Managing License Usage using IBM’s License Metric Tool
You can manage license allocation services using the IBM® License Metric Tool (ILMT). ILMT monitors the products you use on your system and can identify them. ILMT enables you to keep an up-to-date inventory of your IBM software and hardware assets, and ensure that your organization complies with all license requirements. As you monitor your IBM products under full and sub-capacity licensing terms, you can understand their usage patterns and optimize your license costs.
License Usage Monitor does not prevent overuse of licenses, nor does it replace the IBM license auditing process. In this application, you can gather information about the usage of your license. IBM® License Metric Tool automatically collects license usage data into an XML file.
Software discovery and identification
ILMT is able to identify what software is installed on the monitored computers by scanning your infrastructure.
Your software products are cataloged in ILMT, along with a set of rules known as signatures. As a result, a complete overview of the software that is installed in your infrastructure is built by matching the signatures against the results of the scan.
The reports contain detailed information about the computer hardware and software in your infrastructure. You can view the reports to determine if actual installations reflect software inventory information, and whether capacity values are assigned correctly to products.
The ILMT audit reports are necessary to ensure compliance with processor value units (PVU) and resource value units (RVU) terms of license. The software determines the maximum core capacity of the server that is available to the installed IBM software. Additionally, the application determines the number of PVUs or processor-core entitlements needed. If you deploy a supported virtualization technology, the tool displays information about processor core capacity for the entire virtualized environment.
Using MAPC, you can generate reports that show PVUs and RVUs for products and processors. The audit reports can be printed or viewed within the application.
With the help of automated software usage monitoring tools, you can efficiently monitor the software usage by removing the unused software, enhancing security, and optimizing the license usage.