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Power Systems Capacity on Demand


With Capacity on Demand from IBM Power Systems, it’s easy to activate dormant processor and memory resources within your system, without taking your system or application down. Whether your need is temporary or permanent; the solution is fast, it’s easy and it’s available today.

Financing your Capacity on Demand solutions

IBM Global Financing can help match your payments with your usage, with competitive financing for fixed and variable costs related to IBM Capacity on Demand offerings. By financing your Capacity on Demand costs and associated charges together with your base lease, spikes in demand need not become spikes in your budget.

Capacity Upgrade on Demand (static)

Provides the ability to bring new capacity on-line quickly and easily. Processors and memory can be activated dynamically without interrupting system or partition operations. Processors can be activated in increments of 1 processor, while memory can be activated in increments of 1 GB. As your workload demands require more processing power, you can activate inactive processors or memory simply by placing an order for an activation feature. You can retrieve, over the Internet an electronically encrypted activation code that unlocks the desired amount of capacity. There is no hardware to ship and install, and no additional contract is required.

Elastic Capacity on Demand (temporary)

Provides short-term processor and memory activation capability for fluctuating peak processing requirements such as seasonal activity, period-end or special promotions. When you order an Elastic CoD feature, you receive an enablement code that allows a system operator to make requests for additional processor and memory capacity in increments of 1 processor day or 1 GB memory day. The system monitors the amount and duration of the activations. Both prepay and post-pay options are available.

Utility Capacity on Demand

Provides automated use of on demand processors from the shared processor pool for short-term workloads on IBM POWER6™, POWER7 and POWER8 processor-based systems. Utility CoD is for customers with unpredictable, short workload spikes who need an automated and affordable way to help assure adequate server performance is available as needed. Usage is measured in processor minute increments.

Trial Capacity on Demand

An exception request can be made one time, over the life of the machine and enables all available processor cores or memory.
Both standard and exception requests are available at no additional charge. See what additional power is waiting for you.
Provides the flexibility to evaluate how additional resources will affect system workloads. A standard request is easily made for a set number of processor core activations and/or a set amount of memory activations. The standard requests can be made after system installation and again after each purchase of permanent processor activation. POWER5 and POWER6 servers except the POWER6 595 can activate up to 2 processor cores and/or up to 4 GB of memory. The POWER6 595, Power 770, 780 795, E870 and E880 can activated up to 8 processor cores and/or up to 64 GB of memory.

Trial Active Memory Expansion

Allow a POWER7 and POWER8 server to expand beyond the physical memory limits of the server for an AIX 6.1 partition. Thus a previously memory constrained server can do more work. The degree of expansion depends on how compressible is the partition's data and on having additional CPU resource for the compression/decompression. A one-time, no-charge 60-day trial allows the specific expansion and CPU usage to be evaluated.

Power Enterprise Pools

Establishes a new level of flexibility and value for systems that operate together as a pool of resources. Mobile activations are available for use on Power 770, 780, 795, E870 and E880 systems and can be assigned to any system in a predefined pool by the user with simple HMC commands. IBM does not need to be notified when these resources are reassigned within a pool. The simplicity of operations provides new flexibility when managing large workloads in a pool of systems. This new feature is especially appealing to aid in providing continuous application availability during maintenance windows. Not only can workloads easily move to alternate systems but now the activations can move as well.

Activations

Easy to order, easy to use

IBM's Capacity on Demand offerings are straightforward and easy to implement. There is never a requirement to activate any of the inactive processors. Working with on demand capacity and/or function is easy ... order the feature you want, collect and enter the provided code, and then simply start using the new capacity!

Capacity Upgrade on Demand (permanent)

Step 1: Order one or more processor (or memory) activation features.

Step 2: After the order is fulfilled, collect the code from the mail or the Web.

Elastic Capacity on Demand (temporary)

Enable:

  • Step 1: Client works with his/her IBM sales representative to complete the sales registration form. Sales representative will perform the registration steps using the Elastic Capacity on Demand Sales Channel registration page.
  • Step 2: After Step 1 is complete, the client must electronically sign the TCoD Customer agreement and TCoD supplement, and request an activation code from the Elastic Capacity on Demand agreement and request page.

Use:

  • Step 1: Collect the code from the mail or the Web.
  • Step 2: Enter the code via HMC (PDF, 1.4 MB).
  • Step 3: Use the CoD screens on the HMC to request a quantity of processors (or memory) for a quantity of days.

Report:

  • Step 1: Report use by establishing an Electronic Client Support link from the HMC or manually send monthly usage reports.

Pay:

  • Step 1: Pay the quarterly bill received from your sales representative

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* A Hardware Management Console (HMC) is required to administer this CoD offering.

Utility Capacity on Demand

Enable:

  • Step 1: Client agrees to Terms and Conditions presented at Utility CoD Web site and requests an enablement code

Use:

  • Step 1: Collect the Enablement code from the mail or the Web.
  • Step 2: Enter the code via HMC (PDF, 1.4 MB).
  • Step 3: When you add utility CoD processors, they are automatically placed in the default shared processor pool. These processors are available to any uncapped partition in any shared processor pool.

Report:

  • Step 1: Report use of utility processors by returning to the Utility CoD Web site. (Use should be reported prior to exceeding the processor minute reporting limit for the machine)

Pay:

  • Step 1: Pay for reported processor minutes by purchasing 100 processor minute billing features

* A Hardware Management Console (HMC) is required to administer this CoD offering.

Trial Capacity on Demand

Trial Capacity on Demand is provided when you make a request for trial capacity. After the request is accepted, the trial code will be posted to the Web and will be sent to the e-mail address in the request. For POWER8 and POWER7 servers, you can make a standard request for up to 8 processor core activations and/or 64 GBs of memory and you can make an exception request for all processors to be activated and/or all memory to be activated. The standard requests can be made after system installation. An exception request can only be made one time, over the life of the machine.

Step 1: Go to Trial CoD Web site and make a request for trial capacity

  • Standard Processor Request (2/8 processors)
  • Standard Memory Request (4/64 GB of memory)
  • Exception Processor Request (all processors)
  • Exception Memory Request (all memory)

Step 3: Enter the code via HMC (PDF, 1.4 MB). After you start the CoD trial, the trial period is available for 30 power-on days. The trial period only advances while the server is powered on.

Step 2: The code will be sent to the e-mail address you provide (approximately 1 hour) and will also be posted to the Web

* A Hardware Management Console (HMC) is required to administer this CoD offering.

Trial Active Memory Expansion

Trial Active Memory Expansion is provided when you make a request for trial capacity. After the request is accepted, the trial code will be posted to the Web and will be sent to the e-mail address in the request. One no-charge, 60-day trial is provided over the life of that machine.

Step 1: Go to Trial CoD Web site and make a request for trial memory expansion

Step 3: Enter the code via HMC. After you start the trial, the trial period is available for 60 power-on days. The trial period only advances while the server is powered on.

Step 2: The code will be sent to the e-mail address you provide (approximately 1 hour) and will also be posted to the Web

* A Hardware Management Console (HMC) is required to administer this offering.

Power Enterprise Pools

Ordering and enabling mobile activations for enterprise class systems is accomplished by following these steps:

Step 1: Complete and submit the Power Enterprise Pools (PEP) contract and addendum (Z126-6228 and Z126-6229), specifying all system MACHINE TYPE MODEL and SERIAL NUMBERS to be included in the pool.

  • To register for PEP (generate a pool ID number), send a copy of the contract and addendum (Z126-6228 and Z126-6229) to the Power Systems CoD Project Office at pcod@us.ibm.com
  • The CF/CSO team should be able to assist with preparing the customer agreements, or the local C&N/Legal team can be contacted to obtain a local version of the customer agreements. The client must sign the agreements, and Contracts must be countersigned by IBM before sending the agreements to pcod@us.ibm.com
  • The IBM License contract for Power Enterprise Pools (Z126-6228) is required prior to ordering mobile resources but is only required once per client.
  • The IBM License addendum/supplement for Power Enterprise Pools (Z126-6229) is used to add or remove systems to or from a pool.

Step 2: Client works with his/her IBM Sales representative to place orders for Standard MES Orders (MOC1) for mobile enablement feature code (Feature Code EB35) and mobile resources.

Step 3: Complete and submit the Power Enterprise Pools (PEP) contract and addendum (Z126-6228 and Z126-6229), specifying all system MACHINE TYPE MODEL and SERIAL NUMBERS to be included in the pool.

Step 4: When ALL the orders are fulfilled for Feature Code EB35) and the mobile resources (meaning that the Standard MES Orders (MOC1) have a 'SHIPPED' status from IBM Manufacturing), an xml configuration file will be generated that contains a Power Enterprise Pool Membership activation code for each of the systems in the pool along with the mobile processor and/or memory activations.

  • This xml configuration file is made available (when it is generated) on the IBM CoD website at http://www.ibm.com/pod/pod
  • Download the client-specific xml configuration file with mobile activations to the controlling HMC for the pool.
  • The xml configuration file will only work for the specified systems serial numbers.
  • A new xml configuration file will be generated when systems are added or removed from the pool (FC EB35 and mobile resources have a 'SHIPPED' status).

NOTE: FC EB35 in itself will not create an xml configuration file for a PEP. 'True' mobile processor/memory activations also need to ship from IBM Manufacturing (otherwise the pool would be worthless) before the client will get an xml configuration file for download from the IBM CoD website.

Document information

More support for: Power Systems

Version: Version Independent

Operating system(s): IBM i

Reference #: T1027713

Modified date: 17 May 2018


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