IBM United States
Software Announcement 202-002
January 8, 2002

IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription Delivers the Most Powerful and Flexible Choice for Software Control and Budgeting

 ENUS202-002.PDF (38KB)

(Corrected on February 4, 2002)

Replaced the text following the heading IBM Enhanced AIX Operating Systems Subscription Prices.

At a Glance

The new IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription features:

  • Simpler and more flexible licensing terms
  • Optional 1-year or 3-year one-time charge (OTC) upgrade price protection alternatives
  • New way to upgrade to existing and future new releases or versions of AIX
  • Very attractive subscription pricing
  • Ability to easily budget for future upgrades to AIX
  • No Technical Support (SupportLine) included in AIX license

IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription is the exclusive method for receipt of software upgrades.

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: RE001).

Overview

Software Subscription for AIX® has been restructured to a new offering called IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription that enables a single site or worldwide enterprise customer to maintain software entitlement to current or future versions or releases of the AIX operating systems. The subscription offering has been enhanced to provide a 1- or 3-year prepay contract. An After-License ordering feature is also available that enables customers to order upgrades to the current releases or versions being marketed by IBM.

To allow more customers to take advantage of the new IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription offering, the After-License feature will be priced equal to the Subscription/Renewal feature until December 31, 2002.

The automatic renewal billing process has been replaced with one-time charge (OTC) billing for the contract periods.

IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription replaces the IBM Software Subscription for AIX (5692-SSO) and stand-alone upgrades ordered under each licensed program. This new offering compliments the July 10, 2001, announcement of "Changes to Selected Distributed Software Products Acquired Through IBM or IBM Business Partners Who Remarket iSeries and pSeries." Terms and conditions between the offerings do differ in that maintenance is not included in the first year of the AIX license and customers wanting support need to acquire a SupportLine contract for the AIX operating systems. The AIX operating systems currently being marketed by IBM are the only products participating in the Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription offering. Refer to the Ordering Information section for details on how to order.

Key Prerequisites

Original licensed AIX operating systems participating in this Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription announcement.

Planned Availability Date

January 11, 2002

Description

IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription is an optionally purchased 1-year or 3-year contract offering that enables you to maintain software product version and release currency for AIX at a predetermined cost. Under IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription, you can receive all software product version and release upgrades announced during the contract period. If you allow either the 1- or 3-year software subscription offering to expire without renewal, there is an after-license option to enable reinstatement in the IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription offering, on a product-by-product basis.

Definition of Software Upgrade: An upgrade is either a new version (3.x.x to 4.x.x) or a new release (x.3.x to x.4.x) of an IBM program announced as eligible for which you enrolled under the IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription.

Upgrades do not include programs sold separately from the enrolled program, but that enhance the performance of that program, or are considered add-ons or utilities. Programs that perform the same functions as the enrolled program but are installed on a non-AIX platform are not considered upgrades.

Note: Software preventative maintenance releases x.x.1 to x.x.2 (modification level changes, updates, or refreshes) are released under the 1-year or 3-year subscription program numbers but only when a supply feature has been announced. Supply features are only announced under the 1-year and 3-year options when there is an announced version/release change against the original program product. No-charge preventative maintenance releases should be obtained by Software Subscription customers in the same manner as non-Software Subscription customers.

Example: Product A is offered under IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription and three months later maintenance updates (PTFs) are incorporated into the program package. This is considered an update that would not be obtained under the 1-year or 3-year subscription program numbers under the IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription offering. Using the same example above, three months after the PTFs were incorporated into the program package, IBM announces a new version of product A. At that time, a supply feature is announced for product A under the 1-year and 3-year subscription program numbers. This allows customers who are entitled by purchase of either the 1-year or 3-year subscription offering for product A to order the upgrade under the 1-year or 3-year offering.

IBM may announce a product that can be substituted for an enrolled product. This product is neither a new version, a new release, nor a maintenance release of that enrolled product. In most cases, this product has a different architecture, more function, and a higher license charge than the enrolled product. IBM may provide those customers enrolled in the IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription offering access to this product at a discounted rate. The terms of this transaction will be included in the new product announcement.

Note: IBM will not offer stand-alone upgrades as a standard product offering.

Contract Duration: The IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription contracts are on a product-by-product basis and are offered for 1 or 3 years. The 1-year or 3-year prepay option can be purchased at the same time a license for an eligible AIX operating system is acquired. Refunds do not apply if cancellation occurs during 1- or 3-year contract period. Customers are not required to renew under either the 1- or 3-year offering when the contract expires but will need to use the after-license option should they let the contract expire and want to acquire a new version or release of an eligible AIX operating system.

If the 1- or 3-year contracts are not renewed, the 1- or 3-year contracts will be removed from IBM administrative systems. Contract transfers within an enterprise are allowed.

Payment Options: Customers enroll in the plan at a reduced Initial price at the same time a new license for an AIX operating system is acquired. Customers can also enroll in the plan after acquisition of a new license for an AIX operating system through the purchase of an after-license option.

IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription Prices: The IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription program prices for all versions and releases of AIX are based on "processor capability" purchased and activated.

Example: If a customer has a pSeries system with a 6-way CUoD processor (6 of 12 processors active), the customer would purchase 6 AIX Enhanced Subscription licenses.

Minimum Contract Value: None

Notification of Upgrade Availability and Ordering: Customers should register to receive e-mail notifications when Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription products are upgraded. The Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription component of the Web server will be available February, 2002. The Web site is:

Upgrade Deliverables: Entitlement includes:

  • Media supply
  • Softcopy publications
  • Hardcopy entitled publications

Adding New Licenses to an Existing Contract

New software licenses cannot be added to an existing Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription contract. No proration is allowed. As new AIX operating system licenses are added, a new AIX Operating System Subscription contract should be ordered for those licenses.

Adding Previously Installed Licenses to an Existing Contract

You cannot add installed product licenses to a contract that were not initially covered by an existing contract. These licenses should be added using the after-license feature under a new and separate AIX Operating System Subscription contract. The protection expires when the originally dated AIX Operating System Subscription contract is not renewed.

IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription 1- and 3-Year OTC Options

Structure

  • A 1- and 3-year prepay option (represented by two separate type/models) is associated with the AIX operating systems.
  • The Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription type/models pricing structure is based on "processor capability" as offered when acquiring licenses under AIX 5L for POWER V5.1, not "installs," as offered when acquiring licenses for AIX V4.3. Refer to the Ordering Information section for details on how to order the correct number of processors for the Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription offerings.
  • Each 1- and 3-year Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription program number will have four feature numbers for each priced entity:
    • Subscription/Renewal per processor
    • Subscription/Renewal per 250 processors
    • After-License per processor
    • After-License per 250 processors

Software Upgrades for Customers with Active IBM Software Subscription for AIX (5692-SSO) Contracts

  • Software upgrades for programs having software subscription contracts running on pSeries will be generated by using the configurator. Orders will be generated with media features updated (MES) to the appropriate software subscription record.

Transition from Existing Software Subscription for AIX Offering

Until April 8, 2002, as existing contracts for IBM Software Subscription for AIX (5692-SSO), under which you purchased software subscription for the AIX operating systems, become eligible for renewal, you are encouraged to move to the new Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription offering. You will be allowed to move to the new offering by ordering the Subscription/Renewal feature versus the After-License feature. However, if required, you can renew your existing Software Subscription for AIX offering contract up to one additional year.

After April 8, 2002, as existing contracts for IBM Software Subscription for AIX (5692-SSO), under which you purchased software subscription for the AIX operating systems, become eligible for renewal, if you want to continue with subscription for the AIX operating systems, you must move to the new Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription offering. You will be allowed to move to the new offering by ordering the Subscription/Renewal feature versus the After-License feature.

To allow you to take advantage of the new IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription offering, the After-License feature will be priced equal to the Subscription/Renewal feature until December 31, 2002.

Customers who purchased Software Maintenance for pSeries products other than the AIX operating system should refer to Software Announcement 202-003 , dated January 8, 2002, for details regarding transition and ordering for the new IBM Software Maintenance for Select pSeries Programs.

For additional information regarding previously announced products with Software Maintenance, refer to the Reference Information section.

Euro Currency

These programs are not impacted by euro currency.

Reference Information

Refer to Software Announcement 201-201 , dated July 10, 2001.

Refer to Software Announcement 201-333 , dated November 13, 2001.

Refer to Software Announcement 201-332 , dated November 13, 2001.

Refer to Software Announcement 201-334 , dated November 13, 2001.

Refer to Software Announcement 201-336 , dated November 13, 2001.

Refer to Software Announcement 201-331 , dated November 13, 2001.

Refer to Software Announcement 202-003 , dated January 8, 2002.

Refer to Software Announcement 902-002 , dated January 8, 2002.

Trademarks

 
AIX is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Offering Information

Product information is available through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:

Publications

No publications are shipped with these programs.

Technical Information

Hardware Requirements

Refer to the original announcement letter for the individual licensed program for hardware requirements.

Software Requirements

Original licensed AIX® operating systems participating in this Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription announcement.

Planning Information

Customer Responsibilities: For IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription offering, customers are responsible for ensuring that:

  • They hold valid licenses for the AIX operating systems enrolled under the IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription program.
  • The number of subscription licenses purchased for the AIX operating system under the Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription offering is equal to the number of licenses intended to be used on a given machine based on processor capabilities.
  • They contact IBM or an IBM authorized reseller when they are ready for upgrades of the AIX operating systems to be shipped.

Security, Auditability, and Control

Refer to the original or revised AIX operating system announcement letter for the unique AIX operating system offered under the IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription offering.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

Ordering Information

AIX RS/6000® and pSeries brands are restructuring their existing subscription offering, IBM Software Subscription for AIX (5692-SSO). This enhanced subscription offering is called "IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription" which offers customers either a 1-year or a 3-year OTC subscription to the program.

A customer ordering a new license for one of the operating system licensed products below should include a 1-year or a 3-year subscription order to be entitled to version or release upgrades of the licensed program. Customers, who choose not to order the Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription at the time of initial acquisition of the AIX license will receive the lowest price. Customers, who decide at a later date to purchase this option, will need to enter the program with an "after-license" charge.

The following is a list of the current AIX operating systems participating in the newly structured IBM Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription offering:

                                                   Enhanced
                                             Software Subscription
 
                              Licensed       OTC 1-Yr     OTC 3-Yr
                              Program        Program      Program
Program Name                  Number         Number       Number
 
AIX V4.3                      5765-C34       5771-AIX     5773-AIX
AIX 5L for POWER V5.1         5765-E61       5771-AIX     5773-AIX

New Licensees: The software license for new customers of any of the operating system products listed below, may include a 1-year (5771-AIX) or a 3-year (5773-AIX) Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription. Customers should select the 1-year (5771-AIX) or 3-year (5773-AIX) program type, the appropriate Subscription/Renewal feature number and quantity to extend coverage for their software licenses. Use the appropriate tables below for billing feature references.

Existing Customers without an Active Subscription Contract: Customers with the current level of one of the operating system programs in this announcement, who are interested in Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription, and do not have an active Software Subscription for AIX (5692-SSO) or Software Upgrade Protection Plan for AIX and UNIX® Operating System Based Software (5692-ADV) contract, should select the appropriate feature from the table below.

  • Customers interested in the 1-year Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription offering should order the program number 5771-AIX and the appropriate After-License feature number and quantity.
  • Customers interested in the 3-year Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription offering should order the program number 5773-AIX and the appropriate After-License feature number and quantity.

Existing Customers with an Active Subscription Contract: Customers with the current level of one of the operating system programs in this announcement, who are interested in changing to Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription, and have an active Software Subscription for AIX (5692-SSO) or Software Upgrade Protection Plan for AIX and UNIX Operating System Based Software (5692-ADV) contract, should contact their IBM representative or IBM reseller and request that their existing contract be discontinued with credit given, based on the expiration date of their existing contract, and apply the credit towards the purchase of the new offering.

  • Customers interested in the 1-year Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription offering should order the program number 5771-AIX, the appropriate Subscription/Renewal feature number and quantity.
  • Customers interested in the 3-year Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription offering should order the program number 5773-AIX, the appropriate Subscription/Renewal feature number and quantity.

Refer to the following Q&A Web site for additional details that may address specific questions or scenarios that you may have:

Existing AIX Customers Requiring Upgrades to One of the Latest Levels of the AIX Operating System: Customers interested in ordering an upgrade to one of the operating system programs in this announcement that do not have an active Software Subscription for AIX (5692-SSO) or Upgrade Protection Plan (5692-ADV) contract should contact their IBM representative or IBM reseller and request an order be placed for either the 1-year or 3-year Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription offering and specify the media supply features and appropriate After-License feature from the table below.

The quantity specified for the Subscription/Renewal or After-License features for the AIX operating systems under the Enhanced AIX Operating System Subscription offering should be equal to the number of licenses intended to be used on a given machine based on processor capabilities.

Enhanced AIX Operating System Software Subscription for AIX V4.3 (5765-C34) or AIX 5L for POWER V5.1 (5765-E61) 1-year offering.

Program Number:  5771-AIX
 
                                             OTC
Description                                  Feature
 
Per Processor 1 Year                         0223
 Subscription/Renewal
Per 250 Processors 1 Year                    0224
 Subscription/Renewal
Per Processor 1 Year                         0225
 After-License
Per 250 Processors 1 Year                    0226
 After-License
 
                                             Media
                                             Supply
Description                                  Feature
 
AIX V5.1 Operating System                    5809
AIX V5.1 Bonus Pack                          5819
AIX V5.1 Expansion Pack                      5829
AIX V5.1 Update CD                           5839
AIX V4.3 Operating System                    5849
AIX V4.3 Bonus Pack                          5859
AIX V4.3 InfoExplorer                        5869
AIX V4.3 Update CD                           5879

Note: For the softcopy publications below, ensure that the version and release level of the softcopy publications selected matches the version and release of the operating system media supply being ordered.

                                             Language
                                             Media
                                             Supply
AIX 5L for POWER V5.1                        Feature
 
English                                      5889
Brazilian-Portuguese                         5899
Catalan                                      5957
Czech                                        5970
German (Universal)                           5983
Hungarian                                    5996
Japanese-Kanji                               6141
Korean                                       6142
Polish                                       6143
Russian                                      6144
Spanish (Universal)                          6145
Traditional Chinese                          6146
Slovakian                                    6147
French (Universal)                           6148
Italian                                      6149
 
                                             Language
                                             Media
                                             Supply
AIX V4.3                                     Feature
 
English                                      6150
Brazilian-Portuguese                         6151
Catalan                                      6152
Czech                                        6153
German (Universal)                           6154
Hungarian                                    6155
Japanese-Kanji                               6156
Korean                                       6157
Polish                                       6158
Russian                                      6159
Simplified Chinese                           6160
Spanish (Universal)                          6161
Traditional Chinese                          6162
Slovakian                                    6163

Enhanced AIX Operating System Software Subscription for AIX V4.3 (5765-C34) or AIX 5L for POWER V5.1 (5765-E61) 3-year offering.

Program Number: 5773-AIX
 
                                             OTC
Description                                  Feature
 
Per Processor 3 Year                         0222
 Subscription/Renewal
Per 250 Processors 3 Year                    0223
 Subscription/Renewal
Per Processor 3 Year                         0224
 After-License
Per 250 Processors 3 Year                    0225
 After-License
 
                                             Media
                                             Supply
Description                                  Feature
 
AIX V5.1 Operating System                    5809
AIX V5.1 Bonus Pack                          5819
AIX V5.1 Expansion Pack                      5829
AIX V5.1 Update CD                           5839
AIX V4.3 Operating System                    5849
AIX V4.3 Bonus Pack                          5859
AIX V4.3 InfoExplorer                        5869
AIX V4.3 Update CD                           5879

Note: For the softcopy publications below, ensure that the version and release level of the softcopy publications selected matches the version and release of the operating system media supply being ordered.

                                             Language
                                             Media
                                             Supply
AIX 5L for POWER V5.1                        Feature
 
English                                      5889
Brazilian-Portuguese                         5899
Catalan                                      5957
Czech                                        5970
German (Universal)                           5983
Hungarian                                    5996
Japanese-Kanji                               6000
Korean                                       6001
Polish                                       6002
Russian                                      6003
Spanish (Universal)                          6004
Traditional Chinese                          6005
Slovakian                                    6006
French (Universal)                           6007
Italian                                      6008
 
                                             Language
                                             Media
                                             Supply
AIX V4.3                                     Feature
 
English                                      6009
Brazilian-Portuguese                         6010
Catalan                                      6011
Czech                                        6012
German (Universal)                           6013
Hungarian                                    6014
Japanese-Kanji                               6015
Korean                                       6016
Polish                                       6017
Russian                                      6018
Simplified Chinese                           6019
Spanish (Universal)                          6020
Traditional Chinese                          6021
Slovakian                                    6022

Customization Option

Description                                  Feature
 
Local IBM Office Expedite                    3445
(for IBM use only)

Terms and Conditions

Agreements: IBM Agreement for Software Subscription (Z125-5959)

A signature is not required for this document.

Limited Warranty Applies: No

Money-Back Guarantee: No

Copy and Use on Home/Portable Computer: No

Volume Orders (IVO): Yes, contact your IBM representative.

Passport Advantage Applies: No

AIX/UNIX Upgrade Protection Applies: No

Entitled Upgrade for Current AIX/UNIX Upgrade Protection Licensees: No

IBM e(logo)Server iSeries Software Subscription Applies: No

Variable Charges Apply: No

Educational Allowance Available: Yes, 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.

Prices

The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

Enhanced AIX Operating System Software Subscription for AIX V4.3 (5765-C34) or AIX 5L for POWER V5.1 (5765-E61) 1-year offering.

Program Number: 5771-AIX
 
                                   OTC
Description                        Feature        OTC
 
Per Processor 1 Year               0223           $   275
 Subscription/Renewal
Per 250 Processors 1 Year          0224            68,750
 Subscription/Renewal
Per Processor 1 Year               0225               275
 After-License
Per 250 Processors 1 Year          0226            68,750
 After-License

Enhanced AIX Operating System Software Subscription for AIX V4.3 (5765-C34) or AIX 5L for POWER V5.1 (5765-E61) 3-year offering.

Program Number: 5773-AIX
 
                                   OTC
Description                        Feature        OTC
 
Per Processor 3 Year               0222           $    825
 Subscription/Renewal
Per 250 Processors 3 Year          0223            206,250
 Subscription/Renewal
Per Processor 3 Year               0224                825
 After-License
Per 250 Processors 3 Year          0225            206,250
 After-License

Customer Financing: IBM Global Financing offers attractive financing to credit-qualified commercial and government customers and Business Partners in more than 40 countries. IBM Global Financing is provided by the IBM Credit Corporation in the United States. Offerings, rates, terms, and availability may vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization. Country organizations are listed on the Web at:

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You can also contact your local IBM Business Partner or IBM representative. To identify them, call 800-IBM-4YOU.

Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Trademarks

 
AIX and RS/6000 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
UNIX is a registered trademark is a registered trademark of the Open Company in the United States and other countries.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.