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Processor/CPU licensing: Multi-core

Software vendors have different licensing rules. With Oracle, you have to understand that you’re licensing per processor (CPU) for running the Oracle software, versus per user. There are various scenarios and factors that change the licensing and pricing. For example, multi-core processors are counted by number of cores, and processors have a different multiple.

  • 0.25 for SUN’s UltraSparc T1 processors
  • 0.50 for Intel and AMD processors
  • 0.75 for SUN’s UltraSparc T2 processors
  • 0.75 for most other multi-core processors
  • 1.00 for single-core processors
  • Note: There are many variables that may change the core processor count or formula. But, in general, the above count is a good baseline.

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