Oracle ULA

What is a Hybrid Oracle ULA?

What is a Hybrid Oracle ULA?

  • Oracle ULA: A unique licensing agreement that allows unlimited deployment of a particular Oracle product.
  • Oracle Perpetual ULA: A licensing agreement that provides perpetual rights to the products specified in the ULA.
  • Oracle Public Cloud: Oracle’s suite of cloud services, including computing power, storage, and networking capabilities.

What is an Oracle ULA?

The Oracle Unlimited License Agreement (ULA) is a specific licensing agreement offered by Oracle. It allows organizations to deploy an unlimited number of a particular Oracle product for a fixed period, typically three years.

At the end of the term, the organization certifies its usage, and Oracle grants licenses for the products deployed without needing further payment.

What is an Oracle Perpetual ULA?

An Oracle Perpetual ULA is an extension of the standard ULA. With a Perpetual ULA, organizations get the benefits of unlimited deployment and receive perpetual rights to the products specified in the ULA.

This means that even after the ULA term ends, the organization can continue using the Oracle products without additional licensing requirements.

What is Oracle Public Cloud?

Oracle Public Cloud is Oracle’s comprehensive suite of cloud services. It offers a range of solutions, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS).

With Oracle Public Cloud, businesses can leverage the power of Oracle’s computing, storage, and networking capabilities in a cloud environment. In this case, Oracle adds universal cloud credits to the bundle.

The Challenge: Oracle ULA 2 Cloud

A significant challenge arises when considering Oracle ULAs in the context of public cloud deployments. Standard Oracle ULAs typically do not permit customers to count public cloud deployments when submitting certification documents to Oracle.

This means that if a customer with an active ULA deployed their Oracle products entirely on public cloud platforms like AWS or Azure, they could not claim a single license from Oracle at the end of the ULA term. This poses a substantial compliance risk.

What Some Customers Have Done

In response to this challenge, some proactive customers have negotiated with Oracle. They have successfully secured the right to certify certain public cloud deployments, albeit under specific conditions.

This approach has allowed these customers to mitigate potential compliance risks associated with cloud deployments.

However, when no such contractual agreement exists, Oracle is now introducing the “Hybrid Oracle ULA” to allow for public cloud, but only in Oracle OCI.

What are Oracle Support Rewards?

Oracle Support Rewards is an innovative program introduced by Oracle.

Under this program, for every USD a customer spends on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and consumed within 12 months, they can claim back 25% of that amount from any on-premise support contracts for those products. This percentage increases to 33% under certain conditions.

Now, What is a Hybrid ULA?

When Oracle customers inquire about public cloud rights, Oracle introduces them to the concept of a Hybrid ULA.

This involves:

  • Renewing or signing a new Oracle ULA for the same or new products.
  • Engaging with Oracle OCI cloud services, often focusing on Exadata cloud services.
  • Benefiting from the Support Rewards program, with a 33% reduction in expenditure.
  • Gaining the exclusive right to certify public cloud deployments, but only on OCI.

While Oracle brands this as the “Hybrid Oracle ULA,” it’s essential to understand that this is essentially a blend of existing Oracle programs and solutions.


What is a Hybrid Oracle ULA?

A Hybrid Oracle ULA combines the traditional Oracle Unlimited License Agreement (ULA) with cloud deployment rights, typically on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). It’s a blend of existing Oracle programs and solutions that allows for specific cloud rights and benefits.

What are the primary benefits of a Hybrid Oracle ULA?

  • Flexibility: It offers both on-premises and cloud deployment rights.
  • Cost Efficiency: Potential savings on licensing costs when deploying on OCI.
  • Streamlined Management: Unified licensing for both traditional and cloud deployments.

Who should consider a Hybrid Oracle ULA?

  • Organizations looking to transition to the cloud while maintaining on-premises deployments.
  • Those seeking cost-effective Oracle licensing solutions for hybrid environments.
  • Enterprises aiming for a flexible and scalable Oracle licensing model.

What are the cons of a Hybrid Oracle ULA?

  • Limitations: Cloud deployment rights might be restricted to Oracle’s cloud (OCI).
  • Complexity: Managing licenses across multiple environments can be challenging.
  • Commitment: Organizations might be tied to Oracle’s ecosystem, potentially limiting flexibility with other cloud providers.

Are there any hidden costs or considerations with a Hybrid Oracle ULA?

As with any licensing agreement, it’s crucial to read the fine print and understand all terms, especially concerning cloud deployments and associated costs or limitations.

Conclusion on Hybrid Oracle ULA

A Hybrid Oracle ULA is a licensing agreement that merges the traditional Oracle Unlimited License Agreement with cloud deployment rights, typically on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).

This agreement offers organizations the flexibility to deploy Oracle products on-premises and in the cloud, providing a versatile solution for businesses with a hybrid strategy.

Customers looking to transition to the cloud while maintaining their on-premises deployments or those seeking a cost-effective Oracle licensing solution for hybrid environments should consider the Hybrid Oracle ULA.

However, it’s essential to approach this with caution. While the Hybrid Oracle ULA offers several benefits, it may also have limitations, especially concerning cloud deployments. It’s crucial to understand all terms and potential associated costs or constraints.

For those considering a Hybrid Oracle ULA or any Oracle licensing agreement, it’s always recommended to seek expert advice.

Contact usRedress Compliance specializes in Oracle licensing and can provide invaluable insights to determine if a Hybrid Oracle ULA is the most suitable agreement for your organization’s needs.


  • Fredrik Filipsson

    Fredrik Filipsson possesses 20 years of experience in Oracle license management. Having worked at Oracle for 9 years, he gained an additional 11 years of expertise in Oracle license consulting projects. Fredrik has provided assistance to over 150 organizations worldwide, ranging in size and tackling various Oracle licensing challenges, including Licensing Assessments, Oracle audits, Oracle ULAs, and more.