IBM PowerVC 2 has enhanced storage integration, usability, and performance capabilities

IBM United States Software Announcement 220-247
October 6, 2020


Table of contents
OverviewOverviewTechnical informationTechnical information
Key requirementsKey requirementsOrdering informationOrdering information
Planned availability datePlanned availability dateTerms and conditionsTerms and conditions
Program numberProgram numberPricesPrices
PublicationsPublications


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Overview

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IBM® PowerVC V2, which is designed to simplify the management of virtual resources in IBM Power® Systems environments, has several enhancements to its storage integration, usability, and performance capabilities:

  • New GUI with improved usability based on client feedback
  • SUSE Linux® Enterprise Server (SLES) support for the PowerVC management server
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8 support with Python 3 compatibility
  • Consistency group snapshot and restore:
    • Virtual machine (VM) snapshot (selective volumes or all volumes)
    • List snapshots and restore from snapshot
    • If more than one volume is captured through a snapshot, an internal consistency group will be created before the snapshot is completed
  • Volume cloning for backup purposes
  • VM cloning to simplify the redundant deployment of workloads
  • Support for Global Mirror for IBM Spectrum® Virtualize for enabling disaster recovery in support of the IBM FlashSystem® family
  • New user interface features, such as a context sensitive log display and the eye icon to make the password visible
  • Improved scalability from 6,000 VMs to 10,000 VMs, and increased storage scalability from 10,000 volumes to 20,000 volumes
  • Migration of volumes with retype support for existing volumes
  • Multifactor authentication (MFA) support
  • Virtual Persistent Memory support
  • Two new Dynamic Resource Optimizer (DRO) policies:
    • Combined CPU and memory utilization
    • Shared processor pool utilization


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Key requirements

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Any IBM system that includes an IBM POWER7+®, or later, processor.

PowerVC integrated storage support for:

  • IBM Storage: Storwize® (SVC), DS8000®, and XIV®
  • EMC Storage: VNX, VMAX, and PowerMax
  • Hitachi: Virtual Storage Platform (VSP), VSP G1000, and VSP G Series
  • Pure Storage

PowerVC pluggable storage support for:

  • HP 3PAR
  • NetApp


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Planned availability date

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December 11, 2020



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Reference information

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Not applicable



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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5765-VS2 2.0.0 IBM PowerVC
5765-VC2 2.0.0 IBM PowerVC for Private Cloud

Program number Maintenance 1-year registration Program number Maintenance 1-year ALC Program number Maintenance 3-year registration Program number Maintenance 3-year renewal Program number Maintenance 3-year ALC Program number
5765-VS2 5660-VCS 5661-VCS 5662-VCS 5663-VCS 5664-VCS

Program number Maintenance 1-year registration Program number Maintenance 1-year ALC Program number Maintenance 3-year registration Program number Maintenance 3-year renewal Program number Maintenance 3-year ALC Program number
5765-VC2 5660-VCC 5661-VCC 5662-VCC 5663-VCC 5664-VCC

Note: SWMA PIDs are already announced.

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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

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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

Any IBM system that includes an IBM POWER7+, and later, processor

Software requirements
  • PowerVM® Standard Edition (5765-VS3) for basic functions, and PowerVM Enterprise Edition (5765-VE3) or PowerVM PowerLinux Edition (5765-VL3) for full function.
  • Firmware v8.2, or higher, is required for the new Remote Restart function for PowerVM that is managed by PowerVC.

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.

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Planning information

Packaging

This offering is delivered through IBM "My Entitled System Support Site" as an electronic download. There is no physical media.



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Ordering information

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Consult your IBM representative.


New feature numbers

Program number Feature description OTC feature number
5765-VC2 Per Proc Core on Large Server with 1 yr SWMA 0001
5765-VC2 Upg from Medium Server to Large Server 0002
5765-VC2 Upg from Small Server to Large Server 0003
5765-VC2 Per Processor Core trade-up from 5765-VCD 0004
5765-VC2 Per Processor Core trade-up from 5765-VS2 0005
5765-VC2 Per Proc Core on Medium Server with 1 yr SWMA 0006
5765-VC2 Upg from Small Server to Medium Server 0007
5765-VC2 Per Processor Core trade-up from 5765-VCD 0008
5765-VC2 Per Processor Core trade-up from 5765-VS2 0009
5765-VC2 Per Proc Core on Small Server with 1 yr SWMA 0010
5765-VC2 Per Processor Core trade-up from 5765-VCD 0011
5765-VC2 Per Processor Core trade-up from 5765-VS2 0012

Program number Feature description Process option feature number
5765-VC2 ESD only 3453

Program number Feature description OTC feature number
5765-VS2 Per Proc Core on Large Server with 1 yr SWMA 0001
5765-VS2 Per Processor Core Upg from Medium Server to Large Server 0002
5765-VS2 Per Processor Core Upg from Small Server to Large Server 0003
5765-VS2 Per Proc Core on Medium Server with 1 yr SWMA 0004
5765-VS2 Per Proc Core Upg from Small Server to Medium Server 0005
5765-VS2 Per Proc Core on Small Server with 1 yr SWMA 0006

Program number Feature description Process option feature number
5765-VS2 ESD only 3453

There is no new ordering information in this release. The SWMA PIDs are already announced.


Maintenance program number description

Maintenance program number Description
5660-VCS PowerVC R/R 1yr
5661-VCS PowerVC A/L 1yr
5662-VCS PowerVC Reg 3yr
5663-VCS PowerVC Ren 3yr
5664-VCS PowerVC A/L 3yr

Maintenance program number Description
5660-VCC PowerVC for Private Cloud R/R 1yr
5661-VCC PowerVC for Private Cloud A/L 1yr
5662-VCC PowerVC for Private Cloud Reg 3yr
5663-VCC PowerVC for Private Cloud Ren 3yr
5664-VCC PowerVC for Private Cloud A/L 3yr

Charge metric

The charge metrics for these licensed products can be found in the following License Information documents:

Program identifier License Information document title License Information document number
5765-VS2 IBM PowerVC L-RPAL-BMYE9F
5765-VC2 IBM PowerVC for Private Cloud L-RPAL-BMYE9F

Select your language of choice and scroll down to the Charge Metrics section. Follow-on releases, if any, may have updated terms. See the License Information documents website for more information.

System Program Order (SPO)

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

To receive shipment of machine-readable materials the order needs to include SPO 5692-A6P and program feature:

SPO Program number Program name Supply Feature number
5692-A6P PowerVC V2 2371


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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 and does not require client signatures.

Licenses under the IBM International 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 (also referred to as Software Maintenance) 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

The following License Information documents apply to the offerings in this announcement:

Program identifier License Information document title License Information document number
5765-VS2 IBM PowerVC L-RPAL-BMYE9F
5765-VC2 IBM PowerVC for Private Cloud L-RPAL-BMYE9F

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 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

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

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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For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.


New feature numbers

Program number Feature description OTC feature number
5765-VC2 Per Proc Core on Large Server with 1 yr SWMA 0001
5765-VC2 Upg from Medium Server to Large Server 0002
5765-VC2 Upg from Small Server to Large Server 0003
5765-VC2 Per Processor Core trade-up from 5765-VCD 0004
5765-VC2 Per Processor Core trade-up from 5765-VS2 0005
5765-VC2 Per Proc Core on Medium Server with 1 yr SWMA 0006
5765-VC2 Upg from Small Server to Medium Server 0007
5765-VC2 Per Processor Core trade-up from 5765-VCD 0008
5765-VC2 Per Processor Core trade-up from 5765-VS2 0009
5765-VC2 Per Proc Core on Small Server with 1 yr SWMA 0010
5765-VC2 Per Processor Core trade-up from 5765-VCD 0011
5765-VC2 Per Processor Core trade-up from 5765-VS2 0012

Program number Feature description OTC feature number
5765-VS2 Per Proc Core on Large Server with 1 yr SWMA 0001
5765-VS2 Per Processor Core Upg from Medium Server to Large Server 0002
5765-VS2 Per Processor Core Upg from Small Server to Large Server 0003
5765-VS2 Per Proc Core on Medium Server with 1 yr SWMA 0004
5765-VS2 Per Proc Core Upg from Small Server to Medium Server 0005
5765-VS2 Per Proc Core on Small Server with 1 yr SWMA 0006

Pricing terms

Prices in the following PDF prices link are suggested list prices on day of announcement for the U.S. only. They are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. IBM list price does not include tax or shipping and is subject to change without notice.

ENUS-220-247-LIST_PRICES_2020_10_06.PDF ENUS-220-247-LIST_PRICES_2020_10_06.PDF

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Trademarks

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