Would anybody like to pass on their experiences of Oracle when it comes to licensing on a VMWare ESX 5.1 environment?
Oracle's published view on licensing is that the software is licensed per physical processor in the server or cluster where the Oracle software is installed and /or running.
I have checked out the VMWare white papers and have followed their advice when configuring Oracle.
We have Oracle installed on 2 ESX hosts (both set up in a one node cluster) and meet the license/ processor criteria.
However Oracle keep on making reference to all the other ESX hosts we have, even though Oracle is not installed and will not be installed. Plus these ESX hosts are in seperate clusters and are physically seperate machines.
Oracle claim we have the "capability" to use vMotion and therefore should pay for all these other hosts, even though if we did so it would be breaking our Oracle licenses agreement and we have no intention of doing that.