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The following licensing metrics are available:
- Processor Licensing
You pay per Processor you run the Oracle software on; however Oracle has a special definition of Processor which is consistent with Intel, AMD, HP and IBM but does not match Sun's one.
Intel Hyperthreading technology that makes one core looks like two counts as 1 processor for this purpose. Other soft partitioning technologies are treated differently; for example, the Solaris OS has a concept of Containers, this is similar to hard partitioning on an HP machine; however Oracle does not recognize software partitioning with Solaris Containers prior to Solaris 10; and even then there are stipulations. Hard partitioning methods such as Sun's Domains, IBM's Logical partitioning are recognized as legitimate methods to limit the amount of resources that can run the Oracle software.
Multi-core processors are priced as (number of cores)*(multi-core factor) processors, where the multi-core factor is:
- 0.25 for SUN's UltraSPARC T1 processors (1.0 GHz or 1.2 GHz)
- 0.50 for other SUN's UltraSPARC T1 processors (e.g. 1.4 GHz)
- 0.50 for Intel and AMD processors
- 0.50 for SUN's UltraSPARC T2 processors (updated Oct 1, 2009 - previously 0.75, see note below)
- 1.00 for IBM's POWER6 processors
- 0.75 for all other multi-core processors
- 1.00 for single-core processors
For example, a SUN UltraSparc T1 system with 4 x eight-core processors will require 4*8*0.25 = 8 licenses. This is just an example. Sun UltraSparc T1 and T2 are not SMP capable, only Sun UltraSparc T2+ is SMP capable. Similarly, an IBM AIX system with 4 x eight-core processors will require 4*8*0.75 = 24 licenses.
- Named User Plus Licensing
Pay per user, however user is defined as any end-node that receives data from or creates data for that Oracle DB including human users. The classic case would be a grocery store system that is taking data from refrigerator thermometers and point of sale systems; in one case a user is a thermometer and in another case the user is the checkout clerk, or in the case of newer self-check out terminals it would be the customer; thus in this example one would explore processor based licensing.
- Oracle Database Standard Edition: 5 Named User Plus licenses
- Oracle Database Enterprise Edition: 25 Named User Plus licenses per CPU
- Oracle Application Server Standard Edition ONE: 5 Named User Plus licenses
- All other Oracle Application Server products: 10 Named User Plus licenses per CPU
- Named User Licensing
Named User (NU) licensing limits the number of individuals authorized to use Oracle on the specified computer.
NU licensing is not available for new contracts anymore. Although, some customers may still maintain/renew their NU license agreements.
- Concurrent Device
Concurrent Device (CD) licenses were defined as the 'Maximum amount of input devices connecting to the designated system at any given point in time'. There is a Network version of this license which has slightly different terms.
For Oracle Database Enterprise Edition, a minimum of 8 Concurrent Device licenses per Processor applied. This is a very old licensing metric and anyone using it on multi-core processors, or moving to such, lice should conduct a license a cost assessment.
This model is not available anymore. Although, some customers still maintain/renew their CD license agreements.
- Application Specific Full Use Licensing
An Application Specific Full Use (ASFU) license is a restricted type of license sold by a Solution Provider in conjunction with its third-party Application Package.
For example, you can buy a ASFU license from SAP AG to use Oracle with the SAP/R3 system. This license would then be application specific and cannot be used for anything else.
- Embedded Software License
An Embedded Software License (ESL) is a very restrictive license type available from Independant Software Vendors (ISVs) who embed Oracle technology into their product. An end-user may not even be aware that the software package contains Oracle technology and should not be able to access it directly as a developer or system administrator.
An example of this licensing model in use may be a Point of Sale system that requires a database to log transactions.
- Other Considerations
Note that the standard Oracle License and Services Agreement only allows use of Oracle software for internal business operations. Other uses, such as a hosting service or an ASP, will require an agreement that extends the usage rights to cover such scenarios.
Oracle Partners in India
LDS infotech is amongst the Gold rated Oracle Partners in India. LDS, on one hand works on the principles and rules laid by Oracle and on the other hand work towards providing the best of solutions to the customers. LDS has been in the industry for more than 12 years and has never recieved any complaint when it comes to handling queries regarding Oracle. LDS, a gold level Oracle partner, is commited to provide solutions and work on innovations that make work simpler and better. The training, support and resources that Oracle provides to LDS makes our team one of the most efficient Oracle Partner Network in India.