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Options available to support software metering

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As part of our PaaS – Self Service effort, there is a desire to provide developers the ability to provision their own TCservers, WebLogic servers, MSSql and Oracle databases.  The first 3 are under control to a degree but the Oracle portion is one that could be a problem.  Within Vmware we have the ability to limit the number of software instances being populated into the OS .  Trying to be in compliance with software licensing on Oracle can be a little more of an issue.  What are the options available to support software metering and what is the industry doing to stay in compliance?

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stvkpln
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The answer is going to somewhat vary depending on your deployment model.. how are you delivering Oracle? Is it prebuilt and it's just an IaaS blueprint that gets a VM cloned from? If so, you could meter it at the blueprint... Otherwise, your best bet would (probably) be to look at adding an approval workflow when Oracle is requested to determine by whoever is responsible for those assets whether to allow the Oracle VM from being provisioned. Beyond that, in concept, if you're using an asset management system, you could leverage any built-in metering capabilities via that API to determine if Oracle is under whatever utilization level.

-Steve

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stvkpln
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The answer is going to somewhat vary depending on your deployment model.. how are you delivering Oracle? Is it prebuilt and it's just an IaaS blueprint that gets a VM cloned from? If so, you could meter it at the blueprint... Otherwise, your best bet would (probably) be to look at adding an approval workflow when Oracle is requested to determine by whoever is responsible for those assets whether to allow the Oracle VM from being provisioned. Beyond that, in concept, if you're using an asset management system, you could leverage any built-in metering capabilities via that API to determine if Oracle is under whatever utilization level.

-Steve
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jfoutwest
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Thanks for your feedback