In a world where software is no longer just simply bought and used, but rather consumed based on current demand status and with greater flexibility, managing software asset licensing becomes mandatory for every business. If you are using IBM Software, IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) can assist you in managing licenses for subcapacity and full capacity software deployed in virtualized environments.
Here are three reasons for your business to run IBM License Metric Tool:
1. No compliance issues
By using IBM License Metric Tool you are eliminating the risk of not being compliant. The tool determines the processor value unit (PVU) and core consumption for sub- and full capacity software and provides you with an overview of all the software currently in use. Current software PVU usage can be viewed and software without proper licensing can be easily identified.
2. Meet the requirements
For IBM clients using Virtualization1 subcapacity software it is required that they have License Metric Tool installed on their systems. For full capacity software, it is highly recommended and since License Metric Tool is available for free, why not do it and grasp the benefits of the tool. Even if you are not required, License Metric Tool still contributes to your business by providing complete overviews of all IBM software installed in the infrastructure and its current PVU usage and core consumption.
3. Be audit ready
Improve your businesses flexibility. License Metric Tool provides you with the option to store a ‘snapshot’ of your PVU subcapacity consumption and all IBM metrics reports over a certain period of time. This way your business stays flexible since no continuity and signing is required. A snapshot can be generated on demand and with flexible frequency. Additionally, historical data can be accessed.
By using License Metric Tool you are providing your business with the necessary safety measures to ensure compliance, be audit ready and always have the proper licensing for the software you are using.
1 With a few exceptions, please see http://www-01.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage/ibmlicensemetrictool.html for further details.
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.