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Hi experts,

I'd like to use a Oracle physical server with 2 processors for 2 purposes: 1 Oracle instance and 1 Oracle instance for application.

Can I limit the use for the Oracle to a single CPU (to reduce the cost of the license) and Must I use Oracle Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition?

Have you any documentation that Oracle does this tell us?

Thanks in advance!
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by:jannisj
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As far as I know, you have to license for the available cpu's installed in the server.
eg. you have 1 cpu with 4 cores, they count cores as 0.5 cpu, so you would need 2 licenses.
(This is for Enterprise edition).

Atleast this is what Oracle told us when we upgraded to new hardware last year.
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by:ralph_rea
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jannisj,
thanks for your answer I'd like to use 1 Quad Proc (in this case how many licenses I would need?)

Is there any official document oracle that tells us this?
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1 quad (4 cores) equals 2 licenses = 4 x 0.5

They count sockets (physical cpu) + cores.
So if you have a 2 socket 4 core it would be 2x4x0.5 = 4 licenses

single core cpu counts as 1 license, multiple core counts as 0.5 license pr.core.

The best would be to call your oracle account manager, and tell them exactly what you need, that way you get updated information.

(Oracle tends to change the licensing rules often)
There is some information here:
http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E11882_01/license.112/e10594/toc.htm
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by:Franck Pachot
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Hi,
If you have less than 11GB of user data, then you can use Oracle XE (free) which is setup tu use at most one CPU. Besides that, other editions must be licenced for the whole machine.
Regards,
Franck.
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by:ralph_rea
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I have more than 200 GB of user data.
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by:Geert Gruwez
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how many users do you have ?
you can also license by NAMED USER PLUS = NUP
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by:johnsone
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Honestly, the best advice is to talk to your Oracle sales rep.  Only they can give you the best answer for your situation.  There are many licensing possibilities and they keep changing, only the sales rep has a handle on the current ones and what would apply to your site.
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