Utility Server FAQ Arthur Fontaine 2.Oct.02 10:57 AM a Web browser General 6.0All Platforms
Q. What is the IBM Lotus Domino Utility Server?
A. The Domino Utility Server is a new member of the Domino Server Family, distinguished by its applications focus and server-based pricing model.
Q. How is it different from the other Domino servers?
A. The three Domino servers share the same code base but are licensed differently:
* Messaging Server supports prebuilt e-mail and collaborative applications including discussions, teamrooms and personal journals. It does not include an entitlement to run custom applications built on the Domino rapid application development platform. Messaging Server is licensed in the traditional user-based client-server model, where customers purchase the server and a client access license (CAL) for each authenticated user of the server. The CAL requirement is satisfied through Notes for Messaging client software, or iNotes for Messaging, which entitles access via other supported client software (browser, POP3/IMAP, Microsoft Outlook).
* Enterprise Server supports the same e-mail and collaborative applications as Messaging Server, plus the custom applications created by customers, value added resellers (VARs), systems integrators (SIs) and independent software vendors (ISVs). It also includes clustering capabilities for high-availability implementations. As with Messaging Server, customers purchase the Enterprise Server and a CAL for each authenticated user of the server. The CAL requirement is satisfied through Notes for Collaboration client software, or iNotes for Collaboration, which entitles access via other supported client software (browser for e-mail and applications, POP3/IMAP and Microsoft Outlook for e-mail only).
* Utility Server is the new addition to the family. It does not entitle the purchaser to e-mail (specifically, individual user mailboxes), but does include the custom application entitlement. It includes the clustering capabilities for high-availability implementations. Utility Server imposes no CAL requirements; in other words, any user of any software can access the server. Since there is no client license requirement, the per-CPU price of the server is higher than for either Messaging Server or Enterprise Server, but for many customers the acquisition cost for an equivalent number of users will be less than for either Messaging Server or Enterprise Server.
Q. Why has the Utility Server been created?
A. Domino has long been recognized for its unique strengths in messaging and applications. The ability to combine those elements in a single infrastructure has proved invaluable to thousands of organizations around the globe. However, in some segments the client-server licensing model has been a barrier to adoption and implementation. For example, for customers who need only custom applications such as self-service Web applications, the 1:1 client access model does not work very well. The Utility Server provides a clean and simple solution for those scenarios.
Q. Who will buy the Domino Utility Server?
A. We have targeted small and midsized enterprises that wish to solve specific business challenges. This is a traditionally strong Domino segment, as illustrated by the many existing applications based on the platform, including workflow and approval, customer relationship management (CRM), sales force automation (SFA), call center and help desk management, and the employee, partner or customer self-service applications noted above.
Q. Who will sell the Utility Server?
A. Utility Server is a standard Passport Advantage offering, so anyone may buy or sell it under standard Passport agreements. We anticipate that much interest will come from the Lotus business partner and ISV channels. These channels have expressed a need for a simplified pricing model that lets them market "plug and play" solutions without the need to count, manage or report user activity.
Q. Will current customers want to buy Utility Server?
A. Yes, we anticipate that this license option will be beneficial to current customers as well, in certain situations. For example, a customer may have a fully licensed Enterprise Server, with user CALs, but may want to extend an application to partners, customers, or shareholders. In the client-server model, the customer would need to acquire a license for each of those users. While we previously offered an Extranet CAL as an option that could be applied against an Enterprise Server for this purpose, it only entitled access by non-employees; employee CALs still had to be managed and accounted for. The Utility Server is a clean and simple solution for all customers, since you don't have to account for, or even care, who accesses the Utility Server.
Q. Is the Notes client free when used against Domino Utility Server?
A. No. There is no CAL requirement for Utility Server, but the Lotus dedicated client software is still sold separately. In a combined Notes and Utility Server scenario, there is no benefit captured from the embedded CAL in Notes, but all of the other runtime benefits of Notes still remain. For customers who also use that Notes client against other Domino servers (R5 Mail, Application, and Enterprise Servers, Domino 6 Messaging and Enterprise Servers), the embedded CAL does satisfy the client access license requirement.
Q. Is Utility Server part of a CEO contract?
A. No. Utility Server is not part of CEO, which is strictly a user-based purchase model, where customers are buying the right for specific users to access Lotus server software. Like the Domino Extranet CAL before it, there's no purpose in making Utility Server part of CEO. CEO customers may purchase Utility Server separately, of course, to support external users; CEO licensees may use the server as well, either via browser or existing Notes clients.
Q. Do customers have to use Domino as their e-mail system to use Domino Utility Server?
A. Not at all. In fact, Utility Server specifically breaks that requirement. Like Sametime, QuickPlace, Discovery Server and other IBM Lotus offerings, Utility Server is equally valuable for customers who don't use Domino for e-mail as for those who do. In the client-server pricing model, Domino is more appropriately viewed as an infrastructure purchase. With its CAL-free pricing model, Utility Server offers Domino in a way that supports ad-hoc or opportunistic solutions, irrespective of the e-mail infrastructure environment.
Q. Does this mean that I can no longer have e-mail notifications or mailing lists as part of my application?
A. No. The e-mail restriction specifies individual user mailboxes -- e.g., Your Name/Your Company or firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail-in databases, workflow notifications, etc., are still very much part of the Domino developer's toolkit. Since Domino supports all major protocols including SMTP, these features work with any e-mail system. If a customer does have a Domino e-mail infrastructure, of course, there are additional integration points available through the Domino programming model and Notes Remote Procedure Call (NRPC).
Q. Does Utility Server contain the same WebSphere Application Server entitlement as Enterprise Server?
A. Yes. (See separate FAQ)