Managing Licenses for IBM Software on IBM Power Systems in a Virtual World

An introduction to the IBM License Metric Tool

Today most businesses have implemented virtualization technologies like PowerVM™ or VMware to deploy multiple applications on a single physical server, provisioning virtual machines dynamically as the needs of the organization change. This allows IT managers to deploy virtual resources when and where they need them and pay for software licenses based on what they use, not on the maximum capability of the physical servers.

While there are many benefits in this flexible and dynamic application deployment strategy, virtualization can also create challenges for tracking and managing software licenses for reporting and compliance. IBM recognizes this challenge and has addressed it with a no-charge offering for Power Systems™ users called the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT). ILMT helps automate the discovery and inventory of IBM software deployed across an organization. It produces reports that help IT asset managers to:

This paper will describe the key features and benefits of ILMT (Version 7.2.2) for IBM Power Systems users and explain how you can get started using this product. However, before ILMT is explored in more detail, let’s look at factors that impact how software is licensed on Power Systems and the requirements IT asset managers have as they perform software license management tasks.

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