Currently there are several types of support available for the family of IBM Software Products. The following illustration outlines the progression of offerings.
All IBM customers are entitled to take advantage of the Electronic Support services available at http://www.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/. We offer a vast range of on-line service offerings designed to augment and enhance the value of your IT operation. With these resources and tools, our self-help software support Internet site will meet many of your support needs.
Self Help tools and resources are available to help you use IBM software products successfully. Some Self Help tools are offered as part of the software support contract.
General self-help capabilities include features like:
Support Foundation offerings provide comprehensive, high quality remote technical support to your IT organization. Remote technical support allows you to obtain assistance from IBM for suspected defects and product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of currently supported IBM software products. These offerings do not extend the announced end of service date (program services) and the remote technical support included in this offering will be provided until the end of service date for a product. Support Foundation offerings are not intended as end-user help desk support.
Support Foundation offerings supplement your support staff skills by providing telephone or electronic access to IBM's technical support knowledgebase(s) and technical product specialists.
Assistance provided by Support Foundation offerings
Support Foundation offerings provide:
Support Foundation offerings
Maintenance acquired through Passport Advantage or Passport Advantage Express
Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express are comprehensive IBM offerings that cover software license acquisition, product upgrades and technical support under a single, common set of agreements, processes and tools. To ensure our customers always have access to the latest version of their software and to remote technical support, Subscription and Support is included in the license acquisition for all distributed software products and is renewable on an annual basis.
Technical support offers customers an integrated technical support solution for IBM distributed software. In addition to the Support Foundation features, the following are also included:
IBM's Software Maintenance for System i and System p software
IBM Software Maintenance offerings for System i and System p provide comprehensive coverage for software license acquisition, product upgrades and technical support under a single, common set of agreements, processes and tools. To ensure our customers always have access to the latest version of their software and to remote technical support, Software Maintenance is included in the license acquisition for all System i and System p operating systems and associated software products, and is renewable on an annual basis.
IBM Software Secure Support via U.S. Citizens
IBM Software Secure Support via U.S. Citizens complements the prerequisite IBM Software Maintenance for AIX, IBM Maintenance for LPPs and Support Line for Storage by providing standard IBM software support exclusively by U.S. citizens who are located in the United States. Data analysis and call data can be contained at your request in an isolated network within a facility that meets U.S. Government security specifications. In this offering:
There is a corresponding application and middleware offering described in Appendix A.
Program Services is a support element of some IBM products that allows you to report suspected IBM defects to IBM. While Program Services is primarily the purview of zOS, some non-zOS and OS/390 products purchased before 2003 included some form of Program Services, such as the ability to report defects by fax or mail. Check your program license for details. Program Services do not supply all the elements of Foundation Support, but services as the basis for the services that complete the package.
IBM System z (zOS) software
Program Services support for most Series z/OS products includes remote problem support for defects in IBM code and publications via telephone (voice), and electronic access. This support is available until such time as it is withdrawn with at least 6 months notice via an IBM announcement letter. IBM will provide prime shift, remote technical assistance for IBM defects at no additional cost to you. Support for critical IBM defect problems is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
IBM Subscription & Support offering for selected mainframe products (S&S)
Some System z products are only sold as one time charge, unlike the recurring charge products that predominate the platform. These products have a separate subscription and support offering. If purchased, this offering provides for the same level of support as Program Services. It also includes future releases and versions. Without the support and subscription offering, the only support available is self help from the Internet.
IBM offers Subscription and Support for one time charge mainframe products as a separately purchased offering. This offering:
A third type of product on the Series z platform is one that is intended to be installed and run on any platform. Such products carry the support characteristics of the distributed platforms (described below).
Distributed platform software products
(System p, System i, System x, Intel and non-IBM platforms)
Products for platforms other than System z do not include program services, but include some level of enhanced services for a period of time. The Support Foundation section outlines these enhanced services.
IBM's Support Line (or equivalent services by country)
The Support Line offering provides support for those operating systems and associated products that are not available with the Passport Advantage Subscription and Support or Software Maintenance offerings. Having Subscription and Support, Software Maintenance and Support Line will ensure total support coverage for your enterprise needs, including IBM and selected non-IBM products.
Refer to the Supported Products List for the Support Groups and products supported in your geography, at http://www.ibm.com/services/sl/products. More information is available at http://www.ibm.com/services/us/index.wss/so/its/a1000030. Please check with your local country representative to make sure Support is announced in your country. Changes are made periodically to reflect new products added and products that are no longer supported.
IBM's SoftwareXcel for System z customers in the United States
SoftwareXcel (enterprise edition) provides:
Please refer to http://www.ibm.com/services/us/index.wss/so/its/a1000185 for more information.
IBM Canada Layers of Support
IBM Canada has created a table showing the types of support available in the different tiers of support. This table will help understand what type of support you need to solve a particular type of problem. See IBM Canada Services Layers.
IBM Selected Support Offering
(support-only offering for designated IBM no-charge and non-IBM products)
The Selected Support offering is available for designated no-charge IBM and non-IBM products. Often support-only offerings are made available for products or offering code that is developed and delivered through the open source community. The open source business model is built on the concept of free and frictionless access to technology with optional paid support. In the open source business model, the product is available at no charge to download and use so customers can begin development, testing and deployment at no cost. The offering code could be available from an IBM website, or from the applicable third party provider.
The Selected Support offerings are purchased via an annual subscription and are available for purchase through Passport Advantage or Passport Advantage Express.
Refer to Appendix A for more detailed offering information.
Designated Programs eligible for Selected Support are listed at:
These Programs currently include things such as:
Premium Support offerings are services that provide both additional and specialized support on Operating Systems, Applications or Middleware products. Premium Support offerings focus on the vertical depth of support, and feature a personalized relationship with our technical experts, on-site assistance and knowledge transfers as well as horizontal breadth for multi-product and multi-vendor IT environments to maximize IT infrastructure availability.
Premium Support provides:
Premium Support offerings include:
Refer to Appendix A for more information about the availability in your geography.
IBM Account Advocate, for U.S. customers
This optional fee feature provides you with remote telephone or electronic access to an account advocate team which will assist you with coordination and escalation of reported problems for products you have covered by Support Line. Account Advocate support extends to distributed middleware products supported on the operating systems covered by Account Advocate and covered by IBM Subscription and Support. This feature is available during prime shift only. Contact your IBM representative for additional information.
For more information on Account Advocate services and the products to which
it applies, visit:
IBM Enhanced Technical Support (ETS) for U.S., Canadian and European customers
Enhanced Technical Support (ETS) offers an integrated approach for proactive, coordinated support for multi-product and multi-vendor IT environments, including Hardware, Software, Application, Middleware, Server and Storage platforms, on top of standard annuity support offerings, to meet the increasing needs for higher IT infrastructure availability at an effective cost.
ETS provides proactive recommendations and guidance to pre-empt problems, and enhanced problem management to improve availability across the whole HW & SW IT infrastructure.
ETS services are built around three value propositions:
ETS covers common IT infrastructure support, including IBM Server and Storage platforms, IBM Middleware and strategic OEM products, like Linux and Microsoft.
ETS offers several enhanced priority support capabilities on top of the standard basic support offerings such as HW & SW Maintenance, Support Line, and Passport Advantage.
For more information on ETS and additional support services visit
US & Canada: http://www.ibm.com/services/us/index.wss/offering/its/a1009019
IBM Software Accelerated Value Program
Previously known as IBM Software Premium Support, IBM Software Accelerated Value Program is a customized solution that helps you to efficiently accelerate from software purchase to software ROI. Accelerated Value complements Subscription and Support and provides value to you through proactive services, knowledge sharing, and problem management. This program has been designed with an approach to allow flexibility in the level of service needed to align with the Client's business goals.
Accelerated Value helps boost our clients' business success through every aspect of their IT life cycle infrastructure and assists in expediting their return on investment. Our clients see substantial value in a combination of the following proactive deliverables, previously available from the Premium Support program:
To further evolve our proactive service, the Accelerated Value program may also include the following value-add deliverables:
Customers can purchase the IBM Software Accelerated Value Program for many IBM products. A list of the products covered can be found at: http://www.ibm.com/software/support/acceleratedvalue/productfamily.html
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IBM Custom Technical Support for System I and System p operating system software
Custom Technical Support for System i and System p software provides customers with an additional specialized proactive support, enhanced problem management and performance reports, and an assigned Technical Solutions Manager on AIX and i5/OS Operation Systems. This service:
Refer to Appendix A for more information about the availability in your geography.
Further IBM Premium Support Services for customers in Japan and the Asia Pacific region
Further Premium Support Services are available in Asia Pacific and Japan at an additional fee. Most of these offerings provide you with an integrated problem management approach, on-site assistance, faster response times and/or extended preventive/proactive services.
For more information on availability and additional support services, contact the IBM representative for your region.
Custom Requirements services are optional services that are available to you for an additional fee. They can be customized to fit your individual needs. Designed to provide additional value, these offerings are aimed at clients who run business critical systems, need high availability and need to minimize system downtime. The offerings are focused on the client's environment, are often proactive so as to focus on problem avoidance and are tailored to meet the needs of each client and their environment.
Complete information about IBM's Support Family of Services for most countries can be found on the Internet at:
Support Without a Contract
The most basic form of support is to use IBM's Electronic Support
provided via the Internet. We offer a vast range of on-line options and services designed to
augment and enhance the value of your IT operation. With these resources and
tools, our support sites are likely to meet most of your needs.
For Electronic Support on operating systems, middleware, programming languages, and most application software the IBM Software Support homepage is available at http://www.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/.
Product Warranty and Program Services Support
For most IBM Mainframe platform software products, you are entitled to report IBM defects during normal business hours (and offshift for critical problems) by voice or electronic and will receive assistance in identifying the source of the IBM defect, as long as the product release is current. Should the problem turn out to be a defect in IBM code, we will issue defect correction information, a restriction, or a bypass per the IBM Customer Agreement (the document that covers mainframe software). Beyond the self help provided via the Internet, Installation support, problem source identification support (beyond IBM defect) and support for Q&As is delivered as part of fee services. As long as the product is current, you are entitled to receive fixes for defects and release upgrades.
Most IBM Distributed (non-S/390) platform software is provided with the first year of Subscription and Support included, giving you the ability to report suspected defects by phone or electronically (where available), get installation and Q&A support, fixes for IBM defects, and product release and version upgrades. If you elect to not renew the Subscription and Support when it expires, your support is limited to self help from the internet.