IBM Notes and Domino licensing

                                                   Client/server licensing

                                        Per user licensing

                             PVU licensing

Server options IBM Domino Express offerings priced per user IBM Domino Utility Server Express
Client options CEO bundle IBM Domino Utility Server
Additional entitlements with IBM Notes and Domino licenses    

If you wish to host collaborative applications for access both outside and inside your company, but do not need mail and calendar, processor value unit licensing may be the most cost effective for you.

You acquire server licenses determined by the total processor value units associated with your server machine(s). Client access licenses are not needed for Web browser access to non-mail IBM® Domino® applications. Access from a IBM Notes client is allowed, but a IBM Domino Enterprise Client access license must be acquired separately for access to applications using the IBM Notes client software, regardless of whether the access is authenticated or anonymous. Two IBM Domino server options are licensed in this manner:

  • IBM Domino Utility Server software is an application server license option that includes access to non-mail applications from a Web browser without requiring individual client access licenses, even if the application requires sign on (authentication with the IBM Domino Directory). This benefit makes it well suited for applications with a large or unknown number of users, such as intranet/extranet self-service applications and Internet communities. 

    Access from an IBM Notes® client is allowed, but IBM Domino Enterprise Client access license must be acquired separately for access to Domino applications using the IBM Notes client software, regardless of whether the access is authenticated or anonymous. 

    A license to IBM Domino Utility Server software includes entitlement to use IBM Client Application Access. A license to IBM Domino Utility Server software also includes limited use entitlement to IBM Tivoli® Directory Integrator and IBM WebSphere® Application Server software. 

    With IBM Domino Utility Server software, you can take advantage of hundreds of existing IBM Domino-based vendor applications (not included) such as sales force automation, customer relationship management or call center tracking, or custom applications developed in-house (with a separately priced IBM Domino Designer client) or by one of the thousands of IBM Business Partners worldwide. 

    Note:
    • Entitlement to messaging capability is not available with IBM Domino Utility Server software.
    • Entitlement to IBM WebSphere Portal Server software is not included.
    • IBM Domino Utility Server software does not include entitlement to use the IBM Notes or IBM iNotes software. If you wish to use those client options, you must purchase the IBM DominoEnterprise Client access license offering.
    • IBM Domino Designer software is freely available to all developers. Each developer who will build and deploy applications with IBM Domino Designer software in a IBM Domino environment must have a IBM Domino Enterprise Client access license.
    • Usage of various entitled IBM Domino and Lotus Workflow capabilities on a single machine may require that you install specific releases of components, according to IBM support policies in effect at the time.
  • IBM Domino Utility Server Express software is an application-only option designed for, and available only to, companies that have 1000 employees or fewer. License restrictions remove selected IBM Domino elements and attributes that are appropriate primarily for larger enterprises. 

    Like IBM Domino Utility Server software, IBM Domino Utility Server Express software is an application server license option that includes unlimited access to non-mail applications (authenticated or anonymous) from a Web browser or a separately priced IBM Domino Enterprise Client access license . Use of IBM Domino Designer software to build in-house applications is separately priced. Entitlement to messaging capability is not available with IBM Domino Utility Server Express software. 

    Unlike IBM Domino Utility Server software, IBM Domino Utility Server Express software is limited to a maximum of 1600 processor value units per company. In addition, the following license restrictions apply:
    • No accompanying entitlement to Lotus Workflow software
    • No use on IBM System z™ platform (Linux or IBM z/OS®)
    Unlike the other IBM Domino Express offerings (IBM Domino Messaging Express and IBM Domino Collaboration Express software):
    • Entitlement to messaging capability is not included with IBM Domino Utility Server Express software.
    • IBM Domino Utility Server Express software does not include entitlement to use the IBM Notes or IBM iNotes software. If you wish to use those client options, you must purchase the IBM Domino Enterprise Client access licenses offering.
    • IBM Domino Designer software is freely available to all developers. Each developer who will build and deploy applications with IBM Domino Designer software in a IBM Domino Utility Server Express environment must have a IBM Domino Enterprise Client access license

Frequently asked questions

Q. What are processor value units?

A. A processor value unit is a unit of measure used to differentiate licensing of IBM server software on various types of processor technology. Previously, the number of IBM Domino licenses was equal to the number of processor cores physically available and active in the machines on which the software is deployed. IBM defines a core to be an independent functional unit that interprets and executes software instructions. IBM recognized the need to simplify licensing for multi-core chips and to align with variations in the value of different types of hardware technology to IBM customers.

On 25 July 2006, IBM adopted a server software licensing model based on processor value unit designations for three technology tiers. The number of IBM Domino licenses required is now based on the number of processor value units. In most cases, the new price per license was established in a way that the total suggested retail price (in US dollars) of licenses needed for your machine did not change on that date.

For example: for IBM Domino software running on a single core chip, the price per processor value unit on 25 July 2006 was the former per-CPU Passport Advantage suggested retail price in US dollars divided by 100. The number of processor value units assigned to a single core chip is 100. The total price remained the same.

Q. How does IBM Domino Utility Server Express software differ from IBM Domino Utility Server soft...

A. IBM Domino Utility Server Express is available only for companies who have 1000 employees or fewer, and is limited to a maximum of 1600 processor value units per company. IBM Domino Utility Server Express removes select capabilities of IBM Domino Utility Server that are designed for larger enterprises. The license restrictions are:

- No use on IBM System z platform (Linux or z/OS)

- No accompanying entitlement to Lotus Workflow software

Q. Is my company entitled to use IBM Domino Utility Server software to provide application hosti...

A. Yes, with an appropriate xSP licensing addendum. Alternatively, other companies may acquire their own IBM Domino Utility server licenses equal to the number of processor value units associated with the machine(s) on which you will deploy the software. One company acquiring IBM Domino licenses and then sub-licensing is not allowed. The individual companies must each have their own licenses.

Q. If I have a IBM Domino Utility Server Express license, how am I allowed to use IBM Domino Des...

A. IBM Domino Designer software is freely available to all developers. Customers who are interested in deploying applications built with IBM Domino Designer software to a IBM Domino Utility Server Express server need to purchase a IBM Domino Enterprise Client access license license for each developer they intend to have writing and publishing IBM Domino applications. The IBM Domino Enterprise Client access license includes the entitlement to use IBM Domino Designer software. There is no conflict between the IBM Domino Utility Server Express license and using IBM Domino Designer software via the IBM Domino Enterprise Client access license.

Q. Can a mail-in database be used on Domino Utility Server?

A. Yes. Mail-in databases can be used on Domino Utility Server. Users can access the mail-in database via HTTP without the need for an individual Client access license. Accessing a mail-in database from a Notes client requires a Domino Enterprise Client access license.