Announcement Summary - July 26, 2022

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Announcements by Letter Number

122-086 IBM FlashSystem and IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) models offer additional Ethernet connectivity options

122-098 IBM Dual 24-port 1 GbE Management Switch available for IBM Elastic Storage System

122-105 IBM z15 and IBM LinuxONE III deliver new feature numbers

222-117 IBM Maximo Application Suite 8.8 adds IBM Maximo Optimizer, and provides enhancements for IBM Maximo Manage, IBM Maximo Monitor, IBM Maximo Health, IBM Maximo Predict, IBM Maximo Health and Predict - Utilities, IBM Maximo Visual Inspection, IBM Maximo Assist, and IBM Maximo Mobile

222-140 IBM IMS Tools Base for z/OS 1.7 is enhanced with a web browser interface to many IMS and IMS Tools functions

222-193 Weather Company Broadcast Alerting delivers automated, hyper-local, and customizable weather alerting controlled from anywhere with an internet connection

222-219 Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud Base with IBM and Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud Base EDH with IBM deliver long-term service and fixes

222-229 Revised technical information: IBM Cognos Controller

222-255 IBM offers Dynamic Solutions International iDSI620, the next generation of virtual tape library products for IBM i environments

222-262 IBM Technical Account Manager with enhanced response time offers additional support service options for IBM Power servers

222-274 Revised availability: IBM Maximo Application Suite as a Service

922-091 Services withdrawal: Declaration of plan to discontinue lease, rental, and maintenance services for select machines

922-092 Hardware withdrawal: IBM SAN Volume Controller Model SV2 and select plant-install features - Replacements available

922-099 Hardware withdrawal: IBM Storage Networking select b-type features - No replacements available

922-101 Cloud services withdrawal and discontinuance of access: IBM Blockchain on Bluemix High Security Business Network and IBM Blockchain Value Services Subscription for IBM Cloud

Hardware Announcements


122-086

IBM FlashSystem and IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) models offer additional Ethernet connectivity options

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Overview

IBM FlashSystem® and SVC models offer RJ45 adapters to use with 10/25 Gb Ethernet host bus adapters (HBAs) and multifiber push-on (MPO) connectors to use with 100 Gb Ethernet HBAs.

An additional SAN24B-6 switch option is also introduced for FlashSystem 9500R, replacing the existing b-type switch with an equivalent 32 GB model supported by IBM Storage Expert Care.

Key requirements

For a comprehensive list of supported environments, devices, and configurations, go to the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center.

Planned availability date

July 26, 2022.

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


122-098

IBM Dual 24-port 1 GbE Management Switch available for IBM Elastic Storage System

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Overview

IBM Ethernet Switch 8831-T48 dual 24-port 1 GbE for IBM Elastic Storage® System provides an alternate network switch option to the available IBM 8831-S52 48-port 1 Gb plus 4-port 10 Gb Ethernet Switch. 8831-T48 switches deliver the following features:

  • High performance with RJ-45 10/100/1000BASE-T ports and up to 56 Gbps switching capacity
  • Optimized design with IEEE 802.1 layer 2/3 standard compliance
  • Management options for the CLI through the console port or Telnet Web management, utilizing SNMP versions 1, 2c, and 3

Key requirements

Not applicable.

Planned availability date

August 26, 2022.

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


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IBM z15 and IBM LinuxONE III deliver new feature numbers

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Overview

The IBM zSystems platform continues to expand its security capabilities that businesses require as they digitally transform their enterprises.

Important upgrade information: TKE 10.0 level of LIC

The main purpose of TKE 10.0 is to provide support for managing Crypto Express 8S (CEX8S), which is available only on the IBM z16. Crypto Express 8S is not available on IBM z15 or LinuxONE III.

Clients on an IBM zSystems server that does not support Crypto Express 8S may still want to take advantage of moving to TKE 10.0 to prepare for a future processor or pick up new TKE features that are not specific to the Crypto Express 8S.

You can upgrade from the Trusted Key Entry (TKE) 9.x level of the Licensed Internal Code (LIC) to TKE 10.0 with the purchase of a 4770 Crypto Adapter for the TKE. However, you must update your workstation BIOS prior to the upgrade. To do that, you must install TKE 9.2 with the latest patches prior to installing the TKE 10.0 firmware.

The TKE 10.0 level of LIC is required if you want to manage the CEX8S using the TKE. In addition, TKE 10.0 uses quantum-safe cryptography1 when the TKE authenticates CEX8S, derives Transport Keys between the TKE's HSM and the target CEX8S, and during the on-demand HSM dual validation check.

  • TKE 10.0 has a domain group limitation. All the HSMs in a TKE domain group must all contain quantum-safe cryptography support (that is, only include CEX8S), or all the HSMs must not contain quantum-safe cryptography support (that is, the HSMs can't include any CEX8S).
  • TKE 10.0 now supports one-time use MFA authentication on an open host.
  • TKE 10.0 contains Configuration Migration Tasks support to enable you to collect and apply data to and from CEX8S and collect data from a pre-CEX8S HSM and apply it to CEX8S HSMs.
  • TKE 10.0 supports a new default wrapping method for the CEX8S HSMs.
  • TKE 10.0 added support for a new AES DUKPT key attribute when using TKE to create AES DKYGENKY parts.

TKE 10.0 added support for the EP11 Outbound Authentication (OA) Signature Policy. The EP11 firmware on a CEX8S HSM enables users to configure what OA signatures are returned on responses from the HSM. The TKE OA Signature Policy controls what configuration options you may select when managing the settings from the TKE.

1 Quantum-safe cryptography refers to efforts to identify algorithms that are resistant to attacks by both classical and quantum computers, to keep information assets secure even after a large-scale quantum computer has been built. Source: ETSI.org

Planned availability date

July 26, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.

Software Announcements


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IBM Maximo Application Suite 8.8 adds IBM Maximo Optimizer, and provides enhancements for IBM Maximo Manage, IBM Maximo Monitor, IBM Maximo Health, IBM Maximo Predict, IBM Maximo Health and Predict - Utilities, IBM Maximo Visual Inspection, IBM Maximo Assist, and IBM Maximo Mobile

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At a glance

IBM® Maximo® Application Suite offers a single point of access to a full suite of asset lifecycle management capabilities. Maximo Application Suite 8.8 provides key enhancements across the applications within the suite, focused on the user experience, industry-specific updates, and core integration updates. Version 8.8 adds:

  • IBM Maximo Optimizer

Maximo Application Suite 8.8 also brings continuous delivery (CD) support (see the Program technical support section for details) and the following artificial intelligence (AI) driven asset performance capabilities:

  • IBM Maximo Monitor enhances its UI with a streamlined capability to create device type and metrics, accelerating startup of Maximo Monitor.
  • IBM Maximo Health charts view capability enables users to group any set of assets and visually analyze multiple key performance indicators (KPIs) related to health, unplanned downtime, and failure rate in charts that are designed to be easy to read.
  • IBM Maximo Predict adds lifecycle management for predictive models to the notebooks in IBM Watson® Studio.
  • IBM Maximo Health & Predict - Utilities matrix feature enables users to identify and take action on high risk assets by using the configurable matrix.
  • IBM Maximo Visual Inspection adds anomaly detection as a model type that can be trained to detect objects and automatically identify one or more anomalies on each inspection object inference.
  • IBM Maximo Visual Inspection Edge inspection capability is enhanced to support complex automated workflows in pipelines that use a library of functions. It can also support a series of models that are in use sequentially to create a composite model.

Overview

Maximo Application Suite is an integrated suite, enabling easier access to a full set of asset lifecycle applications, with flexibility to start at any point in the asset lifecycle and expand into other areas. This flexibility uses a simplified, suite-based licensing structure and does not require additional provisioning. Deployment flexibility, through Red Hat® OpenShift® and hybrid cloud, enables diverse options for provisioning Maximo Application Suite across multiple clouds, on premises, or hosted as a managed service on IBM Cloud®.

Starting with IBM Maximo Manage and expanding access to asset performance management applications, the Maximo Application Suite portfolio of offerings can enable your organization to obtain operational visibility of assets through their lifecycle with the potential for faster ROI, increased productivity, and operational uptime.

The Maximo Application Suite streamlines installation and administration, while enhancing the user experience with shared data, workflow, and user experience. Infused with AI, this offering is purpose-built to accelerate digital transformation of traditional asset maintenance into AI-driven maintenance.

Maximo Application Suite includes the following:

  • IBM Maximo Manage
  • IBM Maximo Monitor
  • IBM Maximo Health
  • IBM Maximo Predict
  • IBM Maximo Health and Predict - Utilities
  • IBM Maximo Visual Inspection
  • IBM Maximo Visual Inspection Edge
  • IBM Maximo Assist
  • IBM Maximo Safety
  • IBM Maximo Optimizer

New in Maximo Application Suite 8.8

  • Maximo Manage
    • Inventory Count Books application provides capability to record physical counts of inventory.
    • Autoscripting is enhanced to improve the debugging of scripts.
  • Maximo Monitor
    • The capability to create device types and metrics is streamlined and easier to use, enabling users to get metrics in the Maximo Monitor UI without having to call the API.
    • Remote operations engineers can view large data set without losing fidelity and can identify patterns and outliers in a line chart.
  • Maximo Health
    • Users can analyze KPIs for multiple assets in the charts view and take actions, such as export results externally, open a service request or work order, and add relevant assets to an asset investment optimizer project for Maximo Health and Predict - Utilities. The following charts are available:
      • Health pie chart breakdown
      • Unplanned downtime
      • Failure rate per manufacturer
  • Maximo Predict
    • Lifecycle management for predict models enables the data scientist using Watson Studio to determine if a model needs to be retrained based on new data.
  • Maximo Health and Predict - Utilities
    • The matrix capability enables users to visualize the number of assets at risk so that the most critical in need of maintenance or replacement can be identified and addressed to help ensure system or service availability, uptime, and safety:
      • Administrators can set up prerequisite requirements to run analysis; configure ready-to-use matrix axes that are being visualized such as Criticality, Health, End of Life, and Risk; and define categories (such as low, medium, and high), ranges, and colors.
      • Users can see matrix results and take actions to export externally, open a service request or work order, or add relevant assets to an asset investment optimizer project.
  • Maximo Visual Inspection
    • Anomaly detection is added as a model type and can run inspections by using the APIs. Anomaly detection can be trained to detect unexpected objects that deviate from the trained object and can automatically indicate when one or more anomalies are found on each inspection object inference.
    • The Detectron instance segmentation model training is updated to Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) version 11, supporting the model to run on the NVIDIA Ampere GPUs and benefit from the numerous advantages of CUDA.
    • Tags are added to the data set UI, providing an easier way to define, filter on, and quickly distinguish training and inspection results data sets.
  • Maximo Visual Inspection Edge
    • Create complex automated workflows in pipelines that use a library of functions. It can also support a series of models that are in use sequentially to create a composite model.
    • Automatically trigger an inference when an object appears in the region of interest of the image.
  • Maximo Optimizer
    • Enhanced automation. Maximo Optimizer automates decisions for plans, schedules, and dispatch of resources for asset maintenance while balancing competing objectives and constraints. Maximo Optimizer includes IBM Maximo Optimization Framework for data and application management of optimization jobs and embeds IBM ILOG® CPLEX® Optimization Studio for solving the optimization models. Maximo Optimizer supports optimization models built in Java™ (JDK 11) and Python (Python 3.9).
    • Maintenance scheduling. Maximo Optimizer features large schedule optimization and also considers resource availability constraints in critical path analyses of maintenance schedules.
    • Support for asset investment optimization. Implementation of the asset investment optimization model included with Maximo and Predict - Utilities can help generate optimal plans for asset investment.
    • Unlimited virtual processor cores and models. Maximo Optimizer application default plan has no restrictions on number of virtual processor cores (within the overall VPCs entitled for MAS) and allows for unlimited number of models. The default models are provided by IBM. Clients can customize models to meet their unique requirements. Maximo Optimizer also enables parallel implementation of jobs.
    • Flexibility and cost-efficiency. Maximo Optimizer application features a reduced cost version, Maximo Optimizer Limited. This cost-efficient option limits deployment to two virtual processor cores, the use of a single model (provided by default by IBM or its extension), and serialized implementation of jobs.

To learn how IBM can host and manage the Maximo Application Suite for your enterprise, see Software Announcement 220-237, dated May 29, 2020.

Key requirements

The following offerings are required to use Maximo Application Suite 8.8:

  • Red Hat OpenShift Platform 4.8
  • IBM Cloud Pak® for Data 4.0

The following are required to use Maximo Visual Inspection with Maximo Application Suite 8.8:

  • x86 system with at least one NVIDIA Pascal, Volta, Ampere, or Turing-architecture GPU

Planned availability date

July 26, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.

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


222-140

IBM IMS Tools Base for z/OS 1.7 is enhanced with a web browser interface to many IMS and IMS Tools functions

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At a glance

IBM IMS Tools Base for z/OS® is a no-charge product that provides common infrastructure and components for many IBM IMS Tools, including autonomics for recurring database monitoring, alerting, and maintenance tasks.

Version 1.7 of IMS Tools Base for z/OS has been enhanced to include a new component, IMS Administration Foundation for z/OS, which offers a Zowe™-based web browser interface to many IMS and IMS Tools functions.

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL.

Overview

IMS Tools Base for z/OS 1.7 (5655-V93) is a no-charge product that provides common infrastructure and components for many IBM IMS Tools offerings. IMS Tools Base for z/OS consists of various components that support key strategic architectures, technologies, and services utilized by IMS Tools.

Version 1.7 of IMS Tools Base has been enhanced to include a new component, IMS Administration Foundation for z/OS, which provides a graphical user interface to many IMS and IBM IMS Tools functions without the need to install software on users' laptops or desktops. Running in a web browser as a Zowe Virtual Desktop application and integrated with the IBM Unified Experience for z/OS used by IBM Db2® Administration Foundation for z/OS and IBM Db2 DevOps Experience for z/OS, the web user interface offers a single interface for database administrators (DBA) and system programmers that support both IMS and IBM Db2.

The following IMS functions are included in IMS Administration Foundation:

  • Discovering and registering IMS systems to the web UI
  • Finding and viewing status and details about IMS systems and components, including IMS Connect instances, IMSplexes, data sharing groups, DBDs, and PSBs
  • Issuing SQL
  • Issuing IMS type-1 and type-2 commands

Installations with IBM IMS Library Integrity Utilities for z/OS or an IBM IMS Solution Pack containing it can also view DBD and PSB maps and source files. The PTF for APAR PH47086 is required.

Installations with one or more of the following IMS Solution Packs can see databases with exceptions, including flexible and detailed reporting on database sensors and autonomics:

  • IMS Database Solution Pack for z/OS
  • IMS Database Utility Solution for z/OS
  • IMS Fast Path Solution Pack for z/OS

Installations with IMS Recovery Solution Pack for z/OS can see databases with exceptions related to backup status and recovery readiness of the RECON-registered databases.

IMS Administration Foundation for z/OS offers both new and experienced IMS DBAs and system programmers a more intuitive interface for viewing and understanding their IMS environment. By automatically discovering details about the IMS environment, offering direct links to relevant IBM documentation, and providing a graphical view of current and historical database status and exceptions, this web UI can quickly become the dashboard for IMS administrators. Its integration with IBM Db2 Administration Foundation enables DBAs that support both IMS and Db2 to use a single web browser interface to both subsystems.

Integrating with your z/OS security solution, IMS Administration Foundation uses the TSO credentials of each logged-in user to perform tasks, ensuring access to IMS functions, such as SQL and IMS commands, is authorized.

As a component of IMS Tools Base for z/OS 1.7, IMS Administration Foundation is available at no charge to all IMS clients. Enhanced functionality, such as DBD and PSB mapping and visualization of databases with exceptions and the associated reports, is available to clients who have investment in IMS Tools.

Note: The IMS Batch Terminal Simulator (BTS) Resource Adapter has been removed from IMS Tools Base for z/OS 1.7. Support for the BTS Resource Adapter will continue in version 1.6 of IMS Tools Base for z/OS as long as version 1.6 is supported.

Key requirements

IMS Tools Base for z/OS operates on any IBM Z® hardware configuration that supports the required software. See the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections for details.

Planned availability date

July 29, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


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Weather Company Broadcast Alerting delivers automated, hyper-local, and customizable weather alerting controlled from anywhere with an internet connection

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At a glance

Weather Company Max Alert Live, a component of Weather Company Broadcast Alerting, helps broadcast emergency weather alerts to your audience. Weather Company Max Alert Live offers the following:

  • Fully automated watches and warnings that instantly display crucial and potentially life-saving information from the National Weather Service
  • Rich, engaging graphics that match your brand and can be customized by priority and frequency
  • Streamlined workflows that use a Max-based interface to create the output graphics as well as a cloud-based command interface so you can control the solution from anywhere with an internet connection

Overview

Weather Company Max Alert Live enables stations to more rapidly broadcast severe weather news with customizable automated alerts, a user-friendly Max-based interface, and a cloud deployment so you can control the action even from outside the studio.

By directly integrating data from the National Weather Service, Weather Company Max Alert Live automatically triggers messages that scroll across the bottom of the screen when predetermined weather conditions occur. You can also display other optional information, such as a map that provides a clearer view of hazard areas and additional weather data. Messaging can be placed anywhere on screen and feature logos for your brand or other sponsorships.

Because the solution is cloud-based, meteorologists can log in from anywhere with an internet connection to view the current situation, choose trigger conditions, and control the video output. You can match your current on-air look with modern graphics that dynamically adapt to the changing weather to convey the urgency of the emerging threat. Information can be set to display automatically or manually depending on the severity level. Output can also be triggered locally when no internet is available.

Key benefits of Weather Company Max Alert Live:

  • Can trigger broadcast alerting presentations, including but not limited to crawling text, a map with warning polygons and radar, and map legend text to inform viewers of breaking or life-threatening weather conditions
  • Is accessible from anywhere, by meteorologists with an internet connection, to view the current situation, choose trigger conditions, and control the video output
  • Delivers customizable, dynamically changing display, which automatically enables visual differentiation for various alerts
  • Includes a cloud-based interface for enabling authorized users to monitor and control what is being sent to the broadcast from anywhere that has an internet connection
  • Has available Text-to-Speech feature to display content in text crawl messages, supporting FCC regulations

Weather Company Max Alert Live solutions are supported by Weather Company Max Solutions Systems - Max Alert Live Z4G4, a workstation that helps facilitate timely notification of weather and other significant events, such as tornado warnings, severe thunderstorm watches, amber alerts, and more, to the television audience.

Key requirements

Weather Company Max Alert Alive requires the following:

  • Weather Company Max Solutions Systems - Max Alert Live Z4G4 workstation
  • Weather Company Max Alert Alive software

Planned availability date

August 29, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


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Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud Base with IBM and Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud Base EDH with IBM deliver long-term service and fixes

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At a glance

Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud Base with IBM delivers:

  • Enhanced security and stability of Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud Base with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Faster time to value with containerized data services and efficient hardware utilization
  • Capability to leverage GPU-accelerated Apache Spark 3.0 to help remove bottlenecks and improve time to insight for data-driven enterprises
  • Improved on-premises data storage performance with Apache Ozone object storage

Overview

Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud with IBM delivers powerful analytic, transactional, and machine learning workloads in a hybrid data platform, combining the agility and flexibility of public cloud with the control of the data center. With a choice of traditional and elastic analytics and scalable object storage, Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud with IBM enables organizations to transform traditional monolithic cluster deployments into modern, more efficient platforms.

Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud Base with IBM 7.1.7, Service Pack 1, is designated a Long Term Supported (LTS) release. A Service Pack (SP) is for clients who value a stable platform, service many users or use cases, and want low-risk, low-cost maintenance and operations.

Cloudera with IBM offerings generally have a three-year support period. This LTS release provides a stable version of the platform to be supported for four years from the initial release of Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud Base with IBM 7.1.7 until August 2025. Periodic, cumulative hot fixes will be released to address any vulnerabilities or fixes to ensure this version remains secure. There will be no major changes or new features that require significant testing. This enables clients with complex cluster implementations or workloads that support critical business operations that need extensive testing to upgrade to a version of CDP Private Cloud Base that will remain stable, longer. Clients on LTS need only upgrade when the next LTS version is released.

Clients looking to utilize the latest feature set and innovations that Cloudera releases on Cloudera Data Platform should consider upgrading to the regular Feature Release cycle. Feature Releases are released more frequently and are typically supported for 18 months.

Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud Base with IBM key features:

  • Is deployed in traditional co-located workloads in a familiar cluster form factor, leveraging the latest open source analytics
  • Offers a choice of data store options, including Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), Ozone, and third-party object storage, to help meet changing performance and scalability demands
  • Provides security and governance with Cloudera Shared Data Experience (SDX), helping to enable safe and compliant data lakes with policy-based data access for more users
  • Has direct in-place upgrade for Cloudera Distributed Hadoop (CDH) and Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) deployments, which can yield improvements in speed, efficiency, and security

With Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud, organizations can benefit from:

  • Rapid time to value through simplified provisioning of easy-to-use, self-service analytics in minutes rather than days, to help enable rapid onboarding of new use cases
  • Optimized resource utilization and the decoupling of compute and storage, which can help to lower data center infrastructure costs
  • Workload isolation and multi-tenancy management to help reduce the impact of spikes on critical workloads and missed SLAs and SLOs

Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud Base with IBM 7.1.7 Service Pack 1 contains all hot fixes from previously released cumulative hot fixes, additional CVE, security updates, critical bug fixes, and minor certifications. The full list of updates in Service Pack 1 includes:

  • 45 CVE and security fixes
  • Critical bug fixes
  • Consolidation of all hot fixes
  • CVE fixes for Log4v2.x, Log4J v1 remediation
  • A new document errata
  • HSM partner certifications
    • Support for Thales HSM CipherTrust Manager 2.0
    • Support for GCP Cloud HSM
    • Support for the RSA/None/OAEPWithSHA512AndMGF1Padding CryptoAlgorithm as the encryptionAlgorithm of the LunaSAProvider
  • OS and DB certifications
    • Support for PostgreSQL 14
    • Support for Maria DB 10.5

Cloudera Distributed Hadoop and Hortonworks Data Platform clients should upgrade to CDP Private Cloud Base for improved enterprise data management capabilities, new platform innovations, and with this LTS release, a stable version with extended support.

Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud Base is offered as a defined capacity virtual server with 16 VPCs, 128 GB RAM, and up to 48 TB of storage. Variable charges apply when exceeding defined capacity.

For more information, see the Cloudera Runtime component versions web page.

Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud Data Services with IBM 1.3.4 is an add-on offering for Cloudera Data Platform Data Private Cloud Base with IBM that offers containerized, cloud-native data services for data warehousing, machine learning, and data engineering.

Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud Data Services has a per VPC metric.

Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud -- GPU Add-on with IBM:

  • Is powered by Cloudera Data Platform with NVIDIA RAPIDS and AI
  • Offers a potential 3x-10x performance improvement for ETL and SQL-heavy data analytics compared to CPU-based architecture
  • Helps speed up machine learning pipelines with popular RAPIDS libraries natively integrated and managed in CDP
  • Helps accelerate data analytics on critical applications like Spark 3.0 without any code changes
  • Offers a GPGPU metric.

Cloudera Data Platform HDFS Storage with IBM 7.1.7 SP1 provides the benefits of traditional HDFS storage.

This chargeable component has a per TB metric and is applicable to virtual servers that exceed the defined capacity of 48 TB.

Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud Ozone or Third Party Storage with IBM 7.1.7 SP1:

  • Is designed for big data workloads
  • Requires no code change for Apache Spark, Apache Hive, and Apache Hadoop YARN by using ObjectFrontier Software (OFS) protocol
  • Provides the benefits of traditional HDFS and S3 Object Storage
  • Can scale capacity to hundreds of petabytes, thousands of nodes, and billions of objects
  • Can help reduce storage cost by using commodity hardware
  • Has a per TB metric and is applicable to virtual servers that exceed the defined capacity of 48 TB

Key requirements

For details, see the Software requirements section.

Planned availability date

August 16, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


222-229

Revised technical information: IBM Cognos Controller

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Overview

For all releases after September 1, 2022, IBM Cognos® Controller will no longer support the following programs and compatibility:

  • Oracle Database
  • IBM Db2 Database
  • IBM Cognos Analytics for standard reports
  • 32-bit compatibility for both Windows™ OS and Microsoft™ Office

IBM will continue to support these supporting programs and 32-bit Excel for existing in-market streams, specifically versions 10.4.0, 10.4.1, and 10.4.2, until further notice.

This change to support provides more focus on functional improvements and modernization, as well as better performance, and represents a simpler and lower-maintenance architecture.

A database migration tool is available to help your organization migrate its database from Oracle and Db2 to Microsoft SQL Server.


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IBM offers Dynamic Solutions International iDSI620, the next generation of virtual tape library products for IBM i environments

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Overview

Dynamic Solutions International Virtual Tape Library (DSI VTL) iDSI620 offers robust data protection for our clients. It is designed to help you keep pace with your rapidly expanding data by utilizing state-of-the-art deduplication for your data storage.

With iDSI620, there is no disruption to your data protection as your capacity or performance needs change. You can simply add a storage license to your existing solution. Designed with growth in mind, the 620 series can increase in storage capacity through licensing of 1 TB increments (5 TB logical capacity). There is no reason to purchase more backup capacity than you need. iDSI620 VTLs may be paired with any DSI-qualified Fibre Channel external storage in your environment, allowing expansion of backup capacity into petabytes.

Key requirements

IBM i server environment

Planned availability date

July 26, 2022.

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


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IBM Technical Account Manager with enhanced response time offers additional support service options for IBM Power servers

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Overview

IBM Power® Expert Care is a simplified method to select services and support for IBM Power Servers at the time of purchase. Power Expert Care is designed to simplify and standardize the support approach for IBM Power Servers with simple, straightforward pricing and selection of services.

Power Expert Care Premium is designed to maximize product resiliency and reliability while minimizing the operational costs associated with managing and maintaining increasingly complex and integrated IT environments. Premium services enable faster and more consistent access to IBM specialists so that you can expedite issue resolution and optimize IT staff efficiency.

Technical Account Manager is a critical, product-based support role that will serve as the key client interface for in-scope hardware and software, delivering partnership and consultancy, as well as direct engagement on high-priority support cases.

Key requirements

  • Power 10 scale-out or midrange server with Premium Expert Care and one of the following operating systems:
    • AIX®
    • IBM i
    • Linux®
    • SAP Linux
  • IBM Software Maintenance (SWMA) is a mandatory prerequisite
  • For IBM Power Expert Care Premium, IBM basic software support for Red Hat or SUSE program support is a mandatory prerequisite
  • For SAP HANA machines, IBM basic support for SUSE or Red Hat Linux program subscription is a mandatory prerequisite for Power Expert Care Premium TIER

Planned availability date

July 29, 2022.

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.


222-274

Revised availability: IBM Maximo Application Suite as a Service

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Overview

The planned availability date for IBM Maximo Application Suite as a Service, as announced in Software Announcement 222-016, dated May 3, 2022, has changed. The announced planned availability date was June 28, 2022.

The revised planned availability date is July 26, 2022.

Withdrawal Announcements


922-091

Services withdrawal: Declaration of plan to discontinue lease, rental, and maintenance services for select machines

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Overview

End of Service

Periodically, IBM provides notice to customers of plans to terminate services for IBM and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) machines under an IBM Agreement. At this time, we are providing notice that selected machine types, models, and features will be discontinued from maintenance services. IBM will send no further correspondence of this nature for these machine types, models, features, or RPQs.

After the effective date, IBM will no longer offer full hardware maintenance service for the listed machine types. If available, clients will continue to receive limited hardware maintenance service as described in the "Withdrawal" section of your terms with IBM, without lapse in coverage, for select machine types. For a list of affected products and effective dates, see the Description section.

Replacement options

To assist in transition planning for the announced products to go End of Service (EoS), the IBM zSystems hardware website provides clients with details on current IBM zSystems hardware offerings.

Model processor capacities for IBM z15™, IBM z16™, and future hardware are selected by feature code rather than model for better capacity upgrade transparency within the same machine type model (MTM) family.

  • Recommended replacement options for IBM zEnterprise® EC12 (MT 2827, all models) are currently:
    • IBM z16 (MT 3931 Model A01)
    • IBM z15 (MT 8561 Model T01)
  • Recommended replacement options for zEnterprise BC12 (MT 2828, all models) are currently:
    • IBM z16 (MT 3931 Model A01)
    • IBM z15 (MT 8562 Model T02)
    • IBM z15 (MT 8561 Model T01)

922-092

Hardware withdrawal: IBM SAN Volume Controller Model SV2 and select plant-install features - Replacements available

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Overview

Effective January 28, 2023, IBM will withdraw from marketing the following products. On or after the effective dates of withdrawal, you can no longer order these products directly from IBM.

For new orders, the client-requested arrival date (CRAD) can be no later than February 24, 2023.

You can obtain the products on an as-available basis through IBM Business Partners.

If you have a continuing need for this machine/model type, go to the IBM Certified Pre-owned Equipment website to check on availability or utilize the request a quote to communicate your specific requirements. IBM Certified Pre-owned Equipment has the largest inventory of used IBM systems that are refurbished, tested, and warranted for a minimum of 90 days.


922-099

Hardware withdrawal: IBM Storage Networking select b-type features - No replacements available

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Overview

Effective July 26, 2022, IBM will withdraw from marketing the following products. On or after the effective date of withdrawal, you can no longer order these products directly from IBM.

For new orders, the client-requested arrival date (CRAD) can be no later than August 26, 2022.

You can obtain the products on an as-available basis through IBM Business Partners.

If you have a continuing need for this machine/model type, go to the IBM Certified Pre-owned Equipment website to check on availability or utilize the request a quote to communicate your specific requirements. IBM Certified Pre-owned Equipment has the largest inventory of used IBM systems that are refurbished, tested, and warranted for a minimum of 90 days.


922-101

Cloud services withdrawal and discontinuance of access: IBM Blockchain on Bluemix High Security Business Network and IBM Blockchain Value Services Subscription for IBM Cloud

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Support and access discontinuance

Cloud service software

Effective on the date shown, IBM will discontinue access to the following cloud services as subscribed to under the applicable IBM agreement:

Program number Cloud service name Discontinuance of access date
5737-B18 IBM Blockchain™ on Bluemix® High Security Business Network 1 July 31, 2023
5900-A5J IBM Blockchain Value Services Subscription for IBM Cloud July 31, 2023

1 Also called IBM Blockchain Platform on IBM Cloud.

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