IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software V7.7.1 software-only offering delivers the ability to run on Intel servers

IBM United States Software Announcement 216-217
August 23, 2016


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IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ software is a new addition to the Spectrum Storage family that enables customers to purchase and deploy Spectrum Virtualize independent of the SAN Volume Controller (SVC) or Storwize® family hardware. This is a software-defined storage offering that can virtualize and optimize more than 370 different brands and models of block storage arrays, and can be installed on supported Intel™ servers supplied by the customer. IBM Spectrum Virtualize is the software that has been available in SVC and the IBM® Storwize family for more than 13 years, but with a more flexible deployment model aimed at clients and service providers (MSPs, CSPs) who are implementing software-defined storage infrastructures in their data centers. It offers advanced functionality to the virtualized storage infrastructure, including:

  • Management of virtualized storage as a single storage pool, integrating islands of storage and easing the management and optimization of the overall pool
  • Virtualization of both iSCSI and Fibre Channel attached storage
  • Transparent volume migration
  • Real-time Compression™ of virtualized data
  • EasyTier for automatic and dynamic data tiering
  • FlashCopy® snapshots
  • Remote data replication, synchronous and asynchronous, through Fibre Channel and IP ports
  • Software encryption for externally virtualized storage
  • High availability capabilities with Stretched Cluster or HyperSwap®
  • Virtual Disk Mirroring to maintain two redundant copies of a LUN, implicitly on different storage controllers
  • Common look and feel with other offerings that utilize IBM Spectrum Virtualize software
  • Ability to use Global or Metro Mirror for disaster recovery between IBM Spectrum Virtualize software deployed with other Storwize family products or SVC, creating options for a more flexible disaster recovery site
  • Enterprise capabilities

IBM Spectrum Virtualize software is offered as a fully inclusive, perpetual or monthly license. Through IBM Passport Advantage®, Monthly Licensing is a licensing model that enables customers to pay on a monthly basis for only the licenses that are actually used. This allows a better match between varying usage and required licensing, and therefore, better cash flow management for customers with workloads that can vary significantly over time, such as Managed Service Providers and Private Cloud Service Providers, as well as smaller customers. Together with the ability to deploy on standard Intel x86-based hardware, customers avoid capital expense with optimal flexibility operational expense.



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IBM Spectrum Virtualize software is the software-defined storage layer designed to virtualize and optimize storage within the data center or managed private cloud service. IBM Spectrum Virtualize software can virtualize more than 370 different brands and models of storage, including storage from competitors.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize software, deployed as software on supported commodity Intel servers, is designed to:

  • Virtualize block storage arrays with Fibre Channel and ISCSI front-end ports to centralize management of storage volumes for management from a single point
  • Improve utilization of storage capacity so that businesses can tap into previously unused disk capacity
  • Utilize breakthrough ease of use and management
  • Avoid downtime for backups, maintenance, and upgrades
  • Support data migration without disruption to applications
  • Enable virtualized storage volumes to be managed as a single pool of storage
  • Enable advanced functionalities to be used across multiple virtualized storage array, even if the virtualized storage array does not have these advanced functionalities natively, including Real-time Compression (in-line, real-time compression), stretched cluster and HyperSwap (high-availability solution), Easy Tier® (automatic and dynamic data tiering), encryption of external virtualized capacities, FlashCopy (snapshot), and remote data replication
  • Enable a high-availability storage infrastructure through stretched cluster or HyperSwap
  • Improve the efficiency of the virtualized block storage infrastructure with advanced technologies such as Real-Time Compression for up to 80% data compression rates without performance impact, and high-performance thin provisioning with zero detection
  • Move the most accessed data to higher performance tiers automatically and dynamically through Easy Tier

IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software delivers a powerful solution for storage efficiency in environments where clients deploy storage from a mix of storage vendors or from a single storage vendor who can benefit from the optimization and management of Spectrum Virtualize software. When used in combination with any of the supported 370 disk storage arrays, IBM Spectrum Virtualize delivers the benefits of storage virtualization and advanced storage capabilities, including HyperSwap, encryption, VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOL) support, FlashCopy, replication, Real-time Compression, and Easy Tier.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize software offers a powerful value proposition for enterprise IT as well as service providers (CSPs and MSPs) who are searching for more flexible and agile ways to deploy block storage on commodity Intel hardware. Using these standard Intel servers, Spectrum Virtualize software can be easily added to existing infrastructures to deliver greater storage efficiency through virtualization.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize software includes the following key functions with deployment on supported standard Intel Servers:

  • EasyTier: EasyTier enables you to define up to three tiers of storage to manage system performance with each tier representing a different performance capability and requirement.
  • Real-time Compression: Data can be compressed by up to 80% inline and in real-time by IBM Spectrum Virtualize and is transparent to the host and the virtualized disk storage arrays.
  • The Comprestimator tool: The Comprestimator tool is now integrated as part of IBM Spectrum Virtualize software to enable compression estimates for data stored on systems based on IBM Spectrum Virtualize.
  • FlashCopy snapshots: FlashCopy snapshots provide point-in-time copies of data which enable immediate access to data for mining or backup processes.
  • Remote data replication: Remote data replication delivers flexibility for disaster recovery between physical locations.
  • Encryption: For improved data security and confidentiality, encryption is available and can be applied to virtualized storage arrays even if the virtualized array doesn't have encryption capabilities.
  • High availability: IBM Spectrum Virtualize software supports Stretched Cluster and HyperSwap to deliver high availability to mission-critical environments.
  • iSCSI Virtualization: IBM Spectrum Virtualize software includes the capability to virtualize iSCSI attached storage devices, in addition to Fibre Channel SANs.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize v7.7.1 adds new software benefits, including:

  • Manageability with CLI support for Host Groups, enabling multiple hosts to be grouped together for easier mapping and management and the same virtual disk to be mapped to all hosts in the host cluster in one step
  • Scalability with support for up to 10,000 Virtual Disks
  • Flexibility with iSCSI virtualization support for XIV® arrays

Spectrum Virtualize software will be orderable as an all-inclusive license, installable on supported bare metal Intel servers. The software will be a self-contained binary that includes all features, options, GUIs, and CLIs supported in SVC. The first supported server available on the general availability date is the Lenovo x3650 M5 server. See the Key prerequisites section for associated adapter and software requirements and the Statement of general direction section for the intention of IBM to support additional Intel servers, and for future support for iSCSI clustering and deployment in VMs or containers.

See the Limitations section for items not contained in this release.



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Software requirements

IBM Spectrum Virtualize software only V7.7.1 (5725-Z61) has the same software prerequisites as IBM SAN Volume Controller V7.7.1.

Refer to the Description section for more information about this product.


Hardware requirements

IBM Spectrum Virtualize software only requires at least one pair of supported Intel Servers.

The hardware requirements for this announcement are:

  • Lenovo x3650 M5 - single or dual CPU Xeon E5-2667 v3 8c 3.2GHz
  • 2 CPUs are required if running the Real-time Compression software feature
  • Emulex G5 16GB FC Host Bus Adapter(s)
  • Mellanox Intel 10Gbe iSCSI Host Bus Adapter(s)

Current support summaries, including specific software, hardware, and firmware levels supported, are maintained at IBM Support portal website.



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September 9, 2016



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IBM Spectrum Virtualize software is a software-defined storage offering targeted for customers, Managed Service Providers and Private Cloud Service Providers requiring more flexibility in hybrid cloud deployment. Whether in an on-premises private cloud or a managed cloud service, this offering will reduce the complexities and cost of managing SAN-based or iSCSI-based storage while improving availability.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize software offers a powerful value proposition for enterprise IT as well as service providers (CSPs and MSPs) who are searching for more flexible and agile ways to deploy block storage on commodity Intel hardware. Using these standard Intel servers, Spectrum Virtualize software can be easily added to existing infrastructures to deliver greater storage efficiency through virtualization.

Customers can manage entry to high-end storage networks where their data is distributed across disparate disk storage arrays or lower function disk storage arrays lacking enterprise-class capabilities such as encryption, compression, or automated tiering. Either as hybrid cloud users or as service providers, there is a need to improve the flexibility, responsiveness, and availability of the IT infrastructure, while also controlling costs through the ability to deploy on commodity Intel hardware. They may have already implemented server virtualization through offerings such as HyperV, KVM, or VMware vSphere, and aim to complete virtualization of their infrastructure to enhance the benefits of server virtualization.

There are two primary audiences who can benefit from this technology:

  1. Customers interested in a hybrid cloud environment targeting a lower cost, yet highly available and robust environment for their secondary site
  2. Service Providers (Managed Service Providers or Cloud Service Providers) who may offer hybrid cloud services to customers

Virtualization can help customers wanting to simplify their data centers by creating better optimization of storage capacity simply by deploying Spectrum Virtualize software on supported commodity servers. In addition to improved optimization of existing capacity, this offering can hide the differences among heterogeneous storage systems and enabling pooling of storage for centralized, consistent management within a datacenter or in a hybrid cloud environment. These customers are also concerned about the availability of applications and simplifying deployment or growth of new applications.

Storage virtualization and optimization with Spectrum Virtualize software helps enable rapid and flexible changes to the infrastructure through one all-inclusive software license deployed on supported commodity bare metal Intel servers. In addition, the offering can make data migration and physical infrastructure changes possible without application disruption.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize software includes the following key functions with deployment on supported standard Intel Servers:

EasyTier: EasyTier enables customers to define up to three tiers of storage to manage system performance. Each tier represents a different performance capability and requirement. With built-in analytics, hot data is identified and moved automatically and dynamically to high-performance capacity, while data with lower performance requirements can be moved to inexpensive, slower capacity. The movement of data to high-performance capacity, such as SSDs or flash storage, is temporary to address performance hot spots. Customers can minimize expense with just the right amount of high performance capacity. Data can be restriped as the storage pool grows, enabling dynamic changes to the virtualized pool. EasyTier technology has embedded analytics for automatic and dynamic tiering of data, within and among virtualized arrays.

Real-time Compression: Data can be compressed inline and in real-time by IBM Spectrum Virtualize by up to 80%. The compression is transparent to the host and the virtualized disk storage arrays. Real-time Compression can provide tremendous savings when used in environments with highly compressible data, reducing the overall physical capacity used anddriving datacenter space, energy, and cooling savings.

The Comprestimator tool: The Comprestimator tool is now integrated as part of IBM Spectrum Virtualize software. This tool will enable compression estimates for data stored on systems based on IBM Spectrum Virtualize.

FlashCopy snapshots: FlashCopy snapshots provide point-in-time copies of data which enable immediate access to data for mining or backup processes. The snapshots will preserve the data at a specific point in time so that production operation can continue on the original copy while the backup copy is being processed.

Remote data replication: Remote data replication delivers flexibility for disaster recovery between physical locations. Spectrum Virtualize supports both synchronous and asynchronous remote data replication through both Fibre Channel and IP (iSCSI) links. Through Spectrum Virtualize Global and Metro Mirror, datacenters with heterogeneous arrays can be virtualized and remote data replication can be done between the virtualization hypervisors, enabling lower cost and simplified disaster recovery. IBM Spectrum Virtualize software can be used in conjunction with SVC or Storwize family appliances, where replication can be set up between Spectrum Virtualize running in standard appliances and Spectrum Virtualize software deployed on standard Intel servers. IBM Spectrum Virtualize is integrated with several leading disaster recovery solutions in the market today, including VMware DRS, Site Recovery Manager 6.1, and Microsoft™ Azure Site Recovery.

Encryption: For improved data security and confidentiality, encryption is available. Encryption can be applied to virtualized storage arrays even if the virtualized array doesn't have encryption capabilities. Encrypted volumes are transparent to applications, easing implementation and operation.

High availability: IBM Spectrum Virtualize software supports Stretched Cluster and HyperSwap to deliver high availability to mission-critical environments. Spectrum Virtualize Stretch Cluster is a geographically distributed (up to 300 km distance), highly available clustered storage setup that, unlike in classical mirroring, logical LUNs are readable and writable on both sides (tandem) at the same time. This functionality can be combined with Live Partition Mobility or VMotion to avoid bulk data transport during a metro-distance virtual server motion. IBM Spectrum Virtualize Hyperswap offers the ability to seamlessly fail over data access between geographically dispersed I/O groups or clusters. As with Stretched Cluster, both sides accept simultaneous writes, but write cache data is mirrored locally in both sites as I/O groups are kept together. Hyperswap can be combined with Live Partition Mobility or VMotion for maximized application availability.

iSCSI Virtualization: IBM Spectrum Virtualize software includes the capability to virtualize iSCSI attached storage devices, in addition to Fibre Channel SANs. See the Systems Storage Interoperability Center for supported iSCSI disk arrays.

Spectrum Virtualize software will be orderable as an all-inclusive license, installable on supported bare metal Intel servers. The software will be a self-contained binary that includes all features, options, GUIs, and CLIs supported in SVC. The first supported server available on the general availability date is the Lenovo x3650 M5 server. See the Key prerequisites section for associated adapter and software requirements and the Statement of general direction section for the intentions of IBM to support additional Intel servers. See the Limitations section for items not contained in this release.

Spectrum Virtualize as Software Only uses Differential Licensing to align the cost of licenses with customer use cases. In Differential Licensing, licenses are measured per Storage Capacity Unit (SCU) which is defined in terms of the category of the storage capacity:

  • Category 1: Flash and solid-state drives (SSDs)
  • Category 2: Serial-attached SCSI (SAS) drives, Fibre Channel drives, and systems using
  • Category 3 drives with advanced architectures to deliver high-end storage performance Category 3: Near Line SAS (NL-SAS) and Serial ATA (SATA) drives

Any storage use case that is not listed above is classified as Category 1.

For each SCU, the following number of terabytes (TB) by storage classification is applicable:

  • 1 SCU equates to 1.00 TB usable of Category 1
  • 1 SCU equates to 1.18 TB usable of Category 2
  • 1 SCU equates to 4.00 TB usable of Category 3

When calculating the count of SCUs per Category, fractions must be rounded up to the next higher integer number.

For the Spectrum Virtualize as Software Only license, a sufficient number of SCUs is required to cover actual managed disk capacity consumed.

A terabyte is 2 to the 40th power bytes.

Example 1): Customer with 42 TB usable of FlashSystem™ 9000 for high performance use cases, 400 TB usable in SAS drives for Enterprise use cases, and 800 TB usable in NL-SAS drives for low cost use cases in a Hybrid Storage array would calculate for Spectrum Virtualize as Software Only License SCUs as follows:

  TB usable TB usable per SCU SCU
Category 1 42 1 42
Category 2 400 1.18 339
Category 3 800 4 200
Total 1242   581

Example 2): Customer with 10 TB usable of FlashSystem 9000 for high-performance use cases, 20 TB usable in SSDs for high performance use cases, 2, 400 TB usable in NL-SAS drives for low cost use cases in a Hybrid Storage array, and 200 TB usable in SAS drives for Enterprise use cases in a second Disk Storage array would calculate for Spectrum Virtualize as Software Only License SCUs as follows:

  TB usable TB usable per SCU SCU
Category 1 300 1 30
Category 2 200 1.18 170
Category 3 2400 4 600
Total 2630   800

Example 3): Customer with 906 TB usable of XIV for Enterprise use cases; and 300 TB usable in NL-SAS drives for low cost use cases in a second Disk Storage array. As per Differential Licensing Category definition, XIV use case is Category 2, calculations for Spectrum Virtualize as Software Only SCUs are as follows:

  TB usable TB usable per SCU SCU
Category 1 0 1 0
Category 2 906 1.18 768
Category 3 300 4 75
Total 1206   843

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be found on the IBM Accessibility website.

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software V7.7.1 is capable as of September 9, 2016, when used in accordance with IBM's associated 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 found on the IBM Accessibility website.



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Customers today face a challenging business environment. There is a need to store more information to make their business more competitive and for IT to be responsive and support initiatives, all while controlling IT costs and limiting the amount of staff required to support IT. Service Providers and customers seeking hybrid cloud solutions are looking for ways to both lower their overall costs while providing security, management, and data availability.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize software delivers management of storage from entry and midrange up to enterprise disk systems, and enables hosts to attach through FC SAN or iSCSI to existing Ethernet networks. IBM Spectrum Virtualize software is designed to be easy to use, enabling existing staff to start working with it rapidly. IBM Spectrum Virtualize uses virtualization, thin provisioning, and compression technologies to improve storage utilization and meet changing needs quickly and easily. In this way, Spectrum Virtualize software is the ideal complement to server virtualization strategies, and provides a unique value to MSPs and CSPs who want to create highly optimized storage solutions in their cloud data centers on standard Intel hardware.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize also enables migration of data from existing storage systems to new ones, simplifying implementation and minimizing disruption. These are offerings for customers with existing SAN networks who seek to reduce the complexities and costs of managing their storage.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize software is a cross-industry offering for customers who are seeking to transition to hybrid clouds to lower their costs with off-premises solutions for disaster recovery, capacity expansion, or dev ops. These customers also focus on scaling capability with reasonable costs, including disaster recovery functions (Remote Mirroring, FlashCopy, Stretched clusters), performance features (SSD and Easy Tier), and security enhancements (encryption).



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Additional Intel Servers to be supported

IBM intends to deliver additional leading Intel x86 based servers as supported platforms including models from Cisco, Supermicro and HPE.

iSCSI clustering support

As part of our growing support for more flexible deployment options, IBM intends to deliver the capability to cluster nodes with iSCSI technology.

Future Hypervisor and container support for agility and flexibility

IBM intends to augment bare metal support of Spectrum Virtualize as Software with the ability to run Spectrum Virtualize as Software in hypervisor or container technology.

IBM's statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at IBM's sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code, or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remain at our sole discretion.



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Translation information, if available, can be found at the Translation Reports website.



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5725-Z61 7.7.1 IBM Spectrum Virtualize software only V7


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Call IBM training at 800- IBM -TEACH (426-8322) for catalogs, schedules, and enrollments.



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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.

More information is also available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express® website.



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Software Services

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Hardware requirements

Current support summaries, including specific software, hardware, and firmware levels supported, are maintained at IBM Support Portal website.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize software only requires at least one pair of supported Intel servers.

The hardware requirements for this announcement are:

  • Lenovo x3650 M5 - single or dual CPU Xeon E5-2667 v3 8c 3.2GHz with 32GB or 64GB RAM
  • 2 CPUs are required if running the Real Time Compression software feature
  • Emulex G5 16GB FC Host Bus Adapter(s)
  • Mellanox Intel 10Gbe iSCSI Host Bus Adapter(s)
Software requirements

IBM Spectrum Virtualize software V7.7 (5725-Z61) has the same software prerequisites as IBM SAN Volume Controller V7.7.

IBM includes one year of software maintenance with each program license acquired. The initial period of software maintenance can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option when ordered through Passport Advantage or Passport Advantage Express.


Note: IBM Spectrum Virtualize software can only be ordered through Passport Advantage. All software maintenance renewals will be managed and invoiced through Passport Advantage.

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 further information regarding currently supported environments and operating guidelines, go to the respective support website.

Limitations

This program only operates on specified storage hardware as detailed in the Hardware requirements section.

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

Additional information on configuration limitations and configuration guidelines is further documented in the README file accompanying the Spectrum Virtualize Software or in furnished publications for this product available at the IBM SVC, IBM Storwize V7000, IBM Storwize V5000, IBM Storwize V3700, IBM Storwize V3500, IBM FlashSystem V840, or IBM FlashSystem V9000 support websites.

Encryption and other functions in this announcement may be subject to limitations and restrictions for supported configurations, environments, and use. Refer to the V7.6 Configuration Limits and Restrictions document for details.

To view this document, access the IBM Systems Support website.

Select the applicable product (such as Storwize V5000) in the Product Finder menu.

Enter 7.6 Configuration Limits and Restrictions in the Search Support field and check the Search only... box.

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

Planning for, and provision of, the power and environmental support of the required IBM Spectrum Virtualize product, including its storage engines, is a customer responsibility.

Planning considerations for IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software are listed in the respective product's IBM Knowledge Center, which is available at IBM Spectrum Virtualize software only.

Customers with a 5641-Z61 license are responsible to combine the total terabytes managed for each function from individual SVC License Manager (cluster) reports to ensure they are within the enterprise license entitlement (within that country) for each function.

Packaging

After receipt of an order for IBM Spectrum Virtualize software, 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 contacted by IBM personnel and will notified when the ordered system is ready for use. Access information will also be provided. The service includes usage of the ordered system including support .

The paid invoice acts as Proof of Entitlement (PoE) for all orders of IBM Spectrum Virtualize software V7.

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.

Direct customer support

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 (Software Maintenance) 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.

IBM includes one year 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.

Security, auditability, and control

IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software can use an existing LDAP for authentication (for example, interfacing with Microsoft™ Active Directory).

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.



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

These products may only be sold directly by IBM or by authorized IBM Business Partners for Software Value Plus.

More information can be found on the IBM Software Value Plus website.

To locate IBM Business Partners for Software Value Plus in your geography for a specific Software Value Plus portfolio, go to the Find a Business Partner page.

Product Group: IBM Systems

Product: IBM Spectrum Virtualize V7.7 (5725-Z61)

Product Category: IBM Spectrum Virtualize

Ordering information for Passport Advantage

Passport Advantage (PPA) allows greater flexibility to help customers manage their software licenses and Subscription and Support renewals. Customers can now have a common anniversary date for Subscription and Support renewals for all IBM software, under a PPA agreement, including IBM Storage software. The anniversary date, established at the order ship date for the initial product acquisition, will remain unchanged while their Passport Advantage or Passport Advantage Express agreement remains in effect.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize can be ordered in 1 licensing model:

  • Monthly license with optional automatic renewals

The quantity to be specified for the Passport Advantage part numbers in the following table is per SCU.

To order for Passport Advantage, specify the desired part number and quantity.

Program name: IBM Spectrum Virtualize V7.7 (5725-Z61)

Description Part number
IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software V7 Stg Cap Unit Monthly License D1PHVLL
IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software V7 Stg Cap Unit Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo D1PHTLL
IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software V7 Stg Cap Unit Annual SW S&S Rnwl E0MZNLL
IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software V7 Stg Cap Unit SW S&S Reinstate 12 Mo D1PHULL

The product in the above table are also available via web download from Passport Advantage.

Passport Advantage customer: Media pack entitlement details

A Passport Advantage media pack will not be generated. Read first information, will be available with downloaded code updates from Passport Advantage.

Media pack information can be found on the http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage website.

Passport Advantage (PPA) allows greater flexibility to help customers manage their software licenses and Subscription and Support renewals. Customers can now have a common anniversary date for Subscription and Support renewals for all IBM software, under a PPA agreement, including IBM Storage software. The anniversary date, established at the order ship date for the initial product acquisition, will remain unchanged while their Passport Advantage or Passport Advantage Express agreement remains in effect.

Charge metric

Program name Part number or PID number Charge metric
IBM Spectrum Virtualize software only V7 5725-Z61 Per SCU

License metric definition

Storage Capacity Units (SCU)

A Storage Capacity Unit is measuring the managed capacity in a way that the price is differentiated by the technology used to store the data.

Sufficient entitlements must be obtained for the number of Storage Capacity Units (SCU) required to cover the terabytes of usable capacity managed by the program as set forth below.

Storage capacity managed by the program is classified into the following three categories:

  • Category 1: Flash and SSDs
  • Category 2: SAS Drives, Fiber Channel Drives, and systems using Category 3 drives with advanced architectures to deliver high-end storage performance.
  • Category 3: NL-SAS and SATA Drives

Any storage capacity used that is not listed above is classified as Category 1.

The abstract concept of Storage Capacity Units allows the amount of capacity used per category to change over time, as long as the total amount SCUs required is equal or less than the entitlements that a customer owns.

Each Storage Capacity Unit entitlement can be used to cover the following number of terabytes by category:

* 1 SCU equates to 1.00 TB of Category 1

* 1 SCU equates to 1.18 TB of Category 2

* 1 SCU equates to 4.00 TB of Category 3

When calculating the count of SCUs per category, fractions will be rounded up to the following integer number.

Customers requesting ESD

Downloading from the electronic software delivery website requires an active Software Maintenance Agreement for each product to be downloaded and registered with the ESS website.

Website registration requires:

  • A valid customer number
  • A software order number associated with the customer number


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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.

This product is only available through Passport Advantage.

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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License Information number

L-SSCZ-ACJTYY

See the License Information documents page on the IBM Software License Agreement website for more information.

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.

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, see the IBM Software Support Handbook.

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)

No

Passport Advantage applies

Yes, information is available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. 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.

IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support with each program license acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.

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 by 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 users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For additional details, see the IBM Software Support Handbook. 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 the applicable agreements.

Unless specified otherwise in a written agreement with you, IBM does not provide support for third party products that were not provided by IBM. Ensure that when contacting IBM for covered support, you follow problem determination and other instructions that IBM provides, including in the IBM Software Support Handbook.

For additional information about the International Passport Advantage Agreement and the IBM International Passport Advantage Express Agreement, go to the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Not applicable.



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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 lawful, comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective.

Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.



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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 to access the https://www.ibm.com/software/howtobuy/passportadvantage/paoreseller website.

Current prices can be found on the IBM Support Portal website.


Passport Advantage

For Passport Advantage information and charges, contact your IBM representative or authorized IBM Business Partner for Software Value Plus. Additional information is also available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

IBM Global Financing

IBM Global Financing offers competitive financing to credit-qualified customers to assist them in acquiring IT solutions. Offerings include financing for IT acquisition, including hardware, software, and services, from both IBM and other manufacturers or vendors. Offerings (for all customer segments: small, medium, and large enterprise), rates, terms, and availability can vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization or go to the IBM Global Financing website for more information.

IBM Global Financing offerings are provided through IBM Credit LLC in the United States, and other IBM subsidiaries and divisions worldwide to qualified commercial and government customers. Rates are based on a customer's credit rating, financing terms, offering type, equipment type, and options, and may vary by country. Other restrictions may apply. Rates and offerings are subject to change, extension, or withdrawal without notice.

Financing from IBM Global Financing helps you preserve cash and credit lines, enables more technology acquisition within current budget limits, permits accelerated implementation of economically attractive new technologies, offers payment and term flexibility, and can help match project costs to projected benefits. Financing is available worldwide for credit-qualified customers.



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To order, contact your Americas Call Centers, local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner. To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner call 800- IBM -4YOU (426-4968). For more information, contact the Americas Call Centers.

Phone: 800- IBM -CALL (426-2255)

Fax: 800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)

For IBM representative: callserv@ca.ibm.com

For IBM Business Partner: pwcs@us.ibm.com

Mail:
IBM Teleweb Customer Support
ibm.com® Sales Execution Center, Americas North
3500 Steeles Ave. East, Tower 3/4
Markham, Ontario
Canada L3R 2Z1
Reference:
YE001

The Americas Call Centers, our national direct marketing organization, can add your name to the mailing list for catalogs of IBM products.


Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.


IBM Software Value Plus

These products are available under IBM Software Value Plus, either directly from IBM or through authorized Business Partners who invest in skills and high-value solutions. IBM customers may benefit from the industry-specific or horizontal solutions, skills, and expertise provided by these Business Partners.

Additions to Software Value Plus will be communicated through standard product announcements. For a current list of IBM software available under Software Value Plus, go to the IBM Software Value Plus website.

For questions regarding Software Value Plus, go to the IBM Software Value Plus website.

Trademarks

IBM Spectrum Virtualize, Real-time Compression and FlashSystem are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

Storwize, IBM, FlashCopy, HyperSwap, Passport Advantage, Easy Tier, XIV, System i, Express, IBM FlashSystem and ibm.com are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

Intel is a trademark of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

Microsoft is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Terms of use

IBM products and services which are announced and available in your country can be ordered under the applicable standard agreements, terms, conditions, and prices in effect at the time. IBM reserves the right to modify or withdraw this announcement at any time without notice. This announcement is provided for your information only. Additional terms of use are located at:

Terms of use

For the most current information regarding IBM products, consult your IBM representative or reseller, or visit the IBM worldwide contacts page

http://www.ibm.com/planetwide/us/

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