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Oracle database products

Oracle licensing is complex, with intricate rules and dependencies. To determine if you are correctly licensed, you need to know exactly which Oracle products are installed and used in your IT environment. In addition, you need to know the hardware configuration of the servers running Oracle, as well as having full control over all Oracle agreements and orders.

The Oracle Management Option (OMO) is a product developed by Snow Software for asset management of Oracle database products. This option provides information on Oracle database software and middleware usage in your IT environment. The mechanism that allows this usage reporting is an agent installed on every computer (virtual machines and physical servers) and datacenter/cluster[1] from which you need Oracle details. This agent contains the following two inventory scanners:

  • Snow Inventory Oracle Scanner, which supplies details about all Oracle products and database instances

    • This scan is based on the Oracle LMS (License Management Services) scripts and follows the LMS guidelines, thus ensuring full Oracle compatibility.

  • Snow Oracle Middleware Scanner, which collects information related to Oracle WebLogic Server installations

The outcome of these inventory scans is presented in the Snow License Manager Web user interface.

While the inventory scans automatically supply necessary information, all Oracle agreements have to be registered manually. Oracle orders (entitlements) must be added either manually one by one or through a bulk order file import. You also need to manually associate the Oracle orders to the Oracle servers. For step-by-step instructions on the registration process, see Register an Oracle purchase

This version of the Oracle Management Option in Snow License Manager 9 introduces some compliance calculations for Oracle database and middleware products. All information is still available in one place, so the person responsible for Oracle licensing in your IT environment will continue to be assured to always have the correct and up-to-date information on deployments, orders, options, and management packs to ensure legal compliance.

Snow License Manager additionally supports the compliance analysis process by dedicated reports and recommendations for Oracle servers not covered by a license. It is also possible to generate and export reports in the format required when submitting a declaration to Oracle. An example of the latter is the Oracle Server Worksheet (OSW) report.

[1] Cluster: a logical set of servers across datacenters.