Oracle finally succumbs to pressure on multi-core licensing

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In a story that we’ve been following a long, long time, Oracle finally succumbed to multi-core pricing pressure today. has the scoop:

With the new pricing for Oracle’s lower-end Standard Edition and Standard Edition One products, the software company now is effectively matching Microsoft’s practice of pegging price to a server’s processor socket count and rather than processor core count. The move could cut the costs of purchasing Oracle database software by as much as 87 percent in some cases.

They also have this link to what they call “an unpublicized pricing document”.

And no Doug – this is definitely not old news!



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3 Comments. Leave new

Kevin Closson
March 2, 2007 5:03 pm


That doc they refer to is old and only regurgitates .50 per core. What am I missing?

Paul Vallee
March 2, 2007 9:09 pm

Hi Kevin,

I just was reading your blog and it looks as if you’ve answered your own questions, and then some!.



Kevin Closson
March 3, 2007 1:10 pm


Thanks for bringing this thread to our collective attention in the first place!


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