IBM System z Software Pricing

Monthly License Charge (MLC) Metrics

zSeries Entry License Charges

zSeries Entry License Charge (zELC) is a monthly license charge pricing metric designed especially to support the zSeries 800 server. IBM introduced zSeries Entry License Charge to deliver appropriate software price performance for a variety of z800 customer needs.

zSeries Entry License Charge is determined based on the particular z800 model (0E1, 0A1, 0B1, 0C1, 0X2, 001, 0A2, 002, 003, 004) where the software is licensed. zELC is offered on all z800 machines.

zELC is also offered on the following servers:

zELC News

On 23 July 2013, IBM announced (PDF, 321KB) zSeries Entry License Charge (zELC) pricing for the zBC12 capacity setting A01, the entry zBC12 server.

On 12 July 2011, IBM announced (PDF, 319KB) the zEnterprise 114 server. zSeries Entry License Charge (zELC) pricing applies to the z114 capacity setting A01, the entry z114 server.

On 21 Oct 2008, IBM announced (PDF, 301KB) the z10 BC server. zSeries Entry License Charge (zELC) pricing applies to the z10 BC capacity setting A01, the entry z10 BC server.

On 27 Apr 2006, IBM announced (PDF, 85KB) zSeries Entry License Charge (zELC) pricing for the z9 BC capacity setting A01, the entry z9 BC server.

On 07 Apr 2004, IBM announced (PDF, 319KB) zSeries Entry License Charges (zELC) pricing for the z890 capacity setting 110.

On 03 Dec 2002, IBM announced (PDF, 125KB) a new z800 model, the 0X2. The 0X2 is a lower entry dyadic that is intended to leverage z/OS.e for implementing new workloads in a mixed workload environment and to provide additional granularity in the z800 family for existing traditional workloads. IBM also announced (PDF, 108KB) they are extending the zSeries Entry License Charge (zELC) software pricing model to support stand-alone 0X2 models.

On 22 Oct 2002, IBM announced (PDF, 107KB) a new z800 model, the 0E1. IBM also announced (PDF, 76KB) they are extending the zSeries Entry License Charge (zELC) software pricing model to support stand-alone 0E1 models.

On 14 May 2002, IBM announced (PDF, 23KB) decreases in the monthly license charges on selected operating system zSeries Entry License Charge (zELC) software for the zSeries 800 family of servers. The changes have a significant impact on operating system software prices for the larger models and will offer some benefits down to and including the 0C1 Model. The revised monthly charges will be effective June 1, 2002. These pricing changes apply only to operating system pricing on z800 standard models 0C1 through 004 for z/OS, OS/390 , VM/ESA and VSE/ESA versions that currently have zELC pricing.

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