Oracle has adjusted its licensing terms for users of Sun Microsystems Solaris 10 operating system—a move that should help Sun better compete with rivals Hewlett Packard and IBM. Like users of rival software, Sun users will now be charged on a per processor basis. If a system has been partitioned so that it only runs Oracle on some of its CPUs, the user will be charged accordingly only for those CPUs used. At a licensing rate of $40,000 per CPU this change could represent substantial savings to some Sun customers.
According to Jacqueline Woods, Oracle’s vice president of global pricing and licensing strategy, Oracle changed its policy because, unlike its predecessors, the recently released Solaris 10 operating system is able to ensure that applications running in Solaris partitions use only allocated processors.