How to License Oracle in the Cloud

How to License Oracle in the Cloud


If you’ve ever wondered how to license Oracle software in the cloud, read this article. Here’s how it’s done in a variety of cloud computing environments, including Google’s and IBM’s clouds. You’ll also find out how to bring your Oracle license with you if you move to Azure. After reading this article, you should feel more confident about your licensing decisions. In the following sections, we’ll go over the key points to remember.


Licensing Oracle software in the cloud computing 


While moving to the Cloud may seem efficient, moving to the Cloud is not without cost. Subscription costs may exceed those for on-premise deployments, and costs associated with reorganization or divestiture of software assets should be assessed. Oracle’s cloud-based licensing policy, which includes Amazon and Microsoft cloud services, is subject to change. Whether it applies to your license or not should be carefully evaluated and analyzed. While lifting-and-shift migration is often the most efficient way to migrate, it will not yield an ROI.

While Oracle is a popular vendor for software, it does come with its own set of licensing rules. Most Oracle technology products are licensed by the processor, so the number of processors running the software will determine how many licenses you need. In on-premise environments, the number of processors used will affect the minimum number of licenses. This can be problematic, especially in virtualized environments. Oracle has not yet adapted its standard licensing rules to virtual processors, which make cloud licensing a more difficult issue.


Oracle licensing google cloud


The first step in using the Google cloud for Oracle workloads is licensing the database. You must choose the platform from which you will deploy Oracle instances. Google cloud is not an authorized cloud provider, and you cannot deploy Oracle in GCP, the only viable solution is Google Cloud Bare Metal. Where you apply the standard Oracle licensing rules, count per processor core.



Oracle licensing IBM cloud


If you use Oracle software and are thinking of moving it to the IBM cloud, you should know that Oracle has a different policy for licensing its products on the cloud. This policy is called the Cloud Policy. As a result, your license will not be honored in the cloud unless Oracle changes it. In the meantime, you need to understand how to track and monitor your deployments. IBM is not an authorized cloud provider, which means that you need to look at licensing the same way as you would with any other hosting or outsourcing provider. Follow the virtualization policy and Oracle licene calculations.



Can I bring my Oracle license to azure


Before moving your existing Oracle license to Azure, you should be aware of the licensing terms. The same licensing terms that you had for your on premise licenses, apply if you bring them to Azure. Azure is an authorized cloud provider, which means they benefit from the special licensing, which allows you to license per vCPU.

Oracle supports a variety of operating systems. You can use Oracle Linux images in the Azure Marketplace. You can also choose to use non-Oracle Linux images in Azure. You can even upload your custom image from your existing on-premises environment. Oracle’s support for Azure ensures that your Oracle-based enterprise applications run smoothly. You’ll be able to use Oracle’s support for high-availability, as well.



How does AWS oracle license work?


Oracle’s Cloud Policy applies to customers who use licensed Oracle products in an AWS EC2 environment. The policy specifies that Oracle products licenses can benefit from special licensing rules, where you can count the number of vCPUs and multiply them with 0,5 to obtain the right license count. Customers should make sure that their licensing policies are compliant with Oracle Cloud Policy before deploying any software.

The price for an RDS instance depends on how many vCPUs you want. You can purchase reserved instances with a partial upfront payment for a lower monthly cost. You will need an Oracle license if you plan to run any Oracle database on AWS.



Oracle licensing on azure stack


Microsoft and Oracle recently announced an alliance to run Oracle software on Windows Azure and Microsoft Hyper-V. Oracle Linux will be available to Windows Azure customers. Oracle software is covered under the Authorized Cloud Environment license program, which requires customers to count virtual cores as equivalent to physical cores. The deal has other benefits for Oracle customers as well. Customers can expect to save money with this partnership. Azure and Hyper-V also offer an array of licensing options, including flexible cloud-based deployment and support.



Oracle licensing on AWS


While evaluating AWS for your next workload migration, you will likely want to consider Oracle licensing. Oracle counts licensing differently on its own cloud compared to third-party clouds, which you must consider carefully before making the move. This article explores how AWS can help you keep your license costs down and avoid unnecessary workload migration. Whether your workload is designed to be a standalone application or needs full server-level security, Oracle on AWS may be the right choice for you.

Using Oracle’s cloud services has a number of advantages, but you must be aware of the potential risks involved. Thankfully, Oracle Cloud Policy grants additional benefits for customers in an authorized cloud environment, which means you can license Oracle on vCPUs instead of underlying hosts, this applies to AWS.



Oracle ULA to cloud


The benefits of the ULA to cloud licensing program are many, but how does it work? Under a ULA, Oracle grants you the right to use its software and services for a specified period of time. In most cases, this is three years, with the option of additional 12-month extensions. Oracle requires that you declare what you’ve deployed and the extent to which it was used. It can also challenge you on these metrics. If you’ve already deployed Oracle software and services, you’ll receive a certificate confirming your licenses.

However, most Oracle ULA does not allow you to count any licenses for public cloud deployments to your ULA certification number. This can cause Oracle ULA customers to become non-compliant the day the ULA ends.


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