Oracle licensing tips
I do a
lot of Oracle consulting for shops who are trying to get the most value for
their licensing dollar, mostly by performing instance consolidation and schema
has a mind-numbing array of licensing options, everything from multi-zillion
dollar ?all you can eat? licenses (like the ones for super-large Corporations) to
named-user licenses and CPU-based processor licenses.
matters worse, Oracle is always changing their prices and licensing options and
it?s up to the Oracle professional to negotiate the best deal with the Oracle
Licensing Tip! - I?ve found that you can save hundreds of thousands of
dollars on an Oracle license by waiting until the end of their financial
quarters, when they are super-eager to bolster their revenue numbers.
You can also get a great deal on Oracle if you mention SQL Server by
name, and say that you are considering both products!
Oracle licensing contracts, it is best to use an attorney and remember that
everything is negotiable.
important tips and tricks for keeping your license fees down, see my tips on
Oracle licensing pricing tips
get notified that you are going to be audited by Oracle take no chances and hire
an independent Oracle expert to access your license liability and help you stay
compliant with your license terms.
An Oracle audit can be an expensive nightmare and you should call my experts at
800-766-1884 immediately after being notified about an Oracle audit.
Avoiding an Oracle Audit
years ago vendors used to ?lock-up? your product until you paid the licensing
fees, but court cases in the 1980?s prohibited this practice because
unscrupulous vendors were using their ability to disable their software as
leverage to extort high prices by threatening to put a company?s computer system
off-the-air unless they were paid immediately!
Oracle freely allows shops to install Oracle software and relies on hidden
?auditing? methods to detect if you have exceeded your license terms or used an
extra-cost package without paying the fee.
The most common license violations are accidental, such as a DBA reading
one of the DBA history tables like dba_hist_sqlstat.
If you read any of these Automatic Workload Repository (AWR) or Automated
Session History (ASH) tables you must possess a license for the Oracle
performance pack and a license for the Oracle diagnostic pack, but Oracle does
not prevent you from accessing these tools.
when you install Oracle you agree to allow Oracle Corporation to audit your
usage and Oracle uses hidden mechanisms for internal auditing, but they have
tables like the dba_feature_usage_statistics and the v$license view.
Oracle products that have limits of the amount of CPU and RAM you may use (like
Oracle XE), Oracle keeps a dba_high_water_mark_statistics table may audit how
much RAM you have used
here, why compliance with your Oracle license might cost you zillions of dollars
if you get audited:
Oracle license compliance tips