Oracle License Management: Controlling the Complexity
Oracle license agreements and metrics are notoriously complex and always changing. As a result, business’ risks of noncompliance have been increasing over the years.
When we looked at a number of global enterprise organizations, we found that the range of licenses across the infrastructure varied, and penalties levied for retrospective license use ran into the millions.
Although desktop software is well served by SAM professionals using an array of automated tools, it is enterprise software—such as Oracle Database and eBusiness Suite Applications—that have had little attention and are much more complex to manage.
Infrastructure and asset management tool providers have limited coverage of Oracle programs and, consequently, the Oracle customer base may experience significant pain points, such as:
- When there are changes to the corporate structure (increased growth, mergers and acquisitions)
- When a hardware refresh requires increased numbers of CPU and licenses
- When dealing with mixed or old metrics as part of license inventory
- When using third-party software that causes an increased license exposure (e.g. virtualization software)
- When re-deploying hardware but not de-installing original imaging, so two incidents are charged to one device
Common questions may emerge as well:
- When does an Oracle policy become a contractual term?
- What specifically constitutes Oracle program usage requiring licensing?
- How do you count complex or obscure license metrics?
License Optimizer for Clients and Servers
Fortunately, Ivanti can help address all of these issues and questions with License Optimizer for Clients or Servers.
These solutions have been developed in close conjunction with our in-house licensing experts to provide the most comprehensive, extensive and realistic enterprise licensing functionality.
Keeping you ahead of the curve, Ivanti IT asset management supports the most advanced licensing regimes in the software market, from metric tracking to analysis and modelling.
Complex regimes are most prevalent in the datacenter where clustering and virtualization are widely deployed. License Optimizer for Clients and Servers both offer plain language explanations. It even tracks cloud-based software, providing evidence of performance issues, or discovering unauthorized usage (‘shadow IT’).