Everything You Missed at the October UKOUG License Event

Everything You Missed at the UKOUG License Event

Everything You Missed at the October UKOUG License Event 

We attended the UKOUG licence event held in London 24th October 2017, to get a good idea of what was of interest.  We thought you might be interested in our review, so here’s a flavour of the day for those of you who couldn’t go along, although we didn’t attend every session, so more information will be available on the UKOUG website.

It was held by the UK Oracle User Group to help customers understand a bit more about Oracle licensing. All attendees had badges with first name only and no company name, as there were plenty of Oracle Licence Management Services attendees, this ensured that everyone could attend without worrying they would be caught out.

The Keynote Speaker

The main keynote speech was “Make your business case for SAM compelling” by Simon Bolton of KPMG. We thought his slides were very impressive and content was the level you’d expect from KPMG. Highlights included a review of Cloud offerings:

  • SaaS reduces risk but locks you into the vendor.
  • IaaS - IBM on premise licensing doesn't necessarily map to the Cloud e.g. you can't see the underlying technology.
  • Beware of shadow IT - unplanned, unseen purchases, for example on a credit card.
  • Beware integration which for some companies will increase the licence requirements.

KPMG have a SAM approach which reviews a company’s “state assessment”. These range from; not done at all, ad hoc and basic up to intermediate, advanced and dynamic at the top of the tree.

A photo of the venue at the Cavendish Conference Centre

Their SAM approach is:

  1. Establish the current state
  2. Prepare usage and business cases
  3. Design the concept and action plan

Organisations need to be agile because of Cloud, risk of cyber-attacks and other external forces. Comments from the audience included: “Agility is fine but still need to be able to do something with shelf-ware”.

Don't forget, if you need help with SAM for Oracle, Madora will be happy to help.

"Don't get rained on by the cloud - top three considerations for moving Oracle workloads to the Cloud"

The seconds keynote was led by Chris Jones of Nymad. Chris started by saying “Most people's definition of Cloud computing is compute executed somewhere else”

PaaS is available on Oracle and Amazon AWS but not on Azure. Licence models include;

  • BYOL which needs managing,
  • Rental which also needs managing, especially if mixed with BYO

Oracle has the advantage over AWS in that, in Oracle, two threads equals one core equals half a processor, whereas in AWS, two threads or vCPUs equal one core equals one processor. Azure is the same as AWS where one core equals one processor.

AWS has several commercial options:

  • Pay-as-you-go
  • Monthly
  • Annual
  • Spot (less than two minutes but not for database)
  • Same for IaaS (EC2) or PaaS (RDS)
  • Lowest barrier to entry
  • Open book pricing
  • Full cloud capability, more comprehensive portfolio

Azure has:

  • Enterprise agreement
  • Pay-as-you-go
  • Monthly
  • Easy to purchase
  •  Less comprehensive
Don't forget, if you need help with moving to Cloud for Oracle, Madora will be happy to help.

Track two “Why you need to waste time defending license audits” by John Jezewski and Tom Nelson of a large local authority.

John talked about the realities of dealing with Oracle through an audit, and thanked Bart Sjerps for the use of some of his slides to illustrate the points.

There was a lot of discussion among the audience, limited slightly because of the presence of Oracle.

Don't forget, if you need help with an audit for Oracle, Madora will be happy to help.

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Track one “Tools for Oracle licensing; the reality behind the marketing hype” by Paul Bullen.

Paul gave a useful presentation on how you can't believe the tools, especially the dashboard presentation. They are fine at gathering usage information but it still requires a person to analyse the complexities to match usage with licences.

He gave an interesting example of architecture where a very simple number of processors was required when looked at with a tool. However, when he went deeper into the architecture he showed that;

  • Some of the servers were running RMAN
  • Some of the servers were failover servers
  • Some other servers had standby servers connected which hadn't been recorded by the tool as they were not active at the time

Then the actual licence position was substantially different from the tool’s measurement.

Don't forget, if you need help with interpretation of output tool for Oracle, Madora will be happy to help.

Track one “Architecting to gain and maintain compliance with Oracle” by Paul Buckley of Data Intensity (formerly Red Stack Technology) commercial licence services manager.

  • The key to Oracle licensing is infrastructure.
  • The issue with a baseline is it is only a point in time.
  • Exadata, OVM and ODA can be useful for hosting Oracle, especially using OVM pinned on the hosts.
Don't forget, if you need help with regular reviews for Oracle, Madora will be happy to help.