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I'm looking at footnote 5 on page 10 of the EPL.PDF (Oracle Technology Global Price List, March 16, 2011). This states: Oracle Standard Edition One may only be licensed on servers that have a maximum capacity of 2 sockets..Oracle Database Standard Edition can only be licensed on servers that have a maximum capacity of 4 sockets. I know a lot of customers who go through all sorts of contortions, under-sizing their hardware so that they can "get away" with Standard Edition rather than Enterprise Edition. But.. there are a lot of other capabilities (example, Transparent Data Encryption/TDE, Partitioning, the ever-popular Diagnostics & Tuning) which are simply unavailable on SE. For certain customers (e.g. folks who want a SOX, HIPAA, or PCI-DSS compliance framework for their DB) Standard Edition would not suffice. So I would not agree with any statement that EE+RAC penalizes customers. Is it expensive? yes, it is. Does it make sense for many customers? yes, it does. Besides there's always the ULA.. The views expressed on this post are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Oracle.
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May 18, 2011