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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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