Version 3.9 of IBM Compression Software provides Random Access Compression Engine (RACE) function for the IBM Real-time Compression Appliance

IBM United States Software Announcement 212-175
June 4, 2012


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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
Program number Program number Order now Order now
Publications Publications


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Are storage requirements growing too fast? IBM® Real-time Compression Software V3.9 is designed to compress CIFS/NFS data up to 80% when used in conjunction with the IBM Real-time Compression Appliance (2452 Model 650 or Model 680).

Version 3.9 adds the following functionality to IBM Real-time Compression Software:

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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Version 3.9 introduces the following:

IBM Real-time Compression Software V3.9 uses RACE technology which enables data compression to be:

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The report generated by capacity planner uses estimates and should be used for informational purposed only. Actual compression rates will vary depending on the nature of the actual data stored on the systems.


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Key prerequisites
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The IBM Real-time Compression Software V3.9.0 requires 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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June 8, 2012



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Description
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Version 3.9 is a new release which provides the following:

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 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 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 increased of storage efficiency in the NAS system, depending on the data type. 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 Compression Software V3.9 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.

Refer to Software Announcement 210-452, dated December 07, 2010 .

Accessibility by people with disabilities

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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   3.9    IBM Real-time Compression Software
 

Product identification number

 
PID numbers for IBM Real-time Compression Software 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
 

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=212-175


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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


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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. 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) 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 website, 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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Ordering information
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Charge metric
                         Part number or
Program name             PID number       Charge metric

IBM Real-time            5641-RT1         Per Decimal Terabyte
Compression Software
  

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 announced products 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 Software
Base
Software V3.9
PID: 5641-RT1
 
Use-based OTC
with One-year
Software Maintenance
 
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number
                                                                
IBM Real-time Compression       5641-RT1    0181
BSW+1YRSWM/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Per Decimal Terabyte
with 1 Year SW Maintenance
 
IBM Real-time Compression                   0182
BSW+1YRSWM/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Per 250 Decimal Terabyte
with 1 Year SW Maintenance





Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software Maintenance
 
One-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT5
 
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number
                                                                
IBM Real-time Compression       5641-RT5    0185
1Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
One-year Registration
No charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression                   0186
1Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
One-year Registration
No charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Three-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT2
 
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number
                                                                
IBM Real-time Compression       5641-RT2    0189
3Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Three-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression                   0190
3Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Three-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Two-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT6
 
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number
                                                                
IBM Real-time Compression       5641-RT6    0187
2Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Two-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression                   0188
2Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Two-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Four-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT7
 
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number
                                                                
IBM Real-time Compression       5641-RT7    0191
4Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Four-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression                   0192
4Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Four-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Five-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT8
 
 
                                Program     Feature
Description                     number      number
                                                                
IBM Real-time Compression       5641-RT8    0193
5Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Five-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression                   0194
5Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Five-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte





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Licensing

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

Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance

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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

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

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Other terms
Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

No

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 five years from date of acquisition may be elected.

While your Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) 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

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Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) 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 website at

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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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Information on charges is available at

http://www.ibm.com/support

Choose the option entitled Purchase/upgrade tools.

Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software V3.9
PID: 5641-RT1
 
Use-based OTC
with One-year
Software Maintenance
 
                                                     
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   
                                                                                
IBM Real-time Compression       5641-RT1    0181                       
BSW+1YRSWM/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Per Decimal Terabyte
with 1 Year SW Maintenance
 
IBM Real-time Compression                   0182                       
BSW+1YRSWM/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Per 250 Decimal Terabyte
with 1 Year SW Maintenance




Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software Maintenance
 
One-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT5
 
 
                                                     
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   
                                                                                
IBM Real-time Compression       5641-RT5    0185                       
1Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
One-year Registration
No charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression                   0186                       
1Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
One-year Registration
No charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Three-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT2
 
                                                     
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   
                                                                                
IBM Real-time Compression       5641-RT2    0189                       
3Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Three-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression                   0190                       
3Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Three-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Two-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT6
 
                                                     
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   
                                                                                
IBM Real-time Compression       5641-RT6    0187                       
2Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Two-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression                   0188                       
2Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Two-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Four-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT7
 
                                                     
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   
                                                                                
IBM Real-time Compression       5641-RT7    0191                       
4Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Four-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression                   0192                      
4Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Four-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte
 
 
Program name: IBM Real-Time Compression Software
Base
Software Maintenance
 
Five-year Registration
 
PID: 5641-RT8
 
                                                     
                                Program     Feature  
Description                     number      number   
                                                                                
IBM Real-time Compression       5641-RT8    0193                       
5Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Five-year Registration
One-time charge
per Decimal Terabyte
 
 
IBM Real-time Compression                   0194                      
5Yr BSW Reg/Decimal TB
IBM Real-time Compression
Base SW
Five-year Registration
One-time charge
per 250 Decimal Terabyte



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