Oracle Licensing Alternatives and Investment Strategy
In time, Oracle licensing, the cost of managing a complex, disparate environment (DBA time, Contract negotiations, License Administration time etc) far outweighs the effort to plan and structure your environment effectively as a first principal.
You may choose your preferred Oracle key service offerings "Lifetime Support Policy", such as Premier Support, Advanced Customer Services, Incident Server Support Packages, JDeveloper Support, Oracle Lite Support, Extended Support, Sustaining Support, Incident support packages (web-based) and Unbreakable Linux.
Oracle Service Model also includes Subscription Service Model, Managed Applications Service Model, Subscription and Managed Applications Service Model.
Oracle technology product categories are preferred metric (Named User Plus, Processor), Database products, Enterprise Managers products, Application and System Management products, Application Server products, Business Intelligence products, Identity Management products, Tools, Enterprise 2.0 products, Collaboration products, Data Warehousing products and Integration products.
Database Strategy and High Availability
- Oracle has created an Oracle Clusterware tool, SAP Control (SAPCTL), to enable customers to easily manage SAP high availability resources. In addition to the critical SAP high availability components, namely the SAP Enqueue and SAP Replication Service, SAPCTL provides an interface for the protection of arbitrary number of SAP application instances.
- If you look at SAP's database strategy you will see that SAP is going towards the Real Time Data Platform (RTDP) and SAP Sybase ASE is the engine of this platform that is designed to run transactional workloads at high performance and low TCO.
Oracle Linux for SAP - Supported Oracle Linux distributions:
- Oracle Linux 5 (as of Update 5)
- Oracle Linux 6 (as of Update 1) - The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) and the Red Hat-compatible kernel are supported.
Oracle Linux can be used as an operating system platform for database server as well as for SAP Application Server installations.
SAP software supported for Oracle Linux 5 and 6:
- SAP NetWeaver 7.0x and higher and SAP products that are integrated into it
- SAP NETWEAVER CE 7.1, SAP EHP1 FOR SAP NW CE 7.1, SAP NETWEAVER CE 7.2, SAP NETWEAVER PI 7.1, SAP EHP1 FOR SAP NW PI 7.1, SAP NETWEAVER 7.3
- Only the Unicode version of SAP software is supported.
For more information, see SAP Notes 1565179, 1567511, and 1635808. For a list of supported applications see SAP Note 1398634.