What is a dedicated Oracle cluster and how is it licensed?
Firstly is a dedicated Oracle cluster meaning ring-fencing INSTALLATION AND LICENSING from the vCenter and all clusters & hosts beneath that, or is it ring-fenced to a cluster and all the hosts down?
Is this Oracle agreed either anecdotally or officially?
Where does Shared Storage fit in? does it have to reside in the ring-fence?
I assume that the VMs should freely move between hosts to benefit from load balancing, scalability.
Secondly, to clarify, would you assume maximum licensabilty across all physical hosts from whatever level is ring-fenced i.e. count all physical hosts' cpus? Is this Oracle agreed either anecdotally or officially?
Thirdly, if you are on VMware 6 for which you have the ability to allow your VMs to traverse across any vCenter that the corporate network runs, how do us practitioners view licensing on dedicated clusters and how would Oracle view this?
Fourth, if one is on VMware 5.5 and you don't ring fence so that your VMs are free to move across clusters to sit on any physical host in your vCenter, can anybody comment on licensing Oracle only for the physical hosts that the VM has actually jumped on (rather than licensing the whole vCenter's physical hosts) where you had proof of this? I gather that there is some logging that can be activated, but what could one capture from the logs and what advice and experience can be gleaned from Practitioners?
Open Jan 21, 2016 - 12:20 AM
Oracle, VMware, Cluster, Shared Storage