Announcement Summary - February 07, 2012

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Announcements by Letter Number

112-013 The IBM 128 GB and 256 GB 2.5-inch small form factor (SFF) solid-state drives offer an affordable, reliable, performance-driven solution for read-intensive applications using 6 Gbps SATA interface and MLC NAND technology

112-019 IBM System Storage TS7650 and TS7650G Technical Advisor support during warranty period

112-027 The G8264T RackSwitch offers forty-eight 10GBASE-T Ethernet ports and four 40 QSFP+ ports in a 1RU footprint

112-028 IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer delivers petascale computing for high-performance computing applications

112-031 IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 with software release 11.1 offers optional SSD caching

112-049 Revision to product name: IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8316

212-015 IBM Cognos Insight 10.1 - personal analytics without compromise

212-021 IBM Cognos TM1 V10.1

212-032 New Competitive User trade-up features available for IBM COBOL for AIX and IBM PL/I for AIX

212-037 IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 Software Version 11.1.0 supports SSD caching and multi-system management enhancements, and IBM XIV Storage System Software Version 10.2.4.e offers cross-generation mirroring

212-041 IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE on z/OS , V5.1.0 and IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE on z/OS for CICS , V5.1.0 can reduce cost and business risk of managing z/OS and CICS environments

612-004 IBM Implementation Services for System z - network virtualization for zBX

912-009 Software withdrawal and support discontinuance: IBM System z selected products

912-011 Software withdrawal: IBM i 5.4 and withdrawal from marketing of selected IBM i services

912-013 Software withdrawal: Select IBM System Storage Data Center Fabric Manager V10.4 Maintenance and Service Support features - Replacements available

912-022 Software withdrawal: IBM Rational Software Analyzer selected licenses

912-026 Software support discontinuance: IBM CICS tools selected products

Promotions and Price Changes


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Hardware Announcements


112-019 IBM System Storage TS7650 and TS7650G Technical Advisor support during warranty period

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Overview

IBM System Storage® TS7650 and TS7650G will provide additional support with Technical Advisor during the warranty period. This support will be delivered remotely and will include a documented support plan, coordinated problem management, reporting on client's hardware inventories and microcode levels, and consultation regarding ProtecTIER® software updates. The Technical Advisor will conduct a Welcome Call with the client and provide a statement of work for this support.

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).

Planned availability date

February 7, 2012


112-013 The IBM 128 GB and 256 GB 2.5-inch small form factor (SFF) solid-state drives offer an affordable, reliable, performance-driven solution for read-intensive applications using 6 Gbps SATA interface and MLC NAND technology

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The 128 GB and 256 GB entry-level SSDs provide affordable, reliable, and performance-driven solid-state storage solutions for read-intensive applications. These solid-state drives present an opportunity to simplify your local storage infrastructure to help maintain overall maintenance and cooling cost, while considering remote storage solutions for end-to-end data availability.

Benefits include:

Overview

The new IBM 128 GB and 256 GB solid-state drives employ cost-effective MLC NAND technology to bring an affordable, but performance-driven solution for read-intensive applications. The new SSD drives will each be available in a 2.5-inch SFF with both simple-swap and hot-swap options.

These SSDs use a single-chip controller with a SATA interface on the system side and n-channels of Micron NAND Flash internally. Packaged in an HDD replacement enclosure, these SSDs integrate easily in existing storage infrastructures. They are targeted at applications that require high I/O performance in random read operations in applications such as web or video serving, or content delivery.

Providing that additional peace of mind, the 128 GB and 256 GB MLC SSDs are covered under IBM warranty. These drives carry a 1-year limited warranty, or when installed in a System x® server, these drives assume your system's base warranty. Solid-state devices do have finite write or P/E cycles and are listed as Total Bytes Written (TBW). Refer to the Limitations section and the device specifications for details.

Features and functions of the 128 GB and 256 GB MLC SATA SSDs for IBM System x:

Feature exchange

None

Key prerequisites

IBM System x or BladeCenter® system with SATA capability.

Planned availability date

February 28, 2012


112-027 The G8264T RackSwitch offers forty-eight 10GBASE-T Ethernet ports and four 40 QSFP+ ports in a 1RU footprint

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IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264T (rear to front) (7309-CR9) and IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264T (front to rear) (7309-CF9)

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).

Overview

IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264T

The G8264T RackSwitch offers forty-eight 10GBASE-T Ethernet ports and four 40 GbE QSFP+ ports in a 1RU footprint. Designed with top performance in mind, the G8264T RackSwitch provides line-rate, high-bandwidth switching, filtering, and traffic queuing without delaying data, and large data-center-grade buffers to keep traffic moving. The 10GBASE-T ports allow customer to utilize 10G Capable infrastructures (Cat6/6A) to provide a cost-effective, high-bandwidth solution. Redundant power and fans along with numerous high-availability features ensure that the G8264T RackSwitch is always available for business-sensitive traffic.


Note: Some products may not be available in your country.

Feature exchange

None

Key prerequisites

Not applicable.

Planned availability date

April 23, 2012


112-031 IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 with software release 11.1 offers optional SSD caching

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IBM XIV® Storage System Gen3 Model 114 for machine types 2810 and 2812 now offers optional IBM XIV SSD Caching.

Overview

IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 with software release 11.1 now includes support for optional IBM XIV SSD Caching. This new feature is designed to provide a performance boost for Gen3 systems with more cache capacity than existing DIMM RAM and the ability to serve up to 3x the performance for OLTP workloads. With SSD caching, Gen3 with software release 11.1 further strengthens its ability to provide consistent high performance and enterprise functionality, along with low total cost of ownership (TCO) and ease of use. The enhancements in this release is intended to enable:

Key prerequisites

IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 Model 114 with IBM XIV Storage System Software Version 11.1.0, or later, installed.

Planned availability date

March 8, 2012


112-028 IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer delivers petascale computing for high-performance computing applications

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The Blue Gene/Q is designed to deliver the next-generation supercomputing system with:

Overview

The Blue Gene/Q supercomputer is the latest in the generation of the Blue Gene® product family, designed to perform in the petascale range. The system has:

The massively parallel supercomputer is designed to handle the most demanding data-intensive applications in the scientific areas of simulations, modeling, data mining, and business intelligence. The Blue Gene/Q supercomputer utilizes a 4-way hyperthreaded, 64-bit PowerPC A2 chip on a compute card with 16-GB memory. Thirty-two compute cards are installed onto a Q32 assembly (node board). Sixteen Q32 assemblies (node boards) are plugged into a mid-plane, and a compute rack can have up to two mid-planes.

The The Blue Gene/Q system is comprised of compute racks and I/O racks. Compute racks contain up to 32 water-cooled node boards for a total of 1024 compute cards, 16,384 cores, and 16 TB of memory per rack. Air-cooled I/O drawers contain eight compute cards and eight PCIe slots for Quad Data Rate InfiniBand or 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking. I/O drawers can be integrated into the compute racks or they can be installed into I/O racks. The system is enabled by a fiberoptic torus interconnect network.

Planned availability date

March 30, 2012

There may be long lead times between order placement and delivery of the system.


112-049 Revision to product name: IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8316

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Overview

On February 7, 2012, product name changes will take effect for the following IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8316 systems originally announced in Hardware Announcement 111-205, dated October 11, 2011:

Planned availability date

February 7, 2012

Software Announcements


212-021 IBM Cognos TM1 V10.1

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Overview

For the best business outcomes, your company needs to plan, forecast, and budget effectively. You must also get the right information to the right people in the form they need it, and be able to make changes quickly. IBM® Cognos® TM1® V10.1 provides a complete planning, budgeting, and forecasting environment that supports the full range of business requirements. It provides an on-demand approach to consolidating, viewing, and editing enormous volumes of multidimensional data. Using a patented, 64-bit, in-memory OLAP server, IBM Cognos TM1 V10.1 enables on-demand analytics for complex data or large data sets with real-time query and calculation performance enabling dynamic planning and forecasting - and re-forecasting.

IBM Cognos TM1 V10.1 extends these rich capabilities by the following performance enhancements:

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Technical information section for details.

Planned availability date

February 7, 2012: Electronic availability

February 15, 2012: Media availability


212-015 IBM Cognos Insight 10.1 - personal analytics without compromise

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At a glance

The key features for this release of IBM Cognos Insight 10.1 revolve around the following areas:

Overview

IBM Cognos Insight 10.1 empowers all users to independently explore data, build scenario models, and share insights without Information Technology (IT) assistance. But, unlike other dashboard products, Cognos Insight is based on proven enterprise technology that will grow with you when you are ready so that you can easily extend into predictive analytics, managed reporting, and performance management.

You can start quickly by using all of the secured, trusted business intelligence data and reports already built by IT. Now you do not have to sacrifice the agility you need today for a solution that is not IT endorsed and future proof.

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Technical information section for more details.

Planned availability date

February 7, 2012: Electronic availability

February 15, 2012: Media availability


212-041 IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE on z/OS , V5.1.0 and IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE on z/OS for CICS , V5.1.0 can reduce cost and business risk of managing z/OS and CICS environments

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IBM Tivoli® OMEGAMON® XE on z/OS®, V5.1, IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS, V5.1, and IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON Dashboard Edition for z/OS, V5.1 use a new architecture to simplify installation, provide for integrated enhanced 3270 monitors focused on helping subject matter experts, and resolve impacts faster, integrating related data defined by customer subject matter experts focused on solving problems encountered on a day-to-day basis.

These three products can enable you to:

For ordering, contact Your IBM representative or an IBM Business Partner.
For more information contact the Americas Call Centers at
800-IBM-CALL (426-2255).
 
Reference: LE001

Overview

IBM Tivoli introduces a significant update to IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON Performance Monitors for key System z® environments. IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for CICS and IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE on z/OS V5 editions bring new capabilities designed to:

IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE on z/OS:

IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS:

IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON Dashboard Edition on z/OS:

IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON on z/OS Management Suite is a consolidated offering that provides a broad real-time and historical performance and availability management function for the z/OS operating system, networks, and storage subsystems. It includes the new Tivoli OMEGAMON XE on z/OS, V5.1.0 and Tivoli OMEGAMON Dashboard Edition on z/OS, V5.1.0. As with every new release of a product contained in this consolidated offering, when a new release of a component is available, it will be included in the IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON on z/OS Management Suite. Therefore, in conjunction with the release of IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE on z/OS, V5.1.0 and IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON Dashboard Edition for z/OS, V5.1.0, the IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON for z/OS Management Suite is now V4.2.1.

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements section.

Planned availability date

March 9, 2012

212-037 IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 Software Version 11.1.0 supports SSD caching and multi-system management enhancements, and IBM XIV Storage System Software Version 10.2.4.e offers cross-generation mirroring

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Overview

IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 Software V11.1.0 (5639-YYB) is now available to support SSD caching for Gen3 hardware, mirroring between Gen3 and previous XIV models, multi-system management enhancements, and real-time XIV monitoring with the Apple iPhone.

IBM XIV Storage System V10.2.4.e offers cross-generation mirroring.

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).

Key prerequisites

An order of a validly configured IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 machine type 2810 or 2812, Model 114 must occur at the same time as an initial IBM XIV Storage System Software V11.1.0 order.

For mirroring on previous XIV models, IBM XIV Storage System Software must be at 10.2.4.e and IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 Software must be at 11.1.

Refer to the Hardware requirements and Ordering information sections for more information.

Planned availability date

March 8, 2012


212-032 New Competitive User trade-up features available for IBM COBOL for AIX and IBM PL/I for AIX

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Overview

Competitive trade-up features are introduced for COBOL for AIX® and PL/I for AIX.

Clients moving from an eligible competitive environment can now license certain IBM compilers for their application development environment at an attractive price.

To be eligible for the trade-up, you must have acquired a license of an eligible competitive program. An eligible competitive program is any non-IBM COBOL or PL/I compiler program that compiles source code written in the same programming language that will be compiled by the compiler that you are trading up to. For example, you can trade up from another vendors' COBOL compiler to IBM COBOL for AIX or another vendors' PL/I compiler to IBM PL/I for AIX.

Competitive trade-up features allow you to migrate, at a reduced cost, from other vendors' compilers to the IBM COBOL for AIX and IBM PL/I for AIX compilers.

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: RE001).

Planned availability date

Services Announcements


612-004 IBM Implementation Services for System z - network virtualization for zBX

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At a glance

IBM Implementation Services for System z - network virtualization for zBX helps:

Overview

IBM Implementation Services for System z - network virtualization for zBX is designed to assist you with the planning, design, configuration, and deployment of the zEnterprise intra-ensemble data network (IEDN) and implementation of the zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager (zManager). This service provides network management features such as network virtualization, access control, and network isolation to protect the heterogeneous platforms within the ensemble. An IBM specialist can assess your existing external and internal network connectivity, firewall requirements, mandated standards and/or other business imperatives, and security definitions to help arrive at a network design incorporating the IEDN. The specialist can also help you implement a sample network configuration, helping to optimize the network's communication associated with multi-tier application workloads within a zEnterprise ensemble.

For additional information about how this new service can assist you in managing your enterprise consisting of an IBM zEnterprise 196 (z196), and/or an IBM zEnterprise 114 (z114), and the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX), refer to the Description section of this announcement.

Key prerequisites

Hardware: IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX)

Software: Currently supported releases of z/OS and z/VM®

Planned availability date

February 7, 2012

Withdrawal Announcements


912-011 Software withdrawal: IBM i 5.4 and withdrawal from marketing of selected IBM i services

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Effective September 30, 2013, IBM will withdraw service for the following programs licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement:

Program                                          Withdrawal from
number        Program release name               support date

5722-AF1      IBM Advanced Function              September 30, 2013
               Printing Utilities
5722-AP1      IBM Advanced DBCS Printer          September 30, 2013
               Support for iSeries
5722-BR1      IBM Backup Recovery and            September 30, 2013
               Media Services for i 5.4
5722-CM1      IBM Communications                 September 30, 2013
               Utilities for i 5.4
5722-CR1      IBM Cryptographic Support          September 30, 2013
               for AS/400
5722-DB1      IBM System/38 Utilities for        September 30, 2013
               AS/400
5722-DE1      IBM DB2 Universal Database™        September 30, 2013
               Extenders for iSeries® V8.2
5722-DFH      IBM CICS® Transaction Server       September 30, 2013
               for i 5.4
5722-DP4      IBM DB2® DataPropagator for        September 30, 2013
               iSeries, V8.1
5722-DS1      IBM Business Graphics              September 30, 2013
               Utility for AS/400
5722-JS1      IBM Advanced Job Scheduler         September 30, 2013
               for i 5.4
5722-MG1      IBM Managed System Services        September 30, 2013
               for i 5.4
5722-PT1      IBM Performance Tools for          September 30, 2013
               iSeries
5722-QU1      IBM Query for iSeries              September 30, 2013
 
5722-SM1      IBM System Manager for i 5.4       September 30, 2013
 
5722-SS1      IBM i 5.4                          September 30, 2013
 
5722-ST1      IBM DB2 Query Manager and SQL      September 30, 2013
               Development Kit for iSeries
5722-WDS      IBM WebSphere® Development         September 30, 2013
               Studio for iSeries
5722-XL1      iSeries Access for Linux™          September 30, 2013
 
5722-XW1      IBM eServer™ iSeries Access        September 30, 2013
               Family
5733-CY1      IBM eServer iSeries                September 30, 2013
               Crypotgraphic Device Manager
5733-XT1      IBM XML Toolkit for iSeries        September 30, 2013
 

Effective September 30, 2013, program service currently being provided under the Software Maintenance Agreement or an IBM Global Services contract, is withdrawn for IBM i 5.4 and listed programs when running on IBM i 5.4. Service for these products within other IBM i environments is unaffected by this announcement.


912-009 Software withdrawal and support discontinuance: IBM System z selected products

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Overview

Effective February 7, 2012, IBM will discontinue program services for the following programs licensed under the IBM Customer Agreement:


912-022 Software withdrawal: IBM Rational Software Analyzer selected licenses

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Overview

Effective on the date listed below, IBM will withdraw from marketing, part numbers from the following product release(s) licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement:

          Withdrawal
          from
Program   marketing
number    date       Program release name
 
5724-U01  05/08/12   IBM Rational® Software Analyzer

912-013 Software withdrawal: Select IBM System Storage Data Center Fabric Manager V10.4 Maintenance and Service Support features - Replacements available

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912-026 Software support discontinuance: IBM CICS tools selected products

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Overview

Effective September 30, 2012, IBM will discontinue support for the following programs licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement:

Program
number    Program release name

5655-J99  IBM CICS Business Event Publisher for MQSeries® V1.2
 
5655-L66  IBM CICS VSAM Copy for z/OS V1.1
 

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