Google Cloud Oracle Licensing – 2 licensing options

Google Cloud Oracle licensing is does it work the same was as other public cloud providers?  What is Google Cloud? Google cloud is computing services offered by Google, allowing customers to take advantage of Google infrastructure, and run applications. Google both has GCP and Bare metal solutions for which you can deploy your Oracle environments. But important to know when you are dealing with Oracle on GCP is that Oracle is not recognizing Google hypervisor. That means you want to follow Oracle licensing policy documents, you use Bare Metal solution and Google works like any other outsourcing/hosting provider when it comes to Oracle licensing. Oracle has not recognized Google cloud as a public cloud provider, which means that you need to treat your deployments on Google cloud as on-premises deployments. However there are some on-premise customers who disregard Oracle soft partitioning document and treat GCP Oracle the same way as they do on premises.


How does Oracle licensing on Google work?


  • Oracle licensing for technology products is based upon hardware specs both for user licensing and processor licenses.
  • Oracle requires end customers to license per core or per processor.
  • Oracle does not recognize many virtualization technologies as means to limit licensing when servers are put together in clusters. Read more in Oracle soft partitioning policy guide.


What this means is that if you run Oracle on 2 vCPU on a server running in a virtualized cluster where there are one hundred physical cores, Oracle requires you to purchase a license for all one hundred physical cores and not only the two virtual processors you have assigned to the Oracle deployment.


oracle on vmware


Google Cloud Oracle Licensing – (Public Cloud)


Oracle have defined two public cloud platforms as “authorized cloud environments” that have unique way of calculating and licensing Oracle. Those two are Microsoft Azure and AWS. Oracle allows end customers to license for the specific vCPUs you have assigning to the instance running Oracle software. You can read more in Oracle cloud licensing policy document here.  Google cloud does not benefit from the same special licensing rights.


oracle licensing on azure


Where does this leave Oracle licensing on Google Cloud?


Google Cloud Oracle licensing is not ideal, as it does not offer the same safe deployment as Azure and AWS. If you follow Oracle guidelines,  you will need license Oracle software the same way as you would for your on premise environment. This means:


  • You need to consider Oracle soft partitioning policy document (which is non-contractual)
  • You need to review Oracle processor definition (in your licensing agreement)
  • You then need to apply the Oracle core factor table.
  • You can decide to disregard Oracle licensing policy documents and make up your own mindwhen running Oracle on GCP. We have a lengthy Oracle on VMware strategy article.


Licensing Oracle on Google Bare Metal 


You as an end customer, need to choose Google Bare Metal solutions, where you calculate licensing as you would do if you deployed Oracle in your own data centre. Google does not offer any “license included” solution – therefore you need to bring/purchase your own Oracle licenses and use it as BYOL solution.


For example:


If you need thirty-two cores of Oracle database EE in GCP/Bare metal. – You will need sixteen processor licenses of Oracle Enterprise Database. As Google is using Intel Xeon processors.


If you are an Oracle customer and considering transitioning your Oracle environments to GCP or any other public cloud provider, we can provide expert advice to make sure you are correctly licensed.


If you would like to be updated on Oracle licensing and recieve more tips follow us on
social media:


✔️ Follow us on LinkedIn
✔️ Subscribe to our channel on YouTube


If you are considering moving Oracle workloads to Google and want to be certain you are correctly licensed, contact us to create your Google Cloud Oracle licensing strategy.