We are Oracle licensing experts, and offer significant discounts on Oracle list prices.
We can help you understand and cope with the recent Oracle licensing changes (Standard Edition and Standard Edition One have been retired from sale, to be replaced by Standard Edition Two).
Oracle License Help and Sales
Our Oracle license services include:
Oracle Standard Edition Two Guidance
Oracle Standard Edition Two (SE2) marks a significant change to the Oracle licensing model. We offer free guidance to help you understand the new rules and how they will affect you. Standard Edition (SE) and Standard Edition One (SE1) are no longer available for purchase. SE2 may only be used on machines with a maximum of two CPU sockets. SE2 with RAC can only be run on clusters with two single-socket servers. SE2 is priced the same as SE, but when using the Named User Plus licensing model the minimum licensing level is now 10 per server. Each SE2 database can use a maximum of 16 CPU threads at any one time (enforced by the software), and each SE2 RAC instance can use only 8 CPU threads at any one time. SE2 is available from 188.8.131.52 onwards. Existing SE and SE1 customers must migrate to SE2 if they want to upgrade to 184.108.40.206 or beyond.
Oracle License Compliance Advice
We understand Oracle’s complex licensing rules, and offer free-of-charge advice to help you maximise value when purchasing or consolidating Oracle licenses.
Oracle License Cost Reduction Advice
Our in-depth knowledge of Oracle features and license costs can be applied to your estate, so we can recommend ways of significantly reducing your ongoing license costs.
Oracle License Audit Assistance
We can help you get through an Oracle license audit, and can liaise with Oracle Corporation on your behalf.
Oracle License Sales and Quotes
We sell licenses at a significant discount to list price for Oracle Database (Standard Edition Two, Enterprise Edition), Enterprise Edition Options (Real Application Clusters, Active Data Guard, Partitioning, Real Application Testing, Advanced Security, Advanced Compression etc), Diagnostics Pack, Tuning Pack, WebLogic (Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition, WebLogic Suite), Internet Application Server, GoldenGate and many other Oracle products. Please contact us for a no-obligation quote or to find out more.
Frequently asked questions
I only use 2 processors on my server, but it can support 4 processors. Can I use Standard Edition Two?
No. Standard Edition Two can only be licensed for machines with no more than 2 CPU sockets.
I would like to cluster my servers using RAC. Which database product should I choose?
Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) is included in Oracle Standard Edition Two for two-node clusters. Each node must be a single-socket server. If you have servers with more than one CPU socket, or you require more than 2 cluster nodes, you must choose Oracle Enterprise Edition. Oracle RAC (Real Application Clusters) is a licensable option for Oracle Enterprise Edition.
Are there any minimum order requirements when purchasing Named User database licences?
Yes. The minimum order requirements vary depending on which database product you select. These are:
Standard Edition Two - 10 Named User Plus licences per server or the total number of actual users, whichever is greater.
Enterprise Edition - 25 Named User Plus licences per licensable processor or the total number of actual users, whichever is greater.
Personal and Lite Editions - 1 Named User Plus licence or the total number of actual users, whichever is greater.
Do I need to buy Named User Plus or per Processor licenses?
A: If you select the Named User Plus licensing option then you must license all the users who are using the Oracle Database, as well as all non-human operated devices accessing the Oracle Database. An example of a non-human device would be a sensor that connects to a database. If a human-operated device such as a bar code scanner connects to the database then all humans operating these devices need to be licensed. If the Named User Plus population is likely to be very high, it would be more cost effective to license per processor. Where it is impossible to quantify the user population (such as in an Internet environment), then you must license per processor.
My server contains multi-core processors. How do I price this?
For Standard Edition Two, the number of cores does not affect the price. For Enterprise Edition, each core of a multi-core chip is priced using a "licensing factor". These licensing factors are as follows:
Sun UltraSPARC T1 - 0.25
AMD/Intel - 0.5
All other multi-core processors - 0.75
Single core processors - 1
Therefore if you have two dual-core AMD Opteron processors, the cost will be 0.5*4*list price. Two four-core UltraSPARC T1 processors will cost 0.25*8*list price.
Do multi-core processors affect the processor limits on Oracle Standard Edition Two?
No. Oracle Standard Edition Two can only be used on servers that have a maximum capacity of 2 processors (CPUs), regardless of the number of cores. In a SE2 RAC environment, this limitation applies to the whole cluster (i.e. each node must be single-socket).
Once I have placed my order how long will I have to wait for my licence details?
Your order is logged with Oracle who then issue us with a licence number for you. This process can take up to 10 business days.
What are your payment terms?
Payment is due within 30 days of the invoice date (subject to approval). For larger orders or maximum discounts, payment-on-order is required.
Can you offer me a discount on Oracle list prices?
Yes. Please contact us with your requirements and we will advise you on the level of discount we can offer.
Do you only sell licenses in the UK?
No, we can sell licenses to all organisations within countries not on Oracle's exclusion list. We are happy to provide quotes in your preferred currency.
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