium per block of 250 processors                      0010
Large per block of 250 processors                       0015
 


Note: These features will be removed in eConfig effective July 27, 2010.

System Program Order (SPO): An order for SPO 5692-A5L, 5692-A6P, or 5692-LOP is mandatory for shipments of program distribution. The individual licensed program orders are for registration and billing purposes only. No physical deliveries occur as a result of those orders.

The SPO (5692-A5L for AIX 5, 5692-A6P for AIX 6, or 5692-LOP for Linux on POWER) must 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     GPFS for POWER, V3.4         2281
 
5692-A6P     GPFS for POWER, V3.4         2281
 
5692-LOP     GPFS for POWER, V3.4         2268
 
5692-LOP     GPFS x86 Architecture, V3.4  2269

 
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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 document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use.

This software license includes Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance).

Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance

The IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011) agreement applies for subscription and support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) and does not require customer signatures.

These programs are licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA) and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance, which provide for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support with the initial license acquisition of each program acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available. 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.

License Information form number

L-LMUY-84AR4T

The program's License Information will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement Web site

http://www.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf
Limited warranty applies

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. For further information, consult the IBM Software Support Handbook found at

http://www.ibm.com/support/handbook

IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).

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.

Volume orders (IVO)

Yes. Contact your IBM representative.

Passport Advantage applies

No

Usage restriction

Yes. GPFS has two types of licenses, a Server license and a Client license. For each node in a GPFS cluster (see Permitted use of GPFS Server and GPFS Client below), the customer determines the appropriate number of GPFS Server or GPFS Client licenses that correspond to the way GPFS is used on that node (a node is defined as one operating system instance on a single computer or running in a virtual partition).

During GPFS cluster configuration, the customer is prompted to identify whether a particular node is a GPFS Server or a GPFS Client. If a GPFS Client is chosen, function that requires a GPFS Server license will be disabled on this node. Because the node that acts as the GPFS cluster configuration server requires a GPFS Server designation, at least one node in the GPFS cluster requires a GPFS Server license.

Permitted use of GPFS Server and GPFS Client:

You may use the GPFS Server in order to perform the following GPFS functions:

  • Management functions such as cluster configuration manager, quorum node, manager node, and NSD server
  • Sharing data through any application, service protocol, or method, such as Network File System (NFS), Common Internet File System (CIFS), File Transfer Protocol (FTP), or Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)

You may use a GPFS Client license when the nodes are exchanging data between nodes that locally mount the same GPFS file system. The GPFS Client may not be used for nodes to share GPFS data through any application, service, protocol, or method, such as NFS, CIFS, FTP, or HTTP. For this use, entitlement to GPFS Server is required.


Note: Refer to the GPFS FAQs available from the following Web site for more information, including example configurations and license definitions regarding the new GPFS Server and GPFS Client model

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/clresctr/vxrx/topic/com.ibm.cluster.gpfs.doc/gpfs_faqs/gpfs_faqs.html

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

http://www.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf
Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. All distributed software licenses include Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) 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.

While your Software Subscription and Support 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 information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your end users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. For additional details, consult your IBM Software Support Handbook at

http://www.ibm.com/support/handbook

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

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

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage
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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