Recently, SoftwareONE UK, provided an in depth webinar covering: “Modernizing Oracle Licensing: For Cloud, Virtualization & Hybrid.” As the second largest global software publisher, Oracle has a depth and breadth throughout enterprises today that cover off on software, hardware, and services; however with such a presence often comes complexity in regards to licensing, usage rights and software compliance. The webinar discusses best practices to get the most out of your Oracle investment as more companies turn to the cloud.
Making the Most of Your Oracle Licensing Agreement
As with any large enterprise investment there are benefits and drawbacks and this is no different with Oracle. In terms of making the most of your licensing agreement with Oracle there are some initial challenges to overcome and be aware of:
- The on-premises support provided by Oracle is increasing but the Return on Investment (ROI) is not keeping pace
- There are confusing rules and processes regarding the ability to virtualize with VMware
- License mobility in terms of using licenses in the cloud is not always clear
- Oracle cloud contracts are somewhat hard to decipher in regards to day to day business needs
As with any challenge there are typically ways to make the most of the situation that aligns best for everyone involved. In regards to on-premises support, Oracle advisory services help organizations determine how to best invest their current funds tied up in Oracle licenses. In relation to virtualization, it is very important to understand the difference between soft and hard partitioning to ensure you are licensed correctly.
The big question everyone wants to know today, however, is how does one take advantage of the cloud with the current Oracle licensing structure? Are the licenses portable? And what exactly does my Oracle Cloud contract cover? The simple answer is, yes. Yes, you can move your Oracle licenses to the cloud however only AWS, Azure and Oracle Cloud are supported today.
In closing, it is best to leverage multiple cloud vendors that best meet your business needs, but lean on SoftwareONE and its PyraCloud platform to help manage and optimize your cloud budget and spend. Most importantly make a move based on your business needs, not just for the sake of moving to the cloud or for short-term savings. It is important to look at the longer-term strategy and investment.
To listen to the full webinar recording please visit us here.