Take The 10 Question Oracle Licence Check

Take the 10 Question Oracle Licence Check

Do you pass the test? How did you get on, are you at risk?

Answer Yes or No to each of the following 10 questions. Add up your scores to find out if you need our help.

It is no secret that Oracle LMS roll through customers on a periodic basis. You are particularly at risk if you have not bought anything for the last 2 years and if you have not been reviewed in the last 3 years. You may be approached by Oracle Sales to fill in a server worksheet. This is not a formal review, but could turn into one. Below is a list of scenarios that Oracle particularly look for, and may ask you about when they hold that initial first meeting. So be prepared and run through these items to check your situation.

  1. Have you undergone a hardware consolidation or infrastructure modernisation in the last 18 months?
  2. Are you using virtualisation software  such as VMware in your Oracle data centres?
  3. Do you have multiple production clones, staging areas and  other test/development environments?
  4. Do you use a third party outsourcer to manage your IT or one that provides remote Database Administration services?
  5. Do you have any Oracle based Disaster Recovery environments?
  6. Do you have Named User Licences (NUPS)?

User minimums are often misunderstood. See the licensing minimums blog article for more details: https://madora.co.uk/oracle-licensing-user-minimums-how-much-is-your-organisation-exposed-part-1/

  1. Do you have any old license metrics? Check your support renewals and contracts to see if you are using old metrics for Oracle Database. The current ones are Processor and Named User Plus (NUP)
  2. Have you made any acquisitions, divestments or been involved in any mergers since your last purchase of Oracle products?
  3. Do you provide a chargeable service for customers that is powered by applications underpinned by Oracle products?

Check you have the correct licence type e.g. standard contracts are for internal use only. Hosting or embedded licences are different so your contracts, may not cover some of your customer facing applications. Please let us know if this is a topic of particular interest or concern to you.


  1. Do you have multiplexing scenarios?

“Multiplexing is when a large number of end users and/or devices access a system via an interface, such as a transaction processing monitor or a web server product, so that the apparent number of users and/or devices accessing the system is much smaller than the actual number of users and/or devices. If Oracle software is part of an environment in which multiplexing hardware or software is used, then all users and/or devices must be licensed at the multiplexing front end.”

See http://www.oracle.com/corporate/pricing/sig.pdf

Please note multiplexing is particularly an issue when running Oracle products to underpin vendor applications, what Oracle calls ISVs. These have been a target for Oracle in the past as more often than not they are incorrectly licensed due to a lack of understanding of the multiplexing rule.

Remember every interface to an Oracle database counts as a user. We have seen this as a major issue in the financial services sector in particular.

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions then you have some potential risk. Email info@madora.co.uk for further advice.

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