IBM System Storage VTF Mainframe V3 -- a z/OS software virtualization platform that delivers industry-unique functionality

IBM United States Software Announcement 208-427
November 25, 2008

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Overview Overview Technical information Technical information
Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Software Services Software Services
Planned availability date Planned availability date Ordering information Ordering information
Description Description Terms and conditions Terms and conditions
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Program number Program number Prices Prices
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IBM® System Storage™ VTF Mainframe V3 is a software product that creates a virtual tape environment for z/OS®.

VTFM provides the following benefits:

  • Enhances job performance by reducing tape I/O wait while storing tape data on disk using fewer real I/Os
  • Integrates seamlessly with no job, JCL, or operational changes
  • Provides parallel access tape support, enabling multiple, simultaneous real accesses to virtual tape
  • Provides for policy-driven disk space management of VTFM disk pools
  • Installs on z/OS using SMP-E
  • Provides z/OS legacy tape/disk compatibility
  • Reduces dependency on aging physical tape architectures

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

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IBM System Storage VTF Mainframe provides a virtual tape alternative for many System z® users. It is compatible with and integrates within existing IBM and IBM compatible System z tape environments, delivering a high performance yet low cost tape virtualization strategy.

By storing its virtual tapes on standard System z disk, VTF Mainframe (VTFM) adds device independence to batch tape processing and enhances disaster recovery by providing tape data with the same resiliency features as IBM System z disk products.

VTFM provides Parallel Access Tape (PAT) support. PAT enables multiple, simultaneous read accesses to virtual tape volumes. z/OS does not support multiple, simultaneous read accesses to a physical tape volume.

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z/OS V1R8, or later

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Planned availability date
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December 5, 2008

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IBM System Storage VTFM V3 simulates IBM compatible tape controllers, tape drives, and tape volumes. It does not introduce new hardware, rather, real tape devices are replaced by logical, memory resident, virtual tape devices. Tape volumes are replaced with virtual tape datasets that are maintained on any IBM z/OS compatible disk subsystem.

VTFM virtual tapes can be configured in a "VTFM complex" that enables concurrent access to tape volumes. VTFM supports standard-label and no-label tapes, as well as multiple dataset volumes and multiple volume data sets.

The implementation of VTFM does not require any changes to existing JCL or applications. The user may code rules into the VTFM server parameter list to permit sharing of virtual tapes by applications within the same z/OS.

VTFM can provide up to 256 virtual tape devices per VTFM server and can handle an unlimited number of virtual tapes. Additionally, the virtual tape library can be shared among systems. Additional media capacity is achieved by adding more disk space to the system.

VTFM virtual tapes are managed by the site's tape management system or can be system managed using ISPF or another online browser.

In conjunction with IBM's XRC or IBM's PPRC, VTFM offers quick recovery of and access to virtual tape libraries in a disaster recovery situation. XRC or PPRC can also be used to electronically transfer all tape data while migrating or merging data centers. In conjunction with an FTP, VTFM can electronically vault virtual tapes to one or more remote off-site storage locations to support business continuity and resiliency.

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Program PID number  Support PID number
5655-V43            5655-V44 

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Program                Program
number         VRM     name
 5655-V43      3.0.0   IBM System Storage VTF Mainframe
 5655-V44      1.0.0   IBM System Storage VTF Mainframe
                       Subscription and Support

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld® ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

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Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site

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Relevant publications included in the Publications CD-ROM (SCD7-3577) are:

Title                                         number
Program Directory for IBM System              GI11-8936
Storage VTF Mainframe V3.0.0
IBM System Storage VTF Mainframe V3.0.0       GC53-1190
Reference Guide
IBM System Storage VTF Mainframe V3.0.0       GC53-1191
User Guide
IBM System Storage VTF Mainframe V3.0.0       GC53-1192
IBM System Storage VTF Mainframe V3.0.0       GC53-1189
Release Notes

To order additional selected hardcopy publications for a fee or download free PDF format publications, visit the IBM Publications Center Web site

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

IBM System Storage VTFM V3 must have sufficent disk space available on which to install the product. The minimum required to store the tape is one 3390 disk volume. VTFM must have a console in order to perform system installation and maintenance. One console (monitor, keyboard, and mouse) is required.

Confer with your IBM representative for console configuration alternatives.

Software requirements

This program runs only on System z processors with z/OS V1R8, or later.

The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a README file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.

Planning information

Physical planning is a customer responsibility. Refer to the planning information provided in the IBM System Storage VTFM Installation Guide..

Direct customer support

Direct customer support is provided by IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel. This fee service enhances your productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organization. IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel helps answer questions pertaining to usage and suspected software defects for eligible products.

Installation and technical support is provided by Global Services. For more information call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

For technical support or assistance, contact your IBM representative or visit

For new orders of IBM System Storage VTFM 5655-V43, License GI11-8937-00 the following media are shipped:

Media title
IBM System Storage VTFM Product Tape
IBM System Storage VTFM Software Publications CD-ROM

For information on the publications available with this product, refer to the Publications.

The paid invoice acts as Proof of Entitlement (PoE) for all orders of IBM System Storage VTFM V3.0.

Security, auditability, and control

VTFM V3 uses the security and auditability features of host hardware, host software, or application software to which it is attached. The customer 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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Software Services
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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 or to contact a Software Services sales specialist, visit

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Charge metric
                 Part number or
Program name     PID number      Charge metric
VTFM V3.0        5655-V43        per Value Unit

VU Value Unit

VU Value Unit is the unit of measure by which this program is licensed. VU Value Unit entitlements are based on the quantity of a specific designated measurement, either users or resources, for the given program. A Proof of Entitlement (PoE) must be obtained for the appropriate number of VU Value Units required for your environment as defined by the specific program terms. The VU Value Unit entitlements are specific to the program and may not be exchanged, interchanged, or aggregated with VU Value Unit entitlements of another program. To understand these benefits of VU Value Unit licensing, and to determine how many VU Value Units to obtain for the program, contact your IBM representative.

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

number     Program name         Value Unit exhibit
5655-V43   IBM System Storage   VUE027
           VTFM V3.0

For each System 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 System z IPLA program you select
  • The applicable Value Unit Exhibit
  • The applicable terms

Value Unit exhibit VUE027

Cumulative usage Level    Value Units per TB
  1 - 12 TB               1 VU/TB
 13 - 32 TB               0.8455 VUs/TB
 33 - 64 TB               0.6137 VUs/TB
 65 - 100 TB              0.4639 VUs/TB
101 - 250 TB              0.3870 VUs/TB
251+ TB                   0.3097 VUs/TB

VTFM V3 will be available in customized offerings and will be orderable by customers through ShopzSeries.

- S015CV1  IBM System Storage VTF Mainframe V3 Billing
- S015CV2  IBM System Storage VTF Mainframe V3, ENU,
           3480 Uncomp Supply
- S015CTZ  IBM SysStg VTF Mainframe S&S  Billing
- S015D5L  IBM Sys Stg VTF Mainframe S&S, ENU,
           Hardcopy Pub Supply
Basic license

To order, specify the program product number and the appropriate license or charge option. Also, specify the desired distribution medium. To suppress shipment of media, select the license-only option in CFSW.

Program name: IBM System Storage VTF Mainframe V3.0
Program PID:  5655-V43
Entitlement                                  License option/
identifier   Description                     Pricing metric
S015CV1      IBM System Storage VTF          Basic OTC, per
             Mainframe V3.0 Billing          Value Unit
supply ID    Language                        Distribution medium
S015CV2      English                         Tape
Program name: IBM System Storage VTF Mainframe Subscription and
Support V1.0
Program PID:  5655-V44
Entitlement                                  License option/
identifier   Description                     Pricing metric
S015CTZ      IBM System Storage VTF          Basic ASC, per Value
             Mainframe S&S Billing            Unit SW S&S
supply ID   Language                         Distribution medium
S015D5L     English                          Publication

Customized Offerings

Product deliverables are shipped only via Customized Offerings (for example, CBPDO, ServerPac, SystemPac®).

CBPDO and ServerPac are offered for Internet delivery, where ShopzSeries product ordering is available. Internet delivery of ServerPac may help improve automation and software delivery time. For more details on Internet delivery, refer to the ShopzSeries help information at

Media type for this software product is chosen during the Customized Offerings ordering process. Based on your customer environment, it is recommended that the highest possible density tape media is selected. Currently offered media types are:

  • CBPDOs - 3480, 3480 Compressed, 3490E, 3590, 3592*
  • ServerPacs - 3480, 3480 Compressed, 3490E, 3590, 3592*
  • SystemPacs - 3480, 3480 Compressed, 3490E, 3590, 3592*

*3592 is highest density media. Selecting 3592 will ship the fewest number of media.

Once a product becomes generally available, it will be included in the next ServerPac and SystemPac monthly update.

Production of software product orders will begin on the planned general availability date.

  • CBPDO shipments will begin one week after general availability.
  • ServerPac shipments will begin two weeks after inclusion in ServerPac.
  • SystemPac shipments will begin four weeks after inclusion in SystemPac due to additional customization, and data input verification.

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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.


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

Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance

The following agreement applies for Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) and does not require customer signatures:

  • IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011)

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 as long as support is in effect.

License Information form number

GI11-8937-00. The program's Licence Information will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement Web site
Limited warranty applies


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, consult the IBM Software Support Handbook found at

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

Program support

Enhanced support, called Subscription and Support, includes telephone assistance, as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect. You will be notified of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice.

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.

Authorization for use on home/portable computer

You may not copy and use this program on another computer without paying additional license fees.

Other terms
Volume orders (IVO)


IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement
Passport Advantage applies


Usage restriction

Yes. IBM System Storage VTFM V3.0 is licensed on a per terabyte basis.

Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) applies

No. 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, visit
IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel


System i Software Maintenance applies


Variable charges apply


Educational allowance available

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

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IBM Electronic Services
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IBM has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to help you achieve higher system availability. Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that offers an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available for IBM servers. These services are designed to provide the opportunity for greater system availability with faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. Electronic Services comprises two separate, but complementary, elements: Electronic Services news page and Electronic Services Agent.

The Electronic Services news page is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The Electronic Service Agent™ is no-additional-charge software that resides on your server. It monitors events and transmits system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, client-defined timetable. The Electronic Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to deliver proactive service that may result in higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent is made available to IBM service support representatives when they help answer your questions or diagnose problems. Installation and use of IBM Electronic Service Agent for problem reporting enables IBM to provide better support and service for your IBM server.

To learn how Electronic Services can work for you, visit

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Information on charges is available at

Choose the option entitled Purchase/upgrade tools.

IBM System Storage VTFM V3.0
Capacity Support per terabyte
Cumulative usage level   Value Units per TB
  1 - 12 TB              1 VU/TB
 13 - 32 TB              0.8455 VUs/TB
 33 - 64 TB              0.6137 VUs/TB
 65 - 100 TB             0.4639 VUs/TB
101 - 250 TB             0.3870 VUs/TB
251+ TB                  0.3097 VUs/TB
Program nameProgram numberProgram featureFeature descriptionList price
VTFM V3.05655V440001Decline SW S&S$0.00
VTFM V3.05655V440002Per VU SW S&S Reseller 1 Yr$1,828.00
VTFM V3.05655V440004Per Value Unit SW S&S$1,828.00
VTFM V3.05655V430001IBM Stg VTFM V3$9,140.00

Software Maintenance

IBM System Storage
One Year Software Maintenance
Cumulative usage Level    Value Units per TB
  1 - 12 TB               1 VU/TB
 13 - 32 TB               0.8455 VUs/TB
 33 - 64 TB               0.6137 VUs/TB
 65 - 100 TB              0.4639 VUs/TB
101 - 250 TB              0.3870 VUs/TB
251+ TB                   0.3097 VUs/TB

Pricing information is available through the configurator. For pricing information, confer with your Storage or System z IBM representative.

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To order, contact the Americas Call Centers, your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner.

Identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

Phone:      800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)
Fax:        800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)
Mail:       IBM Teleweb Customer Support
  ® Sales Execution Center, Americas North
            3500 Steeles Ave. East, Tower 3/4
            Markham, Ontario
            L3R 2Z1

Reference: YE001

The Americas Call Centers, our national direct marketing organization, can add your name to the mailing list for catalogs of IBM products.

Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

System Storage and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

IBM, z/OS, System z, PartnerWorld, SystemPac, Passport Advantage and are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Terms of use

IBM products and services which are announced and available in your country can be ordered under the applicable standard agreements, terms, conditions, and prices in effect at the time. IBM reserves the right to modify or withdraw this announcement at any time without notice. This announcement is provided for your information only. Additional terms of use are located at:

For the most current information regarding IBM products, consult your IBM representative or reseller, or visit the IBM worldwide contacts page


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