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RE: Licensing for test and development servers?

From: Ron Rogers <>
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 07:51:25 -0400
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In my humble non legal opinion.
If you use the Oracle product to produce a product that is used in production,
then you need a license for the development server. I believe that you can load
the Oracle products to test/play with them to familiarize yourself with them to
see if you could use or need the product. Once you use the product for your
work environment then you need to license it. If you have a question about the cost then look at the named user option
for the development server.
I have 10g loaded on a Linux box that is not used for anything work related.
I use it to familiarize myself with the options and increase my knowledge and
practice for the OCP upgrade. Our production server is a cpu license for 8i
and our development/test server is named users for 8i. Ron

>>> "Powell, Mark D" <> 09/09/2004 4:04:40 PM >>>
This is not legal advice (see someone with a valid law practice for that)
but it would appear that as long as you are working on a single copy of a
program that you are not using for either your own internal use and that is
not running at any other sites then you are developing and do not need to
purchase a license. I would think program here could be plural as in you
are developing an application that might consist of a dozen programs.

But as soon as you use the programs to conduct training you must buy a license or if you start using the application either in-house or somewhere
else you must buy licenses. Conducting training in advance of implementing
the application either internally or externally would probably be a trigger
point for requiring a license.

This is the best I can figure it. We run production so we have licenses
that I believe cover us, but it never hurts to try to keep up with this
stuff. When in doubt dump the problem on management. If you are management
then pass it by legal. Better safe than sorry.

IMHO -- Mark D Powell --

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