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Q&A: Oracle Licensing and Pricing Questions From the 2009 ITAM Conference

Published: 04 March 2010

ID: G00174519

Analyst(s): Jane B. Disbrow


At Gartner's recent IT Financial, Procurement and Asset Management Summit in November 2009, attendees asked several questions regarding Oracle's licensing and pricing. Here are some of the questions asked at the conference or at one-on-ones with the attendees.

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  • How does Oracle treat virtual environments? Please comment on counting cores in an age of virtualization.
  • What is the best way to manage Oracle licenses? Our database administrators (DBAs) have downloaded software outside the internal processes to procure software.
  • Our Oracle Software License Agreement (OSLA) has expired. Oracle has pressed us to sign a new agreement. But we are not buying more software. Is there any reason that we need to sign a new OSLA?
  • Oracle wants us to convert our older "concurrent licenses" to Named User Plus (NUP) licenses at a conversion factor of one concurrent equals two named users. This does not seem to be a fair conversion factor, as we have a much higher number of occasional users than this represents. What should we do?
  • How can Oracle hold us to policies that we have not contractually agreed to?
  • Oracle has offered to review my current usage and help me optimize the use of my existing license holdings? Should I do this?
  • How easy is it to get line-item pricing from Oracle?

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