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Hardware Announcements


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Revised availability: Select DS8870, DS8880, and DS8880F features remain available for ordering

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Overview

The following select DS8000® features announced in Hardware Withdrawal 917-135, dated August 22, 2017, are no longer withdrawn from marketing.

The following features remain available for ordering until further notice on the models indicated.

DescriptionMachine TypesModel numbersFeature number
300 GB 15K drive set 2421, 2422, 2423, 2424 961, 96E 5308
600 GB 15K drive set 2421, 2422, 2423, 2424 961, 96E 5618
400 GB SSD drive set 2421, 2422, 2423, 2424 961, 96E 6158
DescriptionMachine TypesModel numbersFeature number
300 GB 15K drive set 2831, 2832, 2833, 2834 980, 981, 98B, 98E 5308
600 GB 15K drive set 2831, 2832, 2833, 2834 980, 981, 98B, 98E 5618
400 GB SSD drive set 2831, 2832, 2833, 2834 980, 981, 98B, 98E 6158
DescriptionMachine TypesModel numbersFeature number
400 GB 2.5" flash card 2831, 2832, 2833, 2834 984, 985, 986, 84E, 85E, 86E 1610
300 GB 15K drive set 2831, 2832, 2833, 2834 984, 985, 986, 84E, 85E, 86E 5308
600 GB 15K drive set 2831, 2832, 2833, 2834 984, 985, 986, 84E, 85E, 86E 5618
400 GB SSD drive set 2831, 2832, 2833, 2834 984, 985, 986, 84E, 85E, 86E 6158
DescriptionMachine TypesModel numbersFeature number
400 GB 2.5" flash card 5331, 5332, 5333, 5334 984, 985, 986, 988, 85E, 86E, 88E 1610

All other previously withdrawn products remain unchanged by this announcement.

Software Announcements


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IBM Watson® for Real World Evidence is a cloud-based solution for researchers, analysts, and data scientists to facilitate the discovery of relevant and valuable insights with greater efficiency and confidence

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At a glance

IBM Watson for Real World Evidence can help researchers, analysts, and data scientists to:

  • Accelerate the speed to insights through exploratory data analysis
  • Support business decisions
  • Answer business questions
  • Generate and test life sciences hypotheses

Overview

Watson™ for Real World Evidence is a cloud-based solution that allows you to explore, analyze, visualize, and share real world outcomes on healthcare data from proprietary datasets, such as those provided by IBM® Explorys® Therapeutic Datasets, which include de-identified clinical, financial, and operational data covering over 60 million unique patients as well as disparate data from payers, employers, and independent providers. Watson for Real World Evidence also provides similar capabilities with data from selected publicly available datasets.

Watson for Real World Evidence lets you perform all the previous tasks within a built-for-health cloud environment with a back-end infrastructure that is built to support the demands of big data analytics. Rather than dealing with the details of setting up this environment for yourself and handling the logistics of loading terabytes of data into a database every week, you can focus on the real task of data analysis and leave the data engineering work to Watson for Real World Evidence.

Key prerequisites

  • Internet connection
  • Supported operating system
  • One of the following browsers
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • Google Chrome

For details, see the Software Product Compatibility Reports website.

Planned availability date

September 26, 2017


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IBM Watson Platform for Health GxP offers a validated health data Platform as a Service that is designed to enable life science and medical device companies to create innovative solutions for their clients, while helping to speed time to regulatory compliance

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At a glance

IBM Watson Platform for Health GxP capabilities include the following:

Health data services:

  • Health data integration
  • Data governance
  • Health data services
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grade audit trail service

Developer services:

  • Select APIs and services are available to data scientists or to IBM services teams for building applications on behalf of the organization.
  • Watson Platform for Health GxP provides test environments suitable for development or GxP validation.

Analytics services:

Analytics services are available as an optional add-on to the cloud platform, and provide a GxP environment for creating predictive and prescriptive models:

  • Spark architecture
  • Data marts

Health-grade cloud foundation:

  • Designed and managed to critical health and security standards, including Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), GxP, and ISO 27001
  • Multitiered security that includes business continuity and resiliency

Overview

Watson Platform for Health GxP provides a health data platform as a service (PaaS) that life sciences, medical device companies, researchers, and others can use to create innovative solutions for their clients, while helping speed time to compliance.

Life sciences and medical device companies are under pressure to increase research and development (R&D) efficiency. At the same time, they must also focus on harnessing insights gleaned using advanced health analytics to competitively develop and position their drugs and devices in the marketplace.

  • Watson Platform for Health GxP offers a platform for digital health innovation

    The platform is an environment for organizations to use big data and machine learning to create disease models and advanced therapeutic solutions throughout the phases of research, clinical trials, and commercialization.

    Using the data platform, organizations can utilize tools and services to obscure identifiable health information, and share and combine it with a dynamic and growing aggregated base of their clinical research and social health data.

  • Designed for life sciences compliance

    The platform for health was built under a quality management system (QMS) that meets FDA 21 CFR Part 820 guidelines, critical for organizations seeking a cloud service with data and product quality controls required for conducting clinical trials and developing medical devices. The platform is also Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-enabled to address security and privacy standards.

Key prerequisites

  • Internet connection
  • Supported browser

For details, refer to the Technical information section.

Planned availability date

September 26, 2017


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IBM Integrated Analytics System M4001 optimizes performance for data science

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At a glance

The IBM Integrated Analytics System drives the insights needed to increase competitiveness by matching accelerated development and deployment times for your data scientists and analysts with a high performance, optimized, and cloud-ready data platform.

The Integrated Analytics System delivers the following capabilities:

  • A built-in IBM Data Science Experience to collaboratively analyze data
  • Cloud-ready to support multiple workload deployment options
  • A hybrid data strategy with a path to the cloud and Hadoop
  • Performance and scalability for any size or type of analytic workload
  • Integrated hardware and software offering that is both easy to deploy as well as flexible elastic and easy to manage

Overview

The IBM Integrated Analytics System is a unified data science solution. Data scientists can use the built-in IBM Data Science Experience to develop and drive insights with machine learning analytics that benefit from a performance-optimized, common SQL engine and embedded Apache Spark processing. Business analysts can benefit directly from the data scientist collaboration to deliver optimized business insight and operational analytics for improved decision-making.

The Integrated Analytics System delivers the following features:

  • Built-in IBM Data Science Experience enabling data scientists to develop and deploy the most advanced analytics workloads
  • Real-time analytics with machine learning that accelerates decision making to bring new opportunities to your business
  • Cloud-ready IBM Common SQL Engine to leverage workload portability and skill sharing across public and private clouds
  • Reliable, elastic, and flexible system that reduces and simplifies management resources
  • Data virtualization capability that unifies access to enterprise data sources across on-premises, Cloud, and Hadoop data platforms
  • Support for operational analytics workloads for business analytics

The Integrated Analytics System is installed in rack configurations:

Model descriptionUser data capacity 1
IBM Integrated Analytics System M4001-003 64 TB
IBM Integrated Analytics System M4001-006 128 TB
IBM Integrated Analytics System M4001-010 192 TB

1 Assumes 4x compression.

Key prerequisites

For details, refer to the IBM Db2 on Cloud, IBM Db2 Warehouse, and IBM Db2 Warehouse on Cloud documentation (all formerly IBM dashDB), IBM Integrated Analytics System web page at IBM Knowledge Center. Click on the overview for IBM Integrated Analytics System to locate Site Preparation and Specifications: IBM Integrated Analytics System.

Planned availability date

September 29, 2017


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Statements of deprecation: Withdrawal of selected capabilities from IBM z™ /Transaction Processing Facility

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IBM makes the following statements of deprecation for function for z/Transaction Processing Facility (z/TPF) on the dates as specified in the following table:

Functional capabilitiesDeprecation date
GNU C Compiler Collection (GCC) 4.1 June 30, 2018
Service Data Objects (SDO) access to z/TPFDF June 30, 2018
z/TPF adapter for WebSphere® Operational Decision Management (WODM) June 30, 2018
Object signal event June 30, 2018
z/TPF Copy Services commands (ZXCFG and ZXCPY) June 30, 2018
Apache HTTP Server Version 1.3 June 30, 2018
z/TPF Mail Components -- POP and IMAP June 30, 2018
TPF Operations Server Luminex 3215 over ESCON June 30, 2018
TPF Operations Server DB2® Message Logging September 30, 2018

The following functional capabilities will be deprecated. Alternative options, if any, are identified:

  • GNU C Compiler Collection (GCC) 4.1

    Currently, z/TPF supports both the GCC compilers 4.1 and 4.6. Clients are required to move to GCC 4.6 as new z/TPF capabilities, such as MongoDB, can only be compiled with GCC 4.6. Support for GCC 4.1 will be discontinued on June 30, 2018. z/TPF Object Code Only (OCO) code created after June 30, 2018, will be compiled with GCC 4.6. To receive compiler or C/C++ language support, client applications must be built by using GCC 4.6 or another compiler supported by z/TPF.

  • Service Data Objects (SDO) access to z/TPFDF

    Java™ application programs that run on an application server or workstation can access and update z/TPFDF databases by using a combination of the z/TPFDF data access service (DAS) APIs and the Service Data Objects (SDO) specification APIs. However, implementations of SDO and DAS were retired by open source projects, such as Apache Tuscany. z/TPF DAS will be deprecated and support will be discontinued on June 30, 2018. An alternative is to use z/TPF support for MongoDB, which provides similar capability using an interface that is actively supported in the industry.

  • z/TPF adapter for Websphere Operational Decision Management (WODM)

    This support provides a set of tools and descriptor files to enable development of a rules application that run on an application server or workstation to be called from a z/TPF C/C++ application by using a C function call -- tpf ilrExecuteRule(). The z/TPF adapter, which is associated tooling and descriptor files, will be deprecated and support will be discontinued on June 30, 2018. The alternatives are:

    • Run a rules engine implemented in Java that runs on z/TPF and call it by using tpf srvcInvoke().
    • Call out to a rules engine off of z/TPF.
  • Object signal event

    A signal event specification file can define data in the event by using or elements, which are part of a Data Model Descriptor. There are many ways to describe the data used by z/TPF signal events. The Data Model Descriptor is one way and will be deprecated as part of the z/TPF adapter for WebSphere Operational Data Management (WODM). The alternative is to use the element in the event specification, which uses Data Format Description Language (DFDL) to describe the data.

  • z/TPF Copy Services commands (ZXCFG and ZXCPY)

    The ZXCFG and ZXCPY commands are used to manage and control DASD copy services from z/TPF. Becasue these commands do not support the most recent copy services types, this function will be deprecated and support will be discontinued on June 30, 2018. The alternative is IBM Copy Services Manager. For additional information on Copy Services Manager, see the IBM Support Portal or Software Announcement 217-228, dated July 11, 2017.

  • Apache HTTP Server Version 1.3

    Support for Apache HTTP Server Version 1.3 will be deprecated on June 30, 2018. The alternative is Apache HTTP Server Version 2.2.9, or the z/TPF HTTP server. For additional information on the Apache HTTP Server, see the IBM Support website.

  • z/TPF Mail Components: POP and IMAP

    POP and IMAP components are only used when z/TPF is hosting an email server, of which none of the z/TPF clients have implemented. This function will be deprecated and support will be discontinued on June 30, 2018.

  • TPF Operations Server Luminex 3215 over ESCON

    Deprecation and support for the use of the Luminex 3215 card on the TPF Operations Server hardware platform will be on June 30, 2018. The alternative is to use the OSA-ICC 3215 card.

  • TPF Operations Server DB2 Message Logging

    This capability will be deprecated and support will be discontinued on September 30, 2018. The alternative is to use TPF Operations Server flat file logging for z/TPF messages - LOG2FILE.

  • SOAP Web Services

    This function is not being deprecated, but all new Web Services functionality on z/TPF will be added to Representational state transfer (REST) on z/TPF.


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IBM Watson Campaign Automation and IBM Campaign offer premium IBM technical support services through AVP One-Point Service

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Overview

Accelerated Value Program (AVP) One-Point Service is now available to subscribers of all editions of IBM Watson Campaign Automation and to licensees of IBM Campaign. Campaign users subscribe to AVP One-Point Service using an IBM Campaign Managed Hosted part number.

AVP One-Point Service offers premium, personalized IBM technical support services that feature a designated, single point of contact for technical support, priority handling of support requests, and faster problem resolution. Services also include technical advice on best practices related to product configuration and use. AVP One-Point Service is remotely delivered and the service term is tied to the organization's subscription term.

Planned availability date

September 26, 2017


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IBM Spectrum Protect™ V8.1.3 delivers simplified deployment and intelligent cloud storage integration

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At a glance

IBM Spectrum Protect V8.1.3 delivers:

  • Simplified deployments and lower administration costs with centralized and automated client updates from the Operations Center
  • Lower pricing for data stored in IBM Cloud Object Storage
  • Tiering to cloud by age
  • More resilient backups to cloud with self-throttling of data ingest
  • Spectrum Protect server support for Linux™ x86_64 for Ubuntu

Overview

IBM Spectrum Protect V8.1.3 simplifies deployment and expands cloud storage integration with the following capabilities:

  • Simplified deployments and lower administration costs with centralized and automated client updates from the Operations Center
  • IBM Spectrum Protect Suite --IBM Cloud Object Storage Tier offering is a lower priced option for storing data in IBM Cloud Object Storage
  • Tier to cloud by age for container pools enables leveraging of high-speed storage for operational recoveries and lower-cost cloud storage for long term retention
  • More resilient backups to cloud with self-throttling of data ingest enables Spectrum Protect to automatically manage inconsistent bandwidth when writing to cloud storage
  • Spectrum Protect server support for Linux x86_64 for Ubuntu

Key prerequisites

See the specific websites listed in the Software requirements section for a complete list of devices that are supported by IBM Spectrum Protect (5725-W98), IBM Spectrum Protect Extended Edition (5725-W99), and IBM Spectrum Protect for Data Retention (5725-X15). Libraries that have more than four drives or more than 48 tape slots require a license for IBM Spectrum Protect Extended Edition.

For complete details, see the Software requirements section.

Planned availability date

September 29, 2017

Refer to the Availability of national languages section for national language availability.


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IBM Analytics Professional Services provides design and solution advisory services for Cloud Service use cases through expertise, methodology, and mentoring

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At a glance

IBM Analytics Professional Services introduces new services offerings for Cloud Service environments that provide:

  • Choice of personalized design and advisory services for solution use case definition, planning, and build activities through IBM expertise, intellectual property, methodology, tools, and mentoring
  • Access to a team with a track record of success, deep analytics solution knowledge, extensive breadth of experience, global reach, and ability to scale
  • Use of expert professional services to assist clients to explore, plan, build, deliver, deploy, adopt, and extend their enterprise solutions

Overview

IBM Analytics Professional Services provides offerings that assist with designing powerful analytics solutions and integrating them into your business as quickly as possible. IBM's skilled and knowledgeable experts are ready to help you be successful. They can help you maximize the value of your technology investment and address your critical business needs. IBM's solution-based services portfolio includes flexible professional expert services that are designed to help drive positive results.

IBM solution services take a comprehensive approach to align to and focus on your business goals while bringing to bear unmatched IBM expertise and proven practices, gained from thousands of successful solution deployments worldwide.

With a broad range of professional expert services offerings and flexible delivery models, IBM is positioned to produce results quickly to help put your project on the road to success.

IBM Analytics Professional Services introduces the following new design services:

  1. IBM Analytics Professional Services, Data Strategy Design Engagement
  2. IBM Analytics Professional Services, Data Topology Design Engagement
  3. IBM Analytics Professional Services, Data Lake Design Engagement
  4. IBM Analytics Professional Services, Common Data and Governance Design Engagement

These professional design services provide consulting assistance within the following framework:

  • Fixed duration for each design engagement
  • Limit of 90 days to complete each engagement
  • Activities defined specific to each offering

Note: Services are purchased per engagement and expire 90 days from the date of purchase of entitlement, regardless of whether all hours have been used.

IBM Analytics Professional Services also introduces the following new solution services:

  1. IBM Analytics Professional Services, Solution Architectural Consultancy
  2. IBM Analytics Professional Services, One Day Solution Architectural Consultancy
  3. IBM Analytics Professional Services, Solution Build Assistance
  4. IBM Analytics Professional Services, One Day Solution Build Assistance

These professional solution services provide remote consulting assistance within the following framework:

  • Block of hours of remotely delivered expertise. Multiple parts would typically need to be purchased to cover typical solution requirements.
  • Limit of 90 days to consume all blocks of hours purchased.
  • Activities defined specific to each offering.
  • Project kickoff meeting to plan the utilization of purchased services.

Note: Services are purchased per engagement and expire 90 days from the date of purchase of entitlement, regardless of whether all hours have been used.

Key prerequisites

Not applicable.

Planned availability date

September 26, 2017


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IBM Watson Content Hub delivers a new optional feature to support nonproduction environments

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Overview

IBM Watson Content Hub is a flexible, engaging, cloud-based cognitive content management system that helps marketers and merchandisers promote brand consistency across all customer interactions. A new, optional feature supports a nonproduction environment for development.

Nonproduction Environment for Watson Content Hub Standard Edition

Watson Content Hub Standard Edition users can take advantage of an optional nonproduction environment to support development projects that require environments for integration and functional testing, quality assurance, and user acceptance testing of the application. Nonproduction environments offer the same capabilities as production environments but cannot be used for production traffic and do not support global authoring or custom host name features.

Go to Watson Customer Engagement to learn more about Watson Content Hub and other Watson Customer Engagement offerings.

Planned availability date

September 26, 2017

Refer to the Availability of national languages section for national language availability.


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IBM Watson Workspace Essentials integrates cognitive capabilities for powerful, purposeful team collaboration solutions across the enterprise

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At a glance

Watson Workspace Essentials is a differentiated solution for purposeful team collaboration solutions for the enterprise, offering the following key features and capabilities:

  • Group and 1-to-1 messaging
  • Share files and content
  • Search
  • Presence awareness
  • Notifications
  • Cognitive Moments feature for summarizing conversation topics
  • Open APIs for integration
  • Custom apps and integrations
  • Enterprise administration and management:
    • Account and user management
    • Enterprise federation through SAML
    • Space membership controls; for example, change and add owner
  • Guest access support
  • Online forum and knowledge base
  • Available on desktop, web browser, and mobile app (Android and iOS)

Overview

IBM Watson Workspace Essentials is a differentiated collaboration solution with the built-in power of Watson. It is designed to help your teams, squads, and workgroups to connect and collaborate from anywhere on any device. It has full, searchable history of all conversations and one central place for all shared images and content. Third-party apps can be connected to Watson Workspace Essentials to help you work more seamlessly with your everyday tools.

Watson Workspace Essentials is the first application to use cognitive technology to summarize conversations, prioritize what is important, and connect actionable language to next steps so that your teams are more efficient, productive, and focused.

Watson Workspace Essentials can help the teams, squads, and workgroups in your organization to:

  • Increase productivity by filtering the noise from the multiple conversation threads thus making the collaborations more effective
  • Benefit from consolidated and integrated conversations and actions in a single user experience, increasing user productivity and efficiency
  • Build a broad category of collaboration solutions by integrating with third-party applications or building new applications
  • Maintain a full, searchable history of all conversations and access all shared images and content in one central location

Key prerequisites

  • Internet connection
  • Supported browser

Planned availability date

September 26, 2017

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


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IBM On Demand Consulting for Cloud unites clients with IBM hybrid cloud specialists for successful design, development, and deployment of innovative Cloud Services solutions

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At a glance

IBM Product Expert Assurance Services portfolio expands with IBM On Demand Consulting for Cloud, a monthly subscription service that gives you access to the experience, knowledge, and skills of a worldwide team of IBM hybrid cloud specialists. IBM On Demand Consulting services provides a cost-effective way to scale your team's impact without compromising quality.

IBM On Demand Consulting for Cloud is a subscription-based offering that:

  • Provides unlimited remote access to IBM subject matter specialists when you need them the most
  • Helps to accelerate your knowledge acquisition and skills growth
  • Enables your teams to innovate more quickly using IBM technology to meet your business goals
  • Promotes timely deployments, reduces project risk, and helps eliminate the inefficiencies of learning by trial and error

Overview

The IBM On Demand Consulting for Cloud -- Enterprise is a monthly subscription service that provides unlimited Q&A for solution development and deployment through requests submitted on the IBM On Demand Consulting Client Success Portal for up to 10 named subscribers. Services provided under this offering include Q&A and implementation assistance on topics pertaining to platform, architecture, design, and solution implementation related to hybrid cloud products. This offering provides 24 hours of flexible consulting in the form of directly accessing a customer system, creating document deliverables, implementing solution code, or otherwise modifying solution code (which constitutes consulting work on mutually agreed upon deliverables).

The IBM On Demand Consulting for Cloud -- Professional is a monthly subscription service that provides unlimited Q&A solution development and deployment through requests submitted on the IBM On Demand Consulting Client Success Portal for up to five named subscribers. Services provided under this offering include Q&A and implementation assistance on topics pertaining to platform, architecture, design, and solution implementation related to hybrid cloud products.

The IBM On Demand Consulting for Cloud -- Developer is a monthly subscription service that provides unlimited Q&A solution development through requests submitted on the IBM On Demand Consulting Client Success Portal for a single named developer. Services provided under this offering include unlimited Q&A for design, and solution development related to hybrid cloud products.

The IBM On Demand Consulting for Cloud -- Lifeline provides up to 2-hour access to an IBM hybrid cloud subject matter specialist. Clients can use this offering to get guidance from specialists on various hybrid cloud solution topics such as solution design, architecture, implementation best practices, deployment, migration, and review of existing collateral or platform issues.

Key prerequisites

Not applicable.

Planned availability date

September 26, 2017

Withdrawal Announcements


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Software withdrawal and support discontinuance: Select IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ V7 offerings - Replacements available

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Effective December 31, 2018, IBM will withdraw support for the following programs licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement:

Program numberProgram release nameWithdrawal from support date
5641-VC7 IBM Storwize® Family Software for SAN Volume Controller V7.5.x December 31, 2018
5725-M19 IBM Storwize Family Software for SAN Volume Controller V7.5.x (for Passport Advantage®) December 31, 2018
5641-CP7 IBM Storwize Family Software for SAN Volume Controller Real-time Compression™ Software V7.5.x December 31, 2018
5639-VM7 IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V7000 V7.5.x December 31, 2018
5639-EV7 IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V7000 External Virtualization Software V7.5.x December 31, 2018
5639-RM7 IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V7000 Remote Mirroring Software V7.5.x December 31, 2018
5639-CP7 IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V7000 Real-time Compression Software V7.5.x December 31, 2018
5639-CB7 IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V7000 Controller Software V7.5.x December 31, 2018
5639-XB7 IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V7000 Expansion Software V7.5.x December 31, 2018
5639-EB7 IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V7000 External Data Virtualization Software V7.5.x December 31, 2018
5639-ST7 IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software for Storwize V5000 V7.5.x December 31, 2018
5639-CT7 IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V5000 Controller Software V7.5.x December 31, 2018
5639-XT7 IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V5000 Expansion Software V7.5.x December 31, 2018
5639-ET7 IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V5000 External Data Virtualization Software V7.5.x December 31, 2018
5639-RB7 IBM FlashSystem® V9000 Software V7.5.x December 31, 2018
5639-FS7 IBM FlashSystem Software V7.5.x December 31, 2018
5639-FC7 IBM FlashSystem Real-Time Compression Software V7.5.x December 31, 2018
5639-FR7 IBM FlashSystem Remote Mirroring Software V7.5.x December 31, 2018
5639-FV7 IBM FlashSystem External Virtualization Software V7.5.x December 31, 2018

Effective April 30, 2019, IBM will withdraw support for the following programs licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement:

Program number

Program release nameWithdrawal from support date
5641-VC7 IBM Storwize Family Software for SAN Volume Controller V7.6.x April 30, 2019
5725-M19 IBM Storwize Family Software for SAN Volume Controller V7.6.x (for Passport Advantage) April 30, 2019
5641-CP7 IBM Storwize Family Software for SAN Volume Controller Real-time Compression Software V7.6.x April 30, 2019
5639-ST7 IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software for Storwize V5000 V7.6.x April 30, 2019
5639-CT7 IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V5000 Controller Software V7.6.x April 30, 2019
5639-XT7 IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V5000 Expansion Software V7.6.x April 30, 2019
5639-ET7 IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V5000 External Data Virtualization Software V7.6.x April 30, 2019
5639-RB7 IBM FlashSystem V9000 Software V7.6.x April 30, 2019
5639-FS7 IBM FlashSystem Software V7.6.x April 30, 2019
5639-FC7 IBM FlashSystem Real-Time Compression Software V7.6.x April 30, 2019
5639-FR7 IBM FlashSystem Remote Mirroring Software V7.6.x April 30, 2019
5639-FV7 IBM FlashSystem External Virtualization Software V7.6.x April 30, 2019

Version 7.6 is supported only on V7000 systems running behind V7000 Unified controllers. V7000 stand-alone systems must move to newer code versions.


Note: Support for all listed PIDs remains for version 7 above release 6.

Spectrum Virtualize Software for San Volume Controller V7.6 (5641-VC7 and 5641-CP7), Storwize V7000 V7.6 (5639-VM7, 5639-EV7, 5639-RM7, 5639-CP7, 5639-CB7, 5639- XB7, and 5639-EB7), Storwize V5000 V7.6 (5639-CT7, 5639-XT7, and 5639-ET7), and FlashSystem™ V7.6 (5639-RB7, 5639-FS7, 5639-FC7, 5639-FR7, and 5639-FV7) have been superseded by version 7.7, effective June 10, 2016. For details, refer to Software Announcement 216-212, dated May 24, 2016.


Note: The originally announced Spectrum Virtualize Software V7 product PIDs (5641-VC7, 5641-CP7, 5639-VM7, 5639- EV7, 5639-RM7, 5639-CP7, 5639-CB7, 5639-XB7, 5639-EB7, 5639-ST7, 5639-CT7, 5639- XT7, 5639-ET7, 5639-FS7, 5639-FC7, 5639-FR7, 5639-FV7, and 5639-RB7), Software Maintenance PIDs, and orderable features, remain in place and orderable for the current release.


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Software support discontinuance: IBM Spectrum Archive™ Enterprise Edition V1.1

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Overview

Effective September 30, 2018, IBM will withdraw support for the following program licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement:

Program numberProgram release nameWithdrawal from support date
5639-LP1 IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition V1.1 September 30, 2018


Note: Support for PID remains for version 1 above release 1.

Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition V1.1 (5639-LP1) has been superseded by version 1.2, effective December 18, 2015. For details, see Software Announcement 215-486, dated December 8, 2015.


Note: The originally announced V1, product PID 5639-LP1, Software Maintenance PIDs, and orderable features remain in place and orderable for the current release.


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Hardware withdrawal: IBM TS7620 ProtecTIER® Appliance feature - No replacement available

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Overview

Effective September 26, 2017,IBM will withdraw from marketing the following feature. On or after the effective date of withdrawal, you can no longer order this feature directly from IBM.

For new orders, the customer requested arrival date (CRAD) can be no later than October 26, 2017.

You can obtain this product 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.


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Hardware withdrawal: IBM POWER7® miscellaneous features; and Statement of direction for accelerated infrastructure for AI and HPC

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Overview

Effective September 26, 2017, December 29, 2017, and March 31, 2018,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.

Statement of direction

Cognitive, HPC, and high-performance data analytics workloads are driving an ever-growing set of data-intensive challenges that can be met with accelerated infrastructure. To help meet these demands, IBM Cognitive Systems intends to announce a next-generation AI, HPC, and high-performance data analytics server leveraging IBM's next-generation POWER® processor with embedded next-generation NVLink between the processor and the NVIDIA Tesla V100 with NVLink GPU. This integrated architecture is planned to enable differentiated acceleration for data and compute-intensive workloads that leverage high data throughput enabled by fast data transfer between CPU and GPU to supplement NVLink bandwidth between GPUs.

IBM's statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at IBM's sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it 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 our products remains at our sole discretion.

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