Wednesday Oct 30, 2013

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM pricing guide

A few days ago someone showed me a pricing guide from a Linux vendor and I was a bit surprised at the complexity of it. Especially when you look at larger servers (4 or 8 sockets) and when adding virtual machine use into the mix.
I think we have a very compelling and simple pricing model for both Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Let me see if I can explain it in 1 page, not 10 pages.

This pricing information is publicly available on the Oracle store, I am using the current public list prices. Also keep in mind that this is for customers using non-oracle x86 servers. When a customer purchases an Oracle x86 server, the annual systems support includes full use (all you can eat) of Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and Oracle Solaris (no matter how many VMs you run on that server, in case you deploy guests on a hypervisor). This support level is the equivalent of premier support in the list below.

Let's start with Oracle VM (x86) :
Oracle VM support subscriptions are per physical server on which you deploy the Oracle VM Server product.

  • (1) Oracle VM Premier Limited -> 1- or 2 socket server : $599 per server per year
  • (2) Oracle VM Premier -> more than 2 socket server (4, or 8 or whatever more) : $1199 per server per year

  • The above includes the use of Oracle VM Manager and Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control's Virtualization management pack (including self service cloud portal, etc..)

    24x7 support, access to bugfixes, updates and new releases. It also includes all options, live migrate, dynamic resource scheduling, high availability, dynamic power management, etc

    If you want to play with the product, or even use the product without access to support services, the product is freely downloadable from edelivery.

    Next, Oracle Linux :
    Oracle Linux support subscriptions are per physical server.
    If you plan to run Oracle Linux as a guest on Oracle VM, VMWare or Hyper-v, you only have to pay for a single subscription per system, we do not charge per guest or per number of guests. In other words, you can run any number of Oracle Linux guests per physical server and count it as just a single subscription.

  • (1) Oracle Linux Network Support -> any number of sockets per server : $119 per server per year
  • Network support does not offer support services. It provides access to the Unbreakable Linux Network and also offers full indemnification for Oracle Linux.

  • (2) Oracle Linux Basic Limited Support -> 1- or 2 socket servers : $499 per server per year
  • This subscription provides 24x7 support services, access to the Unbreakable Linux Network and the Oracle Support portal, indemnification, use of Oracle Clusterware for Linux HA and use of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud control for Linux OS management. It includes ocfs2 as a clustered filesystem.

  • (3) Oracle Linux Basic Support -> more than 2 socket server (4, or 8 or more) : $1199 per server per year
  • This subscription provides 24x7 support services, access to the Unbreakable Linux Network and the Oracle Support portal, indemnification, use of Oracle Clusterware for Linux HA and use of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud control for Linux OS management. It includes ocfs2 as a clustered filesystem

  • (4) Oracle Linux Premier Limited Support -> 1- or 2 socket servers : $1399 per server per year
  • This subscription provides 24x7 support services, access to the Unbreakable Linux Network and the Oracle Support portal, indemnification, use of Oracle Clusterware for Linux HA and use of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud control for Linux OS management, XFS filesystem support. It also offers Oracle Lifetime support, backporting of patches for critical customers in previous versions of package and ksplice zero-downtime updates.

  • (5) Oracle Linux Premier Support -> more than 2 socket servers : $2299 per server per year
  • This subscription provides 24x7 support services, access to the Unbreakable Linux Network and the Oracle Support portal, indemnification, use of Oracle Clusterware for Linux HA and use of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud control for Linux OS management, XFS filesystem support. It also offers Oracle Lifetime support, backporting of patches for critical customers in previous versions of package and ksplice zero-downtime updates.

  • (6) Freely available Oracle Linux -> any number of sockets
  • You can freely download Oracle Linux, install it on any number of servers and use it for any reason, without support, without right to use of these extra features like Oracle Clusterware or ksplice, without indemnification. However, you do have full access to all errata as well. Need support? then use options (1)..(5)

    So that's it. Count number of 2 socket boxes, more than 2 socket boxes, decide on basic or premier support level and you are done. You don't have to worry about different levels based on how many virtual instances you deploy or want to deploy. A very simple menu of choices. We offer, inclusive, Linux OS clusterware, Linux OS Management, provisioning and monitoring, cluster filesystem (ocfs), high performance filesystem (xfs), dtrace, ksplice, ofed (infiniband stack for high performance networking). No separate add-on menus.

    NOTE : socket/cpu can have any number of cores. So whether you have a 4,6,8,10 or 12 core CPU doesn't matter, we count the number of physical CPUs.

    Monday Oct 07, 2013

    Oracle Linux 5.10 channels are now published

    We just released Oracle Linux 5.10 channels on both http://public-yum.oracle.com and on the Unbreakable Linux Network. ISO's are going to be updated on edelivery in a few days. The channels are available immediately.

    As many of you know, we are now using a CDN to distribute the RPMS for public-yum globally so you should have good bandwidth everywhere to freely access the RPMs.

    Wednesday Oct 02, 2013

    Oracle Linux 6 on Microsoft Azure

    One of the great keynotes at Oracle OpenWorld last week, was from Microsoft. You can watch the replay here. I think Brad did an awesome job, very engaging and a very positive partner message. There was a lot of Oracle Linux talk in the Microsoft session, just awesome.

    We have worked closely with Microsoft to ensure that we can deploy Oracle Linux inside their Azure platform (and also just in general on Hyper-v). Part of the work is to provide templates that include Oracle products such as Oracle RDBMS and Oracle WebLogic on Oracle Linux in Azure. This is a similar concept as Oracle VM templates. You can go through the catalog on Azure, select a template and a few minutes later you end up with a complete running Virtual Machine. These templates with Oracle products are available for both Windows and Oracle Linux environments.

    Microsoft has a free trial offering which I tried out last night (with my personal account) and within a few minutes and no prior knowledge of how their environment works, I had an Oracle Linux 6 update 4 instance up and running. Logged in using ssh. They have a very easy to navigate portal. We have configured Oracle Linux out of the box with public-yum for updates. So if you need an enterprise grade Linux distribution on Azure that comes with free updates/errata and fast connectivity to the update servers, go use Oracle Linux. And the nice thing is, if you need support for some of those VM's deployed, you just pay for those VM's you want support for.

    This is also nice for ISVs that want to provide their own application solutions in Azure, they can use Oracle Linux and embed it in their VM with their app and, again, an enterprise grade solution that can be freely used without signing contracts with us, and be current with updates and errata. If the ISV then wants support, they can resell Oracle Linux subscriptions. This is a very simple, open, hassle-free solution.

    About

    Wim Coekaerts is the Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization Engineering for Oracle. He is responsible for Oracle's complete desktop to data center virtualization product line and the Oracle Linux support program.

    You can follow him on Twitter at @wimcoekaerts

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