Container Pricing

Container Pricing for IBM Z provides simplified, standalone software pricing for qualified solutions, with competitive metrics and economics that are directly relevant to those solutions.

Same LPAR collocation

Dedicated LPAR solutions

Multiple LPAR solutions

Container Pricing can scale from collocated solutions within existing LPARs, through to separate LPARs, up to multiple-LPAR solutions, without directly impacting the cost of unrelated workloads. Additionally, Container Pricing will simplify pricing and billing on the IBM Z platform, by superseding a number of existing price offerings and by fully automating the billing process.

Solutions supported by Container Pricing

IBM initially announces three solutions that will be enabled with Container Pricing:

The New Application Solution will provide a highly competitive stand-alone priced offering for new z/OS applications, such as CICS TS or WebSphere applications. The New Application Solution is the strategic replacement for the current zCAP and IWP priced offerings.

The Application Development and Test Solution provides highly competitive stand-alone pricing for z/OS based development and test workloads. Modern DevOps tooling can be optionally added at uniquely discounted prices.

The Payments Pricing Solution provides a ‘per payment’ pricing option for IBM Financial Transaction Manager for z/OS deployments. This new offering directly ties operational cost to business value.

Container Pricing for IBM Z is a ground breaking new software pricing paradigm that offers a direct alternative to traditional capacity based metrics for qualified solutions.

Container Pricing for IBM Z will be available by year end 2017 and enabled in z/OS V2.2 and z/OS V2.3.

IBM will enhance both the Workload Manager capability of z/OS (z/OS WLM) and the Sub-Capacity Reporting Tool (SCRT) to support Container Pricing. This includes:

  • The introduction of a new Tenant Resource Group capability within z/OS WLM to allow the metering and optional capping of workloads, along with the ability to map those workloads directly to Container Pricing.
  • Enhancements to SCRT to capture eligible Container Pricing workloads, allowing for the billing of those solutions independently of traditional Sub-Capacity pricing.