Socket Based Licensing for Standard Edition

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I ran across this article today on Oracle’s new strategy for Standard Edition and Standard Edition One licensing.

As a consultant, there are times when I have to tackle licensing questions, though I usually try to stay away from it and let Oracle’s salespeople do that job.

However, I found this news quite interesting. In order to compete with Microsoft and other database vendors in the small and midsize business market, Oracle has changed their licensing model on Standard Edition and Standard Edition One. Instead of a per-core licensing scheme, licensing for these products is now on a per-socket basis. Not only does this make pricing cheaper on multi-core systems, it also makes things much easier for the accounting department!

Of course, it’s still the same for Enterprise Edition (the article calls it tortuous), but perhaps that will change soon as well. Hey, at least we’re no longer using Power Units!

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One Response to “Socket Based Licensing for Standard Edition”

  1. Zafer says:

    Hi there,
    I have been reading your postings and articles for many years now :)
    As far as I know, this licensing information for SE and SE1 has changed now (reason is the added MCM clause to Oracle licensing/price list – as of 2010. I will appreciate if you research on this by using Oracle resources (I know you have internal resources) and update this posting for the benefit of the rest of the community. You are an expert and it will be nice to hear the updated information from an expert ;)
    R/ Zaf

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