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How to Determine When to Consider an Oracle Unlimited License Agreement

Published: 13 November 2006

ID: G00144479

Analyst(s): Alexa Bona, Jane B. Disbrow


Oracle is offering a licensing option based on the unlimited use of a negotiated list of software products during a set time period. After that period, customers base ongoing license counts on deployed licenses. Determine if this model makes sense for you and use caution where required.

Table Of Contents
  • Characteristics of the Unlimited License Model
  • Getting Started
    • Removal of partial licenses from support.
    • Mandatory maintenance and support payments.
    • License metrics.
    • Negotiate for a rebundling or functionality replacement clause.
    • New products.
    • Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.
    • Negotiate long-term caps on maintenance and support for the license baseline at the end of the three years.
    • Require Oracle to notify you six months before the unlimited deployment period is over.
    • Negotiate clauses that give you a longer time to determine inventory and resolve any breach.
  • Recommendations
  • Tactical Guidelines

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