Benefits to Your Organization:
- Reduce unplanned software expenses with a solution verified by Oracle
- Automate your Oracle discovery and inventory process across Windows, Linux and UNIX platforms
- Accurately calculate Oracle license consumption even when utilizing virtualization, hard partitioning and clustering technologies
- Employ industry-first ‘What If’ Analysis to predict impact of software and hardware changes on license position
- Proactively address license compliance issues
- Conduct informed vendor negotiations and software purchases
- Accurately budget for future software needs
With about 48% of the market, Oracle® is the industry’s most popular database by more than a two and a half to one margin1. Unfortunately, many Oracle customers are struggling to track their Oracle license entitlements, resulting in ‘shelfware’ or difficulty complying with the terms of their software license agreements. Oracle software can easily be installed without IT oversight or approval creating the risk of unintentionally using more installations than were purchased. This inevitably results in timeconsuming audits and unexpected bills.
Flexera Software advances the maturity of existing software asset management (SAM) programs by delivering an automated, flexible framework for Oracle license optimization, far beyond the capabilities of traditional SAM solutions.
With FlexNet Manager for Oracle, businesses can easily and accurately determine their license compliance position for critical Oracle applications, including:
- E-Business Suite
- And more…
FlexNet Manager for Oracle is part of the FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises offering. FlexNet Manager Suite helps businesses optimize licenses and maintain compliance to reduce costs across a wide range of applications and complex licensing models for thousands of vendors including the most popular ones such Microsoft, Adobe, IBM, Symantec, Oracle, SAP, and more than 20,000 engineering applications.
Oracle Discovery, Inventory and License Compliance
FlexNet Manager for Oracle discovers and inventories Oracle deployments across your enterprise and compares installation and usage data with your organization’s contract terms, delivering a comprehensive license compliance summary. Both agentless and agent-based technologies are provided by Flexera Software to collect inventory across Windows, Linux, UNIX, and Mac devices, making a patchwork quilt of ad hoc inventory solutions unnecessary.
Oracle uses two primary licensing models to determine license entitlement for its database instances and options: Processor-based and Named User Plus. Both of these license types have a complex set of rules that define the associated cost of access. The Processor-based model determines license cost based on the number of processor cores in the computer hardware running an Oracle database instance, with different multipliers for different vendors’ processors. These multipliers are specified in Oracle’s published Core Factor Table.
Named User Plus (NUP) licensing provides license entitlement based on the number of unique users and/or non-human devices that access a database. In other words, each and every user— human or machine—that ever accesses a database instance is required to have a license, even for very rare access. This licensing model is further complicated by the NUP minimum of either 5 or 25 users per processor. This provision means that if the number of named users is less than per processor minimum, then the minimum is enforced. This complicates the calculation of your Oracle license position.
Without an automated license management solution, Oracle database administrators must rely on knowledge of both the systems and the user community to manage license compliance. Oracle licensing rules require the administrator to: maintain knowledge of the relationship between number of system CPUs and users; track the use of database options; identify the edition of Oracle software; and make sure that all instances—both test and production—are properly licensed.
There is often a disconnect between procurement, IT, and end users, making it is easy to violate contract terms. By installing items that fall outside of the original contract, such as options that can double the cost of a database installation, organizations create financial liabilities that are not uncovered until the next contract renewal or software audit.
There are many ways to deviate from contract and business policies:
- Unaccounted processors running Oracle in development, test, or disaster recovery environments
- Being licensed for the wrong edition of Oracle
- Violating terms of an embedded Oracle license or a license bundled with a third party tool
- Providing application access to more users or devices than intended
Many organizations try to address these issues by manually gathering the necessary information. This diverts resources from other essential tasks and can require an unacceptable amount of time and effort to manually inventory an Oracle environment and then reconcile the deployment data with complex licensing entitlements.
Making matters worse, IT organizations will inevitably experience multiple events that impact their Oracle license position such as:
- Changes to the corporate structure and workforce size through recruitment, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
- Changes to the hardware environment such as additional servers and/or processors or consolidation of servers through virtualization
- Deployment of new software products
A manual approach to this complex, constantly changing problem does not scale or adequately meet the needs of the business.
FlexNet Manager for Oracle’s discovery and inventory of Oracle databases includes the collection of information on options installed and in use for a given database instance. Flexera Software’s Oracle solution has been verified by Oracle License Management Services (LMS), which determined that it provides ‘detailed and accurate’ reports on Oracle database installations and usage. FlexNet Manager for Oracle reports will be accepted by Oracle LMS during a software audit. Customers no longer need to rely solely on Oracle LMS scripts and ad hoc tools to provide Oracle with software license compliance information.
FlexNet Manager for Oracle also supports the commonly used Oracle license models, including Processor and Named User Plus, and has built-in knowledge of core factors and per processor NUP minimums to automatically calculate an accurate license position. In addition, an industry-first ‘What If’ Analysis feature allows organizations to see the impact of hardware, software and virtual machine changes on their Oracle Processor license position, before the changes are actually made. Actions such as modifying hardware properties, moving virtual machines across hosts or installations of new software titles can be simulated, providing a projected license position and financial impact that reflects these changes. This allows organizations to proactively maintain license compliance, reducing software cost and license liability risk in today’s dynamic IT environments.
Managing Oracle Applications in Virtual Environments
Oracle generally doesn’t provide subcapacity licensing of its database products in soft partitioning technologies such as VMware. In this case, the full capacity of the server or cluster must be licensed (for processor based licensing). For hard partitioning technologies (e.g. LPAR, vPar, SOLARIS Zones, etc.), only the partitions allocated to Oracle must be licensed. Trying to manually keep track of Oracle software running in virtual environments is very difficult and can result in errors. FlexNet Manager for Oracle applies Oracle’s hard and soft partitioning licensing rules right out of the box, enabling organizations to avoid potentially costly mistakes.
FlexNet Manager for Oracle Product Use Rights Library
The FlexNet Manager for Oracle Product Use Rights Library makes calculating an accurate Oracle license position a snap by providing up-to-date information on vendor-specific license entitlements (product use rights) such as processor core factors and NUP licensing minimums. These licensing rules are automatically applied by the FlexNet Manager for Oracle license optimization engine. This streamlines the process of maintaining license compliance—reducing the risk of a software audit, and allows organizations to optimize their investment in Oracle software.
Enable a More Effective Procurement Process
With reports provided by FlexNet Manager for Oracle, organizations gain a complete understanding of their actual licensing needs and empower procurement with data to support fact-based contract negotiations, avoid the excess costs of over-licensing and make informed decisions regarding support renewals. With greater insight into your Oracle license position, software usage and usage trends, you and your team can better plan and budget for future software purchases.
To learn more, please visit our website: www.flexerasoftware.com/SLO or contact a Flexera Software representative.
About Flexera Software
Flexera Software is the leading provider of strategic solutions for Application Usage Management; solutions delivering continuous compliance, optimized usage and maximized value to application producers and their customers. Flexera Software is trusted by more than 80,000 customers that depend on our comprehensive solutions — from installation and licensing, entitlement and compliance management to application readiness and software license optimization — to strategically manage application usage and achieve breakthrough results realized only through the systems-level approach we provide. For more information, please go to: www.flexerasoftware.com