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Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing enhanced for select IBM WebSphere z/OS IPLA programs, making it easier than ever to start new projects on z/OS

IBM United States Software Announcement 209-162
April 28, 2009

 
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IBM Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing for z/OS® offers entry pricing for customers with select z/OS International Program License Agreement (IPLA) programs and the applicable Subscription and Support annual maintenance charge.

Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing helps you:

  • Deploy small projects on z/OS with improved price/performance
  • Provide greater software licensing flexibility by improving alignment between software usage and software charges
  • Increase LPAR capacity without changing software charges for a constant workload
  • Transition smoothly to traditional sub-capacity pricing as workload grows

Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing enhancements include:

  • Lowering required software license capacity compared to previously announced Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing
  • Reducing required software license capacity impact of an increase in software usage
  • Significantly increasing the project workload size that can qualify for the offering from the previous maximum LPAR utilization percentage of 10% to 50%

For a list of the programs eligible for Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing, refer to z/OS programs eligible for Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing in the Description section.

Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing enhancements deliver greater price/performance and additional flexibility for options described in the initial IBM Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing announcement for z/OS IPLA programs and IBM Sub-capacity pricing announcement for z/OS IPLA programs.

For information, refer to:

  • Software Announcement 208-088, dated April 22, 2008
  • Software Announcement 204-184, dated August 10, 2004

 
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Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing is available for eligible z/OS IPLA programs that have implemented sub-capacity pricing for Workload License Charges (WLC) or Entry Workload License Charges (EWLC) offerings.

All zSeries® and System z® processors are eligible.

Installation and use of the Sub-Capacity Reporting Tool (SCRT) V17.1.0 is required.

Refer to the Description section for a full listing of eligible products and requirements.


 
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Planned effective date for Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing

The earliest effective date for Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing based on Sub-capacity Reporting Tool (SCRT) reporting is for System Management Facilities (SMF) data collected starting on May 2, 2009. SCRT V17.1.0 has been enhanced to report on Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing and has a planned availability date of May 11, 2009.

The earliest date IBM will accept customer reports using SCRT V17.1.0 is for the reporting period of May 2, 2009, to June 1, 2009.


 
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Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing offers entry pricing for customers with select z/OS IPLA programs and the applicable Subscription and Support annual maintenance charge.

Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing offers you the ability to acquire less than standard required license capacity when you are getting started with your new application deployment on z/OS. The enhancements to Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing enable you to qualify for this offering for up to 50% of the LPAR utilization consumed by the workload, which was previously 10%. If you wish to acquire System z IPLA products under Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing, you first need to determine the eligibility and qualification of the product for the special pricing.

Determining eligibility for Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing

Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing requires implementation of:

  • Workload License Charges (WLC)
  • Entry Workload License Charges (EWLC)

Machines with either sub-capacity WLC or sub-capacity EWLC are eligible for Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing on eligible z/OS IPLA programs.

z/OS programs eligible for Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing

  • WebSphere® Application Server for z/OS V6.1 (5655-N01) Service level 16*
  • WebSphere Application Server for z/OS V7.0 (5655-N02)
  • WebSphere Extended Deployment on z/OS V6.1 (5655-P28)
  • WebSphere Extended Deployment for z/OS V6.1 by individual components (5655-S33)
  • Websphere Process Server for z/OS V6.1 (5655-N53)
  • WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus for z/OS V6.1 (5655-R15)
  • WebSphere Service Registry and Repository for z/OS V6.1 (5655-R41)
  • WebSphere Business Services Fabric for z/OS V6.1 (5655-S30)
  • WebSphere Message Broker for z/OS V6.1 (5655-M74) Service level 2*
  • WebSphere Portal Enable for z/OS V6 (5655-R17)
  • WebSphere Transformation Extender for z/OS V8.2 (5655-R95)* Service level 2 (eligible with Command Server and with Launcher)

*Earliest eligible version and release listed.

You can also check the current eligibility of the product by visiting

http://ibm.com/zseries/library/swpriceinfo/ipla.html

If the eligible product's utilization is less than 50% of the LPAR utilization reported in the SCRT report, the product qualifies for Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing. The product utilization is the observed highest rolling four-hour average utilization of the product, measured in MSUs executing on a general System z processor.

Note: Utilization of the product executing on zAAP specialty engine is not included in the MSU value reported by the SCRT report. The LPAR utilization is the observed highest rolling four-hour average utilization of the LPARs where that product executes, also measured in MSUs. Whenever the eligible product's utilization becomes equal or higher than 50% of the LPAR utilization, you must acquire the required license capacity under the standard sub-capacity charging.

Estimating the initial required license capacity

Once you determine that the System z IPLA product is eligible and qualifies for Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing, you can estimate the required license capacity for that product. The required license capacity under Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing is based on the MSU value included in the SCRT report for the product.

Starting with SCRT V17.1.0 when the product's utilization is less than 50% of the LPAR utilization, the reported MSU value is equal to the utilization of the product multiplied by the scaling factor. The product utilization, as defined earlier, is the observed highest rolling four-hour average utilization of the product, measured in MSUs. The scaling factor is a fixed number, 2, which enables you to gradually increase or scale up your required license capacity to the standard (100%) required license capacity proportional to the product utilization from 0% to 50%.

When the product's utilization is equal to or greater than 50% of the LPAR utilization, the normal LPAR utilization will be reported. The utilization comparison to the 50% threshold will be done on an LPAR by LPAR basis. The MSU value on the SCRT Report for an eligible Getting Started product could be a combination of sub-LPAR Getting Started measurements from some LPARs and normal LPAR utilization measurements from other LPARs.

The following examples depict different System z sub-capacity customers estimating their required license capacity for a variety of System z IPLA products.

Sample Customer One: WebSphere Application Server for z/OS starting workload is 20 MSUs on a single 200 MSU LPAR

Customer One wishes to acquire WebSphere Application Server for z/OS under Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing and plans to run it on LPAR "SYSA" on System z machine "X".

The utilization of LPAR "SYSA" is determined to be 200 MSUs. The utilization of the product executing on the general processor is determined to be 20 MSUs. Since the utilization of the WebSphere Application Server is less than 50% of the LPAR "SYSA" utilization, this particular WebSphere Application Server workload qualifies for Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing. The MSU value reported on SCRT report would be product utilization (20 MSUs) multiplied by scaling factor of 2, which is 40 MSUs.

In this example, Customer One is able to acquire 20% of the required license capacity to start WebSphere Application Server on z/OS.

Sample Customer Two: WebSphere Process Server for z/OS on multiple LPARs

Customer Two wishes to acquire WebSphere Process Server for z/OS under Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing and plans to run it on LPAR "SYSA" and LPAR "SYSB" on System z machine "X".

The utilization of LPAR "SYSA" and LPAR "SYSB" are determined to be 200 MSUs and 400 MSUs, respectively. The utilization of the product executing on the general processors is determined to be 100 MSUs for LPAR "SYSA" and another 100 MSUs for LPAR "SYSB". Since the utilization of the product in LPAR "SYSA" is equal to 50% of the LPAR "SYSA" utilization, this particular product executing under LPAR "SYSA" does not qualify for Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing, and, therefore, you need to acquire the standard required sub-capacity license capacity of the LPAR utilization of 200 MSUs.

Since the utilization of the product executing on the LPAR "SYSB" is less than 50%, the product executing under the LPAR "SYSB" qualifies for Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing. The MSU value reported on the SCRT report for the LPAR "SYSB" would be product utilization (100 MSUs) multiplied by scaling factor of 2, which results in 200 MSUs.

The total MSUs reported in the SCRT report would be 400 MSUs, the sum of the standard required license capacity of LPAR "SYSA" (200 MSUs) and the required license capacity of 200 MSUs for LPAR "SYSB" (200 MSUs).

In this example, Customer Two is able to acquire 67% of the required license capacity to start WebSphere Process Server on z/OS.

Future required license capacity

The future required license is based on the MSU value included in the SCRT report. The SCRT will automatically calculate the MSU value based on the same calculation described above and report monthly.

Sample Customer One: WebSphere Application Server for z/OS workload increases from 20 MSUs to 40 MSUs on a single 200 MSU LPAR

Customer One wishes to acquire additional license capacity of WebSphere Application Server for z/OS under Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing and plans to increase its workload from 20 MSUs to 40 MSUs on LPAR "SYSA" on System z machine "X".

The utilization of LPAR "SYSA" is determined to be 200 MSUs. The utilization of the product executing on the general processor is determined to increase from 20 MSUs to 40 MSUs. Since the utilization of the WebSphere Application Server is still less than 50% of the LPAR "SYSA" utilization, this particular WebSphere Application Server workload qualifies for Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing. The MSU value reported on SCRT report would be product utilization (40 MSUs) multiplied by scaling factor of 2, which results in 80 MSUs.

In this example, Customer One has already acquired 40 MSUs when the project first started, and is now able to acquire an additional 20% of the standard required license capacity (40 MSUs) for the additional workload.

Value Unit pricing

The z/OS programs are priced according to Value Units. Value Unit pricing enables a lower cost of incremental growth and enterprise aggregation. Each z/OS program with Value Unit pricing has a single price per Value Unit and a conversion plan, called Value Unit Exhibit, for converting from MSUs to Value Units.

Each eligible z/OS program is licensed by sub-capacity execution-based terms.

  • Required license capacity - the quantity of each z/OS program needed to satisfy applicable IBM terms and conditions.
  • Entitled license capacity - the quantity of each z/OS program you have purchased.

Execution-based terms apply to z/OS programs with value based on the capacity of the execution (run-time) environment.

The applicable type of sub-capacity terms for z/OS programs is determined solely by IBM. Only one type of sub-capacity term applies per program. For a complete listing of the z/OS programs eligible for sub-capacity and their terms, refer to

http://ibm.com/zseries/library/swpriceinfo/ipla.html

Terms and conditions

Getting Started Sub-capacity Pricing terms and conditions are available for eligible z/OS IPLA programs installed on System z machines that have implemented sub-capacity pricing for:

  • WLC or EWLC offerings
  • IPLA sub-capacity for System z

Additionally, compliance with the terms and conditions specified in the amendment to the IPLA contract, Amendment for IBM System z Programs Sub-Capacity Pricing (Z125-6929), is required.

All zSeries (z890, z800, z990, z900) and System z (z9™ EC, z9 BC, z10 EC, z10 BC) processors are eligible.

Installation and use of the Sub-Capacity Reporting Tool (SCRT) V17.1.0 is required.


 
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