What are the benefits of zIPLA licensing?
International Program License Agreement (IPLA) programs have a one-time-charge (OTC) and an optional annual maintenance charge, called Subscription & Support. This annual charge includes access to IBM technical support and enables you to obtain version upgrades at no charge for products that generally fall under the zIPLA such as app development tools, CICS tools, data management tools, WebSphere® for Z products, Linux® on IBM Z middleware and z/VM® Version 4 and later.
Common pricing metrics
Value Unit (VU) pricing is the most common pricing metric for IPLA software on the mainframe. Processor Value Unit pricing, under the Passport Advantage software licensing program, is a per-engine charge primarily used for Linux on IBM Z middleware products.