IBM System Storage Data Center Fabric Manager Version 10.4 delivers enhanced functionalityIBM United States Software Announcement 210-170
May 25, 2010
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IBM® System Storage Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) v10.4 is a feature release, which focuses on the following:
- Support for the new b-type Fiber Channel (FC) 8 Gbps 64-port Blade to enable server and fabric consolidation. DCFM 10.4 designed to simplify management of this higher density of ports.
- Offer feature enhancements across multiple b-type platforms, while continuing to simplify management of key data center solutions, such as security, virtualization, and converged IP/SAN networks.
- Include integration with Business Partners' products, providing end users with seamless, standards-based storage management solutions.
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IBM DCFM V10 prerequisites are unchanged by this announcement. For details, refer to Software Announcement 208-371, dated October 28, 2008.
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|Planned availability date|
June 4, 2010
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Fibre Channel over IP enhancements
IBM System Storage Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) v10.4 enables users to view all discovered tunnels and circuits across all fabrics. DCFM v10.4 includes support for IPSec for the SAN06B-R Extension Switch and the 8 Gbps Extension Blade, as well as support for IPv6 and VEX on 1G and 10G ports. Support for VLAN tagging has also been added as part of incremental support for Fabric Operation System (FOS) v6.3.1.
Fibre Channel over Ethernet and CEE Management
DCFM is a single solution to manage both traditional Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel over Ethernet for converged environments. Trouble-shooting and diagnostics capabilities within DCFM are designed to enable rapid problem isolation for Ethernet-specific versus Fibre Channel-specific issues on the converged link. DCFM v10.4 adds support for Access Gateway and configuration download changes for:
- Save running and startup configurations independently
- Save running to startup configuration
- Restore running or startup configuration.
Integrated SMI Agent
DCFM v10.4 includes an integrated SMI Agent that provides the ability to manage both FOS and M-EOS hardware. Integrated SMI agent requires fewer servers to be deployed, and combined with DCFM, enables more extensive integration with third-party solutions. DCFM v10.4 includes a SMI patch installer to enable cumulative updates for a given SMI release.
HBA / CNA Management
DCFM is designed to provide unified management of fabric and HBAs / CNAs, including group management across hundreds of adapters from a single console. Thirteen measures of performance statistics have been added for CNA (JSON), such as Rx percent utilization, received paused frames, and received alignment error frames. Updates have also been added for property sheets, including remote port (speed, bind type, target ID, vendor), add NWWN property in HBA port, and add property to identify virtual or physical port in HBA port properties.
Server Virtualization Support
DCFM provides virtual machine connectivity information to the SAN administrator. With the addition of a management plug-in for VMware vCenter, users gain visibility from the LUN into the vCenter enabling them to make more informed decisions about VM placement based on the health of storage network path. DCFM will provide the vSphere client with SAN information, such as port statistics and end-to-end monitoring information.
Single Sign On
The Management application supports single sign on (SSO) for IBM products such as IBM Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center (TPC) or IBM Systems Director. Although SSO is not required, it is designed to create a more integrated experience between the management application server and IBM TPC or IBM Systems Director. There are several functions within the IBM Systems Director Network Control that launch the management application client. If SSO is not enabled, each time the management application client is launched, you must verify your management application credentials. By enabling SSO, the management application can authenticate against IBM Systems Director Network Control and launch the specified dialog box directly. This reduces the number of authentication steps required by you.
Launch in context
The management application supports launch in context (LIC) for IBM products such as IBM TPC or IBM Systems Director. The management application is designed to include a package to deploy and remove the LIC menus for IBM TPC on Windows® systems.
DCFM v10.4 adds several user requested enhancements, including an accept changes summary dialog, export option in the port mapping dialogs, support for authenticated SMTP over SSL, display of SNMP/ Syslog/ Internal FTP port status display, ability to export the topology as an image, and incremental support for Traffic Isolation Zoning.
Accessibility by people with disabilities
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For information regarding IBM System Storage Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) V10.0.2, 5639-D1F, refer to Software Announcement 208-371, dated October 28, 2008.
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DCFM Update DVD feature is added to the following: Program Program number VRM name 5639-D1F V10.4.1 IBM System Storage Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) Software Maintenance: 5639-DC1 IBM System Storage Data Center Fabric Manager No Charge Registration and 1 YR Renewal 5639-DC2 IBM System Storage Data Center Fabric Manager 1 Yr After License 5639-DC3 IBM System Storage Data Center Fabric Manager 3 Yr Registration 5639-DC4 IBM System Storage Data Center Fabric Manager 3 Yr Renewal 5639-DC5 IBM System Storage Data Center Fabric Manager 3 Yr After License
Product identification number
Maintenance Maintenance Program PID number 1 year PID number 3 year PID number 5639-D1F 5639-DC1 Reg/Ren 5639-DC3 3yr Registration 5639-DC4 3Yr Renewal 5639-DC2 1Yr AfL 5639-DC5 3Yr After License
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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The following publications can be ordered by May 25, 2010. To order, use the Publications Center or contact your IBM representative.
Title Order number IBM System Storage Data Center GC52-1304 Fabric Manager User Manual (v10.4) IBM System Storage Data Center GA32-0786 Fabric Manager Installation Guide (v10.4) IBM System Storage Data Center GA32-0787 Fabric Manager Migration Guide (v10.4) IBM System Storage Data Center GA32-0790 Fabric Manager SMI Agent Developer's Guide
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Specified operating environment
Hardware requirements are unchanged by this announcement.
Software requirements are unchanged by this announcement.
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.
IBM DCFM V10 Software limitations are unchanged by this announcement.
For additional information, refer to the License Information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement Web site
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DCFM V10.4 is orderable using the AAS ordering system and IBM will ship a DVD media package. This program, when loaded from the DVD media package, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, which will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program.
Form/DVD Description Orderable feature number SK5T-8801-03 Media Kit for DCFM V10.4 5806* LCD8-1140-03 DCFM Code on DVD Z125-3301-13 IPLA Booklet LC23-5056-03 Hard Copy License LCD7-3898-00 License File CD LCD8-1275-02 CFM Update DVD 5816* *Feature number previously announced.
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Part number or Program name PID number Charge metric DCFM 5639-D1F per Server
Server is the unit of measure by which this program is licensed. A server is a computer system that executes requested procedures, commands, or applications to one or more user or client devices. 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 or each server managed by the program. Where blade technology is employed, each blade is considered a separate server.
Program name: IBM System Storage Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) V10
Program number: 5639-D1F
Base Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) one-time charge with one year Software Maintenance
Specify quantity of Base DCFM feature equal to the number of servers it is to be installed on.
Feature Feature description number DCFM V10 Base 0001 One-time charge per server with 1 Year Software Maintenance Trade-Up Features: Trade Up from FM V5 0002 Trade Up from 5639-FMA Fabric Manager V5, One-time charge per server with 1 Year Software Maintenance Trade Up from ECFM V8 or V9 0003 Trade Up from 5697-J37 and 2028-E09 ECFM, One-time charge per server with 1 Year Software Maintenance Feature Feature description number Media Kit for DCFM V10.4 5806 DCFM Update DVD 5816
This software license includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.
Extending coverage for a total of three years from the date of acquisition may be elected. Order the program number, feature number, and quantity to extend coverage for your software licenses. If maintenance has expired, specify the after license feature number.
Software license includes 1 year Software Maintenance 5639-DC1 Maintenance no charge 1 year registration + 1 year renewal Feature Feature description number DCFM V10 1 Yr Registration 0001 Per Server SW Maint No Charge Registration Feature Feature description number DCFM V10 1 Yr Renewal 0002 One year renewal one-time charge per server 5639-DC2 - SW Maintenance After License, 1 year Feature Feature description number DCFM V10 1 Yr After License 0001 One year after license per server 5639-DC3 Maintenance 3 year registration (2 year uplift) Feature Feature description number DCFM V10 3 Yr Registration 0001 Three year registration per server 5639-DC4 Maintenance 3 year renewal Feature Feature description number DCFM V10 3 Yr Renewal 0001 Three year renewal per server 5639-DC5 - SW Maintenance After License, 3 year Feature Feature description number DCFM V10 3 Yr After License 0001 Three year after license per Server
Note: IBM System Storage Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) V10 will ship the Media Kit containing DCFM V10.4 for all new 5639-D1F orders with requested arrival date on or after July 12, 2010. Earlier DCFM V10 releases will remain available to customers with current Software Maintenance, on the SAN Web site
Software Maintenance AAS feature information for IBM System Storage Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) V10 is unchanged by this announcement.
The terms and conditions for IBM DCFM Software V10, as previously announced in Software Announcement 208-371, dated October 28, 2008, are unchanged.
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