IBM SmartCloud Analytics delivers a log analysis solution for rapid analysis of application data

IBM United States Software Announcement 213-238
May 28, 2013


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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
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IBM SmartCloud® Analytics log analysis solution:

For ordering, contact Your IBM® representative or an IBM Business Partner.
For more information contact the Americas Call Centers at
800-IBM-CALL (426-2255).
 
Reference: YE001


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Maintaining modern applications and systems is challenging. Applications are becoming more distributed and sophisticated. The underlying environments these workloads are running on are becoming more complex, with increasing adoption of virtualized and hybrid cloud environments.

The data volumes generated by the average data center are exploding; 97% of this data is not fully structured, for example, logs and stack traces. Many IT problems cannot be solved without deep analysis of this unstructured data. Usually, this analysis is a manual process that is time consuming.

IBM SmartCloud Analytics is a new family of capabilities designed to index, search, and analyze application, middleware, and infrastructure data generated by your key business applications. IBM SmartCloud Analytics provides a log analysis that accelerates problem isolation, identification, and repair by providing insights into previously untapped and under utilized sources of data.

While support for multiple log sources and types is provided, the solution enables in depth, prepackaged domain insights and includes examples for IBM WebSphere® Application Server V7 and V8 and IBM DB2® 9.7 and 10.1 sources, further accelerating value for application developers, application support, and middleware subject matter experts.

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Key prerequisites
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For details, refer to the Software requirements section.



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Description
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IBM SmartCloud Analytics provides a log analysis capability that allows users to index, search, and analyze structured and unstructured data. It can be downloaded and installed in less than 30 minutes and has an easy to use intuitive user interface (UI). The solution is based on IBM big data technology. Its core search technology is based on IBM InfoSphere Data Explorer (formerly the Vivisimo Velocity Platform) while its text analytics is based on IBM InfoSphere BigInsights text analytics.

IBM SmartCloud Analytics log analysis solution has the capability to collect data in batch or steaming mode in near real time. This data can then be parsed and annotated to extract key patterns of information. Log Analytic Insight Packs allow users to add their own pre-packaged domain insights.

IBM SmartCloud Analytics log analysis solution is designed with a clean, web-based user interface. The user is presented with a simple search bar, which they can use to enter queries across a range of ingested data. These queries can then be refined iteratively to perform root cause analysis. To assist this process, the UI displays patterns in two side panels. The first panel displays patterns extracted from Log Analysis Insight Packs, while the second displays patterns discovered from generic patterns. Clicking on a pattern refines the search query. Search results can also be visualized on application dashboards. These can also be included in Log Analytic Insight Packs.



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Program           Program
number            name

5725-K26          IBM SmartCloud Analytics


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Education support
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For additional information, visit

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Offering Information
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website

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Also, visit the Passport Advantage® website

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


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Publications
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No publications will be shipped with this product.

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Technical information
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Specified operating environment

Software requirements

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Planning information

Direct customer support

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

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Packaging

IBM SmartCloud Analytics is distributed with:

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

IBM SmartCloud Analytics uses the security and auditability features of the operating system software. 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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IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based, software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Also, we extend our IBM Software Services reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.

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Licensing metric definitions

Resource Value Unit (RVU)

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General charge terms

The Resources for the purpose of RVU calculation are gigabytes. A gigabytes is 2 to the 30th power bytes (1,073,741,824 bytes). Sufficient entitlements must be obtained to cover the maximum number of gigabytes of content analyzed by the program.

Resource Value Unit conversion table (VUE027A)

Pricing example

  1. The required volume of raw log files to be ingested and then available to search against is 10 Gb per day. The users wish to be able to search back seven days worth of log data. Therefore, the required number of RVUs required to be purchased is calculated as follows:
  2. Volume of newly generated raw log files to be able to ingest and then search and index is 20 Gb per day. The users wish to be able to search back five days of data. Therefore, the required number of RVUs required to be purchased is calculated as follows:


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This product is only available via Passport Advantage . It is not available as shrinkwrap.

Product group: Availability and Performance products
Product Identifier Description:  5725-K26 IBM SmartCloud Analytics
Product category: Application Manager

New licensees

Orders for new licenses will be accepted now.

Shipment will begin on the planned availability date.

Basic license

Ordering information for Passport Advantage

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Refer to the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement and to the IBM Software Support Handbook for specific terms relating to, and a more complete description of, technical support provided through Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance).

The quantity to be specified for the Passport Advantage part numbers in the following table is per required number of Processor Value Units. To order for Passport Advantage , specify the desired part number and quantity.

IBM SmartCloud Analytics

IBM SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis - Workgroup Edition

Description                                            Part number

IBM SmartCloud Analytics Log Analysis Workgroup        D10BDLL
Edition Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo
IBM SmartCloud Analytics Log Analysis Workgroup        E0HVVLL
Edition SW S&S Rnwl
IBM SmartCloud Analytics Log Analysis Workgroup        D10BELL
Edition SW S&S Reinstate 12 Mo

To order a media pack for Passport Advantage , specify the part number in the desired quantity from the following table:

 
Media pack description                                  Part number

IBM SmartCloud Analytics Log Analysis Workgroup         BJ13LEN
Edition Multiplatform, ML Media Pack

IBM SmartCloud Analytics is also available, via web download, from Passport Advantage .



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Volume orders (IVO)

No

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Passport Advantage applies

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System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

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More accurate reporting: Since system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support center in conjunction with the service request, customers are not required to find and send system information, decreasing the risk of misreported or misdiagnosed errors. Once inside IBM , problem error data is run through a data knowledge management system and knowledge articles are appended to the problem record.

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My Systems provides valuable reports of installed hardware and software using information collected from the systems by Electronic Service Agent . Reports are available for any system associated with the customer's IBM ID. Premium Search combines the function of search and the value of Electronic Service Agent information, providing advanced search of the technical support knowledgebase. Using Premium Search and the Electronic Service Agent information that has been collected from your system, customers are able to see search results that apply specifically to their systems.

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