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Oracle Big Data SQL Licensing – A Comprehensive Guide

Oracle Big Data SQL is a unique tool that allows you to query data across Oracle Database, Hadoop, and NoSQL data stores. However, understanding its licensing policy can be a bit complex.

This article aims to demystify the Oracle Big Data SQL licensing policy for you, including the licensing requirements for Hadoop clusters, data nodes, and disk drives, as well as the included licenses for Oracle Database server side, Oracle Copy to Hadoop, and WebLogic Server.

Oracle Big Data SQL Licensing: The Basics

Oracle Big Data SQL licensing is separate from the licensing for other Oracle products. When you purchase a license for Oracle Big Data SQL, there are several key points to note:

  • A separate license is required for each Hadoop cluster. This means that if you have multiple Hadoop clusters, you must purchase a separate license for each one.
  • All data nodes within the Hadoop cluster must be licensed. It’s important to note that partial licensing within a node is not an option.
  • All disk drives accessed by Oracle Big Data SQL must be licensed. This includes disks Kafka or NoSQL stores use when Oracle Big Data SQL accesses those sources.
  • There is no additional license required for the Oracle Database server side. You won’t need to purchase an additional Oracle Big Data SQL license if you already use Oracle Database.
  • Oracle Copy to Hadoop licensing is included in the Oracle Big Data SQL license. This allows you to copy data from Oracle Database to Hadoop without purchasing an additional charge.
  • WebLogic Server is also included in Oracle Big Data SQL. No additional license is required for this.
  • Oracle Big Data SQL includes a Query Server that queries data sources, including HDFS, Kafka, and NoSQL stores. Oracle Big Data SQL includes a restricted use license of Oracle Database for storing metadata (i.e. external tables and views) maintained by the Query Server. No other objects may be created in this Oracle Database.

Oracle Big Data SQL Licensing: Cost Per Disk Drive

Oracle Big Data SQL is licensed per disk drive. The license fee is $4000 USD per disk drive.

This means that the total cost of your Oracle Big Data SQL license will depend on the number of disk drives you have that Oracle Big Data SQL accesses.

In conclusion, while Oracle Big Data SQL offers powerful capabilities for querying data across various data stores, understanding its licensing policy is crucial to avoid non-compliance and unnecessary costs.

By understanding the licensing requirements for Hadoop clusters, data nodes, and disk drives, as well as the included licenses for Oracle Database server side, Oracle Copy to Hadoop, and WebLogic Server, you can ensure that you’re making the most of your Oracle Big Data SQL investment.

FAQs

Is Oracle Big Data SQL licensing separate from other Oracle products?

Yes, Oracle Big Data SQL licensing is separate from the licensing for other Oracle products. When you purchase a license for Oracle Big Data SQL, you need to consider several key points related to Hadoop clusters, data nodes, and disk drives.

Do I need a separate license for each Hadoop cluster?

Yes, a separate license is required for each Hadoop cluster. You must purchase a separate license for each if you have multiple Hadoop clusters.

Are all data nodes within the Hadoop cluster required to be licensed?

Yes, all data nodes within the Hadoop cluster must be licensed. Partial licensing within a node is not an option.

Do I need to license all disk drives accessed by Oracle Big Data SQL?

All disk drives accessed by Oracle Big Data SQL must be licensed. This includes disks Kafka or NoSQL stores use when Oracle Big Data SQL accesses those sources.

Author

  • 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, improving organizational efficiency.

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