December 8 2010 Wednesday

Did you pay for Lotus Traveler?

OK, the subject is false... Lotus Traveler is a free product for Lotus Domino Servers. But there is a small detail to be evaluated.

You are not using express licensing. You have several server PVU licenses for your servers and you want to install a seperate Traveler Server.

Since Traveler server code will be installed on top of Lotus Domino Server, now the question comes in: Do I need an additional Domino Server PVUs for this seperate server?

I had this question a lot. As a matter of fact, I am exposed licensing questions very often, because there are very limited resources about licensing on ibm.com web sites. BTW, you should read my blog entry about navigation contest if you are ready to search ibm.com :)

I asked this issue to our channel team and got an answer. I checked with the license document and there was no explicit expression about it.

Answer is YES! You will need an extra PVU license for your seperate server.

On the other hand, a similar situation is with Sametime Limited edition. If your seperate server has a unique function of Sametime chats and presence; the scenerio is the same.

However, there is a conflict here. I am not good at legal documents but as far as I understood, it seems that you don't need a seperate license for limited edition. It needs clarification though...
Regarding general issues, after a small chat with local IBM and region, they decided to organize a small session for kick-off partner meeting about licensing.  I will continue to blog about licensing...

Meanwhile, you may reach licensing documents through the following link (if don't link contests)...

http://www-03.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf/search
Serdar Basegmez   |   December 8 2010 10:19:00 AM   |    Lotus Traveler  Mobile  Licensing    |  
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dicky       08/19/2013 1:55:14 PM

i want to know too...any update, please.

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Andres Giuffre       05/30/2012 5:14:46 PM

It's better to clarify what kind of licence you may buy for Lotus Domino.

Traveler is free, but you need to pay for Domino.

Should you need an Enterprise Licence or you can use a Messaging one? Prices are really different.

Ok, the answer is here:

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Serdar Basegmez    http://www.developi.com    12/09/2010 1:26:20 PM

The problem is with this absence of clarification. Since there is no explicit specification, we should assume you need seperate license.

There is a simple equation here.

Lotus Domino is the Principal Software.

Lotus Notes Traveler is the Supporting Program.

Since I don't pay for the supporting one, principal program should be licensed.

That's how it seems. Our channel manager told me there will be some changes to clarify these kinds of issues. My next blog will be about more strange problem which has been solved more recently.

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Martin Pradny       12/09/2010 10:22:06 AM

Strange, last year I asked same question and answer from local IBM was that you don't need extra PVU license as log as you use don't put any other functions on that domino server.