Category: licensing

8 Signs You’re About To Be Audited For Non-Compliance

Oracle Software Audits, Microsoft Software Audits and IBM Software Audits can be challenging, time consuming and expensive.  Preparation is the key factor.  If these items apply to your organization, it’s likely you could soon be audited for non-compliance. 1. Merger, Acquisition or Divestment Software companies like Oracle, Microsoft and IBM know that tracking software assets can be difficult during a merger, acquisition or divestment. When databases get merged and assets combined, licenses are often the last thing on IT staff’s […]

Work from Home Microsoft Licensing Compliance

Many organizations may not have considered the proper Microsoft licensing needed for remote workers. The idea of remote workers is not a new concept but some organizations still require most of their employees to work in corporate locations, and their licenses were purchased with that in mind. Server Licenses Most organizations license their Microsoft server products with per user Client Access Licenses. The per user option will allow users to access from corporate locations as well as remote access without […]

Exclusive: Oracle clarifies Java Licensing with WebLogic & Solaris

Miro Consulting has received confirmation from Oracle regarding the use of Java with Solaris & WebLogic. Using Java for commercial devices now requires a Java license from Oracle WebLogic & Solaris ship with Java embedded as part of the software Users do not need a Java license for the use of WebLogic and/or Solaris, it’s included as part of the WebLogic and/or Solaris license The WebLogic and/or Solaris license does not cover the use of Java for any other purpose, […]

Java Licensing for IBM

IBM, or other Vendor, Hardware and Software users may not be immune to Oracle Java changes The short of it:  If you have downloaded a version of Java from java.com, it’s Oracle Java. Since January 2019, Oracle requires subscriptions for any updates, including security updates, for Oracle JDK.  Please refer to Miro’s previous blog post on Oracle’s announcement:  Java updates will require a Commercial License for Businesses after January 2019 In addition to Miro’s previous blog post, IBM made a […]

6 Key Questions for Buying Oracle Cloud Credits

Introduced in September 2017, Oracle’s Universal Cloud Credits represent a flexible model for buying and consuming Oracle Cloud Services. Oracle’s Universal Cloud Credits or “UCC” apply to the Platform-as-a-Service (“PaaS”) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (“IaaS”) offerings from Oracle. Each of these has eligible services, including Analytics (data visualization), Database Integration (GoldenGate), and Data Management (Database) services for PaaS, and Compute (various types of bare metal offerings and load balancing) and Network (FastConnect) services for IaaS. While Oracle’s Cloud Infrastructure (“OCI”) offers many […]

Java updates will require a Commercial License for Businesses after January 2019

Java is one of the most widely used programming language for developing and delivering mobile applications, games, web-based content, and enterprise software. Oracle has provided free public updates of Java SE since the acquisition of Sun Microsystems in 2010. As of January 2019, Oracle will require business users to obtain a commercial (subscription) license to receive updates for Oracle JDK Java SE Public Updates Oracle announced that effective January 2019, public updates for business, commercial, or production use of Oracle […]

Enabling and Disabling Oracle Database Options and Management Packs

Oracle Databases include extra options that are not covered by the basic license Some of these options are enabled by default when creating new databases Organizations that enable extra options without licensing are out of compliance Oracle provides a number of database options and management packs for the Oracle Database, which are licensable extra cost options. Unfortunately, many of our clients are surprised to learn that they are unknowingly using unlicensed database options and management packs and are therefore out […]

10 Oracle Data Recovery Mistakes That Put You Out of Compliance

Having a data recovery strategy in place is critical to ensuring business continuity in the event of an outage or disaster. When developing a data recovery strategy, it is essential to take into consideration the different licensing rules when deploying backups, failover (active/passive), and high-availability (active/active) scenarios. Many of our customers remain confused regarding the licensing requirements for Oracle data recovery environments. As a result, this could cause the organization to be out-of-compliance and fail an audit. Therefore, it is […]

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