Licensing Oracle software on Azure Virtual Machines

Useful page on licensing Oracle under Azure explains the two models available:

  • “Licence-Included” (pay a per hour rate for the Oracle software) or
  • “Bring-Your-Own-Licence” (apply an existing Oracle licence to an Azure-based VM).

Deployment governs the licensing model:

  • If you choose a Linux or Windows Server VM where Oracle has been pre-installed from the Windows Azure Gallery, it’s a BYOL model for the Linux machine and an LI model for the Windows one. Alternatively,
  • If you deploy a Windows or Linux VM and install Oracle software yourself then both are BYOL.