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2018-01-28T13:15:00Z

What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Oracle Database?

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We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

Please share what you can so you can help your peers.

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Top 20LeaderboardConsultant

Cost efficiency with Oracle starts with knowing your needs. Rightsizing the machines is the very first step, and knowing your user and work profile is next. Do the apps really need Enterprise Edition, or is Standard Edition, maybe plus a 3rd party product, sufficient? If EE, which options do you really need? (Diagnostics Pack is a must, IMHO).


In only the rarest cases, an ULA (Unlimited License Agreement) is the best choice: It's a chain you get larked on with support fees. I can only recommend letting an independent (means, paid by you!) expert review your situation before signing any license contracts. That's not special to Oracle - all vendors will tell you what fits them best, not what does you well.


Oracle Partners get fixed discounts for small license amounts. If money sums get bigger (250k+), it's always worth trying to get a project price. If you have an honest partner, they will tell you what they get and what they keep. 


CPU metrics, how to count users, deal with virtualization, how to license Engineered Systems... rules are not easy to understand and should be simpler. 


Outstanding technology has its price, but complexity helps nobody. Oracle tries to satisfy "downward compatibility" of the licenses, to avoid old customers complaining about relaxing rules after they paid the "old" price. 


As I said above: Get help, pay somebody for a day to guide you through the purchase process.

2021-08-03T07:41:59Z
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Many of the comments already provided are helpful, but adding that in my experience migrating to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) has been a licensing and capacity advantage.

2021-09-24T21:28:22Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We have been paying for an annual enterprise license Oracle Database.

2021-09-01T10:46:37Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The license fee is paid annually. The fees are another area that can be improved. The pricing should be cheaper.

2021-08-13T10:44:50Z
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Top 5Real User

The licensing costs are on a yearly basis, although I am a technicican and am not involved in this process. This is in someone else's purview.

2021-08-10T18:02:31Z
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Top 5Real User

The price of the solution could be reduced.

2021-07-30T10:27:15Z
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Top 10Real User

The solution is very expensive as they are charging their products in different categories. For example, we have to pay on the application side, on the technology side, and on the licensing. On an enterprise level, if we compare with other solutions, there are a lot of open-source options which would be cheaper.

2021-07-23T14:36:43Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We have a yearly license, and it could be cheaper.

2021-06-25T01:15:24Z
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Real User

Right now we are paying per license to Oracle and for whatever additional features we are leveraging. For that we need to pay extra on top of the license. There are a lot of additional costs. That is the reason we are only leveraging for transactional related purposes, so that we do not spend so much on doing the same thing on Oracle. That is the reason we are looking for open source databases now.

2021-06-08T19:45:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Oracle requires you to purchase extra licenses for Oracle Data Guard.

2021-06-03T09:51:30Z
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Top 5Real User

There is a need to pay for a license for the solution. This must be done annually. The license is inexpensive.

2021-06-03T09:24:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We pay an annual license fee to Oracle.

2021-05-19T11:03:38Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

If the solution was less expensive, they would get man more clients. The pricing can be an issue for many.

2021-04-27T15:41:07Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We pay for licensing on a yearly basis. It's a bit expensive. We would like it to be a bit cheaper.

2021-04-27T14:06:49Z
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Real User

Oracle needs to offer better pricing.

2021-04-24T20:37:56Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We have a global license and it is renewed every two years. Seeing as a lot of our applications use Oracle, our team has been able to negotiate a better deal.

2021-04-08T10:35:26Z
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Real User

It's really expensive, however, that's what makes Oracle a niche player. It's not something every company can have its own. It's for the elite, it's for the prestige. It's for the ones who really do good business.

2021-04-03T15:35:31Z
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Top 10Real User

Depending on the services included, it seems little bit expensive.

2021-03-05T22:53:00Z
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Top 5Real User

The pricing is extremely high. It's one of the reasons our organization is looking for an alternative. They would like to move away from Oracle to lower their costs.

2021-03-05T17:46:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The price is a little high for the solution, especially when you try and configure it in certain ways. We are using the application-specific user license, which is a little inexpensive. We pay approximately $4,900 USD annually. The licensing model is complex, you are charged for many configuration setting used. You could deploy the solution and expect a cheaper rate but you might have deployed the solution with some of the costly features and now have to pay for them.

2021-02-19T20:55:00Z
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Real User

Oracle is an expensive product.

2021-02-19T13:15:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

It is very expensive. Oracle licenses are expensive.

2021-02-18T14:50:16Z
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Top 10Real User

We have bought a license, and it was a one-time cost.

2021-02-12T15:21:41Z
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Top 20Consultant

I would rate the Oracle Database an eight out of 10 as a solution.

2021-02-04T22:16:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The support does cost extra, however, it is worth the extra money. It really comes in handy if you run into problems.

2021-01-15T01:21:54Z
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Top 5Real User

It would be a benefit if there were different pricing levels to help different size businesses. The product is a bit expensive compared to other competitors.

2020-12-27T09:16:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The pricing is expensive, which is a major issue. We pay a yearly maintenance fee.

2020-12-23T12:52:20Z
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Top 10Real User

It's not cheap, but sometimes, you get what you pay for. It's expensive.

2020-12-17T13:17:37Z
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Top 20Real User

It's expensive. I would say that it is more expensive than other competing products.

2020-12-09T14:49:47Z
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Top 20Real User

It is expensive.

2020-11-27T15:39:12Z
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Top 5Real User

They are pricing themselves out of the market.

2020-11-18T22:17:42Z
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Top 5Real User

Its price is already low. Oracle has a competitive and cheaper price as compared to others. Oracle Cloud is cheaper than other clouds. The pricing is very competitive for Oracle Cloud to be in the market. Their pricing makes customers interested in using this product even though Oracle doesn't have a local data center at this moment.

2020-11-16T14:06:39Z
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Top 20Real User

It is very expensive. We pay in dollars, so the inflation and conversion cost is also there for us. They charge on a yearly basis for the license.

2020-11-13T12:56:03Z
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Top 10Real User

This solution is definitely geared towards larger enterprises. It's quite expensive.

2020-07-20T05:36:56Z
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Top 20Real User

I am not exactly sure of the precise cost, but I do know that the cost of the product is very expensive compared to some other solutions. Even though we are in a third world country, we do not enjoy any discount for our situation and economy.

2020-07-20T05:36:00Z
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Top 5Real User

When people talk about Oracle, especially Database, most of them mention that Oracle is an expensive product. However, if it's suitable or not or if it really is "expensive" depends on their requirements. Today, Oracle is one of the best choices, regardless of pricing. Even though on paper their pricing looks expensive, everything can be negotiated. Companies may be able to come to an understanding with Oracle at a price point they can accept.

2020-07-15T07:11:38Z
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Top 20Consultant

The licensing costs are very high. We feel the solution is price gouging its customers. The solution has a standard license, which is different from an enterprise license. If you need the encryption feature, you need to go up to enterprise licensing which has a whole lot of other features that you may not even be using. Encryption is a top requirement in the industry, however, you're forced to use the enterprise edition if you need to use anything like this. That said, it is always better to go to a standard edition, which has more limited capabilities but can still fit into your product perspective.

2020-07-05T15:50:27Z
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Top 20Real User

Our licensing costs are between $40,000 and $50,000 per year. Those are the costs that cover maintenance and licensing. We have an enterprise edition. We pay extra for features that are only available with this particular tier.

2020-06-25T10:49:28Z
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Top 20Real User

Pricing on the solution is higher. There are less expensive database options on the market.

2020-06-15T07:34:09Z
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Top 20Real User

We're just a customer and we have the licensed product. We are continuously updating the license on an annual basis. It's a standard license, with a worldwide standard licensing cost for Oracle that we are paying. The fees are at about 22%.

2020-06-15T07:34:08Z
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Top 10Real User

I don't deal with the accounting, so I can't speak to the pricing of the solution.

2020-06-15T07:34:04Z
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Real User

Oracle is expensive, but very good. You get quality for the price you pay.

2019-08-13T10:42:00Z
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Real User

It is expensive.

2019-01-13T11:37:00Z
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Top 20LeaderboardConsultant

The cost of Oracle Database is so high if you compare it to other vendors. Therefore you have to study your solution and know exactly which features you want; this will minimize the cost and licensing price. For that, Oracle provides different types of DB such as EE, SE, SE1, etc. depending on what the clients want.

2018-11-16T22:46:00Z
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Real User

It's not really good from the pricing point of view.

2018-09-25T09:22:00Z
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Real User

The price is very expensive for the support.

2018-01-28T13:15:00Z
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Real User

The main issue where I feel that Oracle still has a problem is with the licensing. Licensing is still expensive and the reason why today most startups use other, cheaper databases. Those other databases are much less sophisticated than Oracle. I hope that in the future, Oracle will reach a level where it can introduce its database with different compliances and different licenses so that companies will be able to use to it and it will be competitive with other databases in the market.

2018-01-28T13:15:00Z
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