A Processor Value Unit (PVU) is a unit of measure used to differentiate licensing of software Programs on distributed processor technologies (defined by Processor Vendor, Brand, Type and Model Number). HCL defines a processor, for purposes of PVU-based licensing, to be each processor core on a chip (socket). Each Program has a unique price per PVU.

Licensee can deploy the Program using either:

  1. 1) Physical hardware environment at full capacity (“Full Capacity Licensing”) -  Licensee must obtain PVU entitlements sufficient to cover all activated processor cores* in the physical hardware environment made available to or managed by the Program, except for those servers from which the Program has been permanently removed.
  2. 2) Virtualization environment (“Sub-Capacity Licensing”) - When Program is deployed in a virtualized environment as established by the processor vendor technology or using virtualization software, Licensee must obtain entitlements sufficient to cover all activated processor cores* made available to or managed by the Program.

An activated processor core is a processor core that is available for use in a physical or virtual server, regardless of whether the capacity of the processor core can be or is limited through virtualization technologies, operating system commands, BIOS settings, or similar restrictions.

Generally, for Sub-Capacity Licensing, you may license to the lower of:

  • PVUs for the maximum number of virtual cores in the virtual machines (VMs) available to the Program at any given time or
  • PVUs for the maximum number of physical cores in the server available to the Program at any given time.

Licensee must maintain a record of total PVUs allocated to the product to be presented to HCL on request in accordance with HCL’s Master License Agreement.

 

HCL accepts the following reports for the purpose for Full Capacity and Sub-Capacity licensing:

Product Family HCL PVU Calculator(1) Manual Spreadsheet(2) Big Fix(3) ILMT(4)
HCL Commerce Yes Yes Yes Yes
HCL Connections Yes Yes Yes Yes
HCL Digital Experience Yes Yes Yes Yes
HCL Domino  (from V11) Yes Yes n/a n/a
HCL Domino  (through V10) Yes Yes Yes Yes
HCL Portal Yes Yes Yes Yes
HCL Sametime Yes Yes Yes Yes
HCL Web Content Manager Yes Yes Yes Yes

 

  1. The HCL supplied application is available to HCL registered customers at: click here
  2. For Licensees that currently utilize the IBM provided manual spreadsheet to document PVU usage, they may continue to do so.  The manual spreadsheet is provided at: Download here.  This spreadsheet is published and maintained by IBM.  HCL assumes no responsibility for the maintenance of this spreadsheet or associated IBM documentation.
  3. HCL BigFix Inventory which includes PVU reporting for Virtual Deployments.
  4. IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) which is a tool available to IBM Passport Advantage customers.

 


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