IBM Bluemix Local System and IBM PureApplication System firmware V2.2.3 enables deployment of VMware workloads concurrently with cloud native services and cloud-enabled middleware

IBM United States Software Announcement 217-087
May 2, 2017

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The IBM® Bluemix® Local and IBM PureApplication® System firmware V2.2.3 enables the dramatic time reduction for central IT to implement and deploy a full VMware environment to your on-premise datacenter.

A VMware environment with your PureApplication family products provides:

  • User-managed, virtual machine deployments with VMware vCenter
  • Support for high availability and disaster recovery scenarios
  • Support for additional virtual machine deployment models

This release is available to all new and existing clients of PureApplication System W1500, W1700, W2500, W2700, and W3700 appliances and Bluemix Local System W3500 and W3550 appliances with current subscription and support.



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PureApplication Software Suite requires one of the following:

  • Bluemix Local System W3500 or W3550

  • Intel™, IBM POWER7®, or POWER8® server

  • IBM Softlayer

PureApplication Software V2.2.3 requires one of the following:

  • Bluemix Local System W3500 or W3550

  • PureApplication System W3700, W2700, W2500, W1700, or W1500 appliances

  • Intel, IBM POWER7, or POWER8 server

  • IBM Softlayer



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Planned availability date
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  • May 5, 2017: IBM PureApplication Software and IBM PureApplication Software Suite
  • May 5, 2017: Installation of factory shipments of IBM Bluemix Local System W3500 and W3550 appliances and PureApplication System W3700 appliances with firmware Version 2.2.3


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Bluemix Local and PureApplications systems are pre-integrated cloud application platforms that include all of the hardware and the software management capabilities needed to help achieve fast time to value and enables simplicity in deploying and managing the lifecycle of development, test, and production workloads.

The PureApplication family consists of

  • Bluemix Systems W3500 and W3550, which include PureApplication firmware (on-premise)
  • PureApplication W2500 and W1500 Systems, which include PureApplication firmware (on-premise)
  • PureApplication W3700, W2700, and W1700 Systems, which include PureApplication firmware (on-premise)
  • PureApplication Software
  • PureApplication Software Suite
  • PureApplication Service (off-premise)

These PureApplication family components provide hybrid cloud capabilities that allow you to run your enterprise workloads, either on-premise, off-premise, or both. The Bluemix Local and PureApplication systems are designed to provide capabilities that utilize built-in expertise, which include virtualization, monitoring, and use management. These capabilities include:

  • Integrated monitoring and management through an integrated user interface
  • Support for growth to larger environments without a system outages
  • Built-in elasticity of application workloads
  • Updates for entire infrastructure stack
  • Support for IBM and partner content that is optimized for PureApplication, and also the addition of third-party software
  • Single point of contact for software support

In addition, Bluemix Local and PureApplication systems are designed to provide:

  • Integrated, optimized compute, network, and storage resources
  • Integrated database and application server capability, with the ability to expand server capacity up to the full capacity of the selected PureApplication configuration.

Pattern-based deployment is an important component of the PureApplication family of products. PureApplication patterns of expertise enables rapid deployment of pretuned and optimized cloud-enabled applications, such as mobile, business process management, and analytics in minutes with a click of a button into an on-premise Bluemix Local System cloud application platform or into a dedicated PureApplication Service off-premise private cloud.

  • User-managed virtual machine deployments with VMware vCenter
    • Create and deploy virtual machines directly with VMware vCenter into dedicated cloud groups for user-managed virtual machines.
    • Add and remove resources (compute nodes, VMFS, LUNs, and VLANs) to the dedicated cloud groups through PureApplication integrated user interface.
    • Leverage VMware vCenter for monitoring.
  • High availability and disaster recovery scenarios
    • VMware Virtual Machine File System (VMFS) Block Storage Logical Unit Number (LUN) type enables replication of VMFS storage between racks
    • Support for VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) for high availability scenarios
  • Support for additional virtual machine deployment models
    • Cloning
    • Storage thin and thick provisioning
    • VMware templates
    • Open Virtualization Format applications
  • Support for Citrix XenDesktop virtual application

The PureApplication System firmware V2.2.3 works with all Bluemix Local systems and PureApplication systems. It is available for all existing Bluemix Local systems and PureApplication System products with current subscription and support.

PureApplication Service V2.2.3 enhancements include:

  • Ability to quickly deploy and manage lifecycle of enterprise workloads in dedicated and isolated cloud environments.
  • Hybrid cloud capability in conjunction with the PureApplication System, Bluemix Local System, or PureApplication Software. PureApplication Service includes metering for PureApplication Software on-premise usage.

The PureApplication Service requires a PureApplication Service subscription for metering on-premise usage of PureApplication Software. This capability can be utilized with Bluemix Local systems for a complete on-premise solution.

Deprecation of function

Caching Shared Service, which is based on WebSphere® DataPower® XC10 Appliance, will be removed from the next release of PureApplication Software, PureApplication Software Suite, Service on SoftLayer® and PureApplication Systems W3550, W3500, W3700, W2700, W2500, W1700, and W1500 firmware.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT), containing details about accessibility compliance, can be found on the IBM Accessibility website.

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

IBM PureApplication Software Suite V2.2.3 and PureApplication Software V2.2.3 are capable as of May 5, 2017, when used in accordance with the IBM associated 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 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be found on the IBM Accessibility website.

IBM makes no representation about the Section 508 status of these third-party products included in this offering. Contact the vendor for specific, current information about the Section 508 status of these products.



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Reference information
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For information on PureApplication Software Suite V2.2.2 and PureApplication Software V2.2.2, refer to Software Announcement 216-347, dated July 26, 2016.



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Program number VRM Program name
5737-B07 2.2.3 IBM PureApplication Software Suite
5725-Q52 2.2.3 IBM PureApplication Software
5725-Z16 2.2.3 IBM Bluemix Local System W3500
5725-Z17 2.2.3 IBM Bluemix Local System W3550
5725-X32 2.2.3 IBM PureApplication System W3700
5725-G32 2.2.3 IBM PureApplication System W1500
5725-F46 2.2.3 IBM PureApplication System W1700
5725-Q93 2.2.3 IBM PureApplication System W2500
5725-Q94 2.2.3 IBM PureApplication System W2700
5725-R71 2.2.3 IBM PureApplication Service Infrastructure


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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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A Product information website is available.



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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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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

PureApplication Software Suite requires one of the following:

  • Bluemix Local System W3500 or W3550
  • Intel, IBM POWER7, or POWER8 server
  • Softlayer

PureApplication Software V2.2.3 requires one of the following:

  • Bluemix Local System W3500 or W3550 models
  • PureApplication System W3700, W2700, W2500, W1700, or W1500 models
  • Intel, IBM POWER7, or POWER8 server
  • IBM Softlayer

Software requirements
  • IBM Endpoint Manager for Patch Management V9.2.6, or later
  • IBM License Metric Tool V9.0, or later
  • IBM AIX® V7.1, or later

Planning information

Packaging

PureApplication Software Suite V2.2.3 is configured by IBM on installed Bluemix Local and PureApplication systems.

Effective May 5, 2017, new Bluemix Local Systems W3500 and W3550 and PureApplication Systems W3700 factory shipments will be installed with firmware Version 2.2.3.

PureApplication Software V2 is delivered through the internet.

This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, and will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. For future reference, the license and License Information will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT.



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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 authorized IBM Business Partners for Software Value Plus.

More information can be found on the IBM Software Value Plus website.

To locate IBM Business Partners for Software Value Plus in your geography for a specific Software Value Plus portfolio, go to the Find a Business Partner page.

Product group PureApplication System
   
Product Identifier Description ( PID )
PureApplication Software V2 5725-Q52
PureApplication Software Suite V1 5737-B07
Bluemix Local System W3500 5725-Z16
Bluemix Local System W3550 5725-Z17
PureApplication System W3700 5725-X32
Product category PureApplication Systems


Passport Advantage

There is no new ordering information for the products in this announcement.

Charge metric

Program name PID Charge metric
IBM PureApplication Software V2 5725-Q52 Processor Value Unit
IBM Pureapplication Software Suite V2 5737-B07 Processor Value Unit


Processor Value Unit (PVU)

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* An activated processor core is a processor core that is available for use in a physical or virtual server, regardless of whether the capacity of the processor core can be or is limited through virtualization technologies, operating system commands, BIOS settings, or similar restrictions.

Notes

  • Some programs may require licenses for the program and what is being managed. In that case, the following applies. In addition to the entitlements required for the program directly, licensee must obtain PVU entitlements for this program sufficient to cover the processor cores managed by the program.
  • Some programs may be licensed on a managed basis only. In that case, the following applies. Instead of the entitlements required for the program directly, licensee must obtain PVU entitlements for this program sufficient to cover the processor cores managed by the program.
  • A few programs on an exception basis may be licensed on a referenced basis. In that case, the following applies. Rather than obtaining entitlements for the activated processor cores available to the program, licensee must obtain PVU entitlements for this program sufficient to cover the environment made available to the referenced program as if the program itself were executing everywhere the referenced program was executing, independent of the basis on which the referenced program is licensed.



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This product is only available through Passport Advantage.

Licensing

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Yes

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Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

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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.

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System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Not applicable.



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