Since December 2015 Database “Standard Edition 2” has replaced SE1 and SE as the only Database Edition, other than Enterprise Edition, which brings challenges to Database performance, high availability and cost.
The new version of SE for Database brings new licensing rules which will have a huge impact on anyone who has been using Standard Edition One and/or Standard Edition to date, especially if they’re running RAC on SE.
Here’s the detail from the updated “Database Licensing” document found here.
“Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 may only be licensed on servers that have a maximum capacity of 2 sockets. When used with Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 may only be licensed on a maximum of 2 one-socket servers. In addition, notwithstanding any provision in Your Oracle license agreement to the contrary, each Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 database may use a maximum of 16 CPU threads at any time. When used with Oracle Real Application Clusters, each Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 database may use a maximum of 8 CPU threads per instance at any time. The minimums when licensing by Named User Plus (NUP) metric are 10 NUP licenses per server.”
More information about SE2 and its feature matrix compared to SE1/SE and EE can be found here.
Consider NOW before upgrading to 19c:
Convert SE2 RAC Databases to Single Instance
Migrate your SE2 RAC Databases to Enterprise Edition (EE) and purchase the RAC Database Option
Migrate your SE2 RAC to the Oracle Cloud
In short, if you’re planning on applying new patches to your SE1/SE Databases past 18.104.22.168 you’re going to trigger these new licensing rules and you’re at risk of becoming none-compliant. If you continue using RAC on SE2, with 19c, you will also be none-compliant.
Our guess, it’s quite simple;
If you download the 22.214.171.124 patchset for SE don’t be surprised if you get contacted by your Oracle sales rep and/or LMS for an audit.
Work with Explorer to get a license health check for current and future usage. We’ll help you understand;
For more information or help/guidance on the impact of this change contact a member of the team and we’re happy to help advise you.
Author: Jon Lingard
Job Title: Practice Director
Bio: Jon is a member of the Oracle sales team and works with customers from start-ups, SMEs to large corporations to gain maximum value from their investment in Oracle technology. Jon works with the technical and development teams to shape solutions based on customer demands and develops long lasting customer relationships based on his open and trustworthy approach.