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IBM PVU Process Pack

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IBM PVU Process Pack

Processor Value Unit (PVU) is a unit of measurement defined by IBM to determine software licensing costs based on processor or server model.

A processor is defined as each core on a socket. Each software package has a price defined as number of points or PVUs per core. For a complete explanation of IBM PVU licensing for distributed software, see Processor Value Unit [PVU] licensing for Distributed Software on the IBM website.

In the Now Platform, the concept of PVU is used in the Software Asset Management plugin IBM PVU Process Pack, which is an add-on to the Software Asset Management plugin feature. It provides the ability to manage software licensed under the IBM Processor Value Units licensing model.

The Software Asset Management plugin Processor Definition Extension is automatically activated when the Software Asset Management plugin IBM PVU Process Pack is activated. It provides data model support for processor definitions and is required by all Software Asset Management plugin process packs.
Note: Oracle and Microsoft also use the concept of PVU, but have slightly different definitions.