A Look at the Latest IBM Announcements
Here's what AIX/IBM Power Systems users should know about the latest announcements.
By Rob McNelly10/22/2019
Here are some details on a few announcements and updates that should be of particular interest to
AIX/IBM Power Systems users:
PowerHA SystemMirror V7.2.4 for AIX enhancements
- Cross-cluster verification: Compare the test cluster and validate that the new production cluster has the same configuration parameters as the preproduction test cluster.
- Availability metrics updates: With the availability metrics feature, PowerHA SystemMirror clients can see a timeline of events that have happened in the cluster, including the duration of each step. This release of the tool adds reports on configuration bottlenecks and historical averages.
- Smart Assist currency updates:
- Adds support for the latest version of the Smart Assist application.
- Enables support for the latest version of Spectrum Protect (IBM Tivoli Storage Manager) with PowerHA.
- Federated Security is enhanced to enable PowerHA SystemMirror commands that are not already supported for role-based access control (RBAC). Now the clmgr command returns a proper error if an unprivileged user performs an action that is not allowed. Commands currently enabled for RBAC can be tested for proper behavior on the basis of different PowerHA SystemMirror supported roles. Any deviation from proper behavior of RBAC-enabled commands will be fixed. An option is provided for users to list the commands that they are authorized to perform.
- IBM Db2: With PowerHA SystemMirror, users can configure IBM Db2 with multiple databases and create a new monitor for each database, enabling them to handle individual DB failures without impacting the other DBs in the multiple parallel DB configuration.
- Support for IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) role-based access: With this enhancement, users can configure a user name while adding an SVC cluster in PowerHA SystemMirror. The user name configured using the smit or clmgr command for an SVC cluster is used for all the SVC operations carried out for that particular SVC cluster.
- In addition, PowerHA V7.2.4 supports SVC 8.1. PowerHA SystemMirror V7.2.4 for AIX encrypts the various passwords stored in the configuration database. This ensures that passwords at rest are encrypted for security compliance requirements.
- Increases the maximum number of resource groups from 64 to 256.
- IBM WebSphere MQ listener support: Clients can configure PowerHA Smart Assist for WebSphere MQ to start, stop, and monitor WebSphere MQ listeners.
AIX 7.2 TL4
The IBM AIX operating system provides clients with an enterprise-class IT infrastructure that delivers the reliability, availability, security, performance, and scale that is required to be successful in the global economy. IBM AIX 7.2 TL4 provides the following enhancements:
- New levels of workload scalability
- New levels of OS security
- Enhanced scope and usability for AIX Live Update (high availability)
- New I/O features and storage enhancements
- File systems improvement
PowerSC Standard Edition V1.3
IBM Power SC provides a security and compliance solution that is optimized for virtualized
environments on IBM Power Systems servers. Security control and compliance are key components
needed to defend virtualized data centers and cloud infrastructure against evolving threats.
PowerSC Standard Edition V1.3 enhancements include:
- New built-in compliance profiles
- An SAP AIX hardening profile
- A US Department of Defense-Security Technical Implementation Guides for AIX 7 profile
- A Center for Internet Security (CIS) for AIX profile
- IBM i integration through a new IBM i compliance automation profile
- Support for alt-disk updates
- Improvements within the Patch Management Component
- Improvements within the reporting section
- Multifactor authentication enablement
Cloud Management Console (CMC) Monthly Term offering
IBM PowerVM V3.1.1, which delivers industrial-strength enterprise virtualization for IBM AIX, IBM
i, and Linux environments on IBM POWER processor-based systems, has expanded function and new
- IBM PowerVM Hypervisor has been updated with new features that include:
- Support for DRAM-backed persistent memory for faster VM restarts
- Enhanced SR-IOV and vNIC support
- LPM performance improvement
scaling enhancements, including:
- An increased number of NPIVs allowed per Fibre Channel port on the 32 GB Fibre Channel HBA. The current limit is 64, and more NPIVs per port will provide better utilization, density, and efficiency.
- NPIV multiqueue (VIOS server) for improved performance and scalability.
- Fibre Channel device labels for improved manageability.
- iSCSI performance enhancements.
- Improved VIOS Upgrade Tool capabilities.
- SSP network resiliency improvements.
- IBM i license key injection
- Hitachi GAD support
- Initiator storage tagging
- Live Partition Mobility (LPM) VMs to the original system after evacuation
- Ability to pin VMs to a specific host
- Ability to dynamically add PowerVC created VM to an HMC user resource role
- Inactive partition migration
- Image sharing between projects
- New restricted administrator assistance role, with no deletion access
- NovaLink support for multivolume attachment
- FlexVolume driver support for Red Hat OpenShift
- User mode NX accelerator enablement
- Support for SR-IOV logical ports in IBM i restricted I/O mode
- Injection of IBM i license keys
- Improved LPM error messages
- Ability to manage resource roles automatically in HMC
- Progress indicators for specific HMC commands
- Email notifications for scheduled operations
- IBM PowerSC Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) in-band support for HMC
service that connects to multiple HMCs and gives administrators an aggregate view of their entire
Power infrastructure. CMC has been updated with the following enhancements:
- Support for Enterprise Pools 2.0
- Cloud host options that include North America and Europe
Rob McNelly is a senior AIX solutions architect doing pre-sales and post-sales support for IBM Premier Business Partner Meridian IT Inc.