IBM PowerVM V3.1.1, IBM PowerVC V1.4.4, and IBM Virtual HMC (vHMC) 9.1.940 offer new enhancements

IBM United States Software Announcement 219-451
October 8, 2019

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IBM® PowerVM® V3.1.1 , which delivers industrial-strength enterprise virtualization for IBM AIX® , IBM i, and Linux® environments on IBM POWER® processor-based systems, has expanded function and new management capabilities.

IBM PowerVM Hypervisor has been updated with new features that include:

  • Support for DRAM-backed persistent memory for faster VM restarts
  • Enhanced SR-IOV and vNIC support
  • LPM performance improvement

IBM PowerVM V3.1.1 has been updated with significant I/O performance, efficiency, usability, and scaling enhancements, including:

  • An increased number of NPIVs allowed per Fibre Channel port on the 32 GB Fibre Channel HBA. The current limit is 64, and more NPIVs per port will provide better utilization, density, and efficiency.
  • NPIV multiqueue (VIOS server) for improved performance and scalability.
  • Fibre Channel device labels for improved manageability.
  • iSCSI performance enhancements.
  • Improved VIOS Upgrade Tool capabilities.
  • SSP network resiliency improvements.

IBM PowerVC V1.4.4, which is designed to simplify the management of virtual resources in IBM Power® Systems environments, has been updated with several enhancements to storage integration, usability, and performance, including:

  • IBM i license key injection
  • Hitachi GAD support
  • Initiator storage tagging
  • Live Partition Mobility (LPM) VMs to the original system after evacuation
  • Ability to pin VMs to a specific host
  • Ability to dynamically add PowerVC created VM to an HMC user resource role
  • Inactive partition migration
  • Image sharing between projects
  • New restricted administrator assistance role, with no deletion access
  • NovaLink support for multivolume attachment
  • FlexVolume driver support for Red Hat OpenShift

IBM Virtual HMC (vHMC) 9.1.940, released in conjunction with firmware FW940, which gives clients the ability to use their own hardware and server virtualization to host the IBM -supplied HMC virtual appliance, has been updated with the following enhancements:

  • User mode NX accelerator enablement
  • Support for SR-IOV logical ports in IBM i restricted I/O mode
  • Injection of IBM i license keys
  • Improved LPM error messages
  • Ability to manage resource roles automatically in HMC
  • Progress indicators for specific HMC commands
  • Email notifications for scheduled operations
  • IBM PowerSC Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) in-band support for HMC

IBM Cloud™ Management Console (CMC) Monthly Term offering is a cloud-delivered monitoring service that connects to multiple HMCs and gives administrators an aggregate view of their entire Power infrastructure. CMC has been updated with the following enhancements:

  • Support for Enterprise Pools 2.0
  • Cloud host options that include North America (Dallas) and Europe (Frankfurt)



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PowerVM

  • For IBM PowerVM Linux Edition (5765-VL3): IBM POWER 7+, IBM POWER8® , or IBM POWER9™ technology-based server
  • For IBM PowerVM Standard Edition (5765-VS3): POWER 7+ or POWER8 technology-based server
  • For IBM PowerVM Enterprise Edition (5765-VE3): POWER 7+, POWER8 , or POWER9 technology-based server

PowerVC

  • For IBM PowerVC Standard Edition (5765-VCS): POWER 7+, POWER8 , or POWER9 technology-based server
  • For IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager (5765-VCC): POWER 7+, POWER8 , or POWER9 technology-based server
  • For IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager SDI (5765-VCD): POWER 7+, POWER8 , or POWER9 technology-based server

vHMC

  • For IBM HMC Virtual Appliance for POWER technology-based systems (5765-HMB): The Power Systems HMC virtual appliance requires a Power Systems server with a POWER8 or POWER9 technology-based processor.
  • For IBM HMC Virtual Appliance for x86-based systems (5765-HMW): The x86-based HMC virtual appliance requires an x86 64-bit hardware with hardware virtualization assists ( Intel™ VT-x or AMD-V).

For additional information, see the Installing the HMC Virtual Appliance web page.



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Effective date

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  • November 15, 2019
    • IBM PowerVM Linux Edition (5765-VL3)
    • IBM PowerVM Standard Edition (5765-VS3)
    • IBM PowerVM Enterprise Edition (5765-VE3)
    • IBM Cloud Management Console Monthly Term offering (5765-CMT)
  • November 22, 2019
    • IBM HMC Virtual Appliance for POWER -based systems (5765-HMB)
    • IBM HMC Virtual Appliance for x86-based systems (5765-HMW)
  • December 13, 2019
    • IBM PowerVC Standard Edition (5765-VCS)
    • IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager (5765-VCC)
    • IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager SDI (5765-VCD)


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Program number VRM Program name
5765-VL3 3.1.1 IBM PowerVM Linux Edition
5765-VS3 3.1.1 IBM PowerVM Standard Edition
5765-VE3 3.1.1 IBM PowerVM Enterprise Edition
5765-VCS 1.4.4 IBM PowerVC Standard Edition
5765-VCC 1.4.4 IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager
5765-VCD 1.1.4 IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager SDI
5765-HMB 9.1.940 IBM HMC Virtual Appliance for POWER -based systems
5765-HMW 9.1.940 IBM HMC Virtual Appliance for x86 based systems
5765-CMT 1.0.0 IBM Cloud Management Console Monthly Term offering


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