What to know about licensing costs before moving your IBM i installations to the cloud

IBM i Licensing CostWhen you’re talking about IBM i, the first thing that comes to mind for almost every potential client is reliability. Many have been running their IBM i instances for years, if not decades, with very little intervention. This, of course, means some are on version 5.X and afraid to touch it. It means others are running pieced-together, homegrown apps that have various special requirements.

Once we get past how to physically move these instances to the cloud without breaking them — including making sure they’re completely backed up and have airtight disaster recovery — the next question is what you would expect: how much is it going to cost?

Whether it’s infrastructure-as-a-service, software-as-a-service or any other service-based cloud model, one of the major reasons companies move workloads is, obviously, cost savings. These costs come in many buckets: the cost of physically maintaining equipment, the cost of IT resources, the cost of a secondary backup site, on so on. Figuring out what running workloads on-premise is costing your organization is pretty difficult.

This is a main reason why figuring out cost in the cloud should be dead simple. So, when you’re considering moving your IBM i instances to the cloud, make sure you choose a service provider that has a plan that’s exactly right for you.

The cloud provides significant cost savings.

The first thing to remember is that IBM’s licensing is just a small piece of the overall pie. A service provider should deliver a plan based on a thorough — and constantly updated — accounting of costs and pricing, as well as feedback from the market. The plan should be easy to understand, with no hidden costs. And, the provider should be able to explain it — in fact, the provider should be excited to explain it.

A cloud partner can provide almost unlimited scalability.

A key part of any licensing contract is the ability to scale. That’s one of the best things about the cloud, right? When you want to expand you don’t have to procure and deploy another server. You simply, automatically, instantly expand what you’re using in the cloud. Any service plan should inherently allow you to do this.

Simplicity is why you go from on-premise to a cloud service provider in the first place. Don’t let licensing issues add complexity. This is especially true when talking about your critical IBM i installations. You have plenty of other things to worry about — your license agreement shouldn’t be one of them.  

To find out more about KeyInfo’s IBM i cloud options, contact us.  


Christopher Ticknor
Director of Marketing
Key Information Systems