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What is Oracle PaaS?

Short Answer

Oracle PaaS is a subscription model within Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) that includes software license and support with compute, storage, and networking services.

In-Depth Answer

You may want to start with our FAQ page about OCI. Most companies adopt OCI as a lift and shift strategy to get out of the data center business. Oracle allows customers to apply legacy, perpetually-licensed entitlements to OCI services via a 2:1 OCPU:Processor conversion akin to core factors. This model is called bring your own licensing, a.k.a., BYOL.

Oracle PaaS, or Platform-as-a-Service, is the same compute services with licensing included for those that don’t have adequate BYOL inventory.

For example, SKU B88847 is Exadata under a BYOL model at $.3226 per OCPU Per Hour. SKU B88592 is Exadata that includes Enterprise Database, RAC, etc., for $1.3441 per OCPU Per Hour.

The bottom line is that Oracle remains a legacy database company living off high-margin, on-premise software support. Conversely, most customers are wondering if and how long-standing annual software support can be reduced, and whether PaaS offers a path to that end.

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