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Oracle Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What types of services does AWS offer for Oracle?

AWS manages the physical infrastructure down to the virtualization layer. The operating system and all Oracle applications and databases that run over the virtualization layer are managed by the customer. When a managed service is required, AWS has a network of partners who specialize in helping customers develop, deploy, and manage Oracle-based workloads that run on the AWS Cloud. To find an AWS Oracle partner, see Oracle Competency Partners.

Q: How can I try or try Oracle software on AWS?

Trial versions of various Oracle applications and databases are available from Oracle and AWS partners. See the Oracle on AWS Test Drive page for information.

Q: Where can I find information about licensing Oracle software on AWS?

Amazon Web Services - Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) is listed as an Authorized Cloud Environment in Oracle's Licensing Oracle Software in the Cloud Computing Environment policy.

According to the guideline, customers must count each virtual core as a corresponding physical core in order to license Oracle programs in an "Authorized Cloud Environment". The guideline applies to all Oracle programs that are available based on a processor metric.

This information should not be used as a guide to licensing purchases or compliance. Customers can find details in their respective Oracle license agreement.

Q: Where can I find the number of virtual cores on EC2 and RDS DB instance types?

The number of virtual cores per EC2 and RDS DB instance type can be found on the Virtual Cores by Amazon EC2 and RDS DB Instance Type page.

Q: What licensing options are available for running Oracle databases on Amazon EC2?

You can use your existing Oracle database licenses to run Oracle databases on Amazon EC2 (BYOL). To run an Oracle database under the BYOL model (use your own license), you must have the appropriate Oracle database license (with software upgrade license and support) for the EC2 instance type and Oracle database edition you want to run . You must also follow the Licensing Oracle Software in the Cloud Computing Environment policy for licensing Oracle database software.

Q: What are the licensing options for Amazon RDS for Oracle?

There are two types of licensing options available for using Amazon RDS for Oracle Database:

  • Bring Your Own License (BYOL, use of your own license): With this licensing model, you can use your existing Oracle Database licenses to use Oracle deployments on Amazon RDS. To run a DB Instance under the BYOL service model (using your own license), you must have the appropriate Oracle database license (with software upgrade license and support) for the DB Instance class and Oracle database edition you want to run. You must also follow Oracle's guidelines for licensing Oracle Database software in the cloud computing environment. DB instances are in the Amazon EC2 environment, and the Oracle licensing policy for Amazon EC2 is located here.
  • License included: Under the "license included" service model, you do not need separately purchased Oracle licenses. The Oracle database software has been licensed from AWS. "License Included" pricing applies to software, underlying hardware resources, and Amazon RDS administration features.

Q: What versions of Oracle databases are available with Amazon RDS for Oracle?

Amazon RDS currently supports the following Oracle Database Editions under the following license models:

  • BYOL: Standard Edition Two (SE2), Standard Edition One (SE1), Standard Edition (SE) and Enterprise Edition (EE)
  • Included license: Standard Edition One (SE1) and Standard Edition Two (SE2)

Q: Is there an "License Included" option for using Amazon RDS for Oracle?

Yes, there is a license included model for Amazon RDS for Oracle. With the "license included" service model, you do not need any separately purchased Oracle licenses. The Oracle database software has been licensed from AWS. "License Included" pricing applies to software, underlying hardware resources, and Amazon RDS administration features. Currently, only Oracle Standard Edition One and Oracle Standard Edition 2 are supported under the "License Included" model. For more information, see the Amazon RDS for Oracle website.

Q: How is support for Amazon RDS for Oracle provided?

  • BYOL: Under this model, you will continue to use your active Oracle support account and contact Oracle directly for specific Oracle Database service inquiries. If you have an active AWS Premium Support account, you can contact AWS Premium Support for specific Amazon RDS inquiries. Amazon Web Services and Oracle have multi-vendor support for cases where assistance from both companies is required.
  • License included: In this model, if you have an AWS Premium Support account, you should contact AWS Premium Support with specific service requests for both Amazon RDS and Oracle Database.

Q: Where can I find documentation for Oracle on AWS?

Please refer to the Oracle whitepaper page for details.

Q: Oracle database backup on AWS?

Standard backup programs such as RMAN can be used to back up Oracle databases hosted on AWS. In addition, the so-called Oracle Secure Backup Cloud Module (licensed separately by Oracle) can be used to back up Oracle databases directly in Amazon S3.