RE: Anyone Running Oracle on VMWare?

  • From: "Allen, Brandon" <Brandon.Allen@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Taylor, Chris David" <ChrisDavid.Taylor@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "'oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'" <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 15:05:12 -0700

Are you sure that applies to VMWare farms/clusters where some of the servers 
aren’t running Oracle at all, or is that only if you have a cluster that is 
running Oracle on all nodes?  I don’t see how they could get away with forcing 
you to license hardware that is not used for Oracle at all.  I’m aware that 
Oracle doesn’t recognize VMWare partitioning on a single host for licensing 
purposes, but that’s not what we’re doing at all.  Here’s a table to make sure 
it’s clear:

Physical Host  Virtual Host        Running Oracle?      Licensed for Oracle?
-------------   ------------         -----------------    
VMNode1         VMGuest1      running Oracle DB   licensed for all physical 
VMNode2         VMGuest2      running Oracle DB   licensed for all physical 
VMNode3         VMGuest3      NO Oracle software         not licensed for any 
Oracle software

Does anyone have a link to any documentation from Oracle saying that VMNode3 
must be licensed in this case?


From: Taylor, Chris David [mailto:ChrisDavid.Taylor@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]

If you’re running Oracle on VMWare in a VMWare Farm (where vmotion can occur), 
then you have to license ALL machines in the farm on the same metric (mind you, 
this is per Oracle Sales, so take it with a grain of salt).

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