Licensing Oracle on Amazon EC2 and RDS – now twice as expensive!

Cloud computing services are high on most organizations’ agenda, they plan to adopt cloud computing services, or have already started to use at least one of the cloud offerings. Each cloud computing environment comes with its specific restrictions and/or different metrics, but this doesn’t guarantee you’ll never get additional ones over the years.

As of January 23rd, 2017, Oracle changed its licensing policies for the so called “Authorized Cloud Environments”. The new policy says that an Amazon Web Services vCPU is now treated as a full core if hyper-threading is not enabled. This means that a user that deploys two AWS vCPUs needs to pay full freight for both, effectively doubling the number of licenses required to run Oracle inside AWS and also the cost.

This is a strategic move as well, as last year Oracle named AWS public enemy number one in the cloud, claiming its own cloud will be cheaper and faster than Amazon’s offering and will also be sold as on-premises kit tied to a subscription.

This change in licensing policies supports Oracle’s Cloud Strategy by making its own IaaS and PaaS Cloud Services more commercially attractive than other offerings, but not necessarily the cheaper part.

Our latest white paper “Licensing Oracle on Amazon EC2 and RDS – now twice as expensive!” will provide you an overview of what has changed in Oracle’s “Licensing Oracle Software in the Cloud Computing Environment”, how to count the required number of licenses in Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS and Microsoft Azure cloud environments and how to differentiate between virtual cores, vCPUs, physical cores and more. If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us and one of our specialists will help you.

In our next blog post, we will talk about “Licensing Oracle on Amazon EC2 and RDS – Previous VS. Current version”.

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Adrian is one of B-lay’s Senior Technical Analysts. He started working as SAM consultant since early 2011. In his previous role as Senior Technical Analyst in Oracle’s License Management Services (LMS) department, Adrian was involved in more than 1000 customer engagements over a period of 5 years. Skilled in Oracle Database, Middleware, Business Process improvement and Business Analysis, SQL, training and consulting, he is now using his software asset and license management experience and knowledge to provide valuable licensing advice, helping end users to maximize the efficiency of their software entitlements. Adrian holds a master’s degree in IT – database development for business support – from the Academy of Economic Studies of Bucharest.