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Oracle software license compliance consulting support

Oracle Database Tips by Donald Burleson

Oracle licensing is more complex than ever before.  Oracle has complex pricing and licensing models that change frequently, so it benefits shops to use experts who understand how to maximize your investment in Oracle licenses.

Some Oracle licensing agreements rive Oracle Corporation the right to audit your databases to ensure that you have paid for all of the Oracle optional tools.  There are many suggestions for getting the best deal on Oracle licenses.  Even though Oracle licensing agreements allow Oracle corporation to perform license audits, most Oracle shops are honor-bound to pay for the databases according to their license agreement.

Don't take chances with your valuable Oracle licenses.  Use a BC Oracle licensing expert to evaluate your environment and certify that you are maximizing your investment in Oracle software.
 

With proper planning you can save a great deal in license fees while keeping high database performance.  Some ideas for processor-based licensing include:

  • Consolidate Oracle production environments - In shops with many production database running on separate servers, and consolidating the instances in production can save thousands of licensing dollars.  With Oracle server consolidation, buying large SMP servers (i.e. an Intel Linux 16-CPU UNISYS ES7000) and moving dozens of Oracle instances onto a single monolithic environment is ideal because CPU resources can be transparently shared between Oracle instances. 

  • Use dedicated Oracle servers - Oracle does not give you a discount if you run other applications on the same server with your Oracle database. Keep your Oracle servers isolated and only use as many processors as you need for high-water-mark processing.

  • Buy fast processors - Oracle licensing does not distinguish between fast and slow processors.  The super-fast Intel Itanium2 64-bit processors can have double the processing power of older CPU's.

  • Maximize processor resources - You may be paying too much if you have many Oracle servers with a small average CPU consumption.  You can compute high-water-mark (HWM) CPU consumption in Oracle 10g AWR reports or with UNIX or Linux vmstat utility, but it is important to consider the high-water-mark for CPU consumption, especially if your shop has service level agreements (SLA) for fast response time. 

Always seek Oracle license compliance experts with knowledge of the extra-cost Oracle features.  This might include the extra-cost Database Diagnostic Pack that covers access to AWR (Automatic Workload Repository) and ADDM (Automatic Database Diagnostic Monitor) or the extra-cost Database Tuning Pack that is required if you access the SQL Tuning Advisor PL/SQL Packages located in $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/admin.

Remember, NEVER use a licensing expert whose company sells Oracle licenses!  An Oracle reseller is not going to be an effective negotiator for an Oracle software license.


 

 

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