A-Z of Oracle Licensing – Part 2

A-Z of Oracle Licensing (Part 2)

Continuing with our A-Z of Oracle licensing terms, rules, metrics and general information. We are focusing on D, E and F this time. We hope you are finding it helpful, but if you need more information please don’t hesitate to contact us by email to info@madora.co.uk or check out our online training courses at https://madora.teachable.com/

D is of course, for Database

With a little twist we are looking at the OTN development licence for the database and when it can be used.

The agreement can be found here, but among the words it states “Oracle grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited licence to internally use the Programs, subject to the restrictions stated in this Agreement, only for the purpose of developing, testing, prototyping, and demonstrating your application and only as long as your application has not been used for any data processing, business, commercial, or production purposes, and not for any other purpose.”

This basically means that you can use if to develop something new, trial it, test it and show it off, but the minute you start to move it into production in any way, whether that is internally or for your customers, it needs to be fully licensed and the OTN licence no longer applies.

E is for Enterprise Edition

Lots of the technology products such as Database have different editions available and the Enterprise Edition is the all singing, all dancing one, which gives full functionality and the ability to add extra optional features. This also comes with a price tag and if you are enabling any of those additional features such as Partitioning or Advanced Security you need to make sure they are licensed to match the database. This will also take account of the number of cores in the processor, rather than just the number of occupied processor sockets. Ensure you actually need to use these options before you enable them and don’t assume you are not using their capabilities, many are triggered accidentally and during an audit Oracle find them in use and will then charge you for the licences. 

F is for Fusion Middleware

Oracle’s Fusion Middleware comprises a variety of software products including Java, development tools, integration services, business intelligence, collaboration, and content management. It uses open standards such as BPEL, SOAP, XML and JMS. It covers products such a Weblogic Server and the older more traditional Internet Application Server. There are Oracle scripts for analysing these products during an audit and licensing generally follows the same rules as for the Database, using core counts, core factors and user minimums, although they are lower than for Database Enterprise Edition.

Don’t forget we can help with licensing any of the Oracle products, if you are unsure so don’t hesitate to contact us.

Look out for our next Blog where we will include G, H and I.

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