10.5. Power Systems

10.5.1. Menu Overview

10.5.1.1. Overview

  • This menu is a service that enables Customers to use IBM i, AIX operating system, IBM software license audit (license audit) by ILMT, EDI function (external connection gateway) by using Collocation Inter-Connectivity (CIC) of NI+C Cloud Power provided by Nippon Information & Communication Corporation (hereafter NI+C) and ECL2.0.

  • IBM, POWER, Power, Power and Power Systems are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation.

10.5.1.2. Features of the menu

  • It can connect Windows / Linux web and application servers deployed on ECL2.0 with IBM i and AIX by high-speed and low-latency L2 connection.


10.5.2. Available Functions

10.5.2.1. IBM i

  • It provides a compute environment consisting of CPU, memory, LPAR of assigned disk capacity, LAN port, IBM i Operating System (version: V7R2, V7R3).

  • This service will hand over QSECOFR which is the IBM i Operating System Provisioning User Profile, to the customer. After the hand-over, from the system security viewpoint, NTT Com will not manage the password of this account.

  • Just in case NTT Com has to login to IBM i / AIX for representative work or troubleshooting support, Customers are requested to create a user profile (NCOMOPE) in advance for maintenance by NTT Com.

  • The corresponding user profile should be “disabled” during the period when Customers do not want to permit NTT Com to login, and should be switched to “active” by Customers at the time of work approval. Customers are requested to manage the password for NCOMOPE user profile when it is disabled, and to change the password to the one written in the Service Start Guide and notify it to NTT Com at the time of work approval.

  • In this service, NTTCom applies PTF to IBM i operating system depends on customer’s request. Customer needs to create a user profile temporary and send it to NTTCom for representative work.

  • This service provides installation service on Customers’ behalf, of LAN console application (V7R2:IBM i Access for Windows , V7R3:Access Client Solutions) used for administration work such as restricted state of IBM i to Customers’ ECL compute resources.

  • IBM i includes the following license.

Abbr.

Name

Types

Function Overview

The number of users

SS1 IBM i OS

IBM i usage environment

Unlimited

  Media & Storage Extensions

OS option

Optional functions required when using BR1

Unlimited

  HA Journal Performance

OS option

Optional function to improve performance when using journals for HA purposes

Unlimited

IP1 IBM Infoprint Server for iSeries

PDF generation

Function to convert forms to PDF

Unlimited

WE2 Web Enablement for i5/OS WAS

Websphere Application Server Express version

Unlimited

XT2 XML Toolkit for IBM System i5 XML

Toolkit for XML

Unlimited

FN1 IBM Advanced Function Printing DBCS Fonts for AS/400

Printing related

Font set to be used together with AF1 and IP1

Unlimited

BR1 IBM Backup Recovery and Media Services for i

Backup tool

Backup tool to manage storage / restoration and storage media

Unlimited

PT1 IBM Performance Tools for i

Performance analysis

Ability to acquire / analyze performance data

Unlimited

QU1 IBM Query for i

Inquiry tool

Data query tool

Unlimited

10.5.2.2. IBM i option

(Additional Compute Resources)

  • NTT Com can provide OS version upgrade and release upgrade.

  • Various licenses can be added and provided.

  • Additional compute resources can be added and provided.


(Additional PTF applicable)

  • Alternate work of applying patch (PTF) to IBM i (in LPAR units)


(OS version upgrade)

  • Version of IBM i, release upgrade substitution work (can be applied only at the initial transition)


(Virtual tape library volume)

  • A virtual tape library volume that can be used as an external storage destination of backup data by IBM i (LTO 3 emulation)

  • The volume will be selected from the 400 GB type equivalent to 6 400 GB cartridges or the 1.6 TB type equivalent to 12 TB cartridges.


(Virtual tape library volume remote copy)

  • Remote copy of virtual tape library


(IBM i Additional License)

  • Added various function licenses to be set for IBM i

Abbr.

Name

Types

Function Overview

lower limit

upper limit

WDS IBM Rational Development Studio for i

Development tools

Program development support function. · Heritage compiler · ILE compiler · Application development support tool set (ADTS)

0 100
     

Heritage compiler (single unit)

0 100
     

ILE compiler (single unit)

0 100
     

ADTS (single unit)

0 100
WQX IBM Web Query for System i

Inquiry tool

Web-based query tool with DB2 Web Query, Administrator, Developer User, Runtime Group, Developer Workbench

0 20
DB1 S/38 Utilities for System i

Development tools

System / 38 compatible compiler

0 1

10.5.2.3. AIX

  • It provides a compute environment consisting of CPU, memory, LPAR of assigned disk capacity, LAN port, AIX operating system (version: AIX6.1: TL9SP6, AIX7.1: TL3SP5, AIX7.2: TL00SP1).

  • This service hands over the root user who provisions the AIX operating system, to the customer after setting a random password. After the hand-over, from the system security viewpoint, NTT Com will not manage the password of this account.

  • If maintenance work etc. requires work by the root user, NTT Com will borrow the root user and carry out the work.

  • Patching to the AIX operating system is not included in this service.


10.5.2.4. AIX option

(Additional Compute Resources)

  • Additional compute resources can be added and provided.


(Virtual tape library volume)

  • A virtual tape library volume that can be used as an external storage destination of backup data by AIX (LTO 3 emulation)

  • The volume will be selected from the 400 GB type equivalent to 6 400 GB cartridges or the 1.6 TB type equivalent to 12 TB cartridges.


(Virtual tape library volume remote copy)

  • Remote copy of virtual tape library


(Additional license for AIX)

  • HA license can be added and provided.

Abbr.

Name

Types

Function Overview

The number of users

H39 PowerHA OS

Provide HA function in AIX

Unlimited


10.5.2.5. Operation support

IBM i

  • Periodically checks the error log of the OS and dedicated function section and notifies by e-mail in case of abnormality. (Check error log)

  • Always stores performance data (usage situation of CPU, memory, disk, and NW) for one day, and acquires usage situation of monthly peak day specified by user to confirm that the recommended values are not exceeded. If exceeded, notifies by email. (Periodic performance check)


AIX

  • Monitors usage rate of CPU, memory and disk. Checks if set threshold values are exceeded. Notifies by email if exceeded. (Periodic performance monitoring)


10.5.2.6. LTO tape mount

  • Performs the task of mounting the LTO on which Customers have saved the data for migration onto the Power Compute Resources (up to 2 times, initial + difference).

  • It can be used for IBMi and AIX.


10.5.2.7. External connection gateway

  • It provides gateway functions for EDI to exchange transaction information etc. with business partner companies.

  • Customers can convert and interconnect the protocol (server connection) with IBM i / AIX provided by this service and the protocol (external connection) with business partner. Selectable protocols are as follows.

Classification

 

protocol

Server connection

 
Total silver TCP / IP (partner start)
Total silver TCP / IP (center activated)
FTP
    HULFT

External connection

INS line

JCA / Total silver BSC (opponent start)
JCA / Total Silver BSC (Center Launch)
Total silver TCP / IP (partner start)
Total silver TCP / IP (center activated)
 

NI + C EDIPACK service connection

 
  • If the customer needs to change the form of the data format, the customer can provide an external connection to the format change service (EDIPACK service) provided by NI + C. (Separately, a contract between the customer and NI + C is necessary)

  • The INS line the customer uses is a shared line under the name of NI + C.

  • Please use this menu for HULFT license itself. https://ecl.ntt.com/en/documents/service-descriptions/rsts/hulft.html


10.5.2.8. License audit report

  • This service creates an audit report every month of IBM i or AIX provided by this service and of IBM software licenses installed on ECL 2.0 Dedicated Hyper Visor and on Windows and RHEL on Virtual Machines on Dedicated Hyper Visor.

  • Providing this menu is only available if your IBM Software Passport Advantage contract is contracted via NI + C.

  • In case of interconnection using ECL2.0 and ECL2.0 CIC, IBM software licenses purchased as sub-capacity licenses and installed on ECL 2.0 Hyper Visor and on Windows and RHEL on Virtual Machines can be the target of the audit report.

  • NTT Com collects the information necessary for audit every month between this service using the IBM License Metric Tool (hereafter ILMT) and the ILMT agent application and provides an audit report file. Customers can download the file by FTP connection.

  • Subscription of ILMT server will be accepted for every one hundred (100) agents.

  • Installation and configuration of the ILMT agent application should be made by Customers.

  • This service will create a report on the premise that the agent operates normally. When the customer stops the agent etc, it may not be able to acquire the information correctly.

  • Depending on the specifications of ILMT software, the contents of the provided report may differ from the actual application types and applications to be audited. If modification of the audit report is required, please contact the Information Window.

  • Version upgrade of the license audit server will be made separately on a chargeable basis according to Customers’ judgment. Information on version upgrade will be notified in a file in the download folder for the audit report.

  • In this service, NTT Com doesn’t guarantee the generation storage of the reports that NTT Com provides, so Customers are advised to download, save and manage the reports on their own responsibility.

  • When providing this menu, it is necessary to conclude “Agreement on Program Access by Third Party” by Customers, IBM Japan Ltd. and Nippon Information Technology Corporation in order to obtain license of ILMT software by NTT Com.

  • NTT Com will start the procedure after receiving the subscription order of this menu. The number of days required for concluding this agreement is not included in the delivery date.


Target environments for ILMT support on ECL are as follows.

Server type

hypervisor

OS

Dedicated hypervisor

vSphere ESXi Windows Server 2012 R2
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1
  Hyper-V Windows Server 2012 R2
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1

Condition for provision of target servers (to install the agent) for License Audit Report

When using this service, the following permission settings of the communication should be added if the customer uses ILMT client and OS standard Firewall of the host server.

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No Source

Set Destination

Port No TCP/UDP Action Service

1

ILMT client

ILMT server

52311 TCP Permit HTTPS

1

ILMT client

ILMT server

ICMP Permit Ping

2

ILMT server

ILMT client

52311 UDP Permit

3

ILMT server

vCenter host

443 TCP Permit HTTPS

3

ILMT server

Hyper-V host

5986 TCP Permit HTTPS


license audit server version upgrade

  • Version upgrade of the license audit server will be made according to Customers’ judgment.

  • Information on version upgrade will be notified in the file in the download folder of the audit report. If you decide that the version upgrade is necessary, please make sure to contact the Information Window.

  • For version upgrade work of ILMT agent application already installed on Customers’ server, Customers are requested to do it by themselves.

  • For changes on Customers’ agent-installed server (increase/decrease of target servers, support for version upgrade, etc.), please make sure to contact the Information Window.


10.5.3. Menu

10.5.3.1. Compute Resources

Menu

type

Unit

Assigned performance

IBM i

Standard

1 LPAR

CPW:810, Memory:4GB, ASP:200GB

 

Burst (S type)

1 LPAR

CPW:1350, Memory:6GB, ASP:300GB

 

Burst (M type)

1 LPAR

CPW:2700, Memory:10GB, ASP:400GB

 

Burst (L type)

1 LPAR

CPW:4050, Memory:16GB, ASP:600GB

 

Burst (XL type)

1 LPAR

CPW:6750, Memory:32GB, ASP:1000GB

 

Burst (pool type)

1 pool

CPW:13500, Memory:32GB、ASP:1000GB

AIX

Standard

1 LPAR

CPU:0.5core, Memory:1GB, Disk:100GB

 

pool

1 pool

CPU:2core, Memory:10GB, Disk:1000GB

Network

ECL connection gateway (1 G)

1 connection

1 Gbps CIC connection

10.5.3.2. Optional

Menu

type

 

Unit

IBM i

Additional compute resources

CPW 135CPW
   

Memory

1GB
    ASP 100GB
 

Additional compute resources (pool type)

CPW 13,500CPW
   

Memory

32GB
    ASP 1,000GB
 

Additional PTF application

  1
 

OS version upgrade

  1
 

Virtual tape library volume

400 GB type

1
   

1.6 TB type

1
 

Virtual tape library volume remote copy

  1 LPAR

IBM i Additional License

WDS   1 LPAR
 

Heritage compiler (single unit)

  10 LPAR
 

ILE compiler (single unit)

  10 LPAR
 

ADTS (single unit)

  10 LPAR
  WQX   1 LPAR
  DB1   1 LPAR
AIX

Additional compute resources

CPU

0.1 Core

   

Memory

1GB
   

Disk

100GB

AIX additional license

Power HA license

 

1 license

Operational support (IBM i)

Error log check

  1 LPAR
 

Periodic performance check

  1 LPAR

Operation support (AIX)

Periodic performance monitoring

 

1 set

LTO tape mount

    1 LPAR

External connection gateway

Server connection

 

1 server

 

External connection (INS connection)

 

1 Destination

 

External connection (NI + C EDIPACK connection)

 

1 Destination

License audit report

   

1 Report

10.5.4. Subscription

  • Customers can place subscription order via Portal after inquiry via our sales representative.

10.5.4.1. Standard delivery time

Item

Standard delivery time

New

25 business days

Compute resource (change)

10 business days

External connection gateway (new · change)

10 business days

License audit report (new / changed)

30 business days


10.5.5. Terms And Conditions

  • For the Power Compute resource, select one compute resource type for each logical partition (LPAR). However, except for the pool type.

  • The compute resource type is a standard in which the compute resource allocated to 1 LPAR is fixed and a burst type that can utilize CPU resources exceeding the set amount to LPAR according to availability of the service equipment at best effort is selected.

  • In case of selection to pool to the compute resource type, allocation of CPU, memory, ASP/disk to LPAR can be set arbitrary within the range between the upper and lower limits, in the same unit as the additional resource pool.

  • Pool type and other types can not be mixed in one server segment.

  • If the customers are already using ECL and there are no unused segments, the customers need to sign an additional segment for this service.

  • To use IBM i, ECL compute resource which enables configuration and use of LAN console environment, and contract of Windows license are required.

  • CPW refers to the CPW value of currently available Power8 processors. When CPU changes, the additional unit may be changed.

  • NTT Com designates the name of LPAR.

10.5.5.1. Conditions for This Service in Combining with Other Services

Virtual server for LAN console(IBMi)

If IBM i is used, the spec of ECL compute resources required to configure LAN console application are as follows.

Item

Performance value

Compute Resources

Using virtual server service
  • CPU resource: 1 GHz

  • Memory resource: 1GB

  • Storage resource: 80 GB

  • Windows License:Windows server 2012 R2


10.5.5.2. Available Regions

Region

JP1 (Kanto)

JP2 (Kansai)

10.5.5.3. Parameter

Parameters shown below will be decided and set by NTT Com. Their change by Customers is not possible.

Item

Parameter

Notes

Management of IP address for the latter half of server segment / 25 bits (sequential assignment from older numbers)

/ 24, in principle, this service uses / 25 from the back.

 
(When using IBMi)
LAN console (application)

LAN console session such as destination address, partition information

 
(When using IBMi)
Maintenance environment settings for VM Console VM

Windows account for maintainer

 
(When using IBMi)
IP address to be assigned to LAN Console

Server segment .253

Set necessary routing information for maintenance to OS of LAN console VM

IP address to be assigned to IBM i

/25, the fourth octet within .128 ~ .255, reserved for management, from .251 to .254, between .128 and .250, NTT Com allocates it

Two IP addresses for OS and LAN console for each LPAR are used.

IP address to be assigned to AIX

/25, the fourth octet within .128 ~ .255, reserved for management, from .251 to .254, between .128 and .250, NTT Com allocates it

One IP address for OS for each LPAR is used.

Initial password of the user profile who provisions IBM i Operating System assigned to IBM i

Decide arbitrarily

It will be notified by “Start Guide”. If the notification is received, change the password as soon as possible, and manage the key by yourself.

AIX operating system rules assigned to AIX Initial password of accoun

Decide arbitrarily

It will be notified by “Start Guide”. If the notification is received, change the password as soon as possible, and manage the key by yourself.

Reserved IP address

169.254.0.0 / 17 and 172.31.0.0 / 17 are used by this service.

Reserve as IP address used by common function gateway, license audit report and external connection gateway service

Reserved VLAN ID

290, 321, 330, and 3000 to 3999 are used by this service.

 

10.5.6. Pricing

10.5.6.1. Initial Fee

It is required in some option menus and operation support menu.
Operations of Baremetal Server that constitutes the Power Systems and of virtual server conform to each menu.

10.5.6.2. Monthly Fee

Fixed Monthly billing is applied.


10.5.7. Quality of service

10.5.7.1. Support contents

  • In this menu, NTT Com will resolve and restore events related to Power Systems’ failure events.

  • Operations of Dedicated Hypervisor that constitutes the Power Systems and of virtual server conform to each menu.


10.5.7.2. Planning maintenance

  • Information on the maintenance of Power Systems will be provided before one month in advance.
    Regarding the external connection gateway and license audit report, the maintenance frame is from 23 o’clock Sunday to 05 o’clock Monday.

10.5.8. Restrictions

10.5.8.1. Upper and lower limits of compute resources

(IBM i)

Item

Upper limit per LPAR

Upper limit per pool

Lower limit per LPAR when using pool type

CPU

27,000 CPW (2 cores)

27,000 CPW (2 cores)

675 CPW (0.05 core)

Memory

64GB 64GB

more than 2GB

ASP 10TB 10TB 100GB

Virtual tape library volume

1

Virtual tape library additional cartridge

1

ECL connection gateway

1

LTO tape mount

1

Network segment

4

(AIX)

Item

Upper limit per LPAR

Lower limit per LPAR

CPU

6 Cores

0.5 Core

Memory

64GB 1GB

Storage (disk)

10TB 100GB

Drive image

10 TB x 1 (Drive size can be specified)

Virtual tape library volume

1

Virtual tape library additional cartridge

2

ECL connection gateway

1

LTO tape mount

1

Network segment

4 1

10.5.8.2. Other upper limit

Number of LPARs

The upper limit of the sum of AIX and IBM i is as follows.

Item

Maxims

Number of LPARs

63

10.5.8.3. External connection gateway

Item

Maxims

Number of destinations

10

10.5.8.4. License audit report

Item

Maxims

Number of agents

100

10.5.8.5. Resource change after starting use of LPAR (including pool type)

(IBM i)

Change target

Change Contents

Yes/No

Necessity of stopping LAPR

CPU

Increase

Enabled

Unnecessary

 

Decrease

Enabled

Unnecessary

Memory

Increase

Enabled

Unnecessary

 

Decrease

Enabled

Stop necessary

ASP

Increase

Enabled

Unnecessary

 

Decrease

Enabled

Stop necessary

license

Add (or Create anew)

Enabled

Unnecessary

 

Delete

Enabled

Unnecessary

Virtual tape library volume

Add (or Create anew)

Enabled

Unnecessary

 

Delete

Enabled

Unnecessary

Virtual tape library volume remote copy

Add (or Create anew)

Enabled

Unnecessary

 

Delete

Enabled

Unnecessary

(AIX)

Change target

Change Contents

Yes/No

Required LPAR stop

CPU

Increase

Enabled

Unnecessary

 

Decrease

Enabled

Unnecessary

Memory

Increase

Enabled

Unnecessary

 

Decrease

Enabled

Stop necessary

Disk

Increase

Enabled

Unnecessary

 

Decrease

Enabled

Stop necessary

license

Add (or Create anew)

Enabled

Unnecessary

 

Delete

Enabled

Unnecessary