Oracle licensing on Sun Solaris explained

Oracle Solaris

As per Oracle’s Server Partitioning Policy, “Partitioning” occurs when the CPUs on a server are separated into individual sections where each section acts as a separate system. Sometimes this is called “segmenting.” There are several hardware and software virtualization technologies available that deliver partitioning capabilities, with varying degree of resource allocation flexibility.

The acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle Corporation was completed on January 27, 2010. Oracle, previously only a software vendor, owns now both hardware and software product lines from Sun (e.g. SPARC Enterprise and Java). Before starting to deploy your Oracle Programs on systems where “virtualization” is being used, it is important to understand what Oracle’s position is and how the “segmenting” can be categorized: soft or hard partitioning.

Virtualization solutions on Sun are classified as soft or hard partitioning solutions, meaning that some Sun technologies can be used as a technology to license the sub capacity of a server. But not all of them. What Sun technologies are considered soft partitioning and what technologies are considered hard partitioning? And how do you need to configure these technologies to make sure that you are eligible for hard partitioning or sub capacity licensing?

Read our whitepaper to get an overview of the ins and outs you should be aware of when licensing Oracle on Sun Solaris.