Software Compliance Blogs

Automate the Discovery of Java

By |October, 2020|Tags: , , |

Why ? To understand whether you are using Oracle Java SE in an environment that requires a Java SE Subscription. Without this knowledge you may be liable in the event of an Oracle audit. Its not only the Java SE version that may be the cause of the issue, but the virtualization used, and the usage of the system itself To get insight on what OpenJDK is installed, and [...]

Benefits of a Microsoft SAM Baseline Review for SQL Server

By |October, 2020|Tags: , , |

There are four types of Microsoft Software License Assessments, three are initiated by Microsoft at their cost and can result in an un-budgeted licensing true-up cost to the customer. The fourth is where at a minimal cost the customer takes the initiative and conducts a MSFT Baseline SAM review, taking control of the business and legal risks related to improper software deployment based on accurate and detailed inventory and [...]

Two Dangers of Oracle Java SE You Need To Be Aware Of

By |September, 2020|Tags: , , , , , |

Oracle’s Java SE is the largest commercially supported distribution of Java due to the extensive use of Java within the Oracle product set. The version of Java will determine the extent Oracle will support it – and to whom it will support. Since the changes from Oracle’s Java SE from freeware (with exceptions) to requiring a commercial subscription, there are two aspects that you need to be aware of [...]

Oracle LMS and Oracle Sales – The Truth Revealed

By |June, 2020|Tags: , |

As specialists in Oracle compliance, we work with organizations and Government departments to optimise their Oracle license estate, represent them on Oracle audits, prepare them for audits as well as any technical aspect of Oracle software. We are often asked many questions about Oracle’s License Management Services (LMS) – and we respond with opinions on what we have experienced in our dealings with Oracle LMS. However, some of the [...]

Oracle Relaxes the Single Pluggable Database Licensing Rule

By |September, 2019|Tags: , , |

If you can read the screenshot above, it is from this link at docs.oracle.com It applies to any licensed version of SE2 (Standard Edition 2) or Enterprise Edition database that is capable of the "Multitenant Architecture". Previous to this licensing condition change, you were only permitted a single user defined Pluggable Database (PDB) in addition to the root container. If you have more than one user defined PDB required the [...]

Reliable Java OpenJDK Builds

By |July, 2019|Tags: , , |

Where you source your OpenJDK from can be important. As more and more ‘supply chain’ attacks become prevalent, organisations need to ensure that they source their open-source software from reputable and reliable sources. Azul has just released the ‘Zulu Community’ for Java JDK 6 onwards, providing you a reliable source of OpenJDK builds. https://www.azul.com/downloads/zulu-community/ Being OpenJDK, it is free to download and use without restrictions, has both 32 and 64-bit [...]

Java Mission Control for OpenJDK 8 and 11

By |July, 2019|Tags: , , |

Zulu Mission Control is powerful open source Java performance management, monitoring, and profiling tool for Java Open JDK 8 & 11. Monitor Java applications live in production without impacting performance. Perform detailed analysis and troubleshooting using Flight Recorder logs from prior runs. Azul Systems, the award-winning leader in Java runtime solutions, has announced the general availability of Zulu Mission Control v7.0. Based on the OpenJDK Mission Control project, Zulu Mission [...]

Oracle Flexing its Muscle with Java JDK ?

By |May, 2019|Tags: , |

Now that the commercialisation of Java by Oracle is fully implemented, some of the negative implications of this are starting to come to light. Oracle may be starting to restrict how you can obtain the Java JDK (not the OpenJDK, but the commercial offering from Oracle). The Github image "frolvlad/alpine-oraclejdk8" as the name suggests contains Oracle Java JDK8 and has had more than 10 Million pull requests. This image [...]

Forming a Java Support Strategy

By |January, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Not sure where to start in setting a strategy for Java in your organisation ? Some devs have some great ideas but don't know if that will apply across the enterprise ? With the recent changes to the Java landscape, organisations have had it thrust upon them to form a Java strategy - in both deployment as well as support. The alternative is to do nothing and let it all [...]

An unexpected outcome: Amazon Corretto, a Java OpenJDK with LTS

By |November, 2018|Tags: , , |

One of the risks that Oracle took in making its decision to move to a commercial subscription license for Java SE, was that the market would react in unknown and unexpected ways. With the java SE Subscription License coming into effect in January 2019, organisations that want support of their Java footprint will be seeking solutions. Oracle is banking that they will be part of that solution. However, alternative [...]

Oracle Java Subscriptions: Clearing the Confusion

By |November, 2018|Tags: , , |

Background Oracle has decided to introduce subscriptions for Java SE - for both server and desktop editions. If you choose to pay for an Oracle Java SE Subscription License, you will have to license each eligible server that runs Java and each eligible desktop device that uses Java. We are guessing that Oracle wants to make money. They are a software company that sells software and support. It is hardly [...]

What does Mars v Oracle prove?

By |January, 2018|Tags: , , |

I have had several clients ask – “what does the Mars v Oracle court case mean for me?” Usually, the question is asked in relation to their use of virtualisation and Oracle databases.The brief answer to this is ‘nothing definitive’. This famous court case was settled out of court. To my knowledge, Oracle has not allowed any compliance related matter concerning virtualisation to reach a ruling by a court in [...]

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