Java License Review

Oracle Java License Review

Two years ago, Oracle changed the licensing policy around Java. From a predominantly ‘free’ Java for most use cases, Oracle Java has been migrated to a largely commercial licensing model. This has given rise to potential license non-compliance risks and brought in a potentially new revenue stream for Oracle.

What is the current status in Oracle’s audits for Java?

While we have not yet seen too many formal audits of end-user companies for their usage of Java, there have been

  • Discussions on wrong usage of Java and persuasion to purchase licenses
  • Audits of third-party ISVs for their sales & sub-license of Java

What is expected in the future?

Oracle has always created new revenue streams from older products and licensing models. The same could hold true for Java. Audits for Java might start in the year 2021 and become mainstream in 2022.

What should you do today?

Understanding your deployment, license rights, and alternatives.

Conduct an internal Java License review and work through the compliance issues. A baseline will help you explore the need to

  • Procure Oracle Java licenses
  • Migrate to alternative Java platforms
  • Work with your third-party development teams for obtaining coverage for Java usage.

How can we help?

We have developed discovery and license normalization techniques to provide you with an enterprise-wide Java (from Oracle, Open source, IBM, RedHat, etc) deployment inventory as well as a Java ELP. Using our services, you will be able understand your exposure, if any, to Java license fees.

We will assess the deployments, estimate potential savings, analyse risks & license non-compliance exposures and recommend optimizations.

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