IBM resource-based metrics

Products using the Resource Value Unit (RVU) metric are licensed based on the number of units of a specific resource used, or managed, by the associated product. The licensee must obtain sufficient entitlements for the number of RVUs required for the licensee’s environment as defined by the specific software terms. You can find these terms in the IBM License Information (LI) document for the associated product. The LI document also contains the User Value Unit table, which is used in determining liability.

RVU entitlements are specific to the product and the type of resource and may not be exchanged, interchanged, or aggregated with RVU entitlements of another program or resource.

Some IBM products may require licenses for the resources available to, AND the resources being managed by, the product. In this case, in addition to the liability relating to the resources used by the product directly, the licensee must also calculate the liability relating to the resources managed by the product.
Some programs may be licensed on a managed basis ONLY. In this case, the licensee needs to calculate only the liability relating to resources managed by the product.

Inventory relating to IBM software that is licensed with resource-based metrics is managed within the Resource Usage page or through software installs depending on the product in question.

License Optimizer has two types of RVU metric:

  • RVU (Cores)
    Use this metric for IBM products that are licensed with the RVU metric and the resources used in the RVU calculation are Activated Processor Cores.

This depends on the hardware and software installs data for the product.

  • RVU (Usage)
    Use this metric for IBM products licensed with the RVU metric where the resources used for the RVU calculation are not Activated Processor Cores. For example, Terabytes, Order Lines, etc.