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Oracle Licence Management

Oracle is the second-largest software company in the world and has taken a leading role globally when it comes to the development and distribution of software solutions to the market. However, it has recently led the way when it comes to complex licensing and aggressive customer audits.  

Managing Oracle licensing correctly requires both the experience and expertise of an Oracle licensing professional. No SAM tool will fully manage your Oracle licensing.

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FisherITS leverages extensive industry experience to ensure that your Oracle licence audit and Oracle license management processes are seamless and not packed with hidden surprises. We make sure that you don’t end up on an expensive journey that you never planned to take in the first place.

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Avoid the fatal mistakes when it comes to an Oracle audit by keeping up with licensing rule changes, complex regulations and increasingly difficult compliance requirements. Our experts will ensure that your business outcome is an Oracle audit that’s not going to leave your company facing unexpected costs and fines.

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    Seven Mistakes
    You Need to Avoid

    Seven Mistakes
    You Need to Avoid

    Are you keeping up with the licensing rule changes?

    Although Oracle cannot change the base Terms and Conditions in of your active contract, they often change specific application licensing rules in their documentations online which are referenced in those static base T&Cs. The complexity and frequency of change means that not everyone is aware of these changes, but Oracle’s Licence Management Service (LMS) auditors certainly are.

    Hard Partitioning vs Soft Partitioning

    Oracle splits partitioning technologies into two groups, soft or hard partitioning and defines under what conditions permits them as a means to determine or limit the number of Oracle Processor licenses required for a given server. The most commonly used virtualization technology in the market, VMware, is considered “Soft Partitioning” for Oracle licensing policy, this means that it is very easy to be not compliant if you decide to deploy your Oracle Database in a VMware environment. Oracle does recognise third party cloud providers such as Azure and AWS, but be careful, Oracle has specific terms to allow deployments with each provider.

    Usage of Enterprise Edition Options and Database Enterprise Management Packs

    With some of the latest version of the Oracle Database Enterprise Edition Options and Database Management Packs are installed by default, this means that database administrators are not always aware that are installing advanced features along with the database. These advanced features are licensed separately, and they can be used only with the Database Enterprise Edition. 

    License minimums are not counted correctly

    A number of products required a minimum of licenses to be purchased, I often see that there is a bit of confusion when the Named User Plus metric is in place. Standard Edition 2 licenses require a minimum of 10 users per server and it can be licensed only on servers that have a maximum capacity of 2 sockets. However Standard Edition and Standard Edition 1 have a minimum of 5 users (Not per server) and Standard Edition can be licensed only on servers that have a maximum capacity of 4 sockets, but the maximum capacity for Standard Edition 1 is 2 sockets. 

    Be careful with Java

    Java SE 8 has gone through the End of Public Updates process for legacy releases. Oracle is providing free public updates and auto updates of Java SE 8, until at least the end of December 2020 for Personal, Development and other Users. This means that end user can still install the new updates, but Companies would require a license to install new updates or patches since January last year.

    The free test drive can be very expensive

    Many Oracle application titles can be downloaded from web with little restrictions. No license keys are needed to install or use these applications. Your DevOps team may be having fun with their shiny new kit and the next gen, make sure they know when to park the ride otherwise the test drive may come with a hefty price tag.   

    Beware of the Unlimited Licence Agreement (ULA)

    The Oracle Unlimited Licence Agreement (ULA) allows your organisation to install an unlimited number of databases. This is often not as attractive as it may seem as once your organisation is under this agreement it is very difficult to leave. You may be exposed to annual price rises and have no opportunity for negotiation or to be able to exit the contract.

    OUR
    EXPERTISE

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    EXPERTISE

    Patrick is widely recognised as one of the most respected Oracle licensing experts globally. Before becoming the Special Advisor on Oracle for FisherITS, Patrick was one of the early members of the Oracle Licence Management Service (LMS) team in Europe, and had spent over 7 years assisting Oracle to design and execute LMS reviews across Benelux, UK, Germany, Nordics and Greece.

    He also co-founded B-lay and spent over 11 years building it into a leading Oracle licensing advisory practice. Patrick has assisted hundreds of enterprise customers to successfully challenge Oracle’s audit claims and achieve substantial savings from their enterprise agreement participation, renewal and exit negotiations.

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