Systems Director on AIX - Is it no cost to run it on AIX?
nagger 100000MRSJ Visits (3935)
At a recent POWER & AIX Workshop, I was challenged when I stated that you can download IBM Systems Director (ISD) and run it at no costs.
But: Can you run (without support) the ISD core/base function for no costs? I went to the Download site and pretended to want to download until I got to the "Agree the license" part and copied out the agreement. All seventeen thousand words!! It is a standard "Boilerplate" set of words. Largely boring and a good half of it concerns the various country variations.
In My Humble Opinion - I am not a legal person and this is definitely my personal opinion - you need to make your own mind up.
The key part is the interpretation of the following statement:
"Proof of Entitlement" ("PoE") - evidence of Licensee's Authorized Use. The PoE is also evidence of Licensee's eligibility for warranty, future update prices, if any, and potential special or promotional opportunities. If IBM does not provide Licensee with a PoE, then IBM may accept as the PoE the original paid sales receipt or other sales record from the party (either IBM or its reseller) from whom Licensee obtained the Program, provided that it specifies the Program name and Authorized Use obtained.
Which does "on the face of it" suggest you need a "Proof of Entitlement" of some sort but what exactly is a PoE?
I raised my concerns with the IBM Systems Director Offering Manager (there is no higher authority) and his lightening quick response (like this question has been asked many times before):
So provided you bought the IBM machine running AIX or Power Linux (and you have some paperwork to prove that), you are allowed to download and run Systems Director on the POWER IBM machine. Phew!! I don't like getting embroiled in legal issues but it is good to know this is all approved and I have not been encouraging AIX users to do something dodgy for the past 3 years :-)
ps: I am told the ISD Support is handled differently on IBM x86 machines - you need to talk to a x86 IBM techie about that. Same goes for Linux on the Mainframe.