Oracle ASM / CloudFS licensing policy

Sad to see, at least from June 1st 2011 the new Grid Infrastructure ASM features “ACFS” (ASM cluster file system) and “ADVM” (ASM dynamic volume manager) are now licensed as “Cluster FIle System” (ClusterFS).

As far as I can see from the Technology Global Price List, it’s US$ 5000 per CPU, US$ 1100 perpetual. Alternatively, it’s US$ 100 per Named User Plus (NUP), minimum licensing 25 users, US$ 22 perpetual.

Citation from the Features and Editions page:

A restricted use license to use Oracle Cloud File System is included with all editions of the database specifically for storing Oracle Database-related configuration files, including Oracle Database software binaries and homes, Oracle Database software administrative files, and Oracle Database software diagnostic files. Customers wishing to store their own data files, or non-Oracle Database software files including data files, binaries, administrative files, and diagnostic files, in Oracle Cloud File System must separately license Oracle Cloud File System.

Well, another good feature becoming expensive, it’s a figures-driven company. :)


PS: No official Oracle figures here, just for orientation.

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2 Responses to “Oracle ASM / CloudFS licensing policy”

  1. John Thomas Says:

    Maybe this has changed since your blog post.

    Oracle ASM Cluster File System (Oracle ACFS)

    Refer to following table for the license requirements that apply to the Oracle ACFS features:

    Oracle ACFS Features Oracle Database Files Non-Oracle Database Files
    All Oracle ACFS features other than those listed below Free Free
    ACFS Snapshot Requires Oracle Database Enterprise Edition* Free
    ACFS Encryption Not available (use Oracle Transparent Data Encryption, part of the Oracle Advanced Security option*) Free
    ACFS Security Not available (use Oracle Database Vault*) Free
    ACFS Replication Not available (use Oracle Data Guard*) Free
    ACFS Auditing Not available (use Oracle Audit Vault*) Free
    ACFS Tagging Free Free
    Oracle will provide support services for Oracle ACFS only if the server it operates on also operates an Oracle product, which may include Oracle Linux or Oracle Solaris, which is under an Oracle support contract.

    * Requires appropriate full-use licenses to these products or components.

  2. Martin Klier Says:

    Hi John,

    thank you for the correction. With 12cR1, the terms have changed as you described.

    Martin Klier

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