Oracle has eliminated its popular SE database license option and replacing it with a new license called Oracle SE2, which may require many current SE users to buy new hardware, reconfigure applications and potentially suffer performance degradation. EDB’s new program offers Oracle SE customers an alternative to the increased costs and hassles of “upgrading” to the new Oracle SE2 license. Moving to the EDB Postgres™ solution also eliminates the ongoing risk of falling out of compliance with Oracle license restrictions and facing potential additional fees down the line.
“Oracle is always seeking ways to generate revenue from existing customers. End users are at risk from rising costs and audits from this particular change in licensing,” said Craig Guarente, CEO and Founder of Palisade Compliance, the leading independent Oracle licensing and contracting consulting firm. “To break the grip of rising Oracle licensing and support costs, customers should look at alternative technologies like EDB Postgres."
“Enterprises want the flexibility and low cost of open source but still require the performance, tools and support equal to what they get from traditional vendors like Oracle. EDB Postgres is filling this need, supporting business-critical workloads at some of the largest corporations in the world and it’s a big reason EDB was named a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in 2014 and 2015,” said Keith Alsheimer, Chief Marketing Officer of EDB. “The enterprise database landscape is undergoing rapid transformation to open source because the greater value now comes with very low disruption and risk.”
Currently, Oracle customers pay license fees up front for the database plus ongoing annual maintenance fees. For what Oracle SE customers are currently paying for their maintenance costs each year, EDB is offering its EDB Postgres solution, which has no additional license fees, and unlike Oracle, no restrictions on features, no limitations on deployment sizes, and no penalties for changes.
Further, with EDB Postgres, migration is usually fast and easy with the EDB Migration Toolkit. Because the EDB Postgres solution has database compatibility for Oracle by including native PL/SQL, database administrators can easily transfer skills using the same stored procedures and syntax. Most importantly, EDB Postgres includes many additional features not available in Oracle SE such as partitioning and virtual private database. And, EDB Postgres includes enterprise-class tools for monitoring, management, tuning, high availability, disaster recovery and replication.
Organizations have been increasingly transforming their data centers with open source, realizing the savings open source has delivered across other layers of the enterprise stack and diverting the budget to fund new, innovative applications. In its State of Open Source RDBMS 2015** report, published in April 2015, Gartner predicted that by 2018, 70% of all new and 50% of all existing workloads would be running on open source RDBMSs. Gartner further recommended that IT departments should add an open source database to its standards and replace commercial RDBMSs wherever specific functionality was not required.
The changes in Oracle SE licensing are explored in greater depth on this EDB blog along with more information on the promotional offer for Oracle SE customers. Oracle SE customers may also contact EDB directly for more information. Terms and conditions apply.
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**The State of Open Source RDBMSs, 2015, by Donald Feinberg and Merv Adrian, published April 21, 2015
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