IBM MQ V9.1 for Multiplatforms delivers new features and enhancements for robust and secure messaging offering

IBM United States Software Announcement 218-246
July 3, 2018

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Overview

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As a new Long Term Support release (LTSR), IBM® MQ V9.1 is the follow-on offering to MQ V9.0 LTSR. It is also the next release for clients who use the Continuous Delivery (CD) releases, which follows MQ V9.0.5. MQ V9.0.5 is the final CD release for MQ V9.0 LTSR.

MQ V9.1 includes the features that were previously delivered in the CD releases of MQ V9.0.1 through MQ V9.0.5 along with some minor enhancements.

  • MQ Advanced entitlement
    • High availability and Disaster Recovery options with Replicated Data Queue Manager support
    • More flexible packaging and deployment along with enhanced control for MQ Managed File Transfer (MQ MFT)
    • Connectivity to Blockchain with the IBM Bridge to Blockchain now with Hyperledger Composer support
    • Identification of MQ Advanced installs

  • New capabilities for both MQ base and MQ Advanced clients
    • Powerful and flexible configuration and operational tooling options with MQ Console and REST API for administration
    • Increased logging options
    • Connectivity to Salesforce with the IBM Bridge to Salesforce
    • REST API for messaging

With the LTSR release, the fixpacks only provide fixes with no new function.



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Key prerequisites

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MQ V9.1 runs on a variety of operating systems. For container deployments, MQ supports Docker. The MQ Resource Adapter is compatible with application servers that support the Java™ EE 7.0 specification.

For details, see the Software requirements section.



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Planned availability date

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Electronic download: July 23, 2018

Media Pack: July 27, 2018

See the Availability of national languages section for national language availability.



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Description

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MQ V9.1 delivers features and enhancements beyond those that were available in MQ V9.0. Many of these features were provided in the CD releases for MQ V9.0.1 through MQ V9.0.5. Some of the updates and enhancements are available in:

  • The base MQ offering
  • The MQ Advanced offering

MQ Advanced new features and enhancements include:

  • New High Availability and Disaster Recovery options with Replicated Data Queue Managers

    Clients with MQ Advanced V9.1 entitlement on Redhat 7 Linux® x86 systems can take advantage of this new, easy, and powerful high-availability and disaster recovery solution for Linux, called Replicated Data Queue Managers. This capability provides the option for queue managers to be deployed across three nodes with synchronous replication of data between local storage on the nodes. In the case of a queue manager or system failure, the queue manager is automatically started on one of the other nodes.

    There is an option for a disaster recovery configuration. Replicated Data Queue Managers configured for disaster recovery are deployed across two nodes and data is replicated either synchronously or asynchronously. This option does not provide automatic failover of queue managers. Manual failover can be initiated when required. Disaster recovery solutions generally use asynchronous replication because they require the data to be transmitted over longer distances, where network latency might be high. The new disaster recovery option, when used with synchronous replication, can be used in environments where any loss of data during failover is unacceptable.

    Licensing for use of Replicated Data Queue Managers for both high-availability and disaster recovery scenarios typically requires a combination of MQ Advanced and MQ Advanced High Availability Replica entitlements.

  • MFT enhancements

    There are multiple functional enhancements to the MFT capabilities of MQ Advanced in the Version 9.1 release.

    • MQ Advanced allows businesses to send and receive file data more reliably and securely through the MQ network as MQ messages.
    • Revised packaging allows MQ MFT agents to be embedded as a part of another application. To enable this, the agents are available as a zip file with a redistributable license. This enables applications to include the MFT function. That function can be made available within the client or externally. Combined with license changes, MFT agents are not chargeable when connecting to MQ Advanced Queue Managers. This makes MFT agents more useful in many more possible scenarios.
    • For diagnosing and reporting problems with MFT transfers, information about the MFT agent status and changes to the behavior of the File Transfer Protocol Bridge alert clients in the case of failures.
    • For more flexible deployments of MQ MFT, the logger can be run remotely from the MQ queue manager.
    • Additional support for administration through a RESTful API adds the option to list all current MFT transfers and to query the status of MFT agents.

  • Connectivity to Blockchain

    In this release, MQ adds a bridge to Blockchain. This enables MQ applications to connect through MQ into a blockchain to support Hyperledger Composer. Applications that are connected to the blockchain can send query messages and receive responses. They can also query and update the ledger.

  • MQ Advanced identification

    Increasing numbers of clients deploy MQ Advanced queue managers in key parts or throughout their infrastructure. Different capabilities and features are available depending on whether a MQ queue manager is MQ Advanced that is entitled or just MQ base that is entitled.

    In MQ Advanced V9.1, MQ Advanced queue managers can identify themselves as advanced queue managers. This allows other components such as MQ clients, MQ MFT agents, and MQ Bridge to Blockchain to ensure they connect to a correctly entitled queue manager. This feature also helps clients to identify which queue manager entitlements are installed, MQ Advanced or MQ base.

    New functions and enhancements available for both MQ base and MQ Advanced include:

    • Monitoring and Administration

      MQ V9.1 includes many new features for configuring, monitoring, and administering MQ.

      • The MQ Console, which was previously available only in the MQ Appliance, provides a customizable, browser-based tool. It is deployed within an embedded IBM WebSphere® Application Server Liberty runtime and enables a simple view of MQ resources. Widgets can be added to the display to show only what the client wants to see and can access. The MQ Explorer remains available as an additional option.
      • MQ V9.1 includes a RESTful API for administration. This is designed to provide an additional interface to the existing MQ Script Commands (MQSC) and PCF tools.

        The MQ REST API provides an alternative programmable interface. It is designed to allow for new HTTPS-based applications that offer custom tooling to meet the needs of every user, helping to embed IBM MQ administration into popular DevOps and automation tooling.

        As more programming becomes reliant on using RESTful APIs, some developers want to use the same approach for sending and receiving messaging data. The MQ REST API also provides a simple means to send and receive messages.

      • Use of a single deployment of MQ V9.1 allows that queue manager, which uses the MQ REST API, to be used as a proxy to administer other queue managers on older versions of MQ, that do not offer the MQ REST API.
      • Recovery Logging improvements

        Recovery from failures makes use of the information that is recorded in the recovery log files. Media recovery re-creates objects from information that is recorded in a linear log. For example, if an object file is inadvertently deleted or becomes unusable for some other reason, media recovery can re-create it. The information in the log required for media recovery of an object is called a media image. Taking these media images on a regular basis to ensure timely recoverability was an administrative burden.

        In MQ V9.1, media images can be scheduled automatically by the queue manager. This can improve message throughput. In addition, the queue manager can now be configured to automatically reuse or delete log files that are no longer required for media recovery.

      • Syncpoint performance enhancement

        Many clients use MQ as a critical part of their infrastructure where the data that is moved must be persisted to ensure it is not lost in the case of failure.

        The nature of persistent writes can lead to performance impacts on applications waiting for log writes. This is especially true if the application puts persistent messages to a queue outside of a syncpoint. While it can be recommended to change the application to implement syncpointing, this might be difficult if the application is owned by a third party or when changes and retesting may not be desired. If the queue is locked by an application without syncpointing, other applications that use the same queue can be impacted.

        In Version 9.1, this performance impact is reduced without the need to add application syncpointing. Implicit syncpoint support enables persistent message puts outside of syncpoint to perform better when multiple applications are using the same queue. To optimize performance, the default setting is to implicitly put all persistent messages in syncpoint, if two or more applications have a queue open.

      • LDAP query options

        Many clients use LDAP for user ID administration. Most configurations associate users with groups that use the users' distinguished name. This allows for MQ to query membership of the LDAP group through the distinguished name.

        Some configurations associate users with groups that use the users' short name. In Version 9.1, MQ can query LDAP by using short names for group members.

      • Salesforce bridge

        Events in Salesforce can be published into MQ through the deployment of a bridge deployed on a Linux system. The bridge can also publish MQ messages into the Salesforce system.

      • Enabling Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) Service by default

        MQ is widely used to exchange data as messages between applications by using the MQ wire protocol to ensure efficient, secure, and reliable connections between applications, queue managers, and servers. This protocol provides a wide range of qualities of service and supports many different programming languages. MQ supports an alternative protocol, AMQP V1.0, to allow use of the MQ Light API. This may benefit applications that tend to be simpler and require reduced qualities of service. While support for AMQP has been available for years, clients had to turn on the AMQP listener.

        In the MQ V9.1 release, the AMQP listener service is now enabled by default on queue managers. This simplifies the use of the service in support of suitable applications.

      • REST API for messaging

        As more programming becomes reliant on using RESTful APIs, some developers need to use the same approach for sending and receiving messaging data. In MQ V9.1, there is support for using the MQ REST API for point-to-point messaging.

Functional deprecations and removals

  • The MQ classes for Java package com.ibm.mq.pcf is now deprecated. Any new code developed for PCF operations under Java should use the com.ibm.mq.headers.pcf package. Existing code should be migrated to this package when it is convenient to do so.
  • Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 is disabled by default for MQ V9.1. TLS 1.2 should be used. TLS 1.0 will be removed in a future release.
  • The support for connecting to MQ by using the MQ Multicast protocol is deprecated in this release. No further enhancements are planned.
  • The MQ transport for SOAP and MQ HTTP bridge components were deprecated in earlier releases of the product. These components are removed from MQ V9.1.
  • Red-hat Package Manager (RPM) support on Ubuntu is removed in MQ V9.1. MQ install images are now provided as native .deb packages for Ubuntu.
  • Microsoft™ Internet Explorer 11 browser support is removed. The Microsoft Edge browser is now supported by the MQ Console.
  • Support for the HP-UX operating system for all MQ components, including server and clients, is removed.

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

IBM MQ for Multiplatforms V9.1 is capable as of July 23, 2018, when used in accordance with associated IBM documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A US Section 508 Accessibility Conformance Statement can be requested on the Product accessibility information website.



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Statement of general direction

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IBM MQ on IBM Cloud™, which has been available since March 2018, and aligns with MQ V9.0.5. MQ on IBM Cloud, intends to follow continuous delivery release cycles for future MQ updates.

IBM intends to deliver updates to MQ both as continuous delivery updates and Long Term Support releases.

Function for reporting information of MQ deployments in containers is added. IBM intends to provide the means to use a separate metering tool and the ability to license container deployments that are based on container size and by hours that are deployed.

Statements by IBM regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at the sole discretion of IBM. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline general product direction and should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code, or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for IBM products remain at the sole discretion of IBM.



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Reference information

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For more information on MQ for Multiplatforms, see Software Announcement 218-069, dated March 13, 2018.

For more information about MQ Appliance, see Software Announcement 218-249, dated July 3, 2018.

For more information about MQ Advanced on z/OS® VUE, see Software Announcement 218-213, dated July 3, 2018.

For more information about MQ Advanced on z/OS, see Software Announcement 218-252, dated July 3, 2018.



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Availability of national languages

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Description Availability date Language
IBM MQ V9.1 July 23, 2018 English, Japanese, Spanish, Korean, French, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Polish, German, Hungarian, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, Czech

Translation information, if available, can be found at the Translation Reports website.



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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5724-H72 9.1.0 IBM MQ for Multiplatforms


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Publications

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MQ V9.1 documentation is published in IBM Knowledge Center at IBM MQ Version 9.1 documentation website, which can be viewed from a web browser with internet access.



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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 our lab-based, software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Also, we extend our IBM Software Services reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. Together, we provide 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

The MQ Version 9.1 includes the following support:

Details of the software requirements are included in the IBM MQ System Requirements website.

Compatibility

Queue managers and clients in the MQ V9.1 offering interoperate with queue managers and clients from current and previous levels of MQ, WebSphere® MQ, or MQSeries®.

  • The MQ Explorer runs on the Linux x86-64 and Windows platforms.
  • The MQ Explorer, which is supplied with MQ V9.1, can use a client connection to connect to any supported level of MQ or WebSphere MQ on any platform.
  • MQ Managed File Transfer supports file transfer to and from server and client installations at any level of WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition.
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You can also access the IBM Support Portal page and the online Service requests and PMRs tool for more support.

Planning information

Packaging

MQ V9.1 is delivered through the internet as an electronic download. It is also available as a DVD media pack.

Security, auditability, and control

MQ uses the security and auditability features of the host software.

The client is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.



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Customers with active maintenance or subscription for the products listed are entitled to receive the corresponding media pack.

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IBM MQ V9.1 for Multiplatform Multilingual Media Pack BA1AQML


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Program name License Information number
IBM MQ V9.1 L-APIG-AV6GTE
IBM MQ Advanced V9.1 L-APIG-AV6GV5
IBM MQ Advanced for Developers V9.1 L-APIG-AV6HPW
IBM MQ Managed File Transfer Service V9.1 L-APIG-AV6HR2
IBM MQ Managed File Transfer Agent V9.1 L-APIG-AV6HR2
IBM MQ Advanced Message Security V9.1 L-APIG-AV6HS6
IBM MQ Telemetry V9.1 L-APIG-AV6HT5
IBM MQ Advanced High Availability Replica V9.1 L-APIG-AV6HMB
IBM MQ Managed File Transfer Service High Availability Replica V9.1 L-APIG-AV6HU3
IBM MQ Advanced Message Security High Availability Replica V9.1 L-APIG-AV6HU3
IBM MQ High Availability Replica V9.1 L-APIG-AV6HUX

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Program technical support

Technical support of a program product version or release will be available for a minimum of five years from the general availability date, as long as your Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is in effect.

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.

Defect support for a CD release is available for 12 months from the availability of the release or while it remains one of the two most recent CD releases, whichever is longer.

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

MQ V9.1 is a LTSR and provides predictable support through iFixes and fixpacks for a minimum period of five years from the general availability date. A minimum three-year extension of support is available for an additional fee.

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.

For clarification, note that (1) for programs acquired under the IBM International Passport Advantage offering, this term applies only to your first acquisition of the program and (2) for programs acquired under any of IBM's On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) software offerings, this term does not apply since these offerings apply to programs already acquired and in use by you.

Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

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

Usage restrictions

This offering is subject to usage restrictions. See these License Information documents for details.

Program name License Information number
IBM MQ V9.1 L-APIG-AV6GTE
IBM MQ Advanced V9.1 L-APIG-AV6GV5
IBM MQ Advanced for Developers V9.1 L-APIG-AV6HPW
IBM MQ Managed File Transfer Service V9.1 L-APIG-AV6HR2
IBM MQ Managed File Transfer Agent V9.1 L-APIG-AV6HR2
IBM MQ Advanced Message Security V9.1 L-APIG-AV6HS6
IBM MQ Telemetry V9.1 L-APIG-AV6HT5
IBM MQ Advanced High Availability Replica V9.1 L-APIG-AV6HMB
IBM MQ Managed File Transfer Service High Availability Replica V9.1 L-APIG-AV6HU3
IBM MQ Advanced Message Security High Availability Replica V9.1 L-APIG-AV6HU3
IBM MQ High Availability Replica V9.1 L-APIG-AV6HUX

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 Software Support Handbook, 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 Software Support Handbook.

For additional information about the International Passport Advantage Agreement and the IBM International Passport Advantage Express Agreement, go to the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Not applicable.



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Statement of good security practices

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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through intrusion prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered, destroyed, or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a regulatory compliant, comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective.

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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IBM Electronic Services

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Electronic Service Agent™ and the IBM Electronic Support web portal are dedicated to providing fast, exceptional support to organizations that have IBM Systems. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tool is a no-additional-charge tool that proactively monitors and reports hardware events, such as system errors, performance issues, and inventory. The Electronic Service Agent tool can help you stay focused on your company's strategic business initiatives, save time, and spend less effort managing day-to-day IT maintenance issues. Servers enabled with this tool can be monitored remotely around the clock by IBM Support, all at no additional cost to you.

Now integrated into the base operating system of AIX V5.3, AIX V6.1, and AIX V7.1, Electronic Service Agent is designed to automatically and electronically report system failures and utilization issues to IBM, which can result in faster problem resolution and increased availability. System configuration and inventory information collected by the Electronic Service Agent tool also can be viewed on the secure Electronic Support web portal, and used to improve problem determination and resolution by you and the IBM support team. To access the tool main menu, simply type smitty esa_main, and select Configure Electronic Service Agent. In addition, ESA now includes a powerful web user interface, giving the administrator easy access to status, tool settings, problem information, and filters. For more information and documentation on how to configure and use Electronic Service Agent, go to the IBM Support website.

The IBM Electronic Support portal is a single internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM internet services and support. This portal enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems. The My Systems and Premium Search functions make it even easier for organizations that are Electronic Service Agent tool-enabled to track system inventory and find pertinent fixes.

Benefits

Increased uptime: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to enhance the Warranty or Maintenance Agreement by providing faster hardware error reporting and uploading system information to IBM Support. This can translate to less wasted time monitoring the symptoms, diagnosing the error, and manually calling IBM Support to open a problem record. Its 24 x 7 monitoring and reporting mean human intervention is not required to report errors.

Security: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to be secure in monitoring, reporting, and storing the data at IBM. The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to securely transmit either through the internet (HTTPS or VPN) or modem to provide organizations a single point of exit from their site. Communication is one way. Activating Electronic Service Agent does not enable IBM to call into an organization's system.

For additional information, go to the IBM Electronic Service Agent website.

More accurate reporting: Because system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support Center in conjunction with the service request, you are not required to find and send system information, decreasing the risk of misreported or misdiagnosed errors. Once inside IBM, problem error data is run through a data knowledge management system and knowledge articles are appended to the problem record.

Customized support: Using the IBMid entered during activation, you can view system and support information in the My Systems and Premium Search sections of the IBM Support page.

My Systems provides valuable reports of installed hardware and software using information collected from the systems by Electronic Service Agent. Reports are available for any system associated with your IBMid. Premium Search combines the function of search and the value of Electronic Service Agent information, providing advanced search of the technical support knowledgebase. Using Premium Search and the Electronic Service Agent information that has been collected from your system, you are able to see search results that apply specifically to your systems.

For more information on how to utilize the power of IBM Electronic Services, contact your IBM Systems Services Representative, or go to the IBM Electronic Support website.



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Prices

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The prices are unchanged by this announcement.

IBM Global Financing

IBM Global Financing offers competitive financing to credit-qualified clients to assist them in acquiring IT solutions. Offerings include financing for IT acquisition, including hardware, software, and services, from both IBM and other manufacturers or vendors. Offerings (for all client segments: small, medium, and large enterprise), rates, terms, and availability can vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization or go to the IBM Global Financing website for more information.

IBM Global Financing offerings are provided through IBM Credit LLC in the United States, and other IBM subsidiaries and divisions worldwide to qualified commercial and government clients. Rates are based on a client's credit rating, financing terms, offering type, equipment type, and options, and may vary by country. Other restrictions may apply. Rates and offerings are subject to change, extension, or withdrawal without notice.



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Order now

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To order, contact the IBM Digital Sales Center, your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner. To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968). For more information, contact the IBM Digital Sales Center.

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

Fax: 800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)

For IBM representative: askibm@ca.ibm.com

For IBM Business Partner: pwcs@us.ibm.com

IBM Digital Sales Offices
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Coppell, TX 75019-4642, US

The IBM Digital Sales Center, our national direct marketing organization, can add your name to the mailing list for catalogs of IBM products.


Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.


IBM Channel Value Rewards

This product is available under Channel Value Rewards (CVR), either directly from IBM or through authorized Business Partners who invest in skills and high-value solutions. IBM clients may benefit from the industry-specific or horizontal solutions, skills, and expertise provided by these Business Partners.

Additions to CVR will be communicated through standard product announcements. To determine what IBM software is available under CVR, see the IBM Passport Advantage Online for IBM Business Partners website.

For questions regarding CVR, see the IBM Channel Value Rewards website.

Trademarks

IBM Cloud and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

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