This is an independent review of FlexNet Manager for Oracle.
FlexNet Manager for Oracle is verified by Oracle’s License Management Services (LMS) organization, which means that Oracle LMS will accept data provided by Flexera Software customers during a review.
Flexera Software state this gives their customers the opportunity to stay one step ahead of audit cycles by acting on Oracle license management intelligence ahead of time rather than waiting for outcomes from Oracle. Once data is collected, customers can generate a pre-populated Oracle Server Worksheet, an installation declaration to satisfy Oracle LMS requirements.
Flexera includes comprehensive inventory options including virtual platforms such as discovery of VMware vSphere, ESX and Microsoft Hyper-V and calculates licensing rules around hard and soft partitioning, a particularly tricky area of Oracle Licensing. Customers can use Flexera Software agent based, agent-less Oracle discovery and inventory or out-of-the-box and custom inventory adaptors to interface with other inventory tools or data sources.
FlexNet Manager for Oracle provides a good, logical layout of Oracle licensing options, calculations and licensing position.
FlexNet Manager for Oracle includes features for monitoring options and management packs, but unlike other products in this review does not include the root cause of how an option or pack was initiated or the date it was initiated – important when understanding how configurations occurred and preventing issues in the future.
Built on the popular FlexNet Manager Platform software license optimization platform, FlexNet Manager for Oracle is able to discover and inventory many Oracle products in addition to database software, including middleware and business applications.
Flexera Software did not provide pricing information for FlexNet Manager for Oracle so we were unable to ascertain whether this solution represents good value for money in comparison to other products in this review.
“FlexNet Manager for Oracle is an enterprise scale Software License Optimization solution that is built on FlexNet Manager Platform. It automates and optimizes license management to enable the reduction of license, maintenance and audit costs for Oracle software, while maintaining software license compliance.
FlexNet Manager for Oracle provides next generation software asset management functionality including automated license reconciliation for Oracle Database, E-Business Suite, WebLogic and other products. FlexNet Manager for Oracle has been verified by Oracle License Management Services (LMS) and its reports are acceptable to LMS in a software license review or audit.
FlexNet Manager for Oracle supports numerous Oracle license models including Processor, Named User Plus (NUP) and Application User. Its Product Use Rights Library contains the Oracle core factor table and the NUP user minimums per processor to enable it to calculate an accurate license position. It also understands and applies Oracle’s virtual environment licensing rules for both hard (LPAR, vPar, Solaris Zones, etc.) and soft (VMware ESX/vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V) partitioning technologies. As a result, FlexNet Manager for Oracle is able to report license compliance and over licensed situations for Oracle software running in today’s dynamic IT environments.
FlexNet Manager for Oracle provides a simulation capability that allows customers to understand the licensing implications of a change to their IT environment. Actions such as modifying hardware properties, moving virtual machines across hosts or installation of a new software title can be simulated, providing an estimated license position that reflects these changes. This ‘What If’ analysis capability allows organizations to proactively maintain Oracle license compliance and understand the cost impact of changes before they are made.
FlexNet Manager for Oracle is part of the FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises used by hundreds of enterprises to gain control of and optimize spend across their software estate.”