License metric utilization

The primary source of information about license metric utilization is the All Metrics report. For every product, you can specify a metric threshold to verify whether metric utilization is above or below your expectations. You can also create a snapshot of the report, and store it for audit purposes.

Report overview

1 9.2.4 Predefined report views
Predefined report views give you quick access to filtered information. You can schedule these reports to be sent and set them as default views. However, you cannot modify them.
2 9.2.9 Thresholds and Custom Fields
Custom fields allow you to extend information that is related to software products by adding details pertinent to your organization. You can then use the information to filter and sort the reports as well as group products based on flexible criteria. A value that is specified in a custom field applies to the selected product with the particular license metric. It also applies only within the computer group to which you are assigned. For more information, see: Adding custom information to license metric reports.
The menu can also be used to set license metric thresholds in the same way as in the Threshold column.
3 9.2.23 Export to Red Hat® Marketplace
Export of license usage data to Red Hat Marketplace. For more information, see: Integrating with IBM Software Central and Red Hat Marketplace.
4 Product Name
Name of the licensed product.
5 Metric
License metric that is assigned to the product. The metrics fall into three categories:
  • Metrics for which utilization is calculated, including:
    • 9.2.7 Install Instances
    • Processor Value Unit (PVU)
    • Resource Value Unit (RVU MAPC)
    • 9.2.11 Virtual Processor Core (VPC)
  • 9.2.7 Metrics for which calculating utilization is not yet supported.
  • 9.2.7 Metric is unknown

For more information about the license metrics, see: Reported license metrics.

Tip: If you want to display only products for which metric utilization is calculated, hover over Configure, and click Configure View. Then, set the following filter: Metric Quantity, greater than or equal to, 0.
6 9.2.19 Cloud Pak or FlexPoint Bundle (previously: FlexPoint or Cloud Pak Bundle)
Cloud Pak or FlexPoint bundle to which the product and its components are assigned. For more information, see: Assigning components to products and Cloud Paks.
7 Metric Quantity

The highest number of metric units that the product used during the specified period. The value <n/a> indicates that the quantity is not calculated for this metric.

When you click the link for a product that uses a subcapacity metric, the next level of the report shows servers on which the product was installed when the metric quantity was the highest.

Red square (Red square icon) indicates that the metric quantity for the product needs to be updated because an action that influences the value was performed. For example, a component was assigned to this product. To update the metric quantity, click Recalculate. The progress of recalculation is displayed below the top menu bar.

8 9.2.4 Threshold
The maximum number of metric units that the product can use within the computer group. The value is set manually. For more information, see: Setting license metric threshold.
9 9.2.4 Threshold Delta
The difference between the threshold and the metric quantity. It indicates whether the metric utilization is above or below the manually set threshold. The following values indicate that the delta cannot be calculated:
  • The value <no data> indicates that the threshold is not set.
  • The value <n/a> indicates that the threshold was set for a product for which metric quantity is not calculated.
10 Imported Part Numbers
Part numbers that represents products that you purchased. For more information, see: Part numbers.
11 Metric Quantity History
History of changes in the metric utilization over the specified period. The history is not available for products for which metric quantity is not calculated.
Other report columns
The report also contains the following columns that are not shown on the image above:
Column name Meaning
Bundle Metric Contribution Indicates the number of license metric units that the particular product contributes to the overall metric quantity of the Cloud Pak or FlexPoint bundle to which that product is assigned.
Bundle Type Indicates whether the item that is listed in the Product Name column is a product (the value is then <n/a>), Cloud Pak or FlexPoint bundle.
9.2.30 Hybrid Product Indicates if the product can be deployed only on traditional VMs or both on traditional VMs and Kubernetes clusters. If both deployment options are possible, cumulative license usage might need to be combined from both License Metric Tool and License Service.
Peak Date Indicates the date of license metric peak value for the reporting period. If the product is a part of a bundle, the column shows the date of the highest value for the entire bundle.
Product and Metric from IBM Catalog Specifies whether information that the product can use the license metric comes from the software catalog that is provided by IBM or was added manually.
Publisher Name of the company that published the software item.