Announcement Summary - December 01, 2015

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Announcements by Letter Number

115-114 Revised support: Entitlements for Lenovo® XClarity Pro now include support for Lenovo XClarity Integrator for VMware vRealize

215-361 IBM PureApplication System delivers additional storage expansion options

215-446 Selected IBM SaaS offerings for IBM Collaborative Lifecycle Management on Cloud, IBM IoT Continuous Engineering on Cloud, IBM DOORS Next Generation onCloud, IBM Team Concert on Cloud, and IBM Quality Manager on Cloud unlock the power of the cloud

215-468 Rocket Device Adapter Pack for IBM Spectrum Protect™ Snapshot licenses are now available with extended subscription and support options

215-472 Cristie Bare Machine Recovery and Cristie TBMR - System Recovery for IBM Spectrum Protect now available with extended subscription and support options

215-478 IBM Maximo® for Oil and Gas V7.6 and IBM Maximo Health, Safety and Environment Manager V7.6 updates, and support for IBM Maximo V7.6

215-493 IBM z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition V2.0 enables z/OS-based programs and data to participate fully in the new API economy for mobile and cloud applications

215-524 Revised technical information: IBM Integration Bus on Cloud

915-056 Hardware withdrawal: Selected System x systems

915-219 Software withdrawal and support discontinuance: IBM Core Banking Omni Dimension programs

915-229 Software withdrawal and statements of direction: IBM z Systems™ platform selected products -- Some replacements available

915-252 Hardware withdrawal: Lenovo System x select options/features

Hardware Announcements


115-114

Revised support: Entitlements for Lenovo® XClarity Pro now include support for Lenovo XClarity Integrator for VMware vRealize

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Overview

Lenovo XClarity Integrator for VMware vRealize enables cloud administrators to deploy new hosts and clusters using VMware vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestration cloud management tools. By extending service delivery automation to physical hardware, data centers can simplify and speed cloud services and infrastructure provisioning. Lenovo XClarity Integrator for VMware vRealize can be downloaded from VMware Solution Exchange at

https://solutionexchange.vmware.com/store/companies/lenovo

Lenovo XClarity Integrator for VMware vRealize includes the following component:

  • Lenovo XClarity Integrator for VMware vRealize Orchestrator

Also, available separately is the Lenovo Networking Plug-In for VMware vRealize Orchestrator.

Planned availability date

Completed by December 18, 2015

Software Announcements


215-524

Revised technical information: IBM Integration Bus on Cloud

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Overview

The supported browsers that were listed in the Key prerequisite and Software requirements sections were incorrectly published in Software Announcement

The supported browsers include:

  • Microsoft™ Internet Explorer 11
  • Microsoft Edge, latest version
  • Mozilla Firefox, latest version
  • Google Chrome, latest version
  • Apple Safari

Planned availability date

December 1, 2015


215-446

Selected IBM SaaS offerings for IBM Collaborative Lifecycle Management on Cloud, IBM IoT Continuous Engineering on Cloud, IBM DOORS Next Generation onCloud, IBM Team Concert on Cloud, and IBM Quality Manager on Cloud unlock the power of the cloud

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At a glance

IBM® SaaS 1 offerings provide you with a single tenant, virtual private cloud environment to aid your development and engineering teams with necessary applications to grow your business. SaaS offerings are specifically designed to enable cloud delivery of IBM software products. IBM SaaS teams provide end-to-end services to oversee the configuration and implementation of the IBM software products that deliver ongoing infrastructure, application, and support. With this offering, the SaaS teams deploy the IBM products into an IBM Data Centers, and monitor for 24x7 availability.

Included are:

  • IBM IoT Continuous Engineering on Cloud V6.0
  • IBM Collaborative Lifecycle Manager on Cloud V6.0
  • IBM DOORS® Next Generation on Cloud V6.0

IBM SaaS team provides end-to-end services to oversee the configuration and implementation of the IBM software products that deliver ongoing infrastructure, application, and support.

1 Software as a service.

Overview

SaaS offerings deliver IBM software development capabilities in a managed virtual private cloud environment. Customers receive IBM product capabilities that are managed by IBM teams to install, configure and monitor the solution on a 24x7 basis.

The offerings are hosted by IBM within a secure SoftLayer® data center. They provide 99.9% service-level objective (SLO) availability and scaling up, to support thousands of users. IBM monitors the environment for 24x7 availability and provides all infrastructure-related support, which includes patch installation and optional upgrades on the customer's schedule.

Customers pay for service on a monthly per Authorized User basis. There is no minimum or maximum number of users. Customers can subscribe from 1 and up to 60 months.

  • Collaborative Lifecycle Manager on Cloud
  • IoT Continuous Engineering on Cloud
  • DOORS Next Generation on Cloud

Planned availability date

December 1, 2015


215-468

Rocket Device Adapter Pack for IBM Spectrum Protect™ Snapshot licenses are now available with extended subscription and support options

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Overview

Licenses for Rocket Device Adapter Pack for IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot, formerly known as Rocket Device Adapter Pack for IBM FlashCopy® Manager, with extended subscription and support are now available through IBM. The available options include 24 and 36 months of subscription and support.

Key prerequisites

For Rocket Device Adapter Pack for IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot requirements, refer to

http://www.rocketsoftware.com/products/device-adapter-Pack-for-IBM-Spectrum-Protect-Sna pshot

Planned availability date

December 4, 2015


215-472

Cristie Bare Machine Recovery and Cristie TBMR - System Recovery for IBM Spectrum Protect now available with extended subscription and support options

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Overview

Licenses for Cristie Bare Machine Recovery and Cristie TBMR - System Recovery for IBM Spectrum Protect, formerly known as Cristie Tivoli® Bare Machine Recovery, with extended subscription and support are now available through IBM.

Key prerequisites

For Cristie Bare Machine Recovery information, refer to

http://www.cristie.com/recover/

Cristie TBMR - System Recovery for IBM Spectrum Protect information, refer to

http://www.cristie.com/recover/tbmr/

Planned availability date

December 4, 2015


215-478

IBM Maximo® for Oil and Gas V7.6 and IBM Maximo Health, Safety and Environment Manager V7.6 updates, and support for IBM Maximo V7.6

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At a glance

IBM Maximo Oil and Gas V7.6 and IBM Maximo Health, Safety and Environment Manager V7.6 can help transform business models by integrating work and asset management, health and safety, and integrated operations in a way that becomes essential for oil and gas, and health and safety businesses. The new releases can help businesses improve operational efficiency and effectiveness, exceed quality and safety requirements and meet regulatory and compliance standards.

Some key new or enhanced features and capabilities of Maximo Oil and Gas and Maximo Health, Safety and Environment Manager:

  • Incident Management: Log safety observations; report hazards; create communications short cuts; identify persons impacted by incidents and external witnesses, record injured witnesses, and injury and illness details; attach related documents, capture risk and consequence and assess impact; identify and log multiple assets, locations, and configuration items.
  • Investigations: Record a sequence of events with an investigation.
  • Management of Change: Document a prestart safety review within IBM Maximo so that all relevant information to support a change is in one place.
  • Operator Log: Capture the details related to a production loss during log entry; add crossover domains for all users in order to define applicable field where the incident should be logged.
  • Permit to Work: Locate passing valves and identify isolation schemes.
  • Chemical Management: Distinguish chemical items and incorporate any chemical specific inventory management process.
  • Operational Risk Assessment: Circulate risk assessments for multiple reviews and approval so that risks are thoroughly evaluated by multiple persons.

Overview

The oil and gas industry is challenged by global economic turmoil and significant price swings, and energy companies must be bold about transforming their business models. The oil and gas business continues to be one of the most dynamic and critical industries in the world, and the challenges and opportunities that the industry has before it are being addressed by technology, capital investment, and talent management.

Organizations across the complete range of business segments face common challenges of managing health and safety, and addressing environmental and operational risks.

IBM Maximo for Oil and Gas V7.6 and IBM Maximo Health, Safety and Environment Manager V7.6 can help transform business models by integrating work and asset management, health and safety, and integrated operations in a way that becomes essential for oil and gas and health and safety businesses.

These solutions can help businesses improve operational efficiency and effectiveness, exceed quality and safety requirements, and meet regulatory and compliance standards.

New features and benefits of Maximo Oil and Gas and Maximo Health, Safety and Environment Manager:

  • Incident Management
    • New screen layout
    • Sequence of events tab
    • Safety observations
    • Improved usability
    • More accurate event reporting
    • Supports behavioral based safety
  • Investigations
    • Sequence of events tab
    • Automatic copy of events from incident reduces double entry of data
    • More informed incident investigation
  • Management of Change
    • Prestart safety review tab that alleviates the need to create a custom tab
    • Improved hazard identification
  • Operator Log
    • Capture of production losses against log entry
    • More accurate loss reporting with enhanced context to be able to investigate and eliminate losses
  • Permit to Work
    • Process simplification for the Permit to Work process
    • Passing valve process
    • Enhanced flexibility to meet organization's work and safety processes
  • Bypass Management
    • Includes hazard review form
    • Improved safety management
    • Reduced operational risk
  • Asset and Locations
    • New capability to support asset and location registers
    • Safety critical element on equipment and asset locations
    • Eliminate the need for standalone registers outside of IBM Maximo
    • Improved safety reporting
  • Chemical Management
    • Enhancements to Hazards and Item Master applications
    • Eliminate the need for separate chemical management application
  • Certifications
    • Enhanced certification templates
    • Reduced time needed to create certification records
    • Improved data consistency
  • Operational Risk Assessment
    • New tabs, including Review, Approve, Risk Assessment Team, and Checklist
    • Reduced operational risk
  • Audit and Survey enhancements
    • Ability to add attachments at the Finding level and set planned date
    • Improvements to the scoring capability
    • Provides a closer fit to the organization's audit processes, which can reduce the need for customization

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.

Planned availability date

December 4, 2015: Electronic download


215-493

IBM z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition V2.0 enables z/OS-based programs and data to participate fully in the new API economy for mobile and cloud applications

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At a glance

IBM z/OS® Connect Enterprise Edition (EE) V2.0:

  • Delivers RESTful APIs as a discoverable, first-class resource with Swagger 2.0 descriptions. These are ready for consumption by today's application developers inside or outside of an organization, and also for integration with API management solutions.
  • Provides intuitive Eclipse-based tooling that enables a developer with or without z/OS-skills to create RESTful APIs from traditional z/OS-based assets.
  • Includes a new API package artifact that encapsulates the RESTful API, together with necessary detail to invoke underlying services in the z/OS subsystems.
    • The new API mapping model adds a powerful abstraction layer between the API consumer and the underlying z/OS assets, allowing in-line manipulation of requests such as the mapping of HTTP headers, pass-through, redaction or defaulting of JSON fields, and rearranging the order of JSON fields and data.
    • The API package encapsulation lends itself to application development lifecycle. This allows integration with change control-management processes.
  • Supports standard JSON message format with translation to and from the required native format of z/OS subsystems.
  • Integrates with IBM API Management for enterprise-class API management that covers consumer registration, API security controls, and version control.
  • Provides flexibility in development, test, and production environments with new pricing methodology.
  • Takes advantage of previously released z/OS Connect capabilities in WebSphere® Liberty Profile, which include security checking, activity reporting, and logging capabilities.

z/OS Connect EE V2.0 workstation tooling is available for download, separately from IBM. refer to

https://developer.ibm.com/mainframe/

Under section "Eclipse platforms & tools for Mainframe", select " z/OS Connect".

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 z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition (EE) V2.0 extends the value of applications that run on z/OS by allowing efficient and scalable APIs for contemporary mobile and cloud applications to be created easily. z/OS Connect EE V2.0 can help to deliver benefits for an enterprise in two ways:

  • Provides intuitive tooling that enables a developer, with or without z/OS-skills, to create RESTful APIs from traditional z/OS-based assets. This means that core business assets that run on z/OS can easily be enabled for the latest mobile communication protocols, cloud deployment, hosting techniques, and message formats.
  • Allows mobile and cloud application developers, whether they are in an enterprise, with partners, or are key innovators in an industry, to incorporate z/OS data and transactions into their applications without the need to understand z/OS subsystems. The z/OS resources appear as any other RESTful API.

z/OS Connect EE V2.0 creates new deployment artifacts, referred to as API packages. These are deployed to the z/OS Connect runtime to instantiate a z/OS-based RESTful API. The API package includes Swagger 2.0 definitions, which consuming developers expect to find, to help easily incorporate the APIs into applications. The primary design objective of z/OS Connect V2.0 is for z/OS assets to appear as any other platform that provides RESTful API services to mobile and cloud application developers. An enterprise API catalog can be populated with z/OS Connect-hosted APIs alongside any other provider and be consumed just the same.

This API package deployment can be automated by extending an existing enterprise change control process or performed manually. The associated deployment capabilities provide an enterprise with the ability to meet the demands of the fast-paced API economy, while meeting governance and audit requirements.

Descriptive Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) and JavaScript™ Object Notation (JSON) payloads are essential features of contemporary, well structured APIs, which mobile and cloud application developers expect. z/OS Connect EE V2.0 includes a significant new mapping capability that adapts URIs and JSON payloads to the required format of the z/OS subsystems. The API mapping model adds a powerful abstraction layer between the API consumer and the underlying z/OS assets. This allows the following inline transformations of HTTP request and response messages:

  • Mapping of HTTP headers, path parameters (URI templates), and query parameters to the fields in the request message JSON body.
  • Pass-through, redaction, or defaulting of fields in the request or response message JSON body.
  • Mapping and defaulting of HTTP headers in the HTTP response message.

The API mapping functionality improves the productivity of the z/OS developer in the design and creation of RESTful APIs.

One consumer of the Swagger 2.0 standard description is IBM API Management, which provides additional management services on the APIs, such as lifecycle management and improved access security. The combination of z/OS Connect EE V2.0 and IBM API Management delivers the ability to define, socialize, monitor, secure, and manage the growth of RESTful APIs on z/OS.

The z/OS runtime component of z/OS Connect EE V2.0 can run one instance or several instances that depends on the needs of the environment. A particular instance can be used to support multiple z/OS subsystems, or clients may choose to run one or more instance per subsystem. z/OS Connect EE V2.0 includes a new pricing metric that allows flexibility in the way clients choose to implement test, development, and production environments. This includes high availability considerations.

z/OS Connect EE V2.0 extends the capabilities of the earlier release of z/OS Connect, which was made available as a shared technology, with the major z/OS subsystems of IBM CICS® Transaction Server for z/OS (CICS TS), IBM IMS™, IBM DB2® using the DB2 Accessories Suite V3.3, and IBM WebSphere Application Server for z/OS. Key z/OS Connect capabilities in the areas of authorization security checking of those invoking a RESTful service, creation of System Management Facility (SMF) records, and logging of RESTful service requests are also applicable to the new API artifacts.

Key prerequisites

z/OS Connect EE V2.0 runtime requires IBM z/OS V2.1 or later, and one of the following:

  • IBM 64-bit SDK for z/OS, Java™ Technology Edition V7.1.0
  • IBM 64-bit SDK for z/OS, Java Technology Edition V8.0.0

z/OS Connect EE V2.0 workstation tooling requires one of the following:

  • IBM CICS Explorer® V5.3
  • IBM Explorer for z/OS V3.0 Aqua
  • IBM IMS Explorer for Development V3.2

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

Planned availability date

December 11, 2015


215-361

IBM PureApplication System delivers additional storage expansion options

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Overview

IBM PureApplication® Storage Expansion options enable PureApplication Systems users to expand available storage for their PureApplication System workloads. Each Storage Expansion Enclosure includes 24 TB of hard disk drive and 1.6 TB of solid state drive for a total of 25.6 TB of storage.

Up to 3 Storage Expansion Enclosures can be attached to a PureApplication System to expand storage by up to 76.8 TB.

Key prerequisites

PureApplication System Storage Expansion options require PureApplication firmware level V2.1.2.

PureApplication System Storage Expansion options can be installed directly in the PureApplication System rack for models W2500, W2700, and W3700.

If there is insufficient room for on-rack installation, PureApplication Storage Expansion options can be installed into a rack that is positioned immediately adjacent to the PureApplication System and connected to the PureApplication System rack with cabling, which is included in the offering. The customer is required to supply the additional rack and Power® Distribution Units with capacity to power the PureApplication System Storage Expansion Options

For planning information, refer to the Technical information section.

Planned availability date

Withdrawal Announcements


915-056

Hardware withdrawal: Selected System x systems

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Overview

Effective December 31, 2015, Lenovo will withdraw from marketing the products listed in the Withdrawn products section.

Effective December 1, 2015, Lenovo will withdraw from marketing the following product due to no product availability.

Revenue
part
number              Description

7162A4U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
7162AC1             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
7162B2U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
7162B4U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
7162C4U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
7162D4U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
7162F4U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
7162G2U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
7162G4U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
7162H4U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
7162J2U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
7162J4U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
7162L4U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
7162M4U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
7162MC1             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
7162N4U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
 
873714U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
87371MU             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
873722U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
873724U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
87372MU             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
873734U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
87373MU             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
873742U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
873744U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
87374MU             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
873754U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
87375MU             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
873762U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
873764U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
87376MU             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
873772U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
873774U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
87377MU             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
873784U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
87378DU             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
87378MU             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
873794U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
87379MU             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
8737B4U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
8737BMU             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
8737C4U             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
8737CMU             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node
8737MC1             Lenovo Flex System x240 Compute Node

Orders for these withdrawn products will not be accepted on or after the effective withdrawal dates.

After the withdrawal dates, you can no longer obtain the products directly from Lenovo.

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

If you have a continuing need for these machine types/models, visit the Lenovo Certified Used Equipment website to check on availability or utilize request a quote to communicate your specific requirements. Lenovo Certified Used Equipment has the largest inventory of used Lenovo systems that are refurbished, tested, and warranted for a minimum of 90 days. For further information, visit

http://www.lenovo.com/

915-229

Software withdrawal and statements of direction: IBM z Systems™ platform selected products -- Some replacements available

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Overview

Effective on the dates shown, IBM has withdrawn or will withdraw from marketing the following programs/version/release licensed under the IBM Customer Agreement or the IBM International Program License Agreement: licensed under the Agreement for IBM Licensed Programs/IBM Agreement for Programs or the IBM International Program License Agreement:


915-219

Software withdrawal and support discontinuance: IBM Core Banking Omni Dimension programs

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Overview

Effective April 30, 2017, IBM will withdraw support for the following programs licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement.

Program release name Program number Withdrawal from support date
IBM Core Banking Omni Dimension Accounting Engine Services 5715-Q12 April 30, 2017
IBM Core Banking Omni Dimension Market Interest Rate 5725-Q10 April 30, 2017
IBM Core Banking Omni Dimension 5725-Q11 April 30, 2017

915-252

Hardware withdrawal: Lenovo System x select options/features

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Overview

Effective December 1, 2015, Lenovo will withdraw from marketing the System x system options/features listed in the Withdrawn products section of this announcement.

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

If you have a continuing need for these machines types/models, visit the Lenovo Certified Used Equipment website to check on availability or utilize request a quote to communicate your specific requirements. Lenovo Certified Used Equipment has the largest inventory of used systems that are refurbished, tested, and warranted for a minimum of 90 days. For further information, contact your Lenovo representative.

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