Licensing Oracle on Amazon EC2 and RDS – previous VS. current version

The news on everyone in the licensing management industry’s lips in the last weeks was the big change of Oracle licensing policies for the so called “Authorized Cloud Environments”.

Even though Oracle initially stated that for the “Authorized Cloud Environments” end users would need to consider each virtual core as a physical core to determine the number of “Processors” that were required to be licensed, this changed since 23 of January 2017.

Until January 23rd, 2017, end users were required to count each virtual core as a physical core, in case the Oracle programs were deployed on Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS and/or Microsoft Azure. This number of cores would then need to be multiplied with the applicable core factor as per Oracle’s Processor Core Factor Table, to determine the required number of licenses. This policy applied to all Oracle programs available on a Processor metric.

Under the new policy, the following counting methodologies are applicable for Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS and Microsoft Azure.

Amazon EC2 and RDS:

If hyper-threading is enabled:

end users are required to count two vCPUs = one Oracle Processor license

If hyper-threading is NOT enabled:

end users are required to count one vCPU = one Oracle Processor license

Microsoft Azure:

End users are required to count one Azure CPU Core = one Oracle Processor license.

Under the old policy, the methodology applied to all Oracle programs available on a Processor metric. Under the new policy, the methodology is only applicable to a subset of Oracle’s programs which can be found here.

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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.