Oracle deployments tend to slip through the net of most traditional ITAM tools.
With no license keys to track and sometimes no executables to discover, reconciling Oracle is commonly a separate project outside of most ‘desktop’ inventory processes.
“Even if the customer has very good ITAM processes and solid tools, discovering all Oracle instances, processors, CPUS, sockets and transposing these details into the worksheet can be quite a challenge.” from ‘Trouble Finding Oracle on Your Network?‘
Some ITAM Tool Vendors claim to discover instance of Oracle whilst others claim to recognise and manage licenses – but which ones really work and whose audit results will be recognised by Oracle for the purposes of an audit?
I spoke with Christina Crowley, VP Global License Management Services at Oracle, who confirmed that Oracle are currently working with some tool vendors to gain an understanding of what data the tools provide.
“The aim is give customers a choice in using additional tools as part of the Oracle license review process. The tools will not replace the audit, but will be used to support the data provided.”
Oracle will be providing a list of recommended tools later in the year. Stay tuned for further updates – In the meantime here are some useful links for managing Oracle licenses:
If you have any other Oracle resources you wish to share please comment below or contact me directly.
About Martin Thompson
Martin is also the founder of ITAM Forum, a not-for-profit trade body for the ITAM industry created to raise the profile of the profession and bring an organisational certification to market. On a voluntary basis Martin is a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the ITAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770.
He is also the author of the book "Practical ITAM - The essential guide for IT Asset Managers", a book that describes how to get started and make a difference in the field of IT Asset Management. In addition, Martin developed the PITAM training course and certification.
Prior to founding the ITAM Review in 2008 Martin worked for Centennial Software (Ivanti), Silicon Graphics, CA Technologies and Computer 2000 (Tech Data).
When not working, Martin likes to Ski, Hike, Motorbike and spend time with his young family.
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