Everybody, particularly Janine, Don, Ben, and other folks who've done consulting work, you must have had some clients that decided to use Oracle, but hadn't bought the appropriate Oracle licenses yet, right? So I'm hoping you know something about this.
Here are the questions I want to answer:
- Where can I read the exact license text for the different
versions of Oracle? I definitely want to actually read them before
making a decision.
- How do "named user" licenses work exactly, both from a license and
a technical point of view?
The Oracle Store is down right now, but I seem to remember that the break-even price point between processor and named user licenses is somewhere around 50 named users. I have a company internal-only application that has a very small number of end users, well under 50, but for which (do to past project history, potentially vast amounts of data, our desire to have the option of using materialized views, etc.), we will probably want to use Oracle EE rather than Postgres or Oracle SE. So the "named user" licensing starts sounding very attractive. But how does it work?
E.g., is it basically on the honor system (good)? Or does Oracle make you install some kind of license tracking software that adds complexity and might muck things up? If "Bob" is a named user and then leaves the company, do we have to buy a brand-new named user licesnse for "Mahesh", the new hire that replaces hhim? I know these are really basic questions, but I've had no luck finding info online...
- How does Oracle support work? A certain amount of support is
included in the license, or what??
I don't anticipate needing supprt from Oracle a lot, but I know when I was at aD, once or twice I got some cryptic "internal Oracle error" that our lone company-wide DBA at the time (Xuequn) sent in to some Oracle support organization, and a while later, we actually got some sort of useful response back from the Oracle folks. So I'd like to at least understand what the different support options are.
- Oracle seems to be selling licenses for 9i, not the 8.1.7 that we'd actually be using, at least for now. If we buy a 9i license, can we still use 8i? And still get support? Or vice versa, or what?