Software Licensing and Hardware Support
Compuware is committed to providing flexible, value-oriented licensing and pricing options for all of our products.
Compuware provides solutions for various hardware vendor technologies, giving customers increased options for managing their growth needs related to the demands of e-commerce, distributed and enterprise computing. Compuware is committed to providing flexible, value-oriented licensing and pricing options for all of our products.
IBM S/390 Integrated Facility for LINUX
IBM G5, G6 and zSeries Hardware Platform
For customers who wish to run a multiple operating system environment consisting of OS/390 or z/OS and LINUX, Compuware will not charge for S/390 or zSeries-based products on the hardware capacity dedicated to LINUX deployment. A prerequisite is that customers must have installed and activated the IBM S/390 Integrated Facility for LINUX in order to take advantage of this licensing and pricing methodology.
Compuware intends to offer licensing options similar to IBM’s announced licensing plan (Workload License Charge), which is based upon a customer’s ability to define their required workload capacity and set the appropriate partitions. Software license and maintenance fees will be based on the defined capacity where products are to be deployed, which may be less than the full system (footprint) capacity.
Compuware also intends to support the implementation of zSeries 900 flexible workload technology that allows for instantaneous scalability (workload spiking). As long as the average workload during any four-hour period does not exceed the customer’s defined (licensed) capacity, the workload can continue to spike above its defined capacity within the existing licensing agreement. Software charges are not affected until a product’s capacity is redefined. This is consistent with IBM’s published licensing intentions.
These licensing options will extend to new business and contracts and does not impact existing commitments. In order to qualify for these new pricing models, customers must have deployed zSeries hardware and z/OS operating system in 64-bit mode with IBM License Manager enabled and the latest version of Compuware’s license security installed.
Amdahl MSF and Hitachi VSF technology
Hardware vendors Amdahl Corporation and Hitachi Data Systems provide customers with the option to physically partition full system (footprint) capacity into a subset of multiple ‘servers.’ Each partitioned server is capable of processing data independent of the other subsets. Each subset corresponds to a smaller CPU model offered by each vendor with a vendor-defined MIPS capacity level. Amdahl Corporation refers to this technology in their products as MSF or "Multiple Server Feature." Hitachi Data Systems refers this technology in their products as VSF or "Virtual Server Facility."
Compuware offers licensing options with software license and maintenance fees based upon the capacity associated with the server subset where products are to be deployed, which may be less than the full system (footprint) capacity. Customers must meet all the prerequisites defined by the hardware vendor for implementation of the MSF or VSF technology.
1Support statements are intended for direct end-user Compuware customers who have installed Compuware’s latest available version of its product license security.