Oracle Bends A Bit On Multi-Core Licensing

Jul 19, 2005 / By Paul Vallee

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Oracle is bending—kind of—on its licensing policies for the new multi-core CPUs coming on the market, sources tell CRN.

Thus far Oracle has been counting each core as a full processor, but now it will count each core of a multi-core chip as three-quarters of a processor. Although Oracle would not comment, partners have long said the company needs to respond to competitive challenges issued by database rivals. Both Microsoft and IBM have already made licensing concessions for multi-core chips from both AMD and Intel.

The new model is said to begin as of July 8.

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