Announcement Summary - October 03, 2012

Content of this summary is subject to change after the date of publication

Announcements by Letter Number

112-141 IBM System x3950 X5: Workload Optimized Solution for SAP HANA provides high performance, scalable, and flexible Intel Xeon processor-based systems for SAP HANA applications

112-142 IBM System x3690 X5: Workload Optimized Solution for SAP HANA provides high performance, scalable, and flexible Intel Xeon processor-based systems for SAP HANA applications

112-154 IBM System Storage DS8870 (Machine type 2421) Models 961 and 96E with one-year warranty

112-156 IBM System Storage DS8000 series high-performance flagship - Function Authorizations for machine type 239x

112-160 IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 supports disk-based encryption

112-162 IBM System Storage TS1060 Tape Drive offers an Ultrium 6 Tape Drive for the TS3500 Tape Library

112-171 IBM System Storage DS8870 (Machine type 2423) Models 961 and 96E with three-year warranty

112-172 IBM System Storage DS8870 (Machine type 2424) Models 961 and 96E with four-year warranty

112-173 IBM System Storage DS8870 (Machine type 2422) Models 961 and 96E with two-year warranty

112-174 IBM Power 770 delivers unprecedented performance, scalability, reliability, and manageability for demanding commercial workloads

112-175 IBM Rack-mounted Hardware Management Console enables control and management of IBM POWER processor-based servers

112-180 IBM Power Systems servers: New I/O features available

112-186 IBM Power 780 model MHD and new Power 795 model FHB features deliver unprecedented performance, scalability, reliability, and manageability for demanding commercial workloads

212-185 IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center V5.1 offers efficient virtualization and infrastructure management to enable smarter storage

212-310 IBM Programmable Network Controller V3.0, when used with OpenFlow-enabled switches, provides architecture for centralized and simplified networking

212-323 IBM CICS Transaction Gateway V9.0 delivers extended scalability, application interoperability, and flexible secure topologies

212-324 IBM Systems Director product enhancements provide tools to better manage virtual and physical networks

212-325 IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V5.1 delivers operational efficiency and service agility with cloud enablement

212-332 IBM Session Manager for z/OS V3.2 delivers enhanced administration capability using the GUI interface

212-336 IBM Systems Director DVDs will no longer be distributed with IBM System x servers and BladeCenter chassis

212-337 IBM Security zSecure V1.13.1 products and solutions enhance mainframe security intelligence, compliance, administration and integration

212-338 IBM Communications Server for Data Center Deployment delivers enriched support for SNA applications in a client-server environment

212-340 IBM PowerSC Trusted Surveyor and PowerSC Standard editions help address cloud and virtual data center security issues

212-341 IBM DB2 tools and IBM IMS tools deliver new solutions and enhancements

212-344 IBM PowerVM V2.2 refresh includes new function

212-354 IBM Systems Director Network Control for IBM x86 V1.4 product enhancements provide IT professionals with the tools to better manage their virtual and physical networks

212-364 IBM DB2 11 for z/OS Early Support Program

212-365 IBM PowerHA SystemMirror Standard Edition V7 and Enterprise Edition V7 help protect critical business applications from outages

212-366 IBM Infoprint XT for z/OS , V3.1 provides support to transform Xerox data streams and highlight color resources for printing on AFP printers and enhances DBCS support

212-369 IBM Storwize V7000 Unified V1.4 includes real-time compression, local authentication server support, four-way clustering, and FCOE support

212-371 XIV management is designed to enable more effective XIV deployments into private cloud computing environments and improve multi-system management

212-372 IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager V3.2 extends application-aware snapshot management to IBM N series and NetApp devices and enables seamless disaster recovery

212-373 IBM Information Management System ( IMS ) 13 for Quality Partnership Program delivery provides extremely high performance and availability

212-374 IBM CICS tools for z/OS, V5.1 delivers support for operational efficiency and service agility with cloud enablement

212-379 IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 5 offers performance, usability, and integration enhancements

212-382 IBM Tivoli Storage Manager V6.4 products deliver significant enhancements to manage data protection in virtual environments

212-387 IBM Migration Utility for z/OS , V4.1 provides expanded support for CA Easytrieve V11, CA IDMS, and CA PanAudit

212-392 Preview: IBM Platform Computing provides significant advancements in ease of use, scalability, and performance as well as monitoring and control for Technical Computing environments

212-393 IBM AIX Version 6 and AIX Version 7 offer improved performance, scalability, availability, security, and manageability

212-396 IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS V3.1, together with related prerequisite hardware, is a high-performance software offering that delivers fast analytic query responses

212-403 IBM Systems Director Standard Edition for Linux on System z , V6.3 now manages zBX blades

212-408 IBM InfoSphere Optim Configuration Manager for DB2 for LUW V2.2 centralizes client connection definitions and server data models to improve manageability

212-412 IBM General Parallel File System on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings, V3 is now preinstalled on selected models of IBM Systems solution for SAP HANA

212-437 Additional Information: Technology Update Pricing for AWLC for z/TPF

212-463 Statement of direction: IBM WebSphere DataPower Service Gateway XG45 and WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance XI52 virtual editions provide flexible deployment options

612-032 IBM Implementation Services for System z - zAware helps you plan for, implement, and deploy IBM System z Advanced Workload Analysis Reporter (zAware)

912-173 Hardware withdrawal: IBM 3958 System Storage TS7650 model AP1 and selected features - Some replacements available

912-189 Hardware withdrawal: IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 model CC8 and associated features - Some replacements available

912-211 Software withdrawal: Selected IBM Systems Director Network Control offerings and Selected Altiris Deployment Solutions offerings

Promotions and Price Changes


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Hardware Announcements


112-141 IBM System x3950 X5: Workload Optimized Solution for SAP HANA provides high performance, scalable, and flexible Intel Xeon processor-based systems for SAP HANA applications

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IBM System x3950 X5 for SAP HANA

New workload optimized models for SAP HANA provide optimal solutions for SAP HANA applications. The IBM System x3950 X5: Workload Optimized Solution for SAP HANA models offers a preinstalled, optimized appliance starting with the 2-processor and 4-processor x3950 X5 models, and a model which enables scalability to eight processors with up to 1 TB of memory.

These models also include the following software: SUSE Linux™ Enterprise Server for SAP Applications operating system with 3-year SUSE priority support and the IBM General Parallel File System ( GPFS™ ) on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings with 3-year software subscription and support.

Note: The SAP HANA software is included, but is sold separately by SAP.

New IBM System x3950 X5: Workload Optimized Solution models incorporate high-performance, 10-core Intel Xeon™ processors and include:

Warranty: Three years, customer replaceable unit (CRU) and on-site1 service, limited warranty2 ; optional warranty service upgrades available.

Overview

The IBM System x3950 X5: Workload Optimized Solution for SAP HANA models offers a preconfigured, optimized appliance starting with the 2-processor and 4-processor x3950 X5 models, and a model which enables scalability to eight processors with up to 1 TB of memory. These models of the System x3950 X5 servers are powered with 10-core Intel Xeon processors, for powerful 4-socket, highly scalable systems. Workload optimized models for SAP HANA provide optimal solutions for SAP HANA applications.

Key enhancements to the x3950 X5 Workload Optimized Solution for SAP HANA include:

These models include the following software: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications operating system with 3-year SUSE priority support and the new IBM General Parallel File System ( GPFS ) on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings, V3 with 3-year software subscription and support.

The SAP HANA software is included, but is sold separately by SAP.

The x3950 X5 servers are the fifth generation of the Enterprise X-Architecture® (eX5), delivering innovation with enhanced reliability and availability features to enable optimal performance for SAP HANA applications.

Key features of the new x3950 X5 Workload Optimized Solution for SAP HANA models include:

These Workload Optimized Solutions for SAP HANA are based on fifth-generation eX5 technology features which include:

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

Boost overall performance and accelerate time to value. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications delivers improved uptime and performance, even under full CPU loads and high memory stress. Rely on integrated support from SAP and SUSE. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications offers integrated priority support and maintenance from both SUSE and SAP through the SAP Solution Manager.

Protect your critical business operations with built-in business continuity. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications includes high-availability components that help build SAP clustering solutions for physical and virtual Linux deployments. Save time with faster deployment. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is designed to enable deployment in hours instead of days.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is the only operating system that provides an automated, end-to-end installation workflow, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications subscriptions include SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension which ensures continuous access to your mission-critical applications and data. This flexible, policy-driven clustering solution is designed to virtually eliminate service outages. Service outages and interruptions to business processes can take a terrible toll on productivity, revenue, and customer relationships. In some cases, they can even have legal consequences. SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension helps clients ensure that their most mission-critical applications continue to deliver business value, 24 hours a day, every day. This is achieved through the use of high availability clustering to automate application and data recovery. Clients can use SUSE's flexible, policy-driven clustering solution to implement highly available Linux clusters and eliminate single points of failure. The servers are continuously monitored; and when a fault or failure occurs, the workload is transferred from one server to another, or the application is automatically restarted on a known working system. This helps maintain business continuity and minimize unplanned downtime.

Subscription and Support offerings included with every SAP HANA configuration, the SUSE Linux Enterprise for SAP Applications offerings include an activation card which contains the unique product registration number that will be needed to access integrated priority support and maintenance from both SUSE and SAP through the SAP Solution Manager. The term of the SLES for SAP Application subscription that has been included is three years. Renewals are available through IBM and IBM Business Partners.

IBM GPFS on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings

IBM GPFS on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings, V3 is now included preinstalled on selected IBM SAP HANA models. Licenses for IBM GPFS on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings, V3 cannot be ordered independent of the select hardware for which it is included. Licenses for offerings in this announcement include three years of Software Subscription and Support. Software Subscription and Support, including Subscription and Support renewals, are managed through Passport Advantage® or Passport Advantage Express® .

After receipt of an order for a x3950 X5 Workload Optimized Solution for SAP HANA model, the Business Partner or end-user customer will be required to register and accept Passport Advantage or Passport Advantage Express terms and conditions associated with IBM GPFS on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings, V3.

If a new release of the offering in this announcement is made generally available in Passport Advantage after the announcement of the offering in System x® ordering systems, clients with valid Software and Subscription contracts may elect to take electronic delivery of the latest release.

During the registration process, the end-user customer will be provided with a website for the electronic download.

The following x3950 X5 Workload Optimized Solution models include IBM GPFS on x86 Single Server Single Server for Integrated Offerings, V3 based on the PVU values for each model below:

Licenses including Subscription and Support for IBM GPFS on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings, V3 are entitled in increments of 10 Processor Value Units (PVUs).

 
 7143HAx 256GB (S+)                                       4000PVU
 7143HBx 512GB (M) (1st 4 processors)                     4000PVU
 7143HCx 512GB (L upgrade for 2nd 4 processors & 1TB)     5600PVU
 

Note: The 8-socket, 1 TB configuration comprising one 7143HBx plus one 7143-HCx requires 9600PVU total.

Processor Value Unit (PVU)

Processor Value Unit (PVU) is a unit of measure by which the program can be licensed.

IBM continues to define a processor, for the purposes of PVU-based licensing, to be each processor core on a chip. A dual-core processor chip, for example, has two processor cores. Full Capacity Licensing requires the Licensing, Licensee to obtain PVU entitlements sufficient to cover all activated processor cores in the physical hardware environment made available to, or managed by, the program except for those servers from which the program has been permanently removed.

The GPFS on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings, V3 provides file system capabilities for single-node integrated offerings. Clients with highly available, multi-node clustered scale-out configurations must also purchase the GPFS scale-out product.

1 IBM sends a technician after attempting to diagnose and resolve the problem remotely.

2 For information on the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty, visit

http://www.ibm.com/servers/support/machine_warranties/

Alternatively, this information is also available by contacting your IBM representative or reseller. Copies are available upon request. For the latest information on safe and effective computing, visit

http://www.ibm.com/pc/safecomputing/

Note: The information in IBM announcement letters is subject to change without notice. Consult the IBM Sales Manual , or your IBM marketing representative or reseller, for the most current information regarding IBM products.

Feature exchange

None

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements section for details.

Planned availability date

October 24, 2012


112-142 IBM System x3690 X5: Workload Optimized Solution for SAP HANA provides high performance, scalable, and flexible Intel Xeon processor-based systems for SAP HANA applications

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At a glance

IBM System x3690 X5

New workload optimized models for SAP HANA provide optimal solutions for SAP HANA applications. The IBM System x3690 X5: Workload Optimized Solution for SAP HANA models offer a preinstalled, optimized appliance with 128 GB and 256 GB models sized for SAP HANA application requirements.

These models also include the following software: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications operating system with 3-year SUSE priority support and the IBM General Parallel File System ( GPFS ) on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings with 3-year software subscription and support.

Note: The SAP HANA software is included, but is sold separately by SAP.

Key features of the new x3690 X5 Workload Optimized Solution for SAP HANA models include:

These Workload Optimized Solutions for SAP HANA are based on fifth-generation eX5 technology features which include:

Overview

These x3690 X5 servers are powered with 10-core Intel Xeon processors and eXFlash storage for a powerful 2-socket, scalable system.

The IBM System x3690 X5: Workload Optimized solution for SAP HANA models are an optimized appliance based on the 2-socket x3690 X5 server platform. These models include two processors, 128 GB or 256 GB of memory and solid-state disk. They are designed for use in small SAP HANA configurations. The 128 GB model can be upgraded to 256 GB to support growing needs of clients.

Key enhancements to the x3690 X5 Workload Optimized Solution for SAP HANA include:

These models also include the following software: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications with three-year priority support and the IBM General Parallel File System ( GPFS ) on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings with 3-year software subscription and support.

Note: SAP HANA software is included, but sold separately by SAP.

The x3690 X5 server is the latest generation of the Enterprise X-Architecture , delivering innovation with enhanced reliability and availability features to enable optimal performance for SAP application environments.

Benefits include:

These Workload Optimized Solutions for SAP HANA are based on fifth-generation eX5 technology features which include:

Fifth-generation X5 technology features

Warranty: Three years, customer replaceable unit (CRU) and on-site2 service, limited warranty2 ; optional warranty service upgrades available.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

Boost overall performance and accelerate time to value. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications delivers improved uptime and performance, even under full CPU loads and high memory stress. Rely on integrated support from SAP and SUSE. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications offers integrated priority support and maintenance from both SUSE and SAP through the SAP Solution Manager.

Protect your critical business operations with built-in business continuity. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications includes high-availability components that help build SAP clustering solutions for physical and virtual Linux deployments. Save time with faster deployment. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is designed to enable deployment in hours instead of days.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is the only operating system that provides an automated, end-to-end installation workflow, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications subscriptions include SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension which ensures continuous access to your mission-critical applications and data. This flexible, policy-driven clustering solution is designed to virtually eliminate service outages. Service outages and interruptions to business processes can take a terrible toll on productivity, revenue, and customer relationships. In some cases, they can even have legal consequences. SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension helps clients ensure that their most mission-critical applications continue to deliver business value, 24 hours a day, every day. This is achieved through the use of high availability clustering to automate application and data recovery. Clients can use SUSE's flexible, policy-driven clustering solution to implement highly available Linux clusters and eliminate single points of failure. The servers are continuously monitored; and when a fault or failure occurs, the workload is transferred from one server to another, or the application is automatically restarted on a known working system. This helps maintain business continuity and minimize unplanned downtime.

Subscription and Support offerings included with every SAP HANA configuration, the SUSE Linux Enterprise for SAP Applications offerings include an activation card which contains the unique product registration number that will be needed to access integrated priority support and maintenance from both SUSE and SAP through the SAP Solution Manager. The term of the SLES for SAP Application subscription that has been included is three years. Renewals are available through IBM and IBM Business Partners.

IBM GPFS on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings

IBM GPFS on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings, V3 is now included preinstalled on selected IBM SAP HANA models. Licenses for IBM GPFS on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings, V3 cannot be ordered independent of the select hardware for which it is included. Licenses for offerings in this announcement include three years of Software Subscription and Support. Software Subscription and Support contracts, including Subscription and Support renewals, are managed through Passport Advantage or Passport Advantage Express .

After receipt of an order for a x3690 X5 Workload Optimized Solution for SAP HANA model, the Business Partner or end-user customer will be required to register and accept Passport Advantage or Passport Advantage Express terms and conditions associated with IBM GPFS on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings, V3.

If a new release of the offering in this announcement is made generally available in Passport Advantage after the announcement of the offering in System x ordering systems, clients with valid Software and Subscription contracts may elect to take electronic delivery of the latest release. During the registration process, the end-user customer will be provided with a website for the electronic download.

Licenses including Subscription and Support for IBM GPFS on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings, V3 are entitled in increments of 10 Processor Value Units (PVUs).

The following x3690 X5 Workload Optimized Solution models include IBM GPFS on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings, V3 based on the PVU values for each model below:

 
     7147HAx      128 GB XS                                   1400PVU
     7147HBx      256 GB S                                    1400PVU
 

Processor Value Unit (PVU)

Processor Value Unit (PVU) is a unit of measure by which the program can be licensed.

IBM continues to define a processor, for the purposes of PVU-based licensing, to be each processor core on a chip. A dual-core processor chip, for example, has two processor cores. Full Capacity Licensing requires the Licensee to obtain PVU entitlements sufficient to cover all activated processor cores in the physical hardware environment made available to, or managed by, the program except for those servers from which the program has been permanently removed.

The GPFS on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings, V3 provides file system capabilities for single-node integrated offerings. Clients with highly available, multi-node clustered scale-out configurations must also purchase the GPFS scale-out product.

For those models with SAP HANA included, the SAP software license terms apply:

SAP License Terms

This IBM computer system is preinstalled with the SAP HANA appliance Platform Edition, which has been integrated or preinstalled as part of the IBM hardware system. You are not licensed to use this copy of the SAP software contained in the IBM hardware system until you have purchased or licensed the use of the SAP software from SAP or its authorized distributors. Use of the SAP software is subject to the applicable SAP end-user license agreement. Your purchase of the IBM hardware system does not include a license to use the SAP software to be preinstalled, or to any other SAP software. SAP is under no obligation to license the preloaded SAP software to you. Contact your responsible SAP representative to obtain the applicable license rights to use the SAP software.

1 For information on the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty, visit

http://www.ibm.com/servers/support/machine_warranties/

Alternatively, this information is also available by contacting your IBM representative or reseller. Copies are available upon request. For the latest information on safe and effective computing, visit

http://www.ibm.com/pc/safecomputing/

2 IBM sends a technician after attempting to diagnose and resolve the problem remotely.

Feature exchange

None

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements section for details.

Planned availability date


112-154 IBM System Storage DS8870 (Machine type 2421) Models 961 and 96E with one-year warranty

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At a glance

New capabilities for IBM System Storage DS8870 models offer greater choices in price and performance, including:

Overview

IBM System Storage DS8000® series is the flagship disk storage platform within the IBM System Storage portfolio. The new IBM System Storage DS8870 represents the latest in this series of high-performance, high-capacity, flexible, and resilient disk storage systems. With the enterprise choice warranty option, these high-performance flagship models (DS8870 Model 961 and associated DS8870 Expansion Unit Model 96E) can be ordered with a one-year, two-year, three-year, or four-year support period (by ordering the appropriate machine type), which covers both hardware and advanced function software.

This product is provided with one year of standard warranty. Additional years of extended warranty services are available to make these flexible offerings the best support option to address business and financial needs. Clients should consult with their financial personnel on the appropriate financial treatment for this offering.

The DS8870 is also designed to provide new hardware features for the combination of price and efficiency that is right for all application needs. It delivers cutting edge technology, improved efficiency, and increased performance. The DS8870 excels in supporting the new IBM zEnterprise® EC12 and high-end IBM Power® server environments and ensures clients are taking full advantage of the integration delivered by these high-end enterprise systems. New hardware features include:

IBM POWER7 processor technology

The DS8870 high-performance flagship model features IBM POWER7 server technology to help support high performance. The DS8870 model delivers up to three times performance improvement in I/O operations per second in transaction processing workload environments as the prior model. Compared to the performance of the previous DS8000 system, DS8800, this new processor aids the DS8870 in improving the performance of both sequential read and sequential write throughputs by over 60%.

The DS8870 provides a nondisruptive upgrade from the smallest to the largest configuration. This includes adding cache and processors for increased performance, adding host ports for increased connectivity, adding HDDs and SSDs and additional Model 96E frames to the base 961 frame for increased capacity, and adding advanced function software features.

Memory support

DS8870 provides from 16 GB to 1 TB of processor memory and continues to be managed in 4 KB segments for optimal cache efficiency. Total memory support has increased by 266% compared to DS8800.

Improved rack power system

The DS8870 provides dc uninterrupted power supplies to replace the primary power supplies the current DS8800 is using. These new power supplies improve energy efficiency and are designed to support emerging energy efficiency standards.

Business class configuration options

The DS8870 provides a business class configuration option in addition to the enterprise class. The business class option allows a system to be configured with up to 144 drives in a single frame with limited features and support, helping to reduce configuration costs. The 16 GB cache business class configuration has certain limitations as well,including no copy services and no I/O Priority Manager support. The business classconfiguration can be upgraded to the enterprise class model. This is a fully concurrent MES upgrade.

Drive support

All drives offered on the DS8870 are FDE capable.

VMware vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI) support

DS8870 will provide support for the following functions:

The VAAI API offloads storage processing functions from the server hardware to the DS8870, reducing the workload on the host server hardware for improved performance on both the network and host servers.

Value based pricing and licensing

Operating environment licenses will be priced based on the performance, capacity, speed, and other characteristics that provide value in customer environments.

Key prerequisites

All announced features and functions are supported on the IBM System Storage DS8000 series, and require DS8000 Licensed Machine Code (LMC) 7.7.xxx.xx (bundle version 87.0.xxx.xx), or later.

Planned availability date

General availability is October 19, 2012.

Field (MES) availability is December 14, 2012.

Refer to the Description section for more information.


112-156 IBM System Storage DS8000 series high-performance flagship - Function Authorizations for machine type 239x

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At a glance

The IBM System Storage DS8000 series Function Authorizations establish the extent of IBM authorization for use of the licensed functions on the IBM System Storage DS8870.

New Function Authorizations for IBM System Storage DS8870 (M/T 239x) high-performance flagship - Feature numbers 7xxx (239x-LFA).

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).

Overview

The IBM System Storage DS8000 series Function Authorizations are for billing purposes only and establish the extent of IBM authorization for use of the licensed functions on an IBM System Storage DS8870 ( IBM 2421, 2422, 2423, or 2424). This announcement introduces the Function Authorization for:

2396 Model LFA

2397 Model LFA

2398 Model LFA

2399 Model LFA

Key prerequisites

All features and functions in this announcement are supported on the IBM System Storage DS8870 and require DS8000 Licensed Machine Code (LMC) 7.7.xxx.xx (bundle version 87.0.xxx.xx), or later.

Planned availability date

October 19, 2012


112-160 IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 supports disk-based encryption

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At a glance

IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 Release 3.0 introduces TS7720 Cache Controller Model CS9, TS7720 Cache Module Model XS9, TS7740 Cache Controller Model CC9, and TS7740 Cache Module Model CX9. TS7700 Release 3.0 also includes support for:

Overview

IBM System Storage TS7700 Virtualization Engine Release 3.0 offers new enhancements:

New models supporting disk-based encryption are:

Encryption keys for disk-based encryption are managed internally within the TS7700 system. Interactions with external key management systems are not supported for disk-based encryption in Release 3.0. Physical tape encryption continues to use external key management systems.

Key prerequisites

Disk-based encryption requires Release 3.0 disk cache models to be installed as the exclusive disk cache models in the TS7700 system. Previous generation disk cache models do not support disk-based encryption.

A TS7700 Virtualization Engine Server attaches to FICON channels on selected IBM System z servers with the appropriate levels of System z software. Additional features may be required on the TS7700 Virtualization Engine components or automation frames. Refer to the Technical information section for details.

Planned availability date

December 7, 2012


112-162 IBM System Storage TS1060 Tape Drive offers an Ultrium 6 Tape Drive for the TS3500 Tape Library

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At a glance

The IBM System Storage TS1060 is an IBM LTO™ Ultrium™ 6 Tape Drive that combines IBM tape reliability and performance at open systems prices. The new Ultrium 6 Tape Drive:

TS3500 Tape Library functions and features include:

Overview

IBM System Storage TS1060 (machine type 3588, model F6A) is designed to be installed in an IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library (machine type 3584) to offer high capacity and performance for the midrange open systems environment. This model incorporates the new Linear Tape-Open™ ( LTO ) IBM Ultrium 6 Tape Drive with enhanced maximum tape drive throughput over the IBM LTO generation 5 Tape Drive ( Ultrium 5). It has a native data transfer of up to 160 MB/sec. The TS1060 Tape Drive supports the LTO Generation 6 media specification of an over double compressed capacity of up to 6.25 TB with 2.5 to 1 compression (up to 2.5 TB native capacity) compared to previous LTO 5 compressed capacity of up to 3.0 TB with 2:1 compression (up to 1.5 TB native capacity) per tape cartridge. IBM Ultrium 6 Tape Drives can read and write LTO Ultrium 5 Data Cartridges and read LTO Ultrium 4 Data Cartridges. The TS1060 has an 8 Gbps Fibre Channel dual-ported interface for connection to a wide spectrum of open system servers.

The IBM System Storage TS1060 LTO Ultrium 6 Tape Drive supports data encryption with Ultrium 6 or Ultrium 5 media.

IBM Ultrium 6 enhancements that help improve performance and reliability include:

The TS1060 can be installed in new or installed TS3500 Tape Library Models L53 and D53, and in 3584 Tape Library Models L52, L32, D52, and D32.

Key prerequisites

Appropriate levels of host and drive software are required to attach the TS1060 to a wide range of environments including selected IBM Power Systems™ , IBM System i® , IBM System p® , IBM System x , IBM System z (zLinux), other servers running HP-UX, Linux , Sun Solaris, and Microsoft Windows operating system environments that support Fibre Channel interfaces. Refer to the Technical information section for details.

LTO-6 tape drive support and other selected TS3500 features require Advanced Library Management (ALMS).


Note: In order to support code level 9500 or higher, all node cards in the library must be xx3-equivalent node cards. For xx2 models, this requires an xx3 model conversion or the Enhanced Node Card feature (#1700 or #1701).

Planned availability date

November 9, 2012


112-171 IBM System Storage DS8870 (Machine type 2423) Models 961 and 96E with three-year warranty

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At a glance

New capabilities for IBM System Storage DS8870 models offer greater choices in price and performance, including:

Overview

IBM System Storage DS8000 series is the flagship disk storage platform within the IBM System Storage portfolio. The new IBM System Storage DS8870 represents the latest in this series of high-performance, high-capacity, flexible, and resilient disk storage systems. With the enterprise choice warranty option, these high-performance flagship models (DS8870 Model 961 and associated DS8870 Expansion Unit Model 96E) can be ordered with a one-year, two-year, three-year, or four-year support period (by ordering the appropriate machine type), which covers both hardware and advanced function software.

This product is provided with three years of standard warranty. Additional years of extended warranty services are available to make these flexible offerings the best support option to address business and financial needs. Clients should consult with their financial personnel on the appropriate financial treatment for this offering.

The DS8870 is also designed to provide new hardware features for the combination of price and efficiency that is right for all application needs. It delivers cutting edge technology, improved efficiency, and increased performance. The DS8870 excels in supporting the new IBM zEnterprise EC12 and high-end IBM Power server environments and ensures clients are taking full advantage of the integration delivered by these high-end enterprise systems. New hardware features include:

IBM POWER7 processor technology

The DS8870 high-performance flagship model features IBM POWER7 server technology to help support high performance. The DS8870 model delivers up to three times performance improvement in I/O operations per second in transaction processing workload environments as the prior model. Compared to the performance of the previous DS8000 system, DS8800, this new processor aids the DS8870 in improving the performance of both sequential read and sequential write throughputs by over 60%.

The DS8870 provides a nondisruptive upgrade from the smallest to the largest configuration. This includes adding cache and processors for increased performance, adding host ports for increased connectivity, adding HDDs and SSDs and additional model 96E frames to the base 961 frame for increased capacity, and adding advanced function software features.

Memory support

DS8870 provides from 16 GB to 1 TB of processor memory and continues to be managed in 4 KB segments for optimal cache efficiency. Total memory support has increased by 266% compared to DS8800.

Improved rack power system

The DS8870 provides dc uninterrupted power supplies to replace the primary power supplies the current DS8800 is using. These new power supplies improve energy efficiency and are designed to support emerging energy efficiency standards.

Business class configuration options

The DS8870 provides a business class configuration option in addition to the enterprise class. The business class option allows a system to be configured with up to 144 drives in a single frame with limited features and support, helping to reduce configuration costs. The 16 GB cache business class configuration has certain limitations as well,including no copy services and no I/O Priority Manager support. Thebusiness class configuration can be upgraded to the enterprise class model. This is a fully concurrent MES upgrade.

Drive support

All drives offered on the DS8870 are FDE capable.

VMware vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI) support

DS8870 will provide support for the following functions:

The VAAI API offloads storage processing functions from the server hardware to the DS8870, reducing the workload on the host server hardware for improved performance on both the network and host servers.

Value based pricing and licensing

Operating environment licenses will be priced based on the performance, capacity, speed, and other characteristics that provide value in customer environments.

Key prerequisites

All announced features and functions are supported on the IBM System Storage DS8000 series, and require DS8000 Licensed Machine Code (LMC) 7.7.xxx.xx (bundle version 87.0.xxx.xx), or later.

Planned availability date

General availability is October 19, 2012.

Field (MES) availability is December 14, 2012.

Refer to the Description section for more information.


112-172 IBM System Storage DS8870 (Machine type 2424) Models 961 and 96E with four-year warranty

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New capabilities for IBM System Storage DS8870 models offer greater choices in price and performance, including:

Overview

IBM System Storage DS8000 series is the flagship disk storage platform within the IBM System Storage portfolio. The new IBM System Storage DS8870 represents the latest in this series of high-performance, high-capacity, flexible, and resilient disk storage systems. With the enterprise choice warranty option, these high-performance flagship models (DS8870 Model 961 and associated DS8870 Expansion Unit Model 96E) can be ordered with a one-year, two-year, three-year, or four-year support period (by ordering the appropriate machine type), which covers both hardware and advanced function software.

This product is provided with four years of standard warranty. Additional years of extended warranty services are available to make these flexible offerings the best support option to address business and financial needs. Clients should consult with their financial personnel on the appropriate financial treatment for this offering.

The DS8870 is also designed to provide new hardware features for the combination of price and efficiency that is right for all application needs. It delivers cutting edge technology, improved efficiency, and increased performance. The DS8870 excels in supporting the new IBM zEnterprise EC12 and high-end IBM Power server environments and ensures clients are taking full advantage of the integration delivered by these high-end enterprise systems. New hardware features include:

IBM POWER7 processor technology

The DS8870 high-performance flagship model features IBM POWER7 server technology to help support high performance. The DS8870 model delivers up to three times performance improvement in I/O operations per second in transaction processing workload environments as the prior model. Compared to the performance of the previous DS8000 system, DS8800, this new processor aids the DS8870 in improving the performance of both sequential read and sequential write throughputs by over 60%.

The DS8870 provides a nondisruptive upgrade from the smallest to the largest configuration. This includes adding cache and processors for increased performance, adding host ports for increased connectivity, adding HDDs and SSDs and additional model 96E frames to the base 961 frame for increased capacity, and adding advanced function software features.

Memory support

DS8870 provides from 16 GB to 1 TB of processor memory and continues to be managed in 4 KB segments for optimal cache efficiency. Total memory support has increasedby 266% compared to DS8800.

Improved rack power system

The DS8870 provides dc uninterrupted power supplies to replace the primary power supplies the current DS8800 is using. These new power supplies improve energy efficiency and are designed to support emerging energy efficiency standards.

Business class configuration options

The DS8870 provides a business class configuration option in addition to the enterprise class. The business class option allows a system to be configured with up to 144 drives in a single frame with limited features and support, helping to reduce configuration costs. The 16 GB cache business class configuration has certain limitations as well,including no copy services and no I/O Priority Manager support. The business class configuration can be upgraded to the enterprise class model. This is a fully concurrent MES upgrade.

Drive support

All drives offered on the DS8870 are FDE capable.

VMware vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI) support

DS8870 will provide support for the following functions:

The VAAI API offloads storage processing functions from the server hardware to the DS8870, reducing the workload on the host server hardware for improved performance on both the network and host servers.

Value based pricing and licensing

Operating environment licenses will be priced based on the performance, capacity, speed, and other characteristics that provide value in customer environments.

Key prerequisites

All announced features and functions are supported on the IBM System Storage DS8000 series, and require DS8000 Licensed Machine Code (LMC) 7.7.xxx.xx (bundle version 87.0.xxx.xx), or later.

Planned availability date

General availability is October 19, 2012.

Field (MES) availability is December 14, 2012.

Refer to the Description section for more information.


112-173 IBM System Storage DS8870 (Machine type 2422) Models 961 and 96E with two-year warranty

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New capabilities for IBM System Storage DS8870 models offer greater choices in price and performance, including:

Overview

IBM System Storage DS8000 series is the flagship disk storage platform within the IBM System Storage portfolio. The new IBM System Storage DS8870 represents the latest in this series of high-performance, high-capacity, flexible, and resilient disk storage systems. With the enterprise choice warranty option, these high-performance flagship models (DS8870 Model 961 and associated DS8870 Expansion Unit Model 96E) can be ordered with a one-year, two-year, three-year, or four-year support period (by ordering the appropriate machine type), which covers both hardware and advanced function software.

This product is provided with two years of standard warranty. Additional years of extended warranty services are available to make these flexible offerings the best support option to address business and financial needs. Clients should consult with their financial personnel on the appropriate financial treatment for this offering.

The DS8870 is also designed to provide new hardware features for the combination of price and efficiency that is right for all application needs. It delivers cutting edge technology, improved efficiency, and increased performance. The DS8870 excels in supporting the new IBM zEnterprise EC12 and high-end IBM Power server environments and ensures clients are taking full advantage of the integration delivered by these high-end enterprise systems. New hardware features include:

IBM POWER7 processor technology

The DS8870 high-performance flagship model features IBM POWER7 server technology to help support high performance. The DS8870 model delivers up to three times performance improvement in I/O operations per second in transaction processing workload environments as the prior model. Compared to the performance of the previous DS8000 system, DS8800, this new processor aids the DS8870 in improving the performance of both sequential read and sequential write throughputs by over 60%.

The DS8870 provides a nondisruptive upgrade from the smallest to the largest configuration. This includes adding cache and processors for increased performance, adding host ports for increased connectivity, adding HDDs and SSDs and additional model 96E frames to the base 961 frame for increased capacity, and adding advanced function software features.

Memory support

DS8870 provides from 16 GB to 1 TB of processor memory and continues to be managed in 4 KB segments for optimal cache efficiency. Total memory support has increased by 266% compared to DS8800.

Improved rack power system

The DS8870 provides dc uninterrupted power supplies to replace the primary power supplies the current DS8800 is using. These new power supplies improve energy efficiency and are designed to support emerging energy efficiency standards.

Business class configuration options

The DS8870 provides a business class configuration option in addition to the enterprise class. The business class option allows a system to be configured with up to 144 drives in a single frame with limited features and support, helping to reduce configuration costs. The 16 GB cache business class configuration has certain limitations as well,including no copy services and no I/O Priority Manager support. The business classconfiguration can be upgraded to the enterprise class model. This is a fully concurrent MES upgrade.

Drive support

All drives offered on the DS8870 are FDE capable.

VMware vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI) support

DS8870 will provide support for the following functions:

The VAAI API offloads storage processing functions from the server hardware to the DS8870, reducing the workload on the host server hardware for improved performance on both the network and host servers.

Value based pricing and licensing

Operating environment licenses will be priced based on the performance, capacity, speed, and other characteristics that provide value in customer environments.

Key prerequisites

All announced features and functions are supported on the IBM System Storage DS8000 series, and require DS8000 Licensed Machine Code (LMC) 7.7.xxx.xx (bundle version 87.0.xxx.xx), or later.

Planned availability date

General availability is October 19, 2012.

Field (MES) availability is December 14, 2012.

Refer to the Description section for more information.


112-174 IBM Power 770 delivers unprecedented performance, scalability, reliability, and manageability for demanding commercial workloads

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The Power 770 model MMD enterprise server is designed to deliver an outstanding price-to-performance ratio, mainframe-inspired reliability and availability features, flexible capacity upgrades, and innovative virtualization technologies. The Power 770 model MMD features:

Overview

The new IBM Power 770 server (9117-MMD) uses the latest POWER7+ processor and the next-generation I/O technology designed to deliver unprecedented performance, scalability, reliability, and manageability for demanding commercial workloads.

The innovative Power 770 model MMD server is a symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), rack-mounted server. This modular system uses one to four enclosures that are four EIA units tall and housed in a 19-inch rack. Each enclosure contains four powerful POWER7+ processors and high density memory DIMMs using 4Gb technology. IBM continues to use a high performance PCIe Gen2, I/O backplane that was introduced with the model MMC.

The new POWER7+ processors are designed as single chip modules (SCMs), each with 64-bit architecture. L3 cache on POWER7+ 770 processor chips has been increased 2.5X compared to previous POWER7+ processor chips. Each POWER7+ SCM enables either three or four active processor cores with 10 MB per core of L3 cache and 256 KB per core of L2 cache. Power 770 systems are available at frequencies of 3.8 GHz with 64 cores, or 4.2 GHz with 48 cores. This new system is available with as few as four active cores and incrementing one core at a time through built-in Capacity on Demand (CoD) to the full capacity of the system.

POWER7+ chips imbed new hardware accelerators for AIX memory expansion and AIX Encrypted File System and IPSec network security protocol. This can offload work from processor cores from doing these tasks and improve performance of those functions. Combined with the increased POWER7+ clock speeds this helps Power Systems be a continued workhorse for critical workloads. Applications may run faster and be more responsive, which may result in competitive advantages and higher customer satisfaction.

The POWER7+ hardware accelerator for Active Memory Expansion provides 25% higher levels of memory expansion than available with POWER7 chips. While POWER7 Systems™ offer up to 100% memory expansion which can effectively double the server's maximum memory, POWER7+ servers offer up to 125% memory expansion for AIX partitions. Thus a system memory maximum of 4 TB could effectively become 9 TB effective memory capacity.

The EXP30 Ultra SSD I/O Drawer (#EDR1) provides the Power 770+ and Power 780+ up to 30 SSDs in just 1U of rack space without any PCIe slots. The drawer provides up to 480,000 IOPS and up to 12.6.2 TB of capacity for AIX or Linux clients. Up to 48 additional HDD can be directly attached to the Ultra Drawer (still without using any PCIe slots), enabling up to 43.2 TB additional capacity in only 4U additional rack space for AIX clients. This ultradense SSD option is attached to the 770+ or 780+ using a new GX++ 2-port PCIe2 x 8 Adapter (#1914).

Also being announced for the Power 770 model MMD are new high-density memory DIMMs using 4Gb technology. This includes new memory DIMMs for 32, 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB DDR3 memory feature codes. Existing memory features are supported for model upgrades.

IBM continues to expand the availability of orderable features supporting the MSP Utility Pricing Offer. This program leverages channel-led discounting for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) who purchase a Cloud Hosting Infrastructure built with IBM hardware and software. The discounts, which lower the up-front purchase price, are made available only when the MSPs sign an attachment to their current IBM Customer Agreement (ICA), requiring the MSP to pay for use of their cloud infrastructure.

IBM has previously announced the Core Use HW Feature (EUC6) for the following Power Systems (8202-E4C, 8205-E6C, 9117-MMC) and BladeCenters (7891-73X). Newly available are the Core Use HW Feature (EUC6) for 9117-MMD and the Ten Core Use HW Feature (EUC7) for the following Power Systems (8202-E4C, 8205-E6C, 9117-MMC and 9117-MMD).

Also available is the MSP Order Recognition RPQ (8A2060) for Power Systems models 8202-E4C, 8205-E6C, 9117-MMC, and 9117-MMD, BladeCenter model 7891-73X, and Flex System Compute Node models 7895-22X, 7895-42X, and 7863-10x. A quantity of one 8A2060 is required to be ordered at initial purchase or MES purchase for each machine type model included in the MSP's cloud infrastructure, when contracting for the MSP Utility Pricing Offer.

Also new is the MSP Core Use Payment PRPQ (P91287). MSPs can order a quantity of Core Use Features (combination of MSP per Processor Core and MSP per 10 Processor Cores) each quarter to make their use payment if the cloud infrastructure includes Flex System Compute Nodes. The quantity of features to be ordered is determined by the MSP's actual use of the cloud infrastructure (average cores assigned to active client virtual servers).

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.

Planned availability date


112-175 IBM Rack-mounted Hardware Management Console enables control and management of IBM POWER processor-based servers

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The Hardware Management Console (HMC) V7R760 is designed to deliver support for:

Overview

The Hardware Management Console (HMC) is updating its underlying appliance hardware to stay current with updates in hardware technology. The 7042-CR6 system is being replaced with the 7042-CR7.

RAID 1:

HMCs now offer a high-availability feature. The new 7042-CR7, by default, includes two hard drives with RAID 1 configured. If you prefer not to have RAID 1 enabled on the HMC, you can override it in the ordering system and remove the additional HDD from the order.

RAID 1 is also offered on both the 7042-CR6 and the 7042-CR7 as an MES upgrade option.

RAID 1 uses data mirroring. Two physical drives are combined into an array, and data is striped across the array. The first half of a stripe is the original data; the second half is a mirror (that is, a copy) of the data, but it is written to the other drive in the RAID 1 array.

RAID 1, which requires two physical drives, enables data redundancy.

Blade management:

The HMC gives systems administrators a tool for planning, virtualizing, deploying, and managing IBM Power System servers.

With the introduction of HMC V7R760, the HMC can now manage IBM BladeCenter Power Blade servers. This includes support for dual VIOS, live partition mobility between blades and rack servers, and management of both blades and rack servers from a single management console.

Removal of internal modem:

Future releases of the HMC hardware will not offer an internal modem option.

New features:

PowerVM management enhancements:

Supported models:

HMC V7R760 is the last release to be supported on models 7310-C04, 7315-CR2, and 7310-CR2. Future HMC releases will not be supported on C04 or CR2.

Key prerequisites

A POWER5, or later, processor-based server that supports an HMC

Planned availability date

November 16, 2012


112-180 IBM Power Systems servers: New I/O features available

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IBM introduces several I/O enhancements:

Overview

IBM Power Systems introduces a number of I/O-related enhancements, offering improved functionality, performance, price/performance, and density across the Power product line.

The enhanced EXP30 Ultra SSD I/O Drawer (#EDR1) provides the IBM Power 770+ and IBM Power 780+ up to 30 solid-state drives (SSD) in just 1U of rack space without any PCIe slots. The drawer provides up to 480,000 IOPS and up to 11.6 TB of capacity for AIX or Linux clients. Plus up to 48 additional HDDs can be directly attached to the Ultra Drawer (still without using any PCIe slots), providing up to 43.2 TB additional capacity in only 4U additional rack space for AIX clients. This ultra-dense SSD option is very similar to the Ultra Drawer (#5888), which remains available to the Power 710, 720, 730, and 740.

Two new GX++ adapters provide PCIe Gen2 functionality and performance in extremely dense and efficient packaging for the Power 795. The new GX++ adapters eliminate the need for a GX++ 12X adapter, 12X cables, a 12X-attached PCIe I/O drawer, and a PCIe adapter. In some cases, they may even alleviate the need for an expansion rack. Plus they also offer slightly lower latency compared to similar PCIe adapters as they are attached directly to the GX++ port. The two adapters are a 2-port 16Gb Fibre Channel adapter (#EN23) and a 2-port 10Gb Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) or Converged Network Adapter (#EN22).

IBM i 7.1 adds support for RDX Removable Media Devices. RDX docking stations and drives can provide a more reliable, higher performance, and lower cost option to traditional entry tape options such as DAT160 and older QIC and LTO-2 tape drives. IBM i 7.1 supports USB RDX Removable Disk on newer servers and supports the new SATA RDX Removable Disk (#EU07) on many earlier servers. In addition, IBM i 7.1 adds support for the USB-attached DAT160 tape drive.

IBM i 7.1 also adds support for a significantly lower priced 2-port asynchronous communications adapter (#5289 and #5290). Compared to the existing IBM i supported 2-port adapter (#2893 and #2894), the new adapter is half the price (less a modem) and is available as either a low-profile (#5289) or full-high (#5290) adapter, improving configuration flexibility.

RDX docking stations are refreshed with slightly newer technology (#EU03, #EU04, and #EU23) replacing the existing docking stations (#1103, #1104, and #1123) in most proposals. Similarly, the slimline DVD drive that is placed in Power 710 through Power 780 system units is refreshed and is now ordered as feature 5771 instead of the current feature 5762.

The 900 GB/856 GB 10k RPM SAS HDD (#1737, #1738, #1751, and #1752) offers lower cost per gigabyte and better storage density compared to smaller HDDs. Four feature numbers are used to identify if the drive is SFF-1 or SFF-2 and if shipped formatted with 528-byte sectors for RAID arrays (ordered for IBM i environments) or JBOD formatted with 512-byte sectors (ordered for AIX/Linux/VIOS environments).

PowerLinux™ servers improve their big data capabilities with new SSD features offering more attractive pricing (#ELQK (177 GB) and #ELQL (387 GB)) for the highest performance needs. Plus for lower performance but better cost per gigabyte, support is provided for the new 900 GB 10k RPM HDD.

The PCIe Gen2 RoCE Adapter capabilities are enhanced with expanded configuration options and expanded support. A new RoCE adapter (#EC29/#EC30) provides an SR fiber optical cabling option in addition to the existing adapter with copper cabling (#EC27/#EC28). RoCE support is expanded to include the Power 795.

Key prerequisites

For the required operating system level support, refer to the specific I/O feature description section in the individual server sales manuals.

Planned availability date

October 19, 2012, for features 0712, 0729, 0879, 0880, 1121, 1737, 1738, 1751, 1752, 1887, 1958, 5771, EC29, EC30, EDT1, EDT2, EDT3, EL1R, EL35, ELQK, ELQL; ELQR, EQ37, EQ38, EQ51, EQ52, EU03, EU04, EU07, EU23, and EU27.

November 6, 2012, for feature EUC7.

November 16, 2012, for features 4651, 4652, 4653, 4654, 4655, 4656, 4657, 4658, 4659, 4660, 4661, 4662, 4663, 4664, 4665, 4666, EB2T, ECB9, EN22, and EN23.


112-186 IBM Power 780 model MHD and new Power 795 model FHB features deliver unprecedented performance, scalability, reliability, and manageability for demanding commercial workloads

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The Power 780 model MHD and Power 795 enterprise servers are designed to deliver outstanding price/performance, mainframe-inspired reliability and availability features, flexible capacity upgrades, and innovative virtualization technologies. The new Power 780 model MHD features:

New Power 795 features:

Overview

The new IBM Power 780 server (9179-MHD) uses the latest POWER7+ processor and the next-generation I/O technology to deliver unprecedented performance, scalability, reliability, and manageability for demanding commercial workloads.

The innovative Power 780 model MHD server is a symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), rack-mounted server. This modular system uses one to four enclosures that are four EIA units tall and housed in a 19-inch rack. Each enclosure contains four powerful POWER7+ processors and high density memory DIMMs using 4Gb technology. IBM continues to use a high-performance PCIe Gen2, I/O backplane introduced with model MHC.

The new POWER7+ processors are designed as single chip modules (SCMs), each with 64-bit architecture. L3 cache on POWER7+ 780 processor chips has been increased 2.5X compared to previous POWER7 processor chips. Each POWER7+ SCM enables either four or eight active processor cores with up to 10 MB per core of L3 cache and 256 KB per core of L2 cache. Power 780 systems are available at frequencies of 3.72 GHz with 128 cores, or 4.42 GHz with 64 cores. This new model server is available with as few as four active cores and incrementing one core at a time through built-in Capacity on Demand (CoD) functions to the full capacity of the system.

New high-density memory DIMMs using 4 Gb technology are now available for the Power 780 model MHD. This includes new memory DIMMs for 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB DDR3 memory features. Existing memory features are supported for model upgrades.

The EXP30 Ultra SSD I/O Drawer (#EDR1) gives the Power 770+ and Power 780+ up to 30 solid state drives (SSDs) in just 1U of rack space without PCIe slots. The drawer provides up to 480,000 IOPS and up to 12.6 TB of capacity for AIX or Linux clients. Up to 48 additional HDDs can be directly attached to the Ultra Drawer (still without using any PCIe slots), enabling up to 43.2 TB additional capacity in only 4U additional rack space for AIX clients. This ultradense SSD option is attached to the 770+ or 780+ using a new GX++ 2-port, PCIe2 x8 Adapter (#1914).

POWER7+ processor chips imbed new hardware accelerators for AIX memory expansion and AIX Encrypted File System and IPSec network security protocol. This can offload work from processor cores from doing these tasks and improve performance of those functions. Combined with the increased POWER7+ clock speeds this helps Power Systems be a continued workhorse for critical workloads. Applications may run faster and be more responsive, which may result in competitive advantages and higher customer satisfaction.

The POWER7+ hardware accelerator for Active Memory Expansion delivers 25% higher levels of memory expansion than available with POWER7 processor chips. While POWER7 systems offer up to 100% memory expansion which can effectively double the server's maximum memory, POWER7+ servers offer up to 125% memory expansion for AIX partitions. Thus, a system memory maximum of 4 TB could effectively become 9 TB effective memory capacity.

A new firmware feature called Dynamic Platform Optimizer is available on both Power 770 model MMD and Power 780 model MHD. This feature monitors processor and memory affinity and adjusts workload placement to optimize performance in a virtualized consolidated environment.

As part of the IBM commitment to delivering the most flexible and resilient Power high-end systems, all new Power 780 (9179-MHD) and 795 servers come standard with a specific number of Elastic On/Off CoD processor and memory days depending on the configuration of the system at initial ship or upgrade time. For every new Power 780 or 795, 15 Elastic CoD On/Off processor days and 240 GB memory days will be included at no charge for every processor core initially shipped with the system. These Elastic CoD On/Off processor and memory days must be used in accordance with the Temporary Capacity on Demand terms and conditions.

The new Power Systems Pools offering is a multisystem IBM Power 780 and 795 infrastructure offering designed to enable a highly resilient and flexible IT environment in support of large-scale server consolidation and your most demanding business application requirements. Power Systems Pools allows for the aggregation of On/Off and Elastic CoD compute resources, including processors and memory, across a number of Power 780 and 795 servers. It delivers greater flexibility to respond to critical application workload requirements as well as to enhance the availability of your applications.

As part of the offering, those Power 780 and 795 servers that participate in an IBM Power Systems Pools environment are provided with regularly planned maintenance events (up to eight in a calendar year) that enables you to turn on inactive processors and memory in another participating system in the pool in the event that a system may need to be brought down for some type of maintenance occurrence. In addition, all On/Off and Elastic CoD processor and memory days, including those that now come standard with all new Power 780 and 795 servers, can be accumulated and managed at a pool level to effectively and efficiently manage and balance application workload peak requirements. Power Systems Pools can consist of up to 10 Power 780 or Power 795 systems to support large-scale application, database, and infrastructure requirements.

New to both Power 780 model MHD and Power 795 model FHB are 90-day temporary On/Off CoD processor and memory enablement features. These features enable a system to temporarily activate all inactive processor and memory CoD resources for a maximum of 90 days before you must order another temporary On/Off enablement feature number. Also new for Power 780 model MHD are high-density memory DIMMs that use 4 Gb technology. These memory DIMMs are for 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB DDR3 memory features. This enables a new 256 GB DDR3 memory feature increase the model FHB maximum memory capacity from 8 TB to 16 TB. IBM continues to offer the 32 GB, 2 Gb memory feature.

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.

Planned availability date

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212-185 IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center V5.1 offers efficient virtualization and infrastructure management to enable smarter storage

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Highlights of IBM SmartCloud™ Virtual Storage Center (VSC) V5.1:

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

Overview

IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center (VSC) V5.1 provides efficient virtualization management and data protection for heterogeneous storage environments. SmartCloud VSC V5.1 helps IT storage managers migrate to an agile cloud-based storage environment and manage it effectively without having to replace existing storage systems. This powerful offering removes the physicality of storage, as well as the complexity associated with managing multivendor infrastructures. It ultimately helps businesses to optimize provisioning, capacity, availability, data protection, reporting, and management for virtualized storage.

SmartCloud VSC V5.1 offers both a storage virtualization platform and capabilities for storage virtualization management. SmartCloud VSC V5.1 delivers to customers under one licensed software product the complete set of advanced functions available in IBM Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center, all the set of functions available with the virtualization, remote-mirroring and FlashCopy® capabilities of IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller (SVC), and all the capabilities of IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager.

As such, SmartCloud VSC V5.1 offers the following advanced capabilities:

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Technical information section.

Planned availability date


212-310 IBM Programmable Network Controller V3.0, when used with OpenFlow-enabled switches, provides architecture for centralized and simplified networking

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Software Defined Networking (SDN) with OpenFlow enables a new way of networking that provides programmable access to the network. IBM Programmable Network Controller is an SDN controller for an OpenFlow network. SDN is an evolving technology that has the potential to disrupt how data center networking is done. IBM is one of the leaders in SDN by offering a complete solution of the SDN Controller and OpenFlow-enabled switch.

IBM SDN with OpenFlow can help you to:

Overview

IBM Programmable Network Controller provides network virtualization and network programmability of an OpenFlow network using an OpenFlow controller. It enables a new method of managing data center networking known as Software Defined Networking (SDN).

An SDN network is one in which the end-station connectivity is created and managed by logically centralized software residing on an external entity such as a server or a dedicated appliance. This arrangement differs from traditional networking where end station connectivity is created and managed by all the network elements working in coordination with other network elements and by using distributed network protocols. In an SDN network, the logically centralized software residing on a server or an appliance makes the decisions on forwarding of packets in the network and is known as an SDN controller.

Licenses for offerings in this announcement include Software Subscription and Support. Software Subscription and Support contracts are managed in Passport Advantage . Refer to the Order handling section of this announcement for further details.

If a new release of the offering in this announcement is made generally available in Passport Advantage after the announcement of the offering in System x ordering systems, clients with valid Software and Subscription contracts may elect to take electronic delivery of the latest release.

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Technical information section.

Planned availability date

November 30, 2012


212-323 IBM CICS Transaction Gateway V9.0 delivers extended scalability, application interoperability, and flexible secure topologies

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IBM CICS® Transaction Gateway ( CICS TG) V9.0 provides significant enhancements under the key themes of operational efficiency and increased service agility. In particular:

Overview

CICS Transaction Gateway ( CICS TG) is the market-leading IBM connector for CICS . Production proven in over one thousand customer environments, with successful deployments across every major industry, CICS TG is the strategic, flexible, high-performing, security-rich, and scalable method of service-oriented architecture (SOA) access to CICS servers.

Running on IBM z/OS and Microsoft™ Windows™ , UNIX™ , and Linux operating systems, CICS TG not only provides connectivity to CICS for Java Enterprise Edition (JEE) certified application servers, but also allows a wide range of application platforms to integrate with CICS . This includes Java applications, servlets, applets, Microsoft .NET Framework-based applications, C, and COBOL applications.

Through the CICS Explorer® , you can view, operate, and test gateways and connections in the context of the CICS regions and applications they connect to, by using a supported plug-in for the CICS Explorer .

In addition to CICS TG for z/OS and CICS TG for Multiplatforms, CICS TG Desktop Edition delivers low-cost, desktop connectivity for CICS for Microsoft Windows , Linux , and UNIX operating systems. CICS TG Desktop Edition provides access from a single user workstation to the tried and trusted transactional capabilities of the entire family of CICS servers.

CICS TG V9.0 introduces greater scalability on z/OS through 64-bit Java , extended interoperability for 64-bit application runtime, further flexibility for implementation of secure topologies, and exploitation of new transaction tracking features of IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.5.

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

Key prerequisites

1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux compatible environments must be binary and source compatible with supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions previously listed.

For details of the latest CICS TG V9.0 hardware requirements and supported software, refer to the associated product Information Center website. Visit

http://www.ibm.com/software/htp/cics/ctg/

Click on Library , then scroll down to Information centers .

Planned availability date


212-324 IBM Systems Director product enhancements provide tools to better manage virtual and physical networks

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IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.4 extends the networking functions of IBM Systems Director.

Overview

IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.4 can discover, monitor, manage, and troubleshoot network devices in the computing environment. By enabling network management capabilities along with existing server and storage management capabilities, you can effectively manage a computing environment with a single integrated management tool that can improve the cost of computing. This plug-in also provides enhanced network provisioning for workloads against virtual and physical switches. IBM Systems Director Network Control is positioned as a key component of IBM integrated data center management technologies and services, which are part of the dynamic infrastructure and cloud computing strategy.

IBM Systems Director Network Control is a priced plug-in product that leverages and extends the networking functions of the IBM Systems Director product. Systems Director includes a network management component that facilitates the management of Ethernet networks and networking devices. Systems Director Network Management adds support for several new models of Ethernet switches and related networking devices.

Key prerequisites

IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.4

For more details, refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.

Planned availability date

December 14, 2012


212-325 IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V5.1 delivers operational efficiency and service agility with cloud enablement

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IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS ( CICS TS) V5.1 satisfies over one hundred customer requirements that help drive operational efficiencies while increasing service agility, moving customers towards a service delivery platform for cloud computing. It is supported by five core foundational CICS tools that exploit the new capabilities of CICS TS V5.1.

Driving operational efficiencies

Greater capacity is delivered through significant vertical and horizontal scalability enhancements. Fewer regions can now run the same workload. They provide the opportunity for cost savings through consolidation. Reducing the number of regions can deliver savings in both CPU consumption and administration overheads.

Managed operations are provided through the introduction of policies which deliver automated control over critical system resources. Task thresholds can now be set for data access requests, storage usage, program loops, and processor time used. Policy breaches can be managed by issuing messages, abending tasks, or emitting events that can trigger further actions. Policies can be applied dynamically during runtime operations.

Increased availability enhancements reduce the need for planned outages. CICS TS V5.1 can be upgraded without requiring z/OS to be restarted. SSL certificates can be refreshed dynamically, without restarting the CICS regions. A heartbeat capability keeps IPIC connections established and ready for use. Additionally, CICS TS V5.1 provides greater support for IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex/Active-Active (GDPS/AA) availability solutions.

Deeper insight into performance and compliance information can help to tune and audit system usage. For example, SPI commands that alter system configurations are logged. Identity propagation is extended and there is improved auditing of user IDs that make requests over IP. Information on the SSL cipher suites used, along with information on the actual and potential usage of specialty processors, can help tune system performance.

Increasing service agility

First-class applications enable the creation of agile services from existing assets. Disparate application resources can be combined and managed as a single entity that can be versioned and rapidly moved through the development, test, and production lifecycle. Dependency management is also handled. Entire applications can be measured for resource usage and internal billings. Applications can be managed dynamically by applying policies during runtime.

First-class platforms enable the creation of agile service delivery runtimes. CICS regions can be grouped as platforms for rapid application deployments. Decoupling applications from the underlying topology increases flexibility. When regions within a platform are started applications are deployed to them, without any further interaction from a system administrator. Reliability is increased through automatic resource validation, provisioning, and de-provisioning. Platforms can be managed dynamically by applying policies during runtime.

Modern interfaces enable customers to build rich web experiences for critical applications. CICS TS V5.1 delivers a production-ready web container for the deployment of lightweight Java servlets and Java Server Pages (JSPs). End-to-end application performance is optimized through fast, local access to CICS applications and data. Updates to interfaces can be rolled out rapidly through OSGi packaged deployments that can fully integrate with first-class applications and platforms. This capability is built on the IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile for compatibility.

Foundational enhancements extend the core CICS capabilities in a number of areas. CICS events can be captured on operator writes and system messages, and events can be emitted on a one-to-many basis. The CICS-WebSphere MQ Dynamic Program Link (DPL) bridge now supports greater-than-32KB messages. Enhancements to IPIC add support for IBM Information Management System ( IMS™ ) communications, and improve integration and error recovery. Application storage needs can be reduced through GET and PUT container enhancements. Entire CICSPlex® System Manager ( CICSPlex SM) systems can be backed-up and restored without manual overrides. The CICS clock can be adjusted for daylight saving time changes, without any further interaction from a system administrator.

IBM also announces the update of five core foundational CICS tools products to align with CICS TS V5.1. These core foundational CICS tools exploit and augment the latest operational efficiency and service agility enhancements made in CICS TS V5.1.

IBM CICS Explorer , the strategic management interface for CICS TS, is upgraded to CICS Explorer V5.1. This is a major update to support the latest CICS TS and CICS tools capabilities. CICS Explorer V5.1 will also work with other supported versions of CICS TS.

For more information on the CICS family of products, visit

http://www.ibm.com/software/htp/cics/

For ordering, contact: Your IBM representative. For more information, contact the Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (426-2255). Reference: LE001

Key prerequisites

The minimum required level of operating system for CICS TS V5.1 is IBM z/OS V1.13 (5694-A01).

The minimum required level of Java is IBM 64-bit SDK for z/OS , Java Technology Edition, V7 SR1.

For information on IBM 64-bit SDK for z/OS , Java Technology Edition, V7, refer to Software Announcement 211-265, dated October 4, 2011.

Planned availability date

Open beta program

A beta version of the product is available free of charge, subject to acceptance by users of associated licensing and other terms and conditions. The beta can be used until January 31, 2013. For more information, visit

http://www.ibm.com/cics/openbeta

CICS TS Developer Trial

CICS TS Developer Trial V5.1, a try-before-you-buy edition of CICS TS V5.1, has a zero-cost license charge and does not initiate any single version charging (SVC) period. Customers who want to assess the value that could be gained from a CICS TS upgrade, before making an upgrade decision, should order this product. For more information visit

http://www.ibm.com/software/htp/cics/cicsdt/

212-332 IBM Session Manager for z/OS V3.2 delivers enhanced administration capability using the GUI interface

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New in IBM Session Manager for z/OS V3.2

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: LE001

Overview

IBM Session Manager for z/OS (Session Manager) V3.2 is a terminal session manager for VTAM® and TCP/IP that provides a highly available, secure, and user-friendly method of accessing multiple IBM z/OS and UNIX systems from a single 3270 terminal. The major feature of V3.2 is an updated plug-in for IBM CICS Explorer that provides an new online administration (OLA) perspective to update configuration information including users, profiles, applications, terminal, and system parameters. This complements the operational capabilities added to the plug-in in the previous release and further reduces the need to use the ISPF interface.

If you use pass-tickets to implement session security, you can now manage them more easily using a new configuration option. This release also includes ease-of-use, security, installation, configuration, and operational enhancements, including requirements raised by individual customers and user communities, working together to make Session Manager even easier to deploy, manage, and use.

Key prerequisites

IBM z/OS V1.12, or later

Planned availability date

November 2, 2012


212-336 IBM Systems Director DVDs will no longer be distributed with IBM System x servers and BladeCenter chassis

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Effective October 12, 2012, or until supply is depleted, IBM will discontinue the shipment of IBM Systems Director DVDs with IBM System x servers and IBM BladeCenter® chassis.

Overview

Effective October 12, 2012, or until supply is depleted, IBM will discontinue the shipment of IBM Systems Director DVDs with IBM System x servers and IBM BladeCenter chassis. IBM Systems Director Express Edition and IBM Systems Director Standard Edition, which include software subscription and support, continue to be available for IBM System x servers and IBM Blade Centers.

Information regarding the availability of IBM Systems Director by download can be located at

http://www.ibm.com/systems/software/director/downloads/index.html

Planned availability date

October 12, 2012


212-337 IBM Security zSecure V1.13.1 products and solutions enhance mainframe security intelligence, compliance, administration and integration

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IBM Security zSecure™ suite V1.13.1 can help you enhance the security of mainframe systems and delivers:

IBM Security zSecure Compliance, Auditing, and Administration solutions have also been updated to V1.13.1.

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL.

Reference: ME001

Overview

IBM Security zSecure suite consists of multiple individual products designed to help you administer your mainframe security server, monitor for threats, enforce policy compliance, audit usage and configurations, and assist in compliance management and audit reporting.

IBM Security zSecure Admin, IBM Security zSecure Visual, and IBM Security zSecure CICS Toolkit provide administrative, provisioning, and management components that can significantly reduce administration time, effort, and costs, and help improve productivity and response time, as well as help reduce training time for new administrators.

IBM Security zSecure Audit, IBM Security zSecure Alert, and IBM Security zSecure Command Verifier provide security policy enforcement, audit, monitoring, and compliance management capability. These offerings help ease the burden of compliance audits, can improve security and incident handling, and can increase overall operational effectiveness.

Additional offerings include IBM Security zSecure Manager for RACF z/VM® .

What is new

IBM Security zSecure suite V1.13.1 enhances the security intelligence of mainframes by integrating with QRadar SIEM and extends integration with IBM DB2 for compliance reporting and support of best security practices. It improves usability and cost effectiveness of mainframe security administration including extended cleanup capabilities.

IBM Security zSecure suite V1.13.1 delivers:

IBM Security zSecure Compliance, Auditing, and Administration solutions are now at V1.13.1. Refer to the Description section for more information.

Key prerequisites

For details, refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.

Planned availability date

October 26, 2012


212-338 IBM Communications Server for Data Center Deployment delivers enriched support for SNA applications in a client-server environment

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IBM Communications Server for Data Center Deployment V7.0 addresses SNA modernization in networks with mobile and dynamic environments. The functions previously provided by Communications Server for AIX , Communications Server for Linux , and Communications Server for Linux on System z are now incorporated into this new product.

The following new features are included:

Overview

Communications Server for Data Center Deployment, a new member of the IBM Communications Server family, is supported on AIX , Linux , and Linux on System z platforms. These platforms were previously supported by three separate Communications Server products, each of which supported a single platform.

As a multiplatform product, Communications Server for Data Center Deployment continues to offer reliable and security-rich support for On Demand networks. It connects users to enterprise host applications and data over diverse networks -- whether SNA, TCP/IP, Intranet, extranet, or Internet. You choose applications based on your business needs, not on your network protocols.

Communications Servers can provide all-in-one communications services between workstations and host systems, as well as other workstations. Features include:

Communications Server for Data Center Deployment replaces the following products:

Note: Information about Communication Server for Windows (5639-F25) in this announcement is for information only. Communications Server for Windows was previously announced and continues to be available.

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

Key prerequisites

AIX

Linux

Planned availability date

December 13, 2012 (electronic download and media pack)


212-340 IBM PowerSC Trusted Surveyor and PowerSC Standard editions help address cloud and virtual data center security issues

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PowerSC provides security and compliance tools to protect datacenters and cloud environments virtualized with PowerVM® .

Overview

PowerSC provides a trusted solution to help you simplify the security and compliance administration for virtual workloads running on IBM Power Systems servers. PowerSC simplifies security compliance and strengthens security by providing trusted system extensions.

By supplying prebuilt system profiles that provide security and compliance automation, PowerSC simplifies security compliance. This automation enforces compliance to various industry standards, such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, the US Department of Defense Security Technical Implementation Guide, the COBIT best practices, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy and Security Rules.

PowerSC is a "virtualization aware" offering because it has embedded components in the Power Systems virtualization technology PowerVM . This allows PowerSC to harden security and simplify compliance within virtual workloads.

New function and fixes are now added to existing PowerSC Express and PowerSC Standard editions while releasing PowerSC Trusted Surveyor as a new offering under the PowerSC offering family.

Key prerequisites

Planned availability date

November 9, 2012


212-341 IBM DB2 tools and IBM IMS tools deliver new solutions and enhancements

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Enhanced IBM tools deliver:

Overview

DB2 Administration Solution Pack for z/OS , V1.1 (5697-DAM) delivers integrated administration management capabilities for DB2 for z/OS by combining the functionality from the following:

Trade-up options for DB2 Administration Solution Pack for z/OS , V1.1 are available. The following list includes the eligible products, or eligible combinations of products, for each trade-up option.

DB2 Administration Toolkit for z/OS the SAP Edition, V2.3 (5697-L30) delivers capability that helps you manage DB2 for z/OS instances within your SAP ERP environment.

DB2 Fast Copy Solution Pack for z/OS , V1.1 (5697-DFM) takes advantage of storage-aware technology that delivers extremely rapid backup, recovery, and cloning of DB2 for z/OS data, which can reduce costs. This solution pack extends the value of DB2 Tools to clients with:

Trade-up options for DB2 Fast Copy Solution Pack for z/OS , V1.1 are available. The following list includes the eligible products, or eligible combinations of products, for each trade-up option.

InfoSphere Optim Configuration Manager for DB2 for z/OS , V2.2 (5655-OCM) can help you:

IMS Enterprise Suite for z/OS , V2.2 (5655-T62) components are designed to enhance your use of IMS applications and data. In this release of the suite, components deliver innovative new capabilities for your IMS environment that enhance connectivity, expand application development, extend standards and tools for a service-oriented architecture (SOA), ease installation, provide simplified interfaces, and provide ready access to IMS product information.

IMS Enterprise suite for z/OS , V2.1 is the last release to provide the DLIModel Utility plug-in. Customers using IMS Database Web Services should migrate to the more current IMS Universal Drivers and take advantage of the IMS Explorer support for these drivers.

In addition to the products in this announcement, IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON® XE for DB2 Performance Expert on DB2 for z/OS , V5.1.1 (5655-W37) has added enhanced expert monitoring capability for DB2 for z/OS Stored Procedures to the previously announced features in Version 5.1.1. Refer to Software Announcement 212-135, dated May 08, 2012 .

DB2 for z/OS Stored Procedures offers significant benefits for application development, including modularity in application design through encapsulation of application logic, and other potential benefits like reducing network traffic. Understanding the complete performance attributes of applications exploiting stored procedures has been extremely difficult for the performance analyst prior to the availability of this OMEGAMON enhancement. With the introduction of the SQL Dashboard, OMEGAMON allows DBAs to reveal the execution of stored procedures in a holistic view. This includes all nested activities as well as the ability to drill into the contents and calling paths of stored procedures, displaying the SQL statements in that stored procedure as well as in nested stored procedures. With the SQL statement now visible, OMEGAMON then allows SQL to be passed to tuning tools like Optim Query Workload Tuner to further analyze and tune a single statement or group of SQL statements as a "workload."

Mandatory installation requirements for the enhanced expert monitoring capability for DB2 for z/OS Stored Procedures are:

To view a complete list of the DB2 and IMS tools, visit

http://www.ibm.com/software/data/db2imstools

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections for key prerequisites.

Planned availability date


212-344 IBM PowerVM V2.2 refresh includes new function

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The previously announced IBM PowerVM , which delivers industrial-strength virtualization for IBM AIX , IBM i, and Linux environments on IBM POWER processor-based systems, has been enhanced with the following:

New customers will receive the latest updates automatically upon ordering.

Planned availability date

November 9, 2012


212-354 IBM Systems Director Network Control for IBM x86 V1.4 product enhancements provide IT professionals with the tools to better manage their virtual and physical networks

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IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.4 extends the networking functions of the IBM Systems Director product.

Overview

IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.4

IBM Systems Director Network Control is a priced plug-in product that leverages and extends the networking functions of the IBM Systems Director product. IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.4 can discover, monitor, manage, and troubleshoot network devices in the computing environment. By enabling network management capabilities along with existing server and storage management capabilities, you can effectively manage a computing environment with a single integrated management tool that can improve the cost of computing. This plug-in also provides enhanced network provisioning for workloads against virtual and physical switches. IBM Systems Director Network Control is positioned as a key component of IBM's integrated data center management technologies and services, which are part of the dynamic infrastructure and cloud computing strategy.

IBM Systems Director Network Management

Systems Director includes a network management component that facilitates the management of Ethernet networks and networking devices. Systems Director Network Management adds support for several new models of Ethernet switches and related networking devices.

Licenses for offerings in this announcement include Software Subscription and Support. Software Subscription and Support contracts are managed in Passport Advantage . Refer to the Order handling section of this announcement for further details.

If a new release of the offering in this announcement is made generally available in Passport Advantage after the announcement of the offering in System x ordering systems, clients with valid Software and Subscription contracts may elect to take electronic delivery of the latest release.

Key prerequisites

IBM Systems Director Network Control V1.4

For more details, refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.

Planned availability date

December 14, 2012


212-364 IBM DB2 11 for z/OS Early Support Program

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DB2 11 for z/OS expands the value delivered to your business by IBM's industry-leading mainframe data server in the following ways.

Selected features that deliver these valuable benefits to your business include:

Overview

IBM intends to make DB2 11 for z/OS ( DB2 11) available to a select group of clients in a closed Early Support Program (ESP) on March 8, 2013.

Shrinking budgets, exploding data growth, and dynamic business requirements continue to challenge companies everywhere. Add to that the need to deliver full availability with rock solid security and you understand why the demands on IT are greater than ever. Building on the formidable capabilities of DB2 10 for z/OS ( DB2 10) and the IBM System z platform, DB2 11 helps you meet those challenges head on - efficiently and cost effectively.

DB2 11 for z/OS delivers innovations in these key areas:

Save money, save time, reduce cost

DB2 10 delivered strong CPU savings that drove great value for IBM clients. DB2 11 follows up with even more CPU savings and improved performance. Compared to DB2 10, DB2 11 clients may achieve up to 5% out-of-the-box CPU savings for various traditional online transaction processing (OLTP), heavy INSERT, and SAP workloads. Select query workloads may see even more benefits, with up to 20 to 30% CPU savings. Read intensive OLTP workloads may see up to 10% CPU savings with DB2 11. Decompressing data is much faster using DB2 11, with significant performance improvements, delivering up to 15% CPU savings when running the queries against compressed tables. Deep integration between DB2 and System z continues to bring value.

Additional RUNSTATS and LOAD workloads can now take advantage of zIIP engines1 , driving faster LOAD processing, improved performance, and CPU savings. With IBM zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12) and DB2 11, you can achieve additional CPU reductions through the use of pageable large (1 MB) pages and Flash Express , as well as the support of 2 GB pages.

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IBM authorizes customers to use IBM specialty engines (for example, zIIPs, zAAPs, and IFLs) (SEs) only to execute the processing of Eligible Workloads of specific Programs expressly authorized by IBM as specified in the "Authorized Use Table for IBM Machines" (AUT) provided at

http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/machine_warranties/machine_code/aut.html

No other workload processing is authorized for execution on an SE. IBM offers SE at a lower price than General Processors/Central Processors because customers are authorized to use SEs only to process certain types and/or amounts of workloads as specified by IBM in the AUT.

Growing regulatory and business requirements to retain and manage archive data has brought many new challenges. Finding ways to cost effectively build and manage archive data while ensuring it remains operational can be daunting. DB2 temporal technology and integration with IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS provides high speed access to historical data at a lower cost.

People continue to be your most valuable resources. Additional productivity enhancements delivered in DB2 11 can make DBAs and system programmers even more efficient, driving operational efficiencies and cost savings.

Unmatched resiliency, availability, scalability, and security for business-critical information

The real-world proven, system-wide resiliency, availability, scalability, and security capabilities of DB2 and System z continues to be the gold standard in the industry - keeping your business running when other solutions may not. DB2 11 continues to excel. It delivers even higher availability with improvements in online schema capabilities like DROP COLUMN support and by significantly reducing the need for planned outages with new online data repartitioning.

With new capabilities you can reduce the number of REORGs, automatically clean up after index pseudo deletes, and achieve even faster performance when a REORG is needed. You can avoid manual recovery actions with extended relative byte address (RBA) and log record sequence number (LRSN) addressing support. Resiliency is further enhanced with improved backup manageability for even faster recovery.

DB2 11 improves performance for BIND and DDL options on long-running persistent threads.

DB2 11 delivers improved cloning capabilities, requiring less manual effort to roll out the cloned environment.

DB2's data sharing capabilities continue to provide the highest standard in availability. DB2 11 adds to this capability with improvements for even more efficient data-sharing performance.

Enhanced analytics for business growth

As the amount and types of data grow, efficiently unlocking true business value through business analytics becomes more challenging. Providing effective ways to manage the amount of data and the speed of getting important data to all levels of an organization is a critical requirement for today's enterprises. To meet these growing demands:

Simpler, faster migration for faster ROI

The longer it takes to migrate to a new version, the longer it is before you can take advantage of all of the features. The new application compatibility feature helps streamline the migration process by allowing an application with incompatible SQL or XML that is no longer compatible with DB2 11 to continue to run with DB2 11 without requiring code changes. There is no longer a need to wait for application changes to be planned and delivered for your business to realize the benefits of DB2 11. Simpler catalog migration enables faster migration for a faster return on your investment to your business.

IBM Business Partners have been working with specifications for this release since November 2011 and with early code drivers since March 2012 to help validate product design and to support timely availability of ISV products that interoperate with the new capabilities offered by DB2 11.

Refer to the Description section of this announcement for further details on the exciting new capabilities DB2 11 delivers. A limited number of additional clients may be accepted for the DB2 11 for z/OS (5615-DB2) ESP. For further information, contact your IBM representative or the general contact email address under the contact us heading at

https://www.ibm.com/software/productintro/

Key prerequisites

Planned availability date

March 8, 2013


212-365 IBM PowerHA SystemMirror Standard Edition V7 and Enterprise Edition V7 help protect critical business applications from outages

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PowerHA® SystemMirror® for AIX Standard Edition is the IBM Power Systems data center solution that helps protect critical business applications from outages, planned or unplanned.

PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX Enterprise Edition includes the Standard Edition plus advanced capabilities such as failover to back up resources at remote locations.

New with this release, Enterprise Edition supports:

Either edition when deployed in dynamic logical partitioning (DLPAR) environments enables managed utilization of resources on a secondary node in the PowerHA SystemMirror cluster for IBM POWER5 and later processors.

Overview

PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX introduces its next technology level Version 7.1.2 and includes the following key features

PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX , V7.1 is the next generation of clustering solutions for high availability and disaster recover. Based on Cluster Aware AIX (CAA), the PowerHA SystemMirror Standard Edition and the PowerHA SystemMirror Enterprise Edition offerings represent a major shift in the traditional architectural concepts of building and managing clusters for high availability and disaster recovery. Cluster Aware AIX shifts key aspects of clustering technology into the AIX kernel, enabling simpler, more robust cluster formation and management. Featuring near real-time internode messaging and synchronization, cluster-wide health management, multichannel redundancy, and multicasting communications (with the Standard Edition), PowerHA SystemMirror V7.1 makes data center operations for high availability simpler and more robust.

The PowerHA SystemMirror V7.1 offering introduces new capabilities that include stretched clusters and linked clusters, both of which enable kernel-level communications between geographically dispersed nodes for more robust configurations. The linked cluster topology has an independent cluster repository at the primary and secondary sites, which enables clients to have two data centers linked by unicasting. A stretched cluster configuration has a single repository and supports multicasting and multichannel communications.

The Version 7 clustering technology enables PowerHA SystemMirror V7.1 Enterprise Edition to support HyperSwap with the IBM System Storage DS8800 and Metro Mirror replication. HyperSwap technology enables PowerHA Enterprise Edition clients to deploy two sites and two DS8800 storage units between sites in a cross-coupled configuration that provides production continuity through a storage failure.

In addition to integration with Cluster Aware AIX , PowerHA SystemMirror V7.1 Standard Edition features include:

PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX 7.1 highlights include:

The PowerHA SystemMirror 7.1 Enterprise Edition also supports:

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.

Planned availability date

November 9, 2012


212-366 IBM Infoprint XT for z/OS , V3.1 provides support to transform Xerox data streams and highlight color resources for printing on AFP printers and enhances DBCS support

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IBM Infoprint XT for z/OS , V3.1:

Overview

IBM Infoprint XT for z/OS , V3.1 helps you migrate efficiently from your Xerox print environment to an Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) print environment, allowing you to standardize on a single output architecture. With Infoprint XT, you can easily transform established Xerox application data to AFP format for storing, retrieving, viewing, and printing without changing your existing applications.

Using IBM Xerox Transform (XT) technology, Xerox print resources, such as fonts, forms, images, and logos, are converted into their AFP equivalents, and Xerox Line Conditioned Data Streams (LCDS) or Metacode data streams are converted into AFP Mixed Object Document Content Architecture (MO:DCA) data streams. Once converted, you can print these resources and data streams on high-speed, reliable Intelligent Printer Data Stream (IPDS) devices or you can place them in the IBM Content Manager OnDemand archival and retrieval system. When stored in libraries identified to Print Services Facility™ (PSF), the AFP print resources are automatically made available for printing on all of the printers that support such resources.

You have the option of printing Xerox application data on cut sheet devices to retain control over options such as tray selection, or you can print it on continuous form printers that usually offer a lower total cost of operation (TCO) than cut sheet devices. In either case, Infoprint XT for z/OS , V3.1 is designed to help optimize the productivity of your output operations by automating much of the migration from Xerox resources and data streams to AFP and allowing you to standardize on a single output architecture.

Infoprint XT for z/OS , V3.1 provides the following new capabilities or enhanced functions:

Key prerequisites

For details, refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.

Planned availability date

October 19, 2012


212-369 IBM Storwize V7000 Unified V1.4 includes real-time compression, local authentication server support, four-way clustering, and FCOE support

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IBM Storwize V7000 Unified system delivers high performance, advanced function, high availability, and modular and scalable storage capacity:

Overview

IBM Storwize V7000 Unified V1.4 delivers enhanced file storage capabilities for this advanced midrange disk system. Storwize V7000 Unified is a block and file storage system with a tightly integrated management that helps simplify storage administration with a single user interface and common command-line interface (CLI). Customers can benefit from greater flexibility for provisioning of storage resources with its support of NFS, CIFS, FTP, HTTPS, and SCP file protocols, and greater over all capacity utilization with the existing block functions of the Storwize V7000. Storwize V7000 Unified provides file replication and file-level snapshots for business continuity and disaster recovery. Customers are able to deploy a broader set of applications from within a single storage system, especially in shared storage environments.

IBM Storwize V7000 Unified is designed to improve storage efficiency by including real-time compression of data. Compression on Storwize V7000 Unified volumes enables storing up to five time as much data in the same physical disk space depending on the type of application data stored.

This release enables customers with installed Storwize V7000 block systems to upgrade them to Storwize V7000 Unified systems for greater workload consolidation and to take advantage of new functions such as Real-time Compression.

Key prerequisites

Software requirements

IBM Storwize V7000 File Module Software V1.3 (5639-VF1) requires an additional server for authentication. Refer to the Description section for more information.

Hardware requirements

This program requires at least two IBM Storwize V7000 File Module Hardware (2073-700) units, and also requires one IBM Storwize V7000 Control Enclosure (2076-112, 2076-124, 2076-312, or 2076-324) with its respective software for installation. Current support summaries, including specific software, hardware, and firmware levels supported, are maintained at the IBM Storwize V7000 Support website

http://www.ibm.com/storage/support/storwize/v7000

For information on the IBM Storwize V7000 hardware and software, refer to the announcements listed in the Reference information section.

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212-371 XIV management is designed to enable more effective XIV deployments into private cloud computing environments and improve multi-system management

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IBM XIV Storage System offers a range of capabilities in this XIV management release that are designed to enable more effective XIV deployments into private cloud computing environments, management usability leadership maintenance, and improve multi system management experience with the following:

To download the XIV GUI, XIV Multi-System Manager, and XIV driver for OpenStack visit Fix Central website at

http://www-933.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/swg/selectFixes?parent=Enterprise+Storage+Ser vers&product=ibm/Storage_Disk/XIV+Storage+System+%282810,+2812%29&release=All&platform= All&function=all#Management%20Tools

XIV Mobile Dashboard application is available through Apple's App Store.

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).

Key prerequisites

The components of this release are not in the product structure.

Refer to the Reference information section for more information.

Planned availability date

November 29, 2012


212-372 IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager V3.2 extends application-aware snapshot management to IBM N series and NetApp devices and enables seamless disaster recovery

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Highlights of IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager V3.2 include:

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

Overview

IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager is designed to deliver high levels of data protection for business-critical applications via integrated application snapshot backup and restore capabilities. The applications supported by Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager V3.2 are IBM DB2 , Oracle, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, and the VMware vSphere platform. In addition, IBM DB2 and Oracle databases are supported for use either with or without SAP environments. Other applications can be supported on IBM AIX , HP-UX, Linux , Solaris, and Microsoft Windows platforms via script customization.

These capabilities are achieved through the utilization of advanced storage specific hardware snapshot technology to help create a high performance, low impact application data protection solution. Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager is easy to install, configure, deploy, and seamlessly integrates with various storage systems such as IBM Storwize V7000, IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC), IBM System Storage DS8000 , and IBM XIV Storage System products.

In addition to the above devices, Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager V3.2 on Windows supports any storage system that is VSS capable, by using the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) system provider or a VSS Hardware Provider that strictly adheres to the Microsoft VSS Provider interface.

What is new in V3.2:

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Technical information section.

Planned availability date


212-373 IBM Information Management System ( IMS ) 13 for Quality Partnership Program delivery provides extremely high performance and availability

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IMS 13 Database Manager enhancements

Transaction Manager enhancements

Overview

IMS is the high-performance application and data server for IBM System z . No other solution offers the combination of extremely high performance, scalability, rock-solid reliability, and run-time efficiency. When it comes to running core applications that are at the heart of business processing, most large corporations worldwide continue to depend on IMS .

Today's enterprise IT needs are more closely tied to businesses than ever before. Companies require efficiency to meet the cost challenges and responsiveness demanded by the global economy. Enterprise IT must support growth, enabling your business to rapidly develop new products and services to remain competitive while at the same time increasing productivity and flexibility on demand. Business today also requires IT systems to be resilient, helping reduce business risk and helping companies to comply with regulations and business processes.

IMS and IMS tools continue to evolve to provide value and help enterprise customers meet these needs. They have offered investment protection for four decades.

IMS delivers unmatched capabilities to address your on-demand business needs through enhanced integration, openness, manageability, and scalability.

Benefits include the following:

IMS includes many additional features and improvements that, along with the IBM System z platform, help you meet your IT and enterprise data center cost challenges, as well as efficiency, resilience, and flexibility needs.

To learn more about IMS products and tools, visit

http://www.ibm.com/ims

Key prerequisites

IMS 13 can be used with all IBM processors capable of running z/OS (5694-A04) V1.11, or later, and supports the Long Displacement Facility of the z/Architecture® . Additional prerequisites exist for specific IMS 13 functions.

Planned availability date

December 14, 2012, is the IMS 13 (5635-A04) Quality Partnership Program (QPP) start date. IBM plans to ship IMS 13 to customers already selected as participants in the QPP process.

General availability of IMS V13 will be announced at a later date.


212-374 IBM CICS tools for z/OS, V5.1 delivers support for operational efficiency and service agility with cloud enablement

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Key CICS Tools V5.1 portfolio enhancements:

Overview

Five updated core foundational CICS tools products align with CICS Transaction Server for z/OS ( CICS TS) V5.1 to deliver operational efficiency and service agility with cloud enablement. These new versions of core foundational CICS tools exploit and augment the latest operational efficiency and service agility enhancements and can assist the creation and management of the new application, platform, and policy resources introduced in CICS TS V5.1. The CICS tools also contain many other enhancements that are designed to enrich the user experience and enhance value for customers on current releases of CICS TS.

Key enhancements delivered by products in the CICS tools V5.1 portfolio

All CICS tools V5.1 products support, and in many cases, exploit, and extend the new features, resources, options, and metrics in CICS TS V5.1.

The comprehensive portfolio of CICS tools offers you the opportunity to realize the full potential of your CICS systems, whatever your business strategy. You have the potential to maintain and manage your core CICS applications more easily and at a lower cost. CICS tools enhance IBM service management initiatives to optimize IT processes, maximize CICS system availability, reduce total cost of ownership (TCO), and transform CICS applications to achieve greater business flexibility. In today's world of increasing demand for enterprise service access from internet and mobile devices, social networks, and unknown future sources, CICS tools can help you to solve the two most pressing challenges that companies face today; driving operational efficiencies, while increasing service agility. These core foundational CICS tools align with CICS TS V5.1 to deliver these capabilities in a way that positions users of CICS for the next transformational era in technology, moving them towards a service delivery platform for cloud computing.

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: LE001

Key prerequisites

CICS tools V5.1 run on any S/390® or IBM eServer™ zSeries® machine on which the applicable operating system and software will run.

Planned availability date

December 14, 2012


212-379 IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 5 offers performance, usability, and integration enhancements

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IBM i continues to protect your investment with enhancements.

Overview

IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 51 provides performance, usability, and integration enhancements, both with the IBM i program offering and the related offerings from IBM Software Group.

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In this announcement letter, the term Technology Refresh 5 refers to the set of PTFs required to support new hardware functionality. The term Technology Update refers to the multiple PTFs or PTF groups that will provide additional functionality in IBM i and related products. The term Technology Refresh is widely used to group both of these together. Availability of IBM i 7.1 TR5 and related products are available as noted in the Description section.

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Technical information section for specific hardware and software prerequisites.

Planned availability date

October 9, 2012


212-382 IBM Tivoli Storage Manager V6.4 products deliver significant enhancements to manage data protection in virtual environments

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IBM Tivoli Storage Manager V6.4 family of products offers:

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

Overview

The IBM Tivoli Storage Manager V6.4 products consist of:

The ability to successfully manage information and data has become an imperative. IBM Tivoli Storage Manager family of products (referred to as Tivoli Storage Manager) helps businesses successfully gain better control and efficiently manage their data in increasingly complex IT environments with significant enhancements in multiple facets of data protection.

From its inception, Tivoli Storage Manager has been a highly scalable and available data protection solution. Tivoli Storage Manager V6.4 introduces both new and improved data protection and management capabilities and provides IT administrators with the tools required to help meet more stringent service level requirements and reduce the overall costs of maintaining and protecting the data in these complex environments.

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager V6.4 family of products offers:

Note: This Tivoli Storage Manager V6.4 release is delivered with the Tivoli Storage Manager V6.4.0 Client component and the Tivoli Storage Manager V6.3.3 Server component.

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Technical information section.

Planned availability date


212-387 IBM Migration Utility for z/OS , V4.1 provides expanded support for CA Easytrieve V11, CA IDMS, and CA PanAudit

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IBM Migration Utility for z/OS , V4.1 offers enhancements, or new function that:

Overview

Migration Utility for z/OS , V4.1 allows you to create standard COBOL programs and reports with CA Easytrieve or Easytrieve Plus languages without either CA Easytrieve or Easytrieve Plus licensed products installed. Existing Easytrieve language programs can also be modernized to produce HTML reports or Character-Separated Values (.CSV) output. This can be automatically deployed to the web server.

Included utilities for discovery, batch conversion, parallel testing, electronic output comparison, and program abend analysis can help make conversion quicker and easier, and simplify deployment of output to web servers on both System z and distributed platforms.

Migration Utility can be used to:

Migration Utility performs much like a replacement compiler for CA Easytrieve and CA-Easytrieve Plus, while adding additional capabilities.

Migration Utility helps make it easier to modernize mainframe programs and generated reports. The Report Modernization Utility (RMU) easily converts mainframe printer files to HTML and CSV files without modifying the originating program. Mainframe printer files can be converted automatically to HTML for use with web browsers and can be automatically routed to a z/OS web server, or downloaded for placement on a distributed platform web server. A script language can optionally be used to further customize and enhance output, with control of fonts, colors, background, and the addition or placement of images and graphics.

In addition to potential cost savings, the use of the Migration Utility offers the following benefits:

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: LE001

Key prerequisites

Operating environment: Currently supported z/OS operating system

Planned availability date

October 12, 2012


212-392 Preview: IBM Platform Computing provides significant advancements in ease of use, scalability, and performance as well as monitoring and control for Technical Computing environments

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The Platform Computing family of products is designed to help you attain the highest levels of performance, scalability, and utilization in your computing environment.

Overview

IBM Platform Computing is widely viewed as the cluster, grid, and cloud management software of choice for technical and high performance computing (HPC) environments, including computationally and data-intensive design, manufacturing, financial analytics, business, and research applications. Platform Computing products are used both to simplify the deployment, management, and use of small departmental clusters as well as to optimize the deployment of complex applications and workloads in many of the world's largest environments (100,000+ cores). The product portfolio is a critical component for any client that wishes to maximize the utilization of its compute- and data-intensive resources for the highest return on investment while ensuring the shortest time to results.

The latest product releases and additions to the IBM Platform Computing portfolio further extend this value with new features making the products easier to use, enhanced management features, and significant advances in scalability and performance. This preview provides details of the following product family releases:

Key prerequisites

The IBM Platform Computing portfolio of products require the following:

Planned availability date

Previews provide insight into IBM plans and direction. Availability, prices, ordering information, and terms and conditions will be provided when the product is announced.


212-393 IBM AIX Version 6 and AIX Version 7 offer improved performance, scalability, availability, security, and manageability

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IBM is enhancing AIX 6 and 7, the IBM strategic UNIX operating system for mission-critical, core business applications, with:

Overview

The AIX operating system is an open standards-based UNIX operating system that provides the enterprise-class IT infrastructure for thousands of clients around the world. IBM is making enhancements to AIX 6 and AIX 7 that will include significant new capabilities, including support for the new POWER7+ processor-based servers, performance enhancements, security improvements, and other usability capabilities.

Planned availability date

November 9, 2012


212-396 IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS V3.1, together with related prerequisite hardware, is a high-performance software offering that delivers fast analytic query responses

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DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS , V3.1 offers fast and predictable query response times on typically unpredictable query workloads.

Overview

IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS V3.1, together with related, prerequisite hardware, is a high-performance software offering that is part of an integrated hardware/software solution designed to work with IBM System z to deliver dramatically faster analytic query responses transparently to users. It integrates into DB2 10 for z/OS data warehouse environments forming a high-performance analytic query appliance powered by Netezza® technology. The total solution is an integration of IBM hardware, software, storage, and advanced technologies focused on business analytics. They combine to enable you to extract business insight from information assets and to help users get the right answers at the right time. DB2 Analytics Accelerator extends System z qualities of service of manageability, security, and availability to analytic applications, working seamlessly with the prerequisite IBM hardware.

What's new in Version 3.1

This new release extends the function of the V2.1 offering and consolidates the midyear updates into a cohesive release. It expands the use and size of the solution and helps to further improve possible savings. The adherence to an easy-to-use appliance remains unchanged.

High-performance storage saver

This feature stores a DB2 table partition or full table of data solely on the accelerator, reducing the need for host storage. This feature removes the requirement for the data to be replicated on both the DB2 storage and the Accelerator storage. Tables can now be divided between traditional database resident partitions on DB2 for z/OS and high-performance storage saver on the DB2 Analytics Accelerator.

IBM zEnterprise EC12 support: Extending the unmatched scalability and performance of System z

The DB2 Analytics Accelerator supports the current z196 and z114 series of System z and the new next-generation System z zEnterprise EC 12 (zEC12) This new system has up to 50% system capacity performance improvement over z196 80-way, with a 25% performance improvement over the z196 uniprocessor. In addition, it includes 33% more L2 cache for instructions and data. This zEC12 has industry standard 8 GBps InfiniBand, supporting high-speed connectivity and high bandwidth. Further, it includes the new IBM zAware offering, which monitors large quantities of message logs for smarter monitoring with high-speed analytics.

Query Prioritization - Extending the value of System z workload management

Mixed workloads refers to an environment that contains a variety of types of processing and end users, each with differing levels of importance. Each of these workloads has unique users with distinct needs and the priority of meeting those needs can vary greatly. In Version 2, workload management was adhered to throughout DB2 , but when it was routed to the Accelerator those priorities were not enforced. This release brings System z workload management down to the individual query being routed to the accelerator. This helps users see to it that the most important work is completed first, while still enabling robust overall throughput.

Incremental Update - Introducing near real-time currency for all business analytics

With the new incremental update capability, tables within the accelerator are continually updated throughout the day. This technology reads the log of the database residing on DB2 for z/OS and applies those updates to the DB2 Analytics Accelerator. With this feature enabled, queries off-loaded to the DB2 Analytics Accelerator operate on a near real-time version of the data. This feature helps dramatically lower the latency of data, enabling decisions to be made based on the most up-to-date information available. You can use this feature when the workload being accelerated requires high currency of data for applications such as operational Business Intelligence (BI). The incremental update is included in the accelerator and integrated into the existing appliance form factor.

High Capacity - Extending the size and scalability

The entire Netezza 1000 product line is now supported. The DB2 Analytics Accelerator scales from one cabinet to 10 cabinets of Netezza 1000. This change reflects the demand for larger and larger accelerators to meet the needs of the larger data warehouses present on System z .

Accelerating SAP - Delivering transparent speed and real savings

DB2 for z/OS is an SAP-certified database, and the DB2 Analytics Accelerator is a natural extension to the SAP NetWeaver BW. Clients who want to transparently speed up their SAP environment will find the DB2 Analytics Accelerator a fast and easy way to deploy solution that meets their needs. This is a Plug and Play solution that most find requires no change to an existing SAP application. All queries are still sent to DB2 unchanged. Beyond the speed improvement it can also reduces processing cost by freeing up MIPS and storage space used for indexing.

UNLOAD Lite - Continuing to reduce overhead costs

UNLOAD Lite offloads z/OS MIPS when transferring data to the DB2 Analytics Accelerator via table or partition load. The current approach uses the normal DB2 UNLOAD Utility to extract the data from DB2 and to write it to an USS pipe, where it is sent via TCP/IP to the accelerator. With UNLOAD Lite, the data conversions are done on the accelerator and not on z/OS .

The DB2 Analytics Accelerator for DB2 for z/OS V3.1 can be used only in conjunction with the prerequisite products as an integrated solution. Refer to the Key prerequisites , Hardware requirements , and Software requirements sections.

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.

Planned availability date

November 30, 2012


212-403 IBM Systems Director Standard Edition for Linux on System z , V6.3 now manages zBX blades

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Systems Director Standard Edition for Linux on System z , V6.3 has been updated to provide capabilities to:

Overview

IBM Systems Director Standard Edition for Linux on System z , V6.3 has been updated to use the IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager interfaces to add image functions and enhance energy management functions for the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX) blades.

This new level of Systems Director Standard Edition now provides you with the ability to create, delete, and edit virtual servers on zBX blades as well as to capture and deploy images from and to these virtual servers. Systems Director Standard Edition provides simplified provisioning of virtual servers and images to help reduce time and operational costs for deployment and management of virtual images in a data center, including zBX blades.

Additionally, the energy management functions, provided by Systems Director Standard Edition, extend the power savings and power capping capabilities to the zBX blade level. Systems Director Standard Edition, V6.3 can measure, monitor, and manage the energy to help you understand and control data center energy consumption and costs across your entire enterprise, including zBX blades.

Support for IBM zBX blades by Systems Director Standard Edition for Linux on System z , V6.3 satisfies the statement of direction made in Hardware Announcement 112-155, dated August 28, 2012 .

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.

Planned availability date

December 14, 2012


212-408 IBM InfoSphere Optim Configuration Manager for DB2 for LUW V2.2 centralizes client connection definitions and server data models to improve manageability

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IBM InfoSphere Optim Configuration Manager V2.2:

Overview

IBM InfoSphere Optim Configuration Manager for DB2 for LUW V2.2 allows you to:

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.

Planned availability date

October 19, 2012: Electronic availability

December 14, 2012: Media availability


212-412 IBM General Parallel File System on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings, V3 is now preinstalled on selected models of IBM Systems solution for SAP HANA

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IBM General Parallel File System ( IBM GPFS ) Single Server, V3.x provides file system services to integrated offerings.

Overview

IBM GPFS on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings, V3 is now preinstalled on selected models of IBM Systems solution for SAP HANA.

Refer to the Reference information section of this announcement for announcement information related to the hardware offerings that include IBM GPFS on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings.

Licenses for IBM GPFS on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings, V3 cannot be ordered independent of the selected hardware for which it is included.

Licenses for offerings in this announcement include three years of Software Subscription and Support. Software Subscription and Support contracts are managed in Passport Advantage . Refer to the Order handling section of this announcement for further details.

If a new release of the offering in this announcement is made generally available in Passport Advantage after the announcement of the offering in System x ordering systems, clients with valid Software and Subscription contracts may elect to take electronic delivery of the latest release.

Key prerequisites

Note: Refer to the Reference information section of this announcement for announcement information related to the hardware offerings that include IBM GPFS on x86 Single Server for Integrated Offerings.

Planned availability date

October 24, 2012


212-437 Additional Information: Technology Update Pricing for AWLC for z/TPF

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Overview

This announcement provides additional information for Technology Update Pricing for AWLC in an aggregated z/TPF Loosely Coupled Complex with an IBM zEnterprise EC12™ server. It supersedes that which was previously announced in Software Announcement 212-320, dated August 28, 2012.

Complementing the announcement of the IBM zEnterprise EC12 ( zEC12™ ) server in Hardware Announcement 112-155, dated August 28, 2012, IBM provides three Technology Transition Offerings that consist of Technology Update Pricing for Advanced Workload License Charges (AWLC) and two revised Transition Charges for Sysplexes programs.

Technology Update Pricing for AWLC uses the reporting mechanisms and existing Millions of Service Units per hour (MSU) tiers of the AWLC pricing metric while extending the software price-performance provided by AWLC.

The three Technology Transition Offerings apply only to eligible z/OS and z/TPF operating systems and their associated middleware programs (refer to the Programs eligible for AWLC section) when running in the following configurations:

Benefits of Technology Update Pricing for AWLC

If you are operating a single, stand-alone zEC12 server, you may elect Technology Update Pricing for AWLC or Parallel Sysplex License Charges (PSLC), subject to all applicable terms and conditions.

If you are operating only zEC12 servers in an actively coupled z/OS Parallel Sysplex or a z/TPF Loosely Coupled Complex, you may elect aggregated Technology Update Pricing for AWLC or aggregated Parallel Sysplex License Charges (PSLC). Both options are subject to all applicable terms and conditions.

Benefits of revisions to Transition Charges for Sysplexes

AWLC Transition Charges for Sysplexes (TC2) program provides aggregated AWLC along with a reduction in AWLC as you upgrade to zEC12 servers within actively coupled Parallel Sysplexes or Loosely Coupled Complexes with a mix of zEnterprise system server technologies including one or more zEC12 servers with one or more z196 or IBM zEnterprise 114 (z114) servers.

Aggregated Technology Update Pricing for AWLC is not available for actively coupled Parallel Sysplexes or Loosely Coupled Complexes until all of the servers in the sysplex or complex are upgraded to zEC12 servers.

AWLC Transition Charges for Sysplexes (TC1) program provides aggregated Variable Workload License Charges (VWLC) as well as a reduction in VWLC as you upgrade servers to zEC12, z196, or z114 servers within actively coupled Parallel Sysplexes or Loosely Coupled Complexes with a mix of System z server technologies that includes both of the following:

Aggregated Technology Update Pricing for AWLC is not available for actively coupled Parallel Sysplexes or Loosely Coupled Complexes until all of the servers in the sysplex or complex are upgraded to zEC12 servers.

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: LE001

Key prerequisites

Effective date

September 19, 2012


212-463 Statement of direction: IBM WebSphere DataPower Service Gateway XG45 and WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance XI52 virtual editions provide flexible deployment options

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Overview

IBM intends to introduce virtual editions for some WebSphere DataPower® SOA appliance models. These virtual appliances will run on top of the VMware hypervisor platform and provide industry-leading security, integration, and optimization capabilities similar to the physical WebSphere DataPower appliance models.

Virtual editions are planned for:

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 remains at our sole discretion.

Services Announcements


612-032 IBM Implementation Services for System z - zAware helps you plan for, implement, and deploy IBM System z Advanced Workload Analysis Reporter (zAware)

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IBM Implementation Services for System z - zAware can assist you in planning for, implementing, and deploying IBM System z Advanced Workload Analysis Reporter (zAware) and its prerequisites. IBM Implementation Services for System z - zAware will help to protect your business against rare anomalies, "sick-but-not-dead" events, and inadvertent mistakes. The service includes basic IBM zAware setup and data priming, and optional enablement of advanced capabilities, including the integration of zAware with your existing high availability and monitoring environments.

Overview

Business institutions cannot afford the downtime that often occurs with resolving complex problems. Especially in global complex IT environments, problems can quickly cascade and impact service at the height of the business day. Many service organizations offer public-facing portals, and cannot afford an unsolved service disruption. These institutions have to be responsive 24x7, and cannot afford problem-related delays, especially during disasters or emergencies.

With high pressure to provide accurate service, and typical high visibility, downtime can threaten IT's reputation. IBM Implementation Services for System z - zAware can help improve service by rapid and correct isolation of problems, helping organizations prevent their recurrence. IBM can help businesses to avoid availability problems by accelerating the Mean Time To Recover (MTTR) for a system failure, to quickly resolve a problem before it impacts service.

Key prerequisites

Withdrawal Announcements


912-173 Hardware withdrawal: IBM 3958 System Storage TS7650 model AP1 and selected features - Some replacements available

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Overview

Effective November 30, 2012, IBM will withdraw from marketing the following products. On or after the effective date of withdrawal, you can no longer order this product directly from IBM .

For new orders, the customer requested arrival date (CRAD) can be no later than December 28, 2012.

You can obtain the products on an as-available basis through IBM Business Partners.


912-189 Hardware withdrawal: IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 model CC8 and associated features - Some replacements available

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Overview

Effective January 18, 2013, IBM will withdraw from marketing the following products. On or after the effective date of withdrawal, you can no longer order these products directly from IBM .

For new orders, the customer requested arrival date (CRAD) can be no later than February 15, 2013. You can obtain the products on an as-available basis through IBM Business Partners.


912-211 Software withdrawal: Selected IBM Systems Director Network Control offerings and Selected Altiris Deployment Solutions offerings

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Effective January 11, 2013, IBM will withdraw from marketing selected release levels of the following IBM Systems Director Network Control offerings:


                                                OTC     
                                                feature 
Description                                     number  

IBM Systems Director Network Control
for x86 w/1 Year S&S, V1.3 (5641-NC1)
 
Per Server
    with 1 Year Software S&S                    0168
Per Switch on Small Use
    with 1 Year Software S&S                    0169
Per Switch on Medium Use
    with 1 Year Software S&S                    0170
Per Switch on Large Use
    with 1 Year Software S&S                    0171
 
IBM Systems Director Network Control
for x86 w/3 Year S&S, V1.3 (5641-NC3)
Per Server
    with 3 Year Software S&S                    0172
Per Switch on Small Use
    with 3 Year Software S&S                    0173
Per Switch on Medium Use
    with 3 Year Software S&S                    0174
Per Switch on Large Use
    with 3 Year Software S&S                    0175

Effective October 3, 2012, IBM will withdraw from marketing the selected release levels of the following Altiris Deployment Solutions offerings:

                                               OTC     Supply
                                               feature feature  SEO
Description                                    number  number   number

Altiris Deployment Solution (5639-ADS)
 
Per Server                                     3209     5809    4819L1X
Per BladeCenter Chassis                       4902     5809    4819B1X