At the end of January 2017, Oracle updated its Licensing Oracle Software in the Cloud Computing Environment Document, which effectively removed the core factor 0.5 for Intel and instead made it 1:1, doubling the licensing costs overnight!
For reference, the old document can be found here.
You can imagine this caused a major stir on Social Media, where my friend Tim Hall posts on this topic became very hot! You can read them here:
I’m certainly no Cloud license expert, but fortunately my colleagues in the SAM (Software Assess Management) Team have written a great White Paper to add clarity to the matter:
Oracle Authorized Cloud Environments Overview of Policy Changes
Feel free to take a read.
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Zed DBA (Zahid Anwar)