IBM PureApplication System and IBM Bluemix Local System closed beta offering and statements of general direction

IBM United States Software Announcement 217-106
February 21, 2017

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(Corrected on March 7, 2017)

The Overview and Planned availability date sections are revised.



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IBM® PureApplication® System and Bluemix® Local System closed beta offering

PureApplication Systems and Bluemix Local Systems deliver a closed beta offering that includes disaster recovery, private VLANs, and VMware exposure capabilities:

  • User-managed virtual machine deployments with VMware vCenter
  • Private VLANs for performing secure management of VLANs
  • Creation of isolated workload environments
  • Workload environment duplication between racks on a Bluemix Local system

As a participant in the closed beta offering, you can:

  • Evaluate offering capabilities within your system environment.
  • Provide feedback on the offering capabilities of future offerings.
  • Identify your requirements not included in the offering.
  • Suggest future product capabilities.

The beta offering is also an opportunity to learn about IBM strategy and direction, and build skills and develop expertise. A forum for public discussion of current and future capabilities can be found at developerWorks® Answers for PureApplication.

If the closed beta offering is made commercially available, you may:

  • Obtain earlier benefit and payback.
  • Gain a competitive edge.
  • Achieve public recognition as a technology leader.

The PureApplication System and Bluemix Local System closed beta offering is:

  • Free of charge, if you havePureApplication System W1500 or W2500, or Bluemix Local System W3500 or W3550 models installed with active service.
  • Not warranted. Limited support is provided through developerWorks Answers for PureApplication.
  • Not designed for use in a production environment and can not be used for production.

This closed beta provides these benefits:

  • Free-of-charge participation with active service
  • Direct feedback to IBM on the offering
  • Ability to influence the shape of future offerings
  • Early exposure to future technology
  • Limited support through developerWorks Answers for PureApplication

Dedicated compute nodes may be required for virtual machine deployments.

Disaster recovery requires dedicated compute nodes within, or across, racks on Bluemix W3500 or W3550 models.

Details of the terms and conditions of the closed beta offering will be provided to selected participants during acceptance notification. You will be required to log into an online portal to view and accept the terms and conditions as a digital signature for your agreement to participate in the closed beta offering.

You can request participation in the closed beta offering by opening a support ticket for your eligible PureApplication or Bluemix Local system. Your request will be reviewed for eligibility based on criteria to ensure success in the closed beta. The number of participants that will be accepted is limited. You are encouraged to request participation early. The closed beta offering will have a maximum duration of 90 days with the closed beta beginning on March 31, 2017.

This announcement includes statements of direction for IBM PureApplication and IBM Bluemix Local systems. For details, refer to the Description section.



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One of the following systems are required for the closed beta offering:

Program number Program name
5725-Z16 IBM Bluemix Local System W3500
5725-Z17 IBM Bluemix Local System W3550
5725-G32 IBM PureApplication System W1500
5725-Q93 IBM PureApplication System W2500


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March 31, 2017: Closed beta offering



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Statements of general direction

  • IBM intends to deliver user-managed, virtual machine deployments with VMware vCenter for all new and existing Bluemix Local W3500 and W3550 systems, and for existing PureApplication System W1500 and W2500 appliances. This includes the ability to:
    • Create and deploy virtual machines directly with VMware vCenter.
    • Add and remove resources (compute nodes, VMFS LUNs, and VLANs) to the Cloud Groups that run virtual machines.
    • Leverage VMware vCenter for monitoring.
    • Set up high availability and disaster recovery scenarios through replication of VMware Virtual Machine File System (VMFS) storage between racks.
  • IBM intends to deliver support for private VLANs to perform secure management of VLANs within Bluemix Local Systems.
  • IBM intends to deliver the ability for the creation of isolated workload environments within PureApplication Systems.
  • IBM intends to deliver support for duplication of workload environments between Bluemix Local System racks to facilitate disaster recovery.
  • IBM intends to deliver IBM Cloud Automation Manager workload provisioning in PureApplication. The Cloud Automation Manager solution complements the open pattern capabilities introduced in earlier PureApplication versions and demonstrates the IBM strategy of supporting multiple orchestration languages.
  • IBM intends to deliver integration between Bluemix Local System and VMware Cloud Foundation by bringing VMware NSX, Single Sign-On, and other common services to Bluemix Local System. VMware Cloud Foundation on IBM Cloud provides clients the ability to easily and securely move VMware workloads to the cloud seamlessly, through a common management, networking, and security platform.
  • IBM intends to deliver support for on-premise use of PureApplication Software and PureApplication Software Suite with billing through Pure Application Service subscription. This on-premise capability will be limited to Bluemix Local System and requires a PureApplication Service subscription for the monthly metering and billing.

IBM statements regarding 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 IBM 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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The following programs are addressed in the statements of general direction.

Program number Program name
5737-B07 IBM PureApplication Software Suite
5725-Q52 IBM PureApplication Software
5725-Z16 IBM Bluemix Local System W3500
5725-Z17 IBM Bluemix Local System W3550
5725-X32 IBM PureApplication System W3700
5725-G32 IBM PureApplication System W1500
5725-F46 IBM PureApplication System W1700
5725-Q93 IBM PureApplication System W2500
5725-Q94 IBM PureApplication System W2700
5725-R71 IBM PureApplication Service Infrastructure

The following systems are eligible for the closed beta offering.

Program number Program name
5725-Z16 IBM Bluemix Local System W3500
5725-Z17 IBM Bluemix Local System W3550
5725-Q93 IBM PureApplication System W2500
5725-G32 IBM PureApplication System W1500
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