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:
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:
“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.”
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