Oracle Licensing Model

For the list of Oracle database editions and features, please visit http://www.oracle.com/database/product_editions.html

Oracle’s technology products are licensed using two metrics: Named User Plus or Processor.

Named User Plus Metric

This metric is used in environments where users can be identified and counted. Named User Plus includes both humans and non-human operated devices. All human users and non-human operated devices that are accessing the program must be licensed. A non-human operated device can be many things, such as, a temperature monitoring device. It is important to note that if the device is operated by a person, then this person must be licensed. A licensed Named User Plus may access the program on any instances where it is deployed, provided that the minimum on each server is met.

  • Oracle Database Standard Edition ONE: 5 Named User Plus licenses
  • Oracle Database Standard Edition: 5 Named User Plus licenses
  • Oracle Database Enterprise Edition: 25 Named User Plus licenses per CPU

Processor Metric

This metric is mostly used in environments where the software users cannot be easily identified or counted, such as internet-based applications. The Processor metric is also used when it is more cost effective than Named User Plus licenses. All processors where the Oracle programs are installed and/or running must be licensed.

Multi-core processors are priced as (number of cores)*(multi-core factor) processors, where the multi-core factor is:

  • 0.25 for SUN’s UltraSparc T1 processors
  • 0.50 for Intel and AMD processors
  • 0.75 for all other multi-core processors
  • 1.00 for single-core processors

Illustration #1

  • Manufacturing company has 15 temperature devices to control the temperature in the warehouse. These devices update the Oracle Database
  • 30 forklifts are used by 400 warehouse employees to move the contents in warehouse
  • Forklift has built-in transponder that updates the Oracle Database EE directly
  • Oracle Database EE is running on a 6 processor server (single core chips)

This product can be licensed by Processor or by Named User Plus metric.

  • By Processor: all processors where the database is installed and/or running must be licensed.
    • Number of Processor licenses required: 6
  • By Named User Plus: the number of licenses required is
  • the Named User Plus minimum (25 Named Users Plus per Processor) OR
  • the total number of actual users accessing the Database (= # of temperature devices + warehouse employees), whichever is greater.
    • 25 * 6 Processors = 150 Named Users Plus
    • 15 temperature devices + 400 warehouse employees = 415 Named Users Plus
    • Number of Named User Plus licenses required: 415

Illustration #2: Multiple Environments on one Server

  • Staging, test and production environments are installed and running on a Oracle Database EE, which has 6 processors
  • 10 Developers are working on the staging, test and production environments
  • 500 Traders are using the Web site that resides on the production environment.

This product can be licensed by Processor or by Named User Plus metric.

  • If licensing by Processor, all processors where the database is installed and/or running must be licensed.
    • Number of Processor licenses required: 6
  • If licensing by Named User, the number of licenses required is
  • the Named User Plus minimum (25 Named Users Plus per Processor) OR
  • the total number of actual users accessing the Database (= # of traders + developers), whichever is greater:
    • 25 * 6 Processors = 150 Named Users Plus
    • 500 traders + 10 Developers = 510 Named Users Plus
    • Number of Named User Plus licenses required: 510

Note : If the server is fully licensed by Processor then no additional licenses are required to install and/or run other environments that are configured on the same server.

Source

http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/pricing/index.html

 

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