Announcement Summary - September 06, 2022

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Announcements by Letter Number

AG22-0090 IBM offers new IBM i System Subscription to provide cloud flexibility and financials in your on-premises environment

AG22-0105 IBM delivers key hardware enhancements for selected IBM Power10 technology-based servers

AP22-0159 IBM Netezza Performance Server for IBM Cloud Pak for Data provides an additional Cloud Pak for Data offering

AP22-0171 EDB Enterprise Postgres with IBM 14.4 adds support for Linux on IBM Z and LinuxONE platforms, offering database flexibility, improved performance, and potential cost savings

AP22-0255 IBM Security Guardium Insights 3.2 equips data security practitioners with tools to help strengthen their data security posture in hybrid multicloud environments; IBM Security Guardium Data Protection 11.5 delivers real-time visibility and protection to implement data-centric security at scale

AP22-0261 IBM Envizi Sustainability Performance Management delivers additional capabilities to help drive environmental performanceib management and sustainability efforts

AP22-0278 Pliant Network Automation simplifies how organizations build and deploy their automation platform

Hardware Announcements


AG22-0090

IBM offers new IBM i System Subscription to provide cloud flexibility and financials in your on-premises environment

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At a glance

IBM i System Subscription offering provides clients value through cloud experience, flexible and predictive financials, and worry-free maintenance with enhanced IBM services and support:

  • 3-year to 5-year terms available at initial subscription with 1-year+ renewals
  • Annual payment with year 1 payment due at subscription signing

Overview

The IBM i System Subscription offering provides the following subscription bundle characteristics:

  • Leverage IBM i 7.3, or later, operating system subscription offering with the hardware.
  • 4-core/P05 tier model with 1 IBM i processor entitlement.
  • 25 IBM i users.
  • 3-year, 4-year, and 5-year terms.
  • Deliver client value through enhanced IBM services and support.

Cloud experience

  • Sign up for bundle subscription to get on-premises capacity
  • Complete platform as a service (PaaS) for IBM i applications on-premises

Flexible and predictive financials

  • Lower total cost of acquisition (TCA), consistent payment, and potential for operational cost (OpEx) consumption (IBM owned)
  • No transition fees to take your IBM i subscription to new hardware footprints in the future

Worry-free maintenance

  • Default 24x7 maintenance coverage, where available, with value-added IBM Services® covering the most critical solution lifecycle activities, such as security and health monitoring, remote firmware and OS updates, and critical outage support

Key requirements

  • IBM i 7.3, or later
  • IBM Power® S1014 server

Planned availability date

September 23, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


AG22-0105

IBM delivers key hardware enhancements for selected IBM Power10 technology-based servers

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At a glance

  • Active Memory Expansion (AME) is enabled for the IBM Power S1024, IBM Power S1022, IBM Power S1014, IBM Power S1022s, IBM Power L1024, and IBM Power L1022 technology-based servers.
  • One-core Base Processor Activations are available for scale-out capacity migration from IBM Power9 to IBM Power10 servers.
  • IBM i System Subscription indicator on Power S1014 server feature (#EHSB) is available.

Overview

IBM delivers enhanced capabilities for the Power S1024, Power S1022, Power S1014, Power S1022s, Power L1024, and Power L1022 servers as follows:

Active Memory Expansion (#EMBP)

AME is an innovative technology supporting the AIX® operating system that helps enable the effective maximum memory capacity to be larger than the true physical memory maximum. Compression or decompression of memory content can enable memory expansion up to 100% or more. This can enable a partition to do significantly more work or support more users with the same physical amount of memory. Similarly, it can enable a server to run more partitions and do more work for the same physical amount of memory.

AME uses CPU resource to compress or decompress the memory contents. The trade-off of memory capacity for processor cycles can be an excellent choice, but the degree of expansion varies on how compressible the memory content is. It also depends on having adequate spare CPU capacity available for this compression or decompression.

Power10 chips include a hardware accelerator designed to boost AME efficiency and use less Power core resource. The Power10 accelerator includes some minor enhancements and also leverages Power10 higher bandwidth and lower latency characteristics.

You have a great deal of control over AME usage. Each individual AIX partition can turn on or turn off AME. Control parameters set the amount of expansion desired in each partition to help control the amount of CPU used by the AME function. An IPL is required for the specific partition that is turning on memory expansion. When turned on, monitoring capabilities are available in standard AIX performance tools, such as lparstat, vmstat, topas, and svmon.

A planning tool is included with AIX, enabling you to sample actual workloads and estimate both how expandable the partition's memory is and how much CPU resource is needed. Any Power model can run the planning tool. In addition, a one-time, 60-day trial of AME is available to enable more exact memory expansion and CPU measurements. You can request the trial using the Power Capacity on Demand website.

AME is enabled by chargeable hardware feature (#EMBP), which can be ordered with the initial order of the system node or as an MES order. A software key is provided when the enablement feature is ordered, which is applied to the system node. An IPL is not required to enable the system node. The key is specific to an individual system node and is permanent. It cannot be moved to a different server.

The additional CPU resource used to expand memory is part of the CPU resource assigned to the AIX partition running AME. Normal licensing requirements apply.

One-core Base Processor Activations for scale-out capacity migration

Each new Base Processor Activation feature purchased on a scale-out Power10 server is eligible to be exchanged for a corresponding Power9 one-core Base Processor Activation feature using the Entitled Systems Support (ESS) process to help facilitate scale-out capacity migration.

IBM i System Subscription Indicator on Power S1014 server (#EHSB)

Feature EHSB provides an IBM Power S1014 server with a four-core processor module that supports a maximum system memory of 64 GB and subscription licensing for the IBM i 7.3, or later operating system version. Having feature EHSB on the order will cause the order to be routed to an IBM Project Office representative for the IBM System Subscription integrated processes.

Note: Feature EHSB is password protected. Contact daniel.goldener@ibm.com for additional information.

Key requirements

A Power S1024, Power S1022, Power S1014, Power S1022s, Power L1024, or Power L1022 server is required.

Planned availability date

  • September 6, 2022, except for features EMBP and EHSB
  • September 16, 2022, for feature EMBP
  • September 23, 2022, for feature EHSB

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.

Software Announcements


AP22-0159

IBM Netezza Performance Server for IBM Cloud Pak for Data provides an additional Cloud Pak for Data offering

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Overview

IBM Netezza® Performance Server for IBM Cloud Pak® for Data provides Netezza Performance Server software for use on the IBM Cloud Pak for Data System appliance, allowing Netezza clients to fully dedicate the appliance to their data warehouse needs.

Key requirements

For details, see the Software requirements section.

Planned availability date

September 6, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


AP22-0171

EDB Enterprise Postgres with IBM 14.4 adds support for Linux on IBM Z and LinuxONE platforms, offering database flexibility, improved performance, and potential cost savings

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Overview

EDB Enterprise Postgres with IBM® consists of EDB Postgres Advanced Server with IBM and EDB PostgreSQL with IBM.

EDB Postgres Advanced Server with IBM offers an integrated, open-source-based SQL relational database solution that is built for your enterprise-scale data needs. It provides a rich data environment and a rich set of extended capabilities that support high availability production and cost-effective nonproduction environments. The offering is designed for organizations that are implementing standards that leverage open-source databases and want the assurance of high availability, security-rich features, and manageable deployments with support. It includes the Postgres Advanced Server database with other key capabilities that support security-rich deployment at scale, and development, analyst, and operational management roles.

EDB PostgreSQL with IBM provides tested and certified PostgreSQL with tools for high availability, disaster recovery, monitoring, and professional support.

New in version 14.4

PostgreSQL is a massively scalable, object-relational database that is capable of handling mixed workload types. Your organization can now pair that database flexibility with the performance characteristics of Linux® on IBM Z® and LinuxONE. This combination can help reduce costs without compromising requirements.

The combination of the Oracle compatibility of EDB with the capability of IBM zSystems to consolidate Exadata (and other x86 platforms) cores offers a value proposition to organizations that are struggling to reduce their Oracle costs. With EDB Enterprise Postgres with IBM 14.4, organizations can lift-and-shift their entire Oracle estate to IBM Z, while quickly migrating portions of that Oracle estate to EDB, all on the same IBM zSystems platform.

Key requirements

For details, see the Software requirements section.

Planned availability date

September 13, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


AP22-0255

IBM Security Guardium Insights 3.2 equips data security practitioners with tools to help strengthen their data security posture in hybrid multicloud environments; IBM Security Guardium Data Protection 11.5 delivers real-time visibility and protection to implement data-centric security at scale

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At a glance

IBM Security® Guardium® Insights 3.2 provides both reactive and proactive tool sets, through a risk-based view, to strengthen the data security posture for challenging and often complex hybrid multicloud environments. These tools include the following:

  • Ready-to-use dashboard templates that require minimal setup, and provide use cases for proactively identifying and mitigating risk around your data
  • Risk events, which connect related data points to tell a broader story about your data
  • Automated responses to quickly get intelligence into the hands of your security teams
  • Can reduce noise up front or in context using asset exclusions
  • Advanced filtering of reports to further reduce noise and get more granular answers

With IBM Security Guardium Data Protection 11.5, organizations can implement risk-based data-centric security programs to support federated access enforcement to detect and respond to real-time machine learning (ML)-powered connection insights, and to manage vulnerability remediation programs with greater ease, speed, and scale.

Security Guardium Data Protection 11.5 can help with the following:

  • Detect and prioritize data security threats with enhancements to ML-based real-time trust evaluation and updates to session-level monitoring policies
  • Deliver data governance with consistent, federated and fine-grained access enforcement using the new integration with IBM Watson® Knowledge Catalog
  • Extend data privacy programs to monitor personally identifiable information (PII) objects discovered with IBM Discover and Classify
  • Support advanced security use cases, such as multifactor authentication (MFA) and single sign-on (SSO), with the new SAML support
  • Automation support to update monitoring configuration for Microsoft™ Windows™ servers and to also distribute configuration information for remote loggers
  • Implement database security hardening with enhanced vulnerability assessment capabilities, that include a new exportable user-defined comments field, and new integration with ServiceNow designed to aggregate scan tests results, organize and assign tasks, and trigger new scans, all within ServiceNow
  • Improvement to the IBM Security Vulnerability Assessment Data Protection Subscription patch upload process that includes timestamps when updating, deleting, and inserting data

Overview

Security Guardium Insights 3.2 takes data security for hybrid multicloud environments to the next level.

Enhanced risk-based user experiences:

  • Connect the dots using data in Security Guardium Insights to tell a broader story around events that impact potential risk to your data
  • Enhanced risk engine that includes more data points for calculating risk, that uses outlier anomalies, privileged users, vulnerability assessment data, classification data, exceptions, and policy violations
  • Automate responses to risk events using Response Rules
  • Enhanced user experience that provides greater drill-down capabilities for understanding how risk was calculated, the database users involved, detailed reports, and related risk events
  • Can reduce the noise by excluding noncritical assets
  • Custom risk profiles to customize how risk is calculated

Best practices dashboard templates

  • Ready-to-use dashboard based on years of accumulated Security Guardium expertise and knowledge
  • Accelerates the organization's time to value
  • Proactively observe and remediate negative user behaviors to preserve healthy data hygiene and ultimately reduce the risk for your organization
  • Proactively observe new changes in your data landscape, such as new database users, operating system users, source programs, and client IPs that have logged in the environment in the past 7 days

Advanced report filtering UI:

  • Can create advanced, custom filters for reports that include nested conditions, case sensitivity, and operator usage
  • Can reference data in another report using in-report filter

Audit process with reports distribution based on rules:

  • Can create rules that define which users receive data based on report attributes, such as client/server IP and database type

Operational enhancements:

  • Can use Prometheus for detailed monitoring of Security Guardium Insights ingestion micro services
  • Contains data mart ingestion dashboard for end-to-end status of data mart ingestion and permits click down filtering using a timeline view

Security Guardium Data Protection11.5 helps organizations centralize data security operations with visibility into hybrid multicloud data environments. It provides flexible monitoring options, ability to detect and respond to relevant threats in real time, and enforce consistent and fine-grained access policies. With improvements to vulnerability assessment capabilities, integration with IBM Watson Knowledge Catalog, and support for Discover and Classify, Security Guardium Data Protection truly delivers data-centric protection to extend data privacy and data governance use cases as well as simplify vulnerability remediation programs.

As organizations modernize data environments and rapidly move to take advantage of cloud capabilities, Security Guardium Data Protection offers continuous compliance, ability to surface threats for data at rest, and drive associated data security use cases at scale.

Benefits of Security Guardium Data Protection 11.5:

  • Manages data security and compliance programs, and optimizes resources by focusing on high-priority security threats
    • Improve Real-time Trust Evaluator configuration and Security Incident policies (session-level policies)
    • Support for the new OMB-M-21-31 policy with tags for Federal clients
  • Delivers end-to-end data-centric security with automated integrations and workflows
    • Simplified integration with Watson Knowledge Catalog and Discover and Classify to extend data protection for sensitive data, such as PII, protected health information (PHI), intellectual property (IP), and others
    • Vulnerability assessment integration with ServiceNow to manage remediation programs more efficiently
  • Scales data protection for database services delivered in the cloud or in containerized workloads
    • Support for data activity monitoring using Guardium Universal Connector plugins for database services, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and for data sources that are on-premises or deployed in the cloud as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
    • External S-TAP enhancements that include its certification for IBM Cloud Pak for Data 4.x
  • Supports new data sources with data protection capabilities:
    • SSL support with S-TAP for SAP HANA and EXIT-based monitoring support for MySQL and IBM Netezza
    • New certification and support for provisioned data sources as part of Cloud Pak for Data 4.0.8
    • New vulnerability assessment support for data sources, including Snowflake and MariaDB
    • SSL support for vulnerability assessment for SAP HANA, IBM Informix®, SAP IQ, and Oracle Wallet
    • Improved vulnerability assessment scanning tests for Oracle Database 21c and Couchbase Server 7.0
    • New entitlement reporting support for data sources, including Snowflake, MariaDB, and Amazon Redshift
    • Currency support for Teradata17.10, SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 6, MySQL 8.0.28, CouchDB 3.2, Greenplum 6.19.1, and Couchbase 7.0.2
  • Enhancements to increase usability:
    • Share and collaborate Security Guardium Report Dashboards with roles on your security team
    • Support for easy-to-read reports delivered as part of threshold alerts
    • Manage data classification programs at scale with the ability to schedule and run classification scans with improved reports and views in GUI for classification results comparison and reconciliation
    • Reduce time to analyze auto-discovery results and enforce protection for Oracle RAC databases

Key requirements

Security Guardium Insights 3.2:

  • Workstation with a supported operating system
  • Supported web browser

Security Guardium Data Protection 11.5:

  • Security Guardium solution consists of a modular software suite that is built on a hardened Linux kernel and deployed as a series of preconfigured hardware and software appliances.

For detailed requirements information, see the Software requirements section.

Planned availability date

  • September 16, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.

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


AP22-0261

IBM Envizi Sustainability Performance Management delivers additional capabilities to help drive environmental performanceib management and sustainability efforts

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At a glance

Using IBM Envizi Sustainability Performance Management with IBM's broader AI-powered software, such as IBM Maximo® Application Suite, IBM Supply Chain Intelligence Suite, and IBM Environmental Intelligence Suite, can help enterprises automate the feedback generated between corporate environmental initiatives and the operational endpoints being used in daily business operations. This is a crucial step to move enterprises beyond reporting to performance, as it helps them share data for tracking purposes and identify assets where action can be taken to reduce future emissions. Envizi Sustainability Performance Management integrates with the following:

  • Maximo Application Suite asset management solutions that help extend the life of an organization's critical assets and reduce environmental impact by providing intelligent asset management, monitoring, predictive maintenance, and reliability in a single solution.
  • Supply Chain Intelligence Suite supply chain solutions that help gain supply chain visibility, cut waste by right-sizing inventory, reduce the carbon footprint of shipment and logistics, and ensure responsible sourcing with blockchain-based technology for traceability.
  • Environmental Intelligence Suite that helps increase resiliency by assessing and planning for the impact of environmental conditions on an organization's operations, assets, and supply chains. Environmental Intelligence Suite uses advanced AI and weather technology from IBM, the most accurate forecasting provider globally.

Overview

Envizi Sustainability Performance Management is a cloud service that can help drive environmental performance management. Envizi Sustainability Performance Management can simplify the consolidation, analysis, and management of siloed data sources in conformity with internationally accepted reporting frameworks. These reporting frameworks include Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER), Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR), and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Envizi Sustainability Performance Management can also help you manage various stakeholders' interests and concerns as they relate to energy usage and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, as well as help you meet sustainability goals. Envizi Sustainability Performance Management can integrate data and reports into corporate-wide sustainability initiatives.

Envizi Sustainability Performance Management can help accomplish the following:

  • Monitor. Envizi Sustainability Performance Management provides data management across 500 data types, with over 600 connectors, to gather data from your existing systems of records, devices, and electric and gas meters from your facilities.
  • Measure. Envizi Sustainability Performance Management helps you link Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) projects to your environmental key performance indicators (KPIs). Using industry benchmarks, you can set your own carbon reduction goals.
  • Report. Envizi Sustainability Performance Management provides dashboards and other configurable tools, which can empower your organization to customize its displays and help monitor the enterprise down to the asset. The reporting tools conform to major carbon reporting frameworks.
  • Gain insights. Envizi Sustainability Performance Management can deliver analytics to assist in identifying faulty equipment or other trouble hot spots that, when addressed, may help reduce the carbon footprint. You can benefit from viewing your organization's performance versus expected outcomes either across the entire portfolio or at the asset level.

Key requirements

Envizi Sustainability Performance Management requires a supported browser and an internet connection.

Planned availability date

September 6, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


AP22-0278

Pliant Network Automation simplifies how organizations build and deploy their automation platform

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Overview

Pliant Network Automation is a low-code platform for process automation. It transforms API code into low-code building blocks, enabling the abstraction of all APIs in their infrastructure into a single place for automation and execution. With Pliant Network Automation, you can automate code creation with its ability to drag and drop API calls and turn them into robust code. Plug-and-play integration capabilities include the following:

  • Can add new APIs within 15 business days
  • Provides automation without compromising security by having a full role-based access control on a per code block basis
  • Enables secure execution of API commands, including full user logging and audit trails for after-the-fact review

With one unified API-driven platform, Pliant Network Automation simplifies, streamlines, and can help secure the communication between organizations' mission-critical platforms, services, and applications. Pliant Network Automation helps enable the following:

  • Accelerated mean time to resolution of business challenges
  • Reduction in time to market for new service launches
  • Centralized administrative control and transparency

Key requirements

For more information, see the Technical information section.

Planned availability date

September 7, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.

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