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Oracle's Licensing Policy for Server Virtualization Is a Substantial Audit Risk

Published: 24 November 2014

ID: G00271412

Analyst(s): Jane B. Disbrow, Stewart Buchanan


As a consequence of new virtualization capabilities, IT procurement professionals in enterprises have to buy more Oracle technology licenses to cover virtualized servers after Oracle audits — even where software is not installed or running.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Push Back on Oracle's Virtualization Policy
  • Virtualization Licensing Is Covered by Policy Documents, and Not Referenced in Contract Terms
    • Oracle Customers Have Stated That the Policy on Virtualization Is Unjustifiable
    • Oracle Certifies Oracle VM CPU Binding — Not VMware Processor Affinity
    • Oracle's 10-Day Failover Allowance Doesn't Cover Virtualization
  • Explore Workarounds Such as Unlimited License Agreements
  • Require Oracle or Its Reseller to Specify the Correct Licenses Under Contract

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