This isnâ€™t a new policy, but itâ€™s one that our customers have found especially useful over the years. And since we always want to provide as much value as possible, weâ€™ve complied the most important information in one place. Come back here whenever you have a question!
What our BYOSL policy entails
You can take the IBM MQ license youâ€™ve purchased and deploy it on the cloud â€“ or clouds â€“ of your choice. There are a few limitations, but for the most part, you can use your license on any major public cloud.
Just keep in mind that youâ€™ll be responsible for managing the service, and youâ€™ll be expected to report your usage to IBM.
Why we have it
We know that most companies donâ€™t operate on just one cloud. Different cloud providers can offer different advantages for your company, and you shouldnâ€™t have to pick one over all the others. We want you to be able to expand into a new cloud while knowing that your IBM MQ license will work wherever you go.
How to calculate your usage
With a BYOSL plan, youâ€™ll start by mapping your Processor Value Units (PVUs). IBM has evaluated public cloud deployments, and weâ€™ve determined that youâ€™ll generally need 70 PVUs of entitlement for each core or virtual Central Processing Unit (vCPU) you use in a public cloud.
This chart shows the specific requirements for each eligible cloud.
How the licensing works
If youâ€™ve been running IBM MQ on premises, you know that we use the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) for all of our on-premise deployments. With it, youâ€™re able to generate reports that show IBM that youâ€™re running within your entitlements.
ILMT is also a tool we recommend for public cloud deployment, but it isnâ€™t required. Most public clouds have good reporting mechanisms, and IBM accepts their reports as proof of deployment. You can choose the option that works best for your company.
We also have an AWS Quick Start that allows you to get started in less than 30 minutes.
If you have any questions we didnâ€™t answer, you can read about the specifics of our BYOSL policy or leave us a comment below!