Oracle Advanced Analytics (Data Mining) – Now free with all Oracle Database Editions

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Introduction

Oracle announced that, effective December 5th, 2019, the Oracle Machine Learning functionalities (previously known as Advanced Analytics and before that, known as Data Mining) will be –  included in all the Oracle Database Editions. Both for on premises and cloud offerings, at no extra costs.

The right to make use of Advanced Analytics (Data Mining) is – as of this date – for Database version 11.2 and higher – included in all the different Oracle Database on premise licenses (Oracle Database Personal Edition, Oracle Database Standard Edition (2), Oracle Database Enterprise Edition) and Oracle Database Cloud Services (Oracle Database Standard Edition Cloud Service, Oracle Database Cloud Service Enterprise Edition, Oracle Database Cloud Service Enterprise Edition – High Performance, Oracle Database Cloud Service Enterprise Edition – Extreme Performance). More information on this topic can be found as well in Oracle’s Database Licensing Information User Manual.

Let’s see what is Oracle Advanced Analytics (Data Mining) and what does this licensing change mean for you as an end-user.

About Oracle Data Mining, Oracle R Enterprise and Oracle Advanced Analytics

Oracle Data Mining embeds data mining functionality for making classifications, predictions, and associations, as well as clustering data and ranking relative attribute importance.

Oracle R Enterprise makes the open source R statistical programming language and environment ready for the enterprise and big data. Designed for problems involving both large and small volumes of data, Oracle R Enterprise integrates R with Oracle Database. Being integrated with Oracle Database, Oracle R Enterprise can run any R package via embedded R while the database manages the data served to the R engines.

Oracle Advanced Analytics, a combination of Oracle Data Mining and Oracle R Enterprise, delivers predictive analytics, data mining, text mining, statistical analysis, advanced numerical computations and interactive graphics inside the database. Data analysts, data scientists, statistical programmers, application developers and DBAs can develop and automate analytical methodologies inside the database.

With each release of the Oracle Database new machine learning algorithms and features were added, in which these features were bundled into different Database options. Data Mining was introduced with version 9i Release 2 and was bundled into Oracle Machine Learning (formerly Oracle Advanced Analytics) as of version 11g Release 2.

Licensing & Pricing

Oracle sold its Advanced Analytics or Data Mining licenses both on a Named User Plus and on a Processor based licensing model. As for any Oracle Database Enterprise Edition Option, these functionalities were required to be licensed separately as per the associated Oracle Database Enterprise Edition itself. In other words, if the Oracle Database Enterprise Edition was licensed by a Processor metric, then the use of Advanced Analytics or Data Mining on such associated database, is/was required to be licensed on a Processor metric as well. If the Oracle Database Enterprise Edition was licensed by a Named User Plus metric, then the use of Advanced Analytics or Data Mining on such “associated database” is/was required to be licensed by Named User Plus licenses as well, taking into account the standard minimum of 25 Named User Plus licenses per Processor.

Comment: If you would have surplus Processor licenses for Advanced Analytics or Data Mining, while the Oracle Database Enterprise Edition is licensed by Named User Plus licenses, then you are allowed to allocate such Processor license for Advanced Analytics or Data Mining to an Oracle Database Enterprise Edition licensed by Named User Plus. This, since you are in essence “overlicensing” your use of Advanced Analytics or Data Mining in such scenario.

The below table provides an overview of the list license and list support fees as historically applied by Oracle:

Oracle Program List License – per

Named User Plus

List Support –  per Named User Plus License License – per Processor List Support – Per Processor
Data Mining 460.00 USD 101.20 USD 23,000.00 USD 5,060.00 USD
Advanced Analytics 460.00 USD 101.20 USD 23,000.00 USD 5,060.00 USD

As of December 5, 2019, Oracle no longer sells licenses for Advanced Analytics. In addition, it has retro-actively granted the right to make use of Advanced Analytics to all end users using the Oracle Database version 11.2 or higher.

How will this affect you?

Due to changes announced by Oracle, of the following situations can be applicable:

  • You are licensed for Advanced Analytics or Data Mining and are making use of the included features on an Oracle Database Enterprise Edition < 11.2. In this secenario, you continue to be required to license Advanced Analytics and pay associated support maintenance fees separately on top of the Oracle Database Enterprise Edition licenses and support maintenance fees. You are recommended to upgrade to a higher version, to achieve cost savings for the future. Not only from a licensing perspective, but also from an Extended Support perspective.
  • You are licensed for Advanced Analytics or Data Mining and are making use of the included features on the Oracle Database Enterprise Edition version 11.2 and higher. In this secenario, you are no longer required to be separately licensed for Advanced Analytics or Data Mining, since your use right is already included in your (supported) Oracle Database license. In this case, you are advised to work with software licensing expert firms, to determine what options you have to reduce your annual support maintenance fees. Although Oracle Support will confront you with its “repricing” policy, this license change provides you the opportunity to avoid your support indexation of 3 – 4 % YoY.
  • You are licensed for Advanced Analytics or Data Mining through separate orders, but you are planning to enter into an Unlimited License Agreement (ULA) for the Oracle Database. In this scenario, Oracle will convert and replace your existing Advanced Analytics or Data Mining licenses and add the associated support maintenance fee as paid for your Advanced Analytics or Data Mining licenses to the new “Total Support Stream” of your ULA. In this scenario, you are advised to work with software licensing expert firms like B-lay, to determine what options you have to reduce your annual support maintenance fees.
  • You are licensed for Advanced Analytics or Data Mining and you continue to use the included features on the Oracle Database Enterprise Edition < 11.2. You do require additional Advanced Analytics licenses, but Oracle is no longer selling them. In this scenario you are actually forced to migrate your database deployments to a higher database version.

Conclusion

From now on, all end users licensed to make use of the Oracle Database programs (either on premise or in the database cloud service) are entitled to make use of the Advanced Analytics or Data Mining features without having the requirement to license these features separately. The right to make use of Advanced Analytics or Data Mining without having the need to license such use separately is retro-actively applied. This means that for all database editions as off version 11.2 and higher, no separate licenses and/or support maintenance is further required for Advanced Analytics or Data Mining.

This changes provides opportunities for you as an end user to reduce your annual support maintenance fees for your existing licenses. Reach out to us  to further determine what costs we can start saving for you as well. 

This article was published on 06-02-2020