Re: Hard Partitioning and Standard Edition

Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:50:11 -0400
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There's a good chance that they ALWAYS needed to run Enterprise Edition, at least under the strictest terms of the OLSA.

The trouble (as I recall it) with most p-series equipment is that when you "upgrade" from 4 to 8 sockets, no new hardware is actually added. (Well, that's what I remember to be the case with P5, anyway. I'm not sure about more recent stuff.) The "maximum capacity" of the server was probably *always* more than 4 sockets, even before the upgrade.

Oracle has traditionally made allowances for "capacity-on-demand" schemes like this, I think, but I have never seen language to directly support such allowances in the license agreement. When push comes to shove, nothing (aside from good business sense) compels Oracle to honour such a policy. Unless, of course, your corporate lawyers are clever enough to get Oracle to amend the license agreement before you write a cheque.

On Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 2:45 AM, Ls Cheng <> wrote:

> I have a customer who upgraded their HW (AIX) from 4 sockets to 8 sockets
> and they had to upgrade their standard edition license to Enterprise. They
> are running now LPAR which is similar to Solaris Zone I believe?
> On Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 10:19 PM, Charlotte Hammond <
>> 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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