License Services
For Oracle

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Oracle licensing can be a complex and intimidating process to comprehend, and the cost of getting it wrong can be significant. But with the complexity of the options, compounded by the potential of Oracle sales representatives to misunderstand the real needs of your organization, confusion is understandable. License Services from House of Brick (HoB) can bring clarity to the process. Our experts know the ins and outs of Oracle licensing from the agreement to system deployment. In the course of our reviews, we have dramatically reduced our client’s costs, while bringing them the peace of mind that comes with defending them against untrue claims from Oracle about licensing in a VMware environment.

 

Why Understanding
Licensing is Important

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As shown in this diagram from data compiled by wikibon.com, software licensing and support is the single most expensive item in an organization’s IT budget.

Not only is Oracle the single biggest item in your IT budget, but not managing it correctly has the potential to cost your organization vast amounts of important cash flow and capital. This risk must be managed proactively, and your position must then be defended in an aggressive and contract-based approach when Oracle invokes an audit.

License Services
For Oracle

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Oracle licensing can be a complex and intimidating process to comprehend, and the cost of getting it wrong can be significant. But with the complexity of the options, compounded by the potential of Oracle sales representatives to misunderstand the real needs of your organization, confusion is understandable. License Services from House of Brick (HoB) can bring clarity to the process. Our experts know the ins and outs of Oracle licensing from the agreement to system deployment. In the course of our reviews, we have dramatically reduced our client’s costs, while bringing them the peace of mind that comes with defending them against untrue claims from Oracle about licensing in a VMware environment.

Why Understanding
Licensing is Important

As shown in the diagram below from data compiled by wikibon.com, software licensing and support is the single most expensive item in an organization’s IT budget.

Not only is Oracle the single biggest item in your IT budget, but not managing it correctly has the potential to cost your organization vast amounts of important cash flow and capital. This risk must be managed proactively, and your position must then be defended in an aggressive and contract-based approach when Oracle invokes an audit.

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Oracle’s Approach

Oracle has become quite assertive in claiming that their customers owe money for licenses, which they actually do not owe, according to their binding license agreements. We never recommend customers try to cheat Oracle out of paying for software that they are actually using. We also never like to see a customer paying more than they actually have to. As alluded to in the now-public Mars vs. Oracle legal filing, you do not have to give in to pressure from Oracle when that pressure has no basis in binding contracts.

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People ask whether they should go to Oracle themselves to get the answers on what should be licensed and what should not be. Unfortunately, we have found that this approach is not in your best interest.

In our experience at House of Brick, we have been able to consistently reduce the amount of fees that Oracle claims in an audit or license review procedure by an order of magnitude or more. This does not mean that our customers do not have unintended compliance issues that sometimes need to be resolved, but our goal is to always eliminate the fees paid to Oracle for the non-contractual assertions they make.

 

Services Offered

Oracle License Review – Understand Oracle license usage and determine any compliance issues.

Oracle License Optimization – Create architectures and procedures that minimize the Oracle licensing footprint while maximizing the benefits of VMware virtualized systems. This focuses on primary as well as DR/HA environment analysis.

Oracle Audit Defense – Defend customers who have received an Oracle audit notice (or the threat of one).

ULA Exit Consulting – Maximize the benefits of exiting an Unlimited License Agreement, and develop strategies for ongoing license management.

New and Renewal License Consulting – Determine the amount of license client’s actually need for their virtual environments.

Managed License Service for Oracle – Provide ongoing proactive support for the Oracle environment to ensure compliance. This service uses a combination of innovative tools and advanced consulting, and delivers unlimited support for Oracle audit defense.

Oracle’s Approach

Oracle has become quite assertive in claiming that their customers owe money for licenses, which they actually do not owe, according to their binding license agreements. We never recommend customers try to cheat Oracle out of paying for software that they are actually using. We also never like to see a customer paying more than they actually have to. As alluded to in the now-public Mars vs. Oracle legal filing, you do not have to give in to pressure from Oracle when that pressure has no basis in binding contracts.

Oracle Parking

People ask whether they should go to Oracle themselves to get the answers on what should be licensed and what should not be. Unfortunately, we have found that this approach is not in your best interest.

In our experience at House of Brick, we have been able to consistently reduce the amount of fees that Oracle claims in an audit or license review procedure by an order of magnitude or more. This does not mean that our customers do not have unintended compliance issues that sometimes need to be resolved, but our goal is to always eliminate the fees paid to Oracle based on the non-contractual assertions they make.

 

services Offered

Oracle License Review – Understand Oracle license usage and determine any compliance issues.

Oracle License Optimization – Create architectures and procedures that minimize the Oracle licensing footprint while maximizing the benefits of VMware virtualized systems. This focuses on analysis of both the primary and DR/HA environments.

Oracle Audit Defense – Defend customers who have received an Oracle audit notice (or the threat of one).

ULA Exit Consulting – Maximize the benefits of exiting an Unlimited License Agreement (ULA), and develop strategies for ongoing license management.

New and Renewal License Consulting – Determine the amount of license client’s actually need for their virtual environments.

Managed License Support Service for Oracle – Provide ongoing proactive support for the Oracle environment to ensure compliance. This service uses a combination of innovative tools and advanced consulting, and delivers unlimited support for Oracle audit defense.

 

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