Oracle Database users running applications in a virtualised environment using third-party virtualisation software could be in “serious breach” of Oracle’s software licensing rules and potentially on the hook for millions in fines and extra software licences.
This is according to Carl Davies, managing director at Tmaxsoft, which provides a “drop-in replacement for the Oracle database”. So not entirely impartial in the matter, then.
“Nobody is suggesting that Oracle users, be they ISVs or end users, are intentionally running in breach. It is simply not clear what Oracle’s contractual position is in reference to virtualised hardware,” said Davies.