Oracle ULA

3 Types of Oracle Unlimited License Agreements

What are Oracle Unlimited License Agreements?

Oracle Unlimited License Agreements are:

  • Contracts allowing unlimited use of specific Oracle products.
  • Time-bound (typically 2-3 years) with some exceptions.
  • Types include Oracle ULA (time-limited), ELA (volume-based), and PULA (perpetual).
  • End with certification to determine perpetual licenses owned.
  • Designed for large-scale deployments.

Three Types of Oracle Unlimited License Agreements

  • Oracle ULAs: Contracts that allow unlimited deployment of specific Oracle technologies for a set duration.
  • Oracle ELAs: Volume-based agreements with some deployment restrictions.
  • Oracle PULAs: ULAs that offer perpetual rights without time constraints.

Oracle ULA (Unlimited License Agreement)

The Oracle ULA is a favorite among large corporations planning significant Oracle deployments. It offers:

  • Unrestricted Deployment: During the ULA term, typically 2 to 3 years, organizations can deploy various Oracle products without additional costs.
  • Certification: At the end of the ULA term, organizations must certify their deployments, locking in the number of licenses they’ll continue to pay support on.


  • Active Management: ULAs require meticulous planning and ongoing management to ensure maximum value.
  • End of Term: Organizations must be prepared for certification to avoid potential compliance pitfalls.

Oracle ELA (Enterprise License Agreement)

The Oracle ELA is akin to a volume purchase agreement but has unique features and challenges.

  • Volume Discounts: ELAs can seem cost-effective initially due to volume-based discounts.
  • Processor Cap: Unlike ULAs, ELAs have a cap on the number of processors an organization can deploy.


  • Support Costs: ELAs consolidate existing support contracts into a single Customer Support Identifier (CSI). This consolidation can make it challenging to reduce Oracle support in the future.
  • Deployment Limitations: The processor cap can be a limitation for organizations with expansive deployment plans.

Oracle PULA (Perpetual Unlimited License Agreement)

The Oracle PULA is a game-changer for organizations looking for long-term Oracle deployments without the hassle of time-bound restrictions.

  • Perpetual Rights: PULA offers unlimited deployment of specific Oracle products without time constraints.


  • Upfront Investment: PULAs might require a more substantial upfront investment than other agreements.
  • No Certification: While this might seem advantageous, organizations must manage their deployments effectively to avoid future compliance issues.

Comparing the Agreements:

  • Oracle ULA: Best for large corporations with significant deployment plans.
  • Oracle ELA: Suitable for organizations looking for volume discounts but can work within deployment limitations.
  • Oracle PULA: Ideal for those seeking long-term deployment without time constraints.


Is Oracle ELA genuinely unlimited?

No, Oracle ELA has a processor cap, limiting the number of processors you can deploy.

Which agreement offers the best value?

It depends on your organization’s deployment plans, budget, and long-term Oracle strategy.

Can I reduce support costs under any agreement?

It’s challenging due to consolidating support contracts into a single CSI.

Are there different price tags?

Not necessarily; pricing for ULAs is based on business specifics.

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  • Fredrik Filipsson

    Fredrik Filipsson possesses 20 years of experience in Oracle license management. Having worked at Oracle for 9 years, he gained an additional 11 years of expertise in Oracle license consulting projects. Fredrik has provided assistance to over 150 organizations worldwide, ranging in size and tackling various Oracle licensing challenges, including Licensing Assessments, Oracle audits, Oracle ULAs, and more.