Confusion continues to reign concerning the legal aspects of Oracle on VMware licensing. The use of server partitioning, in particular, is causing significant difficulty for many IT managers. When applied to Oracle database deployments, the issues are amplified because no two virtual-machine deployments are the same from a licensing perspective.
When it comes to Oracle licensing for virtual servers, it is vital that you produce a comprehensive yet concise overview of your current and potential server partitioning, especially the way in which licensing is applied to processor cores within the VMware data center.
Oracle licensing on a VMware cluster must have an overview that not only tracks current workloads and the processors on which they are running, but also how these workloads could move to unlicensed clusters. It is quite easy to unknowingly violate server licenses—until an Oracle audit takes place. With multi-core processors now commonplace, this oversight means that additional licenses must be purchased, which could run into thousands of dollars.
Appropriate deployment and license management tools are now crucial for ensuring that Oracle VMware licensing within your business is in full conformity with the law. It is also important for minimizing overall licensing costs. Remember, unlicensed VMware clusters will draw a heavy penalty from Oracle.
Clearly, the Oracle on VMware licensing environment is complex. Businesses need to take a proactive approach to their Oracle on VMware licenses to make sure that they fully understand their exposure. Leveraging your overview of existing Oracle on VMware licensing (including potential deficiencies) delivers significant benefits, including cost reductions as well as greater efficiency through cluster integration.
Oracle virtual licensing is accompanied by numerous pitfalls that are downplayed by too many data center managers. A simplistic approach that simply identifies whether NUP (Named User Plus) or processor-based licenses are in place no longer can provide businesses with the detailed information they need to ensure full Oracle licensing compliance.