HP-UX 11i licencing and investment protection

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Protect your investment. HP-UX 11i Software Licencing Terms

HP-UX 11i software licencing

An HP-UX 11i software licence is defined by the combination of HP Software licencing terms and End-user licence agreements. The HP-UX 11i software licence is a perpetual licence which grants you the right to use the current version of the software and all previous versions. To obtain future software updates, software support with 'rights to new versions' is available. HP also provides industry-leading software investment protection with its HP-UX 11i software licence trade-in and transfer policies.
HP-UX 11i software is licenced on a per-socket basis on the new HP Integrity family of servers (models BL8x0c i2, rx2800 i2, Superdome 2). HP-UX software on all other Integrity servers is still licenced on a per-core basis. Note that there are a few products that are licenced on a per-server or per-cluster basis on all Integrity servers.
Customers who purchase one of the HP-UX 11i v3 OE licences also have a Licence To Use (LTU) the v1/v2 OEs, according to the mapping below.
Purchased HP-UX v3 OE
HP-UX v3 OE Licence To Use
HP-UX v1/v2 OE Licence To Use
Base OE Base OE Foundation OE
Technical Computing OE
Virtual Server OE Base OE
Virtual Server OE
Enterprise OE
Foundation OE
High Availability OE Base OE
High Availability OE
Enterprise OE
Foundation OE
Data Centre OE Base OE
Virtual Server OE
High Availability OE
Data Centre OE
Mission Critical OE
Enterprise OE
Foundation OE

Note that the prior version (v1/v2) licence provided by the HP-UX 11i version 3 OE licence applies to the package content of the designated original OE and the additional package content of the HP-UX v3 OE as long as the HP-UX 11i v1/v2 OE is running in the following ways:

  • Within an HP 9000 Container
  • Within an HP-UX 11i v2 guest in an HP-UX 11i v3 virtualised environment
  • Natively in an existing HP-UX v1/v2 environment where additional licences are needed (e.g. when activating an iCAP core)
The support lifecycle for all HP-UX 11i versions can be found on the support matrix.

» View the HP-UX 11i v3 OE contents and the value of upgrading from v2 to v3 (PDF, 541 KB)

HP-UX 11i Software Virtualisation Licencing Policy

The HP-UX 11i Software Virtualisation Licencing Policy allows customers to purchase some software licenses for less than the full capacity of a server or hard partition (nPar) when the software will be run in an HP 9000 Container, HP Integrity Virtual Machines VM (Virtual Machine) or in an HP Virtual Partitions vPAR. This policy may help reduce customers’ licencing costs in some cases. Note that to enable virtualisation for a server or nPAR, only the following Operating Environment (OE) software combination options can be licenced across all active cores or sockets:

Option 1: DC-OE or VSE-OE or a combination of DC-OE and VSE-OE (recommended)

Option 2: HA-OE and Integrity Virtual Machines or HP Virtual Partitions or Matrix OE – with this option, only BOE, HA-OE and standalone products can be licenced and run in the guest VMs or vPARs

Option 3: BOE and Integrity Virtual Machines or HP Virtual Partitions or Insight Dynamics VSE Suite - with this option, only BOE, HA-OE and standalone products can be licenced and run in the guest VMs or vPARs

For most environments, it is usually more cost-effective to licence one of the virtualised OEs, either DC-OE or VSE-OE, for the entire nPAR or server. Taking this approach also means it will be easier to maintain software licence compliance when the size or definition of the contents of a vPAR or Virtual Machine changes.

In addition to the licences purchased in the options above, customers can cap their licencing costs for standalone software used within an HP 9000 Container, Virtual Machine or vPAR by purchasing only the number of per-core or per-socket licences needed. This method is called “à la carte,” and the customer needs to carefully pre-define the size and contents of each HP 9000 Container or virtual partition, and make sure he maintains licence compliance if there are any changes. Virtualisation Licencing is not applicable for software licenced on a per-server or per-cluster basis. Some ISVs also have virtualisation licencing policies that a customer can take advantage of to minimize software costs.

HP-UX 11i software investment protection policies

HP provides software investment protection for your HP-UX 11i Operating Environments. The only requirement is to have a software support contract in place that includes 'rights to new versions' – a standard practise for all mission-critical system environments.
When you upgrade your server environment, either via the purchase of replacement servers or via server consolidation, they receive a 100% credit on their order when OEs are traded-in for like OEs on the same server tier.