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Oracle Standard Edition on AWS ☁ socket arithmetic

By Franck Pachot

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Note that I’ve written previously about Oracle Standard Edition 2 licensing before but a few rules change. This is written in May 2020.
TL;DR: 4 vCPU count for 1 socket and 2 sockets count for 1 server wherever hyper-threading is enabled or not.

The SE2 rules

I think the Standard Edition rules are quite clear now: maximum server capacity, cluster limit, minimum NUP, and processor metric. Oracle has them in the Database Licensing guideline.

2 socket capacity per server

Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 may only be licensed on servers that have a maximum capacity of 2 sockets.

“Segment Maintenance Online Compress” feature usage

By Franck Pachot

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On Twitter, Ludovico Caldara mentioned the #licensing #pitfall when using the Online Partition Move with Basic Compression. Those two features are available in Enterprise Edition without additional option, but when used together (moving online a compressed partition) they enable the usage of Advance Compression Option:

18c: No Active Data Guard required (and detected) when only CDB$ROOT and PDB$SEED are opened in read-only

When you clone a PDB on the primary CDB, you want that the same is automatically done on the standby ones. Unfortunately, for this operation, the CDB must be opened read-only. In 12.1 even the PDB needed to be opened read-only (Ludovico Caldara reported this in his blog). This, as far as I know, was fixed in 12.2 where MRP reads the files without the need to have the PDB opened. But another problem comes with online cloning, as reported by Alain Fuhrer in his blog, where the CDB needs to be opened read-only with real-time apply. This again requires the Active Data Guard option, which is then mandatory to use all power from the multitenant option.

18c, Cloud First and Cloud Only features: think differently

Remember the times when the Oracle Software features were the same on all platforms? Where Oracle databases could be ported to any relevant platform? Where we were able to try any feature, freely, by downloading the latest release software? Now we need to think differently. Because:

Enterprise Manager Friday Tip- Management Packs and Annotations

Licensing can be a confusing topic for many, but additional stress can be felt for those that use tools that cover multiple products and features that can span more than one management pack.

Management Packs, Restricted Use Licenses and the Enterprise Manager

There was a question posted on Oracle-l forum today that should have a blog post for easy lookup for folks.

Oracle Licensing : It’s Your Responsibility to Comply

This little moan was inspired by some posts by Kevin Closson.

Oracle’s In-Memory Database: The True Cost Of Licensing

At last, the long-awaited release of Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 has arrived, including the highly anticipated In-Memory Database Option. I have had the pleasure of being involved in the early beta stages of this feature and I have say: I’m impressed. This is truly game changing technology, and has been extremely well designed and implemented by … Continue reading "Oracle’s In-Memory Database: The True Cost Of Licensing"

Oracle’s In-Memory Database: The True Cost Of Licensing

At last, the long-awaited release of Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 has arrived, including the highly anticipated In-Memory Database Option. I have had the pleasure of being involved in the early beta stages of this feature and I have say: I’m impressed. This is truly game changing technology, and has been extremely well designed and implemented by … Continue reading "Oracle’s In-Memory Database: The True Cost Of Licensing"

Oracle’s In-Memory Database: The True Cost Of Licensing

At last, the long-awaited release of Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 has arrived, including the highly anticipated In-Memory Database Option. I have had the pleasure of being involved in the early beta stages of this feature and I have say: I’m impressed. This is truly game changing technology, and has been extremely well designed and implemented by … Continue reading "Oracle’s In-Memory Database: The True Cost Of Licensing"