IBM Sub-Capacity Licensing allows customers to leverage server virtualization to more effectively consolidate their infrastructure and reduce overall software spend. As more and more IBM customers start to realize the benefits of sub-capacity licensing, they will also face the challenges of implementing and using the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT).
WHY IS ILMT IMPORTANT FOR SUB-CAPACITY LICENSING?
ILMT is a free tool, provided by IBM, that helps customers determine, track and report on full and sub-capacity licensing requirements. For that reason, deploying ILMT is mandatory for IBM customers who want to benefit from sub-capacity licensing. However, simply deploying the tool is not enough to meet IBM’s sub-capacity eligibility criteria. Correctly deploying and constantly managing ILMT is critical to remaining compliant with IBM’s software license agreement terms. Yet, most organizations are not able to do so because it is complex and time consuming to configure, manage and maintain.
5 ILMT SUB-CAPACITY LICENSING VIOLATIONS
Let’s review 5 common mistakes that organizations make, in regards to deploying and managing ILMT. Any one of these mistakes can put your company at risk of not being compliant with IBM’s sub-capacity licensing terms.
RUNNING AN OUTDATED VERSION
Customers using an out-of-date version of ILMT are at risk of losing sub-capacity licensing eligibility. As a result, it is critical that sub-capacity customers promptly upgrade to new versions, releases or modifications when they are made available.
NOT PRODUCING QUARTERLY REPORTS
IBM customers with sub-capacity licensing must generate, verify and store ILMT reports quarterly. Even more, customers must retain reports for at least 2 years and make them available to IBM, upon IBM request, during an audit.
MISSING A SERVER
IBM requires that customers install ILMT on each eligible virtualization environment hosting sub-capacity eligible products. Organizations in violation of this requirement are at risk of calculation of the license fee for the full capacity.
ILMT automatically bundles software and assigns the components to the license by default. However, more often than not, these default assignments are incorrect. As a result, each identified instance must be manually categorized and assigned to the relevant license. To accurately bundle software signatures requires an understanding of the server environment and the architecture of the deployed IBM solutions. If an instance is not correctly reported due to an error in bundling, it will not be eligible for sub-capacity licensing.
NOT DEPLOYING WITHIN 90 DAYS
IBM requires that new sub-capacity customers implement ILMT within 90 days of their first eligible sub-capacity product deployment on a virtual server. If they fail to do so, that instance of IBM PVU software will no longer be eligible for sub-capacity licensing.
HOW TO OVERCOME ILMT CHALLENGES AND STAY COMPLIANT?
It is clear that the process of understanding sub-capacity licensing requirements can be complex, time consuming and overwhelming. For that reason, it is important to take the necessary steps to avoid any of the above ILMT violations. All Blue Solutions provides ILMT Managed Services to help your organization implement the IBM License Metric Tool and maintain IBM sub-capacity licensing compliance. We manage ILMT deployments for over 100 companies and our team of software licensing experts can help your company ensure compliance, identify cost savings and gain actionable data insights.
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