IBM Compression Software provides Random Access Compression Engine (RACE) function for the IBM Real-time Compression Appliance

IBM United States Software Announcement 210-452
December 7, 2010


Table of contents
Overview Overview Technical information Technical information
Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Ordering information Ordering information
Planned availability date Planned availability date Terms and conditions Terms and conditions
Description Description Prices Prices
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Publications Publications

(Corrected on December 27, 2010)

Volume orders (IVO) under the Terms and conditions section has been updated.

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Are your storage requirements growing too fast? The IBM® Real-time Compression Software V3.7 for SAS and SATA systems is designed to compress your CIFS/NFS data up to 80% when used in conjunction with the IBM Real-time Compression Appliance (2452 Model 650 or Model 680). Refer to Hardware Announcement 110-253, dated December 07, 2010.

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 Real-time Compression Software V3.7 for SAS and SATA Systems uses Random Access Compression Engine (RACE) technology which enables data compression to be:

  • Real-time to ensure no performance degradation
  • Random access to help prevent impact to downstream processes such as data deduplication

The IBM Real-time Compression Software V3.7 is made up of three components:

  • Compression Engine: Enables data compression without compromising performance
  • Unified Protocol Manager (UPM): Enables transparent support of multiple storage and network protocols, including CIFS and NFS
  • Monitoring and Reporting Manager (MRM): Enables online storage compression management and reporting


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The IBM Real-time Compression Software V3.7.0 for SAS and SATA Systems require one or more of the following.

Machine type/model  Description

2452-650            IBM Real-time Compression Appliance STN6500
2452-680            IBM Real-time Compression Appliance STN6800
 

The software is preloaded on the appliance.



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Planned availability date
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December 10, 2010



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Description
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IBM Real-time Compression Appliance is a configured Intel-based server to be installed between a network and either a CIFS or NFS NAS system. It provides NAS storage optimization for SAS and SATA systems via Real-time Compression Software V3.7 running on the Appliance. This combination of hardware and software is designed to compress the data sent to the NAS by up to 80% using patented IBM Random Access Compression Engine (RACE) technology. The software is built around industry standard Lempel-Ziv (LZ) compression. RACE optimizes the reading and writing of data with data compression and is designed to achieve zero performance impact while delivering up to an 80% increase of storage efficiency depending on the data type, in the NAS system. The resulting appliance appears as a "smart cable" in the network, and does not require any configuration changes, software, or drivers on any client, server, or NAS system.

RACE technology enables data compression to be

  • Real-time, designed to safeguard against performance degradation
  • Random access, to help ensure no impact to downstream processes such as data deduplication

Real-Time Compression Software V3.7 theory of operation

IBM Real-time Compression Software compresses incoming data streams NFS and CIFS protocol data requests on their way to the NAS. The data is stored in the NAS and acknowledgement is sent directly back to the application after the write has been committed. Thus, IBM Real-time Compression Software does not utilize any write-cache mechanism. All storage commits come from the NAS, a process which is designed to preserve the integrity of the data.

Real-time and random access

High compression ratios and zero performance impact is accomplished by compressing data utilizing patented, random access techniques.

The benefits of compressing data using random access techniques are twofold. First, the ability to only read or write the blocks of the compressed file that are required means faster access to the data. If you only need to write a small piece of data in order to update a file, your storage performance is maximized. Secondly, the updates to a file are added in such a way that updates do not disrupt the existing blocks in the file. This is important especially for users who have made significant investments in downstream processes in their storage environments, such as data deduplication for backup. Though standard compression techniques significantly impact data deduplication ratios by making them worse, the random-access nature of IBM RACE technology helps preserve the data deduplication ratios.

In addition to compressing data in real-time, RACE is designed to compress data that has been previously saved on a NAS in an uncompressed format using a feature of the appliance called Compression Accelerator. This feature, by policy, allows users to manage how uncompressed data gets compressed so as not to have an impact on existing storage performance.

Unified Protocol Manager

One of the most difficult things to change in datacenters is process, not technology. Unified Protocol Manager (UPM) allows the appliance to exist seamlessly in the data path and act as a "smart cable" in front of NFS or CIFS storage systems. The Real-time Compression Appliance enhances downstream processes such as snapshots, backup, replication, and archiving because less data is being moved and stored. For example, once installed, if the storage system allows snapshots of data to be taken, snapshot data will also be compressed and be accessible, without any system changes.

UPM theory of operation

As the file is compressed, UPM preserves and maintains all of the metadata in the compressed file, such as file permissions, size, ownership, and the access control list (ACLs) in the compressed file. Thus, when a user lists the directory of the compressed data, the software reports back all of the actual file metadata as if the file was not compressed, including the uncompressed file size and all of the ownership and permissions. Because file attributes are preserved, applications do not need to be changed in order to read the compressed data on the NAS. IBM Real-time Compression Software does not mask the compressed volume size such that the server always knows exactly how much free space is available. Therefore, if quotas are in use, they can continue to be enforced. These functions further enhance Real-time Compression's ability to be fully transparent.

Link Status Mirroring

In order for the Real-time Compression Appliance to appear in the network as a "smart cable," there needs to be some technology to ensure the system provides the same function as a cable even though it is a device in the network. This is the function of Link Status Mirroring (LSM). LSM sits behind each cable in the data path. Should a cable fail, the I/O traffic coming into that cable, from either the sending or receiving end, the traffic will be failed-over to the other available link in the network (just as it would without an appliance in the data path). When a failure occurs and one link in the device is "downed," LSM is designed so that the other side of the link is also downed such that data traffic can be rerouted to the available link in the data path. This operation happens in microseconds to ensure the highest degree of availability to the data. Additionally, when the cable is repaired and the link is restored, LSM also provides the mechanism to return the link back to the predominant active link.

Monitoring and Reporting Manager

Another component in the Real-time Compression Software is the Monitoring and Reporting Manager (MRM). The MRM delivers users with a host of services to efficiently manage and report the appliance's status and activities. The MRM provides standard interfaces, such as a number of SNMP traps and SYSLOG messages, to send to the monitoring and reporting tool of choice. MRM also allows users to integrate LDAP with the appliance to authorize user logins for administrative purposes. In a high availability configuration, MRM also automatically syncs the configuration settings between the two appliances to ensure the accuracy of the configuration and simplify overall management of the device.

In addition, MRM provides users with the ability to select certain shares or file types to include or exclude from compression, as well as allowing users to see the amount of space saved by the appliance.

Performance

There are many factors that impact the performance of a storage system, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Disk drives: Performance can't be any faster in any system than the slowest mechanism in the chain. With disk-based storage, the slowest element is the internal mechanical movement of the disk drive heads and actuators. The farther the distance and frequency of movement of the head actuator assemblies, the slower the disk performance.
  • I/O: Next are reads and writes (I/O) to the disk. Each I/O requires processing time by the storage system CPU. As the number of I/Os increases, so does the overall response time of the system. Combine a large number of I/Os and the physical response time of the disk, and at peak times, users might wait as much as 2 to 3 seconds for a file.
  • Cache: Can reduce the workload off of the disk, I/O, and storage CPU and provide faster response to the user or application requesting the data because the data resides in cache rather than on disk. A key criteria for a compression solution is no negative impact on any of these functions. This is where RACE technology provides a tremendous benefit.

Compressing data before it is stored

By residing between the storage array and the network, compressing the data before it gets to the array, the IBM Real-time Compression Appliance is designed to improve the overall operation of the array. Compressing primary data means that the disk actuator arm has to move less in order to read and write data. Because this is typically the weakest performance link in the storage system, the more the distance and frequency of moving the access arm can be reduced, the better the performance. Also, because there is less data being written to the storage array, there is less I/O, and less I/O helps improve storage CPU performance. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, by compressing data in front of the storage array, whatever the compression ratio is for your data, (for example 3:1), that same compression ratio also applies to your storage cache. Because cache is one of the most expensive components of a storage array and tends to have the biggest impact on storage performance, the more cache effective size can be increased, the better the performance of applications and response time. Performing compression in real-time before the data gets to the storage has tremendous benefits to overall storage performance. It removes many of hurdles storage administrators must consider when compression technology needs to be applied to their primary storage.

When storage consolidation is the goal, all of theses factors work together seamlessly to help insure IBM Real-time Compression reduces an existing storage footprint to reduce the overall cost per terabyte and saving power and cooling costs while increasing storage performance.

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Reference information
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For information on IBM Real-time Compression Appliance hardware, refer to Hardware Announcement 110-253, dated December 07, 2010.



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Program number
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Program           Program
number     VR     name

5641-RT1   3.7    IBM Real-time Compression Software for SAS
5641-RT3   3.7    IBM Real-time Compression Software for SATA

Product identification number

 
PID numbers for IBM Real-time Compression Software for SAS V3.7 are:
 
                        Maintenance        Maintenance
    Program PID number  1-year PID number  2-year PID number

    5641-RT1            5641-RT5  reg      5641-RT6 reg
 
    Maintenance         Maintenance        Maintenance
    3-year PID number   4-year PID number  5-year PID number
 
    5641-RT2  reg       5641-RT7 reg       5641-RT8 reg
 
 
PID numbers for IBM Real-time Compression Software for SATA V3.7 are:
 
 
                        Maintenance        Maintenance
    Program PID number  1 year PID number  2 year PID number
 
    5641-RT3            5641-RT9  reg      5641-RTA reg
 
    Maintenance         Maintenance        Maintenance
    3 year PID number   4 year PID number  5 year PID number
 
    5641-RT4  reg       5641-RTB reg       5641-RTC reg
 


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Offering Information
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website

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=210-452


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Publications
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Publications are shipped with the IBM Real-time Compression Appliance hardware. For a list of publications shipped with the hardware, refer to Hardware Announcement 110-253, dated December 07, 2010.



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Technical information
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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

This program requires IBM Real-time Compression Appliance(2452-650 or 2452-680 ) for installation.

Current support summaries, including specific software, hardware, and firmware levels supported, are maintained at the IBM Real-time Compression Appliance support website

http://www.ibm.com/storage/support/rtc

For information on the IBM Real-time Compression Appliance hardware, refer to Hardware Announcement 110-253, dated December 07, 2010.

Software requirements

For all current storage systems and host environments supported, refer to the support website

http://www.ibm.com/storage/support/rtc

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.

Compatibility

For information regarding currently supported environments and operating guidelines, visit the IBM Real-time Compression Appliance Support website

http://www.ibm.com/storage/support/rtc
Limitations

This program operates on specified IBM Real-time Compression Appliance hardware only, currently defined by IBM 2452-650, and 2452-680.

For hardware-associated limitations, refer respectively to Hardware Announcement 110-253, dated December 07, 2010.

For additional information, refer to "Usage restriction" in the Terms and conditions section of this announcement, and to the License Information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement website

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

Additional information on configuration limitations and configuration guidelines is further documented in the README file accompanying the IBM Compression Software, in furnished publications for this product, or under the Plan/Upgrade tab in the IBM Real-time Compression Appliance restrictions document at

http://www.ibm.com/storage/support/rtc

Planning information

Direct customer support

The IBM Real-time Compression Appliance is a customer install machine but requires that a minimum of two days of Implementation Services be ordered with each system ordered. IBM Real-time Compression Appliance Implementation Services are available from GTS Lab Services. Please contact your IBM sales representative to verify that this requirement is met.

For additional technical support or assistance, contact your IBM representative or visit

http://www.ibm.com/storage/support/rtc
Packaging

New order packaging

IBM Compression Software, (5641-RT1 and 5641-RT3) is preinstalled on and shipped with the required IBM Real-time Compression Appliance. For code updates, refer to the IBM Compression Software product support website

http://www.ibm.com/storage/support/rtc

After receipt of an order for products under this announcement, the Business Partner or customer will be required to register and accept Passport Advantage® or Passport Express terms and conditions. Upon registration, the customer will be authorized for the electronic download of software code updates. The product includes the license and one, two, three, four, or five years of Software Subscription and Support.

License Information documents for IBM Compression Software programs ship with the hardware on which they are preloaded. IBM Compression Software must be ordered in conjunction with IBM Real-time Compression Appliance STN6500 (2452-650) hardware orders.

All publications, including license agreements, are shipped with the associated hardware.

The paid invoice acts as Proof of Entitlement (PoE) for all orders of IBM Compression Software. One media set per IBM Real-time Compression Appliance will be shipped with the hardware. Refer to the hardware announcement listed in the Reference information section for correlated hardware order features.

Subsequent media orders

For additional available publications, refer to the Publications section.

For assistance in placing orders with or without media features, contact your IBM representative.

Publications are in English.

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

Use of supplementary antivirus software is recommended, but not required. The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities. 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

IBM Real-time            5641-RT1         Per Decimal Terabyte
Compression SAS V3.7
 
IPLA IBM Real-time       5641-RT3         Per Decimal Terabyte
Compression SATA V3.7
 

Order handling

The IBM storage software for products under this announcement will continue to be ordered through existing channels using the existing configurator and ordering tools. However, the fulfillment processes have been modified to improve customer records management associated with "Subscription and Support," often referred to as "Software Maintenance."

Starting with this announcement, the products under this announcement selected during configuration process with each hardware system, will be enabled for electronic download for the system unit for which the product was ordered. Optionally, software and license only configurations can be created for products under this announcement based on existing supported hardware system units in your business environment. Offerings in this announcement are available exclusively via electronic download.

Passport Advantage allows greater flexibility to help you manage software licenses and Subscription and Support renewals. You can now have a common anniversary date for Subscription and Support renewals. The anniversary date, established at the order ship date for the initial product acquisition, will remain unchanged while your Passport Advantage and or Passport Advantage Express agreement remains in effect.

Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SAS Systems
Base
Software V3.7
PID: 5641-RT1
 
Use-based OTC
with One-year
Software Maintenance
 
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number
                                                        
IBM Real-time Compression SAS   5641-RT1    0181
BSW+1YRSWM/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
Per Decimal Terabyte
with 1 Year SW Maintenance
 
IBM Real-time Compression SAS               0182
BSW+1YRSWM/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
Per 250 Decimal Terabyte
with 1 Year SW Maintenance
 
No-Charge Media Supply                      5809
 
 
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SATA Systems
Base
Software V3.7
PID: 5641-RT3
 
Use-based OTC
with One-year
Software Maintenance
 
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number
                                                        
IBM Real-time Compression SATA  5641-RT3    0183
BSW+1YRSWM/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
Per Decimal Terabyte
with 1 Year SW Maintenance
 
IBM Real-time Compression SATA              0184
BSW+1YRSWM/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
Per 250 Decimal Terabyte
with 1 Year SW Maintenance
 
No-Charge Media Supply                      5809
 


Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SAS Systems
Base
Software Maintenance
 
One-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT5
 
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number
                                                        
IBM Real-time Compression SAS   5641-RT5    0185
1Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
One-year Registration
No charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression SAS               0186
1Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
One-year Registration
No charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SAS Systems
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Three-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT2
 
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number
                                                        
IBM Real-time Compression SAS   5641-RT2    0189
3Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
Three-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression SAS               0190
3Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
Three-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SAS Systems
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Two-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT6
 
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number
                                                        
IBM Real-time Compression SAS   5641-RT6    0187
2Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
Two-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression SAS               0188
2Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
Two-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SAS Systems
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Four-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT7
 
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number
                                                        
IBM Real-time Compression SAS   5641-RT7    0191
4Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
Four-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression SAS               0192
4Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
Four-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SAS Systems
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Five-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT8
 
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number
                                                        
IBM Real-time Compression SAS   5641-RT8    0193
5Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
Five-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression SAS               0194
5Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
Five-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SATA Systems
Base
Software Maintenance
 
One-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT9
 
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number
                                                        
IBM Real-time Compression SATA  5641-RT9    0195
1Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
One-year Registration
No charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression SATA              0196
1Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
One-year Registration
No charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SATA Systems
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Three-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT4
 
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number
                                                        
IBM Real-time Compression SATA  5641-RT4    0199
3Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
Three-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression SATA              0200
3Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
Three-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SATA Systems
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Two-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RTA
 
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number
                                                        
IBM Real-time Compression SATA  5641-RTA    0197
2Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
Two-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression SATA              0198
2Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
Two-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SATA Systems
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Four-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RTB
 
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number
                                                        
IBM Real-time Compression SATA  5641-RTB    0201
4Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
Four-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression SATA              0202
4Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
Four-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SATA Systems
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Five-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RTC
 
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number
                                                        
IBM Real-time Compression SATA  5641-RTC    0203
5Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
Five-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression SATA              0204
5Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
Five-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 



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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 (also referred to as Software Maintenance) with the initial license acquisition of each program acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) 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
GC27-3908 License Information for IBM Real-time Compression Software for SAS and IBM Real-time Compression Software for SATA

On or near the planned availability date, the current License Information documents will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement website

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.

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Other terms
Volume orders (IVO)

Yes

Passport Advantage applies

No

Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) 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 five years from date of acquisition may be elected.

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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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For Passport Advantage information and charges, contact your IBM representative or authorized IBM Business Partner for Software ValueNet®. Additional information is also available at

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SAS Systems
Base
Software V3.7
PID: 5641-RT1
 
Use-based OTC
with One-year
Software Maintenance
 
                                                     
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   
                                                          
IBM Real-time Compression SAS   5641-RT1    0181                           
BSW+1YRSWM/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
Per Decimal Terabyte
with 1 Year SW Maintenance
 
IBM Real-time Compression SAS               0182                           
BSW+1YRSWM/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
Per 250 Decimal Terabyte
with 1 Year SW Maintenance
 
No-Charge Media Supply                      5809                                 
 
 
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SATA Systems
Base
Software V3.7
PID: 5641-RT3
 
Use-based OTC
with One-year
Software Maintenance
 
                                                     
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   
                                                                       
IBM Real-time Compression SATA  5641-RT3    0183                           
BSW+1YRSWM/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
Per Decimal Terabyte
with 1 Year SW Maintenance
 
IBM Real-time Compression SATA              0184                           
BSW+1YRSWM/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
Per 250 Decimal Terabyte
with 1 Year SW Maintenance
 
No-Charge Media Supply                      5809                                 
 



Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SAS Systems
Base
Software Maintenance
 
One-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT5
 
 
                                                     
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   
                                                                       
IBM Real-time Compression SAS   5641-RT5    0185                           
1Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
One-year Registration
No charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression SAS               0186                           
1Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
One-year Registration
No charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SAS Systems
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Three-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT2
 
                                                     
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   
                                                                       
IBM Real-time Compression SAS   5641-RT2    0189                           
3Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
Three-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression SAS               0190                           
3Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
Three-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SAS Systems
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Two-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT6
 
                                                     
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   
                                                                       
IBM Real-time Compression SAS   5641-RT6    0187                           
2Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
Two-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression SAS               0188                           
2Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
Two-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SAS Systems
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Four-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT7
 
                                                     
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   
                                                                       
IBM Real-time Compression SAS   5641-RT7    0191                           
4Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
Four-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression SAS               0192                          
4Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
Four-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SAS Systems
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Five-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT8
 
                                                     
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   
                                                                       
IBM Real-time Compression SAS   5641-RT8    0193                           
5Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
Five-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression SAS               0194                          
5Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SAS
Base SW
Five-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SATA Systems
Base
Software Maintenance
 
One-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT9
 
 
                                                     
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   
                                                                       
IBM Real-time Compression SATA  5641-RT9    0195                           
1Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
One-year Registration
No charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression SATA              0196                           
1Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
One-year Registration
No charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SATA Systems
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Three-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT4
 
                                                     
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   
                                                                       
IBM Real-time Compression SATA  5641-RT4    0199                           
3Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
Three-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression SATA              0200                           
3Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
Three-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SATA Systems
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Two-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RTA
 
                                                     
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   
                                                                       
IBM Real-time Compression SATA  5641-RTA    0197                           
2Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
Two-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression SATA              0198                           
2Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
Two-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SATA Systems
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Four-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RTB
 
                                                     
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   
                                                                       
IBM Real-time Compression SATA  5641-RTB    0201                           
4Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
Four-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression SATA              0202                           
4Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
Four-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression for SATA Systems
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Five-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RTC
 
                                                     
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   
                                                                       
IBM Real-time Compression SATA  5641-RTC    0203                           
5Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
Five-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression SATA              0204                          
5Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression SATA
Base SW
Five-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 

MT-M FC Description List Price
5641-RT1 0181 Real-time Compression SAS BSW+1YRSWM per TB $2,850
5641-RT1 0182 Real-time Compression SAS BSW+1YRSWM per 250 TB $712,519
5641-RT1 5809 No-Charge Media Supply N/ C
5641-RT3 0183 Real-time Compression SATA BSW+1YRSWM per TB $1,524
5641-RT3 0184 Real-time Compression SATA BSW+1YRSWM per 250 TB $381,018
5641-RT3 5809 No-Charge Media Supply N/ C
5641-RT5 0185 Real-time Compression SAS 1 Yr BSW Reg per TB N/ C
5641-RT5 0186 Real-time Compression SAS 1 Yr BSW Reg per 250 TB N/ C
5641-RT6 0187 Real-time Compression SAS 2 Yr BSW Reg per TB $570
5641-RT6 0188 Real-time Compression SAS 2 Yr BSW Reg per 250 TB $142,504
5641-RT2 0189 Real-time Compression SAS 3 Yr BSW Reg per TB $1,140
5641-RT2 0190 Real-time Compression SAS 3 Yr BSW Reg per 250 TB $285,008
5641-RT7 0191 Real-time Compression SAS 4 Yr BSW Reg per TB $1,710
5641-RT7 0192 Real-time Compression SAS 4 Yr BSW Reg per 250 TB $427,511
5641-RT8 0193 Real-time Compression SAS 5 Yr BSW Reg per TB $2,280
5641-RT8 0194 Real-time Compression SAS 5 Yr BSW Reg per 250 TB $570,015
5641-RT9 0195 Real-time Compression SATA 1 Yr BSW Reg per TB N/ C
5641-RT9 0196 Real-time Compression SATA 1 Yr BSW Reg per 250 TB N/ C
5641-RTA 0197 Real-time Compression SATA 2 Yr BSW Reg per TB $305
5641-RTA 0198 Real-time Compression SATA 2 Yr BSW Reg per 250 TB $76,204
5641-RT4 0199 Real-time Compression SATA 3 Yr BSW Reg per TB $610
5641-RT4 0200 Real-time Compression SATA 3 Yr BSW Reg per 250 TB $152,407
5641-RTB 0201 Real-time Compression SATA 4 Yr BSW Reg per TB $914
5641-RTB 0202 Real-time Compression SATA 4 Yr BSW Reg per 250 TB $228,611
5641-RTC 0203 Real-time Compression SATA 5 Yr BSW Reg per TB $1,219
5641-RTC 0204 Real-time Compression SATA 5 Yr BSW Reg per 250 TB $304,814

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