Anyone who has had the pleasure of dealing with software licensing will know how complicated it can become and that it’s rarely simple.
With Oracle the type of licence you need is often not down to the application you use, rather the hardware that you run it on. For example, Capita One is developed and tested against Oracle Standard edition. However, if you’re using a server running more than 4 processors then you would need enterprise edition licensing, which can be more expensive.
What do you need to consider when licensing?
There are a number of factors to take into account when licensing Oracle:
- Licence types available (Standard /Application specific Full Use/Named User Plus/Enterprise)
- Physical or Virtual servers
- Hardware partitioning (in virtual environments)
- How many processors can the Oracle software access
- Number of users requiring access (it may be cheaper to license per user)
- Backup and restore options (including acceptable data loss)
- Number of environments (Live/Test/Training/Development/Disaster Recovery)
All environments must be correctly licensed and follow Oracle’s licensing rules (processor limits/minimum named user licenses/Core factor table)
It’s worth checking
If you’ve moved to a different Oracle server over the last few years or a different platform, it would certainly be worth checking that you are correctly licensed - you may even find you’re paying more than you need to.
One Technical services can provide assistance, specifically around the One architecture. As an Oracle reseller, we can offer a special type of licence to One customers - an Application Specific Full Use (ASFU) licence.
Further information can also be found online, these are two useful links that help to provide a better understanding: