IBM Z software pricing resources

Keep up with recent news and find help in these guides, education modules, and exhibits.

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14 November 2017
The Application Development and Test Solution allows clients to increase their entitlement for current z/OS(R)-based development and test environment capacity, up to triple its existing size, with no capacity-based increase in IBM monthly license charge (MLC) software charges for that workload.
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14 November 2017
The New Application Solution provides a more flexible software pricing model for deploying new applications. This allows new applications to be tightly integrated with collocated workloads, with the price predictability of a dedicated environment.
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14 November 2017
Container Pricing for IBM Z allows clients to deploy the IBM Payments Pricing Solution for z/OS, V1.1, recently announced in Software Announcement 217-292, dated September 5, 2017, to use the Container Pricing infrastructure to enhance deployment flexibility and simplify the reporting and billing process.
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10 October 2017
IBM announced that the Sub-Capacity Reporting Tool (SCRT) Version 25 Release 1.0 is available for download.
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5 September 2017
IBM Payments Pricing Solution for z/OS which delivers a new per-payment pricing option for deployments of IBM Financial Transaction Manager for z/OS workloads.
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17 July 2017
IBM announced Container Pricing for IBM Z as part of the IBM z14 announcement. Container Pricing for IBM Z will provide IBM Z clients with simplified pricing for qualified solutions, combining flexible deployment options with competitive economics that are directly relevant to those solutions.
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14 February 2017
Multi-Version Measurement (MVM) replaces Single Version Charging (SVC) for eligible z/OS and z/VSE software programs, providing z Systems clients with more flexibility for new software deployments and software upgrade cycles.
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10 January 2017
The Sub-Capacity Reporting Tool (SCRT) Version 24 Release 10.4 is available for download.
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Reference guide

This reference guide outlines the IBM Z software pricing methodologies, their flexibilities and value.

Sub-capacity planning

Understand your current software inventory, assessing software costs, moving to sub-capacity pricing, and using tools for planning and managing your software costs.

SCRT users guide

Learn how to get started and how to use the Sub-Capacity Reporting Tool (SCRT), which supports IBM sub-capacity software pricing metrics.

LPARS whitepaper

How to understand and control your logical partitions.

Learn about licensing and pricing

These stand-alone education modules explain, with charts and narration, additional details about different aspects of IBM Z software licensing and pricing.

You have your choice of download format:

  • The EXE format files are self-extracting Flash videos with narration which run in a browser. Executing the EXE file unpacks the Flash archive and launches the recording.
  • The ZIP format files contain a PDF with the charts, an MP3 audio file with the narration, the recording transcript text, and an iPhone-compatible video recording in M4V format. For an accessible version of a module you should download the ZIP file.

Sub-Capacity & R4HA

This 20-minute education module explains how the Sub-Capacity Reporting Tool (SCRT) calculates the MSU values charged for Sub-Capacity products. It explains what the rolling 4-hour average is and gives examples of the different ways that different products in the same LPAR might end up being charged a different number of MSUs.

EXE         ZIP

Defined Capacity & Group Capacity Limits

This 11-minute education module explains how sub-capacity customers can use the Defined Capacity and Group Capacity Limits tools to control the maximum MSUs charged for the products in an LPAR or set of LPARs.

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Reading the SCRT Report

This 33-minute education module provides an overview of the most important sections of the SCRT Report, explaining what different footnotes mean, how the different comment fields are used, and which MSU numbers on the report are used for software billing.

EXE         ZIP

Find pricing and licensing exhibits

The IBM Z Software Contracts Exhibit website contains information extracted from and referenced by IBM customer agreements and contracts. You may notice that your contracts from IBM refer to information found on this website. In the past this website was also referred to as the “System z9 and zSeries Software Contracts website” as well as the “System z9 and zSeries Software Pricing Website” and the "z Systems Software Contracts website".

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