Country Multiplex Pricing

CMP as Country Multiplex Pricing allows combining products from multiple LPARs in different sites within one country without the requirement for a parallel sysplex (PSLC Rule of 50%):

  • CMP is designed to reduce the cost of growth
  • The Baseline: the last 3 months MSUs and software bills are averaged and those values are used to create baselines
  • This Baseline will determine the future bills.

With the launch of CMP, IBM has extended its monthly pricing structure, based on MSU Ranges, from 9 levels (the base level and Level 0 to Level 7) to 15 levels (the base level and Level 0 to Level 13). This provides users experiencing workload growth with greater savings on the incremental MSUs they require to handle their growth. Clients running under aWLC would get the better MSU pricing up to Level 7; beyond 1975 MSU and up, their price was fixed. With CMP, the structure is extended up to 14000 MSU, with clients receiving further discounts at each subsequent level.

Migrating to CMP – A Planning example using AutoSoftCapping (including a Baseline optimization project):

In this example, the same planning and preparation is undertaken as above, but this time zCost’s AutoSoftCapping is installed and run before generating the SMF data to be used for the baseline and invoicing. The goal is to set a controlled limit for MLC which will be taken into account when creating the optimal baseline level.

Then, using “flying” MSUs (*), ASC will be switched to CMP mode in July to distribute the best capacity across CPCs into Multiplex.

*: to decrease DCs from LPARs from one CPC to increase DCs from a LPAR from other CPC while respecting a fixed MSU limit across all CPCs in the Multiplex).