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Oracle E-Business Suite Database Licensing – A Deep Dive

database licensing

Oracle E-Business Suite Database Licensing – A Deep Dive

Oracle E-Business Suite Database Licensing

  • Default Licenses: Includes Oracle Database Enterprise Edition and Middleware components.
  • Restricted-Use: Licenses can only be used to run Oracle EBS applications.
  • Modification Levels: No modifications, Java/forms/reports/workbooks modifications, database modifications.
  • Additional Licenses: Required for modifications; full-use licenses are needed for database modifications.

Oracle EBS Database Licensing

Oracle EBS Database Licensing

Oracle EBS Database Licensing: The Basics

When you purchase Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS), you receive default licenses for Oracle technology, including Oracle Database Enterprise Edition (EE) and Middleware components.

These are restricted-use licenses, meaning they can only be used to run the licensed Oracle EBS applications and cannot be used for other purposes.

Licensing Requirements Based on Modifications

  1. No Modifications
    • Licenses Provided: Restricted-use license for Oracle Database EE and Oracle Internet Application Server EE, including WebLogic Server Basic.
    • Usage Restriction: These licenses can only run the licensed Oracle EBS applications.
  2. Modifications to Java Programs and Forms, Reports, Workbooks
    • Types of Modifications: Creating or modifying reports, forms, workbooks, and Java programs (UI and business logic).
    • Licenses Provided: Restricted-use license for Oracle Database EE and a limited set of other products.
    • Additional Licensing Requirements: Must purchase licenses for Oracle Internet Application Server EE for the total number of end users or processors.
  3. Modifications to the Database
    • Types of Modifications: Adding/modifying tables, columns, stored procedures, and triggers in the Oracle EBS application schema.
    • Licenses Provided: Restricted-use license for Oracle Database EE and a limited set of other products.
    • Additional Licensing Requirements: Must purchase full-use licenses for both Oracle Database EE and Oracle Internet Application Server EE for the total number of end users or processors.

Please note the following information is presented in italics as it is a direct quotation from Oracle’s licensing policy.

Oracle distinguishes between three levels of modifications to its Oracle E-Business Suite Applications, which have increasing licensing requirements for the underlying database and other technologies. These modification levels are:

No Modifications: The customer is deploying the application without modifications. In this case, the customer receives a restricted-use license for the Oracle Database Enterprise Edition, Oracle Internet Application Server Enterprise Edition, which includes WebLogic Server Basic, and a limited set of other products. This restricted-use license may only be used to run with the licensed application(s); it cannot be used for any other purposes.

Modifications implemented as Java programs and/or modifications to Forms, Reports and/or Workbooks: These modifications include any creation or modification of reports, forms, and/or workbooks. In addition, modifications implemented as Java programs, which include Java that produces html interface or Java business logic fall under this category. In these two scenarios, the customer receives a restricted-use license for the Oracle Database Enterprise Edition and a limited set of other products. This restricted-use license may only be used to run with the licensed application(s); it cannot be used for any other purposes. Additionally, the customer is required to purchase licenses for a limited set of products, including Oracle Internet Application Server Enterprise Edition for the total number of end users1 or processors for which the modifications are deployed.

Modifications to the database: Examples of these modifications include adding and/or modifying the tables, columns, stored procedures and triggers, which are part of Oracle E-Business Suite application schema. In this situation, the customer is required to purchase licenses for the Oracle Database Enterprise Edition, as well as Oracle Internet Application Server Enterprise Edition for the total number of end users1 or processors for which the modifications are deployed. The customer receives a restricted-use license of a limited set of products. Additionally, a limited set of other products is required to be licensed as defined in the following table.

Key Takeaways

  • Default Licenses: These are included with Oracle EBS but are restricted to running EBS applications.
  • Modifications: Increase licensing requirements and costs, depending on the type and extent of modifications.
  • Full-Use Licenses: Required for significant modifications to the database or application server.

FAQ: Oracle EBS Database Licensing

What is included in the default Oracle EBS license? The default license includes Oracle Database Enterprise Edition and Middleware components, restricted to running the licensed Oracle EBS applications.

Can I use the default Oracle EBS license for other applications? The restricted-use licenses can only be used to run the licensed Oracle EBS applications.

What happens if I modify Oracle EBS applications? Licensing requirements change based on the level of modifications. More significant modifications require additional licenses.

What are the levels of modifications according to Oracle? The three levels are no modifications, Java programs/forms/reports/workbooks, and modifications to the database.

Do I need additional licenses if I modify reports or forms? You will need additional licenses for Oracle Internet Application Server EE based on the number of end users or processors.

What constitutes a modification to the database? Adding or modifying tables, columns, stored procedures, and triggers in the Oracle EBS application schema.

What licenses are needed for database modifications? Full-use licenses for Oracle Database EE and Oracle Internet Application Server EE for all end users or processors.

Are there additional costs if I do not modify Oracle EBS applications? There are no additional license costs if you do not modify the applications beyond the default setup.

How do licensing costs change with database modifications? Costs increase significantly as full-use licenses for database and application server components are required.

Can I use WebLogic Server Basic with the default Oracle EBS license? Yes, it is included in the restricted-use license for running Oracle EBS applications.

What should I consider before modifying Oracle EBS applications? Consider the additional licensing requirements and costs associated with the level of modification.

Is the restricted-use license permanent? It remains valid as long as it is used only for the licensed Oracle EBS applications.

Can I transfer the Oracle EBS restricted-use license to another server? Yes, but only if it continues to be used solely for the licensed Oracle EBS applications.

What are the implications of non-compliance with Oracle licensing? Non-compliance can lead to significant financial penalties and the requirement to purchase additional licenses.

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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, improving organizational efficiency.

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