RE: Anyone Running Oracle on VMWare?

  • From: "Stephens, Chris" <Chris.Stephens@xxxxxxx>
  • To: "Storey, Robert (DCSO)" <RStorey@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Brandon.Allen@xxxxxxxxxxx" <Brandon.Allen@xxxxxxxxxxx>, "oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 13:43:10 -0500

Oracle has been very clear about not respecting VMWare’s ability to limit 
applications to a subset of cpu’s on a single server.

I believe they have been less than clear about failover in a virtual 
environment when failover is to a completely separate piece of hardware.

From: Storey, Robert (DCSO) [mailto:RStorey@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2010 1:12 PM
To: Brandon.Allen@xxxxxxxxxxx; Stephens, Chris; oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: Anyone Running Oracle on VMWare?

The last time I talked with Oracle on this question, the response was that you 
have to license oracle based on the physical hardware of the box.

From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Allen, Brandon
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2010 11:43 AM
To: Chris.Stephens@xxxxxxx; 'oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'
Subject: RE: Anyone Running Oracle on VMWare?

Good question and I don’t know the answer for sure.  I’ve never seen the answer 
for that specific scenario in any Oracle documentation.  My guess is that it 
would fall under what they consider to be “Failover” as defined on page 20 of 
the Software Investment Guide 
(, which means the other hosts 
don’t have to be licensed unless we run Oracle on them for more than 10 days in 
a year. Currently we are licensed only for the physical hardware on the hosts 
where the databases run and we recently passed an Oracle Licensing audit so I 
guess we’re okay.

From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Stephens, Chris

I’m curious how licensing works with VMotion.  Do you have to license oracle 
for the all hosts in the environment, including the host(s) that aren’t being 
used until failover?

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