In Australia and New Zealand, the value (or lack of value) of an Unlimited Licence Agreement (ULA) contract is probably the second most pressing issue facing Oracle customers, following closely behind the ambiguities of virtualisation – “the ability to run multiple virtual machines on a single piece of hardware”.
While the terminology for certifying your ULA back to Oracle’s standard metrics might seem straightforward, most organisations leave verification of their usage too late. This can expose your organisation to risk, and more often than not, you’ll end up spending time and money on extending the ULA.
Extending the ULA might have seemed to be the only option available at the time to avoid sending inaccurate certification numbers, which would lead to instant non-compliance.
An organisation usually has one of two certification terms in their contract. Expressed in simple language, these terms:
- put the responsibility on you to provide programme counts for certification; or
- in effect, Oracle Support and License Management Services (LMS), audits your deployment and provides you with the programme counts for certification.
Both these options can mean exposure to risk for an organisation:
- When you’re responsible for providing your usage to Oracle, you need to make sure you have correctly evaluated and counted your usage of the ULA programmes.
- When Oracle does the counting, you need to be able to verify that the measurement was accurate.
- You can’t always certify all your license usage during the ULA period.
Although this might seem to be a mammoth task, it can be accomplished if you don’t put it off, or even better, follow the advice of experts and “start from day one”.
You need to be able to accurately count your usage of the programmes, and you must also understand the contractual terms that can affect your usage of the programmes, as well as Oracle pricing and other policies that influence how you certify.
Have you fully considered the resources, time and knowledge required to correctly assess your best ULA options? Have you obtained a good return on your investment, or would it be better to consider extending the ULA agreement? Or should you even totally renegotiate a new ULA?
Hence the title of this post. So, have you left enough of the ever-elusive time to make the right decision?
Touch base with our team of independent Oracle licensing experts to see how we can help with your ULA.