Gartner Research

Application-Specific, Limited or Restricted-Use Oracle Licenses Can Be High Risk So Choose Cautiously

Published: 16 April 2014

ID: G00261530

Analyst(s): Joseph Neapolitan, Jane B. Disbrow


Oracle offers its customers software licenses with usage restrictions as an alternative to full-use versions. IT procurement might find lower pricing attractive but must fully understand and manage these licenses to reap any benefits.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • AST Product Pricing Might Look Attractive but Price Is Not the Only Criteria
  • Analyze and Communicate the Usage Requirements and Restrictions to Stakeholders
    • Recommendations for AST Licenses
  • Oracle ASFU Licenses Can Be More Restrictive Than You Think
    • Recommendations for ASFU Licenses
  • Other Limited and Restricted-Use Licenses Are Not on Price Lists and Have Their Own Characteristics
    • Recommendations for Limited Use
    • Recommendations for Restricted Use
  • Manage Oracle Technology Network License Limitations
    • Recommendations for OTN Licenses
  • Plan Carefully When Upgrading From Limited-Use to Full-Use Licenses
    • Recommendations When Upgrading From Limited-Use to Full-Use Licenses
  • Embedded Software Licenses Cannot Be Upgraded
    • Recommendations for Embedded Software Licenses
  • Review Oracle's Software Investment Guide

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