Midrange Workload License Charges for IBM z/VSE V4IBM United States Software Announcement 207-004
January 9, 2007
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|At a glance|
- Can provide price/performance for z/VSE V4 and 12 key VSE middleware programs
- Available on IBM z9 Business Class and IBM z9 Enterprise Class servers
- Allows sub-capacity or full-capacity implementation
- If sub-capacity, requires the submission of Sub-Capacity Reports
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Midrange Workload License Charges (MWLC) is a new pricing metric that can offer improved
price/performance for z/VSE® V4 customers. MWLC applies to the z/VSE V4 operating system and 12
key VSE middleware programs. If you are migrating to MWLC from Graduated Monthly License Charges
(GMLC), Growth Opportunity License Charges (GOLC), zSeries® Entry License Charges (zELC), or
Tiered Entry Workload License Charges (TWLC), MWLC is designed to offer improved price/performance
based on MWLC price points. You may gain additional price/performance improvements by implementing
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|Planned availability date|
March 16, 2007
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Midrange Workload License Charges (MWLC) is a monthly license charge price metric on the IBM System z9 Business Class (z9 BC) and the IBM System z9 Enterprise Class (z9 EC) servers that applies to z/VSE V4 and 12 key VSE middleware programs such as CICS® TS for VSE, DB2® Server for VSE, and ACF/VTAM® for VSE. MWLC is available on z9 BC and z9 EC servers with z/VSE V4.
For more information on the introduction of the z/VSE V4 operating system, refer to 207-003
To view a list of the 12 key MWLC-eligible programs, refer to
Similar to Workload License Charges and Entry Workload License Charges, you may implement MWLC in full-capacity or sub-capacity mode.
IBM System z9 servers (z9 servers) with full-capacity MWLC pricing must
license and pay for MWLC-priced programs based on the IBM rated capacity
of the z9 Server. IBM rates hardware capacity for software pricing
activities in terms of Millions of Service Units (MSUs). To view IBM's
MSU ratings for the z9 servers, refer to
z9 servers with sub-capacity MWLC pricing may license and pay for
MWLC-priced programs based on the utilization of the Logical Partitions
(LPARs) where the program executes. Sub-capacity MWLC pricing is
available only on servers where z/VSE V4 is the only VSE operating system
and prior versions of VSE use and license have been discontinued.
In a sub-capacity MWLC environment, LPAR utilization will be measured based on the highest observed rolling 4-hour average utilization. In the case that z/VSE is running as a guest of z/VM®, then the Sub-Capacity Reporting Tool (SCRT) will report the highest combined rolling 4-hour average across both native z/VSE LPARs and z/VSE guests. Rolling 4-hour average utilization will be reported each month using the SCRT and pricing will be adjusted monthly based upon the Sub-Capacity Report. If you elect sub-capacity MWLC then you must generate Sub-Capacity Reports and submit them to IBM each month, among other requirements.
Each MWLC program will have the following monthly license charge price structure:
Base MWLC 3 MSUs $xxx Level 1 MWLC 4 17 MSUs $xxx/MSU Level 2 MWLC 18 30 MSUs $xxx/MSU Level 3 MWLC 31 45 MSUs $xxx/MSU Level 4 MWLC 46 87 MSUs $xxx/MSU Level 5 MWLC 88 175 MSUs $xxx/MSU Level 6 MWLC 176 260 MSUs $xxx/MSU Level 7 MWLC 261+ MSUs $xxx/MSU
VSE programs not eligible for MWLC
MWLC pricing applies only to the z/VSE V4 operating system and 12 key VSE middleware programs. On a z9 BC, all other VSE programs will be priced according to Tiered Entry Workload License Charges. On a z9 EC, all other VSE programs will be priced according to either Flat Workload License Charges, Graduated Monthly License Charges, or Extended License Charges. In the event that one of these three pricing metrics is not available for a particular VSE program, other applicable pricing metrics may be used.
Limitations and restrictions
The smallest z9 BC server, capacity setting A01, does not qualify for MWLC. Customers on the z9 BC capacity setting A01 will always pay zELC for all IBM monthly license charge software.
If you want sub-capacity MWLC and intend to run z/VSE V4 as a guest of z/VM then you must run z/VM V5.2 or higher.
Sub-Capacity Reporting Tool (SCRT)
z/VSE V4 will generate SCRT89 records. SCRT89 records are data that SCRT analyzes to produce a Sub-Capacity Report. You must run the Capacity Measurement Tool (ships with z/VSE V4) to enable z/VSE V4 to generate SCRT89 records. You must run the Capacity Measurement Tool for an entire month to generate a month of SCRT89 records before you can create a valid Sub-Capacity Report.
As of this announcement, SCRT can analyze log data from a z/VSE V4 system (SCRT89 records) and from a z/OS® system (SMF70/SMF89 records); however, SCRT can run only on a z/OS system. Therefore, if you have both z/OS and z/VSE V4 then you can generate your own Sub-Capacity Reports by providing all the log data to SCRT. However, if you only have z/VSE V4 then you will not be able to run SCRT at this time. Instead, you will send your SCRT89 records (and other required information) to IBM. IBM will use your SCRT89 records to produce a Sub-Capacity Report and will return the report to you within two business days. You must examine the report and submit it to IBM by the 9th calendar day of the month following data collection.
For more information on the sub-capacity process, refer to
If you are a sub-capacity z/VSE customer, IBM's terms require that you must generate, collect, and retain these SCRT89 records for six months.
Billing effective dates
Full-capacity billing effective dates
IBM programs eligible for MWLC charges may be ordered at full-capacity MWLC and installed starting on March 16, 2007. Due to the current Full Month Billing rules, the billing effective date for any new license will occur on the first day of the month after the license is ordered. For example, an MWLC order that is placed on March 16, 2007, will have a billing effective date of April 1, 2007. Therefore, the earliest possible billing effective date for full-capacity MWLC is April 1, 2007.
Sub-capacity billing effective dates
IBM programs eligible for MWLC charges cannot be ordered at sub-capacity MWLC or installed until you submit an initial Sub-Capacity Report containing z/VSE V4 MSUs. In order to report on z/VSE V4 MSUs, a new version of SCRT is required. IBM expects this new version of SCRT to become generally available on April 10, 2007. The earliest you may collect z/VSE V4 SCRT89 records is April 2, 2007. Assuming the new version of SCRT is generally available on April 10, 2007, you may generate your first Sub-Capacity Report containing z/VSE V4 MSUs on May 2, 2007, and you may submit this initial Sub-Capacity Report between May 2, 2007, and May 9, 2007. The April Sub-Capacity Report you submit to IBM in early May has a billing effective date of June 1, 2007. Therefore, the earliest possible billing effective date for sub-capacity MWLC is June 1, 2007; however, if the new version of SCRT is generally available after April 10, 2007, this date may be later.
Servers running both z/VSE and z/OS
In the case that a server is running both z/VSE and z/OS, the customer must select the desired pricing metric for the z/VSE environment and separately select the pricing metric for the z/OS environment. The selection for z/VSE pricing metric is independent from the selection of the pricing metric for z/OS. Pricing metric should be selected on the basis of price/performance, terms, and applicability.
Once the pricing metric selection is made for each environment, that pricing metric applies to both the operating system and the associated middleware. In addition, the customer must make a full-capacity/sub-capacity decision for each operating system and the associated middleware. Here are some examples:
Example 1: Stand-alone z9 BC running z/OS and z/VSE V4
For the z/VSE LPAR(s) on this z9 BC server, the customer may choose between TWLC and MWLC. MWLC may be sub-capacity or full-capacity. TWLC is always full-capacity. In this case, the customer would typically select MWLC because it offers attractive price/performance. Once MWLC is selected, all eligible z/VSE middleware will also be priced MWLC. Since MWLC is selected, the customer must choose between full-capacity MWLC or sub-capacity MWLC.
For the z/OS LPAR(s) on this z9 BC server, the customer must select EWLC because there are no other pricing options. All eligible z/OS middleware will be priced EWLC. Here, too, the customer must decide between full-capacity EWLC and sub-capacity EWLC.
Example 2: z9 EC running z/OS and z/VSE V4
For the z/VSE LPAR(s) on this z9 EC server, the customer may choose between Flat Workload License Charges (FWLC) and MWLC. MWLC may be full-capacity or sub-capacity. FWLC is always full-capacity. In this case, the customer would typically select MWLC because it offers attractive price/performance. Once the MWLC is selected, all eligible z/VSE middleware will also be priced MWLC. Since MWLC is selected, the customer must choose between full-capacity MWLC or sub-capacity MWLC.
For the z/OS LPAR(s) on this z9 EC server, the customer must choose between Parallel Sysplex® License Charges (PSLC) and Workload License Charges (WLC). WLC may be full-capacity or sub-capacity. PSLC is always full-capacity. In this case, the customer would typically select WLC because it offers attractive price/performance. Once WLC is selected, all eligible z/OS middleware will also be priced WLC. Since WLC is selected, the customer must choose between full-capacity WLC or sub-capacity WLC.
Notes on Examples 1 and 2: While it is possible for you to select full-capacity for one operating system and sub-capacity for another on the same server, IBM recommends that you implement sub-capacity pricing wherever possible because it may help improve your price/performance. Only one Sub-Capacity Report per server is needed, regardless of how many sub-capacity-eligible operating systems are running on that server.
Software pricing for MWLC is subject to all applicable terms and conditions. For detailed terms and conditions, refer to
- Attachment for IBM System z Midrange Workload License Charges (Z125-7452)
- IBM System z Midrange Workload License Charges Exhibit (Z125-7453)
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Refer to 207-003
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Software Entitlement Offering Entity (SWO) (EE) Description -------- ----------- -------------- 5648054 S00LRRW MWLC CICS® TS for VSE/ESA 5648099 S001808 MWLC DITTO/ESA FOR VSE 5686A04 S001G2C MWLC TCP/IP NFS 5686A04 S001G2D MWLC TCP/IP Application Pak 5686A04 S00RZF7 MWLC TCP/IP GPS 5686065 S0005X6 MWLC ACF/VTAM® V4 VSE Clnt/Serv 5686065 S0005X8 MWLC ACF/VTAM® V4 VSE Inter Ent 5686065 S0005XB MWLC ACF/VTAM V4 VSE MultiDomain 5686068 S0017WM MWLC IBM COBOL VSE/ESA 5686068 S0017WP MWLC IBM COBOL VSE/ESA Full Funct 5696234 S00128N MWLC High Lvl Ass. VSE Only 5697F42 S00T41J MWLC DB2® Server for VSE and VM 5697F42 S00T41L MWLC QMF for VM/VSE 5697F42 S00T41N MWLC QMF for Windows feat of DB2 5697F42 S00T41P MWLC QMF for Windows feat of QMF 5697F42 S00T41R MWLC Control Center for VM/VSE 5746SM3 S0001RX MWLC IBM DFSORT/VSE V3 5686A06 S00LSXZ MWLC MQSeries® VSE/ESA 5746XX1 S0005FK MWLC DL/I Data Language 5686A01 S001D2P MWLC C/VSE Alt. Function Offering 5686A01 S001D2R MWLC C/VSE Full Function Offering 5686069 S0017WD MWLC IBM PL/I VSE/ESA Alt Func 5686069 S0017WG MWLC IBM PL/I VSE/ESA Full Funct
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