Oracle Licensing in a Virtual Environment

Delivering Oracle license compliance, reduced cost and risk within your virtualised environment.

Server Virtualisation and Oracle Licensing

Virtualised platforms can cause confusion, inadvertently creating Oracle license compliance issues.  Instead of dealing with virtual processors or virtual machines, Oracle requires that you license the entire virtualised environment (across vCenters) as opposed to the virtual machine or single physical host/cluster.

This is where most clients unwittingly run into serious non-compliance problems with potentially significant commercial impacts which can sometimes remain unnoticed until a vendor audit.  This can often undo some of the cost saving benefits of virtualisation unless you have a thorough appreciation of what you are doing

Why Version 1’s License Experts

Version 1’s Oracle license experts have a deep understanding of the Oracle licensing terms around virtualisation and the impacts that architecture changes can create.  This is gained from multiple client engagements from across a broad range of industry sectors over the last 19 years.

Our Oracle license experts, in conjunction with our Version 1 Control service, can help you with the following:

  • Understand Oracle licensing impacts from planned architectural changes.
  • Gain control of your Oracle licensing within a virtualised environment.
  • Understanding your contracts, Oracle’s policies, your approach and options.
  • Oracle license audit support if you have been approached by the vendor.


Based on our extensive knowledge of enterprise licensing, Version 1 Control underpins our license consulting and software asset management services and ensures the integrity, reliability and accuracy of data driven decisions. You can expect to realise the following benefits:

Reduce Risk
Reduce business risk through license compliance management.
Reduce Spend
Reduce unnecessary spend through effective SAM methodologies.
Improve ROI
Improve business case ROI for virtualisation transformation through effective estate rightsizing.
Improve Cost Control
Improve cost control through effective buying strategies.
Improve Relationships
Improve vendor relationships. Focus on long term engagement strategy avoiding confrontational audits.
Improve Efficiency and Productivity
Improve IT efficiency & productivity by outsourcing specialist licensing skills.

Fireside Chat – Approach to Oracle Licensing & Virtualisation

Oracle licensing in a virtual environment is an in-depth topic that can create many questions. As Oracle license experts, Version 1’s recent fireside chat between Jason Pepper, Head of SAM Practice and Paul Bullen, Senior Oracle License Consultant aims to clarify some of the background and approach to licensing Oracle deployed in a virtual environment.

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