25 July, 2014
Oracle’s New Database Patch Could Cost You $23,000 Per Processor
If Oracle’s licensing terms never struck you as invidious before, here’s something that just might change your mind.
According to The Register, the latest patch set for Oracle Database 12 includes an upgrade to Oracle’s loudly trumpeted in-memory database technology, the company’s implementation of a database-acceleration feature now being put to use by Microsoft and many other competitors.
Oracle’s in-memory processing isn’t free, though. And enabling it will cost you $23,000 per processor. What’s more, according to analysis by EMC’s Kevin Closson, the in-memory features appear to be turned on by default by the patches.