Oracle’s New Cloud Model – is it really offering more freedom to end users?

Oracle Cloud Licensing

Oracle Cloud is one of the very few cloud providers that offers a complete set of cloud services to fulfill all computing needs including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS).

Oracle is increasingly competing with Amazon’s dominant position in the cloud. First by making the use of Oracle Database and Middleware software programs through the Amazon Cloud more expensive and now through the release of the universal credit model. Oracle is known for the inflexibility of its licensing contracts. This new model aims to offer customers more freedom in terms of buying and using cloud services.

Under the old model (the metered and non-metered options), you had to be very specific which cloud service you needed. With the new portfolio of IaaS and PaaS, you have the flexibility of choosing any product, without any contractual changes. When you sign up for an Oracle Cloud Account, you have unlimited access to all eligible IaaS and PaaS services. After signing up, you can start using any of the IaaS or PaaS services at any time. When new eligible services become available as part of the Universal Credits program, these services can be accessed automatically.

In our latest whitepaper “Oracle’s New Cloud Model – is it really offering more freedom to end users?” we cover how the new Oracle cloud model works in detail: what are the different services, their pricing and licensing models and how you can make best use of these.

At a first glance, it may seem clear what are the benefits of the different Oracle Cloud licensing models, but staying compliant in such an environment remains a complex matter. No matter how financially attractive a deal seems to be, first make sure your organization really needs it. Also, the deal might be financially attractive now, but what guarantees are there that it will remain the same in three years? Thus, in order to prevent a blind entry into the cloud, it is important to have a detailed overview of all current Oracle products in your organization, including contractual arrangements and their (expected) use. Also, make sure that you chart the organization needs and carefully read Oracle’s cloud conditions.

Read our whitepaper to take your first steps towards a secure journey to Oracle Cloud.

This article was published on 08-03-2018