IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI bare metal Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform simplifies deployment and operations of mission-critical workloads

IBM Asia Pacific Software Announcement AP22-0156
April 26, 2022

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OverviewOverviewTechnical informationTechnical information
Key requirementsKey requirementsOrdering informationOrdering information
Planned availability datePlanned availability dateTerms and conditionsTerms and conditions
DescriptionDescriptionPricesPrices
Program numberProgram numberRegional availabilityRegional availability
PublicationsPublications


Overview

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IBM Spectrum® Fusion HCI is a container-native hybrid cloud data platform for Kubernetes applications on Red Hat® OpenShift® Container Platform. It features an appliance form-factor, hyperconverged infrastructure along with integrated software-defined storage to meet the storage requirements of modern, stateful Kubernetes applications. IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI is designed to make it easy to deploy and manage container-native applications and their data on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI features include:

  • Bare-metal deployment of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform to eliminate performance and cost overhead of hypervisors
  • Integrated software-defined cloud-native storage
  • Integrated backup and restore of application-persistent volumes and metadata to both on-rack and off-rack backup targets
  • High performance, low latency NVMe local storage
  • Ready for production from power-on in as little as five hours
  • Simple to scale compute and storage in the field
  • Single point of contact for support of the complete solution


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Key requirements

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IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI requires Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, which must be purchased separately by the client from Red Hat or an authorized Red Hat partner. The IBM® Storage Modeller tool provides guidance for the number of OpenShift entitlements that are required for an IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI configuration.



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Planned availability date

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May 5, 2022.

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.



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Description

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Hyperconverged infrastructure with integrated data services for mission- critical applications

Organizations are under increasing pressure to deliver cloud-native application experiences on premises in the safety of the private data center. Kubernetes and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform provide an ideal cloud-native experience that is portable everywhere. However, organizations often struggle to transition container-based applications, such as IBM Cloud® Paks, out of pilot and into production. They lack skills to build Red Hat OpenShift environments that perform well under load. They lack simple, consistent approaches for ensuring application resiliency and application high availability required by mission-critical applications. And often, the container-based applications cannot effectively leverage existing investments in storage devices.

IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI is the next-generation converged infrastructure designed for containers. It includes built-in integrated data services to simplify deployment and operation of mission critical applications and IBM Cloud Paks on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

Key features and capabilities include:

  • Factory-integrated solution with hardware and built-in data services designed to address the needs of mission-critical applications on premises
  • Storage-rich commodity x86 servers with NVMe flash drives that are cost effective, performant, and easy to scale
  • Industry-standard Kubernetes Container Storage Interface (CSI) to provision high-performance storage volumes for stateful applications
  • Simplified data management enables infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams to publish data services able to be consumed by application development teams as a service
  • Data protection enables I&O teams to create policies to backup application data for recovery at any point in time and replicate data for high availability and disaster recovery data services
  • Investment protection as I&O teams can build Kubernetes CSI storage classes that provide a consistent way to access data on existing storage devices, such as NAS filers and object stores
  • Caching policies can be attached to the storage classes to provide high-performance access
  • Single point of contact through the IBM support portal for support of the complete solution, both hardware and software, delivering simplified operations

Flexible configurations

IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI configurations start at 6 nodes/192 physical cores and 92 TB raw storage and can be scaled up to 20 nodes/640 physical cores and 1524 TB of raw storage in a single rack. Three racks can be clustered to provide even larger Red Hat OpenShift clusters.

IBM Cloud Satellite®

I&O teams can follow a guided experience to configure IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI hardware to host one or more IBM Cloud Satellite locations. IBM Spectrum Fusion data services are available to the IBM Cloud Satellite Locations on the IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI rack.

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.



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Reference information

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For information about IBM Storage Expert Care Service and Support offering, see the following Services Announcements:

  • IBM Storage Expert Care for IBM Spectrum Fusion with additional coverage options, AS21-0020, dated August 31, 2021
  • IBM Storage Expert Care for IBM Spectrum Fusion, AS21-0016, dated August 10, 2021



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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5771-PP7 2.2.0 IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Appliance Software

Program number Maintenance 3-month Program number Maintenance 1-year Program number Maintenance 2-year Program number Maintenance 3-year Program number Maintenance 4-year Program number Maintenance 5-year Program number
5771-PP7 5771-PP4 5771-PP5 5771-PP8 5771-PP9 5771-PP2 5771-PP3


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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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Publications for IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI can be found in IBM Documentation.



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Services

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IBM Systems Lab Services

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Systems Lab Services offers a wide range of infrastructure services for IBM Power® servers, IBM Storage systems, IBM Z®, and IBM LinuxONE. Systems Lab Services has a global presence and can deploy experienced consultants online or onsite around the world.

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For additional information, see the IBM Consulting website.

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Get preventive maintenance, onsite and remote support, and gain actionable insights into critical business applications and IT systems. Speed developer innovation with support for over 240 open-source packages. Leverage powerful IBM analytics and AI-enabled tools to enable client teams to manage IT problems before they become emergencies.

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For details on available services, see the Technology support for hybrid cloud environments website.

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Expert Labs' deep alignment with IBM product development allows for a strategic advantage as they are often the first in line to get access to new products, features, and early visibility into roadmaps. This connection with the development enables them to deliver First of a Kind implementations to address unique needs or expand a client's business with a flexible approach that works best for their organization.

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These services can help clients deploy and integrate IBM Security software, extend their team resources, and help guide and accelerate successful hybrid cloud solutions, including critical strategies such as zero trust. Remote and on-premises software deployment assistance is available for IBM Cloud Pak® for Security, IBM Security QRadar®/QRoC, IBM Security SOAR/Resilient®, IBM i2®, IBM Security Verify, IBM Security Guardium®, and IBM Security MaaS360®.

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For additional information, see the IBM Security Expert Labs website.



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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Software requirements

None

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Planning information

Packaging

This offering is preloaded on IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI solution hardware. There is no physical media.



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Ordering information

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Consult your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.


5771-PP7 - IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Appliance Software

Program number Feature description OTC feature number
5771-PP7 IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Appliance Software per Virtual Processor Core Qty 1 2549
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Appliance Software per Virtual Processor Core Qty 250 2550
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Appliance Software Primary per Terabyte Qty 1 2548
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Appliance Software Primary per Terabyte Qty 250 2547
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Appliance Software Backup per Terabyte Qty 1 2546
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Appliance Software Backup per Terabyte Qty 250 2545

Program number Feature description Supply feature number
5771-PP7 Electronic delivery 3450
  Media supply 5809

This software license includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.

Extending coverage for a total of five years from the date of acquisition may be elected. Order the program number, feature number, and quantity to extend coverage for your software licenses.

Maintenance program number description

Maintenance program number Description
5771-PP4 IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 3-month Registration
5771-PP5 IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 1-year Registration
5771-PP8 IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 2-year Registration
5771-PP9 IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 3-year Registration
5771-PP2 IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 4-year Registration
5771-PP3 IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 5-year Registration


5771-PP4 - IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 3-month Registration

Maintenance program number Feature description OTC feature number
5771-PP4 IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 3-month Registration per Virtual Processor Core Qty 1 2520
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 3-month Registration per Virtual Processor Core Qty 250 2519
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Primary SWMA 3-month Registration per Terabyte Qty 1 2517
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Primary SWMA 3-month Registration per Terabyte Qty 250 2518
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Backup SWMA 3-month Registration per Terabyte Qty 1 2554
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Backup SWMA 3-month Registration per Terabyte Qty 250 2553


5771-PP5 - IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 1-year Registration

Maintenance program number Feature description OTC feature number
5771-PP5 IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 1-year Registration per Virtual Processor Core Qty 1 2523
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 1-year Registration per Virtual Processor Core Qty 250 2524
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Primary SWMA 1-year Registration per Terabyte Qty 1 2522
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Primary SWMA 1-year Registration per Terabyte Qty 250 2521
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Backup SWMA 1-year Registration per Terabyte Qty 1 2526
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Backup SWMA 1-year Registration per Terabyte Qty 250 2525


5771-PP8 - IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 2-year Registration

Maintenance program number Feature description OTC feature number
5771-PP8 IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 2-year Registration per Virtual Processor Core Qty 1 2529
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 2-year Registration per Virtual Processor Core Qty 250 2530
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Primary SWMA 2-year Registration per Terabyte Qty 1 2531
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Primary SWMA 2-year Registration per Terabyte Qty 250 2532
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Backup SWMA 2-year Registration per Terabyte Qty 1 2528
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Backup SWMA 2-year Registration per Terabyte Qty 250 2527


5771-PP9 - IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 3-year Registration

Maintenance program number Feature description OTC feature number
5771-PP9 IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 3-year Registration per Virtual Processor Core Qty 1 2537
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 3-year Registration per Virtual Processor Core Qty 250 2538
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Primary SWMA 3-year Registration per Terabyte Qty 1 2535
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Primary SWMA 3-year Registration per Terabyte Qty 250 2536
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Backup SWMA 3-year Registration per Terabyte Qty 1 2556
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Backup SWMA 3-year Registration per Terabyte Qty 250 2555


5771-PP2 - IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 4-year Registration

Maintenance program number Feature description OTC feature number
5771-PP2 IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 4-year Registration per Virtual Processor Core Qty 1 2510
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 4-year Registration per Virtual Processor Core Qty 250 2509
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Primary SWMA 4-year Registration per Terabyte Qty 1 2507
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Primary SWMA 4-year Registration per Terabyte Qty 250 2508
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Backup SWMA 4-year Registration per Terabyte Qty 1 2505
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Backup SWMA 4-year Registration per Terabyte Qty 250 2506


5771-PP3 - IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 5-year Registration

Maintenance program number Feature description OTC feature number
5771-PP3 IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 5-year Registration per Virtual Processor Core Qty 1 2516
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI SWMA 5-year Registration per Virtual Processor Core Qty 250 2515
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Primary SWMA 5-year Registration per Terabyte Qty 1 2551
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Primary SWMA 5-year Registration per Terabyte Qty 250 2552
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Backup SWMA 5-year Registration per Terabyte Qty 1 2512
  IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Backup SWMA 5-year Registration per Terabyte Qty 250 2511

Charge metric

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

Program identifier License Information document title License Information document number
5771-PP7 IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Appliance Software L-SVGY-CCXL5Q

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



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Program identifier License Information document title License Information document number
5771-PP7 IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI Appliance Software L-SVGY-CCXL5Q

Follow-on releases, if any, may have updated terms. See the License Information documents website for more information.

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  • The design and development of applications.
  • Your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment.
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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.

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

15% to qualified educational institution clients.



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Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.



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Prices

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For all local charges, contact your IBM representative or your authorized IBM Business Partner.

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Regional availability

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Australia, People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Macao, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Thailand

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