Tag: CPU Licensing

Has Oracle changed its policy on licensing databases on VMWare?

We recently answered that question in SearchOracle.com, where Miro is part of the Ask the Oracle Expert: Questions & Answers column. Here’s the original question and our answer. Has Oracle changed its policy in licensing databases on VMware? From my understanding, they are treating VMware as soft partitioning. Is there any official documentation with regards to VMware/Oracle licensing that I can refer to? Yes, in a nutshell it is treated like soft partitioning given that they are not recognizing VMware […]

Retailers: Are you licensed correctly?

Retailers are a unique breed when it comes to licensing. We recently worked with a number of retailers seeking to understand their Oracle licensing and they all had a mix of Named User Plus licensing and CPU licensing. With Oracle or any enterprise software for that matter, licensing is about access and authority, but not necessarily limited to people. The latter being an extremely important point to software licensing, usage and retailers. One of the major differences in the retail […]

Processor/CPU licensing: Intel Hyper-threading throws off count

Some processors have a dual core, single chip that appears to be two CPUs within the Oracle kernel (the Oracle kernel determines the number of CPUs on a system during start-up). This is the case with Intel Hyper-threading, where the number of physical CPUs doubles when running on Linux or Windows with a hyper-threading setting of OS or BIOS. Oracle will charge a CPU license fee for the extra cores in multiple core CPUs. Therefore, you will need to license for […]

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