Revised IBM Passport Advantage Sub-capacity Licensing Offering

IBM United States Software Announcement 209-080
April 7, 2009

 
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Enhancements to the Passport Advantage® Sub-capacity Licensing offering include:

  • Expansion of sub-capacity licensing eligibility to all PVU1-based software
  • Simplified product ordering and license tracking using a single part number for both full capacity and sub-capacity licensed servers
  • New eligibility and counting rules for additional virtualization technologies
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Processor Value Unit

For ordering, contact your IBM® representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).


 
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More customers are taking advantage of sub-capacity licensing as they deploy the latest virtualization technologies to their server environments. Over the past twelve months, IBM has introduced significant improvements for the Passport Advantage Sub-capacity Licensing offering, including the release of the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) announced in July, 2008.

Effective today, additional enhancements include:

  • Expansion of sub-capacity licensing eligibility to most IBM PVU-based software
  • Simplified product ordering and license tracking using a single part number for both full-capacity and sub-capacity licensed environments
  • More eligible virtualization technologies for x86 servers:
    • Citrix Xen Server 4.1 and 5.0 for single server, resource pool (a group of servers with XenCenter 5.0), and XenMotion (mobility)
    • Microsoft® Hyper-V Server 2008 and Windows® Server 2008 Hyper-V for single server, cluster, and Quick Migration (mobility)
    • VMware Server 2.0 (single server)
  • Eligibility of certain BIOS settings and operating system commands for x86 servers that limit processor core resources

For a complete list of eligible virtualization technologies, refer to

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage

Select Find out more about Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express, locate Licensing, and then select Sub-capacity Licenses.

Statement of direction

During the third quarter of 2009, IBM plans to make the following IBM PowerVM™ virtualization technologies eligible with support in ILMT:

  • PowerVM Shared Dedicated Processor Partition for both AIX® V5.3 and V6.1
  • PowerVM Live Partition Mobility for both AIX V5.3 and V6.1
  • IBM AIX V6.1 Workload Partitions Manager™ (System WPAR)
  • AIX V6.1 Live Application Mobility

During the third quarter of 2009, IBM plans to add support in ILMT for the following eligible VMware virtualization technologies:

  • VMware single server support for VMware ESX 2.5, 3.0, and 3.5
  • VMware server farm support for VMware ESX 2.5
  • VMware cluster (with VirtualCenter 2.0 and 2.5) support for VMware ESX 3.0 and 3.5
  • VMware single server support for VMware Server 1.0
  • Support VMotion mobility functionality for VMware ESX 2.5, 3.0, and 3.5
  • Support for VMware ESXi 3.5 including single server, cluster, and VMotion

During the second half of 2010, IBM plans to add ILMT support for:

  • The following eligible x86 virtualization technologies:
    • Citrix Xen Server 4.1 and 5.0 for single server, resource pool (a group of servers with XenCenter 5.0) and XenMotion (mobility)
    • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V for single server, cluster, and Quick Migration (mobility)
    • VMware Server 2.0 (single server)
  • Eligible BIOS settings and operating system commands for x86 servers that limit processor core resources

All statements regarding future IBM direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice and represent goals and objectives only.


 
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The PVU pricing structure applies to select IBM Passport Advantage eligible programs. The flexibility of sub-capacity licensing is available under the terms of the Attachment for Sub-capacity Licensing (Z125-7174) to those customers who have accepted the Sub-capacity Licensing offering, under their IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement.


 
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April 7, 2009


 
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Licensing and pricing

Under PVU licensing structure, each processor technology is assigned a specific number of PVUs. Customers who have accepted the terms of the Attachment for Sub-capacity Licensing offering (Z125-7174), must acquire the total number of PVUs for each processor core in the partition on which the software programs are deployed. Otherwise, PVUs must be acquired for all of the physical processor cores of the server or server cluster. IBM continues to define a processor, for purposes of IBM PVU-based software, to be each processor core on a chip.

Each software program has a unique price per PVU. To determine the total cost of deploying an individual software program, you multiply the program price per PVU by the total number of PVUs required.

For a list of PVU requirements by processor, refer to the PVU table on the Passport Advantage site

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage

Select Find out more about Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express, locate Licensing, then select PVU licensing for Distributed SW.

With full-capacity licensing, you must acquire the appropriate number of PVUs based on all activated processors on the server available to the program or a component of the program.

In sub-capacity licensing,2 you must acquire the appropriate number of PVUs based on all activated processors in partitions (utilizing eligible partitioning technologies) on the server available to the program or a component of the program.

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Pertains to products eligible for sub-capacity licensing

Migration of existing sub-capacity part number entitlements

You can view your Software Subscription and Support (S&S) entitlements on the Active Entitlement report available through Passport Advantage Online.

For Software S&S renewals for these programs, your existing sub-capacity part numbers for License and Software S&S entitlements will be treated as if they were obtained under the equivalent full capacity part numbers. For a complete list of these programs, refer to Software Announcement 909-068, dated April 7, 2009.

Your next Software S&S renewal quotation will show the replacement part numbers. These PVU quantities will also be reflected in your Active Entitlements on Passport Advantage Online. Visit

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage

Select Passport Advantage Online. Logon at Customer sign in.

After July 1, 2009, Software S&S renewal quotations will reflect this change.


 
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You should order the appropriate number of PVU licenses required for the maximum number of processor cores available to the software.

Refer to the Passport Advantage Web site for additional information

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage

Select Find out more about Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express.

Locate Licensing.

Then select Processor Value Unit (PVU) licensing for Distributed SW.


 
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Initially in 2005, IBM announced sub-capacity licensing offering for Passport Advantage in UNIX® environments only. Support for x86 server environments was added in 2006. The following subsequent announcements provided revisions to sub-capacity offering.

  • Software Announcement 207-273, dated November 6, 2007, (Update to Passport Advantage Sub-capacity Licensing Offering)
  • Software Announcement 208-197, dated July 1, 2008, (IBM License Metric Tool V7.1 supports IBM Processor Value Unit software with revisions to the Passport Advantage Sub-capacity Licensing offering)
  • Software Announcement 909-068, dated April 7, 2009, (Withdrawal: Passport Advantage Sub-capacity part numbers - Replacements Available)

 
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To order, contact the Americas Call Centers or your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner.

To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

Phone:      800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)
Fax:        800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)
Internet:   callserv@ca.ibm.com
Mail:       IBM Teleweb Customer Support
            ibm.com® Sales Execution Center, Americas North
            3500 Steeles Ave. East, Tower 3/4
            Markham, Ontario
            Canada
            L3R 2Z1

Reference: YE001

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.
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