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2015-04-15

Common Oracle Licensing Queries


There are a number of questions that commonly arise in relation to Oracle database licensing.

The first question that often arises relates to the licensing of Oracle database on virtual environment.
“I have a physical server with N physical processors. I am running Oracle on a virtual server but it only uses M processors. Do I need to license Oracle for N or M processors”? In this instance, you need to license N processors. Further details are available at Oracle Virtual Licensing.

The second question that often arises relates to the licensing of Oracle database in disaster recovery environments.
“I have a production and disaster recovery environment. Do both need to be licensed”? In this instance, both environments need to be licensed. Additionally, the licensing metrics and options for both production and disaster recover environments must match. Further details are available at Oracle Disaster Recovery Licensing.

The third question that often arises relates to the licensing of development and test environments.
“Do I need to license development and test environments?” In this instance, the development environment may be licensed under an OTN Development License. The test environment must be fully licensed. Further details are available at Development/Test Environment Licensing.

The fourth question that often arises relates to licensing by user or by processor. Each licensing option is suitable for particular scenarios and should be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Further details are available at Oracle Database Licensing.

If you would like more about any of the topics raised in this post please email John Rushe.

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