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IBM Notes and Domino

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IBM Domino Express offerings priced per user

IBM Domino Utility Server Express
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Additional entitlements with IBM Notes and Domino licenses

If you wish to host collaborative applications for access both outside and inside your company, but do not need mail and calendar, processor value unit licensing may be the most cost effective for you.

You acquire server licenses determined by the total processor value units associated with your server machine(s). Client access licenses are not needed for Web browser access to non-mail IBM® Domino® applications. Access from a IBM Notes client is allowed, but a IBM Domino Enterprise Client access license must be acquired separately for access to applications using the IBM Notes client software, regardless of whether the access is authenticated or anonymous. Two IBM Domino server options are licensed in this manner:

 

Frequently asked questions

Q. What are processor value units?

A. A processor value unit is a unit of measure used to differentiate licensing of IBM server software on various types of processor technology. Previously, the number of IBM Domino licenses was equal to the number of processor cores physically available and active in the machines on which the software is deployed. IBM defines a core to be an independent functional unit that interprets and executes software instructions. IBM recognized the need to simplify licensing for multi-core chips and to align with variations in the value of different types of hardware technology to IBM customers.

On 25 July 2006, IBM adopted a server software licensing model based on processor value unit designations for three technology tiers. The number of IBM Domino licenses required is now based on the number of processor value units. In most cases, the new price per license was established in a way that the total suggested retail price (in US dollars) of licenses needed for your machine did not change on that date.

For example: for IBM Domino software running on a single core chip, the price per processor value unit on 25 July 2006 was the former per-CPU Passport Advantage suggested retail price in US dollars divided by 100. The number of processor value units assigned to a single core chip is 100. The total price remained the same.

Q. How does IBM Domino Utility Server Express software differ from IBM Domino Utility Server software?

A. IBM Domino Utility Server Express is available only for companies who have 1000 employees or fewer, and is limited to a maximum of 1600 processor value units per company. IBM Domino Utility Server Express removes select capabilities of IBM Domino Utility Server that are designed for larger enterprises. The license restrictions are:

- No use on IBM System z platform (Linux or z/OS)

- No accompanying entitlement to Lotus Workflow software

Q. Is my company entitled to use IBM Domino Utility Server software to provide application hosting services for other companies?

A. Yes, with an appropriate xSP licensing addendum. Alternatively, other companies may acquire their own IBM Domino Utility server licenses equal to the number of processor value units associated with the machine(s) on which you will deploy the software. One company acquiring IBM Domino licenses and then sub-licensing is not allowed. The individual companies must each have their own licenses.

Q. If I have a IBM Domino Utility Server Express license, how am I allowed to use IBM Domino Designer software to build applications without violating the terms of IBM Domino Utility Server Express?

A. IBM Domino Designer software is freely available to all developers. Customers who are interested in deploying applications built with IBM Domino Designer software to a IBM Domino Utility Server Express server need to purchase a IBM Domino Enterprise Client access license license for each developer they intend to have writing and publishing IBM Domino applications. The IBM Domino Enterprise Client access license includes the entitlement to use IBM Domino Designer software. There is no conflict between the IBM Domino Utility Server Express license and using IBM Domino Designer software via the IBM Domino Enterprise Client access license.

Q. Can a mail-in database be used on Domino Utility Server?

A. Yes. Mail-in databases can be used on Domino Utility Server. Users can access the mail-in database via HTTP without the need for an individual Client access license. Accessing a mail-in database from a Notes client requires a Domino Enterprise Client access license.

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