Tips On How To Count Your Oracle Databases

Tips On How To Count Your Oracle Databases

During the certification period, the rule of thumb is because you’re under a ULA, you want to count everything. You want to count laptops that are running Oracle software and data processors. You’ll want to count any disaster recovery and non-production environments. You want to count anywhere that Oracle binaries are installed and being used or running once in a while. You want to really count as much as you possibly can because it’s all licenses that you’re going to keep in the future.

One of the biggest mistakes that customers make when certifying a ULA is they don’t count enough. They don’t count laptops that developers are working on because they think that those are not servers but if Oracle was to audit you and pick up those laptops, you would have to pay a license for those laptops. Then, if they are ever in a situation later and Oracle comes in and audits you, the customer, then at that point, it becomes a finding and you actually have to pay for those licenses whereas before, they would have been counted into your license pool.

Oracle Software Pool of Funds Deal or ULA, How Are They Different?

The latest flavor that Oracle’s trying to promote and push is very advantageous for Oracle, not that great for customers. Oracle calls this a “pool of funds”. The way that a pool of funds works is before a ULA, you would pay for a 3-year deployment, a fixed fee and you could deploy anything you wanted. You could deploy a million processors or whatever amount you needed and that’s fine. You didn’t change anything. In the pool of funds, you’re literally paying upfront for a specific amount. Let’s call it 500 processors. It’s a pool that you will draw from.

You pay, let’s call it 2 million dollars and you’re going to get 500 processors for the next 3 years and you have a deployment period of 3 years. Oracle is banking that in those 3 years, you’re not going to deploy 500 processors. You’re going to deploy 300 processors. In essence, you’ve paid for 500. You’ve only deployed 300 and you never really got to the full deployment.

A lot of times, the person who signed the pool of funds deal leaves the company.

Nobody really knows what to do with the pool of funds deal. The time comes up and the company paid 2 or 3 million dollars’ for a pool of funds deal and they didn’t deploy the maximum capacity that they could have.

Again, Oracle’s hedging their bet that the customer will not deploy properly and enough because they’re getting paid upfront for a discounted amount of processors.

You certify every 6 months or every year depending on what the contract stipulates. You report to Oracle, “Hey, I have a process where I’ve used up 100 processors from my pool of funds deal.”

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