Readers Talk Back on Oracles Multicore Licensing Policy
Opinion: John Pallatto's column "Oracle Multicore Licensing Ignores Market Reality" strikes a chord with readers, who make a plea for less complex licensing terms.My recent column "Oracle Multicore Licensing Ignores Market Reality" struck a chord with a couple of our readers, who say they feel that Oracle isnt being clear and reasonable about its fee and license policies. In my column, I take the position that Oracle is going against a strong prevailing current by sticking with its policy of charging license fees per core rather than simply per processors. Sun, IBM, Microsoft and others are among the companies that have shifted to per-processor licensing terms for most of their software product lines. It shouldnt be surprising that Oracles recent announcement that it will provide a 25 percent discount by counting each core as 0.75 of a processor wont placate customers who are looking for more transparent and less complex licensing terms.
Click here to read the details about Oracles decision to offer a 25 percent discount on per-core license terms.
- "Were I an Oracle customer (and thankfully I am not), I would be positively furious with them [about this] licensing scheme.
"First to come to mind is the foolish claim that I, the customer, am somehow paying for performance.
"Of course I am paying for performance. I am doing so by purchasing systems with multiple cores! Oracle has absolutely nothing to do with the performance gain I am receiving and it is a fabrication to claim otherwise.
"If I choose to add additional CPUs, then my licensing comes into play and Ill be passive [about] additional licensing feesalthough even that is stretching the bounds of credibility.
"I wouldnt need multiple cores if Oracle actually performed to suit my business. While not intolerable, Oracles bloated client libraries, enormous overhead at the server, and severely behind-the-curve development tools are indicative of a company that has severely fallen behind the technology curve.
"My recommendation: stop upgrading. Investigate other platforms [such as] DB/2, MS SQL, PostGreSQL [or] MySQL. There are dozens of possible changes to be made. Re-justify platform choices regularly (every three years or so). Remind them that they arent the only kids on the block."
Thomas J. Theobald, Application Development Manager
- "At my former company I wasted so much time on phone calls trying to determine if we were properly licensed for certain Oracle applications and it usually came down to the number of processors and how the databases were being used and by whom.
"The Oracle reps would push me to cut a deal and that made me feel uncomfortable. I tried to use our VAR whenever I could to avoid dealing with the used car salesman approach that came up [during] pretty much every conversation.
"I do believe that software vendors need to make licensing easier to understand. Of course, this might cut back on their easy revenues in the form of licensing fees and complicated purchasing processes."
Richard Smith, Software Management Administrator