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Oracle Charges Extra for Repository Diagnostic Features
June 9, 2004

Oracle10g Automated Session History views will be an extra-cost option, according to sources at Oracle.

DBA_HIGH_WATER_MARK_STATISTICS views to tell if you have been using specific Oracle features.

Tony Jambu, noted Oracle expert and author, just published this interesting tidbit about Oracle pricing:

"It was probably too good to be true that users of Oracle RDBMS would have all these Automatic features for free.  If you are about to purchase or use Oracle 10g, you need to be aware of the following information which was brought to my attention by Don Burleson, CEO of Burleson Consulting:

If you are going to be using or testing Oracle's Active Session History (ASH), Automatic Workload Repository (AWR), Automatic Database Diagnostic Monitor (ADDM) or SQL Advisor, you will need to acquire additional licenses.   In February 2004, Kyle Hailey,  Principal Member of Technical Staff, Oracle Corporation announced that the automatic options would require additional Oracle option licenses. 

Richard Stroupe
( pointed me to the Oracle documentation on
Oracle Management Packs
The sections that follow describe the Oracle management packs. The management packs can be purchased only with Enterprise Edition. The features in these packs are accessible through Oracle Enterprise Manager Database Control, Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control, and APIs provided with Oracle Database software.

So what is the issue?  From the documentation, Oracle has bundled the AWR and ADDM into the Oracle Diagnostic Pack and ASH and SQL Advisor into the Tuning Pack.  This was always the plan but was not announced at any of the presentations or press releases.

What this means is that customers that do not already have these optional packs will need to pay US$3000 per CPU per Enterprise Manager option pack.  This is another 15% on top of the based RDBMS price if you use the ASH, AWR, ADDM and SQL Advisor functionality.  Be aware that these option packs are not offered with the Standard Edition or Standard Edition One RDBMS.

So you think that you are doing the right thing by not using these products and will not require these optional packs right?  In reality, you may be using them without knowing it. 

The underlying objects, programs and views are created by default in 10g.  If you access any of the following views:

ˇ       The V$ACTIVE_SESSION_HISTORY dynamic performance view
ˇ       All data dictionary views beginning with the prefix DBA_HIST_* along with their   underlying tables.

and others mentioned in the link above, you are required to purchase the optional EM packs.   You will be doing yourself a favor by reading the above link on licensing which is OracleŽ Database Licensing Information 10g Release 1 (10.1) Part Number B13552-01.

As an aside, if you are considering purchasing Oracle Standard Edition One, the following information might be of interest to you.  

Named User Plus Per Processor          
RDBMS Standard Edition One$149$4,995
RDBMS Standard Edition$300$15,000
RDBMS Enterprise Edition$800$40,000

If we use Oracle's ratio of number of Named User Plus to full Per Processor license, we get 50:1 for SE and EE licenses but only 33.5:1 for SE One.  Or looking at it from another view, the Named User Plus SE One ratio to SE is 1:2 but their Per Processor ratio is 1:3.  The SE One Per Processor license should have been $7,450 but is discounted to $4,995.  Oracle took this step to be competitive against Microsoft's SQ Server." 



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