Changes in the list of eligible virtualization technology
One of the high impacting changes shared in December 2019 affected the list of supported Eligible Virtualization Technologies. To be aware of this change you had to track the Passport Advantage Virtualization Capacity (sub-capacity) License web page and had to notice a date change. Have you noticed the date change to 15 October 2019 in the “Use Eligible Virtualization Technologies”?
The consequence of not complying to these updated terms could result in an extremely high financial risk. Even if you have maintained ILMT in a complete and accurate manner.
Two of the most common and impacting changes are:
- As of April 1st, 2020, IBM will remove support for VMware vSphere 5.x as a sub-capacity eligible virtualization platform, regardless of the Operating System it runs on.
- Per October 1st, 2020, IBM will remove support for Microsoft Windows 2008 as a sub-capacity eligible Operating System.
The result of these changes is that for any IBM PVU program deployed on an ineligible Operating System or Virtualization Platform, the total amount of available cores in the physical host (full capacity) should be licensed instead of licensing only the virtual core capacity (sub-capacity).