Author: Sharon Trembley

When is a Terabyte not a Terabyte?

When you’re licensing with IBM (and possibly others*). This licensing metric used for IBM software storage products seems to be self-described by its name – Terabyte.  A Terabyte (TB) is a unit for measuring digital information.   Tera– represents the fourth power of 1000, or 1012, or one trillion bytes. However when you read IBM’s licensing definition of the Terabyte metric, it’s not 1012:  A Terabyte is 2 to the 40th power bytes.  Outside of IBM, 240 is generally considered a […]

Is Cognos Putting You Out of Compliance with IBM?

In the past couple of years, Miro has seen clients with IBM Cognos that all seem to have an issue. Cloud The first one is the easiest to explain – Cloud.  IBM offers SaaS IBM Analytics.  It includes both Cognos Analytics and Planning Analytics (TM1), along with dashDB and Bluemix too.  IBM does a good job getting around to their Cognos and Planning clients to discuss the possibility of them moving to IBM Analytics, which results in questions to Miro. […]

Modern Policies Supersede Legacy Software Contract Terms

Modern Policies Supersede Legacy Software Contract Terms Server Metric Just because a legacy contract doesn’t include rules on virtualization or multi-core processors, it doesn’t mean the organization can simply ignore the vendor’s current policies on those subjects.  When virtualization technologies were developed, software vendors changed the way servers were licensed.  When a server had a single processor and core, the entire server was licensed as a Server metric. With the introduction of hardware with multiple processors and then multi-core processors, […]

I missed IBM’s ILMT train. Now what?

IBM has offered the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) for years. With ILMT installed, clients can license their server-based software with the PVU metric by the sub-capacity method (only license the virtual cores allocated). Occasionally, someone claims they can’t install ILMT because they missed the initial 90-day window IBM grants in the IBM Passport Advantage Agreement (IPAA). Although that is in the IPAA, why can’t you install ILMT now? If you install ILMT by the end of 2017, by 2019 […]

IBM Passport Advantage Agreement Update

IBM Passport Advantage Agreement Update IBM has revised their Passport Advantage Agreement, starting with new IBM software customer in November 2017 and with existing customers on 1 February 2018. The Passport Advantage Agreement has not been updated since August 2014, but there are new changes: It seems longer due to additional country terms, and a change of font size, but in essence it’s the same length.   Here are the details: 1.9 Eligible Products: There are more details regarding eligible products, but […]

Flexera’s FlexNet Manager for IBM in lieu of IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT)

IBM uses their own proprietary software asset management tool, ILMT.  “The IBM License Metric Tool [ILMT] helps you maintain an inventory of the PVU based software deployed for your Full Capacity or Virtualization (Sub-) Capacity environment, and measures the PVU licenses required by software Product. It is intended to help you manage your IBM software licensing requirements, and help you maintain an audit ready posture. Customers are responsible for supplying hardware and installation services required for installing the tool” according […]

Vendors Provide Trial Software Licenses for Clients to ‘Try Before They Buy’

Utilizing those licenses in another manner could create a non-compliant situation for a client, even if the vendor has not clearly defined strict limitations regarding trial use. Something that is often misunderstood is testing a trial version of a product that is already owned and being used elsewhere in the environment. If it’s the same version as what’s in the production, there’s no need to try it out – it’s now test/dev. However if it’s a new version of the […]

Adobe Moves Away From Audits, But You’re Not Off the Hook Yet

by Phara McLachlan Adobe’s Richard Atkinson confirmed that they are moving away from the audits program. While this removes the labor-intensive audit process that companies face, it doesn’t remove the actions that need to be taken post-audit, which will likely result in un-forecasted expenditures and additional implementations. The reason for Adobe’s move away from audits is Adobe Genuine, which runs validation tests. While Adobe has eliminated the complexity of the audit, don’t be fooled that an enterprise with non-compliant software won’t […]

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