I need help with a query regarding a conversion of a number of our licences across various Oracle product lines from Named User Plus (NUP) licensing model to a Processor based metric.
We have a large number of physical servers running database workloads under NUP licensing and want to consolidate these workloads onto a virtualised platform as part of a planned hardware refresh project (the Contracts we have with Oracle allow us to virtualise).
We will transition each workload from running on physical to running on virtual. As we do not have sufficient processor licenses for the planned infrastructure, and Oracle do not allow a mix of Processor and NUP licensing to co-exist on a platform, we need to perform the conversion to processor highlighted below.
All the licenses we are requesting to are from a single contract (CSI) with Oracle. The conversion rates are well publicised by Oracle and we have sufficient quantities of NUP’s to perform the required conversion - should Oracle permit the conversion.
The question is how easy a request should this be for us to make? We have successfully done it before for another contract with little challenge from Oracle and without asking, Oracle gave a 24-month transition period, so we know it can be done.
The concern we have is that having made an initial approach to our Account Manager to see if this is possible in principle, it is starting to feel that he is pushing for us to make a commercial commitment at the same time for Oracle to consider the request.
The line the Account Manager appears to be taking is that we will be dual running both Physical and Virtual platforms at the same time and therefore we may need to purchase some Term licenses to facilitate the transition (he hasn’t actually stated this fact - it is more of a gut feeling that this is the direction of travel he wants to try and take)
For clarity - there will be no situation where we will run a specific workload on both platforms in order to do any sort of comparison (which we acknowledge this IS dual running). The project will on a workload by workload basis transition from physical to virtual (the key word here being transition)
We are currently in the position where we are ready to start ordering hardware - but are unable to do so without Oracle confirming that conversion is absolutely possible and something they are willing to allow. Oracle on the other hand want to know how long the project will take - which we are unable to plan until they give agreement on the previous point.
Any help, guidance or insight you can offer with regard to any experience in this area would be gratefully received.