Oracle Autonomous Database Licensing in the Cloud

What is Oracle’s autonomous database? Where is it available and how can you consume and license this Oracle cloud service? All these questions will be addressed at a high level in this blog post.


What is Oracle Autonomous Database?

Oracle’s autonomous database is a fully automated database. It is a cloud native database technology that utilizes all of Oracle’s most advanced database technology to ease development and deployment of application.

It is only available on Oracle Cloud (OCI) or Exadata Cloud at Customer.


Licensing Autonomous Database in the Cloud

  • License included – This is where you pay for the service and everything is included and you don’t have to pay attention to licensing.
  • Bring Your Own License (BYOL) – here you get a discounted rate on the service as you are bringing your own licenses. All licenses that you bring in must be under support.


License Included

Besides all the options and features included by default (native to the autonomous database) you have access to all what Oracle has to offer:



  • Multitenant – included by default
  • Transparent Database Encryption – included by default
  • Reap Application Cluster – included by default
  • Partitioning, Advanced Security, Advanced Compression, Label Security, Database Vault, Autonomous Data Guard



  • All of the above and…
  • Oracle OLAP
  • Diagnostics and Tuning Pack


Bring Your Own License (BYOL)

You can bring both Standard Edition and Enterprise Editions Licenses. All licenses must be under support.


Standard Edition

  • One instance is limited to max 8 Oracle CPUs
  • All options and feature are included as under the license included model.


Enterprise Edition

  • You need to bring Enterprise Edition and Multitenant license options
  • Active Data Guard license when you are using Autonomous Data Guard
  • All other options and features are included as in the license included model
  • No restriction on max number Oracle CPUs per instance


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