You know how people complain that Oracle licensing can be very complicated?
Well, Oracle 126.96.36.199 Standard Edition 2 has been released after being announced earlier in the summer. Great, but what about Standard Edition and Standard Edition One?
- Oracle 12c Database Standard Edition will only be available as a 188.8.131.52 release.
- Oracle 12c Database Standard Edition One 12c will only be available as a 184.108.40.206 release.
- Oracle 12c Database Standard Edition 2 12c will only be available as a 220.127.116.11 release.
A bit confused? I know I was.
Basically, SE and SEOne (SE1?) are available options if you’re running a 18.104.22.168 database. However, if you like living your life in the fast lane (as well as making use of some really cool new features) and you’re running 22.214.171.124, both SE and SE1 editions are replaced by SE2.
The licensing restrictions are as follows. The bold emphasis is mine:
“Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 may only be licensed on servers that have a maximum capacity of 2 sockets. When used with Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 may only be licensed on a maximum of 2 one-socket servers. In addition, notwithstanding any provision in Your Oracle license agreement to the contrary, each Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 database may use a maximum of 16 CPU threads at any time. When used with Oracle Real Application Clusters, each Oracle Database Standard Edition 2 database may use a maximum of 8 CPU threads per instance at any time. The minimums when licensing by Named User Plus (NUP) metric are 10 NUP licenses per server.”
By the way, SE2 does not support multi-tenant. Don’t forget, though, Oracle have deprecated non-“CDB / PDB” architecture from 126.96.36.199 onwards, so you should install SE2 as a single-tenant pluggable database with a container database to follow Oracle’s recommended path.
One wonders whether the “SE2” nomenclature will persist. Will Oracle only offer “Standard Edition 2” and “Enterprise Edition” for Database 13.1?
“What happened to Standard Edition 1?
Why don’t they just call it ‘Standard Edition’?”
I do not know, dear reader. I do not know.