Tuesday, March 28, 2006

IBM Software on UltraSPARC T1 License Policy

IBM announced their new Software license policy for UltraSPARC T1 chip based Sun Servers. A 4 core or 6 core T1 chip requires 2 software license entitlements and a full 8-core T1 chip requires 3 software license entitlements. (Its a win-win considering before this announcement it was 8 software license entitlements for a 8-core T1 chip.

One thing to also note that a Sun Fire X4200 /X4100 with dual core Opterons require 1 license entitlement for every dual core chip. (Read the foot note for descriptions of "Multiple server families" which includes SunFire x64 servers.

The best way to distribute the news is to point people to the PDF Copy of the IBM Software License Policy

Time to run WebSphere on UltraSPARC T1 chip based Sun Fire T1000 or Sun Fire T2000



MikeTLive said...

4 x 6core T1 = 8 licenses.
3 x 8core T1 = 9 licenses.
6 x 4core T1 = 12 licenses.
8 chip machine, maxed out with like cpus comes in this way:
48 cores = 8 x 6core T1 = 16 licenses.
64 cores = 8 x 8core T1 = 24 licenses.
32 cores = 8 x 4core T1 = 16 licenses.
Now, why does IBM want me to load up my machine with 6core chips?

Eric K said...

This is encouraging. I'm glad the software stalwarts are updating their licensing policies. Oracle recently updated their policies as well. That said, has anyone had any experience running Zeus Web Server on the T1000 or T2000? Their licensing policies are not as progressive...