IBM middleware software licensing on Sun servers with UltraSparc T1 chips

IBM United States Software Announcement 206-063
March 28, 2006


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New software licensing on the Sun servers using UltraSparc T1 chips:

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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IBM and the IT industry are continuously developing improved technology to provide the market with incremental value. In this dynamic market environment, IBM provides flexible pricing and financing models to encourage you to exploit this new technology. IBM is dedicated to pricing its middleware software to the value customers are able to obtain through this continuous technological innovation.

IBM introduces software pricing for servers based on the Sun UltraSparc T1 chip. For Sun servers using a single UltraSparc T1 chip with four or six activated cores, only two IBM middleware software processor licenses will be required. Three IBM middleware licenses will be required for Sun servers using a single UltraSparc T1 chip with eight activated cores.

Except as announced in this or prior IBM announcements, IBM's middleware products currently licensed on a "per processor" basis will continue to be licensed by the processor core. IBM recognizes a core as the independent functional unit that interprets and executes software instructions.

As technology evolves, IBM will continue to align IBM software licensing and pricing commensurate with the value customers receive from IBM middleware software, encouraging the adoption of technological advances.

For more information, contact an IBM sales representative or IBM Business Partner.
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Availability date

March 28, 2006
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Multi-core chips are computer chips that have a multiple number of microprocessors on a single chip. An octi-core (eight-core) chip performs like eight independent processors, each running its threads in parallel and accessing system resources separately.

Chip manufacturers and system vendors are implementing multi-core technology for two primary reasons:

  1. To drive significantly improved performance levels
  2. To drive additional performance while reducing power requirements and heat generated by the chip

Multi-core chips that primarily reduce power and heat may not generate significant additional system performance when compared to the same system with a single identical core. In these cases, IBM recognizes that you are not able to derive the same additional throughput as you could from a system with the same number of single core chips. You will require only two per-processor license software entitlements for systems that contain four-core or six-core configurations of the UltraSparc T1 chip. You will require three per-processor license software entitlements for systems that contain the eight-core configurations of this chip.

IBM's licensing policy is summarized below:

                                                            Number of
                                                  Cores     required
Hard-                                     n-Way   per       per
ware                                      refer-  "1-way"   "1-way"
vendor  Server family     Chip family     ence    server(1) server(1)
------  ----------------  --------------  ------  --------  ---------
IBM     pSeries           POWER4          Core        1        1
                          POWER5          Core        1        1
        OpenPower         OpenPower
                          710 and 720     Core        1       (2)
        BladeCenter JS21  PowerPC         Core        1       (2)
        iSeries           All             Core        1        1
        zSeries (Linux)   All             Core        1        1
------  ----------------  --------------  ------  --------  ---------
Sun     SunFire           UltraSparc III  Chip        1        1
                          UltraSparc IV   Chip        2        2
                          UltraSparc IV+  Chip        2        2
        SunFire T Series  UltraSparc T1   Chip        4        2
                          UltraSparc T1   Chip        6        2
                          UltraSparc T1   Chip        8        3
------  ----------------  --------------  ------  --------  ---------
HP      HP 9000           PA RISC 8700    Chip        1        1
                          PA RISC 8800    Chip        2        2
                          PA RISC 8900    Chip        2        2
        HP Integrity      Itanium 2       Chip        1        1
------  ----------------  --------------  ------  --------  ---------
Intel   Multiple          Single Core     Chip        1        1
or      server            Dual Core       Chip        2        1
AMD     families(3)
Number of cores included in the vendor definition of a 1-way server

OpenPower 710 and 720 servers, and the PowerPC 970 chip on BladeCenter JS21 servers, require only one license for each dual-core chip.

Intel and AMD servers include, but are not limited to, the IBM eServer xSeries®, Dell PowerEdge, HP ProLiant, and SunFire x64 servers.

All other servers will require a license for each processor core, unless IBM announces a separate licensing exception for that particular technology.
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To order, contact the Americas Call Centers, 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)
 Mail:      IBM Americas Call Centers
            Dept. Teleweb Customer Support, 9th floor
            105 Moatfield Drive
            North York, Ontario
            Canada M3B 3R1
 Reference: YE001

The Americas Call Centers, our national direct marketing organization, can add your name to the mailing list for catalogs of IBM products.

Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.


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