Struggling with Oracle compliance? Fearing an audit? HP Asset Manager is the plug and play solution!

Oracle is one of the top 3 publishers where enterprise companies invest their money today. The official price list for one Oracle Enterprise Edition processor license is today $47 500 (!

… and Oracle license compliance is one of the most challenging to maintain

An Oracle compliance audit can quickly turn into a very expensive exercise. HP Asset Manager, with the Oracle SAM Best Practice package, gives you the tools and best practices to help avoid cold sweat.

This series of 3 weekly posts will give you a practical understanding of Oracle Licensing, as well as HP Asset Manager’s answers and ready to use solutions for being successful in Oracle compliance management.  The series will finish with an Oracle SAM tour in Asset Manager across the interface. With Asset Manager, you can achieve huge savings savings through license use optimization and decreased legal risk through crystal clear visibility on compliance.


Below are the challenges of Oracle Licensing

  • A mix of licensing models

    -  Per CPU licensing ($47 000 per processor):

  1. Oracle Enterprise Edition: you license your server for its number of cores for Oracle databases Enterprise Edition. The number of points allocated to the server depends on the CPU type of the server, the Core factor table gives the official rule: The rule is the same for the Enterprise Edition options (Partitioning or RAC for instance).
  2. Oracle Standard and Standard One editions: the rule is simpler: you just license your server for the number of CPUs. No factor to apply.

    - Per Named user plus licensing ($950 per user):

You can choose to pay for the users that access directly or indirectly your Oracle Database instance. Multiplexing is taken into account: if an internal web applications accesses an Oracle database using a unique Oracle user (impersonation) and 35 users access this web application, you need 35 Named user plus licenses. The common metric is that if more than 50 users access an application, it is worth choosing the per CPU licensing. However, If 60 identified users use 10 applications that use Oracle, then, it is worth covering these 60 users by Named User Plus access licenses that will give them access to an unlimited number of Oracle applications.

  • Differentiation between free test and development servers and (expensive) production servers
  • Virtualization:

Oracle has a reputation for not being VMWare friendly: you need to license an Oracle server for all CPUs of the physical server whether, whether the Oracle instance runs on a virtual platform (with soft partitioning) or on a physical one. Oracle recognizes hard partitioning for decreasing the number of cores. Nothing like the IBM sub capacity or Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise Edition virtualization licensing. The Oracle rule on partitioning can be found on:


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