TSM PVU Licensing

The following charts determine the number of Processor Value Units (PVU) assigned to individual processors that will be covered in a machine-based licensing decision.

The PVU exercise is a more difficult licensing process, but can produce significant savings in licensing.

When you purchase by PVUs, the product options will include:

  • Servers – any operating system specifically identified as a server license version (ie., Windows Server 2008).
  • Workstations (Non-PVU – order by the number of machines) – any non-server machine that will be backed up.
  • Databases
  • Mail Applications
  • SharePoint agent
  • OpenVMS agent – ABC
  • Enterprise Resource Management – ERP
  • Space Management – HSM
  • Virtual Machines – VMB or TSM-VE
  • Instant Restore – FastBack licensing
  • Storage Area Networks agent

The below three charts (original source: IBM website) line out PVU counting by the processor’s vendor. Within each vendor section, the processors are listed by name, and then the number of sockets per processor.

Read carefully the processor model and number descriptions to confirm the number of PVUs to assign per core.

When you purchase PVUs, they will most often come in 10-Pack bundles, so consider the total PVUs needed with that in mind.

*Note: There is also a calculator available on the IBM website. View Calculator

PVU Table per Core (section 1 of 2 – RISC and System z)

Processor Technologies
Processor Brand Processor Type
Processor
Vendor
Processor
Name
Server model numbers Maximum
number of
sockets
per server
Cores per socket IFL Engine/
Central Processor
Proc.
Model
Number
PVUs
per
Core
(1) (2) (4) (6) (8) (10) (12)
IBM POWER Systems cores running Linux OS 7R1, 7R2, 7R4
POWER IFL, p24L, S812L, S822LAny POWER System core running Linux
All X X X X X All 70
POWER8 870, 880 > 4 X X X All 120
E850 4 X X X All 100
S814, S822, S824 2 X X X X X All 70
POWER7 4 770, 780, 795 > 4 X X X All 120
750, 755, 760, 775, PS704, p460, Power ESE 4 X X X All 100
PS700-703,
710-740, p260, p270
2 X X X All 70
POWER6 550, 560, 570,
575, 595
All X All 120
520,
JS12, JS22,
JS23, JS43
All X All 80
POWER5,
POWER4
All All X All 100
POWER5 QCM All All X All 50
Emperor, z13, zEC12, z196,
System z10 1,5
All All X All 120
Z13s, Rockhopper,
zBC12, z114,
System z9,
z990, S/390 1,2,6
All All X All 100
 PowerPC 970 All All X All 50
 PowerXCellTM,
Cell/B.E.TM 8i3
All All X All 30
Any Any single-core All All X All 100
Processor Technologies
Processor Brand Processor Type
Processor
Vendor
Processor
Name
Server model
numbers
Maximum
number of
sockets
per server
Cores per socket IFL Engine/
Central Processor
Proc.
Model
Number
PVUs
per
Core
(1) (2) (4) (6) (8) (12) (16) (32)
HP/Intel® Itanium® 1.2 All All X X X All 100
PA-RISC All All X All 100
Oracle / Sun / Fujitsu SPARC64 VI, VII, X, X+ All All X X X All 100
UltraSPARC IV All All X All 100
SPARC M5 / M6 All All X X All 120
SPARC M7 T7-4 4 X All 100
SPARC T4/T5/M7/S7 T5-8, M7-8, M7-16 >4 X All 120
T4-4, T5-4, T7-4 4 X X All 100
T4-1, T4-1B,
T4-2, T5-1B, T5-2, T7-1, T7-2, S7-2, S7-2L
2 X X All 70
SPARC T3 All All X X All 70
UltraSPARC T2 All All X X X All 50
UltraSPARC T1 All All X X X All 30
Any Any single-core All All X All 100

*Requirements as of publish date: 07 July 2016Notes:

  1. Each Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) or Central Processor (CP) engine is equivalent to 1 core.
    Refers to System z9, eServer zSeries, or System/390 servers.
    Entitlements required for Power Processor Element (PPE) cores only.
    The PVU requirement for the POWER7/7+ processor technology is dependent on the maximum possible number of sockets on the server. NOTE: Power 7 Refers to Power 7/7+ 5
    z196 refers to IBM zEnterprise 196, zEC12 refers to IBM zEnterprise EC12.z114 refers to IBM zEnterprise 114.
  • Cell Broadband Engine is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. in the United States, other countries, or both and is used under license therefrom.
  • Intel, Intel logo, Intel Inside, Intel Inside logo, Intel Centrino, Intel Centrino logo, Celeron, Intel Xeon, Intel SpeedStep, Itanium, and Pentium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.