Oracle has a great licensing option for our existing customers called Bring Your Own License, which allows customers to get greatly reduced billing rates for some of our most popular cloud services. In PaaS, many of the Fusion Middleware Licenses can be moved from on-premises use to cloud usage, which allows the customer to continue to glean extreme value from their licensing investments of the past. There is another blog post here that has an FAQ for more details on BYOL:
For Oracle Integration Cloud, this is a great option for our existing SOA Suite and BPM Suite customers. If they have licenses that are either not being used (shelved) or have a ULA or other license type that allows additional usage on demand, these Weblogic Suite, SOA Suite and BPM Suite licenses can be applied to an Oracle Integration Cloud (or SOA Cloud) instance in the Oracle Cloud, and the hourly metering rate is dramatically reduced. Details for which licenses are required can be found in the PaaS and IaaS Universal Credits Service Description document here:
http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/contracts/paas-iaas-universal-credits-3940775.pdf (search for "Oracle Enterprise Integration Cloud Services –BYOL Cloud Services")
We've now introduced a new feature to allow customers to toggle the BYOL metering option on or off for an already existing instance. There are two main use cases we are trying to meet with this new feature:
In order to change the setting of your existing Integration Cloud instance, you can easily do this now through the Integration Cloud instance management console.
This will bring up the two options for the instance, which you can see below. The first option is to select BYOL (I'm bringing an existing license as "Bring Your Own License"), and the second option is to select the regular billing rate or "Non-BYOL", which is a regular cloud subscription as if you didn't already own any on-premises licenses.
In this screenshot, we are showing the selection for "Turning off" the BYOL setting, or leaving it at regular subscription based pricing.
And it's as simple as that. Now this instance, which may have been metering as BYOL, can now be switch to non-BYOL (regular subsription rate) and vice versa. This will allow customers to avoid the hassle of recreating a new instance and migrating to it for a simple change like the billing rate! In the next hourly metering report, this instance will have the new billing rate reported. If you toggle it back and forth within an hour, you would most likely not see any change as it will only be reported once per hour.