WebSphere brings cloud economics to the on-premises world

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The business and economic benefits of cloud are clear: faster deployment, access to innovative services, lower costs and flexible pricing options. But rather than implement an entire cloud-based infrastructure, most companies (80 percent of companies according to the IDC) are investing in hybrid technologies.

Why? Hybrid capabilities bring the benefits of cloud to the on-premises world, unlocking a wealth of investment built over the years in critical on-premises enterprise applications. For example, IBM WebSphere connect capabilities allow you to enhance existing on-premises Java applications with innovative cloud services to extend the value of your application investments. While it’s exciting to bring cloud services to an on-premises environment, why not benefit from the economic advantages of cloud in an on-premises environment as well? Good news: today you can.

Introducing cloud-friendly “pay-as-you-go” licensing for IBM WebSphere Application Server for both on-premises and on-cloud deployments. This simple pricing plan based on virtual processing cores (VPC) makes it easy to transition between hybrid deployment options.

What is a virtual processing core (VPC)?

A virtual processing core (VPC) is a processor core in an unpartitioned physical server or a virtual core assigned to a virtual server. You must obtain entitlements for each VPC made available to WebSphere.

How VPC pricing changes the game in hybrid

VPC is a simple metric that applies to on-premises and on-cloud deployments. The VPC option is sold as a monthly license charge, so you only pay for what you need on a subscription basis. This gives you the freedom to easily optimize application deployment between on-premises and cloud deployments of your choice.

WebSphere Application Server editions offering the new VPC monthly metric include:

  • IBM WebSphere Application Server Family
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core

How many VPCs do I need to license?

The counting rules are simple—if you have a virtual core available to your WebSphere Application Server, you license a VPC for it regardless of whether you are on-premises or in the cloud. In cases where you know how many physical cores are being used, you license the lesser of the number of virtual cores or physical cores. Not following? Here are some examples:

For cloud deployment:

  • Buy a Virtual Cloud Server as a Service on an internal private cloud or MSP like SoftLayer, Azure, or Amazon
  • Purchase an 8-core virtual CPU Environment
  • You must license 8 VPC for this environment

For on-premises deployment using VMWare:

  • Deploy multiple VMWare hosts to run WebSphere. The server is a 2-socket server with 4 cores per socket. The total number of physical cores is 8.
  • Run 16 VMWare hosts running WebSphere on the server. The total number of virtual cores across the VMWare hosts is 16.
  • As the hardware can be physically identified as a 8-core server you only have to pay for 8 VPCs, not 16, as it is the lesser of the two numbers.

Still unsure how many VPCs to license? Use the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) to help determine your level of VPC usage by clicking here.

Below is the subscription-based pricing depending on your WebSphere edition:

  • WebSphere Application Server Family $334 dollars/month per VPC
  • WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment $303 dollars/month per VPC
  • WebSphere Application Server $81 dollars/month per VPC
  • WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core $40 dollars/month per VPC

(Prices as of 12 July 2016 in the United States.)

Start saving today!

With these new VPC pricing models, you can optimize your application deployment by easily switching between on-premises and cloud deployments and maintain the same pricing structure. Learn more about WebSphere and VPC licenses by clicking here.

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