LEADER IN ORACLE LICENSING
Database licensing is a complex business but absolutely essential for your company to get right from the start. While not every license may be required for your technology solution, you want to make sure you have the right licenses in place at all times…because licensing violations can be VERY costly.
As your technology needs grow, evolve, and change over time, so do your licensing needs. This is not a “set it and forget it” kind of thing. You should have your licensing strategy reviewed regularly to make sure you’re paying for the right services and saving money where you can.
ONLY PAY FOR THE LICENSES YOU NEED!
We specialize in navigating the complex world of Oracle Licensing to make sure that you are only paying for what you are using, and you’re not over licensed for your technology strategy. We have helped hundreds of companies save money with the right licensing strategy and we can do the same for you.
We’ll help you navigate the complexities of Oracle Licensing…
You first want to consider the basic editions of Oracle and figure out which one will fit your needs. Are you able to use the free use version of Oracle which can use a single CPU (though it can be installed on a server with as many CPUs as you want), 1GB RAM, and 11GB data; or are you in need of an edition that’s a damped down edition of Oracle which can run on a server with a maximum of four CPU sockets? There’s the edition that is full featured and allows all core features along with the option to purchase add-on features (like Partitioning) and Management Packs (like the Diagnostics Pack); or do your requirements call for a single user, single machine development/deployment license which can use other edition feature with the exception of RAC and Management Packs?
WHAT LICENSE TYPE DO YOU NEED?
Understanding the different editions of Oracle is only the beginning, you also need to know about the type of license you need to implement in your solution. A Processor-based license is the most common. This is where you will add up the number of CPU Sockets/Cores and the CPU Type for EE or the number of CPU Sockets for SE and SE1. You may also have heard of Named User License, where you buy a specific number of seats on the database instead of licensing it for unlimited users. Keep in mind that if you are looking at this type of license: non-human processes are also named users. That means any application server, script, or even a scheduled job is a ‘named user’.
YOU ARE ALSO CONSIDERING…
- Enterprise Edition Core Factor
The type of license you need may be effected by the type of hardware configuration you have in place for your solution (For instance, if you are using a SUN M5000 with SPARC VII processors, the core factor is 0.75. That means 4 Quad-Core CPUs (16 cores) would equal 16 * 0.75 = 12 licenses.)
- Special Cases
Some editions are exempt from certain licensing terms, but when those servers interact with other servers, the license requirements may change.
- Add-Ons and Management Packs
Some editions don’t even allow addons, so the functionality you need may not be available based on the edition you choose!