Licensing of non-containerized Cloud Pak programs

10.0.1 Available from 10.0.1 IBM Cloud Paks deliver IBM enterprise software and open source components in open and secure solutions that are easily consumable and can run anywhere. BigFix Inventory collects information about the utilization of license metrics by non-containerized products that are installed as part of IBM Cloud Paks.

Metric utilization for IBM Cloud Paks

IBM Cloud Paks can consist of containerized and non-containerized products. BigFix Inventory calculates utilization of license metrics by non-containerized products only. If you are interested in the overall metric utilization by the entire Cloud Pak, contact the specific Cloud Pak team and state that you are interested in this type of information. There are no plans for BigFix Inventory to report license metric utilization for containerized products.

Conversion options

For each product that is a part of a Cloud Pak, a separate conversion option is specified in the License Information document. For example, if you install IBM MQ Advanced as part of the Cloud Pak for Integration, the conversion option is 2 VPCs /1 VPC. It means that when IBM MQ Advanced uses 200 VPCs, 100 VPCs contribute to the utilization of VPCs by the entire Cloud Pak. For more information about conversion options, search the License Information documents.

Classifying non-containerized products as belonging to IBM Cloud Paks

Classification of non-containerized products to IBM Cloud Paks is a two-step process. First, you classify components that are discovered by BigFix Inventory to products with proper license metrics. Then, you assign products to IBM Cloud Paks. For more information and detailed instructions, see: Assigning products to Cloud Paks.

Reading metric utilization

Information about IBM Cloud Paks

You can view information about IBM Cloud Paks on the IBM Flex Points and IBM Cloud Paks report. The report lists IBM Cloud Paks based on the decisions that you make during software classification. The Metric Quantity column represents utilization of license metric units by non-containerized products that are assigned to the Cloud Pak.
Fragment of the IBM Flex Points and IBM Cloud Paks report

Information about non-containerized products that are a part of Cloud Paks

To view the detailed report with non-containerized products that are assigned to the IBM Cloud Pak, go to the IBM Flex Points and IBM Cloud Paks report, and click the name of the Cloud Pak in the Product Name column. The detailed report provides the following information:
  • License metric that the product is assigned
  • Number of license metric units that the product uses
  • Date when utilization of the license metric by the product was the highest during the reporting period
  • Number of license metric units that the product contributes to the license metric utilization of the Cloud Pak
Fragment of the IBM Flex Points and IBM Cloud Paks report

Information about IBM Cloud Paks in the audit snapshot

When you generate the audit snapshot, information about IBM Cloud Paks is contained in the cloud_paks.csv file. The file contains the following information:
  • IBM Cloud Paks and their license metric utilization
  • Products that are installed as part of IBM Cloud Paks and the number of license metric units that they contribute to metric utilization of the IBM Cloud Pak
Table 1. A fragment of the cloud_paks.csv file
Row No. Publisher Product Name FlexPoint or Cloud Pak Bundle Metric Metric Quantity Peak Date Bundle Metric Contribution Imported Part Numbers Recalculation Needed
1 IBM IBM Cloud Pak for Integration None Virtual Processor Core 3 27-02-20 No
2 IBM IBM MQ IBM Cloud Pak for Integration Virtual Processor Core 10 27-02-20 3 No

Example

The following scenario describes how utilization of license metrics is calculated for Cloud Paks under different circumstances. The calculations are based on sample values and should be treated as examples.

Three products from Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management are installed:
  • IBM Cloud Automation Manager
  • IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Linux on System z
  • IBM SmartCloud Application Performance Management Standard
The following table shows an example of how utilization of license metrics by non-containerized products is calculated by BigFix Inventory.
Table 2. Example of contribution of license metrics by non-containerized products to Cloud Pak for Multicloud ManagementSummary for complex table
Product License metric License metric quantity Conversion option License metric quantity after conversion
IBM Cloud Automation Manager MVS 100 25 MVS/1 MVS 4
IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Linux on System z MVS 100 8 MVS/1 MVS 12.5 rounded up to 13
IBM SmartCloud Application Performance Management Standard MVS 50 2 MVS/1 MVS 25
Total 42