Re: Oracle Licensing on VMware

From: D'Hooge Freek <>
Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:49:23 +0000
Message-ID: <1381927762.2914.101.camel_at_dhoogfr-lpt1>


If your big enough you can always negotiate. In the end, money talks, bullshit walks ;-)


Freek D'Hooge
Oracle Database Administrator
tel +32(03) 451 23 82

On wo, 2013-10-16 at 22:11 +1100, Nuno Souto wrote:

> On 15/10/2013 5:58 PM, D'Hooge Freek wrote:
> > * you need to license all physical machines in the vcenter cluster (DRS
> > rules are not a valid way to limit the number of physical servers to be
> > licensed, regardless vmware states about this)
> > The reasoning for the second is that, according to the processor
> > definition, you install the Oracle software on all physical servers in
> > the same vcenter cluster (yes, that is what they told me)
> >
> > Not sure if this last reasoning will uphold in court, but unless you are
> > prepared to go to court over this, you better follow it.
> >
> We did. And it turned out either Oracle considered licensing all cores
> in a host in our cluster - the exact words in their documents - or else
> they'd be in legal trouble as well as minus quite a lot of moolah in
> maintenance and licensing fees.
> So now, our middleware is nicely licensed to run in a single host in a
> BIG vmware cluster and we only paid the core licenses of that host.
> Which is perfectly legit, IMHO.
> Of course: YMMV, no animals hurt in testing this product, etcetc...
Received on Wed Oct 16 2013 - 14:49:23 CEST

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