RE: Licensing a disaster recovery system

Peter,

>> since we are not running instances on 
>> the disaster recovery box, we do not need 
>> a separate license for it. When we loose 
>> the production box we will transfer the 
>> license to the disaster recovery box.

Technically I believe the (just) installing Oracle software *is* the 
license...not some much what you do (nothing) with it (excluding additional 
options and/or CPU vs. named user licensing).
However, I believe that Oracle has technical verbiage regarding non Data Guard 
fail over servers.
Meaning I don't know the exact answer but Oracle Corp. has addressed this 
subject.


Paul,

>> it *could* be possible to maintain a 
>> user-managed standby database with the 
>> recently-released 10g R2 XE product
...
>> I have not yet downloaded the product or 
>> read any of the licensing issues and limitations.

Not so fast;

     
http://www.oracle.com/corporate/press/2005_oct/103105_databasexe_finalsite.html
     Oracle Press Release
     "Oracle Database XE allows developers, DBAs, ISVs and students the 
opportunity to..."

Nothing in here about Commercial, Government and non profit "for business" use.

I like your thinking though.

Chris Marquez
Oracle DBA











-----Original Message-----
From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx on behalf of Paul Drake
Sent: Fri 11/4/2005 2:55 PM
To: peter.schauss@xxxxxxx
Cc: oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Licensing a disaster recovery system
 
On 11/4/05, Schauss, Peter <peter.schauss@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> We are in the process of configuring a disaster recovery system for four
> small Oracle instances.  Our approach will be to install Oracle on the
> box, restore backups of the production databases for test purposes, and
> then shut down the copies instances and delete them.  The box will not
> be used again until we either need it for a real recovery or we are
> required to test our recovery procedures again.  Note that the Oracle
> software will remain installed on the box and we will be keeping it
> patched to the same level as the production system.
>
> My management's rationale is that, since we are not running instances on
> the disaster recovery box, we do not need a separate license for it.
> When we loose the production box we will transfer the license to the
> disaster recovery box.
>
> Would Oracle agree?
>
> If it matters, this is Oracle 8.1.7.4 on AIX 5.2.
>
> Thanks,
> Peter Schauss
> --
> http://www.freelists.org/webpage/oracle-l

Wow. It just occurred to me that if I were running Oracle Database
Server Standard Edition One 10g R2 ... it *could* be possible to
maintain a user-managed standby database with the recently-released
10g R2 XE product, once it hits beta.

Provided that the database doesn't exceed 4 GB.
Provided ... (more after reading the license guide for this product).

Why do I think that somehow ... this won't work? That somewhere out
there a "feature not enabled" message will pop up when performing an
"alter database open ...".

Mix in a dose of "virtual machines" ... and multiple databases might
be able to be supported on a server.

I have not yet downloaded the product or read any of the licensing
issues and limitations.

Sorry that I'm no help with respect to your original question ...
except to refer you to the oracle licensing guide and your oracle
sales person.

Paul
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