IBM® Notes® and IBM Domino® offerings deliver enterprise−grade collaboration capabilities, across a wide range of uses and applications. It can be deployed as core e−mail and enterprise scheduling infrastructure, as a custom application platform, or both. This extensive breadth of uses also creates a wide array of deployment scenarios. The IBM Notes and Domino licensing model supports all of these scenarios, in ways that make it easy to acquire and deploy.

IBM offers you three ways to license IBM Notes and Domino software to match your buying preferences and let you pay according to the function and flexibility you need.

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


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How is IBM Notes and Domino software licensed?

A. There are three primary ways to acquire licenses of software in the Notes and Domino family:

  1. Client and Server licensing

    Acquire a client access license for each user, plus server licenses determined by the total processor value units associated with your server machine(s). Various options are available for both client access license and server, depending on the degree of function you need (messaging only or messaging plus collaborative applications).

  2. Per user licensing

    Pay a client access license per user based on your total number of users. This option is available through a simple list of options designed for small and midsize businesses, and others designed for large enterprises. With these offerings, you are entitled to deploy as many Domino servers of a particular type as you want, and each user is entitled to use any of the specified client types. Or, leverage extensive IBM expertise in messaging and collaboration with a hosted environment that helps provide predicable costs and assistance with security, availability, and compliance requirements.

  3. Processor value unit licensing (applications only, no messaging)

    Acquire server licenses determined by the total processor value units associated with your server machine(s). Client access licenses are not required for application access by Web browser access, inside or outside your company. Two offerings are licensed in this fashion−one designed for small and midsize businesses, and one designed for larger enterprises.

Q. How do I acquire IBM Notes and Domino software licenses?

A. IBM Domino Client access licenses and Domino software licenses can be acquired through the IBM Passport Advantage® or IBM Passport Advantage Express software acquisition program, either from IBM or from an IBM Business Partner who is a software reseller. Individual licenses can be acquired online using the IBM Software Catalog.

Q. What is the IBM Passport Advantage program?

A. IBM Passport Advantage is IBM's comprehensive software licensing and Software Subscription and Support program. It is a flexible and cost−effective way for organizations to reap the benefits of volume pricing for new software, new releases of the latest technology, and technical support to keep businesses up and running. The Passport Advantage program consists of a general acquisition program for specific software products and their supporting Software Subscription and Support services, as well as a Complete Enterprise Option (CEO) to acquire groups of products to be deployed across an enterprise on a per−user basis.

Q. What are the differences between the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express programs?

A. Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express are both IBM programs that cover software license acquisition and software subscription and support services under a single, common set of agreements, processes and tools. The Passport Advantage program is focused on larger enterprises that may have multiple sites. It involves making a volume commitment for the acquisition of IBM software licenses over a period of time. The size of the commitment determines the suggested volume price level. Passport Advantage Express is a transaction−based program designed to meet the needs of smaller, single site enterprises, with no requirement for a volume commitment.

Q. What tradeup options are available to move from one messaging and collaboration offering to...

A. IBM offers several in−family and competitive tradeup part numbers. As the name suggests, in−family pricing applies to moving from messaging−only capabilities to full collaboration capabilities within the same family (IBM Domino server licenses acquired through the client−server licensing model, IBM Domino Express per user licenses, select client licenses). In−family tradeup pricing is generally lower than the difference between current prices of the existing and new licenses.

The available in−family tradeup options are:

  • IBM Domino Messaging Server to IBM Domino Enterprise server (except for Linux® on the IBM System z™ platform)
  • IBM Domino Messaging Express to IBM Domino Collaboration Express
  • IBM Domino Messaging Express or IBM Domino Collaboration Express to Passport Advantage CEO Communications per user licensing
  • IBM Domino Messaging Client Access License to IBM Domino Enterprise Client Access License

Competitive tradeup licenses are discounted versions of regular IBM Domino Client access license offerings, and you are generally eligible when you retire non−IBM, competitive commercial e−mail software as part of the transaction. Eligibility extends to open source e−mail software when moving to IBM software running on the Linux operating system. Think of it as a way to turn in your current non− IBM licenses toward new IBM licenses. Please note that there are currently no competitive tradeup licenses for server software.

Competitive tradeup options are available to move from competitive e−mail software to:

  • IBM Domino Messaging Client access license
  • IBM Domino Enterprise Client access license
  • IBM Domino Messaging Express
  • IBM Domino Collaboration Express