Before any enterprise swaps out its servers for new models equipped with dual core processors, it better reads over its licence for Oracle applications. The company is determined to charge customers per core, not per physical CPU.
Oracle justifies the unchanged licencing policy by pointing out that the "consumption" of its software won't change if customers switch to dual core processors. The company is joined by BEA Systems.
Microsoft is one of the companies that have vowed to keep charging per physical piece of Silicon, regardless of the number of cores it holds.
By refusing to adept to the changing hardware landscape, Oracle puts up a major barrier against the adoption of Intel's and AMD's dual core processors. The chip manufacturers were hoping that savings in software licences would entice users to quickly switch to new processors.
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