Licensing Oracle SE One on VMWare cluster

From: Marcus Mönnig <>
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 20:35:39 +0200
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I know that Oracle considers VMWare soft-partioning and that if you would go for processor licenses, you need to license in regards to the underlying hardware, not what you assigned to a VM.

But additionally, to be allowed to use SE One or SE there is a limit of 2 (SE One) or 4 (SE) CPU slots in the physical hardware.

So, say you have a VMWare ESX cluster with 4 physical servers and two slots (and CPUs) only in each physical server, are you allowed to license SE One?

The total number of slots in the cluster is obviously larger than 2, but at any time the VM with Oracle running on it can only run on one dedicated physical server in the cluster. The VM might shift to another server, e.g. when the current physical server goes down, but at any given time, it only runs on one server.


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