Since June 30 th 2019 BigFix has become a HCL product. What does this mean for your IBM Sub-capacity support and reporting obligations conform Passport Advantage agreement (PA).
IBM’s default is based on Full-capacity, but in most cases Sub-capacity is financially very attractive.
Generally IBM allows 4 methods of reporting to adhere to IBM Sub-capacity conditions:
1. Reporting with IBM’s License metric tool (ILMT)
2. Reporting with Flexera FlexNet Manager Suite (FNMS)
FNMS can be used after a signed PA addendum agreement by both IBM and the customer, and the technical implementation is done correctly.
3. Manual Reporting is allowed:
When ILMT does not yet support the virtualization environment or product
Client is not a Service provider and
Client has not contracted with a Service provider and
Client has < 1000 employees and
Client has < 1000 PVU
4. Reporting with HCL’s BigFix tool
IBM and HCL have established a collaboration agreement aimed to continue to have BigFix accepted as an alternate solution to ILMT for IBM Virtualization Capacity reporting (Sub-capacity).
When requested by HCL, IBM will perform validation of BigFix Inventory updates to verify equivalence to ILMT version/release/updates.
The following lists BigFix Inventory versions/releases/modifications (V/R/M) that have been validated by IBM for equivalence to the corresponding V/R/M of ILMT for IBM Virtualization Capacity reporting requirements.
· ILMT 9.2.x (GA 20 March 2015). Validated BigFix equivalent 9.2.x
· ILMT 9.2.15 (GA 26 March 2019). Validated BigFix equivalent 9.2.15
· ILMT 9.2.16 (GA 08/05/2019). Validated BigFix equivalent 22.214.171.124
In the event that HCL opts to terminate the validation process of BigFix Inventory or if the BigFix Inventory is not validated, Customers will be given up to 6 months to move to ILMT (or other IBM-approved sub-capacity licensing tool) to continue to meet the requirements for IBM Virtualization Capacity licensing. Customers can continue to use BigFix Inventory to generate audit reports during this time frame.
Carefully planning is necessary for new eligible processors, operating systems or virtualizations. BigFix support for new eligible processors, operating systems or virtualizations in relationship to IBM virtualization Capacity will be available only after validation has been done by IBM. Customers should wait for IBM validation of BigFix Inventory before using it on newly added operating systems, virtualization platforms or processors supported by ILMT.
See following link for additional information:
For more information on these specific Sub-capacity conditions, please contact me to help you to choose the best option to be compliant and save money.