New features for IBM z14 and IBM Emperor II

IBM Canada Ltd. Hardware Announcement A17-0866
November 28, 2017

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Introducing IBM® Db2® Analytics Accelerator on Z (IDAA on Z) hardware (#0609) for IBM z14 (3906) Models M02, M03, M04, and M05

IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator on Z hardware (#0609) delivers a new deployment option directly on IBM z14. This deployment option is based on the premier IBM analytical engine, Db2 Warehouse software. It delivers support for IBM z14, within Integrated Facility for Linux® ® (IFL) processors (purchased seperately) and without the need to attach a separate appliance. IDAA on Z also requires the purchase of 2.5 TB of memory. See the Sales Manual pages for required corequisites. This Accelerator on IBM Z deployment option allows for:

  • Deeper integration with the IBM Z infrastructure. This offers a unified homogeneity of service, support, and operations and deeper integration with operational processes, for example, for disaster recovery.
  • Flexible capacity to respond to peak analytic workload requirements while meeting SLAs.

Introducing three new features on IBM Emperor II (3906) Models LM1, LM2, LM3, LM4, and LM5

  • zHyperLink Express® (#0431)

    IBM zHyperLink Express is a short distance, IBM Z I/O adapter which works in conjunction with a FICON® SAN infrastructure. This feature is a 2 port adapter which resides in the 3906 PCIe I/O drawer and supports direct connectivity to FICON storage systems at distances up to 150 m. zHyperLink Express uses a direct connect short distance link (zHyperLink) to deliver low latency connectivity between z14/Emperor II and FICON storage systems. Working in conjunction with your existing FICON SAN infrastructure, zHyperLink Express delivers the next generation of I/O for IBM Z storage.

  • IBM Virtual Flash Memory (#0604)

    IBM Virtual Flash Memory (VFM) is the replacement for the Flash Express features (#0402, #0403) which were available on the IBM zEC12 and IBM z13®. No application changes are required to change from IBM Flash Express to VFM.

    IBM Virtual Flash Memory is designed to help improve availability and handling of paging workload spikes when running z/OS® V2.3, V2.2, or V2.1, or on z/OS V1.13*. With this support, z/OS is designed to help improve system availability and responsiveness by using VFM across transitional workload events such as market openings, and diagnostic data collection. z/OS is designed to help improve processor performance by supporting middleware exploitation of pageable large (1 MB) pages.

    Using VFM can help availability by reducing latency from paging delays that can occur at the start of the workday or during other transitional periods. It is also designed to help eliminate delays that can occur when collecting diagnostic data during failures. VFM can also be used in Coupling Facility images to provide extended capacity and availability for workloads making use of WebSphere® MQ Shared Queues structures.

    VFM can therefore help organizations meet their most demanding service level agreements and compete more effectively. VFM is designed to be easy to configure, and to provide rapid time to value.

  • 64GB VFM Preplanned Memory (#1999)

    VFM Preplanned Memory provides the ability to plan for a disruptive CPC drawer outage. The hardware required is preplugged based on a target capacity calculated by the configurator only when flexible memory has been selected (only if Flex memory is disabled).

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Key prerequisites

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Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements requirements sections of Hardware Announcements A17-0392, dated July 17, 2017 and A17-0572, dated September 12, 2017.

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Planned availability date

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November 28, 2017:

  • IDAA on Z (#0609) for new-build 3906 M02, M03, M04, and M05 models
  • zHyperLink Express (#0431)
  • IBM Virtual Flash Memory (#0604)
  • 64GB VFM Preplanned Memory (#1999)

March 31, 2018:

  • IDAA on Z (#0609) MES adds to existing models M01, M02, and M03

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Accessibility by people with disabilities

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A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be found on the IBM Accessibility website.

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Reference information

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For more information about the IBM z14, refer to Hardware Announcement A17-0392, dated July 17, 2017.

For more information about the IBM Emperor II, refer to Hardware Announcement A17-0572, dated September 12, 2017.

For more information on IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS, V7.1, refer to Software Announcement A17-0759, dated October 17, 2017.

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Description Machine type Model Feature
IBM z14 3906    
IDAA on Z     0609
IBM Emperor II 3906    
zHyperLink Express     0431
IBM Virtual Flash Memory     0604
64GB VFM Preplanned Memory     1999

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National language support

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IBM Systems Lab Services offers a wide array of services available for your enterprise. It brings expertise on the latest technologies from the IBM development community and can help with your most difficult technical challenges.

IBM Systems Lab Services exists to help you successfully implement emerging technologies so as to accelerate your return on investment and improve your satisfaction with your IBM systems and solutions. Services examples include initial implementation, integration, migration, and skills transfer on IBM systems solution capabilities and recommended practices. IBM Systems Lab Services is one of the service organizations of IBM's world-renowned IBM Systems Group development labs.

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or go to the Lab Services website.

Global Technology Services

IBM services include business consulting, outsourcing, hosting services, applications, and other technology management.

These services help you learn about, plan, install, manage, or optimize your IT infrastructure to be an on-demand business. They can help you integrate your high-speed networks, storage systems, application servers, wireless protocols, and an array of platforms, middleware, and communications software for IBM and many non-IBM offerings. IBM is your one-stop shop for IT support needs.

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or go to the IBM Global Technology Services® website.

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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Software requirements

zHyperLink Express (#0431) requires at a minimum:

  • z/OS V2.3 with PTFs.
  • z/OS V2.2 with PTFs.
  • z/OS V2.1 with PTFs.

IBM Virtual Flash Memory (VFM) (#0604) requires at a minimum:

  • z/OS V2.3.
  • z/OS V2.2.
  • z/OS V2.1.
  • z/OS V1.13 with PTFs, the z/OS V1.13 RSM Enablement Offering web deliverable installed, and an extended support contract for IBM Software Support Services. The web deliverable is available at the z/OS downloads website.

IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator on Z hardware (#0609) requires at a minimum:

  • z/OS V2.1, or later.
  • Db2 V11.1 for z/OS, or later.
  • Db2 Utilities Suite for z/OS, V11.1, or later.

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

Information on customer responsibilities for site preparation can be found in the Library section of Resource Link.

Cable orders

Not applicable

Security, auditability, and control

The IBM z14 and the IBM Emperor II use the security and auditability features and functions of host hardware, host software, and application software.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.

IBM Systems Lab Services

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or go to the Lab Services website.

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IBM Electronic Services

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IBM has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to help you achieve higher system availability. Electronic Services is a web-enabled solution that offers an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available for IBM servers. These services are designed to provide the opportunity for greater system availability with faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. Electronic Services comprises two separate, but complementary, elements: Electronic Services news page and Electronic Services Agent.

The Electronic Services news page is a single internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The Electronic Service Agent™ is no-additional-charge software that resides on your server. It monitors events and transmits system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, client-defined timetable. The Electronic Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to deliver proactive service that may result in higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent is made available to IBM service support representatives when they help answer your questions or diagnose problems. Installation and use of IBM Electronic Service Agent for problem reporting enables IBM to provide better support and service for your IBM server.

To learn how Electronic Services can work for you, go to the IBM Electronic Support website.

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Terms and conditions

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Field-installable features: Yes

Maintenance Service Offerings:

Committed Services (CS)

For service options with a committed level of service or any other special service option, contact your IBM representative.

IBM Installation:

Installation is performed by IBM. IBM will install the machine in accordance with the IBM installation procedures for the machine.

In the United States, contact IBM at 1-800-IBM-SERV (426-7378). In other countries, contact the local IBM office.

Licensed Internal Code (LIC):

IBM Licensed Internal Code (LIC) is licensed for use by a customer on a specific machine, designated by serial number, under the terms and conditions of the IBM License Agreement for Machine Code, to enable a specific machine to function in accordance with its specifications, and only for the capacity authorized by IBM and acquired by the customer. You can obtain the agreement by contacting your IBM representative or visiting the License Agreement for Machine Code and Licensed Internal Code website.

Specific Machine Type Model:

  • 3906-M01
  • 3906-M02
  • 3906-M03
  • 3906-M04
  • 3906-M05
  • 3906-LM1
  • 3906-LM2
  • 3906-LM3
  • 3906-LM4
  • 3906-LM5

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For all local charges, contact your IBM representative.

Desc Mach type Mod Feat num ** INIT/MES
IBM z14 3906        
IDAA on Z   M01 0609 ** MES
    M02 0609 ** Both
    M03 0609 ** Both
    M04 0609 ** Init
    M05 0609 ** Init
IBM Emperor II 3906        
zHyperLink Express     0431 ** Both
IBM Virtual Flash Memory     0604 ** Both
64GB VFM Preplanned Memory     1999 ** Both

** If field installed on a purchased machine, parts removed or replaced become the property of IBM and must be returned.


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