Oracle ULA

Leveraging Oracle ULA on AWS: A Comprehensive Guide

Oracle ULA (Unlimited License Agreement) on AWS operates as follows:

  • Initial Setup: Pay a one-time license fee and a 22% support fee.
  • Inclusion of Existing Licenses: All existing licenses as part of the ULA are included in the contract.
  • Deployment During ULA Term: During the ULA term (1-5 years), unlimited deployment of Oracle ULA software on processors is allowed.
  • End of ULA Term: At term end, either renew with a new license fee or exit, continuing to pay only the annual support.
  • Certification Requirement: Upon exit, report deployment numbers to Oracle for verification to determine the number of licenses granted.
  • Deployment on AWS: Deployments on AWS might not receive licenses, which could necessitate ULA renewal or purchasing new licenses.

Understanding Oracle ULA on AWS

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Meanwhile, in the Oracle Unlimited License Agreement (ULA), you can run Oracle on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

We have not encountered any Oracle ULA where you could not run Oracle ULA software on AWS.

The only restriction you may have is where you can physically deploy Oracle. It’s essential to check your territory clause for which countries you may deploy software to and pick an AWS region that falls in that territory.

However, the significant concern with Oracle ULA on AWS arises at the end of the ULA. If you decide to exit or certify your Oracle ULA, you may encounter a problem, as Oracle is restrictive about how many licenses you can get from your Oracle ULA.

How Oracle ULA Works

How Oracle ULA Works

To understand the potential issues, let’s first look at how Oracle ULA operates:

  1. You pay a one-time license fee plus 22% support.
  2. All your existing licenses that are part of the ULA are now part of the ULA contract.
  3. During the ULA term (1-5 years), you can freely deploy Oracle ULA software across as many processors as you want.
  4. When the ULA term ends, you either renew (pay another license fee to Oracle) or exit and only pay annual support.
  5. However, you need some licenses, so you need to “certify.” This means reporting all your deployment numbers to Oracle.
  6. Oracle then verifies the numbers, and you get several licenses.

The significant risk here is that any deployments on AWS may not get any licenses. That means you might have zero licenses if you deployed 100% of your Oracle ULA on AWS. This situation could force you to renew the ULA or buy completely new licenses.

Variations of Oracle ULA on AWS

There are different variations to the Oracle ULA on AWS:

  1. Some customers cannot count any licenses on AWS towards exit numbers.
  2. Other customers have a percentage of the total count that you can count toward your exit numbers.
  3. Other customers have an average of 90 days, 180 days, or even 365 days.

This implies that Oracle ULA customers who run on AWS need to review their contracts and plan deployments accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I run Oracle ULA software on AWS?

Yes, you can run Oracle ULA software on AWS. However, you need to check your territory clause for which countries you may deploy software and pick an AWS region that falls in that territory.

What happens at the end of the Oracle ULA term?

At the end of the ULA term, you either renew by paying another license fee to Oracle or exit and only pay annual support. However, you need to “certify,” i.e., report all your deployment numbers to Oracle.

Can I count licenses on AWS toward exit numbers?

This depends on your specific contract. Some customers cannot count licenses on AWS towards exit numbers, while others can count a percentage of the total count towards exit numbers. Some customers have an average of 90 days, 180 days, or even 365 days.

What is the risk of deploying Oracle ULA on AWS?

The significant risk is that any deployments on AWS may not get any licenses. That means you might have zero licenses if you deployed 100% of your Oracle ULA on AWS. This situation could force you to renew the ULA or buy completely new licenses.

Need Expert Help?

If you need help certifying your Oracle ULA on AWS, Redress Compliance offers Oracle ULA optimization service:

  • Expert Guidance: Redress provides expert advice on Oracle ULA certification processes.
  • Compliance Assurance: Ensure compliance with Oracle’s policies and avoid potential financial risks.
  • Customized Approach: Services tailored to specific needs and Oracle environment.
  • Comprehensive Support: From start to finish of the certification process.
  • Cost Optimization: Strategies to optimize costs related to Oracle licensing.
  • Contact: Reach out to Redress Compliance for personalized support.

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  • Fredrik Filipsson

    Fredrik Filipsson brings two decades of Oracle license management experience, including a nine-year tenure at Oracle and 11 years in Oracle license consulting. His expertise extends across leading IT corporations like IBM, enriching his profile with a broad spectrum of software and cloud projects. Filipsson's proficiency encompasses IBM, SAP, Microsoft, and Salesforce platforms, alongside significant involvement in Microsoft Copilot and AI initiatives, enhancing organizational efficiency.

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