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Oracle license compliance: Supported rule sets

The Oracle Management Option service determines the license requirements for Oracle Databases (their Options and Management Packs) and Middleware (WebLogic Server) on the inventoried clusters and computers, updating license compliance calculations using two metrics: Processor and Named User Plus minimums.


The number of users within the Oracle estate cannot yet be inventoried or manually added to the system. Therefore, the Named User Plus metric is only supported as Named User Plus per processor minimums.

The currently covered Oracle license requirement calculation rule sets are:

  • Oracle (Databases and WebLogic Server) Standard Edition and virtualization/physical server (on-premise)

  • Oracle (Databases and WebLogic Server) Enterprise Edition on physical servers (no virtualization, on-premise)

  • Oracle (Databases and WebLogic Server) on soft partitioning on-premise environments (also known as support for soft partitioning)

    As defined in the Oracle Partitioning Policy, partitioning means that server CPUs are separated, with each section behaving as if it were an individual system.

    • In soft partitioning scenarios, Oracle does not allow you to license the resources assigned to a virtual machine; you need to license the entire physical infrastructure. This usually happens in VMware environments in a datacenter/cluster.

    • This rule set calculates the license requirement for these products based on the number of processors in all the combined hosts.

  • Oracle (Databases and WebLogic Server) on IBM AIX LPAR on-premise environments (also known as support for IBM hard partitioning)

    • Instead of licensing an entire server, Oracle allows grouping of server resources into logical partitions (LPARs), with one LPAR assigned to a virtual machine, for example. This concept is known as hard partitioning, which is supported by this rule set for LPARs on IBM AIX servers.

    • This rule set is able to take in most of the required data points for LPARs, using this information to accurately calculate these hard-partitioned environments to support most scenarios.

    • The benefit from the hard partitioning licensing is that the user can make the environment compliant assigning the least amount of licenses based on the LPARs containing Oracle products.