VMworld TV – Oracle on licensing VMware / virtualized environments (Updated)

Much to our surprise, Oracle’s Director for Cloud Business Development laid out the Oracle licensing scheme in virtualized environments during VMworld 2012. The resulting video (below) was published only hours before our session at VMworld in San Francisco, where we were going to explain our view of the game.

As expected, the video was soon pulled but we’ll share another copy with you.

The spokesman is (almost) completely right, supporting key elements we presented during our licensing session explaining

  • that your definition is pointing out that you need to license those processors where the Oracle software is installed and/or running, and
  • this is not necessarily the entire cluster (as Oracle tends to implicate)
  • no whitepaper, Oracle LMS- or Salesrep should convince you otherwise
  • external lawyers support our vision on this issue

Shortly after the video was pulled, Oracle tried to calm the arisen euphoria among the VMware and Oracle fans with this post, stating that:

“Oracle software is licensed per physical processor in the server or cluster where the Oracle software is installed and/or running.”

Unfortunately Oracle takes the wrong lane yet again. Why wrong? Well, if the above definition is in your contract we’ll give you an iPad. Go read your contract to understand why you won’t get one: It will be a compelling exercise to find out that even Oracle can be attempted to make revenues with make-believes. This is one of them. If you’re still not getting it 100%, visit our session at VMworld in Barcelona or contact us for help: Our clients typically don’t lose their money on this.

You may also want to look at the excellent article of EMC’s Jeff Browning. Have you ever thought about Oracle’s dilemma? If Oracle would officially concur with their own OLSA’s wording in the way it’s laid out in the video, I bet there’s going to be many clients who will want to get a LOT of their money back. I don’t expect an official change on their position anytime soon.

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  1. Daniel,
    Thanks for your rapid action to put this on line again. I got a lot of mails whith a tenor of ‘breakthrough’ while this was on youtube. But it was indeed expected (afterwards by me anyway) that they removed it. By the way, you put it in the right perspective in this blog.

  2. Great show at VMworld, and great you were able to repost this, thanks a lot on behalf of many.

    You guy’s have the sickest disclaimer ever!!!!


  1. [...] Verder commentaar op mijn vorige post is overbodig, zie License Consulting. [...]

  2. [...] Update August 29: Daniel Hesselink of License Consulting put the video online again. Read his blog here. [...]

  3. [...] the video was recorded by Daniel Hesselink, a consultant on Oracle licensing. See the video here which proves customers can perfectly use DRS Host Affinity or any other tool to limit the number of [...]

  4. [...] The team from http://www.licenseconsulting.eu (the team that conducted the interview with Richard Garsthagen) have done immense research on this issue and have stated the following on their BLOG. [...]

  5. [...] first read about this on License Consulting. Thanks for your article! oracle, [...]

  6. [...] This method allows you to ensure the Oracle VM’s are only installed and/or running on a subset of the hosts within a cluster without any special storage configuration and also with the DRS cluster remaining fully automatic when used in combination with DRS Must Rules. This is fairly easy to administer and allows for the use of maintenance mode and VMware HA. You can use the advanced option ForceAffinePoweron to ensure the VM’s will only be restarted by HA on a fully licensed host when there is a host failure. You will need vMotion Logs, or an audit trial of some sort to be able to prove where the Oracle software was/is installed and/or running. Suffers from the same limitation as method 1 with regard to likelihood of reaching max number of LUNs per host. There was a video recorded with Richard Garsthagen of Oracle on VMworld TV during VMworld US 2012. The video can be viewed in this article on the License Consulting Blog - VMworld – Richard Garsthagen (Oracle) on licensing VMware / virtualized…. [...]

  7. [...] Licenseconsulting – VMworld – Richard Garsthagen (Oracle) on licensing VMware / virtualized … [...]

  8. [...] It was great to see Oracle actually had an official presence at VMworld this year. They had a booth in the Solutions Exchange, which I stopped by for a chat and they gave me a nice T-shirt, and also had taxis and branded cars taking customers from their hotels to VMworld. This is another great show of support for VMware, which is a great place to run Oracle databases and applications. Oracle also confirmed at VMworld that running their applications and databases in a large cluster and using DRS Must Affinity Rules is a perfectly acceptable solution, provided the rules are not violated and the Oracle software is not installed and/or run on an unlicensed host. They also completely clarified the support situation with VMware vSphere. I think all of this is absolutely great news for Oracle and VMware customers. Now if you don’t believe that this actually happend why not just review the video, which is in an article on the License Consulting blog - VMworld TV – Richard Garsthagen Oracle Licensing and Support in VMware Virtualized Environment…. [...]

  9. […] This video however was captured by License Consulting (Dutch firm with knowledge on software licensing) and the full story can be read here. […]

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