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Optimizing Oracle and SQL Server licensing cost with dbWatch

Posted by Andreas Hope on May 16, 2017 8:55:00 AM

Want to lower the cost of your database operations? You might start by consolidating database servers and loads, reducing the number of servers or standardising software. Even if you’ve settled on a single database engine like Oracle, it’s common to have multiple different versions in use; out of all the organizations using our dbWatch tools, only one managed to converge on a single version of Oracle. But just as you need to see if you’re making the most of your hardware and software environment, you also need to check if you’re using your budget efficiently on what can be complex licensing decisions.

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Topics: sqlserver, oracle, licensing

5 steps to avoid Oracle's licensing traps

Posted by Andreas Hope on Sep 6, 2016 8:23:00 AM

As great a product as Oracle’s Enterprise Edition is, the sticker price will leave many CIOs and IT managers looking for less expensive options. The tech giant offers a much more affordable Standard Edition of its database suite with plenty of attractive features for companies on a tighter budget. However, as some have found out the hard way, Oracle’s complex licensing guidelines and aggressive audit tactics often leave unwitting customers with a huge bill. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to avoid Oracle “audit shock”. 

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Topics: oracle, licensing