Licensing Oracle on Amazon EC2, RDS and Microsoft Azure - now twice as expensive!

Cloud computing services are high on most organizations’ agenda, they plan to adopt cloud computing services, or have already started to use at least one of the cloud offerings. Each cloud computing environment comes with its specific restrictions and/or different metrics, but this doesn’t guarantee you’ll never get additional ones over the years. As of January 23rd, 2017, Oracle changed its licensing policies for the so called “Authorized Cloud Environments”.

This whitepaper provides an overview of the changes in Licensing Oracle Software in the Cloud Computing Environment. It explains how to count the required number of licenses in Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS and Microsoft Azure, how to differentiate between virtual cores, vCPUs, physical cores and more.