Don’t forget to consider the Oracle Partitioning Policy

Partitioning brings the largest financial risks for any organisation using Oracle software. However, it is the most difficult one to tackle!

TIP #15 October 2019: Be aware of the contents and a correct interpretation of Oracle's Partitioning Policy, when Partitioning or Virtualization is in place.

Oracle will always refer to their own Partitioning Policy document when Partitioning or Virtualization is in place so be aware of the contents and a correct interpretation.

  • Partitioning occurs when CPU’s on a server are separated into individual sections where each section acts as a separate system. Sometimes this is called “Segmenting.”
  • Oracle identifies three different types of partitioning: Hard, Soft and Trusted. All types are subject to specific requirements and can encompass substantial financial implications for a customer.
  • A small specific example: A lot of organisations use a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), which refers to the process of running a user desktop on a virtual machine/host that lives on a server in the datacenter. An organisation might use all different kind of Virtualization techniques, but for Oracle it is still considered Partitioning and therefore requires applying to the Oracle Partition Policy.
  • Be aware of “Capacity on Demand” and “Pay as You Grow” models are available for several Oracle products or solutions. On certain conditions, Oracle allows customers to only license the number of cores that are activated when a server is shipped and allows growth when business increases.

Our advice when determining your Oracle strategy: always include Partitioning, Virtualization and Cloud considerations.