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Re: Oracle Licensing

From: Don Jerman <>
Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2001 14:05:25 -0800
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Last time I danced with our sales rep, power units were per server, not per user... so the power unit price would be 400*100 = 40,000 for an unlimited (Ha! at 200mhz?) number of users. If you ask nicely, yours may agree to convert any concurrent or named user licenses you have into power unit credits.

Dennis Taylor wrote:

> At 06:25 AM 3/2/01 -0800, you wrote:
> >the mire. At any rate, there are suppose to be two basic licensing
> schemes, and
> >GOD only knows how many "allowed" permutations:
> >
> > 1) Power Units which equates to the number of processors times the
> speed of
> >the processors in Megahertz. Oh, BTW: it matters if their Intel or Risc
> >processors too. Risc processors are more expensive. In general this is the
> >MOST expensive way to go.
> >
> I went to the oracle site and did some calcs for adding users to Oracle
> Enterprise. Kept sayin g to myself, "Naw, they must mean *hundreds* of
> megahertz....". Anyway, for a very behind-the-curve system (2x200mhz
> ppro's), it works out to $4000 per additional user.
> Or I can look at Interbase/Firebird, which is free.
> Today I will be assigning one of my staff the task of downloading,
> installing, and evaluating Firebird.
> The only way I can imagine that Oracle thinking can be going is: "Hey,
> revenues are dropping because of competition from free and less expensive
> dbms's". "No problem. Raise prices to make up the shortfall". Then I say to
> myself, "Naw, no-one can be that stupid". Then I check the per-user prices
> again....
> Dennis Taylor
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