SE2 - The Business Impacts

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What’s the business impact of Oracle Standard Edition 2 (SE2) release?

It’s been a major talking point within the Oracle community for the past two months and no matter who you talk to the conversation always comes back to the costs of licensing your Oracle estate.

Without doubt the new licensing rules of Oracle SE2 will have a significant impact on businesses running Standard Edition and/or Standard Edition One (especially those running RAC on Standard Edition). Key dates to be aware of are as follows:

  • On 1st December SE/SE1 will reach end-of-life, so its important business acknowledge this and include it into their IT strategy road map.
  • On 1st December SE and SE1 will be removed from the Oracle price list, giving customers 90 days from September 1 2015 to make last time license purchases of SE and SE1.
  • Premier Support will continue until 1st September 2016, at which point customers still on SE/SE1 will enter Sustaining Support where updates will be limited.


But it’s not all bad news… although companies are being forced into a modernisation/consolidation project, if done correctly the financial costs over a 2/3 year period are likely to be positive. There are six options that can be taken:

  • Enter extended support for 1 year then re-assess
  • Migrate to SE2
  • Upgrade to Enterprise Edition
  • Look at cloud hosting options (from Oracle or elsewhere)
  • Migrate to SQL Server
  • Undergo a ‘Solution, Design and Architecture’ review (Recommended)

Additional notes:

Oracle States…

“Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 may only be licensed on servers that have a maximum capacity of 2 sockets. When used with Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 may only be licensed on a maximum of 2 one-socket servers. In addition, notwithstanding any provision in Your Oracle license agreement to the contrary, each Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 database may use a maximum of 16 CPU threads at any time. When used with Oracle Real Application Clusters, each Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 database may use a maximum of 8 CPU threads per instance at any time. The minimums when licensing by Named User Plus (NUP) metric are 10 NUP licenses per server.”

Key takeaways from this article and the release of SE2:

  • Oracle SE2 will replace SE and SE1 from version database version
  • Oracle SE2 will have a maximum of 2 sockets (previously 4 sockets with SE and SE1), limiting the level of processing power available thus widening the gap between Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition.
  • In order to upgrade to customers running SE or SE1 will have to upgrade to SE2.

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