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Update: Reduce the Audit Risk of Oracle's Licensing Policy for Server Virtualization to Contain Cost

Published: 16 February 2016

ID: G00292399

Analyst(s): Stewart Buchanan , Rob Wilkes


Client interactions led Gartner to identify server virtualization as a substantial Oracle audit risk in November 2014, recommending that clients push back on what many saw as an unfair policy. This document updates our advice on limiting exposure, using order forms and log data.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Oracle Claims That Software Is Installed and/or Running in a Virtual Server Farm
  • Oracle Certifies Oracle VM CPU Affinity — Not VMware Processor Affinity
  • Oracle Rejects the Use of the 10-Day Failover Allowance to Cover Virtualization
  • Oracle Customers Have Found the Oracle Policy Stance on Virtualization Outdated


  • Explore Licensing Options Before Your IT Organization Makes a Technology-Based Decision to Run Oracle Software With Non-Oracle Virtualization Software
  • Seek Legal Advice When Adding Terms to New Order Forms in the Hope of Refining Oracle Policies or Otherwise Attempting to Limit Increasing Liabilities
    • Storage Replication Replicates Licensing Requirements
    • Press Oracle and Its Resellers to Explain How to Limit License Exposure on the Order Form
  • Work With Software Asset Management and Technical Experts to Locate and Analyze All Existing Sources of Management Data for Virtualization Software, Operating Systems and Oracle Applications to See If It Can Be Used as Evidence
    • Software Asset Management Data Gives Senior Executives the Confidence to Push Back
    • Prove That You License the Processors Where Software Is Installed and/or Running

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