Yesterday, IBM announced it is offering access to IBM Software in the Amazon Web Services Cloud. IBM products now offered for use in the Amazon EC2 environment include:
- DB2 Express-C 9.5
- Informix Dynamic Server Developer Edition 11.5
- WebSphere Portal Server and Lotus Web Content Management Standard Edition
- WebSphere sMash
The IBM approach to utility computing offers considerable licensing flexibility with three models: 1) Development AMIs (Amazon Machine Image), 2) Production AMIs, and 3) Bring your own license.
Development AMIs are available today for testing, education, development, demonstration, and other non-commercial uses. Development AMIs are available from IBM today at no cost beyond the standard Amazon EC2 charges.
Production AMIs are available for production commercial application use with pay-as-you-go pricing allowing the purchase of these software offerings by the hour.
Bring your own License: Some existing IBM on-premise licenses can be used in Amazon EC2. See PVUs required for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud for more detail.
The IBM offering of buy-the-hour software pricing with the Production AMIs is 100% the right model for customers and it is where I expect the utility computing world as a whole will end up fairly quickly. Pay-as-you-go, hourly pricing is the model that offers customers the most flexibility where software and infrastructure costs scale in near real-time with usage.
I like the bring your own license model in that it supports moving workload back and forth between on-premise and the cloud, and supports moving portions of an enterprise IT infrastructure to utility computing with less licensing complexity and less friction.
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