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Announcement Summary - July 27, 2005

*** Announcement Letter Numeric Index Announcements ***

105-241 IBM System z9 109 -- The server built to protect and grow with your on demand enterprise

205-167 IBM z/OS V1.7 delivers advances in business resiliency and security

205-168 IBM z/VM V5.2 enhances scalability for virtualization on System z9 and zSeries, including Linux guests

205-169 IBM z/OS.e V1.7 brings new levels of affordability to enterprise and Web-based applications

205-170 IBM SMP/E for z/OS V3.4 integrates ordering and delivery of z/OS platform service over the Internet

205-183 New usage pricing for IBM WebSphere MQ for zSeries systems

*** Hardware Announcements ***


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105-241 IBM System z9 109 -- The server built to protect and grow with your on demand enterprise

At a glance

The IBM System z9 (TM) 109 is designed to provide:

  • Improved total system performance over the z990
  • Improved availability with: enhanced book availability, redundant I/O interconnect, enhanced driver maintenance, dynamic oscillator switchover, program directed re-IPL, concurrent MBA fanout card hot-plug
  • Support of up to 60 LPARs
  • CPACF enhancements -- AES, PRNG, SHA-256
  • Configurable Crypto Express2
  • Modified Indirect Data Address Word facility
  • Two subchannel sets per LCSS
  • Up to 336 FICON Express2 channels
  • N_Port ID Virtualization
  • HiperSockets support of IPv6
  • OSA-Express2 1000BASE-T Ethernet
  • OSA-Express2 OSN (OSA for NCP)
  • Capacity Backup for zAAP, IFL, and ICF
----------------------------------------- For ordering, contact:
  Your IBM representative, an IBM
  Business Partner, or the Americas
  Call Centers at
    800-IBM-CALL  Reference: YE001

Overview

The IBM System z9 (TM) 109 (z9-109), delivering excellence in large-scale enterprise computing, is designed and optimized for on demand business. IBM mainframes provide an advanced combination of reliability, availability, security, scalability, and virtualization, together with the ability to reallocate processing power, and are designed to match changing business priorities on demand.

With a modular book design, the z9-109 Model S54 is designed to provide up to 95% more total system capacity than the z990 Model D32, and has up to double the available memory.

The Modified Indirect Data Address Word (MIDAW) facility is designed to improve FICON (R) performance. The number of FICON Express2 open exchanges (concurrent I/O operations) that may be active simultaneously has been increased from 32 to 64 per channel.

The z9-109 is focused on providing higher availability and reducing planned and unplanned outages -- which, when properly configured, may be accomplished with improved nondisruptive replace, repair, and upgrade functions for memory, books, and I/O as well as extending the nondisruptive capability to download Licensed Internal Code updates.

New integrated clear key encryption security-rich features on the z9-109 include support for Advanced Encryption Standard, Secure Hash Algorithm-256, and integrated Pseudo Random Number Generation. Performing these functions in hardware is designed to contribute to improved performance.

Application of the z9-109 advanced virtualization technologies creates a solid foundation for flexible integration of business and information management.

New innovations on the z9-109 can help to ensure you have a security-rich platform, can help maximize your resources and their utilization, and can help provide you the ability to integrate applications and data across the infrastructure. The z9-109 is designed to be a flagship component of your heterogeneous environment.

Note: The comparison of the z9-109 Model S54 and the z990 Model D32 is based on the LSPR mixed workload average.

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections of this announcement.

Planned availability dates

  • Features and functions for the z9-109: September 16, 2005
  • z9-109 Models S08, S18, S28, and S38: September 16, 2005
  • z900 upgrades to z9-109 Models S08, S18, S28, and S38: September 16, 2005
  • z990 upgrades to z9-109 Models S08, S18, S28, and S38: September 16, 2005
  • TKE 5.0 workstations for zSeries (R): September 16, 2005
  • OOCoD and CBU function for Models S08, S18, S28, and S38: September 16, 2005
  • z9-109 Model S54: November 18, 2005
  • OOCoD and CBU function for Model S54: November 18, 2005
  • z900 upgrades to z9-109 Model S54: November 18, 2005
  • z990 upgrades to z9-109 Model S54: November 18, 2005
  • MES features for Models S08, S18, S28, and S38: December 16, 2005
  • Model conversions for Models S08, S18, S28, and S38: December 16, 2005
  • MES features for Model S54 and z9-109 model conversions to the Model S54: February 25, 2006

*** Software Announcements ***


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205-167 IBM z/OS V1.7 delivers advances in business resiliency and security

At a glance

z/OS V1.7 is designed to offer:

  • Exploitation of select features for the new IBM System z9 109 (z9-109) with increased scale for large I/O configurations and large single images

  • Simplified z/OS management with integrated IBM Health Checker for z/OS and additional health checks

  • Advances in network security and cryptography

  • Further performance optimization for TCP/IP networking with better interaction with network-based load balancers

  • Simplified application integration and development with improvements in z/OS UNIX System Services, zSeries File System (zFS), and XL C/C++, and more flexible ways to specify Language Environment (R) options
IBM's world-class software support service for z/OS is available 24 hours a day, every day.
----------------------------------------- For ordering, contact:
  Your IBM representative, an IBM
  Business Partner, or the Americas
  Call Centers at
    800-IBM-CALL  Reference: LE001

Overview

z/OS (R) and IBM System z9 and IBM eServer zSeries (R) servers provide an advanced combination of security, availability, and resiliency for the most demanding business applications. The intelligent workload management capabilities of z/OS are designed to deliver responsiveness for today's business demands, allowing z/OS to be the integration point for many of your business processes.

z/OS V1.7 provides advances in business resiliency and security with extensions to GDPS (TM) for system recovery and improvements in RACF (R) interoperability. You might see a reduction in the need for IPLs with dynamic service activation for z/OS UNIX (R) System Services. To help you build and extend your z/OS applications, z/OS delivers XL C/C++ with the C compiler designed to support the latest ISO C 1999 standard, also known as C99.

z/OS also adds support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) that is designed to be transparent to applications. To help simplify systems management, IBM Health Checker for z/OS is now a base component of z/OS, providing an integrated tool for checking on best practices for configuration values.

z/OS management capabilities are more robust. Additional checks are available and SDSF support helps simplify the management of the checks. The dynamic capabilities of z/OS are also extended with the TCP/IP Sysplex Load Balancing Advisor for better interaction with network-based load balancers and integration between Sysplex Distributor and Workload Manager. In addition, in first quarter 2006, z/OS V1.7 is planned to support simplified network management with JES2 NJE.

IBM intends to deliver a software-based file encryption solution for z/OS that leverages the existing z/OS key management capabilities provided within the Integrated Cryptographic Services Facility (ICSF) in 2005. More information will be provided at a later date.

Key prerequisites

z/OS V1.7 runs on the following IBM System z9 and zSeries servers or equivalents:

  • z9-109
  • z900
  • z990
  • z800
  • z890
For a complete description of z/OS V1.7 software prerequisites, refer to z/OS and z/OS.e Planning for Installation (GA22-7504).

Planned availability date

September 30, 2005


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205-168 IBM z/VM V5.2 enhances scalability for virtualization on System z9 and zSeries, including Linux guests

At a glance

Virtualization technology and Linux enablement: - Enhanced exploitation of large real memory providing 2 GB real-storage constraint relief - Improved performance of native SCSI disk I/O - Support for OSA-Express2 OSN (OSA for NCP) - SSL server support for additional Linux distributions - Enhanced performance assist for z/VM guests Network virtualization and security: - Improved problem determination for guest LANs and virtual switches - Enhanced dynamic routing capabilities with new MPRoute server Technology exploitation: - Support for the IBM System z9 109: -- Crypto Express2 Accelerator for SSL acceleration -- Improved FCP channel utilization and sharing among operating system images -- Dynamic addition and deletion of logical partition names -- Up to 60 logical partitions - Support for the IBM TotalStorage (R) DS4000 Midrange disk systems Systems management: - Improved management for Linux or other virtual images - Simplified user administration with the coordination of DirMaint (TM) and RACF (R) changes - Improved DirMaint directory management performance - Enhanced Performance Toolkit for VM to support updated control blocks and new monitor data

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  Your IBM representative, an IBM
  Business Partner, or the Americas
  Call Centers at
    800-IBM-CALL  Reference: LE001

Overview

IBM continues the evolution of its premier and world-class virtualization technology by providing a new release of z/VM (R), Version 5 Release 2 (V5.2). An infrastructure for on demand computing environments can be deployed with IBM System z9 (TM) 109 or eServer zSeries (R) servers and visionary virtualization technology of z/VM.

z/VM V5.2 includes support for the new System z9 109 (z9-109) announced today and provides enhanced scalability for memory-constrained environments with more effective utilization of more than 2 GB of real memory. These improvements offer constraint relief for virtual-server environments that are memory-intensive, including those with large Linux (TM) on System z9 and zSeries guests. Additional changes have been made to improve performance and enhance Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) disk support when operating Linux and CMS as guests of z/VM V5.2.

z/VM V5 extends the strength of the System z9 and zSeries environment as an ideal platform for integrating applications and data and consolidating select UNIX (R), Windows (TM), and Linux workloads on a single physical z9-109 or zSeries server. This can allow you to run tens to hundreds of Linux servers with the potential to support new workloads, achieve productivity gains, and lower IT costs. z/VM supports Linux on the mainframe and enables Linux servers to share hardware resources and use internal high-speed communications within the System z9 and zSeries environments.

Put the power of System z9 and zSeries environments combining partitioning and z/VM virtualization technology to work for you and help realize the benefits of workload isolation and resource sharing, including:

  • Reliability, availability, and serviceability of IBM mainframes

  • Flexibility to create as many as 60 logical partitions (LPARs) with z9-109

  • Ability to virtually partition each LPAR into hundreds or more virtual machines

  • Ability to virtualize processor, communication, memory, storage, I/O, and networking resources

  • Help with maximizing resources to achieve high system utilization

  • Advanced dynamic resource allocation

  • High-speed communications among LPARs and guests with HiperSockets (TM)

  • Advanced systems management, administration, and accounting tools
For the current information on z/VM, refer to the z/VM Web site at http://www.ibm.com/eserver/ zseries/zvm/

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections for details.

Planned availability date

December 16, 2005


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205-169 IBM z/OS.e V1.7 brings new levels of affordability to enterprise and Web-based applications

At a glance

z/OS.e V1.7 is designed to offer:

  • Simplified z/OS management with integrated IBM Health Checker for z/OS and additional health checks

  • Advances in network security and cryptography

  • Further performance optimization for TCP/IP networking with better interaction with network-based load balancers

  • Simplified application integration and development with improvements in z/OS UNIX System Services, zFile System and XL C/C++, and more flexible ways to specify Language Environment (R) options
----------------------------------------- For ordering, contact:
  Your IBM representative, an IBM
  Business Partner, or the Americas
  Call Centers at
    800-IBM-CALL  Reference: LE001

Overview

z/OS (R).e V1.7 is a specially priced offering of z/OS that provides select functions at an attractive price. It is designed to help you exploit the fast-growing world of next-generation business applications by making the deployment of new application workloads on the IBM eServer zSeries (R) 800 (z800) and zSeries 890 (z890) servers competitively priced.

This offering brings new levels of affordability to enterprise and Web-based applications while capitalizing on the capabilities of zSeries technology.

z/OS.e V1.7 uses the same code base (customized with different system parameters) as z/OS V1.7. It invokes an operating environment that is comparable with z/OS in qualities of service, management, and reporting. Also, z/OS.e invokes the same z800 and z890 hardware function that you would get with full-function z/OS.

z/OS.e V1.7 provides advances in business resiliency and security with extensions to GDPS (TM) for system recovery and improvements in RACF (R) interoperability. You might see a reduction in your need for IPLs with dynamic service activation for z/OS UNIX (R) System Services.

To help customers build and extend their z/OS.e applications, z/OS.e delivers XL C/C++ with the C compiler designed to support the latest ISO C1999 standard, also known as C99, and adds support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) that is designed to be application-transparent. As of z/OS.e V1.7, the z/OS.e C/C++ compiler has been renamed to z/OS.e XL C/C++.

To help simplify systems management, IBM Health Checker for z/OS is now a base component of z/OS.e, providing an integrated tool for checking on best practices for configuration values. The management capabilities are more robust, additional checks are available, and SDSF support helps simplify the management of the checks. The dynamic capabilities of z/OS.e are also extended with the new TCP/IP Sysplex Load Balancing Advisor for better interaction with network-based load balancers and integration between Sysplex Distributor and Workload Manager. In addition, z/OS.e V1.7 is planned to provide support for simplified network management with JES2 NJE support for TCP/IP in first quarter 2006.

IBM intends to deliver a software-based file encryption solution for z/OS.e that leverages the existing z/OS.e key management capabilities provided within the Integrated Cryptographic Services Facility (ICSF) in 2005. More information will be provided at a later date.

Key prerequisites

z/OS.e V1.7 runs only on the zSeries 800 (2066), the zSeries 890 (2086), or comparable non-IBM servers. z/OS.e V1.7 must execute in z/Architecture (TM) (64-bit) mode.

For a complete description of z/OS.e V1.7 software prerequisites, refer to the z/OS and z/OS.e Planning for Installation (GA22-7504) publication http://www.ibm.com/servers/ eserver/zseries/zos/bkserv/ find_books.html

Planned availability date

September 30, 2005


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205-170 IBM SMP/E for z/OS V3.4 integrates ordering and delivery of z/OS platform service over the Internet

At a glance

  • SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval can be used to request a z/OS platform service order from a dedicated IBM server, download the resultant service package to z/OS, and process the PTF and HOLDDATA contents of that package -- all in one simple step.

  • SMP/E will no longer require z/OS Integrated Cryptographic Services Facility (ICSF) to calculate SHA-1 hash values for the GIMZIP and GIMUNZIP service routines, nor for the RECEIVE FROMNETWORK or RECEIVE FROMNTS commands.

  • The SMP/E APPLY, RESTORE and LINK LMODS commands have been enhanced to be more tolerant of allocation errors for the distribution libraries when searching for modules for link edit processing, thus accommodating offline distribution libraries.
----------------------------------------- For ordering, contact:
  Your IBM representative, an IBM
  Business Partner, or the Americas
  Call Centers at
    800-IBM-CALL  Reference: LE001

Overview

SMP/E is the software installation and maintenance tool for the IBM z/OS (R) and z/OS.e platforms. Its role is to consolidate and perform the low-level operations required to install software products and service. It can also maintain an inventory of the software and service installed by SMP/E. SMP/E V3.4 addresses common inhibitors to the Internet delivery of z/OS and z/OS.e platform service, and is designed to simplify and automate the entire z/OS and z/OS.e service acquisition process.

V3.4 of SMP/E includes:

  • SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval -- addresses the common inhibitors to Internet delivery of service, and is designed to simplify and automate the entire z/OS service acquisition process. You may order and retrieve service on demand or you may automate the service delivery process.

  • ICSF mitigation -- uses an alternate method to calculate SHA-1 hash values if ICSF is not available for use.

  • Improved load module build -- enhanced to be more tolerant of allocation errors for the distribution libraries. This accommodates distribution libraries that may be offline.

Key prerequisites

SMP/E V3.4 runs on:

  • z/OS V1.4 (5694-A01), or later
  • z/OS.e V1.4 (5655-G52), or later

Planned availability date

September 30, 2005


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205-183 New usage pricing for IBM WebSphere MQ for zSeries systems

At a glance

IBM eServer zSeries customers, with licensed software under WLC or EWLC, can choose to license WebSphere MQ under SALC.

It provides:

  • Favorable usage-based pricing when WebSphere MQ usage is very low relative to the processor or Parallel Sysplex (R) capacity

  • Reduced entry prices

  • Existing usage measurement technology for which zSeries customers are familiar
----------------------------------------- For ordering, contact:
  Your IBM representative, an IBM
  Business Partner, or the Americas
  Call Centers at
    800-IBM-CALL  Reference: LE001

Overview

IBM is introducing a new pricing metric for WebSphere (R) MQ that provides clients the option to license in terms of product utilization. The new metric is called Select Application License Charges (SALC), applies to WebSphere MQ for zSeries (R) only, and is for clients who are operating and licensed in a Workload License Charge environment (WLC or EWLC).

Pricing is designed to accommodate WebSphere MQ, typically a low usage product that runs pervasively throughout the customer environment. Clients who run WebSphere MQ at a very low usage can benefit from SALC. Alternatively, clients can choose to license WebSphere MQ under WLC or EWLC and still get the benefits of IBM's sub-capacity licensing structure.

Measurement reports will be required only once a year and a new Select Application License Charges Amendment to the Usage Pricing Attachment must be signed.

For more information on WLC and EWLC pricing, visit http://ibm.com/zseries/swprice/

Key prerequisites

Select Application License Charges are applicable only to the WebSphere MQ products in this announcement, and only when used with zSeries machines operating in a WLC or EWLC environment.

Planned availability date

September 16, 2005