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Understanding Oracle Java Named User Plus Licensing

Introduction Oracle Java Named User Plus Licensing

Oracle Java Named User Plus licensing was crucial to Oracle’s Java licensing strategy from 2019 to January 2023.

This article aims to comprehensively understand this licensing model, its calculation, and its implications for businesses.

Oracle Java Named User Plus Licensing: An Overview

From 2019 to January 2023, Oracle sold Java SE based on processor and Named User Plus license metrics. However, in January 2023, Oracle removed processor and Named User Plus licenses and replaced them with an employee license metric.

Despite this change, organizations can still negotiate a purchase for Named User Plus licenses, and customers with existing subscriptions may be able to renew and keep their old license metrics.

However, based on our experience, Oracle does everything it can to transition customers to the latest metrics, including conducting audits when it changes product licensing.

Calculating Java Named User Plus Licensing

Java Named User Plus licensing is not based on the number of end-user devices but on the number of users. For example, if one desktop or laptop computer has Java on it and ten users use this device, then all ten need a license.

This is because Named User Plus is based on how many individuals have access to the device, not how many are actively using the device.

Organizations trying to calculate this need to consider the following:

  • The number of shared devices that have Java on them.
  • Whether there is a way of limiting access so not everyone can access Java.
  • If counting is impossible, the device must be licensed with a processor license.

The basic principle is that if you cannot count users or need more than ten users, it is more cost-effective to purchase a processor license.

Cost of Java Named User Plus License

Pricing for Java Named User Plus licenses ranged from $2.50 to $1.25 per month – the more you purchased, the more discount you received. Java has no additional technical support fees, as it is included in the subscription fee.

FAQs

What is Oracle Java Named User Plus Licensing?

Named User Plus licensing is a model based on the number of users accessing the device where Java is installed, not the number of active users.

How is Java Named User Plus Licensing calculated?

It is calculated based on the number of users who have access to the device where Java is installed. A processor license is required if counting is impossible or more than ten users need access.

How much does Java Named User Plus License cost?

Pricing ranged from $2.50 to $1.25 monthly, with discounts available for larger purchases. Technical support fees are included in the subscription fee.

How to license Java on VDI?

You need to count every user who has access to Java. Remember, licensing is per individual and not the device.

How to license Java on virtual machines?

Java, deployed on virtual machines, is licensed per processor license if you use the legacy license model.

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, enhancing organizational efficiency.