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