When I last quizzed Oracle UK managing director, Ian Smith, about his Oracle’s licensing policy, he admitted some user may not wish to deal with the complexity of Oracle’s licensing. To simplify matters, Oracle offers a site licence. This is a way round soft partitioning, which Oracle still does not support. I expect such licences are not cheap. So instead of buying a licence for eight processors, when you only want to run Oracle on two in a soft partition using VMWare, you can licence Oracle across the whole of your company.
This is great news for Oracle. I guess it’s not such great news for CIOs and IT directors who have to pay the licensing fees. The IT industry will actively hunt you down iif you are found to be running unlicensed software, yet it seems to make little effort to make licensing more transparent.