If you are familiar with Domino licensing, you know about theLotus Domino Express license model. Domino Collaboration Express is a license purchased per user for SMBs (under 1000 employees I think). No Domino server license required. You can deploy as many Domino servers as needed to support your user community. There are a few restrictions with the Express license including no Domino server partitioning allowed. Take a look at the details, great offering for your smaller customers.
Lotus Domino Express is entitled to the Sametime Limited Use functionality, just like the normal server license is: licensed users can utilize the imbedded Sametime client in their Notes client with no Sametime license required. An excellent value for SMBs!
The usual implementation, or at least the best practice, is to dedicate a Domino server for Sametime. This gives you scalability, separation of services, separation of configuration options, and easier upgrades. I have several customers that use iSeries servers for other business applications. They love their iSeries! So much so, that some of them will not deploy any additional Windows servers. So with Domino and Sametime being supported on the iSeries, coupled with the less expensive Express license model, they have deployed Domino and Sametime.
Now to the point of this blog entry, finally! Since the Express license model does not allow Domino partitioning, these iSeries customers have used the same server for email and Sametime; that is, one Domino server supporting email and Sametime. From a performance context, this is not a problem as most of them are small customers, 30 to 60 users. But from an upgrade context, it is now an issue. Sametime 8.0 is not supported on Domino 8.5. Sametime 8.5 is announced, but no real details on availability nor system requirements.
If the Domino Express license model would allow for partitioning, problem solved! But it does not, as far as I know. Is anyone aware of an exception to this license restriction? For example, if the other partitioned server is only used for Sametime Limited Use, partitioning would be allowed? Does that make sense? I think this may be a small subset of customers for Lotus, but it is a not-so-small subset for me! They are ready to upgrade to Domino 8.5, but can’t without changing their license or deploying another server.
What do you think?