- What are my options for trying out a product?
several choices. Choose the evaluation method that works for you:
- Download a trial version.
- Access an online, hosted trial running on an IBM server in a
- Use the product running in the cloud (IBM SmartCloud Enterprise
or Amazon Web Services).
- What if the product I want to evaluate isn't on the
Many products offer trial versions and demos. If you don't
see what you need on the developerWorks
evaluation software page, check the IBM trials and demos page.
- What's a free product? Surely there's a catch?
No catch. IBM
does not charge you anything to use free products.
- How is a free product different from a downloadable trial?
Downloadable trials are time-limited (usually 30 to 60 days). After that
time period, they can no longer be used. Free products, however, can be
downloaded, installed, and run without restriction.
- If I use a free product in a cloud environment, will I have to pay
Maybe. When these products are accessed in a
cloud environment (such as an Amazon Machine Image), usage charges might
- I want to download a trial version. Will I have to pay?
trial downloads are free. After you complete a simple registration, you
can download and install the trial code to run on your own, local
- How long can I use the trial version?
Typically the trial
code is available for 30 or 60 days from when you install it.
- Does the trial version contain all the same functions as the
Yes, for the most part. In a few
cases, certain optional components are not included in the trial
version, but typically, the trial is fully functional.
- I have a slow Internet connection. Will the file take a long time to
All trials can be downloaded with the local
install method, which uses either the traditional HTTP protocol or the
newer Download Director. Download Director offers high-performance and
pause and resume capability. In many cases, additional download methods
are available. Download Director starts in a separate browser window
where you can specify the download location and view download status.
When it's available, we recommend choosing Download Director over the
HTTP protocol. For help with Download Directory, see Download Director
- Is there a faster way to download a file?
available, the Web install using IBM Installation Manager is even
simpler to use than Download Director. Installation Manager makes it
easier for you to download and install trial code for many IBM software
products. Once installed, it can be used to update the software that you
have previously installed and to install additional software. An
especially nice feature is the ability to select multiple download files
to be installed in one step. If you have Installation Manager already
installed, choose the appropriate download link. For help with IBM
Installation Manager, see the IBM Installation Manager
- What if I don't want to download, install, and configure trial code
to run on my local machine? Is there another way to see a product in
Sure! Many products offer an online, hosted trial,
running in a sandbox environment. You're given 3 hours to run the trial
code on an IBM server in a virtual, hosted environment.
- Do I need special software to use an online trial?
sandbox uses the Citrix XenApp Presentation Server to connect your
workstation to the remote server running the IBM product you are
evaluating. You only have to download and install the Citrix XenApp Web
plugin that runs on your operating system. This is a one-time
installation, which allows you to log into any dW sandbox. Once you've
registered, you'll be redirected to a page from which you can access the
pre-configured IBM product through the Citrix plugin. Extra help for
connection questions is provided in the Online trial connectivity
- How will I know what to do, once I start a sandbox?
Evaluation resources are provided with most sandbox exercises. Scenarios
and tutorials help you get started with the product and try some sample
- How can I tell if a product is offered in a sandbox
Only some products are available in a sandbox.
Look for a checkmark in the "Sandbox" column on the Download, try, or buy page, check the Sandbox tab on that page,
or notice the "Sandbox" text tab on the Try tab of the product page.
- I'd like to see several products running together, but I don't have
time to download them all and configure them individually to work
together. What do you recommend?
Try one of these
These multi-product sandboxes are similar to the single
product sandboxes in that they run in a hosted environment. The biggest
difference is that a sandbox offers you a chance to see many products
configured to run with each other, for the purpose of solving a
- What makes a sandbox especially useful?
exercise is based on real customer experiences. An evaluation guide
steps you through tasks so that you can see how the collection of
products work together to solve a problem.
- I heard that IBM offers some IBM products in a cloud computing
environment. How does that work?
You can access a growing
number of IBM products in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud. IBM has
partnered with Amazon Web Services to give you access to IBM software
products in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) virtual environment.
This is product-level code, with all features and options enabled. IBM
products that have been modified to run on the EC2 platform are called
Amazon Machine Images (AMIs.)
- Are the Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) of IBM products available for
production use? Or just for evaluation purposes?
question! Most of the methods covered in this collection FAQs are used
by developers or IT professionals who want to evaluate IBM product code.
The AMIs are slightly different in that not only can you evaluate them
to evaluate a product, you can actually develop in a virtual, cloud
computing environment, where computing capacity, bandwidth, storage,
security and reliability aren't issues.
- How would I use an Amazon Machine Image?
installing the software on your own system, you can develop, deploy, and
manage applications, paying only for the time and capacity you use. It's
easy to scale up or down, as your needs change.
- You mean I don't have to pay to use an Amazon Machine Image for
Right. If you are using an AMI to
help you develop applications, you pay nothing. The pricing model
depends on the type of AMI you're using; there are three:
- Development-use only AMI
- Production-ready AMI
- Bring your own license
- Tell me more about development-use only AMIs.
If you're an
Independent Software Vendor (ISV) who builds services and applications
for commercial enterprises, you can use development-use only AMIs for
- To demonstrate your solutions running on IBM software
- To evaluate IBM products
- To learn about IBM software
- To develop and test commercially available Software as a Service
- Is a production-ready AMI really ready for production? Can I use the
product in my production environment?
pricing, you can use IBM products running in the Amazon cloud computing
environment and pay only for the hours of service you require. These
AMIs make it possible to use Amazon EC2 with many of the IBM platform
technologies you’re already familiar with.
- What if I've already bought a license for a product that is available
on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud? Am I just out of luck?
No, not at all! If you already own licenses for IBM products, you can
apply them to those products running on the Amazon EC2 platform. To find
out how your license converts to usage time, see PVUs required for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud.
- I still have further questions about IBM product trials on
developerWorks that are not covered in this FAQ. Where can I ask
For questions about online trials, you may
post further questions at the forum for solutions to problems connecting
to developerWorks online trials monitored by the dW product
- I'm considering buying a product. Where do I go for more
For an individual product, look for the Ready
to buy link in the right column of the evaluation software page for that
product. See the entire list of IBM software products in the IBM
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