IBM z/OS Cloud Broker V1.1.0 delivers z/OS services and resources that run on IBM Z servers for cloud-native application development in a Red Hat OpenShift environment

IBM United States Software Announcement 219-440
October 22, 2019


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


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Overview

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Organizations need container technology and associated orchestration and management platforms to build and then deploy modern cloud-native applications. To enable organizations to help protect and integrate their IT investments into their cloud-native development strategies, IBM® delivered z/OS® Cloud Broker V1.0 so they can access and deploy z/OS services onto a Kubernetes-based cloud platform.

In addition to a redesigned administration dashboard, the primary capability for z/OS Cloud Broker V1.1.0 delivers support and integration with the Red Hat OpenShift container platform. This satisfies the statement of direction as announced in Software Announcement 219-446, dated September 10, 2019.

Capabilities that were delivered with z/OS Cloud Broker V1.0 include:

  • Direct, self-service access to z/OS computing resources by cloud developers which span the z/OS middleware portfolio for IBM Z® servers.
  • Exploitation of the open-source, Kubernetes (K8) container management platform for managing containerized workloads and services which delivers easier to deployment, scaling, and management of cloud native applications.
  • Maximum control over resources and z/OS software subsystem instances. The operations team has control over resources and z/OS software subsystem instances through both the operating system and the configurable cloud security of the cloud platform.
  • Access to service catalogs with customized z/OS services that can exploit the multi-tenancy and rapid elasticity of z/OS
  • Agility for z/OS to help businesses protect, integrate, and grow their IT investments into their cloud-native development environments.

For more detailed information about z/OS Cloud Broker V1.0, see IBM Marketplace and Software Announcement 219-037, dated May 14, 2019.



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Key requirements

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z/OS Cloud Broker requires:

  • One of the following IBM servers:
    • z15
    • z14 (all models)
    • z13® (all models)
  • IBM Cloud™ Private base infrastructure or Red Hat OpenShift container platform
  • z/OS V2.2, z/OS V2.3, or z/OS V2.4
  • z/OS MF setup and configured with Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS

For additional details, see the Technical information section.



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Planned availability date

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December 13, 2019



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Accessibility by people with disabilities

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Accessibility Compliance Reports (previously known as a VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance to standards, including the Worldwide Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, European Standard EN 301 349, and US Section 508, can be found on the IBM Accessibility Conformance Report Request website.



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Reference information

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For additional information about z/OS Cloud Broker, see IBM Marketplace and Software Announcement 219-037, dated May 14, 2019.

For information about Red Hat OpenShift, see the Red Hat webpage.

For information about IBM Cloud Pak for Applications, see Software Announcement 219-395, dated August 6, 2019.

For information about IBM Cloud Private, see Software Announcements:

For information on the z15 server, see Hardware Announcement 119-027, dated September 12, 2019.

For information on the z14 servers, see Hardware Announcements:

For information on the z14 Model ZR1 server, see Hardware Announcements:

For information on the z13 servers, see Hardware Announcements:

For information on the z13s® servers, see Hardware Announcements:



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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5635-ZCB 1.1.0 IBM z/OS Cloud Broker
5635-ZCS 1.0.0 IBM z/OS Cloud Broker S&S

Program number Subscription and support program number
5635-ZCB 5635-ZCS


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Education support

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IBM training provides education to support many IBM offerings. Descriptions of courses for IT professionals and managers can be found on the IBM Training and Skills website.

Call IBM training at 800-IBM-TEACH (426-8322) for catalogs, schedules, and enrollments.

Specific product education on z/OS Cloud Broker is available on IBM Knowledge Center.



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Offering Information

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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.



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Business Partner information

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If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 219-440 for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBMid).



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Publications

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Technical documentation will be available on IBM Knowledge Center on December 13, 2019.



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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

Hardware requirements

z/OS Cloud Broker is supported on the following hardware platforms:

  • IBM z15
  • IBM z14 (all models)
  • IBM z13 (all models)
Detailed hardware requirements for z/OS Cloud Broker will be available from IBM Knowledge Center on December 13, 2019.

For any hardware requirements for IBM Cloud Private, see System requirements.

Software requirements

z/OS Cloud Broker requires:

  • IBM Cloud Private or Red Hat OpenShift
  • z/OS V2.2, z/OS V2.3, or z/OS V2.4
  • z/OS MF setup and configured with Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS
  • Recommended PTFs for Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS Plugin for z/OSMF:
    • V2.2
      • UI62931
      • UI63122
    • V2.3
      • UI62926
      • UI63275
    • V2.4
      • UI64445
      • UI64622

Detailed software requirements for z/OS Cloud Broker will be available from IBM Knowledge Center on November 15, 2019.

For any software requirements for IBM Cloud Private, see System requirements.

IBM Support

IBM Support is your gateway to technical support tools and resources that are designed to help you save time and simplify support. IBM Support can help you find answers to questions, download fixes, troubleshoot, submit and track problem cases, and build skills. Learn and stay informed about the transformation of IBM Support, including new tools, new processes, and new capabilities, by going to the IBM Support Insider.

You can also access the Service requests and PMRs website for additional support options.

Planning information

Packaging

z/OS Cloud Broker (5635-ZCB) is packaged as follows:

Deliverable Form number Medium
z/OS Cloud Broker Licensed Code None Electronic
z/OS Cloud Broker Licensed Code DVD LCD7-7081 Physical
z/OS Cloud Broker License Information GC27-9421 Electronic
z/OS Cloud Broker License Information CD LC27-9430 Electronic
Physical
z/OS Cloud Broker README GI13-4389 Electronic
Physical

IBM recommends internet delivery from Shopz. However, if you still require physical media, you can choose DVD. Contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.

This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, which 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.

Security, auditability, and control

z/OS Cloud Broker uses the security and auditability features of the host operating system 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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Ordering information

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Consult your IBM representative.

The program in this announcement has Value Unit-based pricing.

Program number Program name Value Unit exhibit
5635-ZCB IBM z/OS Cloud Broker VUE039

For each IBM Z IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, the quantity of that program needed to satisfy applicable IBM terms and conditions is referred to as the required license capacity. Your required license capacity is based upon the following factors:

  • The IBM Z IPLA program you select
  • The applicable Value Unit Exhibit
  • The applicable terms
  • Whether your current mainframes are full-capacity or sub-capacity


Value Unit exhibit VUE039

Usage Level, Cumulative Minimum Maximum Value Units/Broker Connection
1 1 4 1.00
2 5 10 0.65
3 11 15 0.50
4 16 25 0.40
5 26 + 0.20


Ordering z/OS Cloud Broker through the internet

Shopz provides an easy way to plan and order this offering. Additional products can also be added to your order (including determination of whether all product requisites are satisfied). You can also contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner to handle your order using the traditional IBM ordering process. For more details and availability, see the Shopz website.

z/OS Cloud Broker is eligible for internet delivery using the Shopz website and is planned to be available at the general availability of z/OS Cloud Broker.

Charge metric

For z/OS Cloud Broker charge metrics, see the following License Information document on the IBM Software License Agreement website.

Program name Program number License Information document number
IBM z/OS Cloud Broker 5635-ZCB L-NADN-BGDQPF

Select your language of choice and scroll down to the Charge Metrics section.

Basic license

This offering uses Value Unit Exhibit VUE039.

Ordering information remains unchanged from Software Announcement 219-037, dated May 14, 2019.



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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.

Software Maintenance

The IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011) applies for Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) and does not require client signatures:

This program is licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA) and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance, which provide for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. These programs have 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

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

Program identifier License Information document title License Information document number
5635-ZCB IBM z/OS Cloud Broker L-NADN-BGDQPF

Select your language of choice. Follow-on releases, if any, may have updated terms. See the License Information documents 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 Support Guide.

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 two 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.

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)

No

Passport Advantage applies

No

Usage restrictions

Yes

For any usage restrictions, see the License Information document listed in this Terms and conditions section.

Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. During the Software Subscription and Support period, for the unmodified portion of a program, and to the extent problems can be recreated in the specified operating environment, IBM will provide the following:

  • Defect correction information, a restriction, or a bypass.
  • Program updates: Periodic releases of collections of code corrections, fixes, functional enhancements and new versions and releases to the program and documentation.
  • Technical assistance: A reasonable amount of remote assistance by telephone or electronically to address suspected program defects. Technical assistance is available from the IBM support center in the organization's geography.

Additional details regarding Technical Assistance, which includes IBM contact information, are provided in 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.
  • Failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

Software Subscription and Support is provided only if the program is within its support timeframe as specified in the Software Support Lifecycle policy for the program.

For operating system software, the revised IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel offering will provide support for those operating systems and associated products that are not available with the Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) offering.

This will ensure total support coverage for your enterprise needs, including IBM and selected non-IBM products. For complete lists of products supported under both the current and revised offering, go to the Supported product list website.

IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel

No

Variable charges apply

No

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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Prices

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The prices are unchanged by this announcement.

IBM Global Financing

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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.

Financing from IBM Global Financing helps you preserve cash and credit lines, enables more technology acquisition within current budget limits, can help accelerate implementation of economically attractive new technologies, offers payment and term flexibility, and can help match project costs to projected benefits. Financing is available worldwide for credit-qualified clients.



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Order now

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

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