What is Tailored Fit Pricing for IBM Z?

Tailored Fit Pricing delivers simplicity, transparency, and predictability of pricing. It offers two comprehensive alternatives to the rolling four-hour average:
  • Enterprise Consumption Solution, which is a cloud-like usage-based licensing model. Compute is measured on the basis of MSUs consumed, which removes the need for manual or automated capping. You can configure your systems to support optimal response times and service level agreements.
  • Enterprise Capacity Solution, which is a full-capacity licensing model that offers maximum predictability and simplicity.
It also offers these solutions for specific workloads that can coexist alongside both traditional and the new enterprise models:
  • Application Development and Test Solution (DevTest). which, by removing the need for aggressive cost controls around development and test, promotes a healthy development and test environment on z/OS
  • New Application Solution, which allows new applications to be tightly integrated with colocated workloads, with the price predictability of a dedicated environment.

All of these solutions dramatically simplify pricing and deliver flexible deployment options that are tailored to reflect your environment. They allow you to embrace the best technical fit, greatly reducing the need to architect for software costs.

Technology in z/OS provides the framework to enable Tailored Fit Pricing. It provides the capability to meter and report on specific workloads in a similar manner, regardless of the solution deployed. Manual tagging and tracking or other increased monthly overhead is not required.


For information about the conditions you must meet before you can use Tailored Fit Pricing, see Requirements for Tailored Fit Pricing for IBM Z.

Related resources

For an interactive starting point, and access to a variety of technical resources about Tailored Fit Pricing, see Tailored Fit Pricing for IBM Z.