A-Z of Oracle Licensing – Part 6

A-Z of Oracle Licensing - Part 6

We are carrying on with our A-Z of Oracle licensing terms, rules, metrics and general information. This time looking at P, Q, R and S. Hopefully you are finding it helpful, but if you need more information please don’t hesitate to contact us by email to or check out our online training courses at

P is for Processor

Processor is the main metric used for the database and options. The number of required licences is calculated by multiplying the total number of cores in the server by the core processor licensing factor provided in the Oracle Processor Core Factor Table. This is available on the Oracle website.

More information is available in our training courses, if you would like to learn how to calculate the number of licences required, as it is affected by a number of factors.

Q is for Quality Standards

Quality standards provide requirements, specifications, guidelines, or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes, and services are fit for their purpose.

Let's look at this in the context of Software Asset Management (SAM), which is a process for the control of software licence usage, compliance and cost. Quality Standard ISO/IEC 19770-1 2017 specifies the requirements for the establishment, implementation, maintenance and improvement of a management system for IT Asset Management (ITAM), including SAM.

It is very useful to determine where you are on your maturity scale as an organisation so that you can create plans for what needs to be implemented, how and when. Resources can then be allocated as required. Organisations at a lower maturity level may find themselves with possible non-compliance and unbudgeted spend so it’s important to make a start. If you need help in understanding where you are on the scale or what you can do for Oracle, contact us by email to or check out our SAM training module at

R is for Real Application Cluster (RAC) One Node

Oracle RAC One Node is the one-node version of Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC). It requires a different product licence and is also licensed slightly differently from traditional Oracle RAC. Oracle RAC One Node can be upgraded to full Oracle RAC if you need to scale to multiple servers. If you are unsure of how to license these products, email us, we are here to help.

S is for Support

One year of Support is sold with every licence, based on 22% of the licence purchase cost. The support is then renewed annually and covers not only access to help with issues, but also the ability to use the latest version of the product. Over a period of time the costs can add up significantly, especially if some products are no longer used. Our next Blog out very soon will focus on some techniques you can use to save costs on your annual support bill.

Don’t forget we can help with licensing any of the Oracle products if you are unsure, so don’t hesitate to contact us or look at Foundation and Advanced courses