Under this policy, IBM authorizes you to deploy your eligible IBM software on an eligible public cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provided by IBM or a third party subject to the conditions below. For the avoidance of doubt, this does not include engagements with vendors where those vendors are accessing the software and/or running or managing some or all of your computing environment under the control of their own employees, either on your premises or on theirs (e.g. Strategic Outsourcing, Web Hosting, managed service providers, etc.) – these situations require separate arrangements and are not covered by this policy.

Eligible IBM Software

This policy allows you to deploy and execute on an EPC any IBM software licensed to you directly or through an authorized IBM reseller under IBM license terms, subject to the use authorizations and restrictions stated in the applicable governing license agreements and transaction documents for such software including the IBM International Passport Advantage (IPAA) and IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA) and the License Information documents applicable to the software. This policy does not apply to IBM zSeries software or to any IBM software sublicensed to you by a third party. This policy also does not apply if you are an IBM business partner authorized to deploy your solution on a hosted environment – such situation is handled under a separate arrangement.

Eligible Public Clouds

The Eligible Public Clouds (EPCs) subject to this policy are defined below.

Provider Offering PVUs per vCPU or Core For more details
go to:
IBM IBM Cloud Virtual Servers 70 PVU per vCPU https://console.bluemix.net/pricing/
IBM IBM Cloud Containers 70 PVU per CPU https://console.bluemix.net/pricing/
Amazon EC2 Instances & Dedicated Instances 70 PVU per vCPU aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types
Google Google Compute Engine 70 PVU per vCPU cloud.google.com/compute/docs/machine-types
Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines 70 PVU per vCPU



Oracle Cloud Compute Instances 70 PVU per vCPU
See Note 1 below


IBM IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers See Note 2 below



Supported 3rd Party Kubernetes Services
Require the use of IBM License Service
Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) 70 PVU per vCPU


Google Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) 70 PVU per vCPU


Microsoft Azure Kubernetes 70 PVU per vCPU



  1. An Oracle Compute Unit (OCPU) corresponds to two hardware execution threads, known as vCPUs.  PVU licensing requires 1 OCPU = 2 vCPU = 140 PVU
  2. PVU requirements based on system configuration are located at: www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage/pvu_licensing_for_customers.html
  3. Virtual Processor Core (VPC) licensing is 1 VPC per 1 virtual CPU (vCPU) unless otherwise noted.

Licensing requirements and conditions

This policy does not modify or supersede any obligations in the applicable governing license agreements, including requirements for licensed software use in a virtualized environment. The verification terms in such license agreements apply to you when you upload, install, or use eligible IBM software in an EPC and you agree to collect any required usage data for your licensed software in that EPC. You will not provide the cloud provider with any unauthorized use or access to the eligible IBM software.

You must use install and configure reporting tools designated by IBM for reporting usage and provide such reports to IBM upon request in accordance with IBM’s guidelines. If IBM has not designated reporting tools to support your environment, then you must provide records and system tools output in accordance with the obligations in the IPAA/IPAEA and IPLA. Information you provide needs to include, but is not limited to: EPC name, EPC service, software product part numbers, quantity of cloud instances/virtual machines in use, vCPUs/Cores for each cloud instance/virtual machine, PVU per vCPU/Core.

When you use a license entitlement according to this policy, you may not use such entitlements for any other purpose or in any other place at the same time