IBM Licensing Newsletter May 2023

IBM Newsletter May 2023

Thoughts on IBM licensing🤔📝

This month saw an announcement from IBM on updates to the eligible virtualisation technologies for sub capacity licensing. The supported technologies regularly need to be updated by IBM with products and versions being added and removed from the eligible list. This creates an IBM license compliance challenge for many organisation who frequently fall behind in upgrading the platforms on which IBM products are deployed

If you run IBM products on unsupported operating systems or virtualisation technologies you are NOT eligible for sub-capacity licensing discounts. This can be a particularly expensive compliance risk for virtualised technologies like vSphere.

If you run IBM products on unsupported operating systems or virtualisation technologies you are NOT eligible for sub-capacity licensing discounts.

The good news is that you get plenty of notice of changes. The bad news is that organisations rarely check. My recommendation to you is to add a check to your quarterly ILMT/BigFix compliance checklist to have a quick look. When you do find a technology that is soon to be out of support or is already unsupported raise the risk. Let the business know what the financial impact (usually over a million) will be for doing nothing.

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