IBM Power Systems Software Enhancements help you meet the demanding requirements for advanced enterprise systems management

IBM United States Software Announcement 208-341
October 7, 2008

 
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Industrial-strength features and functions of AIX® have been proven in a wide variety of computing environments to meet the demanding requirements for vertically scaled applications such as databases.

AIX Enterprise Edition includes AIX V6 and several key manageability products that are designed to:

Enterprise Edition consists of:

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


 
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The AIX operating system and associated virtualization technologies and products have been enhanced.

The AIX operating system is now available in two editions:

AIX Enterprise Edition is designed to improve the manageability of a virtualized AIX environment. Potential benefits include:

AIX V5.3 is not available with Enterprise Edition. Clients using AIX V5.3 that are interested in the management functionality provided by AIX Enterprise Edition should consider the Management Edition for AIX (5765-AME).

AIX Enterprise Edition has been enhanced to include AIX V6 with Technology Level 2 and the WPAR Manager V1.2 and other management software.

AIX V6.1 Standard Edition has been enhanced to include:

PowerVM Workload Partitions Manager for AIX, V1.2 has been enhanced to provide faster Live Application Mobility, static relocation of WPARs, and support for IPV6 networks.

IBM Systems Director V6.1 enablement:AIX operating system now includes enablement for IBM Systems Director V6.1. IBM Systems Director helps clients simplify platform management by providing a single console to:


 
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November 14, 2008, with release of AIX V6.1 Technology Level 2 and the IBM Workload Partitions Manager for AIX, V1.2.


 
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AIX V6 Technology Level 2 enhancements include:

AIX V6 support for Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) V2.1 enhancements:

PowerVM Workload Partitions Manager for AIX, V1.2 has the following enhancements when used with AIX V6.1 Technology Level 2:

IBM Dynamic Infrastructure V1 replacement

IBM Dynamic Infrastructure® V1 will be replaced by a flexible, integrated solution with enhanced usability that is designed specifically for managing IBM systems. This solution includes the products and services required to deploy a highly optimized SAP infrastructure tailored for each client's specific needs and unique IT environment. Rather than a single, fixed offering, the new IBM Dynamic Infrastructure can be deployed as building blocks to create an end-to-end management structure that covers platform and enterprise service management of both physical and virtual resources.

Essential elements of the new IBM Dynamic Infrastructure solution are the consulting and implementation services. The Evaluation Service Offering is one or more client workshops that are designed to evaluate the current SAP IT environment, and to define goals for improving management of this infrastructure. As a result of these workshops, the clients receive an agreed-to Solution Design, and a Deployment and Implementation Plan including a Statement of Work, costs estimates, and savings estimates.

The Deployment Service Offering is designed to enable the client to create a dynamic IT infrastructure that is easy and inexpensive to manage, upgrade, and run. This service offering deploys the key building blocks required to deliver one or more of the following capabilities:

IBM provides a set of product and service offerings for each of these operational areas, and can help you decide which solutions best fit your IT environment.

Discovery and inventory

IBM Systems Director provides automatic discovery of Power server resources and visualization of resource topologies and relationships across physical and virtual servers.

Enterprise Edition and Management Edition for AIX includes Tivoli Application Dependency Discovery Manager, which provides an enterprise service management capability to discover IT components and the relationships of those components and graphically display the component topology. It also tracks changes down to the file level, allows clients to track all changes, compares those changes with a "Golden Master," and quickly determines if the source of the problem is the change that was made.

Monitoring and alerting

IBM Systems Director can show you the health and status of physical Power Systems resources such as Central Electronics Complexes (CEC), LPARs, Virtual I/O Servers, and Hardware Management Consoles (HMC). It also monitors key OS metrics at a platform level and provides the capability to define alert conditions.

AIX Enterprise Edition and Management Edition for AIX includes Tivoli Monitoring, which delivers enterprise service management monitoring of the health and availability of Power servers. It includes a data warehouse to collect historical system performance data to assist in planning and service level management. Using Management Edition for AIX in conjunction with IBM Systems Director provides a powerful view of both real-time and historical operational performance of your Power servers.

Resource optimization

The new IBM Dynamic Infrastructure includes a service offering to enable automated SAP Landscape management. This includes automation of tasks associated with monitoring of SAP environments, SAP systems refresh and cloning (provisioning). The service offering can be delivered as a predefined platform or deployed with automation scripts to fit into an established service management system.

Provisioning

Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Operating Systems Deployment (TPMfOSD) works with an organization's existing IT infrastructure and integrates with an organization's best practices. It utilizes automation packages that provide optimal resource provisioning for specific IT infrastructure and business requirements. Tivoli Provisioning Manager integrates with Systems Director to enable provisioning for both physical and virtual Power server resources.

Usage and accounting

AIX Enterprise Edition and Management Edition for AIX includes IBM Usage and Accounting Manager Virtualization Edition to help clients align business operations and IT costs. It provides a way to see detailed usage of IT systems (both physical and virtual), and assign real usage costs. Clients can also easily forecast growth and use historical data reports for budgeting purposes.

For clients who need to provide billing to internal business units, a full-featured offering of IBM Usage and Accounting Manager is available.

Product positioning

Industrial-strength features and functions of AIX operating system have been proven in a wide variety of computing environments, from small one- or two-processor systems for small workloads to large 64-processor systems to meet the demanding requirements for vertically scaled applications such as databases.

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/sla.jsp?num=208-341

 
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Refer to Software Withdrawal Announcement 908-206, dated October 07, 2008, dated October 7, 2008, for withdrawal of IBM Dynamic Infrastructure V1.

Refer to Software Announcement 208-280, dated October 07, 2008, for IBM Systems Director for Power Systems, V6.1.

Refer to Software Announcement 208-340, dated October 07, 2008, for additional information on PowerVM enhancements including VIOS V2.1.


 
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Program name                                number
 
AIX V5.3                                    5765-G03
AIX Standard V6.1                           5765-G62
AIX Enterprise V6.1                         5765-AEZ
WPAR Manager V1.2                           5765-WPM

Fix Central changes to support AIX Release Strategy

IBM enhanced the AIX Release Strategy in 2007 to include lengthening new fix support for Technology Levels. IBM also published a set of Best Practices recommendations for maintaining AIX at

https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/set2/sas/f/best/ aix_service_strategy_v3.pdf

One of the key recommendations is for clients to install entire Service Packs or Technology Levels instead of individual Program Temporary Fixes (PTF).

Clients can download fixes and access information about AIX fixes using the tools at

http://www.ibm.com/eserver/support/fixes/fixcentral/main/ pseries/aix

Fix Central support tools were modified to support the best practices recommendations. One of those changes was that Fix Central no longer supports downloading individual PTFs. Clients must download a Service Pack or Technology Level to obtain the fix.

Although IBM recommends that clients install the entire Service Pack or Technology Level, clients can still install an individual PTF, along with co-requisite fixes, from a downloaded Service Pack or Technology Level.

Refer to the Best Practices document for additional information on the procedure to install individual PTFS from a downloaded Service Pack or Technology Level. Additional best practices information for AIX and Power Systems hardware and more information on the Fix Central changes can be found at

https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/set2/sas/f/best/home.html

 
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AIX Expansion Pack license and support information

In an effort to make it easier to search license and IBM support information for AIX Expansion Pack components, IBM has created the following Web page that includes links to the information for each Expansion Pack component. This page will be updated whenever the Expansion Pack content is updated.

http://www.ibm.com/systems/p/os/aix/expansionpack/index.html

 
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For local charges, contact your IBM representative.


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

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

Phone:      800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)
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Reference: YE001

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.
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