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Oracle Weblogic Licensing on AWS

How is Oracle WebLogic licensed on AWS?

  • Standard Edition:
    • Four vCPU = 1 processor license.
    • Calculation: Directly based on the number of vCPUs on AWS.
  • Enterprise Edition:
    • Calculation: One Enterprise Processor license is required for every two vCPUs on AWS.
  • WebLogic Suite:
    • Calculation: One Suite Processor license is needed for every two vCPUs on AWS.

Oracle WebLogic, a leading application server, offers a range of editions tailored to different organizational needs.

When deploying Oracle WebLogic on AWS, understanding the licensing nuances is crucial to ensure compliance and cost optimization.

This article delves into the intricacies of Oracle WebLogic licensing on AWS.

Oracle Weblogic Editions

Oracle Weblogic Editions

Oracle WebLogic Editions:

  1. Standard Edition (SE):
    • A foundational application server offering essential features for building and deploying enterprise Java EE applications. It provides a reliable, scalable application environment without advanced clustering or failover capabilities.
  2. Enterprise Edition (EE):
    • An enhanced version of WebLogic that includes all features of the Standard Edition and adds advanced performance, clustering, and failover capabilities. It’s designed for mission-critical applications that require high availability and scalability.
  3. WebLogic Suite:
    • The most comprehensive edition, encompassing all features of the Enterprise Edition and adding advanced diagnostics, cross-domain security, and a performance boost with Oracle Coherence. It’s tailored for large-scale enterprises with complex application environments.

Oracle License Models

Oracle offers two licensing models:

Oracle Licensing – Named User Plus Definition:

  • Named User Plus: A licensing metric allowing a specific number of individuals to access the Oracle software, regardless of whether they use it at a given time. Each user accessing the software must have a Named User Plus license, making it suitable for environments where the user count is known and relatively stable.
  • Processor Licensing: This Oracle licensing metric is based on the number of physical cores or virtual CPUs used by the Oracle software. It’s designed for environments where users cannot quickly identify or count. The total number of processor licenses needed depends on the architecture of the processors in the servers, with Oracle providing a core factor table to determine the adequate number of cores that need licensing. This model suits applications with many users or unpredictable user growth.

Licensing Oracle WebLogic Standard Edition on AWS

Licensing Oracle WebLogic Standard Edition on AWS
  • Licensed the same way as Oracle Database Standard Edition.
  • One processor socket is required for every four vCPUs on an AWS instance.

Example: An AWS instance with 12 vCPUs running Oracle WebLogic Standard Edition would need three processor sockets (12 vCPUs / four vCPUs per socket = 3 sockets).

Licensing Oracle WebLogic Enterprise Edition on AWS

Oracle WebLogic Enterprise Edition on AWS
  • Licensed the same way as Oracle Database Enterprise Edition.
  • One Enterprise Processor license is required for every two vCPUs on an AWS instance.

Example: An AWS instance with ten vCPUs running Oracle WebLogic Enterprise Edition would need 5 Enterprise Processor licenses (10 vCPUs / two vCPUs per license = 5 licenses).

Licensing Oracle WebLogic Suite on AWS

  • Licensed the same way as Oracle Database Enterprise Edition.
  • One Enterprise Processor license is required for every two vCPUs on an AWS instance.

Example: An AWS instance with 16 vCPUs running Oracle WebLogic Suite would need 8 Enterprise Processor licenses (16 vCPUs / two vCPUs per license = 8 licenses).

Conclusion

Licensing Oracle WebLogic on AWS requires a clear understanding of Oracle’s licensing models and AWS’s vCPU-based infrastructure.

Organizations can ensure compliance while optimizing costs by aligning Oracle WebLogic’s licensing requirements with AWS’s offerings.

Author

  • Fredrik Filipsson

    Fredrik Filipsson brings two decades of Oracle license management experience, including a nine-year tenure at Oracle and 11 years in Oracle license consulting. His expertise extends across leading IT corporations like IBM, enriching his profile with a broad spectrum of software and cloud projects. Filipsson's proficiency encompasses IBM, SAP, Microsoft, and Salesforce platforms, alongside significant involvement in Microsoft Copilot and AI initiatives, improving organizational efficiency.

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