Licensing for IBM SmartCloud Enterprise

Bring your own software and license (BYOSL)

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Licensing Requirements and Eligible Software Programs

The bring your own software and license ("BYOSL") option allows IBM Customers, who have accepted the terms of the IBM SmartCloud Agreement, to bring and upload Eligible IBM software Programs to the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise virtual machine instance (Instance), provided the customer complies with the Program use requirements and has sufficient quantities of PA software license entitlements (Entitlements). Only the IBM Software listed as "eligible" in the "Table of Eligible BYOSL Software Programs" below may be uploaded to an Instance. When a customer uses Entitlements for a Program under this BYOSL option in an Instance, those Entitlements are dedicated to that Instance and Customer may not use such Entitlements outside the Instance.

Program use requirements. Customer is responsible to:

Eligible BYOSL Software Programs

For customers uploading software Programs for use in IBM SmartCloud Enterprise under the BYOSL option, the list of Eligible Programs is set forth in the table below by category of software Program. The number of entitlements required for each such Program is based on the license metric use authorization definition set forth in the License Information document for that Program, as modified in the License Metric Definitions below.


Table of Eligible BYOSL Software Programs
1. All software Programs made available under PA, if authorized use is governed by the PVU license metric
2. All software Programs made available under PA, marketed under the IBM Rational brand

All other IBM software Programs are not eligible for BYOSL use on in IBM SmartCloud Enterprise.

License Metric Definitions

For each software Program, the license metric definition included in the Program License Information governs the use of the software Program, except as provided below by license metric. The Program License Information is part of the IBM International Program License Agreement for the IBM Program.

For software Programs which are licensed by 'PVU', the Table of PVUs Required per Instance lists the number of PVU Entitlements required per IBM SmartCloud Enterprise Instance.

For IBM Rational software Programs which are licensed by 'Install' or 'Server', each 'Install' or 'Server' entitles you to provision one Instance of the Program.

Record Keeping Requirements

Per the terms of the IBM SmartCloud Agreement, IBM Customers who choose to acquire PA Entitlements for the BYOSL use option on IBM SmartCloud Enterprise must have accepted and remain in compliance with the PA Attachment for Sub-capacity Licensing Terms (Sub-capacity Attachment), and maintain a written record of any use of Entitlements as set forth below:

For software Programs licensed by PVU:

Sub-capacity Licensing is required for all software Programs licensed by PVU, if such Programs are uploaded to an IBM SmartCloud Enterprise Instance.

For information about Sub-capacity Licensing, including where to find the Sub-Capacity Attachment, how to accept sub-capacity terms, and other frequently asked questions, see the 'Sub-capacity Licensing' link on the right hand navigation bar. IBM SmartCloud Enterprise is an Eligible Virtualization Environment, but it is not yet supported by the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT).  

As described under Section 4 of the Sub-capacity Attachment, Customers agree to install and configure the most current version of ILMT…and generate Audit Reports in accordance with Sub-capacity Licensing terms, unless one of the four listed exceptions are met. If Customers meet on of these four exceptions, including when ILMT does not yet support the Eligible Virtualization Environment. Customers agree to manually prepare Audit Reports documenting the Virtualization Capacity by Eligible Product for the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise Virtualization Environment during each calendar or fiscal quarter.  In any case, Audit Reports must be prepared as frequently as is required to maintain a history of increases to Virtualization Capacity, but not less than once per quarter, and must be maintained for at least two years and made available to IBM upon request.

For Rational software Programs licensed by non-PVU metrics:

The record keeping requirements described below are required for all software Programs licensed by a license metric other than PVU

Customers are responsible to keep a Record of Use for all software Programs uploaded to IBM SmartCloud Enterprise under the BYOSL option. When a customer uses Entitlements for a Program under this BYOSL option in an Instance, those Entitlements are dedicated to that Instance and Customer may not use such Entitlements outside the Instance.

This BYOL Record of Use must be updated as frequently as software Programs are uploaded and available for use or removed from use on an Instance, but not less than once per quarter, and must be maintained for at least two years and made available to IBM upon request. The Record of Use must contain at least the following information, as provided in the example below:


Example BYOSL Record of Use
Licensing Event Date IBM Software Program Name Corresponding PA Program Part Number Software Program License Metric Instance Type Entitlement Quantity dedicated (removed) Entitlement Quantity Cumulative Balances
1 IBM DB2 Database Enterprise Developer Ed 9.7 D58N5LL Authorized User 32 bit Silver 10 10
2 IBM DB2 Database Enterprise Developer Ed 9.7.1 D58N5LL Authorized User 32 bit Silver (10) 0
3 IBM WebSphere sMash V1.1.1. D042NLL Application Instance 32 bit Gold 25 25
4 IBM WebSphere sMash V1.1.1 D042NLL Application Instance 32 bit Gold (25) 0