How to license Oracle Database in Disaster Recovery environments

It is commonly known that the use of almost any Oracle software program requires a license. But how does that work when you only install the Oracle software for disaster recovery (DR) purposes? You don’t use the software, so you probably don’t need to license it, right?

Before jumping to conclusions, let’s have a look on what data recovery means, what are the most common data recovery methods and what are the best practices. Or if you use the Oracle software as installed on the DR server, then you’d think you can re-allocate the licenses from your production server to the secondary DR server, since you are only using the software on the DR server. Oracle classifies different DR scenarios as “cold-standby”, “warm-standby” or “hot-standby”, right?

Well, we heard different stories in our day-to-day practice that showed that end users don’t have a clear view on how licensing of Oracle’s software in a DR environment works. Therefore, the objective of this whitepaper is to bring clarity on the different licensing scenarios applicable when Oracle software programs are deployed in disaster recovery environments.

In our latest whitepaper “How to license Oracle Database in Disaster Recovery environments”  we clarify the different licensing scenarios applicable when Oracle software programs are deployed in disaster recovery environments.