IBM Blockchain Platform V2.5 boosts security, usability, flexibility, and development speed with support for Hyperledger Fabric 2.0, Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces, Red Hat OpenShift 4.3, and Ansible Content Collections

IBM United States Software Announcement 220-275
June 16, 2020

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OverviewOverviewTechnical informationTechnical information
Key requirementsKey requirementsOrdering informationOrdering information
Planned availability datePlanned availability dateTerms and conditionsTerms and conditions
Program numberProgram numberPricesPrices
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Overview

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IBM® Blockchain Platform V2.5 provides developers and operations managers with full-featured and integrated tools to build, test, operate, monitor, and govern blockchain applications, smart contracts, and blockchain networks. Blockchain Platform V2.5 enhancements are aimed at improving security and usability and simplifying the blockchain DevOps process. With support for Red Hat® OpenShift® and other Kubernetes environments, and based on The Linux® Foundation Hyperledger Fabric 2.0 framework, Blockchain Platform V2.5 offers greater responsiveness, flexibility, scalability, and security for developing blockchain solutions.

Blockchain Platform V2.5 provides tighter integration with Red Hat solutions, including additional deployment options on Red Hat OpenShift 4.3 and support for Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces. Blockchain Platform V2.5 also makes available a set of Ansible® Content Collections to help accelerate the deployment of blockchain solutions.

Improved usability and security with Hyperledger Fabric 2.0

Blockchain Platform V2.5 provides the following improvements in usability and security in Hyperledger Fabric 2.0:

  • External chaincode launcher, which removes the requirement for running a privileged Docker in Docker container
  • Decentralized governance for smart contracts
  • Private data enhancements
  • Improved performance

Blockchain Platform V2.5 enables organizations to choose which version of Hyperledger Fabric to deploy (1.4.x or 2.0.x). In addition, Blockchain Platform V2.5 continues to add capabilities for decentralized smart contract lifecycle management.

Improved security with Red Hat OpenShift 4.3

Blockchain Platform V2.5 gains key security capabilities from running on Red Hat OpenShift 4.3, including Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 compliant cryptography, an improved installer, and enhanced automation.

Blockchain Platform V2.5 also derives benefits from Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud®, which is the only Red Hat OpenShift cloud service to provide full administrative access. Through the joint effort of IBM and Red Hat, Red Hat OpenShift 4.3 has added security and productivity features that are designed to help minimize time-consuming maintenance such as updating, scaling, securing, and provisioning.

Preconfigured environment setup with Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces

Blockchain Platform V2.5 expands its developer tool ecosystem with Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces, which helps organizations speed up and simplify the setup of blockchain development environments. Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces provides a preconfigured and shared runtime environment that enables cloud-native blockchain development to be performed across teams. Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces offers strong security and adheres to enterprise-grade compliance for cloud-native developments.

Accelerated blockchain deployment with Ansible Content Collections

Blockchain Platform V2.5 improvements are designed to enable enterprises to launch production blockchain networks faster. Blockchain Platform V2.5 helps organizations accelerate deployment through support of Ansible, an open source tool that automates provisioning, configuration management, and application deployment. Ansible Content Collections are packages of modules, plug-ins, and other Ansible content that automate these processes. Blockchain Platform V2.5 makes available a set of Ansible Content Collections to help organizations deploy blockchain components and networks with greater speed.

Industries including banking, healthcare, and manufacturing have adopted Ansible automation technologies to accelerate their blockchain development times.



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Key requirements

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Blockchain Platform V2.5 runs on any container management platform that supports the following operating environments:

  • Kubernetes 1.15 to 1.17
  • Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3

For more details, see the IBM Blockchain Platform web page.



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Planned availability date

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June 18, 2020



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Reference information

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To stay current on these and other Blockchain Platform capabilities, regularly check the What's new in IBM Blockchain Platform 2.5 release pages. This link will be available on the planned availability date.

To learn more about the previously announced capabilities and ordering options for Blockchain Platform, see:

  • Software Announcement 220-040, dated March 24, 2020
  • Software Announcement 220-074, dated January 28, 2020



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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5737-J29 2.5 IBM Blockchain Platform


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Offering Information

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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.

More information is also available on the Passport Advantage® and Passport Advantage Express® website.



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Publications

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Documentation for Blockchain Platform can be found in IBM Knowledge Center.



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Services

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Software Services

IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of the lab-based software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of the IBM Global Services team. Also, IBM extends the reach of IBM Software Services through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. IBM provides the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.

To learn more about IBM Software Services, contact your Lab Services Sales or Delivery Leader.



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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Software requirements

Blockchain Platform V2.5 runs on any container management platform that supports the following operating environments:

  • Kubernetes 1.15 to 1.17
  • Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3

For more details, see the IBM Blockchain Platform web page.

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For more information on support for the offerings in this announcement, see the Getting support website.

Planning information

Packaging

This offering is delivered through the internet as an electronic download. There is no physical media.



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Ordering information

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For ordering information, consult your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, or go to the Passport Advantage website.

This product is only available through Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

These products may only be sold directly by IBM or by IBM Business Partners.

To locate IBM Business Partners in your geography, see the Find a Business Partner page.


Passport Advantage

There is no new ordering information in this announcement.

IBM Blockchain Platform (5737-J29)

The following table lists all the applicable part numbers for Blockchain Platform:

Part description Part number
IBM Blockchain Platform Virtual Processor Core License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months D25SNLL
IBM Blockchain Platform Virtual Processor Core SW Subscription & Support Reinstatement 12 Months D25SPLL
IBM Blockchain Platform Virtual Processor Core Monthly License D25SRLL
IBM Blockchain Platform Virtual Processor Core Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal 12 Months E0QEYLL
IBM Blockchain Platform Virtual Processor Core Committed Term License D2778LL


Cross-platform product for use on IBM Z® Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) engines or zEnterprise® BladeCenter Extension

Order the part numbers that follow when the product is intended to run on zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension or the Linux operating system on IBM Z IFL engines. If the product is not intended to run in these environments, order from the other set of part numbers in this announcement. This set of part numbers provides the identical supply and authorization as the other set in this announcement.

There is no new Linux on IBM Z ordering information in this announcement.

IBM Blockchain Platform (5737-J29)

The following table lists all the applicable Linux on IBM Z part numbers for Blockchain Platform:

Part description Part number
IBM Blockchain Platform Linux on IBM Z Virtual Processor Core License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months D25SYLL
IBM Blockchain Platform Linux on IBM Z Virtual Processor Core SW Subscription & Support Reinstatement 12 Months D25SZLL
IBM Blockchain Platform Linux on IBM Z Virtual Processor Core Monthly License D25T1LL
IBM Blockchain Platform Linux on IBM Z Virtual Processor Core Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal 12 Months E0QF1LL
IBM Blockchain Platform Linux on IBM Z Virtual Processor Core Committed Term License D2779LL

Charge metric

The charge metrics for the licensed product in this announcement can be found in the following License Information document:

Program identifier License Information document title License Information document number
5737-J29 IBM Blockchain Platform L-MCAE-BPHBK5

Select your language of choice and scroll down to the Charge Metrics section. Follow-on releases, if any, may have updated terms. See the License Information documents website for more information.



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Terms and conditions

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The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

This product is only available through Passport Advantage.

Licensing

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Software Maintenance

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License Information number

The following License Information document applies to the offering in this announcement:

Program identifier License Information document title License Information document number
5737-J29 IBM Blockchain Platform L-MCAE-BPHBK5

Follow-on releases, if any, may have updated terms. See the License Information documents website for more information.

Limited warranty applies

Yes

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IBM provides you with access to IBM databases containing information on known program defects, defect corrections, restrictions, and bypasses at no additional charge. For further information, see the IBM Support Guide.

IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).

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This technical support allows you to obtain assistance (by telephone or electronic means) from IBM for product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of the program product. Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) also provides you with access to versions, releases, and updates (CD releases, Long Term Support Releases or fixes) of the program. You will be notified, through an announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with six months' notice.

If you require additional technical support from IBM, including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.

For additional information on the IBM Software Support Lifecycle Policy, see the IBM Software Support Lifecycle Policy website.

Money-back guarantee

If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, you may obtain a refund of the amount you paid for it, if within 30 days of your invoice date you return the program and its PoE to the party from whom you obtained it. If you downloaded the program, you may contact the party from whom you acquired it for instructions on how to obtain the refund.

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Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

Yes, information is available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. Software Subscription and Support, also referred to as Software Maintenance, is included with licenses purchased through Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express. Product upgrades and Technical Support are provided by the Software Subscription and Support offering as described in the Agreements. Product upgrades provide the latest versions and releases to entitled software, and Technical Support provides voice and electronic access to IBM support organizations, worldwide.

IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support with each program license acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.

While your Software Subscription and Support is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short duration installation and usage (how-to) questions, and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance by telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For additional details, see the IBM Support Guide. Software Subscription and Support does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under the applicable agreements.

Unless specified otherwise in a written agreement with you, IBM does not provide support for third-party products that were not provided by IBM. Ensure that when contacting IBM for covered support, you follow problem determination and other instructions that IBM provides, including in the IBM Support Guide.

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Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Not applicable.



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Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.



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Prices

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The prices are unchanged by this announcement.



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