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Category: Oracle

Java Pressures

Miro Consulting has a long-term Client for whom Oracle is pressuring for their Java licensure. Oracle is using the existence of client downloads of for-fee versions of Java licensing to claim unauthorized usage. Whether these will be used on workstations or servers doesn’t matter. And the fact that it’s not installed and running doesn’t seem to matter to Oracle either. But what does matter is the following. The Java release is going to be or is currently used in development. […]

Java Licensing & Audit Guide 2022 – Free Java vs Paid Java Types

Java Licensing can be a challenge for organizations looking to avoid an audit failure All commercial entities are required to have a Java Subscription for every devices that uses Java, which is probably every server, desktop and laptop Oracle has halted its free maintenance for Oracle Java to commercial users effective after the January 2019 update In Oracle’s view, every desktop and server uses Java. This could translate into hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars annually for subscriptions […]

OCI Support Rewards Program versus OCI Discount Schedule, What Makes More Sense For You?

In July 2021, Oracle announced the OCI Support Rewards program, which provides credits against a client’s usage of OCI services.  Credits of between 25 and 33 cents can be earned for every dollar spent on OCI PaaS and IaaS services, and can then be used against a client’s On Premise Tech license renewals. While the program was introduced in July, it officially went live in November.  As part of the breakdown of the program in our previous Blog on the […]

Oracle Database 12.1 Support is Changing to Sustaining Support as of August 2022.  Is it Time for You to Upgrade?

Oracle’s Database version 12.1 is moving to Sustaining Support at the end of July 2022.  If you are one of the many Oracle customers still making use of this version, it may be time to start thinking about an upgrade. Oracle products go through 3 cycles of Support during the lifetime of a given version.  Premier Support for current versions, which typically lasts for 5 years.  Optional Extended Support which gives almost all of the same benefits as Premier, albeit […]

10 Best Practices for Moving Oracle to the Cloud

If you’re running Oracle Database, you might wonder whether it’s the right time to migrate to the cloud. Miro Consulting, along with the cloud migration experts at Pythian, addressed these topics recently in a collaborative webinar. It will show you how to migrate in a safe and cost-effective way by knowing up front: Topics: The Oracle license implications of migrating to the cloud How you can save on Oracle Support costs if you’re considering OCI Why it’s important to define […]

How Supply Chain Shortages May Affect Software Licensing and Put You at Risk

One of Miro’s clients recently asked us to review a purchasing option they were given by their hardware vendor. Miro was recently asked by one of our clients to look at a deal their hardware vendor was offering.  The client wanted to buy 8 core servers, but do to supply chain issues, the hardware vendor didn’t have any to sell.  Instead, the vendor offered to sell the client 16 core bare metal servers for the same price of the smaller […]

Oracle JDK (Java Development Kit) Free for Use

On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, Oracle announced that it is making its “Oracle JDK available for free” even for commercial and/or production use, but the JRE (Java Runtime Environment) is still a licensed product for a fee That’s welcome news. Let’s examine what that means. First off, this is only the Java Development Kit or “JDK” which again will be a separate download. Since Java SE 10, there has been a single download, but Oracle will now make the JRE […]

ULA and Proprietary Hosting

Many organizations are at risk of failing an audit and violating their ULA with Oracle by engaging in “Proprietary Hosting” without realizing it. What is Proprietary Hosting? Proprietary Hosting is basically when an organization has a application, like a web application, that uses an Oracle database as a back end, and the application allows users who are not employees of the company to access the data, like employees of other companies, customers or prospects. As per Oracle’s definition 3 major […]

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