I was reviewing Oracle’s Processor Core Factor Table, which lists the multiplier used to calculate the Oracle Enterprise Edition CPU license requirements, and noticed something interesting: the preferential 0.5 core multiplier that formerly applied to all Intel/AMD chips has now been restricted to:
- Intel Xeon Series 74XX, Series 55XX or earlier Multicore chips
- Intel Itanium Series 91XX or earlier Multicore chips
- Intel or AMD Desktop, Laptop/Notebook, or Netbook Multicore chips
What does this mean? Although most if not all currently-available processors see no changes, future multicore server CPU generations will have a cost factor of 1.0, doubling the cost of licensing them for Oracle. For a single Quad-core server running Oracle RAC, it would result in $166,000 in additional licensing costs.
Is Oracle covertly hiking their license fees? Or will they loosen the restrictions once new processors arrive? Do they remember the backlash to their earlier multicore policies?