OpenVMS Systems Software Licensing

Software licensing terms and user licence agreements for HPE OpenVMS.

Simple and Cost-Effective Licensing to Meet Your Needs

An HPE OpenVMS software licence is defined by the combination of HPE Software licensing terms and user licence agreements. The OpenVMS software licence is a perpetual licence that grants you the right to use the current version of the software and all earlier versions. To obtain future software updates, software support with 'rights to new versions' is available.

Purchased OpenVMS v8.4 OE

OpenVMS v8.4 OE Licence to Use

OpenVMS v8.3-1H1 OE Licence to Use

Base OE

Base OE

Foundation OE

High Availability OE

Base OE

High Availability OE

Mission Critical OE

Enterprise OE

Foundation OE

Per-Socket or Per-Core Licensing

OpenVMS software is licensed on a per-socket basis on the HPE Integrity family of servers (models BL8x0c i2, rx2800 i2). OpenVMS software on all other Integrity servers is still licensed on a per-core basis. Note that there are a few products that are licensed on a per-server or per-cluster basis on all Integrity servers. Customers who purchase one of the OpenVMS v8.4 OE licences also have licence rights to use the earlier version of an OE according to the mapping as shown in the following table.

Note that the prior version (v8.3-1H1) licence provided by the OpenVMS version 8.4 OE licence applies only to the package content of the designated original OE. Any products included in the OpenVMS v8.4 OE but which are not included in the original OE package are not provided by this licence. These products would have to be licensed separately.

OpenVMS Software Investment Protection Policies

HPE provides software investment protection for your OpenVMS operating environments. The only requirement is to have a software support contract in place that includes rights to new versions – a standard practice for all mission-critical system environments.

For further OpenVMS Licensing information, please contact your HPE Sales Representative.

OpenVMS Educational and Hobbyist Licence Programmes

Now available on Integrity! All types of educational institutions are eligible for this programme. All you have to do is request an access code over the Web, register your school, and once registered, anyone at your school can use the access code to get licence product authorisation keys (PAKs) through e-mail. The base licence for HPE OpenVMS is included, and you may request over 100 layered-product PAKs. The licences are good from October to October and must be renewed annually. Anyone associated with an educational Institution, students, faculty, or administrators may use these licences.

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