Oracle Exadata Cloud and Exadata Cloud at Customer – Licensing Models

In this article we are going to look at Oracle Exadata cloud and Oracle Exadata Cloud at Customer – the most premier cloud offerings in Oracle’s catalog of services and their licensing models.


What is Oracle Exadata?

Oracle Exadata systems have been around for more than 10 years and it Oracle’s flagship products for their engineered systems for extreme or high performance database workloads. It comes with the best database software and hardware Oracle has to offer and it is also available as part of Oracle cloud services.


Licensing Model

  • 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. This option requires you to manage your license and usage as you would for on-premises deployments.


Licensing Exadata cloud and Exadata Cloud at Customer

  • License included – Enterprise Edition including all the options and features.
  • BYOL – Enterprise Edition and the options that you have licenses for. Again, all licenses must be supported.


Also included (free to use if you don’t have licenses) are:

  • Transparent Database Encryption
  • Diagnostic and Tuning Pack
  • Data Masking and Subsetting
  • Real Application Testing (RAT)


License Compliance Risk

If you are using cloud tooling, all your databases will be using Real Application Cluster (RAC). This also includes all updates etc. via the cloud automation tools. If you don’t have RAC, you must maintain a single instance manually and won’t have access to RAC features!

If you use cloud tooling for this purpose, you will be out of compliant.

In addition, Oracle Exadata cloud and Cloud at Customer will be using Oracle Multitenant Option (container databases, AKA PDB). If you are running 19c and later, you are allowed to run 3 PDBs without need of Multitenant licensing. Are you running any earlier version, then only 1 PDB without the need for a license.


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