Software enables 2-way SMP virtual machines.

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With VMware Virtual SMP, users can consolidate resource-intensive applications onto high-performance eserver xSeries® and BladeCenter(TM) servers to maximize computing resources. Add-on module to VMware ESX Server 2 makes it possible for one virtual machine to span multiple physical processors, allowing multiple processors to work in parallel, while using single guest operating system image.



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VMware Virtual SMP enables two-way SMP virtual machines for VMware ESX Server 2



At a glance

With VMware Virtual SMP1, you can consolidate the most resource-intensive applications onto high-performance xSeries and BladeCenter servers to maximize computing resources and help reduce total cost of ownership.

Overview

VMware Virtual SMP and VMware ESX Server 2 processor upgrades are now available for order through IBM for use on IBM eserver xSeries® and BladeCenter(TM) servers.

VMware Virtual SMP is an add-on module to VMware ESX Server 2 that makes it possible for a single virtual machine to span multiple physical processors. VMware Virtual SMP allows multiple processors to work in parallel while using only a single guest operating system image, making it ideal for the most resource-intensive applications.

With VMware ESX Server 2 processor upgrades, you can leverage the xSeries XpandOnDemand architecture and grow the number of processors in use by VMware ESX Server 2. You can increase the number of physical processors used by existing VMware ESX Server 2 licenses.

Support is also separately available from IBM for VMware ESX Server, Virtual SMP, and VMware ESX Server processor upgrades, operating systems, and selected applications.

1 IBM makes no representations or warranties regarding third-party products or services. Some software may differ from its retail version (if available); and may not include user manuals or all program function. Software license agreements may apply.

Planned availability date

December 11, 2003

Description

Meeting server consolidation challenges

Run applications which can take advantage of SMP processing with VMware Virtual SMP

Easily increase the number of processors VMware ESX Server can use through VMware ESX Server processor upgrades

VMware Virtual SMP is an add-on module to VMware ESX Server 2 that makes it possible for a single virtual machine to span multiple physical processors. VMware Virtual SMP allows multiple processors to work in parallel while using only a single guest operating system image, making it ideal for the most resource-intensive applications.

With VMware ESX Server 2 processor upgrades, you can leverage the xSeries Expand-On-Demand architecture while growing the number of processors in use by VMware ESX Server 2. You can increase the number of physical processors used by existing VMware ESX Server 2 licenses.

Benefits

IBM fee-based service and support:

Support for VMware ESX Virtual SMP, Microsoft(TM) Windows(TM), and Linux operating systems and key application software.

24 x 7 telephone coverage available - availability of other coverage hours may differ by country.

Software Update Subscription for fixes, updates, and new releases (first-year subscription included with purchase price)

Reference information

IBM Remote Technical Support Services - ServicePac® for xSeries with VMware

End-to-end hardware and software support is available for your xSeries or IntelliStation® solution. Coverage includes IBM Director, Microsoft Windows, Linux operating systems, and VMware. Access to the answers you need is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for severity 1 problems and Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in your local time zone for all other questions and problems. With unlimited calls and unlimited callers, anyone at your company can call as often as needed and receive quick and efficient responses. Highlights of the offering include:

Toll-free access to live technical experts

Unlimited calls and unlimited callers

Fast, precise answers and problem resolution

Hardware, software, and services support from a single source

Competitively priced, predictable support costs - one-time fee for one year of support

Packaged on a per-system basis

For more information, visit:

http://1.ibm.com/services/its/us/remotesupportxseries.html

IBM Operational Support Services - Support Line

Support Line is an annuity service that provides unlimited calls and unlimited callers at a fixed price. You are provided with the flexibility to choose which support groups (select operating systems, software, and hardware products) meet your business coverage needs. Basic support includes prime-shift coverage, defined as normal business hours, Monday through Friday, excluding national holidays. If you require support beyond prime-shift hours, IBM offers extended/full-shift coverage for support around the clock. Highlights of the offering include:

Toll-free and electronic access

Unlimited calls and unlimited callers

Packaged in ranges of servers or processors

Supported product groups include:

Microsoft (operating system and applications, including VMware)

Linux (operating system and applications, including VMware)

Linux clusters (operating system and applications)

Storage area networks and network attached storage (SAN/NAS)

Disk and tape

Support for operating systems and applications running on OEM hardware

For more information, visit:

http://1.ibm.com/services/its/us/supportline.html
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Description number

VMware software support -- 1 CPU 96P2704

VMware software support -- 2 CPUs 96P2705

VMware software support -- 4 or more CPUs 96P2706

Support Line support offerings are also available.

Additional offerings

Account Advocate provides a single support interface for remote support.

Microsoft Authorized Premier Support (MAPS) combines tools and resources of both IBM and Microsoft.

Advanced Support provides the highest level of remote support available through IBM.

For more information on any of these offerings, visit:

http://3.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-43272

Trademarks

BladeCenter is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.

The e-business logo, xSeries, ServicePac, and IntelliStation are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.

Windows and Microsoft are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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