Have you ever looked up into the night sky? Well, I for sure have and if you are lucky enough to live in an area where city lights do not prevent you from having a good look at the night sky, you are in for a treat. Because what you are looking at is utterly stunning (hopefully not just some clouds) – you are looking at the stars. On a good night, equipped with a pair of binoculars you can see as many as half a million stars.
What would you do when you were asked to count the number of stars? Start counting? And if someone would walk up to you every once in a while to check on whether you have the accurate number? That would be a painful task, because the environment and also the universe is always changing. New stars emerge, new stars are discovered, and there you are trying to keep up with that. I would say that it is fairly easy to give a decent estimate, but if that is not what you are looking for, things get difficult.
So what do astronomers living in the 21st century do? That is right, they use advanced technology and software to keep track of everything.
Managing your software licenses in a complex infrastructure environment is just like that. Especially in virtualization (subcapacity) licensing it is important to know the PVU (processor value unit) and core consumption of software the company has acquired.
And just like the astronomers have access to smart solutions to make life easier, IBM Passport Advantage clients have it, too.
IBM License Metric Tool [ILMT] is a free and easy way to keep track and manage all your IBM licenses. Whether it is sub or full capacity licensing, this software determines the PVU and core consumption for the acquired software. This tool lets you know if you are compliant and offers reports which are required for IBM compliance audits.
With IBM License Metric Tool you can safely determine compliance and do not have to rely on best guesses or vague estimates.
Alexander Frank is an IBM International Technical Support Organization – Global Content Services corporate intern working at the IBM Research Triangle Park, North Carolina site. He is a native of Hamburg, Germany. When not in RTP, NC, Alexander is an IBM corporate student living in Berlin studying International Business Administration at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. He will graduate in 2015 receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree.