Oracle license optimization

Oracle License Optimization

Your solution to Oracle ‘Shock & Audit’

Remove the Complexity from Oracle License Optimization

Oracle is an essential component of your company’s IT infrastructure. But their database solutions and applications have some of the most complex and expensive license contracts in Software Asset Management (SAM). Proper management of Oracle costs means knowing complex topics such as license metrics, deployment, usage, configurations, virtualization, and number of CPUs. These ever-present challenges in compliance can’t be managed with spreadsheets alone. Meet those constant challenges by gathering and processing high-quality data about your Oracle licenses. Aside from simplifying your licenses’ complexity, strong data makes your response to an Oracle license audit more effective and more efficient.

Simplify your Oracle license optimization

How do you beat an Oracle License Audit?

If they say an audit will be weeks, prepare for an Oracle license audit to last months. Oracle licensing is that complex. Servers, desktops, virtual machines – they make your organization run, and make your Oracle licenses tough to unravel.

In an Oracle audit, you must use Oracle scripts, which won’t accurately unravel your Oracle estate’s complexity without a few errors and false positives. So what does it take to beat the Oracle audit? You need to defend yourself with high-quality, detailed data on your Oracle environment. Having solid data simplifies your Oracle licenses’ complexity, ensures compliance, and produces more accurate reports than Oracle. It’s your first and best line of defense. An Oracle license audit can be long, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. If you set up processes and use a professional tool that gathers and verifies high-quality data, then you have the ammunition to beat the Oracle audit.

Read our Oracle Audit Playbook

Top 3 challenges of Oracle licenses

Support fees are steep

Oracle’s support fees represent 22% of their license fees. Your challenge is to understand and correctly apply the key items listed in the Technical Support Policies. In fact, Oracle earns more from its maintenance fees than from the software licenses.

Oracle metrics are tricky

The vendor has a tricky licensing scheme with the two most common metrics: by processor (CPU) or by Named User Plus (NUP). There are other big factors to consider like clusters, virtualization, and variations in core types and counts.

The fine print is complex

Oracle’s enterprise contracts can be as complex as their metrics. The vendor often acquires and incorporates new software products, each with its own licensing rules, and there is a lack of standardization in their contract language.

Insights for handling Oracle

Pick through the packs
Each option, feature, and pack in Oracle Database is licensed separately. In fact, any DBA can easily activate an option by mistake, with no warning message. To clean it up, you have to control activated options and know the root cause of the usage.

“Unlimited” is often not
The Unlimited License Agreement (ULA) may not cover all of Oracle’s products and options, or all of your company’s business units and legal entities. And if you don’t renew the ULA, then Oracle requires a license for every installation — and maintenance payments.

Caught in the good old world
Oracle still relies on its strong position in the database market and doesn‘t provide virtualization-friendly license policies. Market-leading technologies like VMware are categorized as “soft-partitioning” which often results in high license costs and huge compliance risks.

Flexible IT means constant change
Enormous cost risks can occur from a change in the data center. You might install a high-risk application on Oracle middleware, or move a virtual machine to a different server cluster. To keep your cost in check, you have to keep a close watch on your environment.

Resources for your Oracle license optimization

Write Your Oracle Happy Ending

Learn how to get the best Oracle contract and what to look for

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Oracle will charge for Java

Oracle Java licensing changes will end public updates for Java SE 8 as of January 2019.

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Oracle ULA Contracts

Get details on the legal risks associated with ULA contracts.

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Simplify your Oracle license optimization

Our tools and services to help you break free from complicated. Optimize your Oracle investment while lowering financial risk.

Optimize your Oracle costs

LicenseControl for Oracle is a dedicated tool for optimizing your Oracle software licenses and contracts. It gives a complete overview of your compliance and audit risks, and finds reduced license and maintenance costs.

Optimize your Oracle costs

Get a Snapshot of SAM

The Rapid Vendor Analysis for Oracle delivers a fast, complete overview of your Oracle licenses. Our experts analyze your situation and explain how to reduce costs. It’s a hassle free, risk-free service for Software Asset Management that doesn’t require installing or buying a tool.

Get a snapshot of SAM

Strategic Platform for SAM

Aspera SmartTrack covers all the important vendors like SAP, Oracle and Microsoft, and accurately calculates complex metrics for every device: servers, clients, mobile, and cloud. Identify up to 30% savings in software licenses, and reveal high-risk compliance gaps.

Save costs and get compliant

Services for

Need help with your SAM program? Our in-house experts can manage some or all of your software licenses, and find the best costs at the lowest audit risk. Ask about our Managed Services for partial outsourcing, or our full-service package of License Management as a Service (LaaS).

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Thanks to Aspera we now have a transparent, company-wide overview of licenses, software installations, and license demand. We’ve been able to increase the productivity of the employees in software purchasing by 10%.

Thomas Stange, Head of License Management Department at BITMARCK Technik GmbH

Java SE is no longer free! Are there new costs lurking in your IT?

There’s a new multi-million dollar problem about to hit. Beginning January 2019, Oracle’s new licensing rules for Java SE require you to pay for some software that was previously free.

If you’re using certain Java features, a potential cost and compliance issue might be lurking in your IT environment. The license management challenge is big: find all your Java installations, see their edition or version, recognize if they need to be licensed, and figure out their cost.

A dedicated SAM tool that can do deeper Java detection and compliance reporting is essential to avoid expensive charges and understand the new rules.

Get a demo of LicenseControl for Oracle

10 Tips to Anticipate and Manage an Oracle Audit

Oracle’s complex licensing models make metering usage extremely challenging. This webinar addresses the key aspects you need to be ready for an oracle audit.

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Have questions?

Oracle does not always clearly communicate their licensing changes, and information is often hard to find. This makes keeping up with your Terms & Conditions challenging, so it is always advisable to ask a neutral third party in these cases to ensure compliance.

Let us show you how to save costs and never go back to complicated.