Power virtualization enhancements for IBM PowerVM, IBM Hardware Management Console, and IBM PowerKVM

IBM United States Software Announcement 214-383
October 6, 2014

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 Overview Overview  Technical information Technical information
 Planned availability date Planned availability date  Ordering information Ordering information
 Description Description  Terms and conditions Terms and conditions
 Statement of direction Statement of direction  Prices Prices
 Program number Program number  Order now Order now
 Publications Publications

Corrected on October 27, 2014

Updated the Planned Availability Date section.

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Improvements in Power® virtualization for IBM® PowerVM®, IBM PowerKVM and IBM Hardware Management Console (HMC) help improve usability, extend maintenance offerings, and enhance the flexibility of the virtualization offerings.


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

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Power virtualization allows organizations to deliver services more efficiently by consolidating workloads onto fewer servers. This consolidation optimizes utilization of server and storage resources. Power virtualization offerings include IBM PowerVM and IBM PowerKVM. The management of PowerVM typically requires IBM Hardware Management Console (HMC).

Power virtualization enhancements include the following improvements for PowerVM, PowerKVM, and HMC:

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Planned availability date
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IBM Hardware Management Console (HMC) V8.2 enhancements improve the usability of IBM PowerVM and support the new Power Enterprise Systems. Functionality improvements:

Note: The virtualization improvements implemented by the HMC require HMC V8.2.

* Function already available in HMC V8.10 SP1.

PowerKVM V2.1.1 contains additional support for new Linux distributions, additional I/O support, and availability improvements.


Accessibility by people with disabilities

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Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

IBM PowerVM V2.2 is capable as of October 24, 2014, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be requested on the following website


Business Partner information

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


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Statement of direction
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IBM intends to bring the virtualization capability of PowerVM to the expanding little Endian Linux distribution ecosystem supported on POWER8 based systems. These new Linux distributions allow for easy porting of Linux applications to the Power platform.

IBM's statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at IBM's sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it 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 our products remains at our sole discretion.

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Program                Program
number         VRM     name

5765-PVE      V2.2.3   PowerVM Enterprise Edition
5771-PVL      V1.1.0   PowerVM for Linux 1yr SWMA
5765-PVS      V2.2.3   PowerVM Standard Edition
5765-PVL      V2.2.3   PowerVM IBM PowerLInux Edition
5765-KVM      V2.1.1   PowerKVM Standard Edition

Product identification number

                    Maintenance        Maintenance
Program PID number  1 year PID number  3 year PID number

5765-PVE            5771-PVE           5773-PVE
5765-PVL            5771-PVL           5773-PVL
5765-PVS            5771-PVS           5773-PVS
5765-KVM            5771-KVM           5773-KVM

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Reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS)
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The reliability of the IBM Power Systems™ starts with components, devices, and subsystems that are designed to be fault-tolerant. IBM Power Systems uses lower voltage technology in the processor Single Chip Modules (SCMs) that improves reliability stacked latches to reduce soft error (SER) susceptibility. During the design and development process, subsystems go through rigorous verification and integration testing processes. During system manufacturing, systems go through a thorough testing process to help ensure high product quality levels.

The processor and memory subsystem contain a number of features designed to avoid or correct environmentally induced, single-bit, intermittent failures as well as handle solid faults in components, including selective redundancy to tolerate certain faults without requiring an outage or parts replacement.

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Offering Information
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website


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The IBM Publications Center


The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. Payment options for orders are via credit card (in the US) or customer number for 50 countries. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, and they can all be downloaded by all countries, free of charge.

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Technical information
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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

No-charge software license feature number for 5765-PVE (PowerVM Enterprise edition) is only valid on POWER8 Enterprise Systems (9119-MME) and (9119-MHE)

Software requirements

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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Access the online Service Request tool


Planning information

Direct customer support

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


The PowerVM Enterprise Edition package contains DVDs that include product installation documentation and files.

Your Proof of Entitlement (PoE) for this program is a copy of a paid sales receipt, purchase order, invoice, or other sales record from IBM or its authorized reseller from whom you acquired the program, provided that it states the license charge unit (the characteristics of intended use of the program, number of processors, number of users) and quantity acquired.

Information about how you may obtain program services will be provided by the party (either IBM or its authorized reseller) from whom you acquired the program.

Security, auditability, and control

PowerVM Enterprise Edition V2.2 uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware or software. The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

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Software Services
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IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based, software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Also, we extend our IBM Software Services reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.

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Ordering information
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IBM PowerVM Enterprise Edition adds no charge features to support IBM POWER8 Enterprise Servers.

IBM PowerVM Enterprise Edition  V2.2 (5765-PVE)
Description                              number
Per processor core Medium Use No Charge  0050

This software license offers one or three year Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.

Extending coverage for a total of three years from the date of acquisition may be elected. Order the program number, feature number, and quantity to extend coverage for your software licenses. If maintenance has expired, specify the after license feature number.

The SWMA for the offerings in this announcement are already released. The update here is for PowerVM Enterprise edition for Linux 5771-PVL pid, IBM will now offer one year SWMA with the initial purchase.

                                             Program   feature
Feature description                          number    number
SW Maintenance Regist/7x24 Support 3 Year    5771-PVL
Per Processor Core Registration                        2059
Per Processor Core 7x24                                2058
Per Processor Core Registration Medium IFL             2064
Per Processor Core 7x24 Medium IFL                     2063
Per Processor Core Registration Large IFL              2062
Per Processor Core 7x24 Large IFL                      2061

Charge metric

Program name                          PID number  Charge metric

PowerVM EE                            5765-PVE    per processor core
PowerVM EE for Linux 1yr Reg/Ren      5771-PVL    per processor core

Note: The PIDs listed here are announced.

Processor Core (or Processor)

Processor Core (or Processor) is a unit of measure by which the program can be licensed. Processor Core (or Processor) is a functional unit within a computing device that interprets and executes instructions. A processor core consists of at least an instruction control unit and one or more arithmetic or logic unit. With multicore technology, each core is considered a Processor Core. Entitlements must be acquired for all activated Processor Cores available for use on the server.

In addition to the entitlements required for the program directly, licensee must obtain entitlements for this program sufficient to cover the processor cores managed by program.

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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.


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

This software license has Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance).

Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance

The IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011) applies for Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) and does not require customer signatures.

Power virtualization enhancements

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. 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 (also referred to as Software Maintenance) can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available. These programs have a one-time license charge for use of the program and an annual renewable charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours), as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect.

License Information number

LC23-4407: PowerVM editions

The program's License Information will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement website

Limited warranty applies


Limited warranty

IBM warrants that when the program is used in the specified operating environment, it will conform to its specifications. The warranty applies only to the unmodified portion of the program. IBM does not warrant uninterrupted or error-free operation of the program or that IBM will correct all program defects. You are responsible for the results obtained from the use of the program.

IBM provides you with access to IBM databases containing information on known program defects, defect corrections, restrictions, and bypasses at no additional charge. For further information, consult the IBM Software Support Handbook found at


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

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.

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Volume orders (IVO)

Yes. Contact your IBM representative.

IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement
Passport Advantage applies


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 via 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, consult your IBM Software Support Handbook at


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.

IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel


System i® Software Maintenance applies


Variable charges apply


Educational allowance available

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

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Statement of good security practices
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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through 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 comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective. IBM does not warrant that systems and products are immune from the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.

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IBM Electronic Services
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Electronic Service Agent™ and the IBM Electronic Support web portal are dedicated to providing fast, exceptional support to IBM Systems customers. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tool is a no-additional-charge tool that proactively monitors and reports hardware events, such as system errors, performance issues, and inventory. The Electronic Service Agent tool can help you stay focused on your company's strategic business initiatives, save time, and spend less effort managing day-to-day IT maintenance issues. Servers enabled with this tool can be monitored remotely around the clock by IBM Support, all at no additional cost to you.

Now integrated into the base operating system of AIX V5.3, AIX V6.1, and AIX V7.1, Electronic Service Agent is designed to automatically and electronically report system failures and utilization issues to IBM, which can result in faster problem resolution and increased availability. System configuration and inventory information collected by the Electronic Service Agent tool also can be viewed on the secure Electronic Support web portal, and used to improve problem determination and resolution by you and the IBM support team. To access the tool main menu, simply type smitty esa_main, and select Configure Electronic Service Agent. In addition, ESA now includes a powerful web user interface, giving the administrator easy access to status, tool settings, problem information, and filters. For more information and documentation on how to configure and use Electronic Service Agent, refer to


The IBM Electronic Support portal is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. This portal enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems. The My Systems and Premium Search functions make it even easier for Electronic Service Agent tool-enabled customers to track system inventory and find pertinent fixes.


Increased uptime: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to enhance the Warranty or Maintenance Agreement by providing faster hardware error reporting and uploading system information to IBM Support. This can translate to less wasted time monitoring the symptoms, diagnosing the error, and manually calling IBM Support to open a problem record. Its 24x7 monitoring and reporting mean no more dependence on human intervention or off-hours customer personnel when errors are encountered in the middle of the night.

Security: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to be secure in monitoring, reporting, and storing the data at IBM. The Electronic Service Agent tool securely transmits via either the Internet (HTTPS or VPN) or modem, and can be configured to communicate securely through gateways to provide you a single point of exit from your site. Communication is one way. Activating Electronic Service Agent does not enable IBM to call into your system. System inventory information is stored in a secure database, which is protected behind IBM firewalls. It is viewable only by you and IBM. Your business applications or business data is never transmitted to IBM.

More accurate reporting: Because system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support center in conjunction with the service request, you are not required to find and send system information, decreasing the risk of misreported or misdiagnosed errors. Once inside IBM, problem error data is run through a data knowledge management system and knowledge articles are appended to the problem record.

Customized support: Using the IBM ID entered during activation, you can view system and support information in the My Systems and Premium Search sections of the Electronic Support website at


My Systems provides valuable reports of installed hardware and software using information collected from the systems by Electronic Service Agent. Reports are available for any system associated with your IBM ID. Premium Search combines the function of search and the value of Electronic Service Agent information, providing advanced search of the technical support knowledgebase. Using Premium Search and the Electronic Service Agent information that has been collected from your system, you are able to see search results that apply specifically to your systems.

For more information on how to utilize the power of IBM Electronic Services, contact your IBM Systems Services Representative, or visit


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The Sofware Maintenance Agreement for the offerings are already released with the exception of IBM PowerVM Enterprise Edition for Linux (5771-PVL). IBM now offers one-year or three-year Software Maintenance Agreement registration with the initial purchase.

                                         Program   feature
Feature description                      number    number  
SW Maintenance Regist/7x24 Support 1 Yr  5771-PVL
Per Processor Core Registration                    2059    
Per Processor Core 7x24                            2058    
Per Processor Core Registration Medium IFL         2064    
Per Processor Core 7x24 Medium IFL                 2063    
Per Processor Core Registration Large IFL          2062    
Per Processor Core 7x24 Large IFL                  2061   

Variable charges: The applicable processor-based one-time charge will be based on the group of the designated machine on which the program is licensed for use. If the program is designated to a processor in a group for which no charge is listed, the charge of the next higher group listed applies. For movement to a machine in a higher group, an upgrade charge equal to the difference in the then-current charges between the two groups will apply. For movement to a machine in a lower group, there will be no adjustment or refund of charges paid.

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-214-383-LIST_PRICES_2014_10_06.PDF ENUS-214-383-LIST_PRICES_2014_10_06.PDF

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

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

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