Oracle on VMWare: What to know

09 March 2018
2 minute read
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Oracle on VMWare: What to know

09 March 2018
2 minute read

Many companies use VMware as their virtualization technology.

Many companies use Oracle as their database technology.

It’s great that the two co-exist so well, making everyone’s lives that bit easier.

If only!

Running Oracle in a VMware environment can be confusing, illogical and fraught with the danger of huge financial penalties.

What’s the problem?

You put your Oracle database inside a virtual machine that uses a subset of the physical server’s capacity…so you license appropriately. However, Oracle doesn’t recognise VMware as a technology that reduces the number of licenses required. This means you need to license Oracle as if it was running on the entire capacity available within the physical server – all the processors and all the cores.

What if there’s more than 1 server? What if you’ve got a cluster, or a cluster of clusters?

Then you’ve got a bigger problem!

As VMware technology changes and brings with it new capabilities, so too it brings new ways of falling foul of Oracle’s licensing rules. This means that an organisation can become non-compliant with Oracle– and face millions of dollars in additional licensing and fines – simply through the upgrade of a different vendor’s product.

For an ITAM department, you need to:

  • Understand the Oracle licensing rules
  • Understand how these apply to the different VMware releases
  • Know which VMware release/releases are live within your business
  • Have insight, and ideally input, into the location of Oracle software
  • Have insight, and ideally input, into VMware upgrades

Next steps

Step 1

Join us on March 14th for our Oracle on VMware webinar, run in conjunction with Richard Spithoven of B-lay.

Register here




Step 2

Learn with LISA. Our ever growing, always updating, online training platform is available 24/7 to help you – and your team – get to grips with software licensing.

Check out a free trial of our Oracle training here

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