IBM GPFS Native RAID for GPFS Storage Server, V4.1 runs on IBM Power Systems and supports IBM GPFS Storage Server V2.5

IBM United States Software Announcement 214-376
October 6, 2014

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IBM® GPFS™ Native RAID on GPFS Storage Server delivers analytic and technical computing storage, and big data services on IBM Power Systems™ servers.

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 Native RAID V4.1 with GPFS Storage Server V2.5 improves the usability and management of GPFS Storage Server solutions and now combines the performance of IBM Power Systems servers with industry-leading General Parallel File System (GPFS) to offer a high-performance, scalable building block approach to modern storage needs.

With GPFS Native RAID and the GPFS Storage Server solution, your performance and capacity increase as you add GPFS Storage Servers. This GPFS solution is cost competitive and offers features that enhance the reliability, availability, and serviceability of data storage.

The GPFS Native RAID GUI is enhanced for performance monitoring to include performance charting, pan and zoom capability, and usability improvements such as easier selection of certain performance metrics. Other GUI enhancements include solution-level error and failure reporting and directed maintenance procedures.

The GPFS Storage Server solution leverages the high demand for GPFS V4.1 software and couples it with Power® System S822L servers based on IBM POWER8™ technology, and Extreme Cloud Administrative Toolkit (xCAT).

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Planned availability date
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December 5, 2014

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GPFS Storage Server is a big data storage system that combines IBM POWER® servers, storage enclosures, and disks, along with IBM GPFS V4 and its Native RAID technology. This solution provides analytic and technical computing storage and data services for elastic storage workloads. It is an innovative offering that enhances the reliability, availability, and serviceability of data storage.

GPFS Native RAID has an updated GUI and performance visualization usability enhancements.

GPFS Storage Server features Power Systems servers, storage enclosures and drives, software, and networking components that allow for a wide choice of technology within an integrated, delivered solution.

IBM thoroughly tests and optimizes each solution for reliability, interoperability, and maximum performance so you can quickly deploy your system and get to work achieving your business goals.

With the GPFS Storage Server solution, you can gain all the reliability, integration, and interoperability of an IBM POWER solution, all within a high-capacity, GPFS-based architecture.

GPFS Storage Server allows you to start small and build, using incremental additions, providing expanded capacity and bandwidth with each additional GPFS Storage Server building block.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

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

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

IBM GPFS Native RAID for GPFS Storage Server is capable as of December 5, 2014, when used in accordance with associated IBM 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 US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be requested at

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Product positioning
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GPFS Storage Server is a single, integrated, fully supported IBM solution built to leverage the high demand for GPFS V4.1 software and couple it with Power Systems servers.

The IBM Data Engine for Analytics - Power Systems Edition offers a complete solution managing both structured and unstructured data within the same scalable secure storage environment.

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Reference information
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Refer to Hardware Announcement 114-149, dated October 06, 2014.

Refer to Hardware Announcement 114-176, dated October 06, 2014.

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Program                 Program
number        VRM       name

5641-GRS      4.1.0     GPFS Native RAID for GPFS Storage Server

Product identification number

                  Maintenance        Maintenance
Program           registration       registration
PID number        3-year PID number  5-year PID number

5641-GRS          5641-GN3           5641-GN5

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Offering Information
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website

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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No publications are shipped with this program.

The following publications provide information about GSS V2.5:

IBM Knowledge Center is a worldwide central repository of IBM technical publications hosted in a single application, located at a single URL

You can find and navigate technical content more efficiently and easily with improved search, filtering, and user experience. Create your own collections of IBM documents with PDF output on demand.

The IBM GSS solution documentation is available at

The IBM GPFS product documentation is available at

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

GPFS Storage Server V2.5, consisting of two of either of these IBM Power System S822L servers (type 5146):

GPFS Native RAID for GPFS Storage Server is also supported with the Lenovo Intelligent Cluster™ and current GSS Lenovo x86 solutions.

Software requirements

It is recommended to order xCAT V2 Support Services because xCAT is included with the GPFS Storage Server solution.

Refer to Hardware Announcement 114-149, dated October 06, 2014 for more detailed hardware and software requirements.

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

The IBM TotalStorage EXP24S SFF Gen2-bay Drawer for high-density storage can be added to provide linear performance improvement.

Extreme Cloud Administrative Toolkit (xCAT) V2 Support Services will provide IBM support for the xCAT open source offering shipped with the GPFS Storage Server solution. This support offering can be ordered via Passport Advantage®.

IBM Electronic Support

The IBM Support Portal is your gateway to technical support. This includes IBM Electronic Support tools and resources, for software and hardware, to help save time and simplify support. The Electronic Support tools can help you find answers to questions, download fixes, troubleshoot, automate data collection, submit and track problems through the Service Request online tool, and build skills. All these tools are made available through your IBM support agreement, at no additional charge. Read about the Electronic Support portfolio of tools

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Access the online Service Request tool

Planning information


Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is included with licenses purchased through Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express®. Product upgrades and technical support are provided by the Software Subscription and Support offering as described in the agreements. Product upgrades provide the latest versions and releases to entitled software, and technical support provides voice and electronic access to IBM support organizations, worldwide.

For this program, IBM includes three years or five years of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) with each program license acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.


IBM GPFS Native RAID for GPFS Storage Server is delivered through the Internet. There is no physical media.

GPFS Native RAID for GPFS Storage Server, V4.1 is distributed in one package with the following:

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

GPFS Native RAID for GPFS Storage Server uses the security and auditability features of the system in 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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Software Services
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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.

To learn more about IBM Software Services or to contact a Software Services sales specialist, visit

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 Program Number: 5641-GRS
 Description                           Chrg Feat
 IBM GPFS Native RAID for GSS V4.1,      1285
  Per Managed Server w/1 Yr SW S&S

Note: Configurator support will be available on November 11, 2014.

This software license includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.

Coverage for a total of three years or five years from the date of acquisition may be elected. Order the program number, feature number, and quantity to register coverage for your software licenses.

Software license includes 1-year Software Maintenance for GPFS Native RAID for GPFS Storage Server - 5641-GRS

 Program                                              Feature
 number      Program name                             number

 5641-GN3    3-yr software maintenance registration
             Per managed server                       1286
 5641-GN5    5-yr software maintenance registration
             Per managed server                       1319


Charge metric

                 Part number or
Program name     PID number        Charge metric

IBM GPFS         5641-GRS          Per managed server
Native RAID      
for GPFS
Storage Svr


Server is a unit of measure by which the program can be licensed. A server is a physical computer that is comprised of processing units, memory, and input/output capabilities and that executes requested procedures, commands, or applications for one or more users or Client Devices. Where racks, blade enclosures, or other similar equipment is being employed, each separable physical device (for example, a blade or a rack-mounted device) that has the required components is considered itself a separate server. For the purpose of server-based licensing, licensee must obtain entitlements for each server that is made available to the program, regardless of the number of processor cores and partitions in the server or the number of copies of the program on the server.


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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.


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) 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 three years of Software Subscription and Support with the initial license acquisition of the program acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support can be extended by the purchase of a five year maintenance option. 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. Renewals for this program is available through Passport Advantage.

License Information number


The program's License Information will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement website
Limited warranty applies


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

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 (1) for programs acquired under the IBM International Passport Advantage offering, this term applies only to your first acquisition of the program and (2) 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.

Volume orders (IVO)

Yes. Contact your IBM representative.

Passport Advantage applies

Yes, and through the Passport Advantage website at
Usage restriction


This program is supplied only for use with the named hardware
or hardware configuration identified below or upgrades
to them. Licensee is prohibited from using this program in
connection with any other hardware.
IBM GPFS Storage Server

For additional information, refer to the License Information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement website
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 36 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 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

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 website at
System i® Software Maintenance applies


Variable charges apply


Educational allowance available

Yes. A 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.

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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered, destroyed, or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective. IBM does not warrant that systems and products are immune from the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.

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Electronic Service Agent™ and the IBM Electronic Support web portal are dedicated to providing fast, exceptional support to IBM Systems customers. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tool is a no-additional-charge tool that proactively monitors and reports hardware events, such as system errors, performance issues, and inventory. The Electronic Service Agent tool can help you stay focused on your company's strategic business initiatives, save time, and spend less effort managing day-to-day IT maintenance issues. Servers enabled with this tool can be monitored remotely around the clock by IBM Support, all at no additional cost to you.

Now integrated into the base operating system of AIX® V5.3, AIX V6.1, and AIX V7.1, Electronic Service Agent is designed to automatically and electronically report system failures and utilization issues to IBM, which can result in faster problem resolution and increased availability. System configuration and inventory information collected by the Electronic Service Agent tool also can be viewed on the secure Electronic Support web portal, and used to improve problem determination and resolution by you and the IBM support team. To access the tool main menu, simply type smitty esa_main, and select Configure Electronic Service Agent. In addition, ESA now includes a powerful web user interface, giving the administrator easy access to status, tool settings, problem information, and filters. For more information and documentation on how to configure and use Electronic Service Agent, refer to

The IBM Electronic Support portal is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. This portal enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems. The My Systems and Premium Search functions make it even easier for Electronic Service Agent tool-enabled customers to track system inventory and find pertinent fixes.


Increased uptime: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to enhance the Warranty or Maintenance Agreement by providing faster hardware error reporting and uploading system information to IBM Support. This can translate to less wasted time monitoring the symptoms, diagnosing the error, and manually calling IBM Support to open a problem record. Its 24x7 monitoring and reporting mean no more dependence on human intervention or off-hours customer personnel when errors are encountered in the middle of the night.

Security: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to be secure in monitoring, reporting, and storing the data at IBM. The Electronic Service Agent tool securely transmits via either the Internet (HTTPS or VPN) or modem, and can be configured to communicate securely through gateways to provide you a single point of exit from your site. Communication is one way. Activating Electronic Service Agent does not enable IBM to call into your system. System inventory information is stored in a secure database, which is protected behind IBM firewalls. It is viewable only by you and IBM. Your business applications or business data is never transmitted to IBM.

More accurate reporting: Because system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support center in conjunction with the service request, you 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.

Customized support: Using the IBM ID entered during activation, you can view system and support information in the My Systems and Premium Search sections of the Electronic Support website at

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 your 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, you are able to see search results that apply specifically to your systems.

For more information on how to utilize the power of IBM Electronic Services, contact your IBM Systems Services Representative, or visit

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For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

Business Partner information

If you are an IBM Business Partner -- Distributor for Workstation Software acquiring products from IBM, you may link to Passport Advantage Online for resellers where you can obtain Business Partner pricing information. An IBM ID and password are required.

Information on charges is available at

Choose the option entitled Purchase/upgrade tools.

Program Number: 5641-GRS
                                       One-Time     One-Time
 Description                           Chrg Feat    Charge

 IBM GPFS Native RAID for GSS V4.1,      1285       
  Per Managed Server w/1 Yr SW S&S
Program                                  Feature
number      Program name                 number       OTC

5641-GN3    3-yr SW Main Registration
             Per managed server          1286        
5641-GN5    5-yr SW Main Registration
             Per managed server          1319

Pricing terms

Prices in the following PDF prices link are suggested list prices on day of announcement for the U.S. only. They are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. IBM list price does not include tax or shipping and is subject to change without notice.

ENUS-214-376-LIST_PRICES_2014_10_06.PDF ENUS-214-376-LIST_PRICES_2014_10_06.PDF

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To order, contact the Americas Call Centers or your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner.

To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

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            L3R 2Z1

Reference: YE001

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