IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 5 offers performance, usability, and integration enhancements

IBM United States Software Announcement 212-379
October 3, 2012

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IBM® i continues to protect your investment with enhancements.

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: AE001).

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IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 51 provides performance, usability, and integration enhancements, both with the IBM i program offering and the related offerings from IBM Software Group.

In this announcement letter, the term Technology Refresh 5 refers to the set of PTFs required to support new hardware functionality. The term Technology Update refers to the multiple PTFs or PTF groups that will provide additional functionality in IBM i and related products. The term Technology Refresh is widely used to group both of these together. Availability of IBM i 7.1 TR5 and related products are available as noted in the Description section.

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Refer to the Technical information section for specific hardware and software prerequisites.

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October 9, 2012

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IBM i is known for integration, ease of use, and simplicity. IBM i 7.1 TR5 delivers significant functional enhancements to IBM i while maintaining and enhancing the ongoing tenets for which it is known.

IBM Navigator for i

The interface previously known as IBM Systems Director Navigator for IBM i has undergone a significant transformation. The functionally rich interface is being improved with significant usability and performance enhancements. This announcement marks the first step in the path toward transforming the web-based Navigator, maintaining the rich functionality, to make it not only rich in function but also highly usable and reliable.

Some of the key functions that have been enhanced are:

IBM Navigator for IBM i support will be available on December 15, 2012.

XML Service for IBM i:

The XML Service is an exciting new way for many languages to access native IBM i objects. This new toolkit provides a language-independent way for XML to access (read and write) objects such as programs, procedures, data areas, data queues, message queues, commands, spool files, DB2 for i (both SQL and Native), and much more. The XML Service can be accessed from PHP, Java , Ruby, RPG, or other languages that can work with XML. Additional details can be found on the open source site

In addition to the open source site, the runtime version will be available on December 15, 2012.

IBM Web Administration for i GUI

The IBM Web Administration GUI provides a GUI interface for managing IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.0 and V8.5 and IBM WebSphere Portal V8.0. The Web Administration GUI for IBM i is enhanced to leverage the new Install Manager technology, providing a new product installation capability for both WebSphere Application Server V8.0 and V8.5. Installation of a new WebSphere Application Server product, updates to an existing installation with interim fixes or fix pack, uninstalls of interim fixes from an existing installation, or uninstalls of the product installation are all supported functions of the Web Administration GUI.

This support is delivered as part of the latest HTTP PTF Group level and will be available on December 15, 2012.

For more details on Web Administration GUI and WebSphere products, refer to the IBM iZone in developerWorks®

IBM HTTP server plug-in module

IBM HTTP Server plug-in module is enhanced to handle files larger than 2 GB. In today's Internet world, the size of files being transferred continues to grow. To satisfy the business needs of IBM i clients, the HTTP server has been enhanced to support larger files. For those clients still requiring functionality from plug-ins added prior to the December PTF groups, they may need to recompile those plug-ins to enable the new support. For clients using IBM WebSphere Application Server on IBM i, installing the latest fix packs will provide the corrected HTTP server plug-in. See the IBM i Technology Updates wiki on developerWorks for more details

JTOpen Lite (JTLite)

As the world moves to mobility and support of mobile devices, so does IBM i. The JTOpen Lite/JTLite is a library of Java classes supporting the mobile programming models to a system running the IBM i operating system. Currently, JTOpen Lite supports mobile devices capable of running a Java environment. Refer to the IBM i Technology Updates wiki on developerWorks for more details
DB2 for IBM i

The self-managing value proposition of DB2 for IBM i is being extended with additional built-in improvements for better performance and usability. Moving up to the suggested DB2 PTF Group will result in a database that runs better, faster, and smarter.

Enhancements to Support IBM i in the Cloud

IBM Systems Director VMControl system pool support for IBM i simplifies workload management for rapidly deploying virtual appliances to create virtual servers that are configured with the operating system and software applications on demand. Virtualization administrators can group resources into system pools, which enable them to centrally manage and control the different workloads in their virtualized environment. VMControl manages virtual appliances that use the Open Virtualization Format (OVF) for packaging, delivery, and deployment of preconfigured, ready-to-run solutions.

With the enhanced Systems Director monitor function, users can easily navigate the CIM metrics and create their own monitor view for resources without knowing CIM. Eighty new metrics monitor commands are added to Systems Director (as compared to 34 metrics in last release), which greatly extend monitor infrastructure and event automation capability.

Systems Director can monitor a message in the message queue in multiple ways. In the latest releases, users can directly reply to a message through the Systems Director GUI.

The Service and Support manager will support HMC-managed IBM i partitions with centralized problem reporting. With Partition Mobility scaling improvements, a user can simultaneously move 16 partitions at the same time.

SmartCloud Entry for IBM i

SmartCloud Entry for IBM i is an affordable, easy-to-install, and simple-to-use private cloud solution. It accelerates service delivery with automation through an intuitive self-service interface, ensures reliability with standardization and oversight, as well as basic metering and image management. SmartCloud Entry helps customers get up and running and realizing the benefits of private cloud quickly.

The most recent release, Version 2.4, now provides heterogeneous management so customers can provision resources to both x86 and Power platforms from a single pane of glass. SmartCloud Entry is ordered as a bundle, including the System Director prerequisites. The Power Systems™ Solution Edition for Cloud, a configurable system, prebuilt and preinstalled is also available providing the fastest time to value.

HMC enhancements

HMC V7 R7.6.0 is enhanced with the following:

These HMC enhancements deliver equivalent platform management support of Power blades, currently provided by SDMC and more. Blade support will include both POWER6® and POWER7 blades. The HMC enhancements include the ability to connect to and manage ( PowerVM ) POWER® blades and provide SFP support, such as code update, dump, problem analysis, and R&V, as provided in SDMC.

For more information about HMC enhancements, refer to Hardware Announcement 112-175, dated October 03, 2012 .

MSP Utility Pricing Offer for Managed Service Providers

The MSP Utility Pricing Offer is a program that leverages channel-led discounting for Managed Service providers who purchase a Cloud Hosting Infrastructure built with IBM hardware and software.

In addition, IBM is announcing the MSP Core Use Payment PRPQ (P91287). An MSP would order a quantity of Core Use Features (combination of MSP Per Processor Core and MSP Per 10 Processor Cores) for program number 5799-MSP each quarter to make their use payment if the Cloud Infrastructure included Flex System Compute Nodes. The quantity of features to be ordered would be determined by the MSP's actual use of the Cloud Infrastructure (average cores assigned to started client virtual servers).

Hardware support enhancements:

IBM i 7.1 and IBM i 6.1 support the new IBM Power 770 server (9117-MMD) and the new IBM Power 780 server (9179-MHD). These new systems use the latest POWER7+ processor and the next-generation I/O technology, designed to deliver unprecedented performance, scalability, reliability, and manageability for demanding commercial workloads.

IBM i 7.1 and IBM i 6.1 add support for RDX Removable Media Devices. RDX docking stations and drives can provide a more reliable, higher performance, and lower cost option to traditional entry tape options such as DAT160 and older QIC and LTO-2 tape drives. IBM i 7.1 supports USB RDX Removable Disk on newer servers. Both IBM i 7.1 and IBM i 6.1 support the new SATA RDX Removable Disk (#EU07) on many earlier servers.

IBM i 7.1 has also been extended to include direct support for the USB attached 80 GB/160 GB DAT160 USB Tape Drive (#EU16). Feature EU16 is enclosed in a Power 720/740/750 system unit and driven through a USB connection. Its drive performance is the same as the existing SAS DAT160 drives (#5619), but it does not use the integrated SAS controller and thus may offer an overall performance advantage to the system by potentially avoiding bandwidth contention.

IBM i 7.1 adds support for a lower cost async communication adapter, which is significantly lower price than the existing feature 2893 and 2894 2-port communication adapters. As of 2012, PPP is not supported, but non-PPP async function is supported. This includes IBM i support for fax with an appropriate modem.

For more information about these enhancements and others that are included with IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 5, visit the Hardware and Firmware section of IBM i Technology Updates wiki on developerWorks at

IBM i license transfer adds the following:

Additional eligible receiving servers:

Program products support new hardware

IBM Facsimile Support for IBM i is enhanced to support a significantly lower priced 2-port asynchronous communications adapter (#5289 and #5290).

New Enterprise Function for IBM BRMS

IBM Backup, Recovery, and Media Services (BRMS) Enterprise allows administrators to monitor backup operations for their BRMS systems from a central site called an Enterprise Hub . The systems being monitored by the hub are called Enterprise Nodes . The Enterprise Network is comprised of nodes that can be stand-alone BRMS systems, part of a BRMS Network, or any combination of stand-alone and BRMS Networked systems.

BRMS Enterprise is supported exclusively through the BRMS GUI Client on IBM Navigator for i or IBM System i® Navigator.

The hub and the nodes must all have current base licenses for IBM Backup, Recovery, and Media Services for i. The hub must also have current licenses for the BRMS Network feature and BRMS Advanced feature options.

The hub must be at IBM i 7.1 but nodes may be at any release V5R4M0 or newer with the BRMS PTF applied.

PTF support for the BRMS Enterprise enhancement is expected in December 2012. For availability, refer to

IBM Software Group product enhancements for IBM i

InfoSphere Guardium V9.0 extended to include DB2 for IBM i as a data source

InfoSphere Guardium is an enterprise information database audit and protection solution. It helps enterprises protect and audit information across a diverse set of relational and nonrelational data sources. With InfoSphere Guardium V9.0, DB2 for IBM i can now be included as a data source, enabling the monitoring of accesses from native interfaces as well as through SQL.

Audit information provided includes:

Visit this article on developerWorks to find out more

IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.5 available for IBM i

IBM WebSphere Application Server is the leading open standards-based application foundation, offering accelerated delivery of innovative applications and unmatched operational efficiency, reliability, administration, security, and control on IBM i. IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.5 is available for IBM i. For more information, refer to Software Announcement 212-109, dated April 24, 2012 .

IBM WebSphere Commerce V7 Feature Pack 5 available for IBM i

IBM WebSphere Commerce V7.0 provides a powerful customer interaction platform for cross-channel and online commerce. E-commerce is no longer simply about selling things online. It is about delivering a seamless, integrated experience across all touch points. WCS V7 Feature Pack 5 provides extensions to the base commerce capabilities to include easier implementation of the starter store, social networking, and so on. In addition to Feature Pack 5, support for Feature Packs 1-4 are also included. For more information, refer to Software Announcement 212-109, dated April 24, 2012 .

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IBM plans to provide IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool support for IBM i.

IBM plans to provide PowerVM Live Partition Mobility support for IBM i partitions on IBM PureFlex™ Systems.

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The 5770-SS1, 5765-G97, 5765-G98, and 5765-G99 were previously announced and assigned. This announcement adds new MSP features to these PIDs.

Program                Program
number        VRM      name

5770-SS1      V7.1     IBM i V7
5765-G97      V7.1.x   AIX® V7 Express
5765-G98      V7.1.x   AIX V7 Standard
5765-G99      V7.1.x   AIX V7 Enterprise

Product identification number

                    Maintenance        Maintenance
Program PID number  1-year PID number  3-year PID number

5770-SS1            N/A                N/A
5765-G97            N/A                N/A
5765-G98            N/A                N/A
5765-G99            N/A                N/A

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Product information is available via the Offering Information website

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If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM , you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld® ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

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The MSP Utility Pricing Offer is a program that leverages channel-led discounting for Managed Service providers who purchase a Cloud Hosting Infrastructure built with IBM hardware and software.


Full native I/O support by IBM i 7.1 is provided, but IBM i 6.1 I/O support of these POWER7+ servers requires all I/O to be virtualized by either IBM i 7.1 or by VIOS. Also note that not all I/O can be virtualized, including asynchronous communication adapters and cryptographic adapters. IBM i 6.1 is orderable on PureFlex systems as an MES. IBM i 6.1 is not orderable on initial orders of PureFlex hardware.

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Note: All 5770-SS1, 5765-G97, 5765-G98, and 5765-G99 previously announced and assigned. This announcement adds new MSP features to these PIDs.

                       Part number or
    Program name       PID number           Charge metric
    IBM i V7           5770-SS1             Per processor core
    AIX V7 Express®    5765-G97             Per processor core
    AIX V7 Standard    5765-G98             Per processor core
    AIX V7 Enterprise  5765-G99             Per processor core
IBM i V7 (5770-SS1)
   IBM i V7                                   Feature
   (5770-SS1)                                 number
 Charge features
   MSP                                         1582
   MSP Per 10                                  1583
AIX V7 Express (5765-G97)
    AIX V7 Express                            Feature
   (5765-G97)                                 number
 Charge features
   MSP                                         0016
   MSP Per 10                                  0017
AIX V7 Standard (5765-G98)
    AIX V7 Standard                           Feature
   (5765-G98)                                 number
 Charge features
   MSP                                         0027
   MSP Per 10                                  0026
AIX V7 Enterprise (5765-G99)
    AIX V7 Enterprise                         Feature
   (5765-G99)                                 number
 Charge features
   MSP                                         0029
   MSP Per 10                                  0028

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The following terms and conditions are for 5770-SS1.

For information on terms and conditions for 5765-G97, 5765-G98 and 5765-G99, refer to Software Announcement 210-200, dated August 17, 2010 .

The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage® Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.


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Variable charges apply


Educational allowance available

Yes. A 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.

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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered, destroyed, or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective. IBM does not warrant that systems and products are immune from the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.

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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.

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For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

 IBM I V7 (5770-SS1)
      IBM i V7                                   Feature
      (5770-SS1)                                 number
    Charge features
      MSP Per                                     1582        
      MSP Per 10                                  1583        
   AIX V7 EXPRESS (5765-G97)
       AIX V7 Express                            Feature
      (5765-G97)                                 Number
    Charge features
      MSP                                         0016        
      MSP Per 10                                  0017        
   AIX V7 STANDARD (5765-G98)
       AIX V7 Standard                           Feature
      (5765-G98)                                 Number
    Charge features
      MSP                                         0027        
      MSP Per 10                                  0026        
   AIX V7 ENTERPRISE (5765-G99)
       AIX V7 Enterprise                         Feature
      (5765-G99)                                 Number
    Charge features
      MSP Per                                     0029        
      MSP Per 10                                  0028        

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