Re: Licensing question
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2009 20:57:30 +0100
joel garry wrote:
> On Jul 16, 10:46 am, sybra..._at_hccnet.nl wrote:
>> On Thu, 16 Jul 2009 13:51:33 GMT, Chuck <chuckh1958_nos..._at_gmail.com> >> wrote: >> >>> I know this is not the best place to ask this question but I have not >>> been able to find a clear answer on metalink and have not received a >>> reply or call back from oracle sales on this thought I've been trying >>> for a couple of days now. >>> I have several machines that are overpowered for the database instances >>> running on them. I'd like to shut of or remove CPU's. Can I legally do >>> that to reduce my licensing cost? The platform is Solaris sparc, Oracle >>> 10.2. >>> TIA >> In the past Oracle stated it was the *capacity* that counted. >> So if you have 4 cpu sockets, and you fit only 1, you pay for 4 cpu's. >> You really need to get in touch with a salesrep!
> That's good advice, though I have a cynical view of whether even they
> can keep up with it.
> See http://www.oracle.com/corporate/pricing/databaselicensing.pdf
> though there are other things that make it even more complicated
> and who knows what else. Sun hardware has its own special lists, who
> knows how that will be changing now.
> There may also be scary docs to sign to terminate one agreement and
> replace with another, as well as special fees.
> I was unable to do a similar thing a few years ago, but that may have
> been specific to that site/hardware/version/salesperson/cost which are
> all different than OP.
Interesting, though slightly off topic:
Last year I was at a place (a global retail brand) where they had multiple IBM pSeries. Each box was physically fitted with x number of processors, but the customer was only allowed to use a subset of them until the additional "cores" had been licensed with IBM.
I wasn't party as to how the Oracle licences were negotiated for the particular database server LPARs, but doubtless it would have been entertaining.
Palooka Received on Thu Jul 16 2009 - 14:57:30 CDT