Oracle Java Licensing Changes 2023 – What You Need to Know

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Oracle Java Licensing Changes 2023 – What You Need to Know

Oracle Java Licensing Changes 2023, was that Oracle has retired the old Named User Plus Licensing (user licenses) and Processor licenses (server licensing) and replaced them with a new model based on the number of employees. This has significant implications for organizations that use Java, and it’s important to understand the changes and take action to ensure compliance and minimize costs.

In this article, we’ll provide expert advice on the Java licensing changes, explain what you need to know, and offer guidance on how to navigate the new landscape.

Employee for Java SE Universal Subscription

The new Oracle Java licensing model is called “Employee for Java SE Universal Subscription.” Here are some key things to keep in mind:

Java SE Universal license is only available as an enterprise-wide license metric. The metric used is “employee,” which includes not only your full-time, part-time, and temporary employees, but also the same categories of your agents, contractors, outsourcers, and consultants that support your internal business operations. The quantity of licenses required is determined by the number of employees and not just the actual number of employees that use the Programs. The end result is that if you have 10,000 employees and only 1,000 users who need Java, you cannot purchase the 1,000 users only, but you need to calculate the correct number using the definition. The result is that you will need to purchase at least 10,000 licenses. The Java license price was also increased per user, from $1.5 per user per month to $8.25 per user.

Example of the cost implications of Oracle Java Licensing Changes 2023

According to the new licensing model, this company would need to purchase licenses for all of its full-time, part-time, and temporary employees, as well as all of the full-time employees, part-time employees, temporary employees, agents, contractors, outsourcers, and consultants that support its internal business operations. Let’s assume that this company has a total of 45,000 such “employees” according to Oracle’s definition.

At a cost of $8.25 per “employee” per month, the company would need to pay a total of $371,250 per month for Java SE subscriptions. This works out to $4,455,000 per year, a significant increase from the previous cost of $1.5 per user per month.

It’s important to note that this is just an example and the actual cost for a company may differ depending on various factors such as the number of employees and the usage of Java within the organization. It’s recommended to work with an Oracle licensing expert to accurately determine the costs and ensure compliance with the new licensing model.

Java Licensing Changes – Expert Advice

Here’s some expert advice to help you navigate the new Java licensing changes:

  1. Expect to pay more for Java SE licenses If you’ve purchased Java SE subscriptions, expect to be contacted by Oracle for a large upgrade on your renewal fee for Java SE licenses.
  2. Beware of audits Oracle has enhanced its audit capabilities for Java, and third-party software asset management tools are not verified by Oracle and can be used to audit your organization for Java usage.
  3. Older versions of Java may require licensing If you have older versions of Java and thought that you didn’t need a license, think again. Most organizations have wrongfully assumed older versions of Java didn’t require a license.
  4. ULAs are no longer an option Customers who had Java ULAs will most likely not be offered a renewal and instead moved to this new license metric, which will cost your company more than the ULA in most scenarios.
  5. Negotiate with Oracle Negotiation expertise and experience with Oracle is going to be much more important for customers to avoid paying millions of dollars every year for their Java usage.

FAQs on Oracle Java Licensing Changes 2023

Q: What is the new Oracle Java licensing model?
A: The new Oracle Java licensing model is called “Employee for Java SE Universal Subscription,” which is based on the number of employees.

Q: What is included in the “employee” metric?
A: The “employee” metric includes your full-time, part-time, and temporary employees, as well as the same categories of your agents, contractors, outsourcers, and consultants that support your internal business operations.

Q: Can I still use the old licensing model?
A: No, the old Named User Plus Licensing and Processor licenses are no longer available for purchase.

Q: Do I need to license older versions of Java?
A: Yes, most organizations have wrongfully assumed that older versions of Java didn’t require a license.

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