Oracle Core Factor Table and License Calculation

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What is Oracle Core Factor Table?

The Oracle core factor table is an important resource to consider when determining how to license Oracle database and technology products, including Oracle WebLogic Enterprise products. The core factor also applies to Java subscriptions. It is essential to review this table when calculating the necessary licenses for Oracle products.

The Oracle Processor core factor table is a document that outlines the core-based licenses that customers must use when calculating the number of Oracle licenses needed for products that are licensed per core. Oracle Standard Edition 2 and other Standard Edition products are licensed per occupied CPU socket and do not use the core factor table for license calculations.

To accurately calculate Oracle licensing costs, consider the following factors:

  • Hardware, including the type of processor used and the number of physical cores it contains
  • Which Oracle products you plan to use, such as Oracle Database Enterprise Edition

For example, if you want to license Oracle Database Enterprise Edition on a server with an Intel ES-16XX CPU with 8 cores, you would need to use the core factor table to determine the number of licenses required.

The Oracle processor core factor table can be used as an Oracle licensing calculator. To use it, follow these steps:

  1. Look up the processor type you plan to use in the table and determine the licensing factor.
  2. Multiply the licensing factor by the number of cores in all the physical processors on the server where you plan to deploy Oracle.
  3. The result will tell you how many Oracle processor licenses are required for that server.

The formula for calculating Oracle licensing is: Core Factor x Physical Cores = Oracle Processor licenses.

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To determine the number of Oracle processor licenses needed for a server:

  1. Check the processor type in the Oracle core factor table.
  2. Identify the licensing factor per core. For example, if the factor is 0.5, multiply the number of physical cores by the licensing factor. For example, if the server has 8 cores, the number of processor licenses needed would be 8 x 0.5 = 4.
  3. Check the Oracle price list to determine the cost of each processor license for the desired edition of Oracle (e.g. Oracle Database Enterprise Edition).
  4. Multiply the number of processor licenses needed by the cost of each license to determine the total Oracle license cost for the server.
  5. Remember that options for Oracle Database Enterprise Edition also require matching quantities of processor licenses.

Frequently asked questions about Oracle Core Factor Table:

Q: What is an Oracle processor license? 

A: An Oracle processor license is a type of license that is determined by applying the core factor table to the number of cores on a server.

Q: Is the Oracle core factor table used for AWS, Azure, or OCI? 

A: No, the Oracle core factor table is not used for these cloud providers. Instead, you should refer to the “Licensing Oracle software in the cloud computing environments” document for guidance on how to license Oracle in these environments. AWS and Azure have been granted the right to sub-capacity license and license with vCPUs, but other cloud providers do not have these rights.

Q: Is the Oracle core factor table used for virtual machines? 

A: No, Oracle has different methods for licensing Oracle in virtual environments depending on the type of virtualization technology being used. Technologies that are considered “hard partitioning” allow for sub-capacity licensing, while other technologies (called “soft partitioning”) require full server or cluster licensing. This applies to Java subscriptions as well.

Q: How do I calculate cores in an unlimited agreement? 

A: To calculate cores in an Oracle unlimited agreement, you should count every physical core on which Oracle is installed and running. If you need assistance with this or any other Oracle licensing questions, you can consider consulting with an Oracle licensing expert.

Q: Do Oracle make change to the core factor table?

A: Very rarely, intel core factor table has been 0,5 for decades.