With Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) you are able to monitor an Oracle environment as well as a non-Oracle environment, like Microsoft’s SQL Server.
You are also able to exchange notifications between Oracle Enterprise Manager and e.g. Microsoft’s SCOM. How to monitor this heterogeneous environment. What licenses do you for monitoring? And.. do you need Oracle licenses when sending notifications by mail? Hold on to this thought.
When buying licenses for Oracle, the first year support is mostly part of the deal. After that, a Customer may decide to stop paying for the yearly technical support of the Oracle licenses. The consequences of that decision is not always clear to customers. Most OLSA’s will contain the sentence “If you decide not to purchase technical support, you may not update any unsupported program licenses with new versions of the program.”
This is correct, but there is more to think of. This post will cover the elements that should be considered when deciding on stopping the support.
This post has already been published in the past on the AMIS technology blog.
Once in a while a company wants to know if her Oracle development- and test- environments needs to be licensed. And in a lot of cases this question simply can be answered as: yes, these environments must be licensed. The cases in which these licenses are not needed, are quite rare and a company should verify this with her Oracle representative or an intermediary.