Advanced Workload License Charges offers price/performance for the IBM zEnterprise 196IBM United States Software Announcement 210-238
July 22, 2010
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Coinciding with the announcement of the IBM® zEnterprise® 196 (z196) server, IBM introduces a new software pricing structure called Advanced Workload License Charges (AWLC). The AWLC pricing metric leverages the reporting mechanisms and existing Millions of Service Units (MSU) per hour tiers of the Variable Workload License Charges (VWLC) pricing model while extending the software price/performance provided by the VWLC tiers. AWLC applies only to eligible z/OS® and z/TPF software programs and their associated middleware programs when running on a z196 server. For details, refer to the Programs eligible for AWLC section.
Benefits of AWLC include:
- Reduced price points, versus VWLC, for all MSU levels with more than three MSUs
- Additional unit cost improvements, versus VWLC, for eligible monthly license charge (MLC) IBM middleware programs with more than 875 MSUs
- Sub-capacity or full-capacity implementation
- Aggregation in an actively coupled Parallel Sysplex®
For actively coupled Parallel Sysplexes with a mix of System z® hardware technologies (one or more z196 servers with one or more System z10® EC, System z9® EC, System z10 BC, or System z9 BC servers), a Transition Charges for Sysplexes program provides aggregated VWLC pricing along with a reduction in VWLC as customers upgrade machines to z196 servers. Aggregated AWLC pricing is not available for actively coupled Parallel Sysplexes until all of the servers in the sysplex are upgraded to z196 servers. VWLC is not available for a single, stand-alone z196 server, nor for an aggregated sysplex consisting only of z196 servers.
The new AWLC pricing structure and the Transition Charges for Sysplexes program require an Attachment for IBM System z Advanced Workload License Charges (Z125-8538) to be added to the IBM Customer Agreement. Also new is the IBM System z Advanced Workload License Charges Exhibit (Z125-8539).
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- AWLC is available only for single, stand-alone z196 servers or for actively coupled Parallel Sysplexes that consist only of z196 servers.
- AWLC applies only to specified eligible software programs that are included on the Programs Eligible for AWLC list.
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July 22, 2010
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Advanced Workload License Charges (AWLC) is a monthly license charge price metric available for eligible software programs running on a z196 server. AWLC applies to z/OS operating system software and many of its associated middleware software programs, such as IBM CICS®, IBM DB2®, and IBM IMS. AWLC also applies to the z/TPF operating system and its associated z/TPFDF programs. Other IBM operating systems and their associated middleware programs continue to be licensed and priced based on previously announced charge structures.
For details, refer to the Programs eligible for AWLC section.
Similar to Workload License Charges (WLC), AWLC may be implemented in full-capacity or sub-capacity mode.
- Full-capacity: monthly charges for AWLC-priced programs are based on the total MSU capacity of the z196 server. To view the IBM MSU ratings for the z196 servers, refer to
- Sub-capacity: Monthly charges for AWLC-priced software programs are based
on the highest number of MSUs utilized by the combined Logical Partitions
(LPARs) in which the AWLC program executes during a reporting period. LPAR
MSU utilization is measured by the Sub-Capacity Reporting Tool (SCRT) using
the highest observed rolling 4-hour average MSUs utilization. Customers choosing
sub-capacity pricing must use SCRT to generate sub-capacity reports and submit
these reports to IBM each month. Additional customer responsibilities
under sub-capacity pricing are specified in the ICA Attachment for IBM System z Advanced
Workload License Charges (Z125-8538).
For more information about SCRT, refer to
In conjunction with software programs implemented with AWLC:
- Programs having Flat Workload License Charges (FWLC) will continue to be charged using FWLC. These programs have one flat monthly charge per IBM System z server, independent of the size of the machine to which the program is licensed.
- System z New Application License Charges (zNALC) and Select Application License Charges (SALC) remain available for their respective eligible programs under their respective terms and conditions on machines with AWLC pricing.
Parallel Sysplex License Charges (PSLC) are available as an alternative charge metric for eligible software programs running on a z196 server. If available for their specific configuration, customers have a choice of selecting either AWLC or PSLC, but not both, for their IBM software programs within the z/OS or z/TPF operating system families on a z196 server. In conjunction with software programs implemented with PSLC, System z Usage Pricing Charges remain available for their respective eligible programs under System z Usage Pricing Charges terms and conditions.
Each AWLC-eligible software program has a monthly license charge based on a cumulative price structure with multiple levels.
Base AWLC 3 MSUs Level 0 AWLC 4 - 45 MSUs Level 1 AWLC 46 - 175 MSUs Level 2 AWLC 176 - 315 MSUs Level 3 AWLC 316 - 575 MSUs Level 4 AWLC 576 - 875 MSUs Level 5 AWLC 876 - 1315 MSUs Level 6 AWLC 1316 - 1975 MSUs Level 7 AWLC 1976 - more MSUs
Transition Charges for Sysplexes program
When two or more machines exist in an actively coupled Parallel Sysplex but not all of the machines are z196 servers, all machines will remain on WLC pricing, but will receive a reduction to VWLC pricing across the aggregated Parallel Sysplex. This reduction provides a portion of the price/performance benefit related to AWLC pricing based on the proportion of z196 server capacity in the Parallel Sysplex.
The number of MSUs used to determine both the total MSUs for the Parallel Sysplex and z196 server proportion of MSUs are based on the announced IBM full-capacity ratings at
Schedule of VWLC discounts for the Transition Charges for Sysplexes
Percentage of AWLC-eligible full-capacity MSUs in an Reduction in actively coupled Parallel Sysplex monthly VWLC > 0 - 20% 0.5% 21 - 40% 1.5% 41 - 60% 3.0% 61 - 80% 4.0% 81 - < 100% 4.5%
To find the percentage discount when a sysplex includes AWLC-eligible full capacity MSUs:
- Add the total MSUs of the machines in the sysplex, including the z196 machines.
- Divide the z196 MSUs by the total MSUs.
- The result of the calculation must be rounded to the nearest whole percent.
Using regular rounding rules, fractions of a percent of 0.5 or more are rounded
up and fractions of a percent less than 0.5 are rounded down. Rounding examples:
- 0.204999 rounds down to 20%
- 0.205000 rounds up to 21%
- 0.404999 rounds down to 40%
- 0.405000 rounds up to 41%
- Refer to the schedule of VWLC discounts to determine the applicable discount.
Example 1: A customer has two machines in an actively coupled Parallel Sysplex. Machine 1 is a z196 model 710 server with 1191 MSUs and machine 2 is a System z9 EC model 607 server with 385 MSUs for a total of 1576 MSUs. Divide 1191 by 1576; the result is 0.755710, which is rounded up to 76%. The Parallel Sysplex will remain on VWLC pricing and receive a 4.0% reduction in VWLC billing.
Example 2: A customer has two machines in an actively coupled Parallel Sysplex. Machine 1 is a z196 model 715 server with 1648 MSUs and machine 2 is a System z10 EC model 713 server with 1076 MSUs for a total of 2724 MSUs. Divide 1648 by 2724, the result is 0.604992, which is rounded down to 60%. The Parallel Sysplex will remain on VWLC pricing and receive a 3.0% reduction in VWLC billing.
Example 3: A customer has three machines in an actively coupled Parallel Sysplex. Machine 1 is a z196 model 610 server with 777 MSUs, machine 2 is a System z10 EC model 739 server with 2585 MSUs, and machine 3 is a System z9 EC model 608 server with 428 MSUs, for a total of 3790 MSUs. Divide 777 by 3790, the result is 0.205013, which rounds up to 21%. The Parallel Sysplex will remain on VWLC pricing and receive a 1.5% reduction in VWLC billing.
For AWLC pricing purposes, aggregation of AWLC product MSUs across multiple z196 machines is allowed. In order for this aggregation to take place, the customer must meet the actively coupled Parallel Sysplex definition rules in the Attachment for IBM System z Advanced Workload License Charges (Z125-8538) and must have z/OS licensed and running in z/Architecture® (64-bit) mode on each of the z196 machines of a Parallel Sysplex receiving aggregated AWLC pricing.
FWLC products do not aggregate MSUs since their charge is independent of machine size or LPAR utilization.
Terms and conditions
All terms and conditions associated with AWLC, sub-capacity pricing, Transition Charges for Sysplexes, the Attachment for IBM System z Advanced Workload License Charges, and the IBM Customer Agreement apply.
Documents created specifically for AWLC and Transition Charges for Sysplexes:
- Attachment for IBM System z Advanced Workload License Charges (Z125-8538)
- IBM System z Advanced Workload License Charges Exhibit (Z125-8539)
In addition, WLC terms and conditions described in the following documents also apply to Transition Charges for Sysplexes:
- Attachment for IBM System z Workload License Charges (Z125-6516)
- IBM System z Workload License Charges Exhibit (Z125-6324)
Programs eligible for AWLC
Note: Program eligibility is subject to product availability, including new programs that may become eligible for AWLC.
Software Entitlement Offering Entity (SWO) (EE) Description 5655S97 S015H9T CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V4.1 5655M15 S0118T7 CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V3.2 5697E93 S00T7FK CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V2 5655147 S001CVJ CICS Transaction Server for OS/390® V1 5655018 S00151M CICS/ESA® V4 - CICS ONC RPC 5655018 S00151N CICS/ESA V4 - CICS/ESA V4
5655S71 S014DVZ Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V4 5655G53 S00VXNM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V3 - Full Function 5655G53 S00VXNN Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V3 - Alternate Function 5648A25 S001FGH COBOL for OS/390 and VM V2 - Full Function 5648A25 S001FGK COBOL for OS/390 and VM V2 - Alternate Function 5635DB2 S011XS0 DB2 V9 for z/OS 5635DB2 S012J7P DB2 V9 for z/OS - QMF Enterprise Edition 5635DB2 S012J7R DB2 V9 for z/OS - QMF Classic Edition 5625DB2 S00X44M DB2 UDB for z/OS V8 5625DB2 S00X44N DB2 UDB for z/OS V8 - QMF Enterprise Edition 5625DB2 S00X44P DB2 UDB for z/OS V8 - QMF Distributed Edition 5625DB2 S00X44R DB2 UDB for z/OS V8 - QMF Classic Edition 5625DB2 S010TGB DB2 UDB for z/OS V8 - DB2 Net Search Extender
5675DB2 S00SN65 DB2 UDB for OS/390 V7 5675DB2 S00SN6L DB2 UDB for OS/390 V7 - DB2 Warehouse Manager 5675DB2 S00SN6M DB2 UDB for OS/390 V7 - QMF for OS/390 5675DB2 S00SN6S DB2 UDB for OS/390 V7 - QMF for Windows® feat of QMF 5675DB2 S00SN6X DB2 UDB for OS/390 V7 - QMF for Windows feature of DB2 5675DB2 S00TZJH DB2 UDB for OS/390 V7 - DB2 Net Search Extender 5675DB2 S00VWTB DB2 UDB for OS/390 V7 - QMF HPO Version 7.1.1 5645DB2 S00087N DB2 UDB for OS/390 V6 5645DB2 S00087G DB2 UDB for OS/390 V6 - QMF HPO Buy 5645DB2 S00087J DB2 UDB for OS/390 V6 - QMF for Windows-No QMF Lic. 5645DB2 S00087M DB2 UDB for OS/390 V6 - QMF for Windows w/QMF Lic 5645DB2 S00087P DB2 UDB for OS/390 V6 - QMF for OS/390 5645DB2 S00V5XB DB2 UDB for OS/390 V6 - Net Search Extender 5645DB2 S00VWVP DB2 UDB for OS/390 V6 - QMF for OS/390 Version 7
5645DB2 S00VWVT DB2 UDB for OS/390 V6 - QMF for Win V7 (Feat of DB2) 5645DB2 S00VWVW DB2 UDB for OS/390 V6 - QMF for Win V7 (Feat of QMF) 5645DB2 S00VWVZ DB2 UDB for OS/390 V6 - QMF HPO Version 7 5655DB2 S001FJ7 DB2 for OS/390 V5 5655DB2 S001FJ8 DB2 for OS/390 V5 - DB2 Performance Monitor 5655DB2 S00MVJ2 DB2 for OS/390 V5 - QMF Win V6 F/C 5655DB2 S00MVJ4 DB2 for OS/390 V5 - QMF Win V6 w Host QMF prereq 5695DB2 S00184N DB2 for MVS/ESA V4
5635A02 S0152Z0 IMS V11 - IMS Transaction Manager 5635A02 S0152Z1 IMS V11 - IMS Database Manager 5635A02 S0152XX IMS V11 - IMS Extended Term Opt 5635A02 S0152XZ IMS V11 - IMS Recov Lvl Tracking 5635A02 S0152Z2 IMS V11 - IMS DB-Level Tracking 5635A01 S012K9B IMS V10 - IMS Transaction Manager 5635A01 S012K9W IMS V10 - IMS Database Manager 5635A01 S012KB0 IMS V10 - IMS Extended Term Opt 5635A01 S012K9Z IMS V10 - IMS Recov Lvl Tracking 5635A01 S012K9X IMS V10 - IMS DB-Level Tracking
5655J38 S0108VV IMS V9 - IMS Transaction Manager 5655J38 S0108VK IMS V9 - IMS Database Manager 5655J38 S0108VP IMS V9 - IMS Extended Term Opt 5655J38 S0108VS IMS V9 - IMS Recov Lvl Tracking 5655J38 S0108VM IMS V9 - IMS DB-Level Tracking 5655C56 S00W274 IMS V8 - IMS Transaction Manager 5655C56 S00W276 IMS V8 - IMS Database Manager 5655C56 S00W277 IMS V8 - IMS Extended Term Opt 5655C56 S00W278 IMS V8 - IMS Recov Lvl Tracking 5655C56 S00W275 IMS V8 - IMS DB-Level Tracking 5655B01 S00TBGB IMS V7 - IMS Transaction Manager 5655B01 S00TBG7 IMS V7 - IMS Database Manager 5655B01 S00TBG6 IMS V7 - IMS Extended Term Opt 5655B01 S00TBG8 IMS V7 - IMS Recov Lvl Tracking 5655B01 S00TBG9 IMS V7 - IMS DB-Level Tracking
5655158 S001CFT IMS/ESA® V6 - IMS/ESA Transaction Manager 5655158 S001CFP IMS/ESA V6 - IMS/ESA Database Manager 5655158 S001CFR IMS/ESA Version 6 - IMS/ESA V6 Ext Terminal Opt 5655158 S001CFN IMS/ESA Version 6 - IMS/ESA Recov Lvl Tracking 5655158 S001CFS IMS/ESA Version 6 - IMS/ESA DB-Level Tracking 5695176 S00150D IMS/ESA V5 - IMS/ESA Transaction Manager 5695176 S00150G IMS/ESA V5 - IMS/ESA Database Manager 5695176 S00150H IMS/ESA V5 - IMS/ESA Extended Term Opt 5695176 S00150F IMS/ESA V5 - IMS/ESA Recov Lvl Tracking 5695176 S00150J IMS/ESA V5 - IMS/ESA DB-Level Tracking 5695176 S00150K IMS/ESA V5 - IMS/ESA Surveyor Feature
5655S17 S01489W Debug Tool for z/OS V8 5655R44 S012PVX Debug Tool for z/OS V7 5655P14 S0121TL Debug Tool for z/OS V6 5655M18 S011CMT Debug Tool for z/OS V5 5655L24 S0109LN Debug Tool for z/OS V4 5655H32 S00X8FN Debug Tool for z/OS and OS/390 V3 5655H31 S00W183 Enterprise PL/I for z/OS and OS/390 V3 - Full Function 5655H31 S00W184 Enterprise PL/I for z/OS and OS/390 V3 - Alternate Function 5655B22 S00S8F5 VisualAge® PL/I for OS/390 V2 - Full Function 5655B22 S00S8F4 VisualAge PL/I for OS/390 V2 - Alternate Function
5697NQZ S012B7X WebSphere® MQ Extended Security Edition V6 5697NQZ S012B80 WebSphere MQ Extended Security Edition V6 - Client Attachment 5697MQZ S010N7W WebSphere MQ Extended Security Edition V5 5697MQZ S010N7T WebSphere MQ Extended Security Edition V5 - Client Attachment 5655R36 S014V9Z WebSphere MQ for z/OS V7 5655R36 S014VB0 WebSphere MQ for z/OS V7 - Client Attachment 5655L82 S011P8R WebSphere MQ for z/OS V6 5655L82 S011P8T WebSphere MQ for z/OS V6 - Client Attachment
5655F10 S00TDF5 WebSphere MQ for z/OS V5 5655F10 S00TDFD WebSphere MQ for z/OS V5 - Client Attachment 5655A95 S00NB8L MQSeries® for OS/390 V2 5655A95 S00NB8K MQSeries for OS/390 V2 - Client Attachment 5695137 S000PX4 MQSeries for MVS/ESA V1 5695137 S000PX3 MQSeries for MVS/ESA V1 - Client Attachment 5697ENV S00WM20 Tivoli® NetView® for z/OS V5 5697ENV S0148PZ Tivoli NetView for z/OS V5 - TEMA 5697B82 S001FFC Tivoli NetView for OS/390 - Enterprise 5697B82 S001FFD Tivoli NetView for OS/390 - Unattended 5697B82 S001FFF Tivoli NetView for OS/390 - Procedural
5694A01 S00T4FR z/OS V1 Base 5694A01 S00T4FS z/OS V1 Alternate Base 5694A01 S00T4FT z/OS V1 BDT FTF 5694A01 S00T4FV z/OS V1 BDT SNA NJE 5694A01 S00T4FW z/OS V1 BookManager® Build 5694A01 S00T4FX z/OS V1 C/C++ with Debug 5694A01 S00T4FZ z/OS V1 C/C++ without Debug 5694A01 S00T4G0 z/OS V1 DFSMS dsshsm 5694A01 S00T4G1 z/OS V1 DFSMS rmm 5694A01 S00T4G2 z/OS V1 DFSMS dss 5694A01 S00T4G3 z/OS V1 DFSORT 5694A01 S00T4G4 z/OS V1 GDDM-PGF 5694A01 S00T4G5 z/OS V1 GDDM-REXX 5694A01 S00T4G8 z/OS V1 Infoprint Server
5694A01 S00T4G9 z/OS V1 JES3 5694A01 S00T4GB z/OS V1 RMF 5694A01 S00T4GC z/OS V1 SDSF 5694A01 S00T4GD z/OS V1 SOMobjects® ADE 5694A01 S00T4GF z/OS V1 Security Server 5694A01 S010776 z/OS V1 DFSMStvs 5645005 S000V5N System Automation for OS/390 V1 5645006 S00SNWR System Automation for OS/390 V2 5695068 S000BKC Airline Control System V2
5697WSZ S00W0CT Tivoli Workload Scheduler for z/OS V8 5697WSZ S00W0CV Tivoli Workload Scheduler for z/OS V8 - Engine + Lang 5697WSZ S00W0CW Tivoli Workload Scheduler for z/OS V8 - End2End Enabler 5697OPC S001FDV Tivoli Operations Planning and Control V2 - Comm + Lang 5697OPC S001FDW Tivoli Operations Planning and Control V2 - Agent + Enabler 5697OPC S001FDX Tivoli Operations Planning and Control V2 - Tracker
5706254 S00066F Query Management Facility for MVS V3 - HPO Manager 5706254 S00066G Query Management Facility for MVS V3 - QMF for Windows 5706254 S00066H Query Management Facility for MVS V3 - HPO Complete 5706254 S00066J Query Management Facility for MVS V3 - HPO Compiler 5706254 S00066K Query Management Facility for MVS V3 - QMF MVS V3
5799GKY S00TN86 MQSeries for OS/390 - PRPQ 5748F15 S011DWP z/Transaction Processing Facility Database Facility 5748T15 S011DWM z/Transaction Processing Facility Enterprise Edition - HPO 5748T15 S011DWN z/Transaction Processing Facility Enterprise Edition 5655P97 S01243R IBM Encryption Facility for z/OS V1 5655P97 S01256T IBM Encryption Facility for z/OS V1 - dss 5655043 S00135C Tivoli NetView Performance Monitor V2 5655043 S00135D Tivoli NetView Performance Monitor V2 - NRDC
5655S73 S0144DV Lotus® Domino® for z/OS V8 5655N14 S011DT8 Lotus Domino for z/OS V7 5655K36 S00XJ4K Lotus Domino for z/OS V6 5655B86 S00RXVG Lotus Domino for S/390® V5
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For a list of software programs that are eligible for AWLC, refer to the Programs eligible for AWLC section.
For information about machine exhibits, refer to
For information about IBM zEnterprise 196, refer to Hardware Announcement 110-170, dated July 22, 2010.
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