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The internet was ablaze at the end of January with news about Oracle changing pricing of its database on the Amazon cloud. This is part of a much bigger chess game between Oracle and Amazon.


  • Oracle's change of terms could increase prices for Oracle database customers running on Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure clouds.
  • Changing of license terms could prompt some Oracle database customers to reconsider who their strategic IT technology supplier is.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes how Oracle's latest pricing change is actually one part of a much larger chess game between Oracle and AWS.
  • Analyzes the impacts of Oracle's changing of licensing terms for customers in third-party (non-Oracle) clouds.

Key questions answered

  • How will Oracle's changing of licensing and pricing impact database customers considering cloud deployment?
  • What are the ramifications of the licensing changes for Amazon and Oracle?

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  • Summary
  • Pricing increasing – for some Oracle customers
  • Just the tip of the iceberg for more strategic decisions
  • So where is the best place to run Oracle, or is PostgreSQL “good enough?”


  • Further reading
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