Oracle ULA – How to certify the unlimited agreement

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What is an Oracle ULA?

Oracle Unified Licensing Agreement (ULA) is an enterprise software agreement offered by Oracle for its enterprise software products. It is designed to provide customers with a simplified and cost-effective way to license Oracle products.

Under ULA, customers purchase a fixed number of licenses for a specific period of time, typically three or five years. 

During this time, customers have the flexibility to deploy Oracle products as needed without the need to constantly monitor and track usage for the products included in the Oracle ULA.

The ULA can include a wide range of Oracle products, including databases, middleware, and applications. 

Pros of an Oracle Unlimited License Agreement (ULA)

  1. Flexibility: ULA provides customers with the flexibility to deploy Oracle products as needed, without the need to constantly monitor and track usage. This allows customers to better manage their IT resources and budget.
  2. Cost savings: ULA can provide customers with significant cost savings compared to traditional per-processor or per-user licensing. It allows customers to purchase a fixed number of licenses for a specific period of time, typically three or five years, at a discounted price.

Cons of an Oracle Unlimited License Agreement (ULA)

  1. Upfront cost: ULA requires customers to make a significant upfront payment for a fixed number of licenses. This can be a significant financial burden for some businesses.
  2. Long-term commitment: ULA typically requires a long-term commitment of three or five years. This can be a disadvantage for businesses that anticipate changes in their IT environment or needs during this time.
  3. Limited scalability: ULA can limit scalability as the customer is required to pay for a fixed number of licenses, regardless of how many are used.

How to exit your Oracle ULA agreement.

  1. Review the terms of your ULA: Before taking any action, carefully review the terms and conditions of your Oracle Unlimited License Agreement (ULA) to understand the process for exiting the agreement. 
  2. Assess your IT environment: Assess your IT environment to determine which Oracle products are currently in use and what needs to be reported to Oracle. You might also identify non-ULA products that can be a financial risk to your company. 
  3. Notify Oracle: Notify Oracle of your intent to terminate the ULA in accordance with the terms of the agreement. This will kick off the Oracle ULA Certification process. 
  4. Reporting may take months to complete, and when Oracle has approved your numbers, the UNLIMITED right will be converted into perpetual licenses (quantities)

There are many pitfalls in the Oracle ULA certification process, and it is recommended that you work with an Oracle licensing expert like Redress Compliance, or one of our partners during this phase.

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