IBM z/VM 7.2 accelerates continuous delivery

IBM United States Software Announcement 220-305
August 4, 2020


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At a glance

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IBM® z/VM® 7.2 enhancements include:

  • Timely, client-driven functions previously delivered in the service stream of z/VM 7.1
  • Centralized service management, a simplified process for applying and deploying maintenance across multiple non-Single System Image (SSI) z/VM systems
  • Even greater availability and data redundancy for Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex® (GDPS®) environments and improved direct access storage device (DASD) scalability for clients exploiting Multi-Target Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy (MT-PPRC)
  • An enhanced test and debug environment provided by z/VM ADJUNCT support
  • A new Architecture Level Set (ALS) that requires one of the following IBM Z® or IBM LinuxONE servers, or later:
    • IBM z13®
    • IBM z13s®
    • LinuxONE Emperor
    • LinuxONE Rockhopper

For up-to-the-minute information on z/VM 7.2, see the z/VM 7.2 Resources web page.

Short videos describing the new functions delivered in z/VM can be found on the z/VM Spotlight web page.



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Overview

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z/VM 7.2 provides organizations with the premier hypervisor for hosting enterprise-class virtual servers to exploit the IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE advantages in scalability, performance, high availability, and security.

While cloud computing has become the standard use model for IT services, an IT infrastructure continues to be the foundation for every IT service. Realizing the benefits of cloud computing requires an infrastructure that delivers availability, reliability, security, and performance, while also providing strong virtualization technology, such as z/VM.

Virtualization is fundamental to delivering infrastructure as a service (IaaS), the basic building block for cloud. IBM continues to invest in z/VM technology to provide leading-edge virtualization capabilities for enterprises using IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE platforms, while evolving to meet the needs of IT organizations to deliver the foundation for user satisfaction. This progress can meet the needs of IT organizations to deliver the foundation for user satisfaction on traditional and modern workloads, including:

  • New container implementations using Red Hat® OpenShift® Container Platform and IBM Cloud® Paks for Linux® on IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE
  • Traditional monolithic workloads

With z/VM 7.2, IBM continues to deliver product enhancements to its z/VM advanced virtualization technology on IBM Z and LinuxONE servers using the z/VM continuous delivery (CD) model. This CD model for new functions offers organizations timely support for new technology throughout the life of a z/VM release using a delivery mechanism that is familiar to clients and time tested. Because the z/VM CD model is not centered around a release date, it enables schedule flexibility as IBM partners with the z/VM community in the design, development, and delivery of new functions.



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Key requirements

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Operating environment

z/VM 7.2 supports the following IBM Z and LinuxONE servers:

  • IBM z15™ Models T01 and T02
  • LinuxONE III Models LT1 and LT2
  • IBM z14® Models M01, M02, M03, M04, M05, and ZR1
  • LinuxONE Emperor II
  • LinuxONE Rockhopper II
  • z13®
  • z13s®
  • LinuxONE Emperor
  • LinuxONE Rockhopper



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Planned availability date

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September 18, 2020

See the Availability of national languages section for national language availability.



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Description

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The objective of z/VM 7.2 is to enhance the capabilities that support digital transformation, specifically those associated with scalability and efficiency. z/VM 7.2 is designed to enable the deployment of up to thousands of Linux servers on a single IBM Z or LinuxONE server, including z15™ Models T01 and T02 and LinuxONE III Models LT1 and LT2 servers.

Enhancements in z/VM 7.2 include:

  • Centralized Service Management for non-SSI environments:

    This function provides support to deploy service to multiple systems, regardless of geographic location, from a centralized primary location that manages distinct levels of service for a select group of traditional z/VM systems. One system is designated as a principal system and uses the z/VM Shared File System (SFS) to manage service levels for a set of defined-managed systems, regardless of their geographic location. The principal system builds service levels using the new service management command, SERVMGR, and existing VMSES/E SERVICE commands. This centralized service process keeps track of available service levels and manages whatever files are needed to supply a client-defined service level to a managed system. Centralized Service Management supports servicing base z/VM and preinstalled features.

  • Multiple Subchannel Set (MSS) MT-PPRC support for the GDPS environment:

    This function enables a disk device to be the primary disk for up to three secondary devices in each of up to three alternate subchannel sets. MSS MT-PPRC requires support for multiple subchannel sets that reflect the actual hardware configuration, specifically subchannel sets 0, 1, 2, and 3. The devices currently in use by z/VM are referred to as the ACTIVE configuration. Devices not in the ACTIVE configuration are referred to as the STANDBY configuration.

  • Support for the z/VM ADJUNCT environment:

    z/VM ADJUNCT support provides an environment that enables the manipulation of a guest operating system running in a primary configuration. The companion ADJUNCT environment can display and modify the primary's memory, making it useful for observing and manipulating a guest system that is running there.

  • Removal of line edit support during LOGON:

    When a z/VM External Security Manager (ESM) is not configured and active, z/VM 7.2 no longer performs line editing of data entered during LOGON, such as user ID, password, or command. However, it continues to honor the use of the system default line-end character to identify guest console input data in a LOGON command entered on the LOGON panel or in responses to prompts issued before LOGON completes. When an ESM is configured, it will control these aspects of system behavior.

  • System default changes:
    • TDISK clearing default has changed to Enabled. The default can be turned off with the FEATURES DISABLE CLEAR_TDISK configuration statement. This change causes any residual data that might be otherwise left on a temporary disk after use to be purged by default, enabling z/VM to be more in line with modern security guidelines.
    • z/VM Directory Maintenance (DirMaint) NEEDPASS default value has changed to No. Based on client feedback and guest service machine requirements, there no longer is a need for an extra layer of authentication. This change enables users and service machines to enter DirMaint commands without supplying passwords and eliminates the need to update specific configuration options.
    • z/VM DirMaint default DVHWAIT BATCH and CLUSTER INTERVAL values have been updated to improve DirMaint's overall processing time in response to directory change requests.
    • The default unparking model has changed from LARGE to MEDIUM. This reduces the tendency to use vertical-low (VL) logical cores and has the potential to reduce the overhead induced in the Processor Resource/Systems Manager (PR/SM) hypervisor and improve the use of processor cache.
    • System Recovery Boost has been enabled by default, allowing z/VM to automatically take advantage of boosting sub-capacity processors to full capacity for a limited duration during startup and shutdown when running on the IBM z15.
    • The PAGING63 IPL parameter and associated external interfaces have been removed. z/VM paging subsystem improvements include support for IBM High Performance Fibre Connection (FICON®), IBM HyperParallel Access Volumes (HyperPAV), encryption, and IBM Extended Address Volume (EAV), which are not available when the PAGING63 IPL parameter is specified.

      This satisfies the statement of direction from Hardware Announcement 119-027, dated September 12, 2019.

    • The Environmental Record Editing and Printing Program (EREP) licensed program is no longer preinstalled with z/VM. Instead, EREP functional executables are preinstalled and delivered as part of the z/VM 7.2 product and serviced through the Control Program (CP) component, simplifying the process for applying EREP service.

      This satisfies the statement of direction from Software Announcement 218-310, dated August 7, 2018.

  • Foundational support for future enhancements:

    z/VM exploitation of the CPU Measurement Facility sampler function is intened to provide a means for a client to collect hardware samples, instead of requiring an IBM customer engineer to use the client's Support Element to collect field-mode samples.

  • z/VM 7.2 new function APARs:

    The z/VM Continuous Delivery News web page is the primary vehicle used by IBM to describe new functions that are planned for z/VM. It is the recommended way to stay abreast of future development and support plans for z/VM. IBM recommends subscribing to this page to be notified of changes. To subscribe, click the Notify Me link in the left-side navigation bar. Additional instructions are included on the VM Site File Change Notification web page.

    Information on the following items IBM intends to deliver as z/VM 7.2 New Function APARs can be found on the z/VM Continuous Delivery News web page:

    • CP New Feature Interrogation API
    • FlashCopy® Preserve Mirror
    • Guest 1-End HyperPAV Aliases
    • SET EDEVICE Optional LUN Specification
    • Performance Toolkit Support for Simultaneous Multi-Threading (SMT)
    • Directory Maintenance Feature Health Checker
    • Dynamic Memory Downgrade
    • 4 TB Host Memory
    • z/XC Architecture Support
    • Automatic STANDBY Memory for Guests
    • Dump Enhancements:
      • Improve I/O Time for Dump Processing
      • Fast z/VM Dump Distiller

  • Support for z15 (Models T01 and T02) and LinuxONE III (Models LT1 and LT2) servers:
    • Guest enablement to exploit the following functions:
      • IBM Miscellaneous-Instruction-Extensions Facility 3
      • IBM Vector Enhancements Facility 2
      • IBM Vector Packed Decimal Enhancement Facility
      • Synchronous execution for on-chip data compression and deflate-conversion
      • Enhanced sort acceleration and optimization
      • IBM Message-Security-Assist extension 9
      • IBM Crypto Express7S adapter shared and dedicated guest support

      This support is available for z/VM 6.4 and 7.1 with the Program temporary fixes or Product temporary fixes (PTFs) for authorized program analysis report (APARs) VM66248, VM66321, VM66332, and VM66325.

    • Infrastructure support that must be installed on all members within an SSI cluster before any member of the cluster is IPLed on a z15 or LinuxONE III server:
      • z/VM 7.2
      • z/VM 7.1 with the PTF for APAR VM66206
      • z/VM 6.4 with the PTFs for APARs VM65976 and VM66206
    • Enhancements to the TCP/IP stack and NETSTAT OSAINFO command to provide support for:

      • OSA-Express7S GbE
      • OSA-Express7S 10 GbE
      • OSA-Express7S 25 GbE
      • OSA-Express7S 1000BASE-T

      This support is available for z/VM 6.4 and 7.1 with the PTF for APAR PI99085.

    • Installation of z/VM using a USB flash drive
    • Support for the System Recovery Boost feature of the z15 Models T01 and T02

      This support enables z/VM to boost general-purpose processors running at subcapacity to full capacity for up to 60 minutes during z/VM system initialization and workload bring-up and for up to 30 minutes during workload quiesce, system shutdown, and system abend processing. z/VM System Recovery Boost support primarily benefits z/VSE® and z/TPF guest environments, although it also increases the processor resources available to the z/VM Control Program.

      This support is available for z/VM 7.1 with the PTF for APAR VM66283.

    • IBM Fibre Channel Endpoint Security between an z15 Model T01 or LinuxONE III Model LT1 and the DS8900F by providing the following functions:
      • Display the encryption status of target worldwide port names (WWPNs) associated with a Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) device via the QUERY FCP command
      • Display the encryption and authentication capability of a channel path via the QUERY PATHS command
      • Track encryption state changes by recognizing Store Event Information channel report data
      • Create an event monitor record for each state change

      This support is available for z/VM 6.4 and 7.1 with the PTF for APAR VM66242.

      Fibre Channel Endpoint Security requires a minimum driver D41C bundle level. For further details, see the IBM Support - Preventive Service Planning bucket:

      For further information on z/VM support of the IBM z15 and LinuxONE III servers, see the z/VM service required for the IBM z15 and LinuxONE III servers web page and the following IBM Support - Preventive Service Planning buckets:

      For additional information on the IBM z15 and LinuxONE III capabilities, see the Hardware Announcements for these servers in the Reference information section.

  • z/VM Continuous Delivery model:

    IBM delivers most new z/VM 7.2 functions as Small Programming Enhancements (SPEs) in the service stream. With the availability of z/VM 7.2, z/VM 7.1 will, with a few exceptions, receive only corrective service. Similarly, when a new release is introduced after z/VM 7.2, SPEs will be delivered on that release going forward and 7.2 will receive mostly corrective service only. For additional information on the z/VM Continuous Delivery model, see the z/VM 7.1 Software Announcement 218-310, dated August 7, 2018.

  • New Architecture Level Set (ALS):

    z/VM 7.2 includes an ALS and requires an IBM Z server listed in the Key requirements section. This satisfies the statement of direction from Software Announcement 218-310, dated August 7, 2018.

  • Interaction with the z/VM community:

    IBM has a long history of working with clients to deliver capabilities to improve z/VM. IBM continues this interaction by:

    • Enlisting z/VM clients as Sponsor Users to advise IBM throughout the design process for many z/VM development projects. These clients may also test early versions of the new support prior to its delivery to the marketplace to help ensure that the user experience matches their expectations.
    • Soliciting clients to become involved with the z/VM Continuous Delivery process. IBM finds the Sponsor User relationship beneficial to delivering new functionality for z/VM and continues to encourage z/VM clients to participate in the continuous delivery process. To learn more about the z/VM Sponsor User program, see the z/VM Sponsor User program web page. For details about z/VM client communication and collaboration, see the z/VM Council web page.
    • Publishing information about many of its z/VM development projects as they unfold to help users decide whether they want to volunteer as Sponsor Users for selected development projects and help the community at large plan for the introduction of new z/VM functions. This level of communication between IBM and the z/VM user community facilitates discussion regarding implications of the planned support, such as operational incompatibilities, software vendor impacts, and changes to system behavior.

    These plans are posted and updated on the z/VM Continuous Delivery News website.

  • Additional z/VM 7.1 new function support delivered using the z/VM continuous delivery model:
    • Virtual Switch (VSwitch) Priority Queueing:

      New support provides exploitation for IBM Open Systems Adapter (OSA) Express® Priority Queuing when it is available on a VSwitch's Uplink Port. Without this support, all VSwitch outbound traffic to the external network is transmitted at the same priority. When VSwitch Priority Queuing is enabled, z/VM establishes multiple OSA Queued Direct Input/Output (QDIO) output queues and transmits data to the external network at different priorities based on client-defined guest NIC importance.

      This support is available for z/VM 7.1 with the PTF for APARs VM66219, VM66223, and PH04703.

    • EAV paging:

      Support for z/VM paging space located anywhere on EAVs enables clients to define enough paging capacity for z/VM partitions with large memory sizes while reducing the burden of managing a larger number of smaller paging devices. As systems have continued to grow, their need for paging space has increased. This z/VM support enables allocation and use of paging space on Extended Count Key Data (ECKD) devices above cylinder 65520 up to 1 TB (1,182,006 cylinders).

      This support is available for z/VM 7.1 with the PTF for APAR VM66263.

    • 80 logical processors:

      Support for 80 logical processors on z15, LinuxONE III, z14, LinuxONE Emperor II, and LinuxONE Rockhopper II servers relieves the previous limitation of 64 logical processors per logical partition (LPAR). This gives clients the capability to run more workload on z/VM by increasing the number of supported logical processors, which is especially important when multithreading is enabled. From a client's perspective, this enables defining more logical processors for running workloads on an LPAR, possibly requiring fewer LPARs to support the same workload.

      This support is available for z/VM 7.1 with the PTF for APAR VM66265.

    • Dynamic crypto:

      Support for dynamic changes to the IBM Adjunct Processor (AP) cryptographic (crypto) environment on a z/VM system enables the addition, removal, or reassignment of crypto hardware to be less disruptive to the system and its guests.

      This support is available for z/VM 7.1 with the PTF for APAR VM66266.

    • Fast minidisk erase:

      Enhancements to the CPFMTXA utility enable users to erase data on minidisks more quickly. In addition, DirMaint is enhanced to use this new support in CPFMTXA. This can be especially beneficial when DirMaint is used to delete a user ID and its minidisks.

      This support is available for z/VM 7.1 with the PTFs for APARs VM66288, VM65784, and PH14249.

    • RACF® Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA):

      Enhancements within RACF provide for the establishment of a user's identity by utilizing more than one type of authentication. This provides greater security by requiring an additional form of proof to help avoid an exposure if one token (for example, a password) becomes compromised. Previously, authentication of identity during the logon process could be met only by using a password or passphrase. MFA enables support for an external service to authenticate tokens that have been generated after a successful multifactor authentication.

      This support is available for z/VM 7.1 with the PTFs for APARs VM66324 and VM66338. For additional information about IBM Z MFA support, see

      • Software Announcement 220-301, dated June 23, 2020
      • Software Announcement 220-175, dated May 19, 2020

    • Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificate verification:

      Enhancements within the TCP/IP TLS/Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) server enable authentication of client certificates, host name validation, and extraction of fields from a certificate.

      Client certificate authentication support enables a server to verify a client by examining the certificate it presents to ensure that it has been signed by a certificate authority the server trusts and that the certificate has not expired. The client authentication support that was previously added to dynamically secured Telnet connections has been expanded to the z/VM File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) servers. Additionally, the PORT statement in the TCPIP configuration file has been updated to enable client certificate authentication for statically secured connections.

      Host name validation support enables a client to verify the identity of a server by passing a string containing a host name, domain name, or IP address on the handshake request. The string is compared with fields in the server certificate. If the string is not contained in the server certificate, the client may decide to fail the handshake.

      In addition to the above support, new APIs extract fields from a client or server certificate.

      This support is available for z/VM 7.1 with the PTFs for APARs PH18435, VM66348, and VM66349.

    • IBM Conversational Monitor System (CMS) Pipelines SSL support:

      Enhancements within the CMS Pipelines TCP/IP stages enable applications to establish secure connections using SSL/TLS and use the TCP/IP API to implement application transparent SSL to support protocols that use implicit (such as HTTPS) and explicit (such as FTP) SSL connections.

    • z/VM new function portal:

      The z/VM Continuous Delivery News web page is the primary vehicle used by IBM to describe new functions that are planned for z/VM. It is the recommended way to stay abreast of future development and support plans for z/VM. IBM recommends subscribing to this page to be notified of changes. To subscribe, click the Notify Me link in the left-side navigation bar. Additional instructions are included on the VM Site File Change Notification web page.

    For a detailed description of these capabilities, see the "Available new function" section on the z/VM Continuous Delivery News web page.

  • National language support:
    • Messages and Help files no longer are translated into Japanese Kanji. The Kanji language and Help infrastructure are removed in z/VM 7.2.
    • American English and Uppercase English are the supported languages.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

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.

Engine-based Value Unit pricing

Engine-based Value Unit pricing for z/VM 7.2 is designed to provide a decreasing price curve as hardware capacities and workload grow, which may help improve price/performance.

There may also be a price benefit when you grow your capacity. Additional capacity is not priced starting at the base with a higher price per unit. Instead, additional capacity is priced starting at the capacity (engines) on which z/VM 7.2 has already been installed.

Note: Value Units of a given product cannot be exchanged, interchanged, or aggregated with Value Units of another product.

IPLA and Subscription and Support considerations

A no-charge Subscription and Support registration record will be established for each designated machine where z/VM 7.2 is running. These no-charge Subscription and Support registration records will be linked to the billable Subscription and Support, and all billable Subscription and Support within the scope of the engine-based Value Units aggregation will be linked together.

Subscription and Support is an annual charge and should be kept at an annual term.



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Product positioning

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Because virtualization is the entry point to cloud and infrastructure as a service (IaaS), the hypervisor choice you make heavily influences your implementations of IaaS and cloud throughout the stack. IBM continues to offer IBM Z and LinuxONE servers as the core of trusted digital experiences, and z/VM as the foundation for cloud computing and large-scale Linux deployments. IBM continues to make changes and improvements to z/VM that provide competitive advantages and benefits to clients.

The z/VM hypervisor extends the capabilities of the hardware from the standpoint of sharing hardware, virtualization, and communication resources. Together with IBM Wave for z/VM (IBM Wave), the full-featured management solution for z/VM-based, virtual Linux server environments, the z/VM hypervisor helps make it easier to extract the optimum value from IBM Z hardware capabilities:

  • Virtualization savings
  • Operational efficiency
  • Floor space and power savings
  • Optimal qualities of service

This virtualization technology is designed to enable organizations to run hundreds to thousands of Linux servers on a single mainframe and can run beside other IBM Z operating systems, such as z/OS®, z/VSE®, and z/TPF, or as a large-scale enterprise LinuxONE server solution.

While cloud computing, which includes hybrid cloud native applications with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform on Linux on z/VM, has become the standard use model, an IT infrastructure continues to be the foundation for every IT service. Realizing the benefits of cloud computing requires an infrastructure that delivers availability, reliability, security, and performance, while also providing strong virtualization technology, such as z/VM. Virtualization is foundational to delivering IaaS, the basic building block for cloud. IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center can help cloud administrators and cloud development teams on the journey to cloud with the integration to higher-level cloud automation tools, such as IBM Cloud Automation Manager or VMware® vRealize Automation or vRealize Orchestrator. IBM continues to expand z/VM to be the leading platform virtualization product of the IBM Z and LinuxONE platforms, evolving to meet the needs of IT organizations to deliver the foundation for user satisfaction.

With z/VM and its management of the infrastructure for Linux, clients can reduce the time between deciding on the acquisition of new servers and then implement them because new servers can be rapidly deployed. With this powerful capability, clients can launch new products and services without the need for exhaustive planning for, purchasing, installing, and configuring new hardware and software that can be associated with conventional discrete hardware servers. Development groups that need test environments, which are built and rebuilt rapidly to enable them to efficiently deliver their projects, while handling change management in the process, can also benefit from this advantage.

Key strengths of IBM Z or LinuxONE servers and z/VM include:

  • Virtualization capabilities are more mature and robust than for other combinations of hardware and hypervisors.
  • z/VM SSI enables users to share all system resources with high levels of resource utilization. This extends the pool of resources that can be managed by administering multiple instances of z/VM as though they were one integrated system.
  • Live Guest Relocation enables movement of a running Linux guest from one member of an SSI cluster to another without the need to shut down the server. This enables maintenance of the z/VM hypervisor or the underlying hardware environment without having to shut down Linux servers, which extends the availability of IBM Z and LinuxONE servers in the z/VM environment.
  • Exploiting z/VM Virtual Switch technologies can help make Linux networking simpler and reduce the physical resource requirements.
  • Support for the GDPS environment with HyperSwap® gives clients high-availability service levels for storage and data center site recovery.
  • The system is designed to make it easy to customize at the base installation level with only a relatively small number of configuration files. When z/VM is configured properly, longer periods of time between planned outages can be achieved.

Advanced virtualization features like Live Guest Relocation with IBM Z, LinuxONE, z/VM, and Linux on IBM Z or LinuxONE help to provide an efficient infrastructure for deploying private clouds to support workloads that scale horizontally and vertically.

With the z/VM and IBM Z or LinuxONE security-rich environment, clients' most valuable information can be protected. This helps to reduce organizational and reputational risk. Designed to work with IBM Z and LinuxONE servers, z/VM provides advanced security features that can deliver client value. The security certification, as being pursued for z/VM, helps ensure the protection and privacy of sensitive data and business transactions with appropriate isolation between virtual machines.

To help ensure data-at-rest mode stays safe and secure, z/VM supports the use of the IBM Full Disk Encryption (FDE) feature of the IBM DS8000® and Endpoint Security of the IBM DS8900F. z/VM also supports the capability of guests to use encrypted tape and encrypted paging. Ciphering occurs as data moves between active memory and a paging volume owned by CP. Encrypted paging can be enabled and disabled dynamically.

The TCP/IP for z/VM TLS/SSL server facilitates security-rich and private conversations between z/VM servers and external clients. With z/VM support for TLS 1.2 and SHA-2 hashing, a z/VM server can use industry-standard cryptographic protocols in a FIPS 140-2-compliant mode to communicate in a secure fashion with a client without a change to the server itself.

z/VM makes the Crypto Express6 features, which are tamper-resistant cryptographic coprocessors, available to guests with dedicated access for use in secure-key or clear-key operations or with shared access for clear-key operations. z/VM can virtualize IBM Z cryptographic devices so they can be shared by many Linux systems and supports the z13, z14, and z15™ limit of more than 16 Crypto Express® domains. With shared access, z/VM can balance the workload across multiple cryptographic devices. Should one device fail or be brought offline, z/VM can transparently shift Linux systems using that device to an alternate one without user intervention. The z/VM environment is further extended with dynamic crypto support enabling changes to the AP crypto environment on a z/VM system dynamically, enabling the addition, removal, or reassignment of crypto hardware to be less disruptive to the system and its guests.



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Statement of general direction

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Security evaluation of z/VM 7.2

IBM intends to pursue an evaluation of z/VM 7.2 with the RACF® Security Server and SSI features. This includes labeled security for conformance to the Virtualization Protection Profile (VPP) and Server Virtualization Extended Package of the Common Criteria standard for IT security, ISO/IEC 15408, at Evaluation Assurance Level 4 (EAL4+).

FIPS certification of z/VM 7.2

IBM intends to pursue an evaluation of the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 using National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP) for the System SSL implementation utilized by z/VM 7.2.

Stabilization of z/VM support for the z13 and z13s server family

z/VM V 7.2 is the last z/VM release planned to support the z13, z13s, and LinuxONE Emperor, or LinuxONE Rockhopper servers. A z14, IBM z14 ZR1, LinuxONE Emperor II or LinuxONE Rockhopper II server will be the required minimum level for future z/VM releases. See the IBM Software Support Lifecycle Policy website for the most current z/VM support lifecycle information.

Removal of support for multiple RACF servers in a single z/VM system

z/VM 7.2 is intended to be the last release to support multiple RACF for z/VM servers running concurrently in a single z/VM system. This support was implemented to enable greater throughput in handling security policy requests and updates against a single RACF database. However, modern I/O speeds and processing power have rendered this support superfluous. This statement has no bearing on RACFVM multiconfiguration virtual machines in a z/VM Single System Image cluster or on the RACMAINT virtual machine used in support and service.

Statements by IBM regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at the sole discretion of IBM. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline general product direction and should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code, or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for IBM products remain at the sole discretion of IBM.



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Reference information

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For information about the z/VM 7.2 Preview, see Software Announcement 220-088, dated April 14, 2020.

For information about z/VM 7.1, see:

  • Software Announcement 218-532, dated October 16, 2018
  • Software Announcement 218-310, dated August 7, 2018
  • Software Announcement 218-150, dated April 10, 2018

For information about z/VM 6.4, see:

  • Software Announcement 217-516, dated October 10, 2017
  • Software Announcement 217-267, dated July 17, 2017
  • Software Announcement 216-075, dated October 25, 2016

For information about IBM Z Multi-Factor Authentication, see:

  • Software Announcement 220-301, dated June 23, 2020
  • Software Announcement 220-175, dated May 19, 2020

For information about IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center, see:

  • Software Announcement 220-148, dated April 14, 2020
  • Software Announcement 219-533, dated December 3, 2019

For information about IBM z/VSE 6.2, see Software Announcement 220-123, dated April 14, 2020.

For information about IBM DS8900F, see Hardware Announcement 119-060, dated September 12, 2019.

For information about z15, see:

  • Hardware Announcement 120-050, dated August 4, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement 120-006, dated April 14, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement 120-013, dated January 14, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement 119-085, dated November 26, 2019
  • Hardware Announcement 119-027, dated September 12, 2019

For information about LinuxONE III, see:

  • Hardware Announcement 120-050, dated August 4, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement 120-014, dated April 14, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement 120-013, dated January 14, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement 119-012, dated September 12, 2019

For information about z14 Model ZR1, see:

  • Hardware Announcement 118-075, dated October 2, 2018
  • Hardware Announcement 118-018, dated April 10, 2018

For information about LinuxONE Rockhopper II, see:

  • Hardware Announcement 118-077, dated October 2, 2018
  • Hardware Announcement 118-018, dated April 10, 2018

For information about z14, see:

  • Hardware Announcement 118-075, dated October 2, 2018
  • Hardware Announcement 117-093, dated November 28, 2017
  • Hardware Announcement 117-044, dated July 17, 2017

For information about Emperor II, see:

  • Hardware Announcement 117-093, dated November 28, 2017
  • Hardware Announcement 117-067, dated September 12, 2017

For information about z13, see:

  • Hardware Announcement 119-039, dated May 7, 2019
  • Hardware Announcement 119-014, dated February 12, 2019
  • Hardware Announcement 116-058, dated June 7, 2016
  • Hardware Announcement 115-055, dated March 3, 2015
  • Hardware Announcement 115-001, dated January 14, 2015

For information about z13s, see:

  • Hardware Announcement 116-058, dated June 7, 2016
  • Hardware Announcement 116-002, dated February 16, 2016



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Availability of national languages

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To receive the translated help files for DFSMS/VM in Kanji, you must order the no-charge optional feature using the z/VM 7.2 System Delivery Option (SDO). You will also receive the base DFSMS/VM feature when ordering the DFSMS/VM Kanji feature.

Messages will no longer be translated into Japanese Kanji.

Translation information, if available, can be found at the Translation Reports website.



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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5741-A09 7.2.0 z/VM
5741-A10 7.1.0 z/VM SDO
5741-SNS 1.1.0 z/VM Subscription & Support

z/VM 7.2

Program ID number Subscription and Support PID number
5741-A09 5741-SNS


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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 Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBMid).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 220-305


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Education support

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IBM offers classroom training, virtual learning, conferences, certification, course roadmaps, and more for z/VM. See the VM and Related Product Education

web page for:

  • Additional VM and related product education
  • Live virtual classes that are available for z/VM
  • Specific z/VM events

For more information about all IBM events, see the IBM Skills Gateway Technical Events website.



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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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Documentation supplied with z/VM

The following documentation is supplied with z/VM 7.2:

  • One copy of the z/VM 7.2 Agreements and License Information on DVD (LCD7-7073)
  • One printed copy of the z/VM: Installation Guide (GC24-6292)
  • z/VM help files (included in the z/VM system image)

The z/VM General Information manual (GC24-6286-07) is available.

z/VM 7.2 documentation will be available in IBM Knowledge Center and in the z/VM Library Overview on September 18, 2020.

z/VM Library Overview

The z/VM Library Overview will be available on September 18, 2020 to provide links to additional sources of z/VM information, such as:

  • z/VM 7.2 Library, a new web page providing PDF files
  • z/VM Adobe™ Indexed PDF Collection
  • z/VM program directories
  • z/VM data areas, control blocks, and monitor records
  • IBM Redbook publications
  • White papers, consultant reports, and performance reports
  • Data sheets and brochures
  • Reference guides
  • Journals, bulletins, and newsletters


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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/VM 7.2 requires an Architecture Level Set (ALS) that requires one of the following IBM Z or IBM LinuxONE servers, or later:

  • z15 Models T01 and T02
  • LinuxONE III Models LT1 and LT2
  • z14 Models M01, M02, M03, M04, M05, and ZR1
  • LinuxONE Emperor II
  • LinuxONE Rockhopper II
  • z13
  • z13s
  • LinuxONE Emperor
  • LinuxONE Rockhopper

See the z/VM 7.2 Architecture Level Set web page for the current ALS.

Before installing, refer to the following Preventive Service Planning (PSP) buckets for the minimum MCL level and any required updates or PTFs:

For further information, see the appendix of the z/VM General Information manual (GC24-6286-07) on the z/VM Library Overview website.

Software requirements

Prerequisite requirements

Single System Image (SSI) cluster infrastructure support requirements:

  • Prerequisite service that must be installed on all members within an SSI cluster before any member of the cluster can be IPLed on a z15 or LinuxONE III server:
    • z/VM 7.2
    • z/VM 7.1 with the PTF for APAR VM66206
    • z/VM 6.4 with the PTFs for APARs VM65976 and VM66206
  • Prerequisite service that must be installed on all members within an SSI cluster before any member of the cluster is IPLed on a z14 or LinuxONE II Emperor or Rockhopper server:
    • z/VM 7.2
    • z/VM 7.1
    • z/VM 6.4 with the PTF for APAR VM65846
  • The z/VM 6.4 PTF for APAR VM65923 must be installed before any member is running with the PTF for RACF APAR VM65930 or z/VM 7 members are added to the cluster. This includes upgrading an existing z/VM 6.4 image to z/VM 7.
  • The z/VM 6.4 PTF for APAR VM65976 must be installed on all members of an SSI cluster before any z/VM 7 members are added to the cluster. This includes upgrading an existing z/VM 6.4 image to z/VM 7.

The prerequisite no-charge products, EREP and ICKDSF, are preinstalled on the base product system deliverable.

When ordering z/VM 7.2, you must be licensed for EREP (5654-260) and ICKDSF (5684-042) or a separate order must be placed for each of these products to establish a license.

The following PTFs for APARs are required to operate with z/VM 7.2:

  • EREP VM (5654-260) 3.5.0.
    • No APARs are required. The EREP/VM product is no longer preinstalled with z/VM; however, you still must be licensed for EREP. EREP functional executables are preinstalled and delivered as part of the z/VM 7.2 product and serviced through the CP component, simplifying the process for applying EREP service.
  • Device Support Facilities - ICKDSF VM (5684-042) 1.17.0. Any fixes requested for ICKDSF should specify the PTF number of the VMSES/E formatted update. VMSES/E installable PTFs have the release number H14. 'H' indicates Release 17 of ICKDSF and '14' indicates VMSES/E format. The following PTFs have been applied to the z/VM 7.2 system deliverable:
    • PTF for APAR PQ84848 provides the necessary function for ICKDSF to support large FBA devices.
    • PTFs for APARs PQ96706 and PQ95319 provide the necessary function for ICKDSF to support the DS8000 storage devices.
    • PTF for APAR PQ87899 provides enablement for CP volume ownership function, which is required by z/VM 6.2.
    • PTF for APAR PI46151 provides zArchitecture IPL support.
    • PTF for APAR PI85943 provides EAV minidisk support.
    • PTF for APAR PH14249 provides a parameter to the CPVOLUME command to suppress progress messages.

See Preinstalled products and features in the Basic license section for additional information about ordering EREP and ICKDSF.

Optional product-feature requirements

  • DFSMS/VM requirements:
    • Toolkit support
    • ISPF 3.2.0 (5684-043) or a subsequent release for DFSMS/VM use. ISPF is not required if you are using only the Removable Media Services (RMS) support of DFSMS.
    • DirMaint Facility optional feature of z/VM 7.2 if the minidisk management function is needed.
    • RACF Security Server for z/VM optional feature of z/VM 7.2 or its equivalent if a security product is needed for authorization.
    • Tivoli Storage Manager Extended Edition for z/OS and z/VM 5.2 (5698-A11), Tivoli Storage Manager for z/OS and z/VM 5.2 (5698-A13), or Tivoli Storage Manager for VM (5697-TS9) and Language Environment®, which are supplied with z/VM if Migration Level 2 (ML2) function of DFSMS/VM is used.

      Note: Effective January 21, 2005, program numbers 5698-A11 and 5698-A13 were withdrawn from marketing. Effective April 30, 2007, service support was discontinued.

    • TCP/IP for z/VM 7.2 to access the IBM Tape Library Dataserver for processors capable of 3490/3490E tape I/O, but incapable of Tape Library Data Server control.
    • RSCS FL720 feature for remote operations.
    • IBM Compiler for REXX/370 (5695-013) and IBM Library for REXX/370 (5695-014) if the compiled REXX installation-wide exit or a compiled ACS REXX exit is desired.
  • Hardware Configuration Definition (HCD) and Hardware Configuration Manager (HCM) requirements. The following PTFs were applied to the z/VM 7.2 system deliverable:
    • The PTF for HCD APAR VM65827 provides dynamic I/O support for PCIe UUID.
    • The PTF for HCM APAR VM65201 provides dynamic I/O support for PCIe UUID.
    • HCD support requires:
      • APAR VM66239 for z15 Model T01
      • APAR VM66318 for LinuxONE III Model LT1
      • APAR VM66307 for z15 model T02
      • APAR VM66347 for LinuxONE III Model LT2
      • APAR VM65843 for z14
      • APARs VM65843 and VM66009 for LinuxONE Emperor II
      • APAR VM66015 for z14 ZR1
      • APAR VM66016 for LinuxONE Rockhopper II
    • HCM support for z15 Models T01 and T02, LinuxONE III Models LT1 and LT2, z14, LinuxONE Emperor II, z14 Model ZR1, and LinuxONE Rockhopper II, z14, LinuxONE Emperor II, z14 Model ZR1, and LinuxONE Rockhopper II requires APAR VM65266.
    • HCD support requires APAR VM65489 for z13; VM65729 for z13 (Driver D27), z13s, and LinuxONE.
    • HCM support requires APAR VM64437 for z13; VM64844 for z13 (Driver D27), z13s, and LinuxONE.
  • IBM High Level Assembler (5696-234) requirements:
    • High Level Assembler 1.6 is required to:
      • Create a new DMSTRT for system languages (NLS)
      • Create image libraries for system printers (FCBs)
      • Create GCS application segments (CONTENTS macro)
      • Access major CMS application interfaces (CMSCALL)
      • Access most CP application interfaces (DIAGNOSE)
      • Use the AVS tuning control module (AGWTUN)
      • Use reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) tools, such as MDCHECK, FS2SFSER, AFTCHAIN, PRINTBLK, and PRINTFST
      • Use the API for data compression
      • Use the CMS Pipelines Assemble macros interface
      • Assemble exit routines for DirMaint and RSCS
      • Customize Language Environment or compile assembler routines used in mixed-language user applications
      • Assemble applications that exploit the IEEE Floating Point hardware facility
      • Add devices that cannot be sensed (updating HCPRIO ASSEMBLE)
      • Perform local modifications to modules written in assembler language
      • Assemble any CP modules
      • Assemble exit routines for CP
    • The High Level Assembler requires the PTF for APAR PM49761 to support the zEC12 and zBC12 instruction set.
    • The PTF for APAR PH00902 provides support for the z15 instruction set.
    • The PTF for APARs PI62275 and PI65715 provide support for the z14 instruction set.
    • The PTF for APAR PM79901 provides support for the z13 and z13s instruction set.
    • The PTF for APAR PK97799 provides support for the zEnterprise® 196 and 114 instruction set.
    • The High Level Assembler 1.6 contains the support for the System z10® instruction set and was made available on July 11, 2008. For additional information about the High Level Assembler 1.6, see Software Announcement 208-145, dated June 24, 2008.
    • The PTF for APAR PM79901 provides support for instructions provided with the z13 and z13s servers.

    Note: An equivalent product may be used in place of the High Level Assembler.

  • Language Environment requires High Level Assembler 1.6 to customize Language Environment options.
  • POSIX requirements:
    • Developing POSIX applications requires C/C++ for z/VM 1.1 or XL C/C++ for z/VM 1.2 or 1.3 (5654-A22).
  • RSCS networking FL720 requirements:
    • To communicate with users in an SNA network requires ACF/VTAM® for VM/ESA, 4.2 (5654-010).
    • To communicate within an IP network requires TCP/IP for z/VM FL720.
    • Group Control Subsystem (GCS) must be configured and activated.
  • Shared-DASD complex requirements:

    In a shared-DASD complex, a single DirMaint server with a single source directory can manage the object directory on up to 56 z/VM systems if the DirMaint executable code disks and source directory disk are shared among all the systems. The DirMaint, Function Level 720 (FL720) is required to support the shared-DASD complex. Within the shared-DASD complex, all z/VM systems must be running the same DirMaint FL720 service level. Therefore, you must be licensed for the DirMaint FL710 feature on any z/VM 7.2 system in the complex.

TCP/IP for z/VM 7.2 program requirements

TCP/IP for z/VM 7.2 has the following additional program requirements:

  • If programs are developed in C:
    • IBM C for VM/ESA 3.1 (5654-033), C/C++ for z/VM 1.1 or XL C/C++ for z/VM 1.2 or 1.3 (5654-A22)
  • If programs are developed in Pascal:
    • IBM VS Pascal 1.2 (5668-767) Compiler and Library

Linux on IBM Z

To operate Linux on IBM Z as a guest of z/VM, a Linux on z Systems® distribution must be obtained from a Linux Distribution Partner.

See the IBM Technical Support for Linux website for specific function and for the most current information on Linux distributions.

Companion products

The following products or services could be purchased with this product:

When clients purchase z/VM 7, they should consider IBM announced solutions to help in the administration of their z/VM systems. These products are separately licensed by IBM under the IPLA.

IBM Wave for z/VM 1.2 (5648-AE1)

Wave is a provisioning and productivity administrative product that runs on z/VM system and simplifies the control and use of virtual Linux servers and z/VM. It is designed to significantly reduce the learning curve that is needed to administer and control z/VM and Linux guests. Wave can dramatically simplify the administration of virtualized environments to help reduce the cost and skills of administering Linux environments based on z/VM on IBM Z and LinuxONE servers.

Wave Fix Pack 11 (FP11) is required for Wave to properly manage a z/VM 7.2 system. This fix pack should be installed before upgrading existing Wave-managed systems to z/VM 7.2 or before managing newly installed z/VM 7.1 systems.

For additional information, see the IBM Wave for z/VM website.

IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center (5635-015)

Cloud Infrastructure Center is an infrastructure management offering, built on OpenStack compatible APIs, that provides on-premises cloud deployments of z/VM Linux virtual machines on the IBM Z and LinuxONE platforms and the integration to higher-level cloud automation tools, such as IBM Cloud Automation Manager or VMware vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator.

Cloud Infrastructure Center provides a consistent, industry-standard user experience to define, instantiate, and manage the lifecycle of virtual infrastructure, deployment of images (operating system and applications), and policies to maximize resource utilization. It is built to require no specific platform skills from the user and minimal platform skills from the administrator to accelerate cloud deployments.

For additional information, see the IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center website.

IBM Infrastructure Suite for z/VM and Linux 1.1 (5698-IS2)

The management of z/VM environments and Linux on IBM Z guests, including support for backup and recovery of the entire system, is available in one solution. Infrastructure Suite for z/VM and Linux 1.1 can give your clients comprehensive insight to efficiently control and support their z/VM and Linux on IBM Z environments through the following capabilities:

  • Simplified IT administration
  • Performance monitoring of z/VM and Linux guests
  • Operational monitoring and the capability to facilitate automated operations
  • Rapid cloning and provisioning of Linux guests on z/VM
  • Backup and restore of the z/VM and Linux on IBM Z environment

For additional information, see the IBM Infrastructure Suite for z/VM and Linux website.

IBM Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM (5697-J06)

Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM is designed to give z/VM system administrators and operators the capability to efficiently and effectively back up and restore files, minidisks, and DASD volumes on z/VM systems, as well as minidisks and volumes for guest operating systems, such as Linux on IBM Z. Source files and data can be CMS and non-CMS format, and the target media can be disk, physical tape, or virtual tape. Completing the solution is IBM Spectrum® Protect, which provides file-level backup and recovery for Linux guests.

Together, Backup and Restore Manager and Spectrum Protect support all backup and restore operations for a z/VM system with Linux guests:

  • File-level backup and restore of z/VM data, to provide fast recovery from operational issues
  • File-level backup and restore of Linux data that is provided by Spectrum Protect
  • Image-level backup and restore of z/VM and Linux data on minidisk or full volumes, to enable users to restore a z/VM volume or a Linux guest in a few simple steps

For additional information, see the IBM Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM website.

IBM Tape Manager for z/VM (5697-J08)

Tape Manager for z/VM is designed to give z/VM system administrators and operators the capability to manage, monitor, and protect physical and virtual tape resources on z/VM systems. By helping to automate common daily tape operations and eliminate tedious, often error-prone manual steps, Tape Manager can help increase data availability and improve administrator productivity.

For additional information, see the IBM Tape Manager for z/VM website.

IBM Operations Manager for z/VM (5697-J10)

Operations Manager for z/VM is designed to help improve the operational monitoring and automation of z/VM systems and virtual machines, which includes guests such as Linux on IBM Z. By enabling the automation of routine maintenance tasks and automatic response to predictable situations that require intervention, Operations Manager enables z/VM system programmers and administrators to devote their time to other critical tasks.

For additional information, see the IBM Operations Manager for z/VM website.

IBM Archive Manager for z/VM (5697-J05)

Archive Manager for z/VM is designed to address storage and data management concerns by enabling clients to archive historical or other infrequently used data to help increase data availability or to comply with business requirements mandated by fiscal or legal regulations and policies.

For additional information, see the IBM Archive Manager for z/VM website.

IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON® XE on z/VM and Linux (5698-A36)

Tivoli OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux is designed to help improve the performance monitoring and management of z/VM systems and virtual machines, which includes guests such as Linux on IBM Z. It delivers a wide range of performance metrics that are related to z/VM and Linux instances that run as z/VM guests. The Linux workloads reveal how they are performing and affecting z/VM and one another, including those in an SSI.

Tivoli OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux enable clients to compare Linux operations side by side with detailed performance metrics from other important systems. Active and passive monitoring of Linux guest systems are available. Dynamic Workspace Linking can help clients to more easily navigate between Tivoli Enterprise Portal workspaces. Historical data capture and reporting can assist in problem determination and capacity planning.

For additional information, see the IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux website.

Limitations
  • z/VM 7.2 operates only on:
    • z15 Models T01 and T02
    • LinuxONE III Models LT1 and LT2
    • z14 Models M01, M02, M03, M04, M05, and ZR1
    • LinuxONE Emperor II
    • LinuxONE Rockhopper II
    • LinuxONE Emperor
    • LinuxONE Rockhopper
    • z13
    • z13s.
  • Linux and OpenSolaris are the only guest operating systems z/VM will support on IFL processors (other than z/VM 4, 5, 6, and 7 themselves).

Additional information can be found in the Usage restrictions section of the Terms and conditions of this announcement. See also the License Information documents found on the IBM Software License Agreement website.

Performance considerations

System performance depends on the hardware resources that are allocated to z/VM 7.2 and on the level of activity within each Linux image.

z/VM performance information is available on the VM Performance Resources web page.

For assistance in understanding the performance implications for a particular situation, contact your IBM representative or your IBM Business Partner.

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.

Planning information

Client responsibilities

z/VM 7.2 Subscription and Support (S&S)

To order z/VM 7.2, you must use the SDO, program number 5741-A10. The z/VM base system, any ordered optional z/VM features, and any ordered SDO licensed products are delivered as part of the z/VM SDO.

If you want the level of service provided under the IBM ICA license agreement with IBM Z and z/VM licensed products, you are strongly encouraged to order the program number for z/VM S&S (5741-SNS). This program number provides enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours) and access to updates, releases, and versions of the program for as long as support is in effect. z/VM S&S will be automatically added to your order. If you do not desire the S&S license for z/VM and/or the optional features of DirMaint, RSCS, RACF Security Server, or the Performance Toolkit feature, you must take specific action to decline this support.

To host Linux guests, you must obtain a Linux distribution for IBM Z. See the Linux in IBM Z website for information about the IBM Linux distributor partners. See the IBM Technical Support for Linux website for information on those Linux distributor partners that have a marketing relationship with IBM.

Licensed products packaged with z/VM 7.2

With the availability of z/VM 7.2, the following priced, optional products or features are automatically shipped on the z/VM 7.2 base product media. All features, except for the IBM Wave feature, are preinstalled, including:

  • DirMaint FL720
  • RSCS FL720
  • RACF Security Server FL720
  • Performance Toolkit for VM FL720

For more information about these products or features, see Preinstalled products and features in the Basic license section.

These products or features must be enabled before using. If you choose to enable them, you must have a license for the product or the feature.

If you do not have a license for DirMaint, RSCS, RACF Security Server, or the Performance Toolkit for VM, you may establish one by placing an order for the optional features. You will receive a Memo to Users for the optional feature or program product. The Memo to Users includes the instructions for enabling use of the products.

For other products from independent software vendors (ISVs), see the Non-IBM Solution Developer Information for z/VM web page.

High Level Assembler (5696-234)

The High Level Assembler (5696-234) or an equivalent product is required for z/VM to change exit routines or perform local modifications for an IBM VM product or vendor product.

The High Level Assembler is available for use with Linux on IBM Z on IFL processors as a programming request for price quotation (PRPQ). A PRPQ must be submitted to purchase the High Level Assembler for z/VM and Linux on IBM Z (5799-TCQ) and for its annual Subscription and Support (5799-TCR).

Packaging

The z/VM 7.2 product package is distributed with the following:

  • License Information document (LI) on DVD (LC27-5378)
  • If ordering to install using DVD:
    • Basic machine-readable material on one DVD for installation to SCSI disk
    • Basic machine-readable material on one DVD for installation to 3390 DASD
    • RSU DVD containing required service

    Note: The DVD format is a binary image format.

  • If ordering to install from electronic delivery:
    • Binaries from DVD for installation of z/VM to SCSI disk are provided in a compressed file
    • Binaries from DVD for installation of z/VM to 3390 DASD are provided in a compressed file
    • RSU DVD containing required service is provided in a compressed file

    Note: Electronic delivery provided as binary images from a DVD are provided as compressed files. In addition to providing compressed files, the electronic delivery also is provided as a .iso image for each of the deliverables.

  • Publications: z/VM: Installation Guide (GC24-6246)
Restricted source and PL/X source

The restricted source and the PL/X source are not orderable or shipped with z/VM 7. Both are available as no-charge downloads from the IBM Resource Link website.

If you are not registered with Resource Link, you will be required to register for a user ID and password. You must also be licensed for z/VM 7.2 and entitlement will be verified when you request the source code. After approval, you will receive instructions describing how to download the code.

Security, auditability, and control

The announced program uses the security and auditability features inherent in the virtual machine and the System/370, ESA/370, and ESA/390 architectures, and z/Architecture®. The security and auditability of z/VM 7 are the same as for ESA/390 and z/Architecture.

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.


Value Unit exhibit VUE021

Engine-based Value Units for a specified number of engines are determined by the following table:

Level Engines minimum Engines maximum Value Units per engine
From 1 to 3 1 3 10
From 4 to 6 4 6 9
From 7 to 9 7 9 8
From 10 to 12 10 12 7
From 13 to 16 13 16 6
From 17 to 20 17 20 5
From 21 to 25 21 25 4
For more than 25 26 + 3


Order z/VM SDO through the internet

Shopz provides an easy way to plan and order IBM Z software upgrades, including z/VM. Using Shopz, you can quickly generate orders for z/VM and the licensed products available in the SDO. Additionally, Shopz helps ensure your order is technically correct (that is, ensures any corequisite or prerequisite or incompatibility conditions are resolved to ensure timely order placement and processing). Shopz is available worldwide. 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, visit the Shopz website.

The z/VM 7.2 base operating system and SDO licensed products are eligible for internet delivery using the Shopz website and are planned to be available at the general availability of z/VM 7.2 on September 18, 2020.

After the general availability of z/VM 7.2, z/VM 7.1 will continue to be orderable for 18 months.

Charge metric

Pricing metric description

The products and features in this announcement have one pricing metric - Value Units based on the number of processors. Value Unit pricing with a decreasing one-time charge (OTC) price per engine, subject to the tiers as documented in Value Unit Exhibit VUE021, is available for the z/VM 7.2 optional features of DirMaint, RSCS, RACF Security Server, and the Performance Toolkit for VM for S&S entitlements at initial order of z/VM 7 or its features. Value Units of a given product cannot be exchanged, interchanged, or aggregated with Value Units of another product.

Engine-based Value Unit pricing of z/VM 7 is different than MSU-based Value Unit pricing, which is available on other IBM software products.

Program name Program number Charge unit description
z/VM 7 5741-A09 Value Units
DirMaint Feature 5741-A09 Value Units
RSCS Feature 5741-A09 Value Units
RACF Security Server Feature 5741-A09 Value Units
Performance Toolkit for VM Feature 5741-A09 Value Units

Value Unit pricing for the z/VM 7.2 S&S and its optional, priced features provides a lower price per processor as more Value Units are licensed with z/VM 7 and the optional, priced features. Clients may aggregate the capacity for all the processors running z/VM 7 and the optional, priced features across the enterprise to achieve a more economical price. There may also be a price benefit when clients increase their capacity. Additional capacity is not priced starting at the base with a flat price per unit. Instead, additional capacity is priced starting at the capacity on which z/VM 7 has already been installed, which may result in a lower unit price for the z/VM 7.2 S&S and the optional, priced features.

Engine-based Value Unit pricing is designed to provide a lower entry price and a decreasing price curve as hardware capacities and workload grow, which may help improve price/performance. Engine-based Value Unit pricing is different than MSU-based Value Unit pricing, which is available on other IBM software products. Value Unit pricing may help clients:

  • Add capacity and workload with an incremental and improved price
  • Manage software costs better
  • Aggregate licenses acquired across machines that are part of their enterprise

If the client purchased an S&S contract for the z/VM 4, 5, 6, or 7 optional features of DirMaint, RACF Security Server, RSCS, and the Performance Toolkit for VM, the client is entitled to a no-charge upgrade to those same optional features on z/VM 7.2.

Translation from Processor to Value Units

The total number of engine-based Value Units is calculated according to the following example.

If the client has installed six processors and will be operating z/VM 7.2 on all six processors, the applicable Value Units would be:

(3 * 10) + (3 * 9) = 57 Value Units

The following z/VM 7.2 products and optional features and their associated Subscription and Support (S&S) have a charge of Engine-Based Value Units:

IPLA program number S&S program number Program description
5741-A09 5741-SNS z/VM 7.2
5741-A09 5741-SNS RSCS Feature
5741-A09 5741-SNS RACF Security Server Feature
5741-A09 5741-SNS DirMaint Feature
5741-A09 5741-SNS Performance Toolkit for VM Feature

The products in this announcement are available with IBM Software On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD). If clients are running On/Off CoD on their IBM servers, they can also pay for z/VM 7.2 on a processor per-day basis during their peak periods.

For details, see the License Information document.

Basic license

Licensing for z/VM 7.2

IPLA program number SDO program number S&S program number Program description
5741-A09 5741-A10 5741-SNS z/VM 7 System Image DVD
5741-A09 5741-A10 5741-SNS RSCS Feature
5741-A09 5741-A10 5741-SNS RACF Security Server Feature
5741-A09 5741-A10 5741-SNS DirMaint Facility Feature
5741-A09 5741-A10 5741-SNS Performance Toolkit for z/VM

The program number, 5741-A09, is used for licensing z/VM 7. You must specify the number of engine-based Value Units for the number of processors required as calculated by the Workload Pricer tool, WL Pricer.

When ordering z/VM 7.2 to operate on standard processors (CPs) for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the number of standard processors (CPs) on your server.

For a single server in an enterprise, the number of Value Units that are ordered for any optional feature to operate on standard processors must be equal to the number of Value Units that are ordered for the base z/VM 7 product operating on standard processors.

When ordering z/VM 7.2 to operate on IFL processors for a single server within the enterprise, you must specify Value Units equal to the Value Units to cover the number of IFL processors on your server.

For a single server in an enterprise, the number of Value Units that are ordered for any optional feature to operate on IFL processors must be equal to the number of Value Units ordered for the base z/VM 7 product operating on IFL processors.

The optional features DirMaint, RSCS, RACF Security Server, and the Performance Toolkit for VM are preinstalled on the base system media. Ordering these features establishes a license for entitlement purposes and will ship a Memo to Users for the optional features ordered. If you intend to use DirMaint, RSCS, RACF Security Server, or the Performance Toolkit for VM, now or at a later date, you must establish a license for billing.

z/VM 7.2 (5741-A09) Basic License

Entitlement identifier Orderable supply ID Description License option/Pricing metric
S018CL6 S018J38 z/VM 7 System Image DVD Use-Based License One-Time Charge Value Units
S018CL2 S018J3C DirMaint Facility Feature Use-Based License One-Time Charge Value Units
S018CL5 S018J3B RSCS Feature for z/VM Use-Based License One-Time Charge Value Units
S018CL4 S018J39 RACF Security Server for z/VM Use-Based License One-Time Charge Value Units
S018CL3 S018J3F Performance Toolkit for z/VM Use-Based License One-Time Charge Value Units
Not applicable S018J3D DFSMS for z/VM Primary Not applicable

Deliverables are supplied in US English only.

z/VM Subscription and Support (5741-SNS)

Entitlement Identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S0111PX z/VM 7 System Image Basic ASC, per Value Unit SW S&S
    No charge, decline SW S&S
    No-charge, SW S&S Registration
S0111R1 DirMaint Facility Feature Basic ASC, per Value Unit SW S&S
    No charge, decline SW S&S
    No-charge, SW S&S Registration
S013T6B RSCS Feature for z/VM Basic ASC, per Value Unit SW S&S
    No charge, decline SW S&S
    No-charge, SW S&S Registration
S0111R0 RACF Security Server for z/VM Basic ASC, per Value Unit SW S&S
    No charge, decline SW S&S
    No-charge, SW S&S Registration
S0111PZ Performance Toolkit for VM Basic ASC, per Value Unit SW S&S
    No charge, decline SW S&S
    No-charge, SW S&S Registration

The features are for the stand-alone product and not for ordering.

The orderable supply IDs for z/VM Subscription and Support (5741-SNS) are available in US English and are support for z/VM 7.2 and its optional features (5741-A09).

Entitlement Identifier Orderable supply ID Feature description
S0111HK S0111HL z/VM 7 System Image DVD
S0111H7 S0111H8 DirMaint Facility Feature
S013T6C S013T6D RSCS Feature for z/VM
S0111HC S0111HD RACF Security Server for z/VM
S0111HF S0111HG Performance Toolkit for z/VM Feature
S0111H9 S0111HB DFSMS/VM Feature

z/VM 7.1 ordering information

z/VM 7.1 is still available for ordering after the availability of z/VM 7.2. To order z/VM 7.1, see the ordering information in Software Announcement 218-310, dated August 7, 2018.

Ordering z/VM 7.2 using the SDO

Starting August 4, 2020, price proposal information is available for z/VM 7.2. Orders for the z/VM 7.2 SDO can be placed beginning on the SDO order activation date of September 8, 2020 and the availability date will be on September 18, 2020, or later. If you wish to have that order fulfilled with z/VM 7.2, you will need to specify a customer requested arrival date (CRAD) of September 18, 2020, or later. Orders for Version 7.2 may not be scheduled to ship before September 18, 2020 and must be ordered using the z/VM 7.2 SDO packaged offering, (5741-A10). The z/VM base system, any ordered optional z/VM features, and any ordered SDO licensed products will be delivered as part of the z/VM SDO.

IBM recommends internet delivery. However, if you still require physical media, you can choose DVD.

With the ordering of z/VM 7.2, you will receive a system deliverable DVD or electronic media image containing the program code for z/VM 7.2, an IPLA and License Information Document (LID) one copy of each publication available for z/VM 7.2 as listed in the Packaging section of this announcement.

Examples

  • Example 1. You currently do not have z/VM 7 licensed for any IBM Z server within your enterprise. Your engine-based Value Units for licensing z/VM 7.2 (5741-A09) are 0.

    If you will be running z/VM 7 (running Linux for IBM Z) on a single server having 2 IFL processors and no standard processors (CPs), the capacity to be licensed in engine-based Value Units would be (2 * 10) or 20 resulting in a total of 20 Value Units of 5741-A09.

  • Example 2. You currently are licensed for and running z/VM 7 on a single IBM Z server with two IFL processors and no standard processors (CPs). Your engine-based Value Units for 5741-A09 are 20.

    If you will be adding 2 IFL processors to this IBM Z server, the additional z/VM 7 licensing capacity to be specified in engine-based Value Units would be (1 * 10) + (1 * 9) or 19 resulting in a total of 39 Value Units of 5741-A09.

  • Example 3. You currently are running z/VM 7 on the IFL processors of a single IBM Z server having six standard processors (CPs) and three IFL processors (running Linux for IBM Z). Note that z/VM 7 is not running on any of the standard processors (CPs). Your engine-based Value Units for 5741-A09 are 30.

    If you will be adding 2 standard processors (CPs) and 4 IFL processors to this IBM Z server, the additional z/VM 7 capacity to be specified in engine-based Value Units would be (3 * 9) + (1 * 8) or 35 resulting in a total of 65 Value Units of 5741-A09.

  • Example 4. You currently do not have z/VM 7 licensed for any IBM Z server within your enterprise. Your engine-based Value Units for licensing 5741-A09 are 0.

    If you will be licensing and running z/VM 7 on the IFL processors of a IBM Z server having 2 IFLs, and on another IBM Z server within your enterprise you will license and run z/VM 7 on both processor types of a IBM Z server having 1 standard processor and 2 IFL processors, the z/VM 7 license capacity to be specified in engine-based Value Units would be (3 * 10) + (2 * 9) or 48 that results in a total of 48 Value Units due to aggregating the licenses within the enterprise.

Support for z/VM 7.2

Program Name: z/VM Subscription and Support

Program Number: 5741-SNS

Support for z/VM 7 is provided and licensed under the IBM International Agreement for Acquisition of Support (Z125-6011).

This 5741-SNS order establishes entitlement records and also support for z/VM 7.2 for the optional features. If a 5741-SNS order is declined, you will only be entitled to support under the basic warranty for z/VM 7.2 (5741-A09).

The z/VM S&S provides:

  • Corrections that fix substantial deviations of unmodified products from the then-current code, publications, and informal documentation (that is, release notes and memos).
  • Software product updates that are improvements, extensions, and other changes IBM, at its discretion, deems to be reasonable.
  • Recommended Service Updates (RSUs), new versions, and new releases at no additional charge.
  • Technical support:
    • A reasonable amount of remote assistance via telephone, mail, facsimile (fax), or email to address suspected IBM program defects, where available, during normal IBM business hours from Monday through Friday, except local holidays. Exceptions from normal IBM business hours are Severity 1 (high impact) problems. Support for high impact suspected IBM defects is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    • Temporary fixes for problems (where known), where they exist.

On-site (local) support, although available, is provided as part of the IBM portfolio of fee-based services.

z/VM S&S annual support charges, based on the number of Value Units specified, will be automatically added to your order. If you do not desire the S&S license for z/VM and/or the optional features of DirMaint, RSCS, RACF, or the Performance Toolkit for VM feature, you must take specific action to decline this support.

A no-charge S&S registration record will be established on each designated machine where z/VM 7 and the priced, optional features of DirMaint, RSCS, RACF, and the Performance Toolkit for VM feature are running. These no-charge S&S registration records will be linked to the billable S&S and all billable S&S within the scope of the engine-based Value Units aggregation will be linked together.

Within the scope of an enterprise aggregation, the number of Value Units ordered for the S&S license must equal the number of Value Units ordered for the OTC license(s).

National language translation

When you order z/VM 7.2, the national language translation files for message repositories, help files, and other panels or files are included with the system. Messages will no longer be translated into Japanese Kanji Languages included are American English and uppercase English.

To receive the translated help files for DFSMS/VM in Kanji, you must order the no-charge optional DFSMS/VM feature using the z/VM 7 SDO.

Preinstalled products and features

  • EREP and ICKDSF

    The prerequisite no-charge products EREP (5654-260) and ICKDSF (5684-042) are preinstalled on the base product system deliverable. If you intend to use EREP or ICKDSF now or at a later date, you must establish a license for billing and shipment of publications by placing an order for each of these products. Because the product code is already preinstalled, your order should indicate that shipment of media should be suppressed for these products. This can be accomplished by including the Delivery Option feature number 3471 (Ship Documentation Only), which designates the shipment of publications only.

  • Language Environment

    Language Environment is integrated into the base of z/VM 7.2, at the same level as was packaged with z/VM 6.2.

  • HCD and HCM

    HCD and HCM provides a comprehensive I/O configuration management environment, similar to that available with the z/OS operating system. HCD and HCM is delivered preinstalled into the base of z/VM 7.2, enabled for use, and is available at no additional charge.

  • OpenExtensions Shell and Utilities

    OpenExtensions Shell and Utilities is included in z/VM 7.2 with no licensing or billing requirements.

  • CMS Utilities

    CMS Utilities is included in z/VM 7.2 at no additional charge.

  • TCP/IP for z/VM and NFS

    The TCP/IP base and the Network File System (NFS) feature of TCP/IP are delivered preinstalled, enabled for use, and are available at no additional charge.

  • DirMaint, RSCS, RACF Security Server, and the Performance Toolkit for VM feature priced optional features for z/VM 7.2

    DirMaint, RSCS, RACF Security Server, and the Performance Toolkit for VM feature are preinstalled in a disabled state.

    Pricing is based on engine-based Value Units, and the features can be licensed on IFL and standard processor processors. If you intend to use any one of these features, now or at a later date, you must establish a license for billing and shipment of publications. Enablement instructions are provided in the Memo to Users provided with each feature to allow enablement of the feature for use on your system. A license is established by placing an order for the feature.

On/Off CoD

z/VM 7.2 is eligible for On/Off CoD with a temporary use charge calculated based on processor-per-day use.

z/VM 7.2 (5741-A09) Temporary Use Charge

Entitlement Identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S018CL6 z/VM 7 System Image DVD On/Off CoD, Temporary Use Charge Processor Day(s)
S018CL2 DirMaint Facility Feature On/Off CoD, Temporary Use Charge Processor Day(s)
S018CL5 RSCS Feature for z/VM On/Off CoD, Temporary Use Charge Processor Day(s)
S018CL4 RACF Security Server for z/VM/ On/Off CoD, Temporary Use Charge Processor Day(s)
S018CL3 Performance Toolkit for z/VM On/Off CoD, Temporary Use Charge Processor Day(s)

z/VM 7.1 ordering information

z/VM 7.1 is still available for ordering after the availability of z/VM 7.2. To order z/VM 7.1, see the ordering information in Software Announcement 218-310, dated August 7, 2018.



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

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

These programs are 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. IBM Z Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel is an option if you desire added services.

License Information number

LCD7-7073-01

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 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

This offering is subject to usage restrictions.

For any usage restrictions, see the License information documents listed within 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

Yes

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

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

Sub-capacity utilization determination

For details on z/VM sub-capacity, see Software Announcement 217-267, dated July 17, 2017.

On/Off CoD

To be eligible for On/Off CoD pricing, you must be enabled for temporary capacity on the corresponding hardware, and the required contract, Attachment for IBM System z® On/Off Capacity on Demand (Z125-7883) must be signed prior to use.



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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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Registered external clients and IBM Business Partners can access IBMLink to view pricing information.

Specify "Price type," "Search type," and "Search value," then click "Search."

Note: Enter program number in the "Search value."

You can also contact your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner for the applicable charges.

IBM Global Financing

IBM Global Financing offers competitive financing to credit-qualified clients to assist them in acquiring IT solutions. Offerings include financing for IT acquisition, including hardware, software, and services, from both IBM and other manufacturers or vendors. Offerings (for all client segments: small, medium, and large enterprise), rates, terms, and availability can vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization or go to the IBM Global Financing website for more information.

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, permits accelerated 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 customers.



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