ULA – what is it?
Although the name suggests differently, a ULA is not completely unlimited. The limitations of the ULA are governed by the clauses included. Whilst the starting point will usually be the Oracle standard ULA with standard clauses, it is possible to agree to include deviations from the standard and/or non-standard language. This results in specific terms and conditions between your own organisation and Oracle. These may include clauses to cap the support maintenance increase during the term of the ULA (also known as Technical Support Cap) which as a standard would otherwise increase with 3-4% year over year, clauses to allow usage of the ULA programs up and until a certain threshold after a merger or acquisition (e.g. maximum of 10% growth in terms of employees and/or revenue), clauses that allow a divested entity to make use of the ULA programs for a grace period of 6-12 months, a ULA Certification floor to guarantee a minimum amount of licenses upon certification, and many more.