Re: Hard Partitioning and Standard Edition

From: Hans Forbrich <>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 19:43:55 -0600
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Yes, ultimately you do need to talk to Oracle - and get the response in writing from Oracle Legal. I generally say "I read it on the Internet" is not a suitable defense in a legal dispute.

To help you get started, check out the documents at and in particular the "Software Investment Guide" and (under Specialty Topics) look at the "Partitioning Guide" to determine legitimate ways to partition, and the "Oracle Database Licensing Guide" to apply that definition.

As Mark mentioned, the definition of Socket might be considered vague, so that is the clarification you need. But I tend to agree with him that the total hardware socket count, ignoring whether filled and hard partitioning, seems to be the implication.


On 15/06/2015 2:19 PM, Charlotte Hammond (Redacted sender for DMARC) wrote:
> Hi All,
> I know that I should speak to Oracle to get a definitive answer but am
> just looking for a quick heads up if this is a dead end...
> The question I have is that can I use hard partitioning (in this case
> Solaris Zones) in conjunction with Standard Edition licencing? I had
> a look at the os-zones-hard-partitioning-2347187.pdf but it is about
> calculating equivalent numbers of cores, which is an Enterprise
> Edition metric, not a Standard Edition one. I am therefore assuming
> this document is specific to Enterprise licencing.
> In Standard Edition we have to licence per socket - do zones have any
> place here in reducing the socket count or getting around the cap - or
> would I just have to ignore the zones and licence every socket on the
> physical server and also limit myself to a server with only 4 sockets?
> Thanks!
> Charlotte

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