IBM LinuxONE III Model LT1 and IBM LinuxONE III Model LT2 deliver increased security, flexibility, scalability, and reliability for mission-critical workloads in a hybrid cloud

IBM Japan Hardware Announcement JG21-0037
May 4, 2021

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Overview

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IBM® LinuxONE III Model LT1 and IBM LinuxONE III Model LT2 are enhanced to help extend the capabilities of the IBM LinuxONE III family of servers as the platform for mission-critical workloads on a hybrid cloud.

  • LinuxONE III Express simplifies getting started with LinuxONE by providing a LinuxONE III Model LT2 Max13 system that includes a preconfigured set of cores, memory, networking cards, and other features.
  • Remote Code Load for IBM LinuxONE Firmware optimizes resilience and keeps your IBM LinuxONE system up to date with the latest features, fixes, and maintenance without requiring a person to be inside the data center monitoring planned updates to your system. Remote Code Load for IBM LinuxONE Firmware is available to remotely update the firmware on your LinuxONE system.
  • Sustainability, as delivered by LinuxONE III, is designed to support on-going data center sustainability initiatives through integration into modern data center management (DCIM) tools.
  • IBM Hardware Management Console (HMC) is a hardware appliance that can be used to configure and control one or many managed systems.
  • Red Hat® OpenShift® Container Platform for IBM LinuxONE is key to elevating a hybrid cloud journey that combines containerization and modernization of applications with the strengths of LinuxONE.
  • IBM Cloud® Paks are AI-powered software for hybrid cloud that can help fully implement intelligent workflows in businesses to accelerate digital transformation.
  • IBM Cloud Pak® for Data on LinuxONE accelerates your journey to AI and cloud, and is available on Red Hat OpenShift 4.6.
  • IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center 1.1.3 provides simplified infrastructure as a service (IaaS) management to higher-level cloud automation tools, which includes resizing and live migration for virtual machines and integration.
  • AI on LinuxONE is updated by extending the AI capabilities on LinuxONE and enriching the ecosystem with Anaconda on Linux® and deep learning support.
  • IBM Fully Homomorphic Encryption Tool Kit, which is built with HElib v2.0, can be deployed on supported distributions on IBM LinuxONE.
  • IBM z/VM® 7.2 is continually improving virtualization technology for traditional and hybrid cloud workloads. Virtualization improvements were delivered post z/VM 7.2 availability through continuous delivery of new functionality to support virtualization.
  • KVM virtualization technology for Linux workloads remains available through the Linux Distributor Partners with further enhancements in scalability, security, and resiliency. Contact your Linux distributor partner (Red Hat, SUSE, or Canonical) to confirm the latest supported versions. KVM also now supports deployment to RHOCP 4.7 and IBM Cloud Paks, and can be managed by IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center 1.1.3.
  • Reserved space for FS9200/FS7200 enables clients to use 8U of Reserved Space (FC 0150) in the frame, which is perfect for small data center footprint requirements. This feature offers high-resiliency, high-performance, and cloud-in-a-box configuration to help reduce the physical footprint in the data center. There is a maximum of two I/O drawers if you select this feature.

For more information about IBM LinuxONE III, see the IBM LinuxONE III website.

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Key requirements

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See the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.



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Planned availability date

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May 20, 2021

May 25, 2021 - orders cannot be placed until May 25, 2021
  • LinuxONE III Express



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Description

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IBM continues to invest in the LinuxONE platform to deliver the capabilities you need to meet new business requirements. The LinuxONE III family of servers is the result of four years of technological development. IBM continues to enhance LinuxONE III by extending the capabilities of the platform for mission-critical workloads in a hybrid cloud. These enhancements make LinuxONE III even more flexible, fast, and secure. The latest LinuxONE III innovations benefit you across the main pillars of cloud native, encryption everywhere, cyber resiliency, and flexible compute.

Cloud native

IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center 1.1.3

IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center 1.1.3 delivers simplified IaaS management and provides integration to higher-level cloud automation tools. New IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center 1.1.3 benefits include:

  • Resizing of IBM z/VM-based and Red Hat Enterprise Linux KVM-based virtual machines through a command-line interface or API.
  • Live migration for Red Hat Enterprise Linux KVM-based virtual machines from one host to another host with little or no downtime.
  • Telemetry support through API to consume telemetry monitoring data.
  • Support for the definition of availability zones and collocation rules to place infrastructure resources into a desired location.
  • Boot support for persistent storage from IBM System Storage DS8000® series, IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC), and IBM FlashSystem® family (FS9200, FS9250, and others) for z/VM.
  • Attach and detach persistent storage volumes supported for KVM-based virtual machines from DS8000 series, SVC, and FlashSystem family.
  • Support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.9 and 8.3 as guest operating systems.

IBM Cloud Paks

IBM Cloud Paks tap into the power of IBM Watson® to apply AI to your business to help predict and shape future outcomes, automate complex processes, optimize a client's employees' time and create more meaningful and secure customer experiences. IBM Cloud Paks are built on Red Hat Open Shift, so clients can develop applications once and deploy them anywhere on any cloud. In addition, clients can integrate security features across their IT estate and automate operations with management visibility. IBM Cloud Paks have a common foundation of enterprise components that accelerate development, deliver seamless integration, and help enhance collaboration and efficiency.

  • IBM Cloud Pak for Integration helps deliver a new, AI-accelerated approach to integration. This approach enables extended teams to create integrations, leverages a complete set of integration styles, and embeds AI and automation across the integration lifecycle. IBM Cloud Pak for Integration enables you to meet escalating demand, help reduce costs, and increase operational agility by including API management, application and data integration, messaging and events, high-speed transfer, and end-to-end security.
  • IBM Cloud Pak for Watson AIOps is an AIOps solution that lets you deploy advanced, explainable AI across the ITOps toolchain so you can confidently assess, diagnose, and resolve incidents across mission-critical workloads. It is a unique application-centric approach to ITOps that helps you automate labor-intensive IT processes and proactively mitigate high-impact events. You can improve responsiveness and reduce risk with AI at the core of your IT operations mission. Cloud Pak for MultiCloud Management (CP4MCM) will be merged as a Hybrid Multi-Cloud Application Management into the AIOps Cloud Pak. As many clients have challenges managing their infrastructure, clusters, and cloud resources using discrete tools, CP4MCM provides a single pane of glass using management interface. This Cloud Pak provides a Cluster Lifecyle Management view using RHACM and IaaS capabilities using RH CloudForms®/IBM Infrastructure Management software. While using IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center offerings to cater to the VM Lifecycle Management, it uses Terraform to create templates and execute using the ICIC interface.

IBM Cloud Pak for Data on LinuxONE

IBM Cloud Pak for Data on LinuxONE accelerates the journey to AI and Cloud and is now available on OpenShift 4.6. It is also available on OpenShift 4.5. IBM Cloud Pak for Data on LinuxONE offers the IBM Cloud Pak for Data capabilities, including the Red Hat OpenShift ® Container Platform and pre-integrated, certified software to your existing IBM Z infrastructure. This initial release, which was available in November 2020, is focused on the “collect” rung of the AI ladder and includes IBM Cloud Pak foundational services, IBM Db2® Management Console. and IBM Db2 Warehouse. Also available are IBM Db2 Advanced Enterprise Server Edition (AESE) and IBM Db2 for z/OS® Data Gate (no longer beta).

IBM Cloud Pak for Data on LinuxONE helps adapt and transform your enterprise infrastructure as a vital component within your hybrid cloud architecture to compete in today’s digital environment.

  • Start your journey to AI and the cloud by modernizing your data infrastructure for simpler administration, faster time to value and lower operational costs.
  • Access your most valuable enterprise data securely within modern hybrid cloud applications.
  • Provide a modern, private cloud platform while leveraging your existing infrastructure and skills.
  • Reduce cost and complexity by consolidating existing Db2 databases without cloud-specific rewrites.
  • Colocate data with business applications, that also run on LinuxONE, to reduce latency, improve performance, and meet SLAs.
  • Synchronize data between Db2 for z/OS on Z and IBM Cloud Pak for Data on LinuxONE using Db2 Data Gate.

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.7 for IBM LinuxONE

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.7 for IBM Z is an enterprise Kubernetes platform that enables you to develop, deploy, run, and manage your cloud-native solutions and is the foundation for the IBM Cloud Paks, and other containerized workloads. With Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.7, the platform support is extended to run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 KVM-based virtual machines and IBM z/VM-based virtual machines. Furthermore, Red Hat OpenShift add-ons extend the portfolio, such as Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces, Red Hat OpenShift Do developer CLI, Red Hat OpenShift Service Mesh, and Red Hat OpenShift Pipelines Technology.

Flexible compute

LinuxONE III Express reintroduces LinuxONE III Model LT2 Max13 as a preconfigured system focused on delivering mission-critical compute capacity at a competitive price point in the market. The LinuxONE III Express system is designed to deliver on the promise of performance, availability, scalability, and security in a simplified package. The LinuxONE III Express is a Max13 with the following features included and installed:

  • Up to 13 cores
  • Up to 1280 GB of memory
  • Dynamic Partition Manager (DPM) and the two required dedicated OSA-Express6S 1000BASE-T 2-port cards
  • Virtual Hardware Management Console
  • 8U reserved space
  • Two 10 GbE RoCE Express2.1 2-port cards
  • Four FCP Express 32S SX cards
  • Two NVMe carrier cards (solid state disks not included)
  • Four switchable phase WYE PDUs
  • Ethernet switch
  • Lift toolkit
  • Extension ladder
  • CPACF enablement
  • One PCIe+ I/O drawer

Client must indicate:

  • Country dependent 30/32A low volt single phase power cord
  • Top Exit Cabling / Bottom Exit Cabling

Client may optionally add:

  • Height reduced for shipping

Clients may subsequently order and install other features available for LinuxONE, such as Crypto Express and additional network cards in the six unused IO slots available. Clients may also separately purchase and install IBM FlashSystem storage and storage networking in the 8U Reserved Space.

HMC features (available in HMC LinuxONE III MCL Bundle: S38 and LinuxONE III SE Bundle: H24:

  • LDAP group membership: The HMC and SE will now let HMC users become a part of LDAP group membership. This enables users to manage elevating HMC user privileges by defining the prioritized order of LDAP groups associated with HMC user templates. It then enables centralized management for those HMC users by allowing clients to manage the LDAP group membership of the HMC users at the LDAP server.
  • Remote Syslog Server enhancements: HMC support for Remote Syslog Servers for LinuxONE HMC log/message consolidation was first released on LinuxONE III HMC version 2.15.0. Since its initial offering, enhancements are now available for support of Emperor II CPCs, HMC Data Replication, Transport Layer Security (TLS) connections, and IBM QRadar®.

Sustainability

IBM has had long-standing corporate policies aimed at protecting the environment and conserving energy and natural resources. The IBM Product Design for the Environment (DfE) program was established in 1991 to focus on product environmental design. The LinuxONE III is a transformed system that was designed for overall data center sustainability. LinuxONE provides several tools, available with LinuxONE III, to help support data center sustainability initiatives.

  • Single-system performance reduces energy consumption by 50% versus compared x86 systems running a similar workload.1

  • IBM LinuxONE III can be integrated into modern data center infrastructure management system through a set of security enabled, REST-based Web Services APIs. The Web Service API metrics groups allow LinuxONE III to report key environmental and power consumption data, including ambient temperature and humidity, heat load, exhaust temperature, system power consumption, and power on each line cord phase.

    Available on Github, the zhmcclient package is a client library written in pure Python that interacts with the Web Services API of the HMC on LinuxONE machines. This package was designed to make the HMC Web Services API more easily consumable for Python programmers.

  • LinuxONE Energy Optimization Advisor provides insights into the operation of the LinuxONE system and provides recommended data center actions that can be taken to reduce the overall system power. The advisor provides insight to data center operators, accessed through the user interface on the SE and HMC or through the Web Services API endpoint, about what actions they can take to save power.

Remote Code Load for IBM LinuxONE Firmware

Remote Code Load for IBM LinuxONE Firmware optimizes resilience and keeps your LinuxONE system up-to-date with the latest features, fixes, and maintenance without requiring a person to be inside the data center monitoring planned updates to your system. Remote Code Load for IBM LinuxONE Firmware is available to remotely update the firmware on your LinuxONE system.

z/VM 7.2 continuous improvements

z/VM 7.2 continuously improves virtual server scalability, management, security, and resiliency through continuous delivery, delivered through New function APARs. An overview of available and planned new function virtualization enhancements are on the z/VM Continuous Delivery News web page. Significant z/VM 7.2 New function APARs planned to be available during the first half 2021 include:

Scalability

  • 4 TB real memory support: With the available PTF for APAR VM66173, z/VM delivers support for up to 4 TB of real memory, enabling z/VM systems to address a full 4 TB of first-level (real) memory, doubling the previous supported limit of 2 TB. With the advanced memory management capabilities available in the z/VM product, clients can now run workloads that exceed 4 TB of virtual memory across all hosted guest systems, depending on workload characteristics. In conjunction with z/VM support for 80 processors, IBM LinuxOne servers can now host even more work in a single z/VM partition, or across multiple z/VM partitions on one system. APAR VM66173 also delivers various system command updates and an enhancement to the CP DEFINE STORAGE command. With automatic STANDBY memory for guests, your system administrator can code a more generic DEFINE STORAGE command that does not need to be updated every time the guest's directory entry storage size changes.
  • Improved PCIe adapter guest performance: With the available PTF for APAR VM66467, improvements in how z/VM simulates certain guest instructions enable z/VM to reduce the number of corresponding real instructions it issues on behalf of the guest. This may result in a performance improvement for guest workloads making using RoCE and NVMe PCI devices.
Management
  • IPv6 Layer 2 Query Support: With the planned PTF for APAR VM66485, VSwitch support is enhanced to collect and report IPv6 addresses on the Query Vswitch, Query Virtual NIC, and DIAG 26C. As IPv6 usage becomes more prevalent, this information will be more important for diagnostics.
  • Spool information enhancements for storage migrations and backups: With the available PTF for APAR VM66479, z/VM enhances spool subsystem interfaces to provide additional information. These extensions to the existing interfaces enable clients to manage spool files and volumes more effectively. This support enables spool management software, such as the IBM Operations Manager for z/VM, to facilitate clients' DASD migration and backup activities.
Security
  • TLS/SSL OCSP support: With the available PTF for APAR PH28216, z/VM provides general peer certificate cross-checking against an external source, through the Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) and Certificate Revocation List (CRL) Distribution Point (CDP) mechanisms that are part of the z/VM System SSL Cryptographic library, when the peer certificate is built with the extensions for CDP and OCSP.
  • TLS Server Upgrade: With the planned PTF for APAR PH33088, the System SSL cryptographic library is updated to a newer level. This enhancement includes the addition of RFC 7507, which implements support for TLS Fallback Signaling Cipher Suite Value for Preventing Protocol Downgrade Attacks.
Resiliency
  • Dynamic Memory Downgrade Support: With the planned PTF for APAR VM66271, Dynamic Memory Downgrade extends the real storage dynamic management characteristics of z/VM by allowing up to 50% of the real memory to be removed from a running z/VM system. Dynamic Memory Downgrade complements the existing ability to add memory to a system.
  • Dump improvements
    • Fast z/VM Dump Distiller: With the available PTF for APAR VM66430, clients can distill a hard abend or snap dump to create an abridged dump, which can be submitted to IBM Customer Support for diagnosis. The abridged dump alleviates the problems and delays that can occur when submitting a large hard abend dump or snap dump to IBM. The original dump remains available as a spool file and can be loaded into a CMS file for later transmission to IBM, if necessary.
    • Improve I/O time for dump-processing: With the available PTF for APAR VM66431, z/VM exploits LinuxONE High Performance FICON® I/O technology (zHPF), when available, during the process of writing hard abend and snap dumps to CP dump/spool space. This reduces the amount of time a system is unavailable while a dump is being taken before the system restarts.
  • Improved Live Guest Relocation for Shared Crypto Users: With the planned PTF for APAR VM66496, Live Guest Relocation (LGR) for APVIRT crypto environments is enabled when the type of the shared crypto resource on the source system does not match the type of shared crypto resource on the target system. QUERY VIRTUAL CRYPTO on any system in a relocation domain will report the lowest level of Crypto Express adapters available in the shared pools of all systems in a relocation domain. By reporting the functional capability of the lowest level adapter, APVIRT crypto users will be able to determine the level of functionality that can be used to enable relocation between systems in the relocation domain without using the FORCE ARCHITECTURE option.

1Disclaimer: The compared LinuxONE III LT1 model consists of three CPC drawers containing 108 IFLs and one I/O drawer to support both network and external storage. Power® consumption for the LinuxONE III LT1 is estimated using the Power Estimation Tool for 856 assuming a "normal" workload. x86 systems ran at various CPU utilizations according to 15 customer surveys representing Development, Test, Quality Assurance, and Production levels of CPU utilization and throughput. Three workloads were tested, consisting of a mix of leading databases and application servers. Each workload ran at the same throughput and SLA response time on LinuxONE and x86. Power consumption on x86 was measured while each system was under load.
LinuxONE III LT1 performance data and the number of IFLs were projected from actual LinuxONE Emperor II performance data including a performance improvement of 10% on LinuxONE III LT1. Compared x86 models were seventy-eight 2-socketservers containing a mix of 8-core, 12-core, and 14-core Xeon x86 processors.
External storage is common to both platforms and is not included in power consumption, and assumes LinuxONE and x86 are running 24/7/365. Power consumption may vary depending on factors including configuration, workloads, and so on. Energy cost savings are based on a US national average commercial power rate of $0.10 per kWh based on US Energy Information Administration (EIA) data (individual rates may vary). Savings assumes a power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratio of 1.66 to calculate additional power for data center cooling. PUE is based on IBM and the Environment - Climate protection - Data center energy efficiency data.



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Statement of general direction

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Capacity for Planned Events (CPE): IBM LinuxONE III is planned to be the last server to offer Capacity for Planned Events.

HMC (Hardware Management Console)/SE (Support Element) Default Users: LinuxONE III is planned to be the last server to ship HMC (Hardware Management Console) and SE (Support Element) default user IDs of ADVANCED, OPERATOR, STORAGEADMIN, and SYSPROG. For future systems, the default user roles for ADVANCED, OPERATOR, STORAGEADMIN, and SYSPROG will be shipped, but the user IDs will no longer be included. HMC/SE default user IDs for ACSADMIN and SERVICE will continue to be shipped on future systems.

Future OSE elimination: Many LinuxONE clients continue to rely on SNA applications for mission-critical workloads, and IBM has no current plans to discontinue support of the SNA protocol, including the SNA APIs. However, it is planned that LinuxONE support for the Systems Network Architecture (SNA) protocol being transported natively out of the server using OSA Express 1000BASE-T adapters configured as channel type “OSE” will be eliminated in a future hardware system family. Client applications that rely on the SNA protocol and utilize OSE networking channels as the transport (as opposed to FICON CTC) must either modernize to utilize TCP/IP or the networking configuration of the operating system image must be updated to make use of some form of SNA over IP technology, where possible. Across the computer industry, support for the native SNA protocol, LLC2, on distributed platforms is now being withdrawn, such that native SNA connectivity to the mainframe will eventually be rendered largely useless. In recognition that such accommodations may take a significant amount of time to implement, LinuxONE is providing notice at this time of IBM plans and is encouraging clients to begin or accelerate their SNA modernization efforts now in order to ensure they do not experience a business interruption in the future.

Statements by IBM regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at the sole discretion of IBM. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline general product direction and should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code, or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for IBM products remain at the sole discretion of IBM.



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Reference information

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For more information about LinuxONE III LT2, see Hardware Announcement JG20-0018, dated April 14, 2020.

For more information about z/VM 7.2, see Hardware Announcement JG20-0088, dated August 04, 2020.

For more information about z/VM 7.2, see Hardware Announcement JG20-0017, dated January 14, 2020.

For more information about LinuxONE III, see Hardware Announcement JG19-0017, dated September 12, 2019.

For more information about IBM Wave for z/VM 1.2, see Hardware Announcement JP19-0499, dated September 12, 2019.

For more information about IBM Data Privacy Passports 1.0, see Software Announcement JP19-0548, dated September 12, 2019.

For more information about z14 Model ZR1, see Hardware Announcement JG18-0022, dated April 10, 2018.

For more information about IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper II, see Hardware Announcement JG18-0025, dated April 10, 2018.



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Product number

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Description Machine type Model Feature number
LinuxONE III 8562 LT2  
LinuxONE III 8561 LT1  



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Publications

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The following publications are available now in the Library section of the Resource Link® website:

Title Order number
IBM 8561 Installation Manual for Physical Planning (IMPP) GC28-7002
IBM 8562 Installation Manual for Physical Planning (IMPP) GC28-7011
IBM 8561 Installation Manual for Physical Planning (IMPP) - Russian version GC28-7004
IBM 8562 Installation Manual for Physical Planning (IMPP) - Russian version GC28-7008
PR/SM Planning Guide SB10-7175
IOCP User’s Guide for ICP IOCP SB10-7172
Planning for Fiber Optic Links (FICON®/FCP, Coupling Links, OSA, and zHyperLink Express) GA23-1408

The following publications are shipped with the product and will be available at planned availability in the Library section of the Resource Link website:

Title Order number
IBM 8561 Installation Manual GC28-6997
IBM 8562 Installation Manual GC28-7009
IBM 8561 Service Guide GC28-6998
IBM 8562 Service Guide GC28-7010
IBM 8561 Safety Inspection GC28-6996
IBM 8562 Safety Inspection GC28-7007
Service Guide for TKE Workstations (Version 7.0) GC28-6980
Systems Safety Notices G229-9054
IBM Important Notices G229-9056
IBM Z Statement of Limited Warranty GC28-6979
License Agreement for Machine Code SC28-6872
License Agreement for Machine Code Addendum for Cryptography GC27-2635
Systems Environmental Notices and User Guide Z125-5823

The following publications will be available at planned availability in the Library section of the Resource Link website:

Title Order number
IBM 8561 Parts Catalog GC28-7003
IBM 8562 Parts Catalog GC28-7012
Service Guide for 2461 Hardware Management Console GC28-6990
Service Guide for 2461 Support Element GC28-6991
SNMP Application Programming Interfaces SB10-7171
Capacity on Demand User’s Guide SC28-6985
CHPID Mapping Tool User’s Guide GC28-6984
Hardware Management Console Web Services API (V2.15.0) SC27-2638
IBM Dynamic Partition Manager (DPM) Guide SB10-7176
Secure Service Container User’s Guide SC28-7005
Stand-Alone IOCP User’s Guide SB10-7173
FICON CTC Reference SB10-7174
Maintenance Information for Fiber Optics (FICON/FCP, Coupling Links, OSA, and zHyperLink Express) SY27-7696
Integrating the HMC’s Broadband RSF into your Enterprise SC28-6986
Hardware Management Console Security SC28-6987
SCSI IPL - Machine Loader Messages SC28-7006
OSA-Express Customer’s Guide and Reference SA22-7935
OSA/SF on the Hardware Management Console SC14-7580
OSA Integrated Console Controller User’s Guide SC27-9003

Resource Link

Publications for LinuxONE III can be obtained at the Resource Link website.

Using the instructions on the Resource Link panels, obtain a user ID and password. Resource Link has been designed for easy access and navigation.

Journey to LinuxONE Resource

The Journey to LinuxONE content solution explains the experience of working with IBM to obtain and install a LinuxONE III and provides a brief technical introduction to LinuxONE.

HMC and SE console documentation

At planned availability, the HMC and SE console documentation (Version 2.15.0) will be available from IBM Resource Link website and the consoles.

To access the IBM Publications Center Portal, go to the IBM Publications Center website.

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, which can currently be downloaded.


National language support
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Services

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IBM Lab Services

IBM 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 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 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.

For details on available IBM Business Continuity and Recovery Services, contact your IBM representative or go to the Resiliency Services website.

Details on education offerings related to specific products can be found on the IBM Skills Gateway website.



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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

The hardware requirements for the LinuxONE servers, features, and functions are included below.

HMC 2.15.0 plus MCLs and the SE 2.15.0 became available on September 23, 2019. Review the PSP buckets for minimum Machine Change Levels (MCLs) and software PTF levels before restarting your operating systems.

The new functions available on HMC 2.15.0, as described, apply to LinuxONE III. HMC version 2.15.0 will also support the systems listed in the table below.

Machine family Machine type Firmware driver SE version
z14 and Emperor II 3906 36 2.14.1
z14 and Emperor II 3906 32 2.14.0
z14 ZR1 and Rockhopper II 3907 36 2.14.1
z14 ZR1 and Rockhopper II 3907 32 2.14.0
z13® and Emperor 2964 27 2.13.1
z13s® and Rockhopper 2965 27 2.13.1

Software requirements

IBM Fully Homomorphic Encryption requires at a minimum:

  • Docker 20 (running on a Linux distribution)
  • Docker 19 (running on a Linux distribution)

AI on Z requires at a minimum:

  • Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.6
  • Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.5
  • IzODA 1.1.0
  • z/VM 7.2 for Guest Exploitation
  • z/VM 7.1 for Guest Exploitation

IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center requires at a minimum:

  • As a managed hypervisor one of the following:
    • z/VM 7.2
    • z/VM 7.1
    • KVM based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.3
    • KVM based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.2
  • As a host environment on z/VM or KVM one of the following:
    • RHEL 8.3
    • RHEL 8.2

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.7 requires at a minimum a virtual machine based on one of the following:

  • z/VM 7.2
  • z/VM 7.1
  • KVM based on RHEL 8.3

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.6 requires at a minimum a virtual machine based on one of the following:

  • z/VM 7.2
  • z/VM 7.1

IBM Cloud Paks requires at a minimum:

  • Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.6

IBM Cloud Pak for Data on Z requires at a minimum:

  • Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.6

KVM virtualization technology for Linux workloads requires at a minimum:

  • RHEL 8.3
  • RHEL 8.2
  • RHEL 8.1
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 15 SP2 maintweb
  • SLES 15 SP1 maintweb
  • SLES 12 SP5 maintweb
  • SLES 12 SP4 maintweb
  • SLES 12 SP3 maintweb
  • Canonical Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
  • Canonical Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Canonical Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Planning information

Client responsibilities

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

Cable orders

Not applicable.

Security, auditability, and control

LinuxONE III uses the security and auditability features and functions of host hardware, host software, and application software.

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

IBM Lab Services

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



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Terms and conditions

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For terms and conditions for IBM LinuxONE machine types 8561 and 8562, see the hardware announcements listed in the Reference Information section.



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Prices

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

Trademarks

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