IBM i helps deliver near-continuous availability with IBM Db2 Mirror for i

IBM Europe Software Announcement ZP19-0257
April 23, 2019

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OverviewOverviewTechnical informationTechnical information
Key requirementsKey requirementsOrdering informationOrdering information
Planned availability datePlanned availability dateTerms and conditionsTerms and conditions
DescriptionDescriptionPricesPrices
Program numberProgram numberAnnouncement countriesAnnouncement countries
PublicationsPublications


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Overview

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In conjunction with the announcement of IBM® i 7.4, IBM offers a new Licensed Program Product (LPP) for the IBM i Portfolio: IBM Db2® Mirror for i. This new offering, available for IBM i 7.4 clients, enables near-continuous availability through an IBM i exclusive Db2 active-active two-system configuration.

Db2 Mirror for i is designed to address environments that require a continuous application availability recovery time objective (RTO) of zero and a recovery point objective (RPO) of zero. The foundational technology is based on integrated IBM i operating system function that enables two copies of the IBM i integrated Db2 database to synchronously replicate inserts, updates, and deletes across two systems in a tightly coupled active-active configuration at the database level. At the application level, applications can be deployed in an active-active configuration or in an active-passive configuration. Both options will enable a near-zero RTO.



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Key requirements

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  • IBM i 7.4, or later.
  • IBM i Option 48 Db2 Data Mirroring is required for Db2 Mirror for i and is automatically included with Db2 Mirror for i orders.

For additional hardware, software, storage, and other key requirements, see the Planning considerations topic in IBM Knowledge Center.



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Planned availability date

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June 21, 2019



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Description

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The Db2 Mirror offering is designed to provide continuous application availability through IBM i operating system technology that mirrors database updates to two nodes synchronously, using Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) network. Applications can be deployed in an active-active manner whereby each application server has simultaneous access to the database on both systems in the two-node active-active complex. If one of the database servers goes down, the application servers continue performing I/O operations to the other system in the mirrored pair. This configuration has the additional benefit of enabling workload balancing.

Applications can also be deployed in an active-passive manner whereby application servers will conduct write operations to one of the two systems in the two-system complex and, in the event that the primary goes away, the application groups will be switched to the secondary system. The active-active case will necessitate that the application servers be hosted separately from the database servers and be connected through a client/server construct such as JDBC. Note that IBM i JDBC drivers now contain alternate server fail-over support to automatically transition the JDBC request between systems when one connection is no longer available. For many IBM i application workloads, deployment is through the traditional 5250 emulation screen and contained in the same LPAR as the operating system and database. In this case, if the primary goes down, the database has been continuously replicated to the secondary system synchronously and is immediately available. The application will need to be restarted on the secondary system prior to the resumption of the workload processing.

When one of the systems in the Db2 Mirror configuration is not available, Db2 Mirror will track all update, change, and delete operations to the database table and all other mirror-eligible objects, and when the pair is reconnected, all changes are synchronized between the systems. This includes databases that reside either in an IASP or as part of the base system storage. To emphasize this point, Db2 Mirror is completely compatible with IASPs and, in fact, exploits IASPs for IFS support within the Db2 Mirror configuration. For non IFS objects, IASPs can be used but are not required. Additionally, Db2 Mirror supports applications using either traditional record-level access or SQL-based database access. Support for IFS and IFS journals is accomplished through deployment into an IASP, which can be configured as a switchable LUN or in a mirrored pair of IASPs through storage replication.

IBM i Option 48, Db2 Data Mirroring, is required for Db2 Mirror for i, so entitlement for Option 48 is automatically included with Db2 Mirror for i orders. Be sure that IBM i Option 48 is installed and a key is applied along with the Db2 Mirror for i Licensed Program Product.

Disaster Recovery can be achieved with various options, such as the PowerHA® SystemMirror® for i Enterprise Edition, full system replication, or logical replication.

For more information, see Db2 Mirror in IBM Knowledge Center.



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Reference information

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For more information, see:

  • Software Announcement ZP19-0255, dated April 23, 2019, (IBM i 7.4)
  • Hardware Announcement ZG19-0002, dated April 23, 2019, (IBM Power® Systems enhancements)


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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5770-DBM 7.4 Db2 Mirror for i
5770-SS1 7.4 IBM i
Program number Maintenance 1-year program number Maintenance 3-year program number
5770-DBM 5660-DBM 5662-DBM
  5661-DBM 5663-DBM
    5664-DBM


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Offering Information

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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.



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Publications

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No publications are shipped with these programs.

With the IBM Systems Information Center, users can use a single information center to access product documentation for IBM Systems hardware, operating systems, and server software. Through a consistent framework, users can efficiently find information and personalize their access to that information. For more information, review the IBM Publications Center portal.



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Services

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Global Technology Services

Contact your IBM representative for the list of selected services available in your country, either as standard or customized offerings for the efficient installation, implementation, or integration of this product.



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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Software requirements

IBM i 7.4, or later.

Limitations

Additional information can be found on the License Information documents page on the IBM Software License Agreement website.

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Planning information

Packaging

Not applicable

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Ordering information

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Consult your IBM representative.

Db2 Mirror for i

Program number Feature description OTC feature number
5770-DBM OTC Per Proc - Medium U0MAC1
5770-DBM OTC Per Proc - Sm to Med XIR0C1
5770-DBM OTC Per Proc - Small U0L9C1
Program number Feature description Supply feature number
5770-DBM Db2 Mirror for i 5847
5770-DBM Db2 Mirror for i 5848
5770-DBM Db2 Mirror for i 5849
Program number Feature description Process option feature number
5770-DBM ePoE Registration - Small 6001
5770-DBM Core Count 6345
5770-DBM ePoE Registration - Medium 6101
5770-DBM ePoE Registration - Small - Medium 6201
5770-DBM 7th Non-Processor ePoE Upg Reg 6601
5770-DBM 8th Non-Processor ePoE Upg Reg 6701
5770-DBM 9th Non-Processor ePoE Upg Reg 6801
5770-DBM Development Demo System SW Registration 6485
5770-DBM Electronic Delivery 3450
5770-DBM Logical Partitioning 3441
5770-DBM SW Key 1st MT Digit 4001
5770-DBM SW Key 2nd MT Digit 4002
5770-DBM SW Key 3rd MT Digit 4003
5770-DBM SW Key 4th MT Digit 4004
5770-DBM SW Key 1st CPU Digit 4005
5770-DBM SW Key 2nd CPU Digit 4006
5770-DBM SW Key 3rd CPU Digit 4007
5770-DBM SW Key 4th CPU Digit 4008
5770-DBM SW Key 5th CPU Digit 4009
5770-DBM SW Key 6th CPU Digit 4010
5770-DBM SW Key 7th CPU Digit 4011
5770-DBM SW KEY 1ST MODEL DIGIT 4012
5770-DBM SW KEY 2ND MODEL DIGIT 4013
5770-DBM SW KEY 3RD MODEL DIGIT 4014

Db2 Data Mirroring Opt 48

Program number Feature description Process option feature number
5770-SS1 EPOE UPG REG P05 - Db2 Mirroring 6005
5770-SS1 EPOE UPG REG P10 - Db2 Mirroring 6010
5770-SS1 EPOE UPG REG P20 - Db2 Mirroring 6020
5770-SS1 EPOE UPG REG P30 - Db2 Mirroring 6030
5770-SS1 Core Count 6345

Db2 Data Mirroring Opt 48

Program number Feature description OTC feature number
5770-SS1 OTC Per Proc - Medium U0MCC1
5770-SS1 OTC Per Proc - Sm to Med XIR1C1
5770-SS1 OTC Per Proc - Small U0MBC1

This software license includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.

Extending coverage for a total of three years from the date of acquisition may be elected. Order the program number, feature number, and quantity to extend coverage for your software licenses. If maintenance has expired, specify the after license feature number.


Maintenance program number description

Maintenance program number Description
5660DBM Db2 Mirror i 1 Y Reg/Ren
5661DBM Db2 Mirror for i 1Y AL
5662DBM Db2 Mirror for i 3Y Reg
5663DBM Db2 Mirror i 3 Y Renewal
5664DBM Db2 Mirror i 3 Y After Lic.

Db2 Mirror i 1 Y Reg/Ren

Program number Feature description OTC feature number
5660-DBM Db2 Mirror i 1 Y Reg/Ren Med B0YJCH
5660-DBM Db2 Mirror i 1 Y Reg/Ren Med U0YJC2
5660-DBM Db2 Mirror i 1 Y Reg/Ren Sm B0YGCH
5660-DBM Db2 Mirror i 1 Y Reg/Ren Sm U0YGC2
Program number Feature description Process option feature number
5660-DBM Development Demo System SW Registration 6485

Db2 Mirror for i 1Y AL

Program number Feature description OTC feature number
5661-DBM Db2 Mirror for i 1Y AL Med U0SCC4
5661-DBM Db2 Mirror for i 1Y AL Sm U0SAC4
Program number Feature description Process option feature number
5661-DBM Development Demo System SW Registration 6485

Db2 Mirror for i 3Y Reg

Program number Feature description OTC feature number
5662-DBM Db2 Mirror for i 3Y Reg Med U0WWC5
5662-DBM Db2 Mirror for i 3Y Reg Sm U0WUC5
Program number Feature description Process option feature number
5662-DBM Development Demo System SW Registration 6485

Db2 Mirror i 3 Y Renewal

Program number Feature description OTC feature number
5663-DBM Db2 Mirror i 3 Y Ren Med U0REC6
5663-DBM Db2 Mirror i 3 Y Ren Sm U0RDC6
Program number Feature description Process option feature number
5663-DBM Development Demo System SW Registration 6485

Db2 Mirror i 3 Y After Lic.

Program number Feature description OTC feature number
5664-DBM Db2 Mirror i 3 Y After Lic.Med U1ASC7
5664-DBM Db2 Mirror i 3 Y After Lic Sm U1APC7
Program number Feature description Process option feature number
5664-DBM Development Demo System SW Registration 6485

Charge metric

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

Program identifier License Information document title License Information document number
5770-DBM IBM Db2 Mirror for i L-LHIH-AAVQYB

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.

Licensing

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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
5770-DBM IBM Db2 Mirror for i L-LHIH-AAVQYB

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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Volume orders (IVO)

Yes. Contact your IBM representative.

Passport Advantage applies

No

Usage restrictions

Yes

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Software Subscription and Support applies

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IBM Operational Support Services - Support Line

Yes

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Yes. When ordering through the program number process, a 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution clients.

Education Software Allowance Program applies when ordering through the program number process.

ESAP available

Yes, to qualified clients.



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IBM Electronic Services

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Now integrated into the base operating system of IBM i, 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 Electronic Service Agent 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 Electronic 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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All European, Middle Eastern, and African countries, except Islamic Republic of Iran, Sudan, and Syrian Arab Republic.

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