License on failover node?
Does anyone know what the Oracle license should be on the Failover node, i.e. the secondary server/database is inactive but in standby mode.
I have heard it should be fully licensed as the primary, and then I have also heard you can run the secondary database on an unlicensed computer for up to 10 days within a calender year.
We are interested in using Dataguard but aware of the licensing costs. Thanks.
The answer is that it depends. This is from Oracle's Software Investment Guide:
"Failover – In this type of recovery, nodes are configured in “cluster;” the first
installed node acts as a primary node. If the primary node fails, one of the
nodes in the cluster acts as the primary node. In this type of environment,
Oracle permits licensed Oracle Database customers to run the Database on
an unlicensed spare computer for up to a total of ten separate days in any
given calendar year.
Standby – In this type of recovery, a copy of the primary database is
maintained on a separate server at all times. These systems are configured
for disaster recovery purposes. If the primary database fails, the standby
database is activated to act as the new primary database. In this
environment, both the primary and the standby databases must be fully
licensed. Additionally, the same metric must be used when licensing the
databases in a standby environment.