Licensing Q&A: What is IBM Passport Advantage?

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IBM Passport Advantage is a software licensing program offered by IBM. It provides customers with a flexible and convenient way to purchase, use, and manage IBM software licenses. With IBM Passport Advantage, customers have access to the latest IBM software releases, technical support, and online service requests. The program also provides benefits such as electronic software delivery, flexible licensing options, and reduced costs for multi-product purchases. IBM Passport Advantage is designed to help organizations simplify their software procurement process and optimize their technology investments.

Passport Advantage is beneficial from a licensing point of view because it provides a centralized and standardized approach to purchasing, using, and managing IBM software licenses. This helps organizations streamline their software procurement process and ensure compliance with IBM licensing terms and conditions.

The Passport Advantage program provides customers access to a wide range of IBM software products and enables them to take advantage of volume discounts, flexible license options, and other benefits. For example, Sub-Capacity licensing benefits allow customers to license IBM software under the Sub-Capacity licensing model. With Sub-Capacity licensing, customers only pay for the actual capacity they use rather than the system’s total capacity on which the software is installed. This can result in lower costs and more flexible licensing options for organizations.

Passport Advantage provides customers with access to Sub-Capacity licensing benefits by allowing them to license IBM software on a per-core basis. This means that customers only pay for the number of cores that are actively being used rather than for the total capacity of the system. Additionally, Passport Advantage enables customers to take advantage of volume discounts and other benefits, further reducing the cost of licensing IBM software under the Sub-Capacity model.

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