IBM VM Recovery Manager HA for Power Systems, V1.3 provides availability management for virtual machines

IBM United States Software Announcement 218-283
October 9, 2018


Table of contents
OverviewOverviewTechnical informationTechnical information
Key prerequisitesKey prerequisitesOrdering informationOrdering information
Planned availability datePlanned availability dateTerms and conditionsTerms and conditions
DescriptionDescriptionPricesPrices
Program numberProgram numberOrder nowOrder now
PublicationsPublications


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Overview

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IBM® VM Recovery Manager provides a simple to deploy and manage high availability (HA) solution for IBM Power Systems™. It provides a data center HA solution ideal for cloud deployments. Some of the key features of the product include:

  • Business continuity through automated restart of virtual machines (VM) for unplanned outage events.
  • Support for manual failovers through advisory mode.
  • Planned outage management is provided by Live Partition Mobility.
  • Provides extensive monitoring that detects failures of hosts, VMs, and applications.
  • Flexible policies such as collocation and anticollocation policies to manage VMs and their relationships.
  • Use of spare capacity by relocating VMs using a best fit mechanism, thus avoiding one-to-one hardware redundancy.
  • Custom application monitoring framework for applications inside IBM AIX® or Linux® VMs.
  • A graphical interface that enables you to deploy, monitor, and manage your HA environment from a single pane of glass.

VM Recovery Manager HA for Power Systems provides for easy-to-use planned and unplanned HA management and protects against failures of servers or hosts, individual LPARs (VMs), or even applications inside the LPARs.

In the event of a software, hardware, or network interruption, VM Recovery Manager HA for Power Systems can fail over VMs automatically or in the advisory mode alert administrators about the failure and provide a failover plan that they can use to do the failover manually.

The solution provides for a lightweight application monitoring framework that can be used by a VM administrator to monitor and manage application-level start sequences and HA within the VM.



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Key prerequisites

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The VM Recovery Manager HA for Power Systems solution operates on IBM PowerVM® capable systems and needs HMC to interact with the systems.

IBM POWER7® +, IBM POWER8®, or IBM POWER9™ technology-based server with one of the following operating systems:

  • AIX
  • SUSE Linux
  • Red Hat Linux
  • IBM i

See the Software requirements section for additional requirements.



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Planned availability date

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November 9, 2018



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Description

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VM Recovery Manager HA for Power Systems provides an easy to deploy and manage high availability solution for the data center. It enables a VM restart-based HA solution across a group of hosts (servers). VM Recovery Manager HA for Power Systems helps achieve better business continuity without the requirement for one-to-one backup hardware. Host groups allow servers to back each other up in case of unplanned outage events. Additionally, host groups allow for planned, nondisruptive relocation of VMs via LPM from one host to another within the group.

An easy-to-use graphical interface can be used to deploy, monitor, and manage high availability for the entire data center. The VM Recovery Manager HA for Power Systems environment provides a deployment wizard that can easily deploy the solution.

VM Recovery Manager HA for Power Systems provides a number of flexible HA policies:

  • Automation that integrates with PowerVM components, such as HMC and VIOS, to enable easy-to-discover-and-deploy HA for the environment.
  • Easily manage HA for a large number of VMs. Enable or disable HA monitoring for host, host group, and VMs.
  • Automated restart/relocation/failover of VMs upon outages. Administrators can choose advisory mode to receive failure-related alerts and do the failovers manually.
  • Priority-based restart of VMs during recovery.
  • Priority-based capacity adjustment support during a recovery.
  • Control failure detection times for hosts and VMs. Application failure detection is done within the VM and hence those policies are controlled by the VM administrator.
  • Application HA monitoring support: Lightweight framework for AIX and Linux enables custom application monitoring capabilities. Control start and stop sequences of applications within a VM.
  • VM Recovery HA Solution is supported for VMs virtualized completely through PowerVM (NPIV, vSCSI, or SSP storage solutions).

Additionally, VM Recovery Manager HA for Power Systems exploits Live Partition Mobility for planned HA management that includes features such as:

  • Vacate a Host for maintenance: All the VMs in the host are redeployed using LPM to other hosts in the host group.
  • Restore a Host after repair: Bring back all the VMs that were part of this host originally. VM has the attribute "Homehost" and that will be used to search your VM list to see which VMs truly belong to host and they will be moved back to the repaired original host.
IBM VM Recovery Manager for HA

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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5765-VRM 1.3.0 IBM VM Recovery Manager HA for Power Systems

Product identification number

Program number Maintenance 1-year PID number Maintenance ALC PID number Maintenance 3-year PID number
5765-VRM 5771-VRM 5771-VRA 5773-VRM


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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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None



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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

Hardware requirements

A POWER7 +, POWER8, or POWER9 technology-based server.

Software requirements
Requirement Description
Guest OS in VMs (one of these) - AIX 6.1, or later; - IBM i 7.2, or later; - Red Hat Linux (LE) 7.2, or later; - SUSE Enterprise Linux (LE) 12.1, or later
VIOS VIOS 3.1 SP1
HMC V9 R9.1.0
Storage (one of these) For HA configurations (shared storage), if the storage is supported by the operating system in VIOS, it will work with HA.
KSYS LPAR AIX 7.2 TL2 SP1, or later

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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Consult your IBM representative.

Program number Description
5765-VRM IBM VM Recovery Manager HA for Power Systems

Program number Feature description OTC feature number
5765-VRM License Per Processor Medium 0001
5765-VRM License Per Processor Small 0002

Program number Feature description Process option feature number
5765-VRM Electronic Only delivery 3453

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 PID description

Maintenance PID number Description
5771-VRM IBM VM Recovery Mgr HA R/R 1yr SWMA
5773-VRM IBM VM Recovery Mgr HA R/R 3yr SWMA
5771-VRA IBM VM Recovery Mgr HA ALC

Software license includes 1-year Software Maintenance
Maintenance PID number Feature description OTC feature number
5771-VRM Basic 1 Year Registration Per Processor Medium 2274
5771-VRM Basic 1 Year Registration Per Processor Small 2277
5771-VRM Basic 1 Year 7x24 Per Processor Medium 2273
5771-VRM Basic 1 Year 7x24 Per Processor Small 2276
Maintenance PID number Feature description Process option feature number
5771-VRM Electronic Only delivery 3453
Maintenance PID number Feature description OTC feature number
5773-VRM Basic 3 Year Registration Per Processor Medium 1856
5773-VRM Basic 3 Year Registration Per Processor Small 1859
5773-VRM Basic 3 Year 7x24 Per Processor Core Medium 1855
5773-VRM Basic 3 Year 7x24 Per Processor Core Small 1858
Maintenance PID number Feature description Process option feature number
5773-VRM Electronic Only delivery 3453
Maintenance PID number Feature description OTC feature number
5771-VRA Basic After License Per Processor Medium 2279
5771-VRA Basic After License 7x24 Per Processor Core Medium 2280
5771-VRA Basic After License Per Processor Small 2281
5771-VRA Basic After License 7x24 Per Processor Core Small 2282

Charge metric

Program name Part number or PID number Charge metric
IBM VM Recovery Manager HA for Power Systems 5765-VRM Per Processor Core

Processor Core (or Processor)

Processor Core (or Processor) is a unit of measure by which the program can be licensed. Processor Core (or Processor) is a functional unit within a computing device that interprets and executes instructions. A Processor Core consists of at least an instruction control unit and one or more arithmetic or logic unit. With multicore technology, each core is considered a Processor Core. Entitlements must be acquired for all activated Processor Cores available for use on the server.

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 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 entitlements for this program sufficient to cover the processor cores managed by program.

System Program Order (SPO)

An order for SPO 5692-A6P is mandatory for shipments of program distribution. The individual licensed program orders are for registration and billing purposes only. No shipment occurs under these orders.

Program number Program/Function name Feature number
5692-A6P IBM VM Recovery Manager HA for Power Systems 2342
5692-A6P IBM VM Recovery Manager DR for Power Systems 2343


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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

IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use.

This software license includes Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance).

Software Maintenance

The IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011) applies for Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) and does not require client signatures.

Licenses under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA) provide for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support with the initial license acquisition of each program acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available. Two charges apply: a one-time license charge for use of the program and an annual renewable charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours), as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect.

License Information number

See the License Information documents page on the IBM Software License Agreement website for more information.

Limited warranty applies

Yes

Limited warranty

IBM warrants that when the program is used in the specified operating environment, it will conform to its specifications. The warranty applies only to the unmodified portion of the program. IBM does not warrant uninterrupted or error-free operation of the program or that IBM will correct all program defects. You are responsible for the results obtained from the use of the program.

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 Software Support Handbook.

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

Program technical support

Technical support of a program product version or release will be available for a minimum of three 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 updates (modifications or fixes), releases, and versions of the program. You will be notified, through an announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with 12 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.

For clarification, note that 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)

Yes. Contact your IBM representative.

Passport Advantage applies

No

Usage restrictions

See the License Information documents for details.

Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. All distributed software licenses include Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) for a period of 12 months from the date of acquisition, providing a streamlined way to acquire IBM software and assure technical support coverage for all licenses. Extending coverage for a total of three years from date of acquisition may be elected.

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 end users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. For additional details, go to the IBM support guide page.

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 this agreement.

System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

Yes

Educational allowance available

Yes. A 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution clients.



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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 V7, 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 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 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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For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

Program number Description
5765-VRM IBM VM Recovery Manager HA for Power Systems
Program number Feature description OTC feature number
5765-VRM License Per Processor Medium 0001
5765-VRM License Per Processor Small 0002
Program number Program name
5771-VRM IBM VM Recovery Mgr HA R/R 1yr SWMA
5773-VRM IBM VM Recovery Mgr HA R/R 3yr SWMA
5771-VRA IBM VM Recovery Mgr HA ALC
Program number Feature description OTC feature number
5771-VRM Basic 1 Year Registration Per Processor Medium 2274
5771-VRM Basic 1 Year Registration Per Processor Small 2277
5771-VRM Basic 1 Year 7x24 Per Processor Medium 2273
5771-VRM Basic 1 Year 7x24 Per Processor Small 2276
Program number Feature description OTC feature number
5773-VRM Basic 3 Year Registration Per Processor Medium 1856
5773-VRM Basic 3 Year Registration Per Processor Small 1859
5773-VRM Basic 3 Year 7x24 Per Processor Core Medium 1855
5773-VRM Basic 3 Year 7x24 Per Processor Core Small 1858
Program number Feature description OTC feature number
5771-VRA Basic After License Per Processor Medium 2279
5771-VRA Basic After License 7x24 Per Processor Core Medium 2280
5771-VRA Basic After License Per Processor Small 2281
5771-VRA Basic After License 7x24 Per Processor Core Small 2282

Variable charges: The applicable processor-based one-time charge will be based on the group of the designated machine on which the program is licensed for use. If the program is designated to a processor in a group for which no charge is listed, the charge of the next higher group listed applies. For movement to a machine in a higher group, an upgrade charge equal to the difference in the then-current charges between the two groups will apply. For movement to a machine in a lower group, there will be no adjustment or refund of charges paid.

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