Licensing for IBM SoftLayer

Bring Your Own Software and License (BYOSL)


IBM SoftLayer infrastructure is our self-service global platform for high-performance cloud-based applications.

Customers may use software licenses acquired under IBM's International Passport Advantage or Passport Advantage Express Agreements (collectively PA or PA Program) with the IBM SoftLayer Infrastructure service per the requirements stated below.

Licensing requirements

The bring your own software and license (BYOSL) option allows IBM customers, who have accepted the terms of the IBM SoftLayer Standard Master Service Agreement to bring and upload Eligible IBM software Programs to the IBM SoftLayer infrastructure, 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" section below may be uploaded to the IBM SoftLayer infrastructure.

When a customer uses Entitlements for a Program under this BYOSL option in cloud-provisioned Instance, those Entitlements are dedicated to that Instance and Customer may not use such Entitlements outside the IBM SoftLayer infrastructure at the same time.

Table of Eligible BYOSL Software Programs

The level of authorized use, as documented in license Proofs of Entitlement, required for each such Program is based on the license metric definition set forth in the License Information document for that Program, as modified below.

The Eligible Passport Advantage Programs include:

1) All Processor Value Unit metric programs.

SoftLayer Self Service Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings based on x86 technology
  CloudLayer Computing Dedicated Servers
Public Cloud Instances Private Cloud Instances Bare Metal Cloud Instances  
Server Type Virtual Virtual Physical Physical
Physical Server Tenancy Multi Single Single Single
Processor Value Unit (PVU) Bring Your Own Software & License (BYOSL) 70 PVU per virtual core 100 PVU per virtual core 100 PVU per core per Sub-capacity Licensing (e.g. 70 & 100 PVU per core)

2) All software Programs marketed under the IBM Platform Computing Brand.

3) For all other IBM software Programs please contact your Software Sales Representative.

Licensing requirements as described above for SoftLayer are subject to change without notice.

Program Use & Entitlement Tracking Requirements

Customer is responsible for:

Entitlement Tracking Requirements

For CloudLayer Computing: