Oracle ULA – Success or Failure its up to you

If you have ever been asked, “What is an Oracle ULA?” You probably already know how it works and how much it costs to use Oracle products. A ULA is a type of contract that you have agreed to with Oracle, so you’ll want to make sure you know how to get out of it. In many cases, you can do this by sending Oracle a letter signed by a C-level executive. The letter should explain why you are terminating the ULA, and how many licenses are being certified.

When signing a ULA, you should ask whether the license you are signing actually covers unlimited products. An unlimited agreement will usually cover a number of products, but you don’t have unlimited access to them. You may also find that new products are released during the term of the agreement. While you can extend your contract, remember that it doesn’t mean you can use unlimited products. Most agreements only cover a set of products

ULA is the flagship licensing agreement for Oracle. Most software companies have enterprise agreements that are suited for their largest customers. Oracle is no different, they have named their enterprise agreement the Unlimited License Agreement. Oracle has been very successful in selling their enterprise agreement, but the agreement has a mixed reputation in the market, let us explain why;

 

What is an Oracle Unlimited license agreement?

 

 

what is an Oracle ULA

If you have ever been asked, “What is an ULA?” You probably already know how it works and how much it costs to use Oracle products. A ULA is a type of contract that you have agreed to with Oracle, so you’ll want to make sure you know how to get out of it. In many cases, you can do this by sending Oracle a letter signed by a C-level executive. The letter should explain why you are terminating the ULA, and how many licenses are being certified.

When signing the agreement, you should ask whether the license you are signing actually covers unlimited products. It will usually cover a number of products, but you don’t have unlimited access to them. You may also find that new products are released during the term of the agreement. While you can extend your ULA, remember that it doesn’t mean you can use unlimited products. Most agreements only cover a set of products.

The contract provides unlimited license deployment rights for a subset of Oracle products. The agreement typically lasts for a period of 3 years, but the term can be between 1-5 years. Oracle have a version of this agreement that does never expire, also know as the Oracle PULA or Perpetual ULA.

“To explain it differently, imagine that you go to a resturant which has the signs “all you can eat” for 20 usd or euro. You go into the resturant they have different buffets, seafood, beef and chicken. You eat until you are full and when you are about to leave the resturant. The owner said that the “all you can eat” only applied to the beef buffet. You have been eating from the seafood buffet as well as beef and you need to pay penalty fees. Thats how Oracle ULAs work.”

 

We explain what is an Oracle ULA in the video below

 

Explaining Oracle Unlimited License Agreements

 

 

How does an Unlimited license work?

 

The first question that arises is how does an unlimited license agreement work? It is not enough to just agree to the terms of the contract. You must understand the terms and conditions before you can make a final decision. You pay a one time license fee that provides you with unlimited deployment rights for a subset of products. The unlimited period will end usually after 3 years, but it can be 1-5 years. There are no reporting requirements until the agreement is expiring.

Usually 6 months before your ULA is about to expire, Oracle will ask if you want to renew, migrate to a PULA or certify the agreement .  If you decide to certify (exit) the agreement, you need to report deployment numbers to Oracle, its very similiar to what an Oracle license audit looks like. It is important to remember that your support will not increase based on your certification quantities, the support will remain the same as during the agreement. The number one mistake companies make is that they have accidentially deployed non ULA software and are found to be non-compliant during this “certification process” it often leads to a costly renewal of the ULA instead of exit.

 

 ULA Pros

 

4 benefits that Oracle customers gets from Oracle ULA

 

 

  • If you have growth in Oracle software and are looking at purchasing Oracle software licenses with a list price for more than 2M USD. Entering an Unlimited license agreement provides a fixed cost for the Oracle products that can offer a most cost-effective way of purchasing Oracle licenses.
  • While in the agreement, you can deploy on virtual environments without considering the licensing implications, this includes VMware. Oracle has always had a negative view on deploying Oracle on VMware when it comes to licensing. Oracle has required customers to license all physical cores in all physical hosts in all your VMware environments. ULA agreement turns the negative into a positive as deploying in virtual environments will gain more licenses when you exit the agreement .
  • You can renegotiate old licensing agreements containing the products that will be part of the ULA agreement. Older licensing agreements will migrate into a new agreement. This is an opportunity to improve the licensing terms for your Oracle software investments.
  • Unlimited License Agreement offers benefits for companies using Oracle Cloud. You can use the ULA software as BYOL to Oracle cloud. You will also get a 33% return on your support bill if you utilize Oracle support rewards program.

 

Oracle ULA benefits

 

 

 

ULA Cons: 

  • The company will away the right to partially terminate licenses and connected support when entering the ULA. “Unbreakable contract”
  • Companies are often found to be non-compliant with the agreement if they lack Oracle licensing knowledge. This forces them to renew the agreement or purchase additional Oracle software licenses.
  • Unlimited agreements are very restrictive on merger & acquisitions. Review the licensing terms carefully before agreeing.
  • If a company does not deploy software during the term, then they will not realize the true value of the agreement.

 

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How much does an Unlimited license cost?

ULA agreements pricing ranges from 1 MUSD to +50M. How much you end up paying depends on how many Oracle products you include, the length of the contract and negotiation specifics, such as competitive alternative. There is no price list for Oracle unlimited license agreements

 

ULA – Limitations

 

  • Only unlimited for certain products – Unlimited agreement is only limited to the products that you have included in the agreement.
  • Legal entity and territory limitations – The ULA contract have restrictions on which legal entities that can use and access the Oracle software as well as which geographical areas you can deploy servers running Oracle.
  • Oracle ULA to Cloud – Oracle have had an uneasy relationship with public cloud for years, and Oracle ULAs are restrictive in how many licenses you can gain from deploying in AWS or Azure.

 

What happens when the agreement ends?

 

what will happen when the ULA ends

  • You will need to notify Oracle if you intentions are to renew or certify the ULA. If you choose to renew the agreement, a new negotiation will determine the payment, term and which Oracle products are part of the agreement.
  • If you decide to certify the agreement, you will need to successfully complete the ULA certification process. This includes an Oracle audit at the end of the Oracle certification process.
  • The licenses that the you have deployed are at the end migrated into perpetual Oracle licenses matching the quantities that the company have deployed during the term.
  • It is important to remember that your technical support fees will not increase if you over-deploy in your Unlimited agreement.

 

What is the  Certification process?

The ULA certification process is the name Oracle has given the process for leaving unlimited license agreement. This includes an Oracle license audit where you together with Oracle will need to count and calculate how many Oracle licenses deployed at the time the ULA ends. This is very similar to how an Oracle license audit works.

 

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Challenges during ULA certification process

 

  • The first challenge is how to certify Oracle deployments in public cloud such as AWS and Azure. Oracle has designated these two cloud platforms as authorized cloud environments. Both AWS and Azure been given special rules for how to count Oracle licenses. Remember that there is restrictions your contract, what and how much you can count for any deployments in the cloud.

 

  • The second challenge is how to calculate Oracle licensing in virtual deployments. Oracle licensing policies are vague on how to license Oracle on VMware. Oracle deployed on VMware outside of an ULA can be risky, however in an Unlimited agreement – Oracle on VMware is a positive as it will help you maximize your software licenses.
    Here you need to fully understand the Oracle partitioning policy document do apply the correct licensing counts.

 

  • The third challenge with the ULA is to identify what products you have installed and or are using, Oracle LMS scripts can detect both active and historical usage. Every Oracle  customer have deployed products that is not part of their Oracle. If Oracle discovers this, they will probably you an renewal, which is often against your own preferences.

 

 

4 Oracle ULA Problems and solutions

 

Having trouble complying with your Oracle ULA? If you are not sure what your obligations are, read this article! Oracle is pushing you to “re-up” your ULA despite the fact that you are not sure what’s happening with your environment. This includes Oracle ULA to cloud which is causing many companies headaches. This article will explain the consequences of not complying with your Oracle ULA. Continue reading to learn how you can avoid such issues. Let us examine the problems of non-compliance and provide a solution.

 

Unlicensed usage of Oracle products

 

There are numerous risks associated with unlicensed usage of Oracle products. Non-compliant customers are required to pay the fees required by the applicable license terms. Unlicensed usage may be intentional or unintentional, and may be the result of a lack of knowledge of the license terms, improper license management, or insufficient controls over software distribution within an organization. However, Oracle Corporation is committed to protecting its contractual rights and is preparing to help customers obtain adequate licenses for its products.

One way to avoid accidental unlicensed usage is to install an Oracle license management tool on every system in your organization. This tool notifies you when certain features, packs, or options are activated. By doing this, you can distinguish between accidental and legitimate access and avoid additional license fees. In the absence of a license management tool, accidental activations can result in unexpected, costly costs. However, a license management tool can prevent these unnecessary costs by allowing you to track when features are activated.

One of the benefits of unlicensed usage is flexibility. You can test backups on an unlicensed computer four times a year, but only for two days at a time. Oracle counts server time as a full day. If you exceed the maximum allowed testing time, Oracle would deem your server to be licensable. As an alternative, you can use the unlicensed server for live migration. If you’re using an unlicensed machine, you should ensure that you understand the terms of your license.

 

If you’re considering virtualisation as an option, be sure to read the terms of your Oracle license agreement to ensure compliance. While virtualization offers the most flexibility for virtualisation, it can also introduce potential problems related to licensing. Virtualisation, for example, requires a separate license for each processor. Moreover, it can make Oracle’s products non-compliant, and this could result in costly license fees if you deploy non-ULA software in virtualized environments.

 

Oracle customers face problems in the following categories

 

  • Have deployed non ULA software, and that is discovered by Oracle in the audit.
  • Have deployed in a public cloud and you lack the necessary contractual rights.
  • Have restrictions in the Oracle agreement that you are not following.
  • Geographical restrictions, such as where can you physically deploy Oracle ULA software.

 

Unlicensed consumption of Oracle products outside of the scope of the ULA

 

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While the ULA may be a “one-size-fits-all” deal for your company, it often fails to cover all possible scenarios. As a result, you may be consuming Oracle software in ways not covered by your ULA, resulting in an unexpected bill at the end of the agreement or even forced certification sooner than you had planned. Fortunately, proactive ULA management can help you minimize your Oracle estate and avoid such a hefty bill.

In addition to the ULA, the licensing rules for Oracle products are governed by the Ordering Document, which contains the specifics of your order. This means that unlicensed consumption of Oracle products may incur hefty fines. To avoid the risk of legal trouble, make sure to read the ULA closely, as the rules for unlicensed consumption may result in millions of dollars of fines.

The process of unlicensed consumption of Oracle products in the context of an M&A will often make it difficult for companies to track IT assets. As a result, they can become hard to audit and lead to non-compliant practices. By making sure separate entities are compliant and not in breach of their ULA, you can avoid such a situation. You may even find yourself subject to an audit.

Organizations that have significant organic growth may also experience significant increases in their Oracle licensing requirements. Oracle sales reps may recommend that their LMS department conduct an audit. Oracle doesn’t give up easily, and it doesn’t let customers go without a fight. Whether your organization uses third-party products requires additional Oracle licenses, an audit can help prevent this from happening.

 

Oracle ULA to Cloud – A trap that can force you into a renewal

 

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If you found this article, it probably means you probably already know that your Oracle ULA to cloud may not work that well together. Unfortunately there is not an easy answer as you need to study your Oracle ULA agreement to understand what rules apply to your company when they want to undergo Oracle ULA certification for public cloud. We recommend that you assume that you do not have the rights to certify deployments in public cloud unless you have found out otherwise. Oracle have designated AWS and Azure as public cloud providers, for example Oracle ULA on GCP or IBM cloud they are treated as any other hosting provider with no special rights on how to license Oracle software.

 

During the Oracle ULA

 

You have the right to deploy Oracle ULA software in AWS , Azure, Oracle Cloud as well as any other public cloud provider, there are rarely any restrictions but check  your contract to be sure. The only thing you need to pay attention is that need to follow the territory deployment rights in your agreement, which means during the Oracle ULA you can only deploy in cloud regions where you are allowed to deploy Oracle ULA software. If your Oracle ULA only allows deployments in Japan you cannot deploy in AWS in China.

 

When the ULA ends

 

The “got cha” for Oracle ULA customers is during the Oracle ULA certification process where you need to study, if you have the right to “claim” licenses for any deployments in public cloud. If you do not have any right to claim licenses in public cloud and your ULA ends, you may face a financial risk as you won’t have licenses for the public cloud deployments. Quite many Oracle customers have been forced to renew their Oracle ULA because of this reason. For example if you have an Oracle ULA that does not allow you to certify cloud deployments. Then you have deployed 250 processor licenses of Oracle Database Enterprise Edition worth in AWS or Azure you will be required to purchase licenses for those environments the day your Oracle ULA ends and the list price value is $ 11 875 000.

 

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How to calculate Oracle licenses for Oracle deployments in Public cloud.

 

If you are deploying Oracle ULA in Azure, AWS or Oracle Cloud and you have the right to include them in your Oracle ULA certification. You need to study the Oracle cloud licensing policy to calculate how many licenses that you can count towards your total number. Its quite simple you calculate vCPU and you get the correct amount. However the mistake most do is that they are unable to correctly assess which database options or other products are in use and are not declaring all products to Oracle when they certify the agreement. Then 12 months later Oracle performs an audit and you are missing licenses because you didnt declare the correct amounts.

 

Oracle has changed their Oracle ULA agreements

 

Later versions of Oracle ULA agreements have a contractual text allowing you to count deployments in public cloud platforms, however this is an average number over the last 365 days in the Oracle ULA.

 

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ULA problems and solutions

 

1. Problems from deploying Oracle software not included in your ULA contract

 

Compliance is a common problem with the ULA. In many cases it stems from deployment of products not included in the ULA. The deployments are discovered when the Oracle ULA customer is certifying their Oracle ULA.

 

Recommendation

Running Oracle LMS scripts and have an independent Oracle licensing expert review the results before you share data will Oracle will put you in a better position.

 

2. Oracle ULA problems from running software on servers in countries that are not included in your territory contract.    

 

Oracle ULA problem

 

It is not uncommon with limitation on where you physically are allowed to deploy your Oracle ULA software on servers. If you are running servers in Poland and only have US territory rights, you need to buy those licenses running on the Polish servers.

 

Recommendation

Ask for worldwide territory rights when you enter the Oracle ULA.

 

3. Oracle ULA problems from subsidiaries that are not included in your customer definition

 

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All Oracle ULAs comes with a list of subsidiaries that are included in your customer definition. If you are not in the list, you can’t use Oracle ULA software. This list will change over time when new subsidiaries are acquired or you might have missed to include all legal entities when you entered the Oracle ULA.

 

Recommendation

Make sure to negotiate the terms and condition and the right to add to the list of subsidiaries during the Oracle ULA agreement lifecycle.

 

4. Problems from the Oracle audit in the end

 

Your Oracle ULA will end in an Oracle license audit. Oracle will not use those words, but that is really what it is. Oracle will use the same people (auditors), same tools (Oracle license audit scripts) and Oracle license audit processes. They do this because they often find deployments of non-ULA software, which often forces a costly ULA renewal.

 

Recommendation

Do your own internal audit as part of the certification planning, running Oracle audit scripts and have an independent Oracle license expert analyze the results before sharing the data with Oracle.

 

5. Problems from including products you do not use 

 

Only chose the products you need in the ULA. If you add products you don’t use, you will lock yourself in without the possibility to make any changes to the cost of support on those products.

 

Recommendation

Perform an internal Oracle licensing review without involving Oracle auditors.

 

6. Oracle ULA problems from mergers and acquisitions

 

Oracle ULAs are often bought by large companies that constantly undergoes changes with new companies being bought or leaving the company group. However, if you during the ULA make any changes to who is using the ULA software, then it needs to be listed in the ULA contract. This is often not done or you forgot to negotiate the right terms for subsidiaries entering the company group.

 

When should you start planning for the  ULA exit?

 

The earlier you begin to review your Oracle licensing deployments and ULA agreement terms, the more success you will have. Best practices are to begin the Oracle licensing assessment minimum 6 months before the ULA end. If you speak to Gartner or any other research firm, they will all advise that you need to perform an independent licensing assessment to enable an exit of the Oracle unlimited license agreement.

 

 

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ULA renewal 

One of the benefits of entering the  ULA, is that it gives you an opportunity to renegotiate all your existing Oracle licensing agreements. Many companies improve their terms as they usually have a legacy of old contracts that are outdated. When you renew the agreement , you are given another opportunity to amend contractual risk and improve your terms with Oracle.

 

If you renew your Unlimited agreement, you should take the same approach and perform a contract analysis of your  agreement. What can be improved and was there any contractual risk in your first Oracle contract?

 

Renewal Options – What can be negotiated?

 

 

Questions to ask yourself before you negotiate with Oracle

 

  • Company M&A – Have we added any legal entities during your  ULA? Make sure that you include majority owned subsidiaries, joint ventures etc.
  • Use of Public Cloud – Oracle has changed its contractual language regarding cloud deployments. It’s crucial that you evaluate which contract term fits your cloud company strategy.
  • Technical support terms – Is there a cap on how much Oracle may increase your support fees?
  • Extended support fees – Once your agreement ends and if you run older versions of Oracle software, you may be facing a 10-20% increase in support cost. Request a extended support waiver from Oracle.
  • Certification – It’s arguably the most important clause in your  contract. It specifies how the exit process will work. You want to negotiate this clause as much as possible to maximize your leverage for the future  certification, including extending the number of days until you need to report to Oracle, if you need to run scripts and what documentation you need to share with Oracle.

 
Consider all ULA renewal options available to you.

 

  1. You can renew your agreement as it is – with the same products, same terms.
  2. You can renew your agreement and remove/add products with same terms.
  3. You can renew your agreement and add/remove with new terms.
  4. You can sign an Oracle PULA instead of an Oracle ULA. Just make sure that you include a self-exit clause.
  5. You can sign a shorter agreement extension such as 6-12 months

 

 

Oracle ULA negotiation

 

 

Oracle ULA contract terms

 

Customer Definition

 

Why:

 

You need to list all entities that are going to access and use any Oracle ULA software.
This is done in the appendix. In a standard Oracle Ordering document for volume purchase, you should request “all majority owned subsidiaries” definition if you are contracting with parent company.

 

Territory

 

Why:

 

Territory defines where you physically can deploy the servers running Oracle ULA software. You should make this as wide as possible “worldwide usage”. To avoid being out of compliant if you change location of deployment for Oracle ULA software

 

ULA Certification clause

 

Why:

 

It specifies how you leave the Oracle ULA agreement, such as
“How many days after the Oracle ULA expire do you need report the deployment data to Oracle?”
“How much do you need to co-operate with Oracle and what data should you share? Will you run Oracle LMS scripts?
“How can you count deployments of Oracle ULA in AWS or Azure? “

 

Technical support

 

Why:

 

Oracle technical support will increase by 4% Year on Year. You should focus on putting a cap on the increase for as much as up to 5 years

 

Merger & Acquisitions

 

Why:

 

Oracle ULA customers have a restriction on adding acquisitions or mergers of subsidiaries into the Oracle ULA. You may allow to add entities with maximum 10% of your employee base or 10% of your revenue. If the entity that you are merging with is larger than that, you may not add them to the Oracle ULA.You should carefully negotiate the right model for your company as there many more contract terms you should request in your negotiation.

 

4 Contract terms to negotiate in your Unlimited license agreement (watch video below)

 

 

 

 


First time you enter an Unlimited license agreement you will need to carefully review which Oracle products you want to include in the agreement. The trade-off you do with Oracle when you enter into an ULA, is that you give away the right to partially terminate support and licenses for any products part of the Ocontract. All existing support contracts will be migrated into a new support contract (CSI) for the Oracle Unlimited License Agreement, which will make it almost impossible to reduce licenses and support. Oracle has made this possible in their technical support policies. We have written about this in 3 support policies you must know about.

 

Oracle ULA Pricing

 

Oracle ULA agreements pricing ranges from 1 MUSD to 50M. How much you pay depends on how many Oracle products you include, the length of the contract and negotiation specifics such as competitive alternative.  Oracle usually starts by asking you to provide projected deployment numbers for the next three years. Then they apply an discount to your projected estimates. If you want a low price you provide Oracle with very conservative numbers. That is only one way how Oracle can price their ULAs, there are different ways for how to come up with a price. This is where experience in Oracle contract and negotiations play an important part.

 

Oracle ULA pricing

 

Many IT administrators are reluctant to sign Oracle ULAs because of the cost involved. It is also difficult to predict demand. The cost of maintaining an Oracle ULA is higher than if you opted for a component-based license model. Moreover, Oracle ULAs requires you to pay for support on licenses that have not been deployed. Despite the fact that ULAs may sound more expensive, they are an excellent way to simplify the management of your Oracle ULA.

 

An Oracle ULA is a great investment, but if you’re unsure about its long-term value, you can consider termination. Terminating your ULA involves a letter signed by a C-level executive and submitted 30 days before the expiration of the current ULA. In the letter, make sure to specify how many licenses will be certified and how many will not. Communicate the termination to your employees and let them know that your ULA is no longer valid.

 

A ULA is an excellent option for growing organizations, but it is not the best option for everyone. If your business is growing rapidly, the traditional component-based model may prove to be more cost-effective. Once the ULA has expired, your support fee will remain the same, although it may increase by a standard rate each year. If your organization plans on growing in the future, you should consider purchasing a ULA for your Oracle infrastructure.

 

While Oracle’s ULA is an excellent licensing method, many companies fail to understand how it works and what it requires. This is where hiring a ULA expert comes in handy. Oracle ULAs is a powerful and affordable way to license Oracle software, but they should be managed properly to avoid unnecessary costs and hassles. A ULA is a contract between you and Oracle. As such, it’s essential to understand it properly.

 

Oracle ULA negotiation can occur at different times, either when a company is negotiating their first Oracle unlimited license agreement, when they renew their Oracle ULA agreement or if they want to renegotiate the Oracle ULA contract, which can include adding products or changing the terms.

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Advice for your first negotiation

 

  • Don’t include all Oracle products into the ULA. Choose products you can recycle for other purposes, such as Oracle database which is easier to reuse – let’s say Oracle WebCenter products.
    We often come across companies that have put too many Oracle products into their contract, without knowing that it is not possible to reduce those licenses and support once they are part of the ULA support contract.
  • All your existing licensing agreements will be renegotiated and replaced. This is both an opportunity to improve all your licensing terms but also to make mistakes. Make sure you have the proper Oracle contracts expertise making sure you maximize this opportunity but also avoid including products that you may not continue using.

 

Advice for your ULA renewal negotiation

 

  • You can remove and add products in your agreement. This open is often overlooked by Oracle customers, who often renew “as-is”.
  • You should review your Oracle licensing position before your ULA renewal. If you discover products, you have unknowingly used outside of your Unlimited license, those products should then be added to the  renewal without alerting Oracle about the reason for adding them.
  • Review all contract terms – as this is a second chance to improve your terms and remove contractual risks. You have contract risks, these risks will be discovered by Oracle when you want to leave the  agreement.

 

Negotiation – amending contract

 

  • You may want to add an additional product to your agreement while it’s active, this is fully possible. Remember to not share too much information with Oracle to keep ULA pricing low.
  • You may have identified a mistake in your agreement and want to correct it before the certification process begins. You can renegotiate the contract 6 months before the exit.
  • You may want to certify the agreement earlier for some reason. This is possible as you simply need to negotiate it with Oracle

 

Oracle licensing expert advice:

 

  • You must have Oracle licensing expertise either in-house or working with an independent Oracle licensing advisor to maintain Oracle license compliance.
  • 6-9 months before the agreement is expiring, it is important that you perform an Oracle license audit independently of Oracle to review your current deployments and understand the financial risk.
  • By reviewing the Oracle licensing, you will take the next steps, which is to remediate any financial risk and secondly maximize your agreement by deploying more ULA software before your agreement is certified.

 

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Frequently asked questions on Unlimited License Agreements

 

What is the most common mistakes companies ?


Companies do not over-deploy Oracle software or have mistakenly deployed non ULA software at the end of the ULA. If you do not deploy Oracle software you will still end up paying technical support for the licenses. If you deploy non ULA software you may end up being offered a renewal because you owe Oracle money for licenses.

Where can I read about my certification process?

 

Look in your agreement , also known as the ordering document, under the certification clause. Depending on how you negotiate the clause, your exit process may be easy or difficult. By reviewing the term, you will understand:

 

“How many days before or after your agreement ends do you need to report your exit numbers to Oracle?
“What do I need to report? What data do I need to share with Oracle?”
“How can I count deployments in public cloud?”
“How much do you need to co-operate with Oracle audit team during the exit phase?”
“Do you need to accept an Oracle license audit?”

 

Well informed companies have negotiated the certification clause to make the ULA exit as easy as possible and avoid a license audit from Oracle.
The main article about Oracle ULA certification.


Will my support costs increase once I exit ?

 

No, it will not increase. You should deploy as much ULA software as you can during your agreement . There is no penalty if you exit your ULA with five thousand processors. The support will remain the same as it has during the agreement . Two exceptions: If you are running older versions of Oracle software, you may have to pay 10-20% additional in support due to extended support. Also, you will eventually face the 4% year over year increase in technical support.

 

How does ULA certification work with cloud?

 

Older agreements did not allow you to count any deployments in public cloud at all. For example, if you had 50% of your deployments in AWS or Azure, those deployments would not count towards your exit number. This is a massive financial risk. In new versions of the ULA, there is now a standard clause allowing you to count an average deployment during a 12-month period. The new clause also carries risk if you are not planning and managing the contract.

 

Can I deploy Oracle on VMware while in an  ULA?

 

Yes, you should as you will then be able to count all physical hosts in all VMware environments.


Is deploying Oracle on VMware the best way to maximize my ULA?

 

Yes, it is. This should be a mandatory Oracle certification strategy.

Will Oracle be upset if I exit my  ULA with 5000-15000 processor licenses?

 

Not really. The Oracle sales and audit team might have a difficult time explaining the numbers to upper management, but that is not your problem. That is why you might face some resistance from Oracle when you are reporting your ULA numbers, as then they don’t want you to declare all physical hosts in VMware. You should stand your ground and declare all physical hosts in virtual environments.


How can I make use of my existing SAM tooling when doing A certification?

 

Only use it for discovery of where you have Oracle installed. It is a newbie mistake if you believe verification by Oracle means your tool can produce a credible licensing report.

 

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