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Manage the Audit Risk of Oracle's Licensing Policy for Server Virtualization

Published: 16 February 2018

ID: G00349365

Analyst(s): Rob Wilkes , Melanie Alexander , Roberto Sacco , Stewart Buchanan


Oracle customers not using Oracle VM for virtualization run risks of triggering an audit for breaching Oracle's stringent, though little known until audit, Partitioning Policy. This research will enable sourcing and vendor management leaders to remain compliant and save significant unbudgeted costs.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Common Risks of Running Oracle Software Under Third-Party Virtualization
    • Oracle Claims That Software Is Installed and/or Running Across an Entire Virtual Server Farm
    • Oracle Certifies Its Own Oracle VM CPU Affinity — Not VMware Processor Affinity
    • Oracle Rejects the Use of 10-Day Failover Allowance to Cover Virtualization
    • Oracle Customers Find Oracle's Policy Stance on Virtualization Outdated


  • Analyze Full Licensing Costs Before Running Oracle Software With Non-Oracle Virtualization Software
  • Obtain Legal Advice on the Risk of All Terms and Policies Referenced in the Contract and Order Forms
    • Storage Replication Also Replicates Licensing Requirements
    • Require Oracle and Its Resellers to Document How to Limit License Exposure on the Order Form
  • Work With SAM and Technical Stakeholders to Gather and Correlate All Sources of Relevant Management Data
    • Keep Logs Detailing the Specific Processors That Run or Have Run Oracle Software to Use as Evidence in Oracle Audit Negotiation
    • SAM Data Gives Senior Executives Confidence to Push Back
    • Prove You License Processors Where Oracle Software Is Physically Installed and/or Running

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