Most IBM customers are now aware that installing IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) is a condition for sub-capacity licensing, a rule that allows IBM customers to licence only the virtual cores running IBM applications instead of all physical cores in hosts or clusters.  

However, many IBM customers are still not aware of that this is only 1 of the 4 conditions, all of which must be satisfied to avoid significant licence penalty fees .

The most often neglected condition is that the customer can only be sub-capacity eligible if they are running IBM software on “eligible virtualization technologies”. IBM publishes and updates a list of eligible virtualization technologies and eligible operating systems . However, it is down to its customers to review the changes and ensure their estate is up to date.  

If you are using ILMT to monitor Windows Server 2008 devices, you need to act now to avoid licence penalty fees that are typically six to ten times higher than your usual licence fee.

Following Microsoft’s announcement on Windows Server 2008 support withdrawal, IBM has announced its plans to remove Windows Server 2008 from its list of “eligible virtualisation technologies” by the end of Q1 2021. This means that all installations of IBM PVU/RVU Core software on Windows Server 2008 will no longer be eligible for sub-capacity licensing by 31st March 2021, and customers can be subject to full-capacity liability claims against their physical cores. 

Are you running IBM PVU/RVU software on Windows Server 2008 (or even earlier versions), and if so, do you know how this change could affect you and/or have a plan to remediate the potential audit risks associated? 

FisherITS offers a free ILMT and sub-capacity assessment service to assist our customers in resolving unexpected licensing challenges. The information you share with us will be strictly confidential and will not be shared with IBM. Please get in touch with us to find out more on how we can help.