2 Replies Latest reply on Nov 25, 2014 1:13 AM by vThinkBeyondVM

    Oracle Licensing under VMWare

    JohnMMahoney Lurker

      Dear VMWare community,

      We are a development team of 5 in a company of around 1000 people. We are using VMWare on IBM Blade machines for development purposes. In the virtual machines we have installed several Oracle Enterprise and Standard edition databases. Now Oracle has performed an audit on us and the result, in a nutshell, is that the licensing model from Oracle has changed and we have to pay retroactively about $1,3 Million for the wrong use of their licenses on VMWare. We are astonished with these results. Could you please give us some advice?



        • 1. Re: Oracle Licensing under VMWare
          JohnMMahoney Lurker

          Why I did not have any answers to this question? Why I cannot find it any more in the discussion list?

          • 2. Re: Oracle Licensing under VMWare
            vThinkBeyondVM Master
            vExpertVMware Employees

            Sorry for the delay.


            2. Oracle Licensing in VMware Environments

            Many Oracle products, including the database, are licensed by physical processor. This licensing model works well

            in a physical world, in which customers typically run one application per host and physical processors are easy to

            track. But this model is not well-adapted to a virtual world. VMware vSphere enables you to consolidate multiple

            workloads in the form of virtual machines on a single host. Additionally, VMware enables you to move these virtual

            machines across hosts with VMware vMotion®, VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and High

            Availability (HA). When running products that are licensed by physical processor on vSphere, customers should

            ensure the following:

            • Virtual machines are running on hosts fully licensed for Oracle.

            • Virtual machine movement within a cluster is restricted to hosts that are fully licensed for Oracle. (You can do this using DRS VM-host must rule )

            • Virtual machine movements are tracked so that customers are able to demonstrate compliance with Oracle

            licensing policies.



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