Can you use your Oracle licenses in non-Oracle Cloud platforms?

Can you use your Oracle licenses in non-Oracle Cloud platforms?

Can you use your Oracle licenses in non-Oracle Cloud platforms?

Christopher Barnett of Scott & Scott LLP wrote an article addressing the concerns many clients are now having as they start to take advantage of the Cloud platforms available to them. Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure have a large market share and both can run Oracle Databases. So what does this mean in terms of your contract rights and are your Terms and Conditions still applicable?  See an excerpt from Christopher's article below with a link to the full article here

Licensing Oracle Software in a Third Party’s Cloud

Many companies would like to know whether and to what extent their existing Oracle software product licenses entitle them to use that software in a third-party cloud-hosting environment – such as Amazon Web Services’ (AWS’s) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) environment – and, if so, whether that usage would be subject to different license metrics or other restrictions that would not apply to the use of that software in their own datacenters.  

Oracle’s standard license agreements typically do allow licensees to use their software licenses to support deployments of that software on a third-party’s servers. Standard contract language typically includes something like the following:

" You may allow Your agents and contractors (including, without limitation, outsourcers) to use the Programs and deliverables for Your internal business operations and You are responsible for their compliance with the General Terms and this Schedule P in such use.

In many instances, the question is not whether a company may use its licenses within AWS’s EC2 environment, but rather how many licenses are required in order to support that usage.

Read the full detailed article via this link 

http://oracleaudits.com/2017/05/23/licensing-oracle-software-in-a-third-partys-cloud/

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Christopher writes a well considered article and makes many solid points and as he pointed out, Oracle  is quite ambiguous when it comes to licensing on third party cloud.  We also discussed the changes in licensing policy on one of our previous articles below.

ORACLE CHANGES THE LICENSING RULES FOR CLOUD – AGAIN

Keep Calm and Cloud On

In September last year during Open World, Oracle Executive Chairman Larry Ellison as usual was bold in positioning Oracle Cloud as the leading cloud platform of choice. We all know in terms of market share, Amazon is way ahead but Larry Ellison was quick to slate AWS as being slower and more resource hungry, less open and more expensive. Well the last point took an interesting turn when Oracle changed it’s Cloud Licensing policy document on the 23rd January 2017. Amazon, Azure and Oracle’s IAAS are all ‘bring your own licenses’ cloud platforms as they provide managed compute and storage only. So any changes in licensing calculations could impact current or future deployments. Read full Article