FlexNet Manager for IBM
Automated License Management and License Optimization for IBM Software Products
FlexNet Manager for IBM is a scalable Software License Optimization solution that is built on the FlexNet Manager Platform. FlexNet Manager for IBM automates and optimizes license management to enable the reduction of license, maintenance and audit costs for IBM desktop and server software, while maintaining license compliance.
FlexNet Manager for IBM provides next generation software asset management functionality including automated license reconciliation for IBM DB2, Cognos, ILOG, InfoSphere, Lotus, Rational, Tivoli, WebSphere and other products. FlexNet Manager for IBM allows organizations to achieve the highest level of Software License Optimization maturity—Level 4, for IBM software asset management processes. FlexNet Manager for IBM is part of the FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises used by hundreds of enterprises to gain control of and optimize spend across their software estate.
FlexNet Manager Platform
FlexNet Manager Platform provides scalable software and hardware asset management across more than 11,000 publishers and 100,000 applications, providing insight into installed software and application usage while delivering purchased versus installed license reconciliation. Its comprehensive reporting capabilities allow users to identify and evaluate areas of compliance concern and make informed decisions that reduce license and maintenance costs.
FlexNet Manager Platform integrates with many other IT systems to collect the data necessary for next generation software asset management. This includes out-of-the-box connectivity to Microsoft SCCM, as well as connectors for other third party inventory and configuration management tools. It also provides connectivity to HR, Active Directory, procurement, ERP and other systems for user, computer, purchasing and organizational data.
The FlexNet Manager Platform allows organizations to quickly achieve Level 3—Continuous License Compliance, in the Software License Optimization Maturity Model. Learn more about the capabilities of the FlexNet Manager Platform.
Enterprise License Management for IBM
FlexNet Manager for IBM supports a number of different IBM license models (Processor Value Unit (PVU), User Value Unit (UVU), Resource Value Unit (RVU), Authorized User, Concurrent User and Floating User). FlexNet Manager Platform can use the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) as an inventory source to provide information on hardware allocations to virtual machines and hardware partitions, as well as detailed sub-capacity consumption figures for PVU-based licenses. IBM customers generally must use the ILMT when installing products in virtual environments where subcapacity licensing is being used. FlexNet Manager for IBM can be used to manage both full capacity and subcapacity licensing. The ILMT inventory data is imported into the FlexNet Manager Platform repository. From there it can be correlated with purchase orders and contracts enabling a purchased versus installed license reconciliation to be performed. FlexNet Manager for IBM reports license compliance and over licensed situations for IBM software. The FlexNet Manager for IBM Product Use Rights Library (PURL) automates the process of applying IBM license entitlements to optimize your license position.
Independent Subcapacity Calculation
FlexNet Manager for IBM is able to calculate PVU license consumption in subcapacity (i.e. virtual) environments. This feature provides a calculation that is independent of the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT), but may be used in conjunction with ILMT data. A report is provided comparing side-by-side calculation results between FlexNet Manager for IBM and ILMT.
'What If' Analysis
An industry first simulation capability has been added to the FlexNet Manager Platform for the IBM PVU license model, allowing FlexNet Manager for IBM customers to understand the licensing implications of a change to their IT environment. Actions such as modifying hardware properties, moving virtual machines across hosts or installation of a new software title can be simulated, providing an estimated license position that reflects these changes. This 'What If' analysis capability allows organizations to proactively maintain IBM license compliance and understand the cost impact of changes before they are made.
FlexNet Manager for IBM is the only software asset management and Software License Optimization solution that automates and optimizes IBM license and contract management to reduce license, maintenance and software audit costs while maintaining license compliance. Learn more about the other products in the FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises.
FlexNet Manager for IBM allows organizations to more effectively "use what they have and only buy what they need."
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Gain control of your IBM software licenses and avoid unnecessary costs and maintain license compliance.