RE: Oracle Licensing on VMware

From: Anthony Ballo <>
Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 15:27:31 +0000
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Have you found that Oracle is very interested in whether your VM solution is "hard partitioned" or not (for CPU pricing and license compliance) ?

" Soft partitioning is not permitted as a means to determine or limit the number of software licenses required for any given server. "

My personal experience with Oracle's licensing audits is that you are charged for what you _could_ use instead of what you are actually using. For example, if you buy a server with 6 sockets and have 2 empty, you are expected to pay for 6 (not 4). If you rely on "CPU Pinning" - Oracle may not recognize this approach because it is not "hard portioned" and you may (will) have issues come an audit and dealing with the LMS thugs. This will require a "fully licensed host" as far as CPUs are concerned.


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Martin Klier Sent: Friday, October 11, 2013 8:54 AM
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Subject: Re: Oracle Licensing on VMware

Hi Niels,

VMware features do not matter for Oracle licensing - in fact, VMware does not matter for Oracle licensing at all. They tread it like any other OS-Layer, and like any other 3rd party cluster technology.

But I recently was told by an Oracle official of EMEA/Germany that the DO make a difference when talking about the edition decision. Usually you'll have to sum up all CPUs in a cluster to decide if you need SE1, SE or EE. But as it seems NOT for VMware, in this case only the hardware size of the biggest machine in the cluster counts.

I was not able to find an official Oracle document to verify this, but I asked him for it and was promised a link.


Martin Klier

Am 11.10.2013 12:46, schrieb Niels Jespersen:


> I could, of course, ask my Oracle representative, but I prefer to read the official wording (if it exists) in solitude before that.


> Regards Niels Jespersen


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