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Microsoft Price Increase for Microsoft 365

Since 2011, Microsoft’s pricing for business subscriptions to its line of Microsoft 365 products has been stable. But effective March 1, 2022, that ends. Because effective then, Microsoft is raising its monthly prices: Product Cost Per User per Month Current Planned Microsoft 365 Business Basic $5 $6 Microsoft 365 Business Premium $20 $22 Microsoft 365 E3 $32 $36 Office 365 E1 $8 $10 Office 365 E3 $20 $23 Office 365 E5 $35 $38   One thing that Microsoft is not […]

Oracle JDK (Java Development Kit) Free for Use

On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, Oracle announced that it is making its “Oracle JDK available for free” even for commercial and/or production use, but the JRE (Java Runtime Environment) is still a licensed product for a fee That’s welcome news. Let’s examine what that means. First off, this is only the Java Development Kit or “JDK” which again will be a separate download. Since Java SE 10, there has been a single download, but Oracle will now make the JRE […]

ULA and Proprietary Hosting

Many organizations are at risk of failing an audit and violating their ULA with Oracle by engaging in “Proprietary Hosting” without realizing it. What is Proprietary Hosting? Proprietary Hosting is basically when an organization has a application, like a web application, that uses an Oracle database as a back end, and the application allows users who are not employees of the company to access the data, like employees of other companies, customers or prospects. As per Oracle’s definition 3 major […]

Oracle Proposes Retroactive Subscription Fees for Java and Announces New “Java Management Service”

Oracle Sales Teams Have Started Talking to Their Clients About Paying Retroactive Subscription Fees at the Same Time as The Company Has Launched It’s New “Java Management Service” Oracle has introduced a cloud service on June 9, 2021, named “Java Management Service.” This service offers a “single pane of glass” to manage Java deployments across the enterprise including both cloud and on-premise deployments. It tracks workstations, servers, and even third-party cloud services. It is designed to provide some insight on […]

Oracle Introduces Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Support Credit Rewards

Oracle has announced that its clients will get a 25% to 33% discount on support fees for using Oracle Cloud Larry Ellison announced the Oracle Support Rewards program for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure clients.  For every dollar that clients spend on OCI, they receive a 25 cent or 33 cent credit towards their On-Premise support costs. The 33% discount is for ULA customers The 25% discount is for most other customers For example, if an organization spends $100,000 on Oracle Cloud Credits, […]

Microsoft Dropping Support for Medium and Small Businesses

Microsoft will no longer offer direct support for medium and small businesses with Software Assurance spends below $250,000 per year Larger organizations who have a Software Assurance spend of $250,000 or more annually will be compelled to go to Unified Support. Smaller organizations will have to make do with partner support, unless they forego support altogether. “Sometime in 2023” (that’s a direct quote from Microsoft), incident-based support will be replaced with as-needed support. Microsoft will also offer credits toward Unified […]

Oracle Autonomous Database – Requirements, Limitations & Licensing

Oracle Autonomous Database may not be a fit for everyone. There are restrictions and limitations. There are many organizations that require some of the features not available in an Oracle Autonomous Database environment. There are also organizations that have strict security policies and cannot use the public cloud.

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